Park City Mountain Resort
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 — It was ranked by SKI magazine as North America's #1 Most Accessible Resort, and all before adding the nine mountains, three terrain parks, refined amenities and unparalleled access to the 4,000 acres of the adjacent — and now connected — Canyons Resort.
For that reason, let's do the numbers: 30 to 40 minutes from the airport to 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 continually expanding resort). The whole thing is connected by a new $50-million 8-passenger gondola, which is worth riding for the scenic views alone. The longest run at Park City Mountain Resort is 3.5 miles, and few can match the resort's uphill lift capacity. That equates a whole lot of skiing and riding ahead.
The same readers of SKI magazine who voted Park City Resort most accessible also tipped their hats to PCMR in other categories: #1 Resort for Off-hill Activities, #2 Resort for Family Programming and North America's Best Terrain Parks. Canyons, meanwhile, is groomed and polished, thanks to Vail's attention to detail, and it is expanding across Park City Mountain. And we don't just mean the slopes. It is the attention to detail that makes the Canyons a truly luxurious vacation experience. The orange bubble lift for example, keeps things warm on particularly frosty trips up the mountain. "It’s like being inside a pair of ski goggles" as you glide to the top.
Once you're on the slopes, expect plenty of family-friendly "cruiser" runs throughout the resort. From its mining heritage to the leisure slopes of today, the mountains of Park City give generously. A great way to “cash in” is to hit Payday to the Bonanza Hi-Speed Six-Pack for quick access to the top. Once there, take your pick of terrain style and level for run after run without dropping below mid-mountain. Bonanza is also accessible from the resort's famous Town Lift, right out of historic Park City. For advanced skiers, there are double black diamond runs and a renowned powder bowl off the Jupiter lift, in addition to several open runs where you can dart in and out of the trees as you choose your own path. PCMR’s celebrated six-pack lifts can get the whole clan up the mountain in comfort or introduce you to five new friends you haven't met yet. On the Canyons Village side, make a beeline for the aforementioned Orange Bubble Express and a quick run down the wide-open Eclipse (intermediate) to the Super Condor Express lift. The blue square Upper Apex to Apex is a beautiful ridgeline running down the north mountain with multiple opportunities to up your game. One in particular, the spruce and aspen lined Aplande, is a double blue square dip across the shadowy face. It holds some great powder and, as you pick up speed, delivers you onto the sunnier Lower Boa for the cruise home.
And what about park and pipe? Transworld Snowboarding Magazine voted PCMR's terrain parks the best in Utah thanks to the precision engineering of its half-pipe. Park City's terrain parks are home to the Park City All Stars including Olympic gold medalist Sage Kotsenberg. PCMR's Eagle Superpipe will host this year's U.S. Snowboarding and Freeskiing Grand Prix, once again bringing the world's best to Park City. There's even a Burton Riglet Park for 3 to 6 year olds to begin mastering their tricks on kid-sized features.
Thanks to their expansive terrain, Park City also offers a wide range of additional cold-weather good times and snow sports, including zip tours, guided snowshoe tours, horse drawn sleigh rides, dog sledding, snowmobiling and heli-skiing. Also look for an alpine coaster, ice skating, Olympic legacy events and the seamless transition between PCMR and the best shopping ever on Park City's historic Main Street. Not to mention, it’s the hottest place to be during the Sundance Film Festival. Canyons Village adds to one the finest après-skis scenes anywhere. The large Village, like the mountain, is alluring, modern and indulgent. Everything you want — from lodging to dining and shopping to entertainment — is at 7,000 feet, in beautiful Park City, Utah.
Short Lists: The Best of America's Largest Ski Resort
When two of America's most renowned resorts joined forces into the largest ski and snowboard area in the nation, the best of these mountains became even more accessible. Here are the must-hit runs, amenities and activities of Park City Mountain.
Park City Mountain's Motherlode
Top 6 Ways to Win on the Park City Base Area Side
Park City is Epic
Top 6 Ways to Get the Goods on the Canyons Village Side
For more information on Park City Mountain ski conditions, rates, hotel rooms, events and more, contact: www.parkcitymountain.com
Park City Mountain Resort
1345 Lowell Ave
Park City, UT 84060