Park city has long claimed the title of the largest ski resort in the United States, and while it was recently edged out in 2016 it still has plenty to commend it - an attractive resort town, a huge range of intermediate terrain and a constantly updated lift system. 

Park City's historic Main Street is a compelling place to spend time, with colourful old buildings, being widely considered one of the most attractive ski towns in the United States and a huge tourism draw for Utah. The town is a good base for visiting other Utah resorts, including the famously powdery Snowbird and Alta, less than an hour away by car.  It was a silver-mining boom town, and in the late 19th century it boasted a population of 10,000, a Chinese quarter and 27 saloons. That the resort's reputation is as much about off snow activities as it is about skiing is a testament to what the city has to offer. Home to the world famous Sundance Film festival as well as many outdoor sports businesses the thriving resort has plenty to keep non skiers amused. Endless bars, restaurants and clubs offer a huge range of hospitality options.

Shortly after being purchased by Vail Resorts, Park City was combined with neighboring Canyons as part of a $50m investment to form what was then the largest ski area in the United Sates, totalling 348 trails over 7300 acres of terrain, no less than 8 terrain parks including a super pipe and ski in / out access to the high street. This also gives guests the option of basing themselves in the more sedate surroundings of Canyons Village. Any skier holidaying in Park City should definitely spend a day or more at Deer Valley (Though boarding is banned there). Park City is about 45 minutes by road from Salt Lake City, making it a short transfer for families. 

Pros

Entertaining, historic Main Street

Lots of bars and restaurants make nonsense of Utah's Mormon image

Easy to ski Deer Valley as well as newly linked Canyons area

Cons

Resort is an enormous, charmless sprawl, with most lodgings a drive from Main Street and the slopes

Runs tend to be rather short

Still a few slow chairlifts

Getting there

  • Salt Lake City airport: 30 minutes

Good For

Ability
  • Advanced
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
In Resort
  • Off The Slopes
  • Ski To Door
  • Village Charm
On Slope
  • Boarder
  • Fast Lifts
  • No Queues
  • Snow Reliability
  • Terrain Parks

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