Park City, Utah offers two world-class resorts, which means you can experience two unique ski vacations in one. Deer Valley Resort and Park City Mountain Resort are less than a five-minute drive apart, so you can stay at the base area that suits your budget and preferences best and ski at both. Remember: sorry, no snowboarders allowed at Deer Valley Resort.
If you're looking for a full-service luxury ski vacation and some of the world's best groomed skiing, look no further than the posh Deer Valley Resort. If you're looking for a wide variety of terrain options, world-class terrain parks and ultimate convenience to downtown Park City's thrilling shopping, dining and nightlife, opt for Park City Mountain Resort—the largest ski resort in the U.S.
Keep reading below to learn more about which resort best matches you.
Rated the No. 1 ski resort in North America for four consecutive years by the readers of SKI Magazine, Deer Valley Resort never stops striving to better its guests’ experience. Deer Valley revolutionized the ski industry more than 30 years ago by being the first resort in North America to provide exemplary service one would expect to find at a five-star hotel. The resort offers luxurious amenities, three beautiful on-mountain lodges, groomed-to-perfection slopes, powdery glades, and ten on-mountain restaurants offering exotic and adventurous cuisine. Deer Valley excels at first-rate service which includes ski valets, on-mountain child care, advanced ski clinics for groups and individuals of all ages, and the latest equipment rentals.
Deer Valley’s secluded mountain setting offers something special for everyone from the Olympic athlete and intrepid adventure-seeker to the deep-powder enthusiast and quiet cross-country skier. Deer Valley recently expanded its wildly popular TNT Terrain Park and added a high-speed detachable quad chairlift to Bald Mountain. In addition to the standard mountain fare, that includes cross-country and Heli-skiing, old fashioned sleigh rides, snowshoeing, and hot air balloon rides, Deer Valley now offers snow-mobile tours and NASTAR racing (weather permitting).
Deer Valley’s luxurious, but comfortable atmosphere was designed and built to bring a new sense of elegance and excitement to skiing. The resort has gone to great lengths to ensure the skiing experience at Deer Valley steers clear of the crowded slopes of other mountain resorts.
Home of the innovative First Tracks program, Deer Valley offers private, guided skiing from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. from the Wasatch Express chairlift for skiers looking for a more intimate and pristine ski experience.
Park City Mountain Resort features:
The 2015-2016 season brought together two amazing Utah ski resorts, Park City Mountain Resort and The Canyons, to create the largest ski resort in North America. As part of the famous Vail Resorts family, Park City Mountain Resort boasts 7,300 skiable acres, 364 inches of snowfall per year, and 41 lifts. The two resorts are connected by the brand new Quicksilver Gondola, offering guests a more dynamic vacation between the bustling area of Park City Mountain and the more quiet and quaint area of the Canyons. The newly connected terrain also offers something for everyone, whether you are looking for family-friendly groomers or some black diamond thrills. Located only 45 minutes from downtown Salt Lake, you can fly in, get settled at your lodge, and still get in some ski time all in one day!
Try Park City Mountain Resort’s NASTAR course located on Blanche Run or check out its unique Signature Runs program for intermediate and advance skiers and boarders wanting to “conquer more of the mountain.” Thrill-seeking skiers and boarders can visit one or all of Park City Mountain Resort’s four world-class terrain parks (King’s Crown, Pick ‘n Shovel, Jonesy’s, and Payday Jib)—voted No. 1 by Transworld Snowboarding Magazine for five consecutive years. Or, try the Eagle Superpipe—site of many events of the 2002 Olympics and, at 22 feet, it's one of the largest half pipes in the world.
Park City also offers night skiing, old-fashioned mountain sleigh-rides, a tubing hill, and snowmobiling at Gorgoza Park. For non-skiers, The Alpine Coaster offers a toboggan-style ride down more than 4,000 feet of dramatic twists and turns. There is also the Fort Frosty play area and a number of on-mountain restaurants and lodges.
For those looking to try out the Canyons side of the resort, be sure to ride on the Orange Bubble, the first chairlift of its kind, introduced during the 2010-2011 season. This high-speed quad features heated seats and a drop-down wind shield, making your ride to the top as comfortable as possible. This dual-direction quad will make travel to and from the south end of the resort much faster.
The addition of a 20 million gallon reservoir has more than doubled The Canyons snow-making capabilities, supplementing the 355 inches of natural snowfall each year. This helps create a more consistent snow cover particularly for early and late season riding.
The snow beach, in the main village area, was designed to create an inviting space for individuals, groups, and families to unwind after a day on the slopes. Guests can take in the mountain view as they enjoy après-ski cocktails or choose from pub fare or restaurants that specialize in meals crafted from locally sourced ingredients.