Originally a silver mining town, Park City is now a world-renowned resort and home to America’s largest ski area.
Situated 32 miles east of Salt Lake City, Park City is nestled in the Wasatch Mountain Range, Utah. Built on the back of silver mining in the 1860s the town has a long history, but it wasn’t until the 1960s that it turned its attention to the skiing and tourist industry.
As the site of the 2002 Winter Olympics, Park City has risen to prominence and is now one of the most affluent resorts in the United States. In fact, $50 million has been spent on infrastructure upgrades linking it to neighbouring Canyons Resort, offering a staggering 7,300 acres of skiable terrain and making it the largest ski area in America.
A unique blend of old and new, Park City has a historic main street with lively bars and restaurants, art galleries and a great choice of shops ranging from small boutiques to well-known brands. There are plenty of lodging choices, from condos to upmarket hotels and luxury chalets in Park City, but the best selection of ski-in/ski-out accommodation is over in Canyons, which has a small village base and direct access to the heated Orange Bubble Express chairlift.
Renowned for its powdery peaks, Park City has an impressive annual snowfall of 355 inches and over 300 trails to explore. A great base for touring other Utah resorts including Deer Valley and Snowbird, Park City has skiing to suit all abilities and a variety of activities to enjoy, both on and off the slopes.
“With over 150 dining options available and a range of cuisines on offer, food-lovers will be spoilt for choice in Park City.”
Silver Star Cafe
Described as Park City’s ‘best kept dining secret’, Silver Star Cafe is rustic yet refined with a cosy, intimate dining room and a wrap-around outdoor patio. Situated at the base of the Silver Star chairlift, the cafe overlooks Park City golf club and is open for lunch and dinner. Several nights a week they host acoustic live music sessions showcasing talented singer/songwriters from the region.
www.thesilverstarcafe.com / +1 435 655 3456
Riverhorse on Main
Award-winning Riverhorse on Main is one of the oldest restaurants in Park City, yet also one of the most distinguished. Serving what is termed ‘eclectic American cuisine’, acclaimed chef Seth Adams produces seasonal and creative dishes including ‘Macadamia Nut Crusted Alaskan Halibut’ and ‘Crispy Guinea Hen’.
www.riverhorseparkcity.com / + 1 435 649 3536
Situated in the heart of Canyons Village, The Farm is a rustic yet chic, farm-to-table restaurant which uses seasonal local produce to create authentic dishes, including ‘Colorado Striped Bass’ and ‘Utah Veggie Pot Pie.’ Dine indoors or outdoors and enjoy a glass of wine from the restaurant’s extensive menu.
www.parkcitymountain.com/dining/the-farm / +1 435 615 8080
For a slightly different dining experience, take an evening sleigh ride up the mountain to a candlelit Viking Yurt, where incredible views of Park City and a six-course Nordic inspired meal awaits. There is one seating for up to 40 guests per evening, and the meal is accompanied by soft piano music and mulled Scandinavian wine.
www.vikingyurt.com / +1 435 615 9878
“The fun doesn’t end on the slopes in Park City and after a hard day on the mountain you don’t have to go far to find a cold beer, chic cocktail bar or live music venue.”
High West Distillery and Saloon
Conveniently situated at the bottom of Quittin’ Time ski run, this stylish bar is labelled as ‘the only ski-in-gastro-distillery in the world’. Originally built in 1914 as a stable block for mining horses, High West Distillery celebrates the rich heritage of Old West Saloons with whisky-laced tapas and classic cocktails with inspired names such as ‘Dead Man’s Boots.’
www.highwest.com/saloon.php / +1 435 649 8300
No Name Saloon
Something of an institution in Park City, No Name Saloon has been around for over 100 years. Filled with memorabilia and a vintage motorcycle suspended from the ceiling, this lively bar and grill serves typical American cuisine and has been “helping people forget their names since 1903”.
www.nonamesaloon.net / + 1 435 649 6667
Wasatch Brew Pub
A favourite with the locals, Wasatch Brew Pub, at the top of Main Street, is Utah’s first microbrewery. Complimenting their award-winning ales and lagers is a great selection of pub food including ‘Mac n’ Cheese’, ‘Fish and Chips’, and ‘Buffalo Burgers.’
www.wasatchbeers.com/brewpubs.aspx / +1 435 649 0900
Locals and visitors alike flock to this entertaining restaurant/nightclub which has been open since the mid 80’s. Enjoy classic Italian cuisine upstairs in the restaurant before heading downstairs and dancing the night away to a variety of DJs and live bands.
www.ciseros.com / +1 435 649 6800
“Extensive slopes, reliable snowfall and impressive terrain parks make Park City a fantastic destination for all ages and abilities.”
Newly linked with Canyons Resort, Park City now offers a vast ski area of varying terrain, from gentle greens to some excellent steep slopes at McConkey’s Bowl, Jupiter Peak and over at Canyons. Beginners can quickly progress up the mountain and there are plenty of wide, groomed pistes to amuse intermediates too. For those prepared to hike there’s plenty of fresh powder and for adventurous types cat and heli-skiing is also available.
Home to some of the world’s best terrain parks, snowboarders flock to Park City to test their mettle on the ‘Eagle Superpipe’ and the astounding variety of features at the massive Kings Park. For cross country skiers, there are 20 km of trails available on Park City golf course.
Park City Ski and Snowboard School
With a team of experienced instructors, Park City Ski and Snowboard School offer everything from daycare to group sessions and tailored private tuition for all ages and abilities.
www.parkcitymountain.com/lessons / +1 435 649 8111
Ski Utah Interconnect Tour
Giving advanced to expert skiers the chance to experience the magnificent backcountry terrain of Park City, the Ski Utah Interconnect Tour operates 7 days a week from Deer Valley to Snowbird, interconnecting as many as six resorts in one day.
www.skiutah.com/explore/the-interconnect-tour / +1 801 534 1907
“Aside from the skiing, eating and shopping, there are plenty of other ways to take advantage of the mountains in Park City.”
Take a two hour guided snowmobile tour through the Wasatch Mountains with Red Pine Adventures. With 1,000 acres of privately-owned backcountry to explore, negotiate forested mountain terrain and cruise along groomed trails or seek out fresh untouched powder.
www.redpinetours.com/winter-fun/snowmobile / +1 435 649 9445
Experience speeds of up to 60 mph at the Utah Olympic Park with a thrilling ride down the 2002 Olympic bobsleigh track, steered by a professional pilot. One of the fastest tracks in the world, the ride takes less than a minute but is sure to get the adrenaline pumping.
www.utaholympiclegacy.org / + 1 435 658 4206
Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides
One a private ranch, explore the beautiful landscape with a sleigh ride along the Weber river and through the woods and meadows. Afterwards, warm up in front of the wood-burning stove with a three-course dinner served inside a cosy log cabin.
www.rockymtnrec.com/sleigh-ride.php / +1 435 645 7256
A unique adventure for the whole family, experience the thrill of gliding through the snow-covered meadows of the Wasatch and Uinta Mountain Ranges in a dogsled pulled by a team of Siberian huskies.
www.allseasonsadventures.com / +1 435 649 9619