Park City, United States

There's no denying that skiing is Park City's major draw. Not only does this former mining town have three world-class ski resorts, the US Ski Team calls its powder-perfect slopes home. The International Olympic Committee didn't find its alpine environs too shabby either when they chose to host the 2002 Winter Games here. Considering that there's a triple lift right on Main Street and the whole city is basically ski-in/ski-out, this all makes sense. But that doesn't mean the snow-covered slopes are the only attraction on offer. There's also a thriving art scene with organized gallery strolls each month, and indie film fanatics converge on the city each January for the Sundance Film Festival. The restaurants, most of which are within walking distance, serve up an appetizing range: sushi, fondue, Indo-Persian – take your pick. In the summer, all three resorts offer lift-served mountain biking, making it easier to take to over 400 miles of public trails. Warm-weather visitors can also soar thousands of miles above the mountains in a hot air balloon or explore aspen groves on horseback.

When to go

You can visit Park City year-round, though obviously you won’t be shredding powder in July. Ski season typically runs December to early April. Main Street will be especially busy in January when Hollywood-types pop over for the Sundance Film Festival. Throughout winter, be prepared for average temperatures ranging from 24 to 33 degrees Fahrenheit. Average snowfall is 143 inches in town and 350 inches at the resorts. Summers are comfortable with an average high of 80 degrees and low humidity.

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Getting there

  • Planes

    The closest commercial airport is Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC), which is 36 miles from Park City (about a 45-minute drive). You can catch a direct flight from most major US cities and connecting flights from cities abroad. Private jets fly into Heber City Municipal Airport (36U), just a 25-minute drive from Park City.
  • Automobiles

    Rent your own wheels if you plan on venturing outside of town. There are nearly a dozen rental companies at Salt Lake City International Airport to choose from. Otherwise, taxi booths are located outside of door 7 in Terminal One and door 11 in Terminal Two at the airport.