As a foreigner, I didn’t know much about Utah at first, but it only took one person to mention the amazing ski resorts there to get me interested in visiting the place! The best slopes for skiing and snowboarding in Utah are located in Park City, only 51 km away from Salt Lake City (the state’s capital).
What makes Park City so great in terms of accessibility? Just think that usually you need to fly to one of the big cities, then rent a car and drive for a couple of hours to the ski city. To enjoy Park City resorts, you just need to land in Salt Lake City and take a cab/rent a car/go on a public bus to reach the ski resort in just about 40 minutes, that’s all!
Many riders actually travel from around the world to catch a powder day in Park City. Although you can never quite know when that day will be, in Utah they have an average of 10 days of amazing 12-inch high snow (between December and February), which is a lot!
What are the benefits of powder snow? Well… for a first-time skier like me, it means the fall will not hurt as much; for experts it means the slopes are perfect for speeding and trying out new tricks!
During the winter, Park City has activities that fit every kind of traveler! They have over 9,000 acres of snow and slopes that are perfect for snowboarding and skiing, and you can also enjoy some fun activities like snow tubing and sledding as well!
The ski area in Park City is divided between two main resorts (Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley Resort), so I will share with you some great accommodation options near the ski lifts for both places. I’ll also give you some options for downtown as well, if you prefer staying closer to the shopping area.
Here are my recommendations for the best hotels in Park City:
- Best hotels near the Park City ski resorts
- Best hotels in Downtown Park City
- Best accommodation near Park City
- BONUS: Useful information about Park City
Best hotels near the Park City ski resorts
Park City basically consists of 2 resorts – Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley Resort, which are also visited during the summer season because the ski slopes become amazing trails for hiking and biking.
NOTE: Accommodations near the resorts and ski lifts are called “ski-in/ski-out” hotels because of their proximity to the slopes. Because of this, you should expect to pay higher prices compared to a regular night in a hotel. For example, the best budget option is no less than US $150 per night. But don’t worry, the resorts in Park City are simply great and they’re worth the price!
PRO TIP: I found this great website where you can check lodging deals for Park City, as well as other ski areas in the US. Alternatively, you can also check for up-to-date lodging deals on Liftopia as well. Both websites have promos from time to time for accommodation, as well as lift pass prices and even ski rental!
By the way, Park City is a great place to go with your family! Deer Valley Resort is perfect for everyone looking to learn and improve their skiing skills, while Park City Mountain Resort is a bit more diverse because they have snowboarding options and some tubing for the kids.
NOTE 2: The closer the accommodation is to the ski lifts, the easier it is to get back home – that’s important considering you will have quite a bit of equipment with you!
You can easily move between these resorts on a free shuttle bus that connects them both and runs from 5:40 am to 2:10 am.
UPDATE: For those who haven’t been to Park City lately, like me, please note that The Canyons Resort is now part of Park City Mountain Resort, and is no longer a third independent location.
I personally think that the Canyons is among the best family ski resorts because it has many good green runs (perfect for beginners) at a low and high altitude. But that is not all, as you can go skiing, snowboarding, and even snow tubing, which can’t be done at Deer Valley Resort.
Which resort should you choose?
I think it’s better I give you personalized recommendations right from the start, so you can better understand which resort is best for your holiday:
- Best ski slopes – Deer Valley Resort
- Best luxury service – Deer Valley Resort
- Budget resort (in terms of ski lift price & equipment rental) – Park City Mountain Resort
- Cheaper rental equipment – Park City Mountain Resort
- More skiable terrain – Park City Mountain Resort (7,000 acres)
- Longest run – Park City Mountain Resort (5.6km)
- Skiing-only resort – Deer Valley Resort
I know, it’s hard to decide! In my case, I didn’t have much of an option because I traveled with 4 friends, and 3 of them only wanted to go snowboarding. As you can imagine, the majority won, and we ended up getting our lift tickets for Park City Mountain Resort because in Deer Valley you can only ski.
Now let me share my recommendations on Park City accommodations near each ski resort:
1. The Canyons/Park City Resort
Park City Resort and the Canyons in Park City merged into one resort now called Park City Mountain Resort. You will hear that some people still talk about the Canyons as an independent resort and area, so do not get confused.
These resorts are now connected by gondola, and the joint property holds about 300 trails and 40 lifts with 7,000 acres of skiable terrain. Between them, you can find runs for every kind of skiing ability and for those who want to go for some snowboarding as well.
Here are some of the best options for places to stay in Park City:
Luxury (US $380 and up)
- Waldorf Astoria Park City – This resort is so luxurious you’ll think you’re part of a castle with its modern and rustic design and spacious rooms. It is only 100 m from the Gondola ski lift and has an on-site ski equipment rental spot and also offers Park City lift tickets.
- Wyndham Park City – It is one of the best Park City hotels below the ski lifts. You can literally reach the Waldorf Gondola in less than 40 m, and 200 m from the Canyons Resort area. Their rooms are perfect for families of 4 to 6 people and are built like apartments with a microwave, fridge and private bathroom.
