Park City (Utah)
Park City  is a year-round resort town located on the Eastern (or Back) of the Wasatch Mountains, part of the Rocky Mountain Range in Utah. Altitude in town ranges from 6,720 to 8,460 ft. above sea level. The surrounding Wasatch Mountain rise over 10,000 ft. Probably best known for its skiing and winter season with three world-class ski resorts- Park City Mountain Resort, The Canyons Resort and Deer Valley Resort - as well as hosting the annual Sundance Film Festival.
Long before Park City became a world class mountain resort and venue for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, it was famous as a silver mining town, and boasts a lively and colorful past. Founded by prospectors in the late 1860's, Park City continued to mine silver until the early 1970's.
From approximately 1850, when small settlements were forming, until the railroad lines were laid throughout the West in the 1890s, stagecoach travel was the main form of transportation. There was even a stagecoach business in Park City! William Kimball, a Park City resident, started his stagecoach business in 1858 competing with Brigham Young for United States mail contracts. He was sent to England on a Mormon Church mission and when he returned, he started the Park City-Salt Lake City Route. The Kimball Brothers Stage Line operated from 1872 until 1890, when the railroad made its way into the West. Moving quicker as well as transporting more people and mail, the railroad easily put the stagecoach out of business.
Between 1880 and 1920 when Park City mines were the most organized, productive and active, they produced more than 20 million tons of ore including lead, zinc, copper, silver, and a small amount of gold. These were the years of Park City's mining renaissance. The mining company, Park City Consolidated Mines, started the ski business in 1963, when they built the first lifts on what was then called Treasure Mountain. The Park City area now has three world class resorts: Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley Resort, and the Canyons Resort.
2002 Olypmics - Outside of the venues, Main Street was the place to be during the Olympics, with activities and entertainment each and every night of the games.
The unsung heroes of the Olympics were the thousands of volunteers who dedicated much of their Olympic experience to ensuring a wonderful experience for others. They built memories that will last a lifetime.
175 city volunteers contributed more than 6000 hours to the Games, or the equivalent of 750 workdays (and this doesn't even count the public safety volunteers).
The Salt Lake City International Airport is just 36 miles from Park City via interstate 80.
Interstate 80 runs east from Salt Lake City through Parley's Canyon into Park City. Take the Kimball Junction exit (#145) onto SR-224. Park City is also accessible from US-40 to the east from Keetley Junction on SR-248.
Park City has a year-round free city-wide transit system. The bus routes connects historic Main Street, Kimball Junction, Prospector, Deer Valley, Park City Mountain Resort and The Canyons Resort.
The Park City area has three world class resorts: Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley Resort, and the Canyons Resort. The winter offers great opportunities for skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, snowmobiling, sleigh rides, tubing, shopping and dining. Summer activities include hiking, mountain biking, road biking, horseback riding, golfing, shopping and dining.
The annual Sundance Film Festival, held each January in Park City, Utah, is widely recognized as the premier showcase for American and international independent film. Inclusive and eclectic in its programming approach, the festival has grown to include film culture events, panel discussions, youth programs, online exhibition, and live music. Attended by more than 45,000 people from around the world each year and with an online audience exceeding 1,000,000 users, the Sundance Film Festival creates a vibrant, unique community of artists and audiences that extends well beyond the mountains of Park City, Utah.
n 1978, the United States Film Festival was created in Salt Lake City, Utah. During its early years, the film festival focused primarily on the presentation of retrospective films and filmmaker seminars. However, from its inception, the Film Festival featured a national competition aimed at drawing attention to new American films made outside the Hollywood system. In 1981, the Festival grew to include documentaries along with its program of dramatic features, and moved to Park City, Utah, the mountain town that continues
Resort shopping areas such as the Resort Center at Park City Mountain Resort, Silver Lake Village at Deer Valley Resort, and the Resort Village at The Canyons, make it easy to browse between runs.
Prices drop by almost half once ski season ends, so shop around for bargains from June through September. Be aware that when staying in one of the ski lodges or condo units during the summer that it will be operating with significantly less staff, meaning that you may be picking up your key from a lockbox rather than the front desk and may not be able to quickly resolve any problems with your room; hotels will not have this problem.
Park City Mountain Resort
Some of the best stories aren't found in books. Create your own winter tale at Park City Mountain Resort-and experience unparalleled adventure for the whole family. Explore a mountain of memories with our unique Signature RunsTM and experience the thrill of advanced terrain. Help your children soar with our Kids Signature Programs, which feature class sizes of five students or fewer-and more personal attention. Our abundance of powder-filled bowls, stunning peaks, three award-winning terrain parks, and up to 50 immaculately groomed runs offers you and your family plenty to discover. It's no wonder Park City Mountain Resort consistently ranks as a top-five ski resort. Best of all, with a convenient location just 35 minutes from Salt Lake City International Airport, telling your family's winter tale couldn't be easier. Begin your story today at parkcitymountain.com.
Deer Valley Resort
Deer Valley was named the #1 ski resort in North America by readers of SKI Magazine an impressive four years in a row - in 2008, 2009, 2010 and again in 2011. Remarkably, in the past ten years, Deer Valley's rating hasn't dipped lower then third which confirms that we never stop trying to better our guests' ski experience. Celebrating our 30th Anniversary, Deer Valley revolutionized the ski industry by being the first North American resort to provide the first-class service one would find at a five-star hotel. We offer luxurious amenities such as three beautiful on-mountain day lodges, groomed-to-perfection slopes, powder-laden glade skiing and ten on-mountain restaurants offering unforgettable award-winning cuisine.
Although there's really no place like it, we all need places like The Canyons Resort. The perfect, hassle-free ski getaway lies within a mere 35-minute drive from the Salt lake City International Airport. Once you're here, you'll find everything needed to round out the perfect ski and snowboard vacation... and a whole lot more without ever having to leave the resort.
This season, The Canyons Resort embarks on a multi-year re-creation plan designed to make it one of the top four-season destination resorts in North America. On the mountain you'll find 4,000 acres of widely-varied terrain spread over 9 mountains, 5 bowls and 176 trails. There will be 19 lifts this season including the Flight of the Canyons 8-passenger gondola, 1 high-speed express 6 passenger, 6 high-speed quads, 5 fixed-grip quads 2 fixed-grip triples, 2 fixed-grip doubles, 2 surface lifts and 2 cutting-edge terrain parks that combine to make us one of North Americas' largest resorts.