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PARK CITY

Ski & Snowboard Resort Review

Park City UTAH, USA has over one hundred trails and an excellent snow record of 350 inches of dry powder snow each season.

Park City Skiing and Snowboarding Terrain

The skiing and snowboarding terrain is made up of open deep powder bowls and chutes, heavily treed terrain, wide long groomed trails and gentle beginner areas.

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Park City Mountain Resort

Advanced Skiing and Snowboarding at Park City

In fresh snow the double black steep chutes of Pinecone Ridge offer deep powder turns leading into heavily treed terrain - just be prepared for a small hike to access the best drops.

The McConkey’s Chairlift leads to the double black diamond steep chutes in the McConkey’s and Puma Bowls.
For big moguls head to Fools Gold and Glory Hell runs accessed via the Motherlode Chairlift.

In 2008 Park City introduced a new high speed quad chair the Crescent Chairlift running from the base area to Crescent Ridge. The new chairlift gives quick and easy access to the majority of the resort and direct access to the Silverlode, Bonanza, King Con, PayDay, Town, Pioneer and McConkey’s lifts. Get up early and be one of the first to hit the slopes for fast GS turns across the entire resort.

Intermediate Skiing and Snowboarding at Park City

Intermediates have endless options at Park City Mountain Resort happily covering the entire resort on groomed trails. The intermediate trails on the mid mountain section and around the King Con Chairlift are steep, fast and wide.

For a fun tree lined groomed trail head to the Puma Bowl for a run down Sunrise. Enjoy some wide turns down the new Georgeanna trail running through Molly's woods leading off the Tycoon trail down to the base of McConkey's Bowl.

Don’t miss the Motherlode Meadows created in 2007 when diseased trees were cleared between the Single Jack and Sunnyside trails leaving scattered trees just right for intermediate powder tree skiing and snowboarding.

Park City Mountain Resort has a unique ‘signature run’ grooming program meaning advanced trails usually left in their natural state are groomed enabling intermediate skiers and snowboarders access to trails they would not usually be able to access. Just look for a grooming report each morning at the base area to see what has been groomed.

Beginner Skiing and Snowboarding at Park City

The majority of Park City’s beginner trails are in the base area. Once confidence grows catch the Pioneer Chairlift up to access Park City’s longest trail; Homerun at 3.5 miles it is gentle wide and great fun.

Beginner lessons are available from Park City Ski and Snowboard School. Lessons meet at the base of the PayDay Chairlift before heading over to the First Time beginner slope. The Kids Signature Programs for children aged between six and fourteen have a maximum of five children per instructor.

Park City Terrain Park and Halfpipe

Park City’s terrain parks are consistently ranked number 1 in the world by ski and snowboard magazines. In total the resort has 3 parks and 1 superpipe.

Learn the basics in the Pick’n Shovel Park with six main jumps, fun boxes and rails before moving into King’s Crown Park with four medium sized jumps, twenty rails and a couple of fun boxes. Jonesy’s Park is for the experts, everything is supersized with 50, 60 and 70 foot jumps and massive rails and boxes.

The perfectly shaped Eagle Superpipe has 22 foot walls and is longer than 500 feet.

Park City Night skiing and snowboarding

The First Time and PayDay Chairlifts are open from 4pm to 7.30pm every night for night skiing and snowboarding.

Park City Snowcat Skiing and Snowboarding

Snowcat skiing and snowboarding is operated by Park City Powder Cats in the nearby Thousand Peaks Ranch. The Ranch is spread over 40,000 acres of privately owned land.

A typical snowcat skiing and snowboarding day consists of 8 to 12 runs between 8,000 and 12,000 feet with two experienced guides per group.

Gourmet picnic lunches and avalanche transceivers are provided.

Other Activities at Park City

Guests at Park City can enjoy snow tubing, dog sledging, hot air ballooning, ice skating, fly fishing, snowmobiling tours and sleigh rides.

A recently introduced activity at Park City is the Alpine Coaster ride. Ride an automated toboggan to the top of the hill before hurtling down a 4,000 feet curving winding rail course back down again.

Park City Shopping

At the base of the resort in the Legacy Lodge Legacy Sports has all the latest fashion in ski and snowboard equipment and Park City Mountain Rentals all rental ski and snowboard equipment available. Overnight storage lockers are also located within the Legacy Lodge.

The town of Park City has many ski and snowboard equipment shops, fashion boutiques, art galleries, souvenir stores, jewellers, book stores, furniture and grocery stores.

On Mountain Restaurants at Park City

Park City has 8 on mountain restaurants.

The historic miners Mid Mountain Lodge, halfway down the Mid Mountain trail is well know as having the best home made chilli and chowder in Park City.

Serving breakfast and lunch daily Summit House at the top of the Bonanza Chairlift has spectacular views across Park City and the surrounding mountains.

The European style coffee house Five Way Café, halfway down the Homerun Trail serves gourmet crepes, sandwiches and soups for lunch daily.

Park City Restaurants

Park City has more than one hundred restaurants and bars ranging from fine dining French to European, American, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Mexican and seafood.

Park City Nightlife

The most popular night spot in Park City is The Sidecar in Main Street open late every night with dancing, DJs and live bands. They have theme nights throughout the season and serve food until late.

The Hungry Moose Pub is a sports bar in Main Street with huge satellite and cable TVs broadcasting the latest sporting news and events and a full service bar.

The Bacchus Wine Bar in Main Street has over 100 wines available by the glass and is open until midnight every night and 1am on Friday and Saturday nights.

The Wasatch Brew Pub in Main Street has 7 home brews and a hearty dinner menu to suit all tastes.

Utah and Park City Liquor Laws

July 1st 2009 saw Utah’s strict and outdated liquor laws amended. Bars no longer operate as ‘private clubs’ that require paid memberships for entry instead any patron under the age of 35 has their ID scanned and saved on file for 7 days.

Low strength beer can be purchased at grocery stores in Park City but only State Liquor Stores can sell full strength beer, wine and spirits. There are three State Liquor Stores in the town of Park City, no membership is required to purchase liquor from these stores.

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Andrew Chambers. PROS - huge snow dumps - perfect terrain for all levels, young children included - Town Lift originates literally in the middle of the town ensuring a short walk for many holiday makers - mountain divided into 4 areas; Base Area perfect for beginners and children; East Side and Pinecone Ridge for advanced and experts only; Mid Mountain generally best suited for intermediates - good terrain parks - gourmet dining available on mountain as well as in the town CONS - very crowded in peak times - Expensive every thing from lunch to accommodation to equipment - mormon state, very weird alcohol laws for those of us who enjoy a full strength beverage.

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Statistics

Elevation
 
ft
m
summit
10,000
3,048
Base
6,900
2,103
Average Snowfall
355 inches
Lifts
16
Trails - view map
107
3,300 acres
Terrain %
advanced
38
intermediate
44
beginner
18
Halfpipe
1 superpipe
Terrain Park
3
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