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Located just 35 minutes southeast of Salt Lake International Airport, Park City UT is known for its ski resorts. Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley Resort and The Canyons Resort share 3,800 hectares (9,600 acres) of skiing within eight kilometers of each other.

The population of Park City is 8,000, but it swells in winter with skiers heading to the three mountain resorts, as well as five more ski resorts within a one-hour drive (Sundance, Snowbird, Solitude, Brighton and Alta).

Park City ski resorts

Park City Mountain Resort has a $10.5 million Crescent high-speed chairlift, snow-making facilities and Mid-Mountain Lodge. A Save our Snow program will offset 100 per cent of power consumption from renewable energy resources.

The Canyons Resort added intermediate and advanced gladed tree runs and increased its snow grooming fleet by 20 per cent and snow-making by 30 per cent. The Iron Mountain connector chairlift improved access from the Dream peaks to Tombstone lift. A gondola allows skiers to access Resort Village from the Miner's Club and Dakota Mountain Lodge.

Deer Valley Resort is investing $8 million to renovate Empire Canyon Lodge and replace Cushing's Cabin on top of Flagstaff Mountain for housing Flagstaff Mountain Ski Patrol and more guests.

Park City hotels

The first five-star boutique hotel in Park City, SkyLodge, is located on lower Main Street. New Silver Star accommodations at Park City Mountain Resort incorporate historic mining buildings in luxury condos, townhouses and cottages.

Newpark Resort is a five-star hotel with townhouses in the Redstone area, next to the 451-hectare (1,100-acre) Swaner Nature Preserve.

A St. Regis Resort is located at Deer Valley Resort. An ER3 (Environmental Responsible Redevelopment and Reuse) Montage Resort and Spa is also located at Deer Valley Resort.

Dakota Mountain Lodge, the first ski property in the Waldorf-Astoria Collection, features a Golden Door Spa, meeting space and restaurants at The Canyons Resort.

Park City vacations

Besides winter sports, ranging from snowmobiling to snowboarding, and summer activities, like hiking and golf, Park City offers things to do year-round. At Utah Olympic Park, site of the 2002 Olympic bobsled, luge and ski jumping events, visitors can watch athletes train, tour two museums and ride a bobsled with an experienced driver.

The renovated Park City Museum features new interactive exhibits. (Park City was a busy mining town in the late 1800s and early 1900s.) Visitors can take monthly Art Gallery Strolls and view displays at Kimball Art Center.

The Canyons Resort Village offers classes and a glass-blowing studio at Glory Hole.

Sundance Film Festival is held in January. Travel packages include hotels, skiing, tickets for film screenings and transportation.

Food and drink

With more than 100 restaurants and bars in Park City, choices range from the casual Squatter's Brew Pub to award-winning fine dining at The Riverhorse and Grappa.

Alcohol is not prohibited in Park City. In fact, High West Distillery, the first “legal” distillery since the end of prohibition, is located on historic Main Street. It produces two Rendezvous rye whiskies and Vodka 7000'. The saloon serves alpine cuisine.

High West Distillery is the first ski-in, ski-out distillery in the world. Park City is located at an altitude of 7,000 feet (2,130 meters).

You don't have to worry about drinking and driving. Free city shuttle buses operate every 20 minutes, daily, to transport you around Park City to stores, restaurants, nightclubs and ski resorts.


Park City Utah: www.parkcityinfo.com