A part of the Wasatch Back and a city in the Summit Country of Utah, United States – Park City is one of the most beautiful cities in the country. It is located at a distance of 32 miles or 52 kilometers from Salt Lake City. Park City is among the popular skiing destinations of the region.
Base Elevation: 6800 feet
Summit Elevation: 10000 feet
Vertical Drop: 3200 feet
Back in the day, the city was conceived around the mining industries that flourished here. As the mines dried out, the population of the city started to decline but towards the last decades of the century, in the 1980s and 1990s, Park City rekindled back to life by developing itself around the tourism business.
The major skiing resorts in the city include – the Deer Valley Resort and the Park City Mountain Resort. Interestingly, both of these resorts played an important role in the success of the 2002 Winter Olympics. As compared to the other skiing destinations in the nearby regions, Park City receives lesser amounts of snowfall and therefore has a much shorter ski season. Despite these minimal shortcomings, it still is prevalent among the skiing communities.
Among the other major attractions of the city is the Sundance Film Festival, the largest independent film festival in the country. Otherwise also the city has featured in numerous movies and houses some of the most amazing bars, clubs and restaurants. The nearby areas have challenging trails so is also popular among hikers and bikers. Hot springs that are located close to the city features as an important pit stop wherein tourists come to reinvigorate their spirits.
During summertime, the valley becomes home to numerous tourists who flock here from the big metropolises to escape the wrath of the weather. Park City is typically 20 degrees Fahrenheit or 11 degrees Celsius cooler in comparison with Salt Lake City. This is possible because of its elevation which is about 7,000 feet or 2,100 meters above the sea level. On the other hand, Salt Lake City is about 4,300 or 1,300 meters above the sea level. Park City has featured in myriads of travel magazines under the categories of ‘must visit places’ or the ‘prettiest towns in the United States’ among others.
Once in the city, the best way to move around is through the inter-city transit system. It is through them that you will also be able to reach the Canyons Village, or the Deer Valley Resort, Empire Pass, Jeremy Ranch Park & Ride lot, Kimball Junction, Park City Resort, Park Meadows, Pinebrook, Prospector Square, Silver Lake Village, Silver Springs, Silver Summit/Highland Estates, and Thaynes Canyon among the other destinations.
The Park City Mountain Resort is among the most important skiing paradises remaining in the United States. It is said to have opened up in the year 1963 as the regional mining industry was undergoing a downfall. It is also otherwise known simply as Park City which houses many training courses particularly which are meant for the national ski team. During the Winter Olympics of 2002 this resort featured as a crucial training ground and hosted the snowboarding events along with men’s and women’s alpine giant slalom events.
Park City Mountain Resort was purchased in 2014 by Vail Resorts and thereon, they went on to sign an agreement with the Canyon Resorts, collectively making them the largest skiing area in the whole of the United States. While in the skiing season, folks can enjoy the fresh powder starting from 9 am in the morning right up to 4 pm.
Here, at the Parnassus of skiers you will get to experience a total of 7,300 acres of pure powder which is best suited for skiing and snowboarding. All these terrains are specially designed to suit the requirements of people belonging to all levels such as beginners, intermediates and advanced. The resort was in news just last year, in the summer of 2015 for undertaking the largest improvement program in the history of American skiing. Because of these developments, the resorts in Park City are now well connected with the Canyons Resort and cumulatively they create the largest ski area in the whole of the United States of America.
You will find here passenger gondola connections totaling 8 in number, in addition to the all-new King Con Express and the Motherlode Express quad, the ski area is well equipped to handle any amounts of crowd. Moreover, it is not just during the winters that the city comes to life, even during summertime and other seasons the area is hustling and bustling with tourists. The region is equipped with nine hotels, two completely distinct base areas and possibilities of unlimited thrilling family adventures. Come here to enjoy over two dozen restaurants who serve unique and traditional American food items with enthralled hospitality.
Elevation: The summit is at 10,000 feet, the base is at 6,800 feet and the area has a vertical drop measuring at 3,200 feet.
Lifts: Here at Park City you will find a total of 41 lifts.
Terrain: With a total of 7,300 skiable acres and 334 runs the possibilities of having fun are increased manifolds. The terrain is divided in the following manners depending upon the levels of expertise:
Beginners: 9 %
Intermediate: 51 %
Advanced: 30 %
Expert: 10 %
Night Skiing: The city offers 64 acres for skiing during nighttime.
Longest Run: The longest run in the area measures at 3 miles.
Snow making: The area is equipped with machineries which cover 500 acres with fresh manmade snow.
This is a haven of skiers and snowboarders. You will find the mountain to be broad and steep enough which allows perfect movements laden with varieties of terrains in the Wasatch Range. Now, there are some resorts that do not take care of the needs of people belonging to the beginner’s category. However, here you will find no reasons to despair. The region is well equipped with carved turns and gentle slopes for the beginners to sharpen their skills. Additionally, those at the intermediate level and also at the expert will find perfect groomers and terrains with big and bold powder lines along with steep and deep ones in the glades. These terrains suite not only folks of all kinds of abilities but also allow them to practice and enhance their existing skills.
Back in the day the Park City Mountain Resort was known as the Treasure Mountain Resort. It opened up in the year 1963. As the regional history goes, all the efforts towards reviving the city after the downfall of the mining industry came through from the last of the mining companies in the city. They functioned as guarantees of a certain federal loan. Thereon, as time passed by, the mining company went on to build the base and the summit of the upcoming resort along with gondolas, chairlifts and a nine-hole golf course.
Just within two years, by the year 1965 skiers would hop onto to the Skiers Subway which was improvised out of a mining trolley and commenced a two and a half mile long journey towards the mountain. There was a kind of spooky thrill which would take over the passengers as they passed right through the blinding darkness of the Spiro Tunnel which extended up to the Thayne’s Hoist. With the end of this journey began the escalation of 1,750 feet to the surface which was done with the help of a mining elevator.
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