Park City, Utah
I’ve had the privilege to go every Xmas week for the past 6 years to ski to Park City, Utah. Here you can find great snow, every level ski slopes, as well as great childcare, ski lessons and family-friendly activities. Within Park City you can access three ski areas in less then a 15 min drive- Canyons Resort, Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Vally resort. Each mountain owns its personality, Canyons Resort is a demanding, challenging, not the best place for beginners or children. However Park City Mountain Resort is more friendly and has a higher variety of different runs for everyone. The most family friendly would be Deer Valley Resort.
One of the things that I appreciate the most is the accessibility of Park City, once you arrive to Salt Lake City Airport, its only a 45 minute drive. Once you arrive to Salt Lake City you can either rent a car or us the Park City Transportation Shuttle service into town. The city has great public transportation with a free bus system that connects all resorts, the historic Main Street and the Utah Olympic Park. And most of the hotels offer free transportation shuttles anywhere around town, so renting a car is not really necessary.
As I mentioned previously, Park City offers tons of variety with three different mountains. Actually Canyons Resort and Park City Mountain have become the US largest ski area since 2015, both mountains were joined by a gondola, offering 7,300 acres, 300+ trails, 41 lifts, 8 terrain parks and diverse ski -in/ ski-out and village adjacent lodging options. Canyons Resort offers a large variety of accommodations, we choose to stay in the WestGate Resort, since it has a great apartment feel, childcare, arcade for kids, and ski in and out service.
Canyons Resort lets Kids 6 and under ski and snowboard for free, and they also have The Little Adventures Children’s Center, which offers great childcare for ages 6 seeks to 6 years old. We have used them since our son was 11 months old, and can honestly say it is one of the best use of our money. You can Ski from 9 to 4 knowing that your kids are in great hands. The only downside here is the demand, you have to book in September to get a space for ski season though.
The other mountain you can explore is Deer Valley Resort, this is known as the “posh” resort and caters to upscale skiers. The biggest differentiators in Deer Valley is that they don’t allow snowboarding, and many of the rides have multiple ways down, so no matter your level you can stay together with your family. The same as Park City Resort, Canyons and Deer Valley, they all offer kids under 6 free ski and snowboard. Deer Valley also has a great Children Center for daycare so you can take advantage of your time skiing.
Although Skiing is the main attraction for Park City, there are other activities you can engage in. For the whole week I was there, I joined Pure Barre and went for a quick work out every morning. I found a great complimentary exercise before skiing. I also tried snowshoe hiking for a day and it was one of the most beautiful and exciting experiences I’ve had. Park City if full of groomed and marked hiking trails, where you only need either snowshoes or water repellant snow boats to go explore them. You can make it as easy or as challenging as you want. It is a great way to be out on the Mountain, experience the snow, have a great work out without the adrenaline of skiing.