- Westgate Park City Resort & Spa – It is an amazing Park City resort located 200 m away from the ski lifts and offers ski storage for the guests and a free shuttle service to downtown. Their villas are perfect for 4 people and the property also has amenities like a fitness center, swimming pools, after-hour childcare, and in-room babysitting services.
Middle-priced (from US $190 to US $380)
- Hyatt Place Park City – It is a great hotel only 750 m from the Cabriolet and Waldorf ski lifts. The property not only offers amazing mountain views but has an outdoor swimming pool, a hot tub and free Wi-Fi for the guests.
- Silverado Lodge Park City – Canyons Village – This resort is one of the best Park City lodging options at only 300 m from the ski lifts and transfer service to the ski slopes, too. Its amenities include a steam room, a sauna, and a year-round outdoor pool.
- Park City Peaks hotel – This gorgeous rustic hotel is a 5-minute drive from the Park City Mountain and offers not only amazing views of the mountains whatever the season but also has an area for ski equipment rentals. The hotel also has indoor and outdoor heated pools, as well as a fitness center.
Budget (up to US $190)
As I mentioned before, the best hotels in Park City are ski-in/ski-out places that are practically below the lift stations so you will start your day right on the slopes. This also means the prices will be quite high, but you can still find some options from prestigious hotel chains (Sheraton, Hilton etc.) because they have some interesting budget-type offers:
- DoubleTree by Hilton – The Yarrow – This hotel is only an 8-minute walk from the resort and still offers a free ski shuttle for their guests. The amenities also include an on-site restaurant, an outdoor pool, and a fitness center.
- Sheraton Park City – This hotel offers great facilities such as an atrium-style indoor swimming pool and a whirlpool. The guests can also make use of the latest health center and ski storage, and take the free ski shuttle.
- Silver King Hotel – It is a great place to stay because it is only a 3-minute walk from the resort. The hotel amenities include an indoor and outdoor pool, a free area shuttle, and a great gym.
2. Deer Valley
Deer Valley Resort is a skiing-only resort in Park City! It is high-ranked for its snow grooming, ski lift access, on-mountain food, and lodging. The resort is gorgeous, offering guests free parking shuttles (they go around the parking lots and bring you closer to the base lodge), free ski valets (they help you carry your skis and gear), fine dining and some stylish, boutique shopping stores.
Deer Valley is divided into different ski lodges (Stag Lodge, Silver Baron Lodge, Black Diamond Lodge) from the base of the mountain and up to the highest point of their property. At these lodges you can find the condominium hotel rooms and suites available for guests, amazing banquet rooms, and ski rental areas where you can leave or pick up your ski equipment.
PRO TIP: If you are up at Silver Lake (a lodge at Deer Valley Resort) and don’t want ski your way to the bottom to return the equipment, just leave your equipment at the Silver Lake Rental Shop. They will update the system so you don’t get charged for any additional minutes of use.
NOTE: Snowboarding is not allowed at Deer Valley Ski Resort.
Here are some great accommodation options that I handpicked in this area for you:
Luxury (US $1,000 and up)
- Montage Deer Valley Resort – You will feel even more special than royalty at this world-class luxury ski in ski out Park City resort hotel. It is less than 200 m to the nearest ski lifts, and offers guests a seating area near a fireplace to enjoy the mountain views.
- Stein Eriksen Residences – This modern and rustic hotel is about 300 m from the Sterling Express ski lift and offers their guests ski-to-door access and free Wi-Fi. The on-site amenities include a sauna, hot tub, billiards, an outdoor swimming pool, and a fully equipped fitness center.
Middle-priced (from US $220 to US $1,000)
- Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley – It is one of the best Park City luxury hotels only about 250 m from the ski lifts and has some suites with white marble stainless steel kitchens and a private balcony with mountain views. The hotel facilities include an outdoor pool, a service spa, and a fitness center.
- The Chateaux Deer Valley – This hotel is about 200 m from the ski lifts and ski storage, and is a great option for Park City ski tickets and ski equipment rentals. The great hotel includes among its amenities a heated pool, spa service, a fitness center, and you can even find a nice fireplace in their lodge-styled rooms.
Budget (up to US $220)
- Torchlight Inn – This cozy Inn has 6 smoke-free guestrooms, a rooftop terrace, and a spa tub for guests. The property has free Wi-Fi and a private bathroom in each of its spacious rooms.
- Treasure Mountain Inn – It is a comfortable accommodation with smoke-free condos and studio apartments all with a small fridge, a fully equipped kitchen, and a private bathroom. The amenities include a spa tub, a gym, and ski storage.
Best hotels in Downtown Park City
Besides staying in the two resorts above, there is also the option of staying downtown! Staying in downtown Park City is perfect for first-time visitors because you will still have the flexibility of going to any of the resorts mentioned above. Also, because you will not be as close to the ski lifts, the hotel prices are cheaper.
