Winter is fast approaching and in cities throughout the U.S., top ski destinations like Park City are preparing to start the lifts for the 2014-2015 season. To help you prepare, we invite you on a journey of exploration. Come with Island Trader Vacations as we journey to America’s top ski resorts beginning with Park City.
About the City
Park City Utah is located in Summit County and is part of the region known as the Wasatch Back. 32 miles southeast of Salt Lake City’s downtown area, it is home to just over 7,500 year round residents. This being said, Park City comes to life during the busy seasons and tens of thousands more make their way to this popular recreational area each year. Located at about 7,000 feet or above, Park City enjoys a much cooler temperature than neighboring Salt Lake. For this reason, thousands had to Park City in the summer even without the snow, for a break from the high temperatures and the crowds. Named one of the prettiest towns in the U.S. it was even awarded for its mountain bike trials and community as well by the International Mountain Bicycling Association.
While Park City has continued to grow in recent years for its summer trails, by far the most popular time of year to visit is winter. Receiving upwards of 360 inches of snow per year Park City averages over 60” in November, over 70” in December and January, close to 70” in February and March and an additional 30” in April.
Home to 3 major resorts including Canyons, Deer Valley and Park City; we begin our journey with a closer look at its name sake, the Park City Mountain Resort.
About the Park City Mountain Resort
Opens November 22nd, 2014 for the Season!
While the history of skiing in Park City dates back to the early 1900’s, Park City Mountain Resort itself has been in operation for over 50 years. Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013, it has been providing visitors with great skiing and great accommodations ever since. The resort offers skiing, snowboarding, tubing and sledding to families and individuals each year. Named one of the best family resorts in the country, it offers more than 2000 acres of terrain, signature kids programs, a newly renovated lodge, private lessons, indoor activity area and much more. 16 lifts, 114 designated trails, 750 acres of bowl skiing and riding ranging from easy to difficult, 4 terrain parks, 2 half pipes and over 3,300 skiable acres make this a resort you won’t want to miss.
For those who enjoy skiing throughout the winter, Park City is now an Epic Park meaning it is accessible via Epic Pass. The Epic Pass offers visitors unlimited and unrestricted skiing or riding at many parks including Breckenridge, Keystone, Afton Alps, Arapahoe Basin and Mt Brighton with limited restrictions to Canyons, Heavenly, Park City, Northstar and Kirkwood in addition to 10 days at Vail and Beaver Creek.
Get out and enjoy winter with us as you learn more about the top winter resorts in 2014-2015.