If you’re looking for a sweet place to ski or snowboard this winter, or a place to simply get away from the routine of life and just relax, you should definitely consider Park City, Utah. This former mining town is located just a short 32 miles from Salt Lake City’s downtown area, and is one of Utah’s premiere destinations. This town of 7,500 residents is nestled at the top of Parley’s Canyon, which is a quick drive along Interstate 80 heading east.
There are accommodations for at least 12,000 visitors to Park City, which makes the town a popular destination for winter enthusiasts. Many vacationers would consider this town as a destination, since it offers world-class amenities for snow sports, and includes 4 resorts with more than 9800 acres of terrain.You’ll find skiing havens such as the Canyons Resort, Sundance Resort, Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley Resort, and all are a quick drive from the city.
If you’re looking for something to do when you’re not hitting the slopes, check out Park City’s Main Street. Old Town is a great place to mingle with tourists and locals, and includes dozens of quirky boutiques and galleries to browse. There are more than 100 restaurants in the town, so there is something for every palate. The nightlife is vibrant here, and you can choose from wine bars and clubs to unwind after a long day of skiing.
At the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, Park City hosted numerous events at the Utah Olympic Park, like bobsleigh, skeleton, luge and Nordic jumping. At close to 400 acres, the park is definitely a must-see attraction in Park City Utah. There are daily guided tours of the competition sites, including the world’s tallest ski jumps. Have you ever wanted to take a ride in a bobsled? You can! In December, anyone can at Utah Olympic Park. You’ll travel up to 80 miles an hour in one of the bobsleds at the track.
If you’ve made the decision to come to Utah in the winter to check out Park City, keep in mind that the Wasatch Front area can get quite a bit of snow. Make sure you check the reports for traffic in Utah before you travel up to Park City. Many times during the winter months, I-80 through Parley’s Canyon can get treacherous, and could be restricted to vehicles with four wheel drive or chains on their tires.
Finally, take lots of pictures! The mountains are spectacular when they’re covered in snow, and can serve as a nice backdrop for family portraits. What’s your favorite place to visit in Park City? I’d love to hear your comments below!