Discover Park City’s superb slopes and A-list attractions with our superlative-snow-seeker Jonathan Spindel.
Photography Courtesy of Park City Chamber and Waldorf Astoria Park City
If you’re a snow connoisseur, you’ve certainly heard about Park City. Nestled in Utah’s pristine Wasatch Range, Park City boasts some of the world’s best ski slopes and mountain resorts. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Park City is a global hub of arts and culture, where A-list stars and jet setters converge for exquisite experiences and exclusive events. In fact, the past few years have seen an incredible growth in new world-class attractions. Myriad surprises await you in the breathtaking mountains. You’ll see, there’s so much to discover in this winter wonderland.
A quick scenic drive from Salt Lake City International Airport, Park City truly captures the authentic feel of a ski town steeped in history. Having come a long way from its 1869 establishment as a silver mining hub, Park City has long been a major snow sports destination. It gained further fame with the advent of the Sundance Film Festival, which put the ski town on the map for independent filmmakers, movie stars, and cinephiles in search of the latest and greatest. Taking the global stage in 2002, Park City hosted many events of the Winter Olympic Games events, and in fact remains a training center for athletes from around the world.
Yet for all its global reputation, Park City retains a uniquely intimate vibe. You can ski directly from your hotel to the mountain lifts, then glide to your favorite après ski spot for dinner or drinks. A common sight is a rack of skis, packed near the entrance of a local diner or wine bar. Inside, skiers are warming up by the fireplace, exchanging stories, making new friends and enjoying the energy only a true ski town can offer.
STAY IN STYLE
The Waldorf Astoria Park City hotel offers luxurious hospitality and easy access to Park City’s greatest attractions. In fact, Park City Mountain Resort, the largest ski resort in the United States, is just a quick gondola ride away. From the moment you enter the Waldorf Astoria Park City, you feel surrounded by the essence of this winter wonderland. Each guestroom is appointed with custom furnishings and spectacular views of the ski slopes and mountains, ideal for a relaxing retreat. For a truly deluxe experience, you can opt for a four-bedroom suite complete with roaring fireplace and private balcony patios.
Explore the 16,000 square foot spa, which offers the latest therapeutic and beauty treatments in a contemporary mountain-inspired setting, complete with a Tea and Fireside Lounge for a warm environment to indulge in total relaxation. When you’re ready for an exquisite meal, the on-property restaurant Powder offers a seasonal menu inspired by modern mountain cuisine, featuring delicious ingredients from local sources. In fact, Executive Chef Michael Zachman was recognized in the 2017 Taste of Waldorf Astoria competition, winning accolades for his innovative beet-cured trout with rye whiskey mimosa, and tempura shrimp with ginger yuzu pearl mojito. Such surprisingly innovative culinary experiences are available every day at Powder.
Park City boasts two world-class ski resorts, Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley Resort. Both resorts hosted ski events during the 2002 Winter Olympics, and when you visit their slopes it’s easy to see why they were selected for world-class competitions.
Park City Mountain Resort features two distinct base areas, a world-class ski and snowboard school, and hundreds of trails, lifts and terrain parks for every level of skier to enjoy. Additionally, Park City Mountain Resort is home to more than two-dozen restaurants. For an excellent après ski meal, try The Farm, named one of Utah’s top restaurants, where you can dine on exceptional dishes inspired by local seasonal fare.
Deer Valley Resort revolutionized the ski industry by being the first North American ski resort to provide the first class service that guests would receive at a five-star hotel. Deer Valley features luxurious amenities such as ski valets, perfectly groomed slopes, exclusive lift access and gourmet dining in three elegant day lodges.
In addition to skiing and snowboarding, Park City’s internationally celebrated mountains also offer unparalleled snowshoeing and cross-country skiing opportunities. Seeking a truly elevated experience? Hop in a hot air balloon for an awe-inspiring bird’s-eye view of Park City’s mountain panorama.
Park City has come a long way from its silver-mining days—in fact, the winter season features world-class events that attract jet-setting movers and shakers from all over the globe. Keep an eye out during your ski run, and you may just meet a skier from the United States Ski Team, or even the Australian Freestyle Ski Team, who both train on the mountains of Park City. Every year, Deer Valley Resort hosts the Celebrity Skifest, an extraordinary event when stars from television, film and the Olympic Games come to compete in ski events to raise funds for worthy charities. Of course, there are also plenty of celebrity antics, parties, charity auctions, benefit concerts and more. And of course, Sundance Film Festival draws thousands of movie lovers and a-list stars. You can rub elbows with some of today’s most influential artists and performers of the silver screen. So, whether you’re a film lover, celeb-spotter, or outdoor thrill seeker, you just can’t visit Park City without getting a taste of the world’s most rarified experiences.
OUT AND ABOUT
You won’t want to miss the charming attraction of Main Street area, where the picturesque streets are lined with chic art galleries, designer clothing boutiques, and delectable dining spots. Pop into one of the many jewelry shops, where you can find regional artisan-crafted silver and turquoise, as well as bold contemporary designs and classic luxury pieces from the world’s finest jewelers. Art galleries feature rotating exhibitions of extraordinary works in every medium; you’ll find it hard to resist picking up a new piece for your collection. Stylish clothiers abound as well, from elaborate furs to sleek modern designs straight from the runway.
When you’ve worked up an appetite, you’ll find an abundance of delicious options to satisfy your palate. Riverhorse on Main, offering eclectic American cuisine, is among Park City’s oldest and most distinguished restaurants. The Eating Establishment has been a beloved diner for locals and visitors since 1972, with a menu of satisfying favorites for any time of day, as well as top-notch coffee, whiskey and craft beer. Off Main Street, you can find truly innovative fair at five5eeds, whose brunch options include savory shakshuka and the fluffiest pancakes you’ll ever taste. Nearby, Twisted Fern offers a fresh take on local fare, with imaginative dishes inspired by myriad global cuisines.
ALL ABOUT APRES
Wind down after long day of skiing, shopping and sight seeing with some of Park City’s finest spirits. High West Distillery and Saloon crafts a range of aged and spiced whiskeys, and serves flights and cocktails alongside a menu of delectable snacks. The cozy saloon is the perfect place to warm up on a snowy day. If you’re in the mood for wine, Old Town Cellars is an elegant winery with local roots, where you can enjoy a range of styles and vintages while chatting with the founders and winemakers themselves.
It’s easy to see why Park City has become such an attractive destination for a winter season escape. The exhilarating slopes and brisk mountain air offer an infusion of invigorating energy, while its laid-back luxury lets you relax and indulge in all your favorite pleasures. You may even love Park City enough to become one of its many seasonal residents. Who wouldn’t want a private pied-à-terre in America’s most charming ski town? In any case, Utah’s mountain paradise will always welcome you to enjoy its finest offerings, during the snow season and year-round as well. The mountains are waiting for you.