Main Street is the business centre of Park City where you'll come across many art galleries, boutiques, restaurants and cafes. It becomes lively on weekends at night when skiers, including many from neighbouring resorts, head for après-ski and dinner. The street is also the historic centre of the town, with many preserved early 20th century wooden buildings. It is also where the Town Lift picks up and drops off skiers... quite convenient if you are staying in town or if want to go shopping in the middle of your ski day!
Free and frequent buses connect Park City to the nearby Deer Valley ski resort. The 10-minute bus ride is well worth the trip for a different experience. The resort is designed for the well-healed and is only open to skiers, i.e. no snow boarders allowed. If you are a skier, this could be heavenly! Deer Valley grooms trails much more than Park City, and with few exceptions, I found the trails to be slightly less challenging. Much like Park City, Deer Valley benefited greatly from the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics. Its base is at 2000 metres, and the highest elevation is 2920 metres.
Park City offers excellent skiing with state-of-the-art facilities having benefited from the 2002 Olympic games. The base of the resort lies at 2100 metres, while the peaks rise to just over 3,000 metres.
During the summer months (from late-July to mid-August) the Snow Park Lodge is host to the Deer Valley Music Festival in conjunction with the Utah Symphony. This is a great way to meet the locals as everyone seems to attend. The seating is split into three sections. Stage left is the blanket side; the middle is reserved and to your right is the lawn chair area. If I had to recommend a side it would be the blanket side. We pack a nice dinner (food and drinks are okay) and bring it in an ice chest (with wheels), a tarp with a comfy blanket to top, and the low rise lawn chairs. You will see others with elaborate meals of fine cheese, fruits, summer pasta and of course wine. I have seem some meals that would make a chef proud!
The benefit of sitting on the blanket side is that you can get closer to the stage as most sit on the chair side and you get a great view of the sunset over the hills to the west. Then, what few know is that if you have a beach chair (the type that is low to the ground) you can use that on the blanket side. Shhh don’t tell anyone. =)
Even after the music festival is over there are still other opportunities to go and enjoy music in the hills as they have concerts throughout the summer months.
The Utah Olympic Park is located in Park City just before you get to the historic Old Town center. Tours are offered at the center and if you are lucky enough to be there when the Olympic athletes are around then you might catch them training. Things that you can do vary from Zip Line rides that are fast and steep to bobsled rides. The bobsled rides are two fold. In the winter, the bobsled run uses the same run as was used in the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. The ride is expensive, but thrilling as you ride the full track with speeds up to 80 mph in the one minute ride. Woof, that's fast. In the Summer, the bobsled grows wheels, lol, well, no snow or ice. It may sound funny but the speeds can get up to 70 mph and the cost is one quarter of the winter ride.
I think I will stick to the tour of the grounds which includes a ski museum, shops and theater. Now, that's more my speed. lol. If you go to Park City, winter or summer, make the Utah Olympic Park part of your visit. Open daily from 10 am till 6 pm and admission is free. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Day and Easter.
"the crown jewel" of Park City is considered by some to be the Historic Old Town Main Street. This is the life center of Park City and business is booming. Tourists are finding out that all the seasons are the right reason to be in Park City. Winter is the busiest time with 3 world-class ski resorts within minutes of Old Town. Many things to do off the slopes as well with all the art galleries on Main Street. But don't just go for the art galleries. I must have walked a mile up and down the hill called Main Street and at over 7,000 feet, you can start to huff and puff if you are not use to the altitude. There is so much to see in the many boutiques and tourist gift stores, that something will catch your eye to buy. If you do get winded walking the street, a free bus system and the free Historic Main Street Trolley can get you to where you are parked or to another area of town.
As I mentioned earlier, one of the best and most crowded seasons is winter. Not only are the ski slopes filled during the day, but the night life is full of excitement, especially during the Sundance Film Festival that is held in late January each year. The other seasons are just as nice for you can drive around and view things without the snow and the heavy tourist population of winter. The boutique shops and tourist gift stores are open year round. The many restaurants are lined up and down Main Street, preparing every type of dish from hamburgers to the most gourmet concoctions to quench your palate. There are resorts, hotels and B&Bs to chose among, if you plan to stay overnight or a few days. So, if you are heading to Salt Lake City, remember that Park City is only about 35 minutes by car and a world apart.
The Park City Egyptian Theater is a wonderful, intimate little theater. My husband and I have been to many wonderful performances there. Some have been comedians that have come in from outside and they have been very good but my favorite performances are the plays that they do. The actors are very good. When they do a musical I'm always impressed with the singing ability of the performers. This isn't always the case when attending a community theater.
It's a fairly small theater so there really isn't a bad seat. I enjoy it more than the large theaters because it's just such an intimate setting. You really feel that you're almost a part of the show. I highly recommend attending any show that they may be presenting. My husband and I are season ticket holders and love every chance we get to run up there.
