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Park City resort information & après-ski

Après-ski

The après-ski bar scene in Park City is busy, and not tempered by Utah’s strict drinking laws – as long as you are either a guest of a local, buy food with your drink, or become a temporary member of the bar.

Main Street is where the action is. The No Name Saloon (447 Main Street; tel: (435) 649 6667; www.nonamesaloon.net) is good for lively, beer-swilling fun; while the Wasatch Brew Pub (250 Main Street; tel: (435) 649 0900; www.wasatchbeers.com) is a little calmer. Later in the evening, Park City Live (427 Main Street; tel: (435) 649 9123; parkcitylive.net), a hip dance club, is the place to be.

Eating out

When it comes to dining, Park City and Deer Valley offer flair and fun. There are around 100 choices, from cheap and cheerful cafés to fine dining restaurants.

Try the Blind Dog (251 Kearns Boulevard; tel: (435) 655 0800; blinddogpc.com) for an eclectic take on seafood and steak. Alternatively, sample Alpine dishes at the Goldener Hirsch (7570 Royal Street East; (tel: (435) 649 7770; www.goldenerhirschinn.com) or opt for gourmet fare at Apex in the Montage Deer Valley resort (9100 Marsac Avenue; tel: (435) 604 1300; www.montagedeervalley.com).

A more unusual night out involves a five-course dinner in the cosy Viking Yurt (tel: (435) 615 9878; www.vikingyurt.com), accessible via a sleigh ride up on the slopes.

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Beyond the slopes

Have fun exploring the historic streets of this charming town, in particular Main Street. But it’s 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 – that the place really comes alive.

Visitors here can tour the Olympic Park and ride a bobsleigh, luge or take a ski-jumping lesson. Then there's snowmobiling, skating, tubing, snowshoeing, sledding, sleigh rides and more. The town also has a great aquatics centre, which was recently renovated.

Family fun

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: (435) 658 2648; www.gorgoza.com/gorgoza), 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.

Retail therapy

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.

Splashing out

Hit the heights of heli-skiing in Utah's Wasatch and Uinta Mountains with Wasatch Powderbird Guides (tel: (801) 742 2800; www.powderbird.com) or Park City Powder Cats (tel: (435) 649 6596; www.pccats.com).

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Hotels

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 Hotel

(435) 645 9696.

A boutique hotel on Main Street with elegant suites, an outdoor hot tub and great views.

632 Main Street, Park City, United States

The Lowell

1 888 649 0291.

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.

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1335 Lowell Avenue

Chateau Après Lodge

(435) 649 9372.

A bargain hotel just across from the main lifts, Chateau Après Lodge offers breakfast included in the room rate.

Getting there and around

Getting there

Nearest airport: Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC).

Distance to resort: 40km (35 miles).

Driving time: 40 minutes.

Getting around

Free shuttle buses transport visitors to Resort Centre, Main Street and to Canyons and Deer Valley ski resorts. These run until late in the evening.

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