Park City Mountain Resort - Skiing & Snowboarding

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Park City Mountain Resort is a go-to option for skiers and snowboarders in the area, offering more than 116 runs over eight peaks and nine bowls.

Written by

Thomas Bracken


0.0 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

23.7 miles


3 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

1 days



Nov. 23 – April 20

Dog Friendly


Fees Permits


$85 Adults, $50 Youth, $65 Half Days



The most family friendly of the Park City area resorts, Park City Mountain Resort (the locals call it "PCMR") 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 skill on the hill and in the terrain parks. If you're interested in lessons, they're pretty affordable and the instructors are great. 
For the more advanced skiers/riders, the top of the mountain provides miles of un-groomed terrain that will test your abilities. Jupiter Chair is a local favorite on a powder day, and the battle for first chair 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 to meet back up with the trail—this is always avoided by those in the know.

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 Shawn White (Olympic Gold Medalist in the Halfpipe '10/'06 and Winner of the X Games Halfpipe many times) and other amazing athletes hitting tricks at the halfpipe off of Eagle Chair. To watch, you don't have to ski/ride any challenging terrain, you can get an amazing aerial view riding the chair up and then watch from the sidelines.
Many locals' favorite place to eat during the day is the Viking Yurt (amazing sandwiches!) or the Silver Star Cafe. The Viking Yurt is right on the mountain—you can eat inside and warm up or sit outside on the snow and people watch. Silver Star is a separate base area with it's own chairlift. The terrain down to the base is fun and the food at Silver Star is great. You could also take the Town Lift to lower Main Street and eat at one of many places in town. 

Apres spots at the resort include The Corner Store, Pig Pen, and Legends. 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, run by the resort, has more of a warm and cozy lodge feel. We recommend you spend some time off the resorts though—Park City's feel is far different from Salt Lake and surrounding areas. And you can take a lift to the center of downtown. You can’t go wrong checking out High West Distillery and their High West burger just off the city lift. Not only is it the home of one of our personal favorite Rye whiskeys, but it’s also the only place in Utah you can find liquor on a Sunday. For those not accustomed to the Utah liquor laws you may want to check them out. If you’re in the mood for something cheaper you can check out El Chubasco and their massive salsa bar. 

Who is Going to Love It

PCMR 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 PCMR 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 bus; Park City has free buses that travel all around town 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. 

Chair lifts run daily from 9am to 4pm.


Park City Mountain Resort

1345 Lowell Avenue
Park City, UT, 84060
40.654719, -111.508452

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