Park City & Deer Valley, Utah

Park City & Deer Valley, Utah (12/30-1/5/2013 & 2/2-10/2016) – We have skied over 30 ski resorts in North America - the Park City area is our favorite ski vacation experience. See our skiing tips below for the best time to go and tips for the best skiing.

Great Skiing Park City Resort Utah
Great Skiing 
- Park City Resort, Utah
Why do we love the Park City area for skiing? The skiing is wonderful with possibly the best light powder snow in the world. Featuring one of the best free bus systems in the world, Park City offers family-friendly and advanced skiing as well as snowboarding opportunities. You can choose to ski at two world-class ski resorts voted in the top 10 Ski Resorts by SKI Magazine's 2012 Reader Survey (Deer Valley Resort #2, Park City #4) – more on these below). Deer Valley Resort was voted #1 for 5 years in a row. These resorts have excellent programs for kids, ski lessons, restaurants, and lodging accommodations.

Historic Main Town Park City Utah
Historic Main Town 
- Park City, Utah
And there’s a lot more to love... let’s add a wonderfully restored historic mining town with great restaurants and chic shopping. Park City’s historic main town is one of the best ski resort towns in the U.S. Pat loves wandering in and out of the quaint shops and art galleries. We love to have dinner at some of the excellent restaurants – see travel tips below for some of our favorites. Now add to all this some of the friendliest people around and an excellent free heated shuttle bus system to Park City area so you don’t need a car, even from the easy-to-access Salt Lake City Airport that is just 40 minutes away - we use Uber.

Pat Dunap Found Her Cowboys  Park City Utah
Pat Found Her Cowboys 
- Park City, Utah
Park City with many other entertainment attractions is a winter wonderland for both skiers and non-skiers. Other fun winter activities include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, snowmobiling, sleigh rides, tubing, shows, shopping, and dining. Because this is a fairly large year-round community, there are lots of other family things to do like bowling, movies, etc.

Pat Wayne dunlap Utah Olympic Park
Pat & Wayne at the Utah Olympic Park
Olympic Jump Olympic Park Utah
Olympic Jump - Utah Olympic Park
Park City was the location of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Skiing events were held at the Park City and Deer Valley resorts. The Utah Olympic Park was a competition venue for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games for Nordic jumping and the sliding sports of bobsleigh, luge and skeleton. It hosted more than 300,000 visitors and 14 Olympic medal events. 

The Utah Olympic Park now serves as an U.S. Olympic Training site and museum. For no charge when you visit Park City, you can watch athletes train and visit interesting museums. The adventurous (with a fee) can race down the track in a bobsled going up to 80 miles per hour and experience 5 G’s of force.

Park City is a year-round resort town located in the Wasatch Mountains, part of the Rocky Mountain Range in Utah. The altitude in Park City town center is about 7,000 feet above sea level rising to over 10,000 feet in the surrounding mountain peaks. Summer activities include hiking, mountain & road biking, horseback riding, golfing, shopping, and dining.

Beautiful Sundance Resort Utah
Beautiful Sundance Resort - Utah
Park City is also well known for hosting the annual Sundance Film Festival. It was started in 1978 and is now the largest independent film festival in the U.S. The Sundance Film Festival is widely recognized as the premier showcase for American and international independent films and has grown to 45,000 yearly attendees.

About an hour drive from Park City is Robert Redford’s Sundance Resort. It built in a beautiful canyon respecting nature and artistic experimentation. You can ski and stay at the resort or just enjoy a wonderful drive and have lunch or dinner in the very good restaurant.

Travel tips...

Great Restaurants Like Grappa Park City Utah
Great Restaurants Like Grappa  
on Main Street - Park City, Utah
Romantic Horse Drawn Sleigh Ride to Snowed Inn Park City Utah wayne pat dunlap
Romantic Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride 
to Snowed Inn - Park City, Utah
Restaurants in Park City... There are many good restaurants to enjoy. Here of are a few of the more than 100 restaurants in the Park City area we like. In the main Park City town, for fine dining (and the price to go with it), we like Riverhorse on Main, Chimayo, Grappa, and Bistro 412. For less pricey and more ‘local’ atmosphere, try the No Name Saloon & Grill and Main Street Pizza is always good.

Taking a horse-drawn sleigh ride for dinner at the Snowed Inn makes for a fun evening. Park City's Redstone Mall, with its nice movie theater and bowling, as well as other malls in the area offer good dining alternatives with better prices than downtown.

