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Park City, UT

So many reasons to go!

By Robert Choquette, co-founder and former Editor of Skier Magazine and Marilyn Griffiths, special Contributor

Located less than an hour’s drive from the Salt Lake City airport, Park City and Deer Valley ski resorts are so easy to access, you’ll be able to hit the slopes the minute you get there. Much effort was put into restoring the buildings and spotlighting the historical character of Park City. Main Street in the Old Town district of Park City is lined with restaurants, bars, shops and art galleries, and the downtown core is buzzing with activity from morning until night. You can access all the action using the aptly named triple-chair Town Lift or one of two runs that will take you right into town.

Visitors have access to a range of accommodations and can choose to stay slopeside, in Park City Canyons Village, or even in the Old Town district of Park City. Yet another great option to consider is Deer Valley. And, regardless of where you stay, access to the slopes is easy and public transportation is free and efficient.

We started our week in Park City with a free guided tour of its namesake mountain resort and then headed over for a run down Jupiter Bowl to work up an appetite before lunch. The terrain is definitely quite challenging, but the snow cover is abundant and wonderful. Halfway down, we stopped in at Sommet House for a well-deserved break. Since merging with neighbouring Canyons, Park City is now considered the biggest ski resort in the U.S. And, thanks to the new Quicksilver gondola connecting the two, it’s impossible to resist exploring all that this vast skiable area has to offer. Despite being pressed for time, we managed to make our way to the top of the Ninety-Nine 90 peak, the highest point of the resort, before deciding to head back. It was starting to get late—in fact, we had just enough time to go down the double black Charlie Brown (this resort is known for its off-piste skiing) and catch the last gondola back to the Park City side. What a day!

Another great resort to consider when visiting the area is Deer Valley. Despite being Park City’s neighbour, Deer Valley could not be more different. While Park City is laid-back
and fun, Deer Valley is rather upscale and appeals more to a clientele that likes getting extra special treatment. Of course, you can always choose to stay in Park City and still try out some skiing at Deer Valley, or vice versa. We personally really liked the atmosphere at Deer Valley. Runs were impeccably groomed, and there was tons of expert terrain. One can definitely cover a lot of ground in one day here. The resort limits daily ticket sales to avoid overcrowding on lifts and runs. And, oddly enough, snowboarding is still prohibited. This ski area is made up of three summits and a vast amphitheatre.

At Deer Valley, most of the runs follow the fall line and the network of lifts is highly efficient. Needless to say, we had a great day!

 

 



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Text from 2015-2016 ski magazine

 

magical and historical

By Marie-Eve Jarry, Special Contributor and freelance Journalist

I remember my visit to Park City like it was yesterday. It was mid- December and the charming downtown core was alive with Holiday magic. The streets were lined with twinkling lights and a light dusting of snow covered the sidewalks. Though I didn’t yet know it, this first impression would set the tone for the rest of my stay, and for the entire ski season!

The atmosphere that reigns over the historical town of Park City is a true testament to an era gone by. Precisely 147 years ago, in 1868, U.S. soldiers discovered rich silver veins in the hills and quickly settled in what would become a mining boom town, building houses and cabins, including several along the mountain. Not surprisingly, these early miners often used skis as a means of transportation to the mines! Many historical buildings, including the Whisky Distillery, still stand in Park City’s downtown core. You’ll also see remnants of the mining era in the Payday/Town, Crescent, Silverlode/Bonanza and Thaynes/Motherlode sectors. Keep your eyes peeled for these vestiges of the old mining days.

When it comes to skiing, Park City may not be the highest peak or the steepest incline you’ve ever tackled, but it is definitely one of the most incredibly well maintained! Runs are groomed several times a day so that you can enjoy fresh corduroy on a total of 116 trails. A true powder hound’s dream! We are, after all, in the middle of Utah—renowned for having the lightest snow around! In addition to the runs are the spectacular bowls, where you can get a taste of that famous champagne powder Utah is legendary for. This is definitely one for the bucket list!

My suggestion for your stay in Park City is: Go big, or go home! If you’re going to indulge in this amazing powder, go all the way and splurge on some slopeside accommodations. With the vast array of ski-in/ski-out condos to choose from, you are sure to find something that suits your needs. Plus, if you stay at the foot of the hills, you can take advantage of the Town Lift, which will get you to Historic Main Street in no time flat. In a mere five minutes, you can go from sitting by your condo fireplace to sitting at the restaurant table—an added bonus you won’t want to do without!

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Ski stations Accommodations Snow Conditions
TEMPERATURE (CELSIUS)
Month Min. Max.
January -14 1
February -13 1
March -11 2
April -8 7
May -2 11
June 2 18
July 7 22
August 6 20
September 2 15
October -3 10
November -9 3
December -13 7

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