If you haven’t skied Park City, Utah you are missing out! Jim and I have been shredding the mountain tops of Park City and some of the surrounding mountains for over 15 years and would recommend it every time. It’s an easy flight into Salt Lake City (SLC) and weather isn’t a factor for delays because it’s a valley and flat. No mountain tops to cause any issues. Once you land, it’s a 35+ minute drive to Park City. We drove from California because when you drive cross country with 4 kids over 12+ days, driving 10+ hours is nothing. And let’s face it 6 people and a dog….we have a LOT of stuff!
Park City is a very International town! Home of the Sundance Film Festival. Some of the best restaurants up and down Main Street, gorgeous ski resorts with full amenities, spa, ski school and all the things you would need and want for a family ski trip! Fun Fact: Utah is actually the second driest state in the US so make sure you hydrate and bring your Beautycounter lotion and lip balm!
I know what you’re thinking….is it Covid friendly? Yes they are safe and operating business as usual with of course mask wearing. But if you think about it skiing is a pretty individualized and distant sport and it’s so cold you wear a gator anyway that covers your mouth and nose so all good there. The ski schools are smaller sizes and the number of lift tickets available are limited so once you know your travel dates BOOK YOUR LIFT TICKETS.
Where to Stay
Let’s get to what you really want to know….where to stay? This depends on where you want to Ski/Board.We rented a house in The Promontory which is a beautiful private community just north, about 6 miles from Park City. Best place to look for a condo or house to rent is VRBO, you will find a better deal than going directly through the resorts. We prefer homes to rent when we travel because we are 6 sometimes 7 people and now we bring Kona when we travel (because I can’t leave her) so we need space. As for hotels – lots to choose from, it really depends on where you want to ski or snowboard.
Deer Valley – is SKI ONLY. No snowboarders. So if this is your vibe then check out the Montage, Stein Eriksen Lodge, St. Regis or Deer Valley Resort. They are all gorgeous, full amenities with ski concierges, great restaurants, spa, etc. The Montage even has a bowling alley and arcade for the kids to hang. Fun family night! Deer Valley will be up the mountain from Park City Main Street, about 2 miles.
Park City – Proper Park City is a good size with a few hotels, some Bed & Breakfast/Inns and lots of condos/units to rent. You can ski Park CityMountain (ski and board) which is literally in town, Canyons (ski and board) or drive about an hour to Alta (ski only), Snowbird (ski and board), Brighton (ski and board). AMAZING local mountains, little higher altitude so more snow but harder to get to…especially if weather is not so great. Jim’s cousin is Ski Patrol there so we love the insider access.
Canyons Park City – has a few hotels and condos for rent at the base of the mountain. Gondola access to the chair lift and a few restaurants located right in the Canyons village. I recommend Waldorf Astoria and the Grand Summit Hotel. Canyons is about a 6 minute drive to Park City Main Street.
Where to Eat & Shop
Main Street is the place to be! Super cute, red brick exposed older buildings, outdoor bistro lights and art galleries line the street. I love to support small local shops whenever we travel and Park City has some great ones. Boutiques, turquoise jewelry stores, fur fashion, lounges and amazing restaurants! Great to walk around during the day or take a nice post-dinner stroll and do a little window shopping.
A few fav restaurants in the heart of Main Street are:
Yuki Yama– really good sushi
Riverhorse – an oldie but a goodie!
No Name Saloon – amazing bison burger and must see. Might be 21 and over….it was the last time we were there.
Other favorites worth booking a reservation at are:
Hearth and Hill – recommended to me by a friend back in CT and was by far our fav!!! SOO good
Bartolo’s – handmade, delicious modern Italian
Mercantile – this is a family owned and operated restaurant located in Midway. About 20 minutes east of Park City and worth the drive. Delicious food, great cocktails and cute little town. This is where I took the girls horseback riding too!
The Peak at the Promontory – by far a favorite. Beautiful fine dining restaurant (and ok for kids) located at the top of the Promontory community with delicious steaks and fresh seafood. We all loved this one!
Other Must-See Stops
Judy’s Donuts – um..yes worth the drive and being pulled over to get these donuts for Jim and the kids!
Auntie Em’s Baked Goods – yummy cookies, scones and pies baked fresh every morning. Delicious! Thank you Barbara for the rec.
Woodward Park City – you will see this spot as you are driving into Park City from the highway. Awesome tubing hills, jumps and small beginner ski mountain. They also have a restaurant that has an indoor skate/scooter/bike park (which is open).
All in all, Park City is the IDEAL ski and snow family vacation. Great fun for the whole family. We will be back in the spring/summer to check out more of the warmer season’s outdoor activities.