The big news for 2015/16 is that Park City Mountain Resort is to be linked to next-door Canyons by a new gondola and new runs to form the USA's biggest linked ski area. It could easily be made even bigger by linking to neighbouring Deer Valley, which is separated from the Park City slopes only by a fence between two pistes, and by separate ownership.

Any skier holidaying in Park City should definitely spend a day or more at Deer Valley (but boarding is banned there) and international visitors can buy a pass covering days at both. Park City's historic Main Street is a compelling place to spend time, with colourful old buildings and lively bars and restaurants. And 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.

Park City is about 45 minutes by road from Salt Lake City. It was a silver-mining boom town, and in the late 19th century it boasted a population of 10,000, a red-light area, a Chinese quarter and 27 saloons.

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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