The Ultimate 2016 Guide to Skiing in Park City

Dreamcatcher ski trail in Park City. Photo credit: Abby Hein
Dreamcatcher ski trail in Park City. Photo credit: Abby Hein

This winter season, the fabulous ski destination of Park City, Utah has unveiled the largest ski and snowboard resort in the U.S. -- along with a number of several new activities and amenities for visitors. 

Just 35 minutes from Salt Lake City International Airport, Park City is one of the nation's most accessible mountain recreation destinations, home to world-class resorts and over 400 miles of public trails. Since we know a good number of you are likely heading there for a winter run this season, here's our ultimate guide to skiing Park City.

Park City

Vail Resorts has opened Park City, a ski and snowboard resort, located in the heart of the ski destination; it now offers over 7,300 acres of skiable terrain, 300 trails, and 41 lifts -- plus diverse ski-in/ski-out properties, as well as many sitting alongside the village. The opening comes after a $50 million renovation connecting Park City Mountain Resort with the former Canyons Resort.

The Quicksilver gondola. Photo credit: Abby Hein
The Quicksilver gondola. Photo credit: Abby Hein

The size of this resort has earned it the title of the largest ski and snowboard resort in the U.S., which is due to the connection of the other two resorts through a new high-speed, two-way, eight-passenger gondola, Quicksilver, which takes guests from the base of the existing Silverlode Lift at Park City to the Flatiron Lift area at Canyons. Located at the base of the Silverlode Lift, the new Miners Camp restaurant replaces the old Snow Hut and offers guests a cozy retreat from the slopes. Doubling the size, the new on-mountain restaurant features 500 indoor seats and a fresh menu highlighted by local ingredients, daily specials, handmade flatbread pizzas, Mediterranean dishes, and local drafts on tap. In addition to Quicksilver and Miners Camp, guests will also find more snowmaking across the resort, two new trails off of Pinecone Ridge, and major upgrades to the King Con and Motherlode lifts. 

Deer Valley Resort

View of Deer Valley from the The St. Regis Deer Valley Funicular. Photo by Andrew Villagomez

View of Deer Valley from the The St. Regis Deer Valley Funicular. Photo by Andrew Villagomez

Over 35 years ago, Deer Valley was the first North American resort to provide the elite service one would receive at a five-pearl hotel. This first-class service is still at the resort with an ample amount of luxurious amenities such as uniformed ski valets to assist with equipment loading and unloading, groomed-to-perfection slopes, limited lift ticket sales, gourmet dining in elegant day lodges, and more. For 2016, Deer Valley Resort was ranked #1 in the categories of Access, Guest Service, Dining, On-Mountain Food, and Lodging by the readers of SKI Magazine. Noted for its award-winning cuisine, Deer Valley adds to its on-mountain dining offerings this season with the new Bald Mountain Pho located in the Bald Mountain Room of Silver Lake Lodge -- allowing skiers to warm up with authentic Vietnamese Pho after a morning of skiing.

Where to Stay

The St. Regis Deer Valley

The St. Regis Deer Valley

  • The St. Regis Deer Valley:  For a five-pearl experience in Park City year-round, the expansive St. Regis property offers you an escape that you'll want to return to each year. Make sure to check out the nightly champagne sabering during the ski season, make use of the full-service spa, and enjoy the luxury perks that come with staying at a St. Regis.
  • Stein Eriksen Lodge: Enjoy a comfy, wilderness-chic stay option to ski-in and ski-out of Deer Valley with the Stein Eriksen Lodge. Among many amenities, the property offers a free shuttle to downtown Park City. 
  • The Grand Summit at Canyons Resort: A family-friendly option, the Grand Summit is ideal for thise looking to wake up in The Canyons. Relax in the heated outdoor pool after a day of skiing or snowboarding.
  • Westgate Park City Resort & Spa: Located at the base of Canyons Resort gondola, the hotel consists mainly of apartment-style quarters, and there are two restaurants on the property. Also on the property? The largest indoor/outdoor pool in Park City.

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