Park City Mountain Resort is the largest ski resort in the United States. With the acquisition and merger of neighboring Canyons Resort, they built a new eight-passenger high speed two-way gondola from the base of the existing Silverlode Lift at Park City to the Flatiron Lift at Canyons. This essentially pushed the resort to 336 trails over 7,300 acres, 41 lifts, 8 terrain parks, one super pipe and one mini pipe. With all these big numbers, there is something at Park City Mountain Resort for any type of skier or snowboarder.
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With the merger, Park City Mountain Resort offers pretty much any kind of terrain you can want. The Park City side offers a nice variety of terrain options for all ability types including bowls, high-speed groomers, and four terrain parks. But, with 52% of the runs being designated as intermediate runs, Park City side is best for intermediate skiers and families. There are a lot of long groomed boulevards and it has a lift system that is efficient with mostly high speed lifts that do a good job spreading the crowds around. These are all great qualities for a mountain. But, expert skiers looking for challenging terrain may get a little tired on this side and will enjoy heading out to the Canyons side.
Before the merger, Canyons Ski Resort was Utah’s largest resort and was also one of the largest in the United States with 4,000 acres of skiable terrain and 182 trails. Thus, there is a good variety of terrain on the Canyons side. There are wide-open cruisers for intermediates and steeps, deeps, and off-piste terrain for experts. But, it is more enjoyable for advanced skiers whereas families may enjoy the Park City mountain side. That is not to say that beginners will not enjoy Canyons Ski Resort, but there is not a lot of beginner’s terrain and the layout can make you spend a lot of time on long, slow traverses trying to get from one mountain to another.
Park City Mountain Resort is located in the heart of Park City, Utah and is only a 35-minute drive from Salt Lake City International Airport. This makes it one of the most accessible ski resorts in the U.S. Park City is an authentic & historic western town that is easily accessible with excellent free public transit and fabulous après-ski, shops, and restaurants. There is a wide range of lodging available ranging from luxury hotels to condos and B&Bs. The mountain has an excellent ski school and offers great kid friendly amenities. Also, Park City Mountain Resort was home to the Winter Olympics and many teams train there as well as many athletes from around the world.
Movie lovers should check out the famous Sundance Film Festival. The 10-day Festival hosts more than 40,000 people a year and spreads out across four cities: Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and the Sundance Resort. Each city is separated by a short drive (30 to 75 minutes), so make sure to select your screening tickets in the city where you’ll be located for most of the Festival.
Overall, Park City Mountain Resort is well known for being a great ski resort for families. It pretty much has everything including a vast variety of terrain, convenient location, numerous off-mountain activities, and the beautiful dry Utah snow. The historic town has a vast number of stores and restaurants plus there are numerous other activities that will keep everyone happy. Also, Park City has a lot more nightlife than any other ski resort in Utah. So, if you are also looking for something more lively, you won’t be disappointed. Overall, a great place that has become one of the top resorts in North America.
Park City Mountain Resort Notable trails:
- Jupiter Bowl
- McConkey’s Bowl
- Thaynes Canyon
- Blue Slip Bowl
Park City Mountain Resort Tip:
- Night skiing is rare with western U.S. Mountains. If you’ve never done it, give it a try.
- Carry a trail map. This place is huge!
- While skiing or riding at Park City, try lunch at Lookout Cabin, a sit-down table-served lunch with spectacular views of the Wasatch Range.
- If you are staying at Canyons Ski Resort and need a good restaurant, check out Farm at Canyons, the award-winning farm-to-table restaurant.
- Grand Summit HotelGrand Summit Hotel – this is a AAA Four-Diamond Award hotel that is perfect for those looking for top-notch on-mountain including a full service spa facility, outdoor heated pool and gourmet dining options.
- Sundial Lodge – If you are looking for something more casual, this ski-in/ski-out lodging is located in the heart of the village.
- Also, consider the Waldorf Astoria Park City and Park City Peaks Hotel
- If you are looking to save a lot of money and are interested in trying different mountains, stay closer to Park City and make the drive.