Park City travel guide: explore the vast natural beauty of the Wasatch Back
7 February, 2022
23 March, 2022
Offering both sprawling ski runs and a bustling centre of North American culture, Park City is the largest ski resort in the United States. Spanning a staggering 7,300 skiable acres, the resort promises guests old and new the chance to unwind and escape the stresses of everyday life. From the breathtaking mountainscapes of Deer Valley to the lively boutiques, restaurants and après-ski of historic Main Street; a hub of skiing adventure in winter and a spacious, serene haven in the summer; Park City has it all. Curious? You’ll find all you need to know about this marvellous resort in our Park City travel guide.
A mountain town bursting with culture
Even when you’re not skiing, there’s plenty to experience in Park City. The most notable event of the area is undoubtedly the Sundance Film Festival, the largest independent film festival in the US. Film-lovers should come in January so as not to miss such a prestigious event.
Historic Main Street is famous for its sublime restaurants, chic boutiques and exciting nightlife, all of which are open year-round. Summer in Park City is more peaceful than peak ski season, but it’s certainly no less enchanting; roam the magnificent landscape on foot or on a mountain biking tour, discover the wealth of native wildlife or visit the zipline at the Canyons for a day filled with thrills. We can arrange for a Park City hiking guide to take you on a tour of all the most breathtaking sights.
Our Park City travel guide to hitting the slopes
Boasting 17 mountain peaks, over 330 trails and gorgeous powdery snow, it’s no wonder the world-class ski town of Park City is such a desirable destination for thousands of skiers every year. Evenly split between green, blue, black diamond and even double black diamond trails, there’s something to suit skiers and snowboarders of all abilities.
Learners will want to head to High Meadow Park. With its gentle terrain and immaculately groomed snow, the conditions are just right for getting to grips with the basics before taking on a blue trail. If you’re completely new to the sport, a personal Park City ski guide can make all the difference.
Your choice between Park City Mountain, Deer Valley or Canyons Village need only be affected by where you’re staying, since all three offer a vast range of ski trails – with that said, the Canyons are especially well suited to snowboarding. No matter where you’re based, abundant ski lifts and ski express routes will take you wherever you need to go in the blink of an eye.
If you feel like something a little different, head to one of the many terrain parks and test your jibbing skills. Little Kings and Pinedraw are best suited to beginners, Pick Axe and Transitions (the former of which pays homage to the area’s mining history) are excellent for intermediate skiers, while experts should take straight to the jumps and wallrides of 3 Kings.
Aprés ski aplenty at Park City, Utah
Whether you’ve been out snowboarding at the Canyons, hitting the slopes at Deer Valley or hiking up the mountains, head to Main Street for an evening of après ski delights.
No Name Saloon
No Name Saloon is a firm local favourite, with its world-famous Buffalo Burger and vast selection of local beers. The whole establishment exudes a laid-back, trendy atmosphere, yet each of the four spaces – the main bar, mezzanine, rooftop patio and loft – has its own distinct ambience. The patio in particular is recommended for those who want a spectacular view over Main Street.
Spur Bar & Grill
If you’d prefer a more open, light-filled space, try the Spur Bar & Grill, also on Main Street. Sit back and enjoy live music every night, spanning all music genres from rock to country to blues. With its heated floor, this is the perfect place to warm up after a day in the snow. Sip the bar’s own whiskey or choose from its wide selection of craft beers to start your night in style.
High West Distillery
A little further out from the town centre of Park City lies the High West Distillery on Park Avenue. Bursting with historic charm, this place was founded in the late 1860s and remains to this day one of the most popular après ski destinations in Park City. The world’s only ski-in distillery, High West Distillery promises three things: excellent service, exuberant atmosphere and award-winning double rye.
Refuelling after a day of adventure
Flick through any Park City restaurants guide and you’ll soon realise that there are so many fabulous eateries to grab a bite to eat after a long day on the slopes.
One of the oldest and most distinguished restaurants on Main Street, Riverhorse on Main is widely lauded as one of North America’s most coveted culinary spots. Its menu is ever-shifting, rotating with the seasons while still keeping a select few Riverhorse classics year-round. Riverhorse is suitable for parties of all sizes seeking an eclectic mixture of delectable cuisine from all around the world – regular nights of live music from local artists complete the perfect evening.
If you’re after a gourmet treat, Glitretind is the ultimate destination for dinner or Sunday brunch. Its Norwegian name translates roughly to “shimmering mountain” - an apt association given the restaurant’s spectacular backdrop of Deer Valley Resort. Often featured in many Park City Utah visitor guides, it’s well worth booking a table beforehand. Grab a window seat and gaze out over the picturesque scenery as you tuck into fresh seafood and locally sourced ingredients, paired beautifully with one of over 750 different wines on offer. The menu changes completely twice a year, meaning eating at Glitretind is always a good idea, no matter how many times you've been before.
The onefinestay experience
The onefinestay experience
Whether you’re after mountainside relaxation, slopeside adventure or pure foodie indulgence, here at onefinestay we know exactly what it takes to make your getaway special. With our incredible range of exclusive concierge services, you’ll have a host of sumptuous experiences at your very fingertips. Relax with your very own in-home spa experience, feast in the comfort of your home with your own personal chef or explore the scenery in style with your own private chauffeur and Park City guide. What’s more, it can all be booked pre-stay, meaning all you have to do when you touch down at Salt Lake City is relax. Pure bliss.
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