Park City, Utah - Best Family Ski Resort
Park City, Utah
One of the best things about Park City, Utah, is that it is very easy to access. It is just a 25 minute, highway drive from Salt Lake City. The flight to Salt Lake is easy as well, at just 2 hours airtime from Southern, California. Several flights into and out of Salt Lake every day, offer flexibility and reasonable prices for travelers.
Once in Park City, you will want to choose a hotel that is not only within walking distance to the ski slopes, but offers all of the amenities that you are looking for as well. My favorite is the Marriott Summit Watch Park City. Not only is this hotel within walking distance to the slopes, but it is also situated on Main Street in Park City. You can walk to restaurants and shops from here. Too cold to walk? Take the free Park City Trolley that runs frequently from one end of historic Main Street to the other. The Marriott is not just a hotel, it offers full villas for its guests to stay in. This is the best of both worlds as far as I am concerned. My family and I stayed in a luxurious, two bedroom, two bathroom villa, complete with a full kitchen, washer dryer, a living room with a gas fireplace, and a foyer with lots of places to put wet ski gear to dry. The view was spectacular, as we were so close to the mountain that we could see the skiers coming down the slopes. The Marriott also offers a heated, indoor-outdoor pool, hot tubs, a small convenience store, and a professionally staffed activities center for the kids.
Like all top-notch ski resorts, Park City offers a variety of trails for beginners to experts, lessons for skiers and snowboarders, equipment rentals, and several places to eat at the bottom of the mountain. Stop in for lunch at the Pigpen Saloon. They offer soup, sandwiches, burgers and salads. Ski boots are welcome here!
After a day on the slopes, relax at the Mountain Body Spa and Cosmetic Deli. This heavenly setting offers a large selection of products and services, in a totally serene environment. Take an afternoon away from the slopes, and spend some time browsing the shops on Main Street. Unlike traditional, carbon copy malls, the shops here are unique, and have their own sense of style. Many are owned by local artists and merchants. Several restaurants intertwine with the shops. Try out one or two of the local cafes for lunch. For dinner, there are so many good options, you almost can't lose. If you have a sweet tooth, check out the Sugar Buzz Candy Boutique. This is one of the most unique candy stores around.
Park City offers quite a bit of culture. This beautiful city hosted the world in 2002, when most of the Olympic skiing and snowboarding events were held here. The Sundance Film Festival, the brainchild of Robert Redford, is held every year in Park City as well. The Park City Museum is small, but interesting, and offers a peek into the city's history. The Egyptian Theatre on Main Street presents plays, musicals and even a weekly comedy night in the winter.
An absolute must is a horse-drawn sleigh ride up to the top of the mountain. Make reservations at The Snowed Inn, and enjoy an amazing, fire-side dinner, complete with live music. This is such a unique experience, and worth every penny! Wrap-up in blankets, and listen to the sleigh driver's stories. Enjoy hot cider and a buffet dinner at the Snowed Inn, once you reach the mountain top. Sit by the fireplace and listen to the singer when you are through eating. Your sleigh ride down the mountain is just as spectacular, as the lights of the city below are simply breathtaking.
Just a short drive from downtown Park City, is Gorgoza Park tubing hill. This is definitely worth the seven mile drive. With lifts and hills for kids as young as three years old, this tubing park is a blast. Buy a wristband, grab a tube, and go. There are tubing hills for everyone here, from the daredevil to the non-risk taker.
Being beautiful, full of entertainment, and very easy to access, this resort is an option for either a long or short vacation. Before you leave, don't forget to have your picture taken with the famous Park City moose, who makes his home right there on Main Street. Park City offers everything you can want from a ski resort, in a cozy and intimate setting. You will love your stay in this mountain paradise!