Park City Slopes
The slopes at Park City Mountain are largely carved through woodland, with a few open snow fields right at the top of the ski area.
The merger with the Canyons resort more than doubled the extent of the slopes, and the area is now one of the planet’s 10 largest. It also boasts mostly modern, fast lifts, as Canyons had expanded rapidly through the start of this century under its previous owners.
On the Park City side the area for beginners around the base lodge gives way to intermediate runs in and around the bowl above. One of the best options for those still getting used to their skis is the long blue from the top of the Pay Day chairlift. From this area, there's a scenic ski down across a bridge to the top of Main Street and the Town Lift chair in the centre of town.
For more experienced intermediates, there's plenty of cruising and a network of blues (and moderate blacks) descending from the ridges served by the Silverlode and King's Con chairs.
For experts the glades of McConkey's Bowl and the couloirs in Jupiter and Scott's Bowls are great places to explore. Those with a high enough ability can also tackle the Interconnect, a day's guided backcountry tour from Deer Valley through Park City Mountain Resort, Solitude, Brighton and Alta to Snowbird.
In addition, Park City Mountain Resort boasts seven highly-rated terrain parks suitable for everyone from novices to experts.
Deer Valley provides a very different experience to its now giant neighbour, this ski-only (no snowboarders allowed) resort has a reputation for well-groomed slopes and impeccable service from lift attendants.
Like most Utah resorts, snow reliability at Park City’s ski areas is generally good and snow-making facilities cover around a fifth of the slopes. As a result, the ski season in Park City Mountain Resort is relatively long, running from mid-November until mid-April.