From the P to the C – we’ve loaded up 26 of the best things about the ski town of Park City, Utah in alphabetical order because we’re fun like that.
Start with A and work your way through to Z or do it backwards.
Spell out your name, spell out your best friend’s name, your pet’s name, your favourite band, think of it as travel by scrabble.
This is your alphabet soup for the coolest ski town in the USA.
Airport. It’s a mere 35 minutes down the road to and from Salt Lake City International Airport to Park City’s Historic Main Street, making it one of the most easily accessible ski towns in the world! In the same day you can fly in and ski.
Buses, they’re free. No need for a car, the transport system in Park City is second to none and runs on time, all the time, all day and most of the night. No cost and they come with Wi-Fi, also free. Be sure to catch a ride on the famous Main Street Trolley too.
Campos Coffee chose Park City to launch the North American charge for Australia’s favourite coffee. You’ll find them for your caffeine fix at Park City Mountain Village.
Love Whiskey? Love skiing? Park City, Utah is home to High West, the world’s only ski-in distillery. You can ski in for a drink and some lunch and then head back out on the slopes. Or, make it your last run and enjoy après with some hand-crafted cocktails.
Vintage clothing and retro hounds will adore The Exchange, an eclectic mix of retro cowboy boots, trinkets, clothing and one-off items, tucked away in the back streets.
A little slice of Melbourne food and style served up in a strip mall (don’t be fooled) with piccolo lattes, smashed avo, baked skillet eggs and a room filled with locals.
Experience the thrill of a lifetime as you put yourself in the shoes of a Winter Olympian and race down the 2002 Winter Olympics bobsled track. This piloted experience will see you reach speeds so fast you generate up to for to five times the force of gravity.
Acai bowls, nourish toast, smoothies, lattes and all manner of Sydney inspired breakfast and lunch fare skipping distance from The Town chairlift.
I. Ice skating
Glide around the outdoor ice rink at Park City Mountain Village then munch on hot donuts and chocolate.
J. Jupiter Bowl
When the powder’s on, this is where you head at Park City Mountain, with the locals, to get Jupiter Bowl powder laps, face shots, and sore teeth from smiling so much. It’s the best. Ever.
K. Kimball Junction
Jump on the free bus down to Kimball Junction and check out the mix of cafes, bars and shops. Rummage through TJ Maxx for a bargain, check out new restaurant Hearth and Hill for local, contemporary American cuisine, then grab a beer at Red Rock.
L. Luna Lobos dog sledding
Fancy yourself a musher? The team at Luna Lobos will show you the dog ropes and have you leading your own dog sled on a tour through the Wasatch backcountry woods.
Every February Deer Valley hosts the FIS World Cup Freestyle event under lights for mogul and aerial competitions. One of the most exciting events on the World Cup circuit, you’ll watch the world’s best compete on the same courses used during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, with a crowd vibe like no other.
N. No Name Saloon
No visit to Park City, Utah is complete without some time spent at the bar in No Name Saloon on Main Street. This locals favourite is in an old historic building, and famous for their buffalo burgers and roof top deck with views of the resorts.
O. Outlets Park City
One word, two syllables. Shopping. Take your credit card and get ready to burn through Nike, Banana Republic, Under Armour, Vans, Oakley, Calvin Klein, Old Navy, The Gap, Abercrombie and Finch, Samsonite, the list of discounted outlet stores goes on. You may need several hours.
The Paint Mixer is a favourite in Park City, Utah. Paint with one hand, drink wine with the other and enjoy a paint and wine night. You’ll be guided by an artist for your canvas and have a little wine to help with that creative flow.
Quaff champagne like a Russian countess in the Après Yurt at Montage Deer Valley. Ski in and prepare to be beguiled by a plush interior filled with textured throws, tapestries and leather lounges accompanied by a raw wooden bar filled with bubbles.
R. Ritual Chocolate
Park City’s own local chocolate company, Ritual, has a factory near downtown with chocolate sampling and espresso coffee. It’s a local favourite for the low key vibe and finely roasted beans. You’ll also find a Ritual coffee and chocolate bar inside Wholefoods.
S. Sundance Film Festival
For 10 days every January, Hollywood comes to Park City for the Sundance Film Festival. Main Street becomes a shrine to creative design and is sprawling with celebrities from dawn till dusk and beyond. Founded by Robert Redford, this film festival is where dreams are made, films are sold and careers born. Check out a new release indie film, attend a speaker event or just sneak off for a ski on the empty mountains.
The historic Main Street is at the heart of the town and here you’ll find over 140 dining options to choose from, as well as some famous street art by the man himself, Banksy. Did we mention that the town of Park City, Utah is home to two world-class ski resorts? Deer Valley, the ski-only resort that is continuously ranked the Number #1 Ski Resort in the United States (just saying) plus Park City Mountain, the largest ski resort in the United States.
U. Utah Olympic Park
Check out The Utah Olympic Park, host of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games where you can step back in time in the museums filled with historic ski gear and equipment used over the years. Winter (or summer) you’ll find everything from extreme tubing to air bag jumps and ski jumps, and of course the G for G-force bobsled for those who are game enough.
V. Viking Yurt
Make like a Viking and take the star lit sleigh to the Viking Yurt on Park City Mountain for a Scandinavian style dining experience of six fine courses of Norwegian fare and glug.
W. Wasatch Brew Pub
Beer. Brewed. Locally. That’s all you need to know.
X. X files trees
When the powder is on, this is where you head at Deer Valley for some of the best tree skiing in all the land. Well spaced, great pitch, fun access and an easy out. Thank us later.
Y. Yoga in a crater
Yoga, while floating on a paddleboard, in a geothermal hot spring inside an ancient crater beehive-shaped cave.
Z. Zone out
Kick your ski boots off and zone out with some chilled out fireside après on the deck at the famed Stein Eriksen Lodge at Deer Valley. Check out the trophy cabinet of Olympic medals won by the late and great Stein himself (the name behind Stein’s Way iconic ski run).