One of Park City’s greatest strengths as a ski town is its convenience, especially during the winter months. Only 40 minutes from the Salt Lake International Airport, it’s one of the easiest ski towns to get to if you’re arriving by air. Depending on your departure city, it’s possible to be in your own cozy bed in the morning and on the slopes in Park City by the afternoon. You can arrange an airport transfer so after you touch down in Salt Lake City, you can be checking into your accommodations within the hour.
Day 1: Get Settled in Park City
Stop in at Christy Sports, located in the lobby of Wyndham Vacation Rentals Park City main check-in office, and get outfitted with the latest ski and snowboard equipment for the whole family. Spend your afternoon at Deer Valley Resort, a world-class skier-only resort renowned for the quality of its groomed slopes, on-mountain dining, and customer service.
Once your ski legs are spent, stop in at Edgar’s Bar and Spirit Lounge on the top floor of the Snow Park Lodge for après ski. Snack on artisanal cured meats and cheese, have a signature blueberry mojito, and for the kids there’s the classic chocolate chip cookie and hot chocolate (with whipped cream of course).
Park City is home to over 100 restaurants, so choosing where to eat may be the hardest decision you make all day. A casual family favorite is Bandits’ Grill & Bar. The tri-tip nachos are an absolute must! Conveniently located in the center of Historic Main Street, it’s a good place to go if you want to peruse the Main Street shops before or after dinner.
Day 2: Skiing in Park City
We recommend spending a full day at Park City Mountain, which is now the largest ski resort in the United States. Take your time and explore the mountain from the Park City base area all the way across to Canyons Village. The Quicksilver Gondola connects both sides of the mountain, offering skiing off both sides. Let the kids practice their skills in the Neffland Terrain Park at the top of King Con lift.
The Canyons Village base area often has activities and events for après ski, including live music, a fire pit with all the fixin’s for s’mores, or a chance to meet the ski patrol’s avalanche dogs. Since the Park City area is well-serviced by a free bus system, you can ski from one side of the resort to the other and at the end of the day catch the bus to get back to where you started.
On day two of your long weekend, share a memorable dinner with the family. Make a reservation at tupelo Park City, a fine dining experience focused on local and artisanal ingredients with globally-inspired dishes.
For an after-dinner sugar buzz, wander up Main Street to Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory for a deluxe caramel apple, and no, you don’t have to share!
Day 3: Non-Skiing Activites in Park City
On your last day in Park City, take a break from your skis and check out all of the other activities the area has to offer. Visit the Alf Engen Ski Museum, located at the Utah Olympic Park. It’s a great tribute to the Olympic legacy of Park City. Athletes from all over the world visit this facility to train and compete in World Cup bobsled, skeleton, and ski jumping events.
For a quick, healthy, and casual lunch, visit Vessel Kitchen, one of Park City’s newest eateries located at Kimball Junction. It’s a good place to stop before going tubing for the afternoon. Gorgoza Park is a lift-served tubing hill with groomed runs. It may sound like something for the kids, but mom and dad will have a blast, too.
If you only have three day weekend to spend in Park City, this guide will get you started. But if you have more vacation time to enjoy, there is plenty to see and do in this mining town turned world-class mountain destination. Start planning your trip by checking out Park City vacation rental homes.