A family-friendly destination, Park City Mountain Resort offers terrain for every skill level. It also has some great historic mining buildings dotted around the resort that add to the flavor and feeling of experiencing a historic mining town.
What Makes It Great
One of the reasons this resort is so family-friendly is the broad amount of beginner and intermediate terrain available. It's a great place for skiers and boarders to learn and grow their skills on the hill and in the terrain parks. If you're interested in lessons, friendly and professional instructors are relatively affordable.
For the more advanced skiers/riders, the top of the mountain provides miles of ungroomed terrain that will test your abilities. Jupiter chairlift is a local favorite on a powder day, and the battle for first chairlift when the area opens is an exciting event to be a part of. When patrollers "drop the rope" on the run that accesses Jupiter, the stampede of powder-hungry individuals gives new meaning to the phrase "no friends on a powder day."
A tip: Ask people where/when to traverse near the bottom coming down from Jupiter to get back on the trail. If you ski all the way to the bottom you'll end up on a large flat area that you'll have to cross and hike back up to meet the trail—this is always avoided by those in the know.
On the other side of the mountain, the Canyons Village offers world-class accommodations and hosts a variety of events. You can also directly access the Orange Bubble Express, the country’s first bubbled and heated chairlift. The Quicksilver gondola connects both sides of the resort, allowing you to easily explore an incredible amount of territory.
The terrain parks and halfpipes are also made to challenge the world's best. If that's your cup of tea, you could be hitting jumps with training Olympians and world-class freestyle skiers and riders. If you're lucky you can catch Olympic Gold Medalist Sage Kotsenburg and other amazing athletes hitting tricks at the halfpipe off of Eagle chairlift. To watch, you don't have to ski/ride any challenging terrain, you can get an amazing aerial view riding the chairlift up and then watch from the sidelines.
A favorite place to eat during the day for many locals is the Viking Yurt (amazing sandwiches!) or Silver Star Cafe. The Viking Yurt is right on the mountain—you can eat inside and warm up or sit outside in adirondack chairs while you people watch. Silver Star Cafe is located in a separate base area with it's own chairlift. The terrain down to the base is fun and the food at Silver Star is delicious. Another option is to ski down Quit’N Time to lower Main Street and eat at one of many places in Old Town.
Apres spots at the resort include The Corner Store, Pig Pen, Legends, Drafts, and Umbrella Bar. The Corner Store often has great live music and people love their waffle fries. Pig Pen has a nice deck with a view of the mountain. Legends offers more of a warm and cozy lodge feel. Drafts is a gastropub with more than 50 beers on tap in a sports-bar atmosphere, while Umbrella Bar at Canyons Village offers an impressive outdoor deck with 360-degree views of the mountain. We recommend you spend some time on Historic Main Street—Park City's feel is far different from Salt Lake and surrounding areas. You can’t go wrong checking out High West Distillery and their High West burger, located just off Town Lift and the Quit’N Time ski run. If you’re in the mood for something cheaper and off the beaten path you can check out El Chubasco and their massive salsa bar.
Who is Going to Love It
Park City Mountain Resort is ideal for the whole family. During the winter it offers fantastic skiing and snowboarding. The summer brings mountain biking, an alpine slide, a zip line, and a mountain coaster.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
The main base area of Park City Mountain Resort provides lots of free parking (as long as you get there early enough). The easy access from parking to the slopes and back makes this area very kid friendly. An alternative is the town’s free bus system, which travels throughout the area and to each of the resorts. They stop right in front of the resort base and run often, making the bus an excellent option (and did I mention it's free?). You can find the bus schedule in a lot of area guides or online, or even download the free myStop app to track the buses on your phone.