Well - I guess if I had to say that Park City was know for anything it is for the Sundance Film Festival. The festival adds a ton of people and even worse many many cars. During Sundance we call it ‘NO PARK City’ as there is nearly no parking available to accommodate the wealth of cars that come our way. The other thing that we get is the casual celeb’s. It is nice (having lived in Cali) to see the LA types out in non formal wear at the Premiers as just one of the gang. This year’s line up is a fantastic one and we expect to have many people in and out of here. I can only hope that with all of the craziness – than I have lovingly dubbed ‘hell week’ we will also get a chance to enjoy some great films. Tonight (Friday) we saw the premier of Delirious, with Steve Buscemi and Mick Pitt and Alison Lohman. It was directed by Tom DiCillo (a Sundance returnee). It is a funny movie about a celeb photographer than takes in a homeless kid as his assistant and how Hollywood grabs a hold of the kid and then he becomes the object of the photographers’ lens. Sort of – at any rate, lots of great one liners and worth seeing. I’ll update this more later but so far – we have survived day two of Sundance.
Park City is a great complement to the high end feel of Deer Valley. A larger and more varied set of runs. A good balance is to ski Deer Valley a couple days and Park City inbetween. Then you get an appreciation for what a pest them boarders are!
Deer Valley is one of the best! From ski valets that unload your skis and boots and help you kids out of the car to the shuttles in the parking lot, to the 4 star food and great mountain side service this place rocks. And whats best no boarders cutting up the mountain or clogging the lifts or slopes.
so you're done with your skiing. it's 17:00 and your plane does not take off until 23:00. head right to Westgate resort. Right at the base of the Canyons. Quick circle to the main entrance ... get a card from a Valet. Park in the indoor parking garage and go straight to the Papillon Spa at Westgate Resort. $17 a visit is not much, when what you get is an excellent spa - even if you decided not to get a massage (a mistake), a great jacuzzi, ever-present pitchers of cold water with slices of oranges, towels, robes, slippers. If you're brave enough - venture over to the fifth floor (as if you are a guest at the place) to the pool ... half inside, half outside, with an outside jacuzzi. you won't be sorry. matter of fact - if I ever go there again I will stay here.
Park City, Utah was once a mining town....now it is a hot trendy spot for the skiing and skateboarding enthusiast....but much more, it is the home of the famous Robert Redford Sundance Film Festival.
The Film Festival was going on during my visit there. The main street was sectioned off at some points, and tents, film trucks, media, and lots of people were like a bees nest in this small city. You could very easily bump into a famous actor or actress or director or even a new film maker excited with his debute. It was also the height of the ski season so there was a mix of the snow bunny or Bohemian type.
I was lucky enough to be staying with a friend who just purchased a huge mountain home that sat on the side of Aire Drive that overlooked the city and other mountains. Traffic was tough and restaurtants so croweded....so it was nice to stay home and sit by one of our own fireplaces.....and then we would sneak out of town to visit others parts of Utah.
Park City in the summer is just as wonderful, ski lifts operate to take rides and see the beautiful mountains, hot air balloons can be rented also. And the Olympic Park gives rides on the luge and bobsled runs. What fun for the whole family.
I went to Park City (Deer Valley) the last week in March, and it was soo hot that people were skiing in shorts and T-Shirts---some even went as far as putting on bathing suits....Its quite a site, snow and bathing suits, go figure! Also if you go during Spring Break its extremely crowded, and full of teenagers!
All the shops in the area are well kept and some are just elegant but all have friendly help and a large variety of items for sale. We hit the jackpot, so to speak, and came home with some nice Fostoria glassware. We met one group of ladies who found a Tyco Beanie-Baby jackpot of their own.
People everywhere !
We found it less crowded during the Sundance FIlm Festival. We were here in September, during the off season also. We found it to be an uncrowded, relaxed, layed-back atmosphere. Lots of things to see and do. The downtown restraunts are most casual. You can find a variety of fares from fajitas to haute cuisine, along with a tall margarita or a cold beer to wet your whistle. If you get the chance, mingle with the locals they are friendly and can lead you to many out of the ordinary things to see and do. After all, they are here year round !
We had an interactive Murder Mystery Dinner. The whole cast sat down with us to a luscious five course meal. They were all in period clothing and never broke from playing their roles until the night was over. It was a suspenseful evening of love, mahem amd murder. ????Was that a gunshot ???? Right before our eyes, there was a murder..........but who done it ? The jealous lover ? The husband ? Oh crud there are two people dead ! One was poisoned. One was shot. Where'd the butler go ? I'll never tell !
Book an evening for yourself and find out who dies at your party.