There’s Snow Place Like Park City
Park City --- one of the newest, world-class destinations --- is one of the largest ski locations in the country, gracing the grand Wasatch Mountains. Here, at the top of the world, unbelievably picturesque scenery abounds with natural views guaranteed to exceed the expectations of outdoor enthusiasts, artsy-folksy types and party hosts used to living life in the luxury lane.
An American Rebirth
Park City found its prominent place in American history in the 1860s when its prolific silver and gold mining industry boomed. Through aggressive tourism initiatives, the city successfully rebounded in the 1980s and 90s, capitalizing on the slogan, the “Greatest Snow on Earth”, created by The Park City Chamber of Commerce/Convention & Visitors Bureau. It is the home of the lauded United States Ski Team; the popular Sundance Film Festival and, for the chocolate chip maven, Mrs. Fields Cookies.
Why You Should Live in Park City
Park City offers a combination of natural geographic wonders and world-class living amenities in a variety of communities; from sophisticated, refined lifestyles to those of avid, energetic outdoor personalities. Either way --- and anywhere in between --- Park City is uniquely beautiful, with miles and miles of unobstructed mountain and forest views, and frequent sightings of native wildlife, all contributing to pure, undisturbed solitude.
Here are the 10 top reasons why people love living in Park City:
1. The weather is amazing!
You’ll find magnificent, world-class skiing on wide, open slopes under fairy tale perfect blue skies from late October through April. Park City’s base elevation at 6,900-feet and summit elevation of 10,000-feet among 8 mountain peaks, provides a total skiable area of a generous 3,300 acres. Summers are mild, and as the local saying goes, “if you don’t like the weather, just wait 5 minutes.”
2. Not 1, not 2, but 3 world-renowned ski resorts are located here:
The Canyons, Park City Mountain Resort, and Deer Valley Resort. Within a 60-minute drive, you can also visit seven other nearby top-notch ski resorts.
3. The majestic Wasatch Mountain Range is your playground!
This gift from Mother Nature embraces towering peaks over 12,000-feet high! Just being surrounded by them is awe inspiring, but skiing them --- now that’s the prize! The winter run is flanked by running streams, coveted fly-fishing meccas; tubing, boating and kayaking areas and over 300 miles of scenic hiking trails. Who knows? You may even be joined by a moose, an elk or a gentle deer along the way!
4. Outdoor --- and indoor --- recreation abounds.
Whether you’re skiing, hiking, boating or fishing; or choose to melt every time you take in the breathtaking vista from the deck of your home at the end of the day, Park City has it all. If you prefer a roof over your head and ice under your feet, you’ll enjoy the huge indoor skating rink, as well as venues for tennis and golf; hot springs, reservoirs, forests and other natural attractions.
5. The free shuttle system will take you wherever you want to go.
Go to the city center, recreation and any sport facility, the 3 world-class ski resorts; find unbelievable, eclectic shopping and dining in Old Town Park City (right in the heart of quaint Old Town); visit surrounding neighborhoods, schools, work places and more!!! FREE IS GOOD!
6. Lose yourself in a diversity of arts and entertainment.
Park City offers the finest in concerts and musical entertainment; theatre, art shows, festivals and exciting, year-round cultural events.
7. Park City is just a 30 to 40-minute drive away from Salt Lake International Airport.
Imagine being on the East coast in the morning and on Park City’s slopes by mid-afternoon!
8. Utah has One of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, enhanced by the low-cost of living in the Salt Lake Valley.
9. The Park City school district ranks as one of the highest in the nation.
10. The Park City Intermountain Medical Center, a state-of-the-art facility, with a new Intensive Care Unit, is easily accessible.
Welcome to the Neighborhoods
Old Town Park City: Ski-in/ski-out condos and single family homes; situated on major bus route, within walking distance of Main Street (upscale boutiques, clubs, bars, restaurants, quaint historic district). Neighboring communities include Park Meadows/Thaynes Canyon; Deer Valley, the Colony at Colony at White Pine Canyon, Canyons/Sunpeak, Pinebrook/Jeremy Ranch and Summitt Park.
