Skiing In Park City: A MapQuest Guide
With a host of acclaimed resorts, skiing in Park City can get pretty epic: so epic that we had to give it its own guide. Sure, there are other great places to ski and snowboard in Utah, but there's only one Park City, and anyone -- be they a local or a visitor -- can tell you why. With loads of sunshine, even more snow (the region averages about 350 inches per year), and lots of seasonal events and apres-ski options, Park City is a true winter wonderland.
Massive Canyons Resort is a great family ski and snowboard destination in Park City. While its prices aren't necessarily cheap, this 4,000-acre winter playground offers a lot for its lift ticket, which cost $96 for an adult day pass at time of writing. Skiers and riders can choose from 182 named trails, which are more or less evenly split between intermediate and expert runs. There are relatively few beginner areas -- only 10 percent --but given the resort's size, that's still generous.
Canyons' Transitions terrain park is like something out of a video game. Stretching out just longer than a mile, it comes complete with massive kickers, giant drops and a gong that ambitious air dogs can bang for bragging rights. A lift at the foot of the park conveniently shuttles folks right back to the top. While it's the lone designated freestyle zone at Canyons, jibbers won't have much to complain about.
The apres-ski amenities at Canyons aren't too shabby, either. There's a charming village with numerous shops, and six lodges and restaurants are scattered around the resort's mountains. Lodging packages sweeten the deal for those who book extra nights.
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Park City Mountain might not be quite as big as Canyons, but with, eight peaks, nine bowls, 114 trails and 3,300 skiable acres, it's not exactly lacking in amenities. Quite the contrary, in fact. Park City's ski-up downtown hosts one of the great apres-ski scenes in the United States, with lively restaurants, bars and other venues for unwinding after a day on the mountain. Plus, its the home base of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team, whose athletes you might catch training on the slopes.
But take all of that out of the equation, and the conditions are still second-to-none. Broad, sweeping trails and steep grades define Park City Mountain, which hosts some of the most diverse terrain in the region. Adventurers in search of a backcountry-style experience can hike across the ridge to the steeps and meadows accessible from the mountain's Jupiter lift, while free riders can get creative in one of three terrain parks (plus a superpipe).
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As of 2012, Deer Valley has taken top honors in Ski Magazine's readers poll for five consecutive years. The resort has earned plaudits for pampering its guests with courtesies like daily limits on lift tickets and complimentary overnight ski storage. But these courtesies are just part of what's won the resort adoration among skiers.
Although its network of 100 beautifully designed trails -- spread across 2,026 skiable acres -- are best experienced firsthand, a close look at Deer Valley's trail map reveals careful planning that underscore the resort's commitment to excellence. Well-positioned day lodges and alpine villages grant quick access to trails of all skill levels. Broad glades and sweeping bowls tuck gracefully into easy connectors. Perhaps best of all, the resort does not relegate all of its less-challenging runs to the lower halves of its peaks.
However, there is one aspect of the resort's design that might not sit well with everyone. Deer Valley is one of the few places to ski in the United States that does not allow snowboarding.
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