Park City has benefited form the abolition of Utah’s strict and confusing drinking laws (previously only a guest of a local, those eating a meal, or bar ‘members’ could be served alcohol) and consequently the après-ski scene in the resort is booming.
Main Street is where the action is. The No Name Saloon (tel: +1 435 649 6667; www.nonamesaloon.net) is good for lively, beer-swilling fun; while the Wasatch Brew Pub (tel: +1 435 649 0900; www.wasatchbeers.com) is a little calmer. Later in the evening, Park City Live (tel: +1 435 649 9123; www.parkcitylive.net), a hip dance club, is the place to be.
When it comes to dining, Park City and Deer Valley offer flair and fun. There are around 200 choices in and around town, from cheap and cheerful cafés to fine dining restaurants.
Try the Blind Dog (tel: +1 435 655 0800; www.blinddogpc.com) for an eclectic take on seafood, sushi and steak. Alternatively, sample Alpine dishes at the Goldener Hirsch (tel: +1 435 649 7770; www.goldenerhirschinn.com) or opt for gourmet fare at Apex in the Montage Deer Valley resort (tel: +1 435 604 1300; www.montagedeervalley.com).
El Chubasco (tel: +1 435 645 9114; www.elchubascomexicangrill.com) is perhaps the best option in the resort for Mexican, offering award-winning burritos, fajitas and a particularly good Chile Relleno. The salsa bar, with its eye-popping selection of sauces, has also helped the restaurant make a name for itself.
A more unusual night out involves a five-course dinner in the cosy Viking Yurt (tel: +1 435 615 9878; www.vikingyurt.com), accessible via a sleigh ride up on the slopes.
Beyond the slopes:
There’s a lot to do in Park City with plenty of year round attractions.
Visitors can tour the Olympic Park and ride a bobsleigh, luge or try their hand at ski-jumping, with private lessons on offer. Snowmobile tours (tel: +1 888 304 7669; www.parkcitysnowmobile.com) are also available, along with facilities for skating, tubing, snowshoeing and sledding.
A nice way of taking in the pristine surrounds is with a sleigh ride, or – for those who live life at a slightly faster pace – on the year round ‘mountain coaster’ ride that slaloms down the slopes.
An enjoyable, slower-paced activity is simply ambling round the historic streets of this charming town, in particular Main Street. This activity takes on a whole new dimension during the Sundance Film Festival and the subsequent Winterfest – the February celebration of the area’s 2002 Winter Olympics triumph with concerts and ice sculptures – when visitors from across the world swarm to the area, generating a convivial atmosphere.
One of the world’s most family-friendly resorts, there’s a load for kids to do at Park City, both on and off the slopes.
The ski school’s (tel: +1 800 227 2754) ‘Kids Signature 5’ set-up guarantees a maximum of five children (aged six to 14) per instructor, while ‘Kids Signature 3’ caters for children aged three-and-a-half to five with only three children per group.
Child-friendly attractions in and around the resort include Gorgoza Park (tel: +1 435 658 2648; www.gorgoza.com), which is 11km (7 miles) from Park City’s centre. Here, kids can go tubing, ride child-sized snowmobiles and have fun in a winter play area.
Main Street is great for browsing, with 100 shops in or near this central part of Park City. For every Bunya Bunya (11 Main Street), a hip clothing emporium, visitors will find the moneyed exoticism of an Alaska Fur Gallery (591 Main Street) or expensive art galleries.
For low prices and stylish gear, head to Canyons where there are more than 50 shops in an outlet mall selling bargain Nike, Ann Taylor and Ralph Lauren brands amongst others.
An unconventional après-ski activity, test your metal by spending an evening with Park City Ghost Tours (tel: +1 435 615 7673; www.parkcityghosttours.com). The spooky 75-minute walking tour, led by a very knowledgeable retired history teacher, visits some of Park City’s most haunted buildings. The tours leave at 2000 every day from Miner’s Park (across from 415 Main Street).
Those looking for a central place to stay with a great location near to the slopes, restaurants and entertainment should plan a stay on Main Street. There is, however, also an extensive selection of accommodation in the surrounding suburbs.
Hotels in Park City vary greatly, from typical chains to family-run bed and breakfasts. There is also a large range of apartments with some ski-in/ski-out options and self-catering facilities.
Silver Queen HotelTelephone: +1 435 645 9696 | Website: http://www.sterlingparkcity.com | Luxury
A boutique hotel on Main Street with elegant suites, the Silver Queen Hotel boasts an outdoor hot tub and great mountain views.
Chateau Après LodgeTelephone: +1 435 649 9372 | Website: http://www.chateauapres.com | Cheap
A bargain hotel just across from the main lifts, Chateau Après Lodge offers breakfast included in the room rate.
The LowellTelephone: +1 888 649 0291 | Website: http://www.thelowellparkcity.com | Moderate
This ski-in/ski-out hotel at the base of the mountain is a 10-minute walk from Main Street and has a pool and spa overlooking the slopes.
Washington School House HotelTelephone: +1 435 649 3800 | Website: http://www.washingtonschoolhouse.com | Luxury
A luxury boutique hotel located roughly 1.5km (1 mile) from Park City Mountain and Deer Valley, the Washington School House Hotel was converted from a 1889 school building. The establishment offers 12 luxury suites and a heated pool terraced in the hillside.
Trail's End LodgeTelephone: +1 435 647 3527 | Website: http://www.deervalley.com | Moderate
A popular complex located slopeside at Deer Valley, the Trail's End Lodge offers convenient ski-in/ski-out access and comfortable rooms, some with hot tubs on their balconies.
Shadow Ridge ResortTelephone: +1 435 649 4300 | Website: http://www.allseasonsresortlodging.com | Cheap
An affordable complex of 1- and 2-bedroom condos superbly located only 100m (330ft) from Park City's lifts. Condos come with dining areas and fireplaces, and a small gym and swimming pool are located on site.