Park City resort guide - a general overview
Park City offers many attractions including it's many lively bars and restaurants on historic Main Street. Careful restoration has left the town with a splendid Main Street lined by colourful art galleries, boutiques, bars and restaurants catering for all pockets. The rumours about Mormon states being dry are put to bed. There is no shortage of alcohol on sale! It is only a 30 minute drive from Salt Lake City and makes a great base from which to tour the other resorts notably Deer Valley and The Canyons which are both covered by the Three Resorts Pass and further afield to Snowbird, Alta, Snowbasin, Sundance, Brighton and Solitude. Park City is set in the valley floor and the surrounding mountains are unspectacular but the skiing is excellent. Ski holidays in Park City Mountain Resort offer something for everyone. There is direct access to the slopes from Main Street as well as at the Resort Centre base where plenty of parking spaces can be found. The sprawling mass of Park City, which lies beyond Main Street, is rather unattractive but serves a purpose. There is a regular shuttle bus that stops at all the properties to collect and drop people to the area of their choice.
Courtesy of (Mark Maziarz, Latham Jenkins, Lori Adamski-Peek and Eric Schramm) / Park City Chamber & Visitors Bureau.
2,105m - 3,050m
Level of skiing
- Snow sure
- Ski area
- Charm factor
- Resort layout
- Fine dining
- Short transfer
- Resort value
- Historic 19th Century 'Main Street' with over 100 shops, bars and restaurants
- Great snow record with an average 350 inches a year
- Well maintained slopes with lots of snowmaking and a great lift system
- Excellent back bowls and terrain park.
- International lift pass includes Deer Valley (2,026 acres) and The Canyons (4,000 acres)
- The settlement away from Main Street is an enormous, charmless sprawl
- Several rather short runs
- Most lodgings involve driving or busing to the slopes and main street - we recommend hiring a car
- Scenery is rather dull and the mountains are unspectacular from the base
- Snowfall not as good as in other Utah resorts like Snowbird and Alta
Park City Resort Restaurants
There is not a shortage of places to eat out in Park City and there will definitely be something there that you will enjoy. International cuisine abounds - there are Thai, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, American and Mexican restaurants - you get the picture. You can even take a sleigh ride from the resort centre, the two horses pulling you up through the ski runs and to a mountain lodge where you can have a Western style gourmet dinner.
Park City Mountain Restaurants
There are four mountain restaurants to choose from, most of them offering fairly standard food on a self service basis. The Mid-Mountain lodge is just off the top of the Pioneer chair and is an historic old mining building which now has a lovely sundeck. The Summit Smoke House offers table service and has fantastic views of Park City. There is a European coffee house called Cafe Amante and The Snow Hut, which often has an outdoor grill. There are also several places around the mountain to get snacks and drinks.
Park City Apres Ski
There are not many apres bars near the bottom of the pistes but there are quite a few lively places in Park City itself. Legends is one of the most popular bars with live music and a cosy fireplace. The Brewhouse is also a popular apres bar. For home made ale, make sure you visit The Wasatch Brew Pub.
Park City Nightlife
A few lively pubs and bars are The Claimjumper and JB Mulligans. There are also a couple of nightclubs in Park City, Harry O's and Cisero's. If you fancy some pole dancing, then go to the Monkey Bar, which also has live DJ's.