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. Learn more about Park City Mountain
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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
The Park City Base Area side mixes up the mountain experience with runs for all levels, four terrain parks and two halfpipes. The resort accumulates 360 annual inches of Utah's famous powder across 116 runs. Warm up on the Payday/Town and Silverlode/Bonanza lifts, or if you're an intermediate to expert skier, head straight for the sweet stuff up Jupiter, Motherlode and McConkey’s.
1. Motherlode Meadows | Black Diamond
On a powder morning, skiers are lined up to beat a path to the great terrain accessible off Jupiter and McConkey's chairlifts. But the pristine snow and aspen groves of double-black-diamond Motherlode Meadows provide another optimal thigh-burning option. A well-kept secret, Motherlode Meadows off the Motherlode lift provides opportunities for skiers and riders to explore different lines by lapping the Meadows, getting the best of the long-lasting powder stashes.
2. Silver Mining History
Park City’s first ski business began in 1963, when the last surviving silver mining company (United Park City Mines) built lifts on what was then called Treasure Mountains (now Park City Mountain Resort). Peruse Park City’s mining history through the old buildings that still line PCMR trails like Bonanza, Keystone, Claim Jumper, First Time and The Hoist. Grab your lunch at the Mid-Mountain Lodge, which goes back more than 100 years. Originally a boardinghouse for miners (serving more than 1,000 miners per day), it now serves hungry skiers.
3. Early Birds Get the Fresh Tracks
Get the mountain to yourself by signing up for an All Mountain Club session. AMC participants jump on the lifts with an instructor 45 minutes before lines open to the public. You’ll find hidden runs, explore the instructor's favorite secret powder stashes and enjoy fresh tracks. No more than five participants to an instructor means you can get the best of those 45 minutes without waiting around.
4. “I Ride Park City” Freestyle Camps
Skiers and snowboarders ages 11 to 15 can learn to shred Park City Mountain Resort’s four terrain parks and two halfpipes at PCMR’s 3-day “I Ride Park City” Freestyle Camp. Participants learn in their own private progression park, and also have the chance to ride through the same parks that athletes Sage Kotsenburg, Tom Wallisch and Joss Christensen shred. Campers also shoot each other on GoPro cameras and get to take their own digital edit home to show off and make their friends jealous.
5. Get a Lift From Town
There’s no need to drive to the resort when you can grab a seat on the Town Lift, which loads right on Park City's Historic Main Street. Ski one of PCMR’s runs directly down to Main Street from the top, then ride Town Lift back up and keep the skiing and riding going. Take a little break in your day with a visit to the High West Distillery & Saloon — with ski in/ski out access — just steps across the street from the lift. Don't worry, ski gear is acceptable attire.
6. Prospector | Blue Square
Just off the Silverlode lift sits Prospector, one of PCMR’s 13 Signature Runs: black diamond or double-blue runs that are groomed regularly, though not every day. It also happens to be one of the steeper pitches on the mountain. Take the Silverlode lift to Parley’s Park to Prospector, and at the end, you can do it all over again. Prospector is accessible to intermediates looking to bring home bragging rights or a chance to show off for the chairlift right overhead.
Park City is Epic
Top 6 Ways to Get the Goods on the Canyons Village Side
Sampling all 183 trails across nine mountains from the Canyons Village side would take more than one day. Get your ski legs on the Peak 5 and Orange Bubble Express lifts, or for the intermediate to expert skiers, grab some fun off the Super Condor Express and Ninety-Nine 90 Express.
1. Fool’s Paradise | Black Diamond
Because it’s all the way at the other end of the resort, Fool’s Paradise is often hoarding the best snowfall and has the fewest people on a powder day. Accessed by the Dreamcatcher lift, the trail zips through an aspen grove and offers some breathtaking tree skiing at a moderate pitch. With some good powder, you’ll feel like anything but a fool for finding this paradise.
2. Go for a Hike
Want to add some solid cred to your ski day? Get a lift on the Super Condor Express and at the top, resist your desire to turn left and hit any of a handful of solid double-black trails. Instead, take the 15 minute uphill hike to the top of Murdock Peak. This favorite among locals gives you not only some hardcore cardio, but also access to the Murdock Bowl’s excellent expert runs. It always feels good to earn your turns.
3. Cloud Dine
Grab lunch at the top of Dream Peak, at the top of the Dreamscape and Dreamcatcher lifts, at the newly redesigned and expanded Cloud Dine. Healthy and hearty cuisine options include made-to-order salad, flatbread pizzas, sandwiches and soups. This site has one of the best views of the mountain, so snag a seat on the outdoor deck (and maybe a beer) with all your ski buddies and enjoy your short break from the ski day.
4. Make it Epic
EpicMix, the social platform that tracks vertical feet, number of runs skied, and free access to photos is adding the EpicMix Guide this season. The customized, step-by-step navigational guide to the mountain allows guests to choose what type of experience they want — from easy groomers with hot chocolate stops along the way to hardcore steep and deep. Less time looking at the map is more time for skiing. If you're feeling really solid, you can also race virutally against Olympic medalist Lindsey Vonn.
5. Parks Progress
Canyon’s three terrain parks are built in a progressive format — master one and you can move on to the next. Pine Draw features small attractions, which are perfect for kids or first-timers of any age looking to try a rail or small jump. Painted Horse has slightly larger features for a measured next step, and Transitions is a large park where you can catch some serious air.
6. Boa | Blue Square
Since it doesn't see as much traffic as other parts of the mountain, Boa (approximately 1,780 vertical feet) at Canyons Resort is a long, winding blue. It’s a bit of a well-kept secret despite being a great long cruiser. Start on the trail from the Super Condor Express lift on Upper Boa, which winds down a valley and becomes Lower Boa. This trail is one of the longest runs at the resort and you may be tempted to loop it a number of times to pack in a lot of vertical into your day.
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Park City Mountain Resort
1345 Lowell Ave
Park City, UT 84060