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Park City Travel Guide

Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding

Canyons Resort. One of the largest ski resorts in the country, Canyons has undergone more than $75 million in renovations since 2010, including the installation of North America's only chairlift with heated seats (named the Orange Bubble Express). Skiers of all abilities will enjoy this mountain, which has 182 runs on 4,000 skiable acres, and emphasizes service (food, lodging, ski school) in the mold of nearby Deer Valley. Advanced skiers love Ninety-Nine 90, a black-diamond peak named for its elevation above sea level. Don't be deceived when you pull into the parking lot—most of the terrain is not visible from the base. Three terrain parks appeal to snowboarders and freeskiers alike. 4000 Canyons Resort Dr., Park City, UT, 84098. 435/649–5400; 888/226–9667 reservations; 435/615–3456 snow reports. www.canyonsresort.com. Lift tickets $107; save by purchasing on website in advance. 3,190-ft vertical drop; 4,000 skiable acres; 10% beginner, 44% intermediate, 46% advanced; 1 8-passenger gondola, 1 6-passenger high-speed chair, 1 open-air gondola, 6 high-speed quad chairs, 5 quad chairs, 2 triple chairs, 2 double chairs, 2 surface lifts.

Deer Valley Resort. Just to the south of downtown Park City, Deer Valley Resort set new standards in the ski industry by providing such amenities as ski valets and slope-side dining of the highest caliber. For such pampering, the resort has drawn rave reviews from virtually every ski and travel magazine. The careful layout of runs and the quality of the grooming makes this an intermediate skier's heaven. With the Empire Canyon and Lady Morgan areas, the resort also offers bona fide expert terrain. For many, part of the ski experience includes a two- to three-hour midday interlude of feasting at the Silver Lake Lodge buffet and catching major rays on the snow-covered meadow in front of the lodge. The ski experience, in other words, fits right in with the resort's overall image. With lessons for kids from preschool through teens, Deer Valley's acclaimed children's ski school is sure to please both children and parents. Note: this is one of the only ski resorts in the United States that prohibits snowboards. 2250 Deer Valley Dr., Park City, UT, 84060. 435/649–1000; 800/424–3337 reservations; 435/649–2000 snow reports. www.deervalley.com. Lift tickets $108. 3,000-ft vertical drop; 2,026 skiable acres; 27% beginner, 41% intermediate, 32% advanced; 1 high-speed gondola, 12 high-speed quad chairs, 1 quad chair, 5 triple chairs, 2 double chairs, 4 surface lifts.

Park City Mountain Resort. Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013–14, this has been one of the North America's most popular ski and snowboard destinations for most of that time. With 114 trails and nine bowls encompassing 750 acres, there is ample terrain to keep skiers of all abilities happy for days. Roughly half the terrain is rated as intermediate, but the slopes that line Jupiter Peak are revered by experts. The east face of Jupiter has some particularly hairy rock-lined chutes. Motherlode Meadows and Mid-Mountain Meadows provide a gentler approach to tree skiing. Known as PCMR to distinguish it from the adjacent town, the resort is widely acclaimed for its family friendliness, for its location (one lift rises out of Park City's Town Lift Square), and for being a freeskiing and snowboarding mecca, especially since hosting 2002 Winter Olympics competitions. The Eagle Superpipe, with 22-foot walls, is one of the largest in North America, and combined with three terrain parks with state-of-the-art rails, jumps, and features, makes this resort an important destination for that crowd. PCMR is the only resort in Park City that offers night skiing. Park City's main drawback is lack of length. Despite a vertical drop of 3,100 feet, it's hard putting together a run of more than about 1,400 vertical feet. The area is made up of a series of ridges and peaks rather than a single mountain face. They have an excellent ski school and also host skiers with disabilities. 1345 Lowell Ave., Park City, UT, 84060. 435/649–8111 reservations and snow reports; 800/222–7275 reservations. www.parkcitymountain.com. Lift tickets $107. 3,100-ft vertical drop; 3,300 skiable acres; 17% beginner, 52% intermediate, 31% advanced; 4 high-speed 6-passenger chairs, 3 high-speed quad chairs, 7 triple chairs, 2 double chairs, 3 surface lifts.

Ski Tours

Ski Utah Interconnect Adventure Tour. Strong intermediate and advanced skiers can hook up with the Ski Utah Interconnect Tour for a guided alpine ski tour that takes you to as many as six resorts (Deer Valley, Park City, Brighton, Solitude, Alta, and Snowbird) in a single day, all connected by backcountry ski routes with unparalleled views of the Wasatch Mountains. Guides test your ski ability before departure. The tour includes guide service, lift tickets, lunch, and transportation back to the point of origin and costs $295. You'll even walk away with a finisher's pin. The Deer Valley Departure Tour is considered less rigorous and operates Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. The more advanced Snowbird Departure Tour operates Thursday and Saturday. Reservations are required. Park City, UT. 801/534–1907. www.skiutah.com.

Ski Rental and Equipment

Ski Butlers. The most prominent of a number of companies new to Park City and offering ski and snowboard delivery, Ski Butlers carries top-of-the-line Rossignol equipment. Their experts will fit you in your hotel room or condo and meet you at any of the resorts should something go wrong. You'll pay a little more, but you'll avoid the hassle of rentals when the snow is falling on your first morning in the mountains. 1821 Sidewinder Dr., Park City, UT. 435/658–0458. www.skibutlers.com.

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