Rocky Mountain natural panorama luxury homes and estates: Deer Crest, the Colony at White Pine Canyon, Empire Pass at Deer Valley, Lodges at Deer Valley and Deer Valley Resort condominiums; luxury golf/resort communities: Glenwild, Tuhaye, Promontory and Victory Ranch.
Family-oriented communities: Snyderville Basin, Kimball Junction, Silver Lake; Glenwild/Silver Creek; Jordanelle; Silver Meadows, Silver Springs.
“Insider” bonus information:
Getting here: Getting to Park City by air is quicker and more frequently scheduled than many direct flights from most major cities.
Bigger and better: This winter, the $50 million Vail Resort will absorb the Canyons’ Resort ski area, making Park City the biggest new ski destination in the United States, and the 2nd on the North American continent, with a total of 7, 300 acres.
The IMBA Award – Gold Level Mountain Biking: Park City is as designated as the world’s first ever Gold Level Ride Center, based on “a commitment to master planning”, per IMBA's Director of Trail Solutions, James Clark.
The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) ranks locations for possible Ride Center status based on comprehensive criteria including mileage of various types of trails, quantity and quality of lodgings and restaurants; availability of pump tracks and lift service riding, trail head facilities, ride activities, and more.
The Utah Olympic Park --- constructed before the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games --- is the active Official U.S. Olympic Training Site, a center for training and developing Olympic level athletes.
The Winter Sports School: “A truly wonderful place to come of age.”
The Winter Sports School in Park City is a full-year, Charter School, grades 9 through 12. The school’s mission is to develop students with a passion for learning and excellence, both academically and athletically. A college preparatory program is offered which combines high academic standards with distinction in winter sports, focusing on the development of the whole person, challenging students to reach beyond their limits in all aspects of life.
Puppy Love: Isn’t it nice to know that the thoughtful proprietors of the city eateries listed below welcome both you and your precious pet? As a responsible pet owner, bring lots of tasty treats with you to reward your furry darling for sitting quietly and not greeting every other dog who walks into the establishment. Your pet must be leashed at all times, and if he/she gets a little too barky, a short walk outside will quell any nervousness --- for everyone. (And last, but not least, please bring a pet waste bag, just in case it’s needed.)
1500 Kearns Blvd.
Park City, UT
Serving Dinner (Upscale Steak & Fish House)
Blind Dog Restaurant
1251 Kearns Blvd
Park City, UT
Serving Lunch & Dinner (American Cuisine)
970 N. State Street Road 32
Kamas, UT 84036
Best Sunday Brunch
The Bridge Cafe
825 Main Street (upper deck)
Park City, UT
Cortona Italian Cafe
1612 Ute Blvd. #112
Park City, UT
Serving Lunch & Dinner (Homemade Italian meals)
199 South Main
Heber City, UT
Serving Lunch & Dinner (Gluten-Free Menu)
1782 Prospector Ave.
Park City, UT
Serving Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner-Catering (Indian-Persian Cuisine)
890 Main Street
Park City, UT
Windy Ridge Cafe and Grill
1250 Iron Horse Dr.
Park City, UT 84060
Serving Lunch - Dinner- Bakery
577 Main St.
Park City, UT
Serving Lunch & Dinner (Asian Fusion)
Best month to ski: During the Sundance Festival. There are tons of people in town, but they aren’t there to ski. The mountain is virtually empty!
Best powder Run: Park City Mountain Resort high-speed 4-seat Crescent Lift, Silver Star, Pine Cone Ridge, or Deer Valley – Lady Morgan.
Best favorite ski-runs: Jupiter Lift for powder skiing; King Con Express Six-Pack and Motherlode Express Quad for groomers.
Best Hiking Trails: 60 miles of scenic trails at Deer Valley Resort. Follow with cocktails and lunch on the deck of Silver Lake Lodge’s Royal Street Café.
Best in town après ski: No Name Saloon and Grill, Park City’s oldest, most popular bar. Second best: High West Saloon with alpine-inspired Western fare and award winning local whiskeys and vodka; visit its distillery and tasting room.
Best on-mountain meal: The Mid-Mountain Burger or Chicken Sandwich at Mid-Mountain Lodge.
Best favorite bike trail: Park City Mountain Resort bike ride on Armstrong to Spiro.