Gin, free ski park, luxe new digs – why Park City, Utah is so hot right now

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As if Park City could get any better. The heritage silver mining turned ski town is already known as the base for a massive 7,300 acres of skiable terrain at Park City Mountain and the lush slopes of high-end Deer Valley with its ski-in, ski-out style.

Add an international airport a mere 35 minutes down the road, the Sundance Film Festival every January, not one but two Banksy street artworks, 140 dining establishments, a ski-in whiskey distillery, the Outlets Park City and Utah Olympic Park and you get the deal. Did we mention the record breaking snowfall last season? 15 metres. Fifteen.

There’s been a lot of movement in recent years in this buzzing ski town. The legendary Stein Eriksen Lodge opened the seriously swanky Stein Eriksen Residences at Deer Valley, Wholefoods built a new store complete with a wine bar, Campos Coffee chose Park City to launch their North American charge and Athleta and Stio joined The North Face, Patagonia and Helly Hansen on Main St.

This coming season there’s even more to get excited about, with new hotels, a new chairlift, a free ski centre, the list goes on.

Park City, you are officially so hot right now!

Lush new digs – The Lodge at Blue Sky

Luxury the way nature intended awaits you at The Lodge at Blue Sky. The Auberge Resort opened its doors last month on 3000+ acres of adventure served up with 46 rooms and suites with sweeping Wasatch views, a cliff-side day spa, restaurant and everything from heli-skiing to clay pigeon shooting. There’s even a remote outpost of Park City’s High West Distillery for whiskey flights and intuitive hotel service led by former Aman Resorts guru, Stuart Campbell. 

New chairlift for Park City Mountain

Want to ski or snowboard more of Park City Mountain in a day? Now you can, with the new Over And Out fixed-grip quad chairlift from the bottom of Tombstone Express to the top of Sunrise on the front side of The Canyons. Skiers and boarders will also enjoy the new Tombstone BBQ restaurant (the old dining shack) that will be transformed into a 50 seat full service experience. 

Hellooooo Woodward

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Rendering of the new Woodward Centre at Park City

Free skiers, parkour lovers and action sports officianados will go crazy for the new Woodward Park City free ski centre. The adventure destination is set to open in November this year in time for the northern ski season, so Aussies on snow holiday can trial their tricks on purpose-built terrain parks, half pipes, indoor trampolines and foam pits. Progression camps at Woodward Park City run year-round. 

Gin swing

Looking for a new boasting right in town? We’ve got you covered with the Gin Experience.  Infuse your own bottle of gin and create your personalised taste in a 750ml bottle of custom gin, then enjoy a four course dining experience with matching gins served up by the experts. The colab between Alpine Distilling and 350 Main restaurant gives guests the chance to make their own gin in a still under the guidance of long time distillers.

Park City’s new gathering spot

Hearth and Hill is picking up serious buzz around town as a favourite spot for both locals and visitors to sit back and take a load off. Having opened their doors just a few months ago, they offer up a fresh and local take on American cuisine, along with your favourites from cultures around the world.

You’ll find everything from gyoza and steam buns to Eggs Benedict and blintzes on their to-die-for Sunday brunch menu. As for lunchtime and dinner, you can forget about regular ski resort fare – find a stack of delicious salads to choose from on the menu, along with elk, trout and our regular favourite… truffle mac and cheese.

Did we mention these guys donate $1 for every children’s meal sold towards EATS Park City, a non-profit that helps Park City kids develop great lifelong nutritional habits?

Need more?

Of course you do. Check out the Visit Park City website for all things hip and happening this coming season.

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