Tucked high in the Wasatch Mountains, Park City, Utah, boasts world-class skiing and a charming, walkable historic main street.
Nestled between two ski resorts, Park City is best known for its accessibility to incredible snow sports and the annual Sundance Film Festival. The city also offers a booming dining scene and breathtaking mountain backdrop make it a vibrant winter destination for out-of-town visitors. Just 53 kilometers from Salt Lake City, Park City is one of the only mountain towns in the USA close enough to ski the same day you fly in. But, if you're coming from sea level, it's best to spend a day adjusting to the high altitude in town before taking to the slopes.
Day 1: Historic Main Street & Gold Medal Memories
Start your day with breakfast at Atticus Coffee, Books & Teahouse, a cute and cozy coffee shop where you can idle over a morning coffee. Take in the fresh alpine air with a stroll along Historic Main Street where you'll find art galleries, souvenir shops and boutiques housed in vibrantly painted Victorian buildings, remnants of the city's silver-mining days.
After shopping, catch the free town bus to the Utah Olympic Park and relive the magic of the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games. Visit the museum, watch ski jumpers practice, and ride a bobsled down the Olympic track, all at this legendary venue.
If you're hunting for bargains, stop by the Tanger Outlet Center next to find discounted items at 65 brand-name stores.
For dinner, return to Main Street to experience Fletcher's inventive menu and creative cocktails that make it a locals' favorite. The Seared Buffalo and Lobster Mac & Cheese are can't-miss highlights.
Experience Park City's best desserts — like caramel pudding and chocolate tarts — a block away at Handle. End your night sipping on favorites like the legendary Polygamy Porter at Wasatch Brewery, Utah's first brewery since Prohibition.
Downtown Park City, Utah
Day 2: Ski Utah in Park City
Called "The Greatest Snow on Earth," Utah's legendary powder beckons skiers to Utah. Find it at the area's two resorts, Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley. Park City Mountain Resort is open to skiers and snowboarders. It holds the title of the United States' largest resort, boasting 336 runs accessed by 41 lifts. Deer Valley Resort is a skier-only mountain, known for unparalleled service and a luxurious experience. Lessons are available for at both resorts, and they should be booked in advance.
Park City Mountain Resort: Ski past preserved mines and later warm up with a hot cocoa at Miner's Camp, found at the base of the gondola that connects Canyons and Park City mountains. The spacious lodge has indoor and outdoor seating and specialties like chili, meatloaf sandwiches, hamburgers, and Utah craft beer.
After a day on the mountain, ski down Quit 'N Time run, which ends at the world's only ski-in gastro-distillery, High West Saloon. Try their Western cuisine and handcrafted winter whiskey cocktails — like Cowboy Coffee and Hot Toddies. Or refuel on globally inspired eats from Tupelo's après-ski menu, available from 2:30 to 5:00 p.m. daily.
Don't like to ski, but still want to visit the mountain? Get an adrenaline rush with a ride through the trees on the Alpine Coaster.
Deer Valley Resort: Deer Valley's always-groomed ski runs and chef-prepared cuisine keep it consistently ranked as one of the world's best ski areas. Don't miss their homemade turkey chili and chocolate chip cookies available at lodges throughout the resort.
After your legs are exhausted, toast your ski day and the sunset on St. Regis Deer Valley's slope-side patio where majestic views and delicious appetizers await. Stay for the nightly champagne sabering ceremony and enjoy a complimentary glass of bubbly.
Park City Mountain Resort
From Salt Lake City International Airport, it's a 40-minute drive to Park City. For-hire shuttles, taxis and Uber are always available at the airport. But a rental car isn't necessary thanks to Park City's free bus system, which transports visitors to the area's ski resorts, Historic Main Street, and popular tourist destinations.
Whether you're an avid skier or just looking to experience an authentic mountain town, Park City's easy airport access, award-winning restaurants and stunning mountains make it the perfect winter weekend getaway.