Park City UT; the Winter Wonderland You Won’t Want to Miss

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Mining white gold at Park City. Photo: P.M. Fadden

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Park City is an ultimate North America recreation destination which shines HUGE and bright within Utah’s high country. It’s name is synonymous with excellence in facilities, snowpack, and terrain. SnowBrains paid a recent ski-visit to the famed resort and found the skiing to be oh-so-very-fine in the Wasatch.

Trail map to snow treasure. Photo courtesy of Park City Mountain

Open November thru mid-april, Park City is the biggest mountain resort in the United States.

Quick hits:

  • 17 mountain peaks

  • 7,300 skiable acres

  • 800 acres of snowmaking, the largest in Utah

  • 43 state-of-the-art lifts–including the newly installed ‘Over and Out’ chairlift.

  • 3,300 foot vertical rise

  • 10,000 foot summit elevation.

There’s nothing quite like Park City Mountain.

Backside vistas from the top of McConkey’s Express. Photo: P.M. Fadden

Total transparency: our crew arrived on a weekend marked by variable conditions, which was perfect for getting an authentic taste for what the area offers. Think wind-loaded drifts under the lift lines, sunny cat tracks circling lower mountain, panoramas punctuated by moody cloud, and a brand new family learning area–a thrilling spectrum served-up by Mother Nature and skied with pleasure.

Roots approach to on-mountain rest. Photo: P.M. Fadden

The bold pioneer roots of Park City’s mining heritage still shine on slopes that today see more S-turns than silver hauls. The community that thrives here retains a strong sense of its past while nurturing future dreams, and evidence of both can be found in Park City’s mountain amenities (especially the recently re-vamped Mid-Mountain Lodge) vibrant events like Snowfest Celebration and Spring Gruv, or engaging activities such as the Silver to Slopes Historic Mining Tour. At Park City, it’s all here and all for you.

Ski the living history at Park City, UT. Photo courtesy of Park City Mountain

The mountain extends a variety of opportunities for discounted access to the “Best Snow on Earth.” The Epic Day Pass became a part of Epic for Everyone program earlier this year. Day Pass provides unprecedented flexibility and season pass discounts to guests skiing as little as a single day. The pass is customizable and may unlock discounts of up to 50 percent off lift ticket window prices.

And Park City Mountain is home to Emma, the world’s first digital mountain assistant. Emma is designed to answer questions on weather conditions, grooming, lift lines, parking, ski school, lift tickets, equipment rental options, and even dining recommendations. Don’t get us wrong, human-to-human interaction is still highly recommended but it’s no doubt that Emma is an incredible resource while playing at Park City.

Nice ‘n easy; gondola service makes ski access a breeze. Photo: P.M. Fadden

Naturally, a destination as vast as Park City Mountain equips a top-tier system of lifts, and a carefully crafted public transit infrastructure has made arrival as easy as aprés. The mountains loom a mere 35 minutes from the airport. There’s a free ski and bike-friendly bus which runs on bio-fuel, plus an app-based complimentary ride service is available with the tap of an icon.

You’ll ‘flip’ over the ski scene at Park City. Photo: P.M. Fadden

The sheer volume of options available at Park City nearly had our crew at a loss for words while lapping chairlifts McConkey’s and Pioneer–both of which had zero lift line presence. Whichever the desired recreation experience, it seems the mountain tailors expressly for eeach guest. It’s a platform which promises the certainty of a epic time when visiting Park City Mountain and definitely proved true in our case.

In the span of an all-too-short weekend, we found ripper snow, sweeping views, and room to be creative.

Earning the turns high above Park City. Photo: P.M. Fadden

Bottomline: a ski trip to Park City means an experience of a lifetime.

Park City base area under welcome sun. Photo: P.M. Fadden

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