Skiing Park City on Keystone Run
Skiing Park City 
on Keystone Run
Travel ski tips for less crowded skiing the Park City area: Generally the following tips will yield much less crowds. 1) Midweek is better than weekends when many locals in the area come up to ski. 2) Take a late lunch around 1:15PM – the slopes are much less crowed when most skiers go to lunch from 11:45AM to 1:15PM. 3) Deer Valley Resort limits the number of skiers so head over there early on busy days. 4) If you can, avoid popular holidays (i.e. Christmas/New Year week, President’s Day and Martin Luther King weekends). 5) The weeks after New Years and befort the Sundance Festival are less crowded. 6) If you can find an affordable place to stay, few people ski during the Sundance Festival. 7) When it gets crowded on the Park City side, you can use the Quicksilver Gondola to the Canyons side and ski down to the Iron Mountain Express lift for some good skiing, returning to the Park City side later.
Santa Claus Loves Skiing at Park City Utah
Santa Claus Loves Skiing 
at Park City, Utah

Skiing tips for Park City: Now the largest ski resort in the U.S. after the purchase by Vail Properties in 2015, you can ski both Park City and the Canyons Resort for the same ski ticket price. I prefer the former Park City side. For a fun day, try this... beginning and intermediate skiers can enjoy runs from the Payday Express lift at the bottom accessed from the Park City Resort Base area. If you are in in a hurry to get to the higher slopes with fewer crowds, walk up to Crescent Express lift and then ski down to the Silverlode Express lift and/or the King Con Express lift. Ski the many runs until it gets crowded.

Christmas Lights Parade  Park City Utah
Christmas Lights Parade 
- Park City, Utah
At Park City, Intermediate and advanced skiers will enjoy the Motherlode Express and Thaynes lifts. The Juniper Bowl accessed by the Juniper lift, will challenge experts - be aware there is no easy way down from Juniper. For the best mountain views, don’t miss the top of McConkey’s Express lift. For lunch, I like the Minors Camp at the bottom of the Silverlode Express lift. Skiing the Homerun run will take you back to the Park City Resort Center from the top of the mountain to the bottom. Sign up at to see your vertical feet skied and other information for Park City.

Pat Dunlap Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley Utah snow skiiing
Pat Loves Stein Eriksen Lodge 
- Deer Valley, Utah
Typical Deer Valley Home utah
Typical Luxury Deer Valley Home
Also, skiing at the Deer Valley Resort is a pleasure that you should not miss. It is my favorite in the Park City area. Deer Valley Resort caters to a more upscale audience offering amenities such as free ski valets, free parking shuttles, fine dining, and boutique shopping. Many people love the fact Deer Valley Resort is one of the last 3 ski resorts in North America that does not allow snowboarders.

Skiing tips for Deer Valley Resort: I prefer to take the Silver Lake Express lift to the upper part of Deer Valley Resort for good skiing for beginner, intermediate, and advance skiers. A basic rule of thumb is to go right at the top to Flagstaff Mountain for beginning and intermediate skiing and go left to Bald Mountain for more advanced intermediate, advanced, and expert skiing. Lunch at the Silver Lake Lodge with be one of the best dining experiences you with have skiing.

Pat absolutely loves visiting the Stein Eriksen Lodge (see photo) on the mountain of Deer Valley Resort, especially around Christmas time. You can ski to Stein Eriksen Lodge or access it by car or shuttle. Deer Valley Resort is famous for its grooming, limits ticket sales to avoid overcrowding, and doen't allow snowboarders. 

Pat Wayne dunlap at a Cozy Fire After Skiing Park City Utah
Pat & Wayne at a Cozy Fire 
After Skiing - Park City, Utah
Staying in the Park City area... You have many options with so many nice hotels and condos to choose from. Although we enjoy “ski on / ski off” accommodations, in order to get good values we recommend to stay in places near the shuttle bus stops. 

Park City Peaks Hotel utah
Park City Peaks Hotel - Utah
For many years, we have enjoyed staying at the Park City Peaks Hotel (click here for more information). It is right on a major shuttle bus stop that services all the major shuttle routes. From here it is easy to get to historic Park City downtown, all three ski resorts (Park City, Deer Valley, and the Canyons), Olympic Park, and even out to major malls for additional entertainment (movies) and dining opportunities. At the Park City Peaks Hotel, we enjoy the comfortable clean rooms, large heated indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis and pool, friendly and helpful staff, free Wi-Fi Internet, fire in the lobby hearth, and to top things off, the free cookies and hot chocolate at 4pm.

Alden webber Pat  Wayne dunlap at Christmas Tree deer valley stein eriksen lodge
Alden, Pat, & Wayne 
at Christmas Tree 
- Stein Eriksen Lodge, 
Deer Valley Resort
Pat calls herself a “lobbyist” because while Wayne is skiing, she enjoys reading and meeting interesting people in the beautiful lobbies of 5-star hotels. In addition to Stein Eriksen Lodge, she likes the St. Regis at Deer Valley Resort and the Waldorf Astoria in Park City.

Some history... Long before Park City became a famous mountain resort, it had a lively and colorful past as a successful silver mining town founded in 1869. By 1900, Park City had 10,000 residents and 100 saloons with the second largest silver strike in U.S. and 1,200 miles of mining tunnels under the city. Silver was mined in Park City until the early 1970's.

Host of 2002 Winter Olympics  Park City  Deer Valley Utah
Host of 2002 Winter Olympics 
- Park City & Deer Valley Resort, Utah
Between 1880 and 1920, Park City mines produced more than 20 million tons of ore including lead, zinc, copper, silver, and a small amount of gold. The mining company, Park City Consolidated Mines, started the ski business in 1963, building the first lifts on what was then called Treasure Mountain. In 2002, Park City and Deer Valley were major host sites for the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.

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