Weekender Ski Park City
Ready for a weekend in Park City? If it's your first, welcome! We expect you'll find ample reason to wish you had more time, and we'll look forward to seeing you again soon. For old friends, welcome back. Here's a quick synopsis of what a weekend in Utah's renowned mountain town might look like. Once you're ready to dig in further, read our guide "One Destination, Two Resorts"
Most paths to Park City's two incredible ski resorts pass through Salt Lake City. Via rental car or shuttle you can connect from the airport to the slopes in barely 40 minutes. But why the rush? Utah's capital city is teeming with arts, nightlife and attitude. A local blues musician and former public radio DJ put it this way: "There’s no place else you can be this close to this much culture, music, art and, just, environmental goodness." It's a city worth a close look, especially for skiers and riders hitting one of its four resorts. (There's a reason why it's called Ski City. But that's another itinerary.)
After roaming the grid of Salt Lake, make your way to Park City. You can spend the night in Salt Lake or drive up in the morning. It's a quick run up Parley's Canyon either way, but check the weather for the most optimal driving experience. Once in Park City, it's about soaking up all that the mountain town has to offer. There's lodging on and off the mountain and free shuttles connecting it all.
When it comes to skiing and riding, the numbers speak for themselves: two resorts combine for nearly two dozen peaks across 9,300 acres of terrain ranging from the best groomers anywhere to deep powder bowls and scenic glade skiing. There are more than a hundred restaurants and bars and great local art, cultural events and shopping spread throughout the town of Park City, yet the resorts themselves also serve up some of the state's most talked about culinary experiences alongside luxurious spas, friendly ski beaches and a cool mountain-town vibe that is sure to stick with you long after you leave.
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Utah's capital city is teeming with arts, nightlife and attitude. Local blues musician and former public radio DJ "Bad" Brad Wheeler put it this way: "There’s no place else you can be this close to this much culture, music, art and, just, environmental goodness." It's a city worth a close look, especially for skiers and riders hitting one of its four resorts. Salt Lake City has all the amenities you'd expect of a major metropolitan area — craft coffee, distilleries, breweries, performing arts — yet also offers virtually unparalleled proximity to a mountainous backyard and a rather unique and authentic vibe. Again, Wheeler: "Authenticity is everything. And it’s not L.A. It’s not Nashville. It’s Salt Lake City. It is it’s own thing. It is not a copy of something else." Overnight in Salt Lake City or make the short drive to lodging in Park City.
Though there are enough fun things to do in Salt Lake City to keep you occupied for a week, visitors with less time can read about one writer's experience and pick a few of the best ways to enjoy SLC on the quick. Fair warning: You're bound to want to come back.
Video: Once you get "Bad" Brad Wheeler talking about music-related experiences, traditions and lore in Utah, it’s difficult to get him to stop — but you wouldn’t want him to. Watch the former public radio DJ and blues musician as he tours some of his favorite music venues in downtown Salt Lake City, and plays some blues along the way.
No coffee shop in Salt Lake City ever feels wrong: "Every time I step into The Rose, Three Pines, La Barba or Blue Copper, I know exactly what experience I will get." Follow author and former barista Austin Wright as he explores the emergent coffee scene along the path of some of its most dedicated baristas.
- Park City Mountain
- Ritual Chocolate
- High West Distillery
Today is about soaking up all that the mountain town of Park City has to offer. When it comes to skiing and riding, the numbers speak for themselves: 17 peaks, 14 bowls and seven terrain parks on 7,300 acres — if we've done our math right (and if we are reasonably current with this ever-changing resort). The whole thing is connected by an 8-passenger gondola so you can access the best of Canyons Village or Historic Main Street in Park City without turning on your car. That's more than 100 restaurants and bars and great local art, cultural events and shopping. Walk, take the free shuttle or drive to Ritual Chocolate and ski into the High West Saloon. (High West also has a distillery with tours and brunch or lunch in the nearby town of Wanship.)
Between its proximity to its namesake Park City and its modern Olympic legacy, Park City Mountain has developed a reputation for sophistication, excellent skiing, world-class terrain parks and accessibility. Boiled down: 7,000+ acres of terrain but renowned snow, lodging and dining less than 45 minutes from SLC International Airport.
Utilizing 100-year-old craft chocolate methods to make the perfect bar, Ritual Chocolate is right at home in Park City. In this Citizens of Mountain Time story, get to know Ritual's Robbie Stout and Anna Davies as they strive to create the best of chocolate in the country, while also living that mountain town dream in Utah: “the craft chocolate capital of America.”
When High West began distilling in 2007 in Park City, it was Utah’s first legal distillery since 1870. That location is still the ski-in, flagship Saloon of the High West brand. To learn even more about the iconic brand, enjoy a tour and whiskey tasting at the scenic Distillery and Tasting Room at Blue Sky Ranch in the nearby, quaint mountain town of Wanship.
- Deer Valley Resort
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- Get the Olympic Spirit
Readers of SKI magazine consistently rate Deer Valley's guest services number one, as well as ranking it "best-groomed resort." Once you travel to this luxury skiers-only resort, you don't have to lift a finger or worry about the details because they've thought of everything. You just have to ski. Deer Valley boasts the best slope-side hotel lodging anywhere, including the modern and luxurious St. Regis and Montage, in addition to hundreds of condo properties right on the mountain. The après-ski scene is so, well, civilized, you may find yourself nudging forward your last run of the afternoon. Alternatively, consider a stop at Utah Olympic Park. And since the airport is so close, you might as well stay in Park City for dinner.
Some would argue it is impossible to have a bad day at Deer Valley thanks to their customer service and consistently excellent skiing. The people who ski at Deer Valley are dedicated to the skiers-only vibe and excellent guest service. Multiple upscale lodges with renowned dining compete for your attention.
Utah has a long tradition of family dairy operations and artisan cheese making, with products ranging from smoked parmesan-style hard cow’s milk cheeses to creamy raw goat chèvre. Of Utah’s 183 dairy farms, nearly all are family owned, operated and managed.
You may not be able to grab a real gold medal, but you can still get into winter sports in some of the same places that starred alongside Olympians more than a decade ago. The Park City area held the widest range of events, but visitors may choose to stop in Salt Lake for ice events or the Ogden area for downhill.