We started the year with a short family vacation doing my favorite winter activity–skiing in Park City! I learned to ski as a
spoiled child when we took nearly annual ski vacations to Switzerland. That sort of ruined local East Coast skiing for me, but we took our kids to Whitetail and Wisp a few times. A few years ago a friend invited us to join her in Park City, and we’ve enjoyed skiing there every winter since.
Five Things About Skiing In Park City
The topic for today’s Friday Five link up hosted at Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness is Winter Fitness. In case you’re considering a ski vacation this year, or planning ahead for next year, I thought I’d share five things about skiing in Park City.
1. Easy Logistics. One reason we keep going back to Park City is because the logistics are so easy. Park City is less than an hour from the Salt Lake City airport (as long as you aren’t driving during a blizzard!). There is plenty of free parking at the base area and free bus service around town in case one member of your party wants to head back early.
Bundled up on the first lift ride of the day.
2. Different Skiing Options. The main Park City ski area has a great mix of easy, intermediate and expert runs spread out over what I think of as four areas of the mountain. Most of the easy and intermediate trails are served by high-speed lifts that keep the lines pretty short, and even when the lines get long they move quickly.
A few years ago Park City merged with Canyons, which had been a separate ski area. Now you can take a short cable car ride with skies in hand to get from one area to the other. We did that for the first time this year, and spent an afternoon exploring the intermediate runs on that side of the mountain before taking a bus back to the Park City base.
My son starting off during the bit of snow that fell while we were there.
3. Snowboarders Are Welcome. While most resorts welcome both skiiers and snowboarders these days, nearby Deer Valley does not permit snowboards. That will keep us from trying out their slopes, since my son prefers snowboarding.
4. Gorgeous Scenery. I probably would find any mountain scenery gorgeous, but that doesn’t stop me from appreciating the views as we swoosh down the mountain–and pause for pictures once in a while.
When it’s not snowing, the skies are so blue!
5. Apres Ski Options. After a full day of skiing, we don’t need much entertainment at night, but it is nice to have the option to go out to dinner. The Main Street area has a variety of restaurant options from casual to fine dining, as well as quaint shops and a fun ice cream parlor. Our favorite places to eat include The Flying Sumo for sushi as Wasatch Brewery for pub fare.
Park City is more expensive than local resorts (the peak adult lift ticket price is $142!), but both lift tickets and equipment rentals are discounted if you buy in advance. We usually go for three days of skiing, but it we stayed longer or could go more than once a year, season passes might be worthwhile.
Do you like to ski?
Do you have any other questions about skiing in Park City?