There are free ski buses that will take you from downtown to both Park City Resort (8 minutes) and Deer Valley (10 minutes). If you get the bus at Park Ave Condos, it will take 5 minutes to Park City Resort and 20 minutes to Deer Valley.
Around the Old Town – Downtown area you will find many galleries, boutique stores, and restaurants in historic buildings that double the appeal of each place. These buildings used to be saloons or boarding houses and most of them are now B&Bs and restaurants.
Can you believe there are about 100 restaurants alone in this city? With about 8,500 citizens, this means they have more restaurants per capita than any other state!
The restaurants range from local and classic small diners to fancy dining locations with a mix of cuisines that include Thai, Italian, Continental, and more.
The great accommodation options I will share are close to Main Street, perfect for going shopping at the best boutiques or maybe you’d rather go to the slight outskirts to the outlets. At night, you can enjoy a great meal at any of the restaurants, or go to a wine bar to see the full local nightlife.
Here are the best downtown Park City hotels:
- Marriott’s Summit Watch (US $300 and up) – This luxury condo-hotel is in the downtown area and is only 150 m away from the Town lift, and about 1 km from the Crescent lift. The amenities include an indoor and connecting outdoor pool, and the units made for up to 4 people are spacious and seem like apartments with a microwave and refrigerator.
- Holiday Inn Express Park City (from US $180 to US $210) – This comfortable and homey hotel has an indoor heated pool, a fitness center, and is one of the few pet-friendly locations. Take advantage of the free local shuttle services toward the ski resorts.
- Park City Hostel (up to US $130) – It is a spacious and boutique-style accommodation near downtown Main Street with private rooms and dorms for every kind of traveler. Among its amenities, you can get a Park City ski pass from the hostel as well as rent ski equipment.
Best accommodation near Park City
In case the best options ran out or you just don’t want to stay in the center of Park City, you can also go to a nearby village like Heber City and Midway. This means the accommodation prices will be slightly cheaper but you will still be close enough to have easy access to the ski resorts!
Here are some options for hotels near Park City, Utah:
- Zermatt Utah Resort & Spa Trademark Collection by Wyndham (from US $200 to US $300) – This great luxury resort is a 20-minute drive (16km) from the ski resorts and has villas perfect for a 2 to 5 people to stay. The resort includes a fitness center, a ski pass sales point, and ski equipment rental. Their additional benefit is having a free shuttle service to the ski lifts.
- Best Western Plus Heber Valley Hotel (from US $160 to US $190) – It is one of the best Park City hotel deals about 20km from the ski resorts with an indoor pool, a fitness center, and a ski storage space. It’s a great accommodation if you are looking for activities such as hiking, skiing, or even cycling, depending on the season.
- Swiss Alps Inn (up to US$110) – This small cozy and homelike Inn offers an outdoor pool, an indoor hot tub and a children’s playground for all the guests. The accommodation’s rooms include a seating area, cable TV, and a private bathroom with a bath and shower.
BONUS: Useful information about Park City
How to get from Salt Lake Airport to Park City
Once you get to Park City you can make use of the free and easy to use public transportation around Park City in general and to reach the ski resorts. But first you’ll need to get there, so here are the easiest ways to travel from Salt Lake City (SLC) airport to Park City:
For your own comfort and flexibility to move around Park City and the surrounding villages, I suggest you rent a car at the airport and start your journey. The drive is 60 km which is about 45 minutes (give or take because of traffic). I recommend you check out the best rates for your dates here.
Getting to Park City by shuttle (about a 45-minute ride) is probably the most comfortable and convenient way of taking your luggage and ski equipment with you if you have traveled with it. Park City Group Transportation offers a shared shuttle for around US $60 per person, and can leave you or pick you up from most of our selected hotels mentioned in the previous sections.
A classic taxi will take you from SLC to Park City for about US $80, while Uber and Lyft charge about US $55 for the trip. To travel with your ski equipment, go for the UberSKI option that charges US $8 fixed fee for pick-up on top of the UberX transportation rate.
NOTE: Keep in mind that Uber and Lyft don’t have fixed rates so prices can increase because of weather conditions, popularity, and other factors.
Lift pass prices
Once you have booked your hotel stay, you need to research and pre-book your lift passes. You should expect to pay about US $130 for the lift pass, although this changes depending on the resort.
Each resort offers convenient season passes for people who are going to ski/snowboard in more than just one resort in the area, or if you plan on traveling around the world to different resorts:
- Park City Mountain Resort has the Epic Pass with which you have unlimited access to 26 resorts across the world for no more than 7 consecutive days at each resort.
- Deer Valley has the IKON Pass that gives you access to 41 destinations in different countries.
PRO TIP: If you want to check some great deals for ski lift tickets in Park City as well as other resorts in Utah and in the rest of the United States as well, I found this great website that shows all current deals! For example, right now they have an offer for 15% off lift tickets, ski rentals and snowboard rentals in Park City Mountain Resort here! P.S.: The website also shows how many inches of snow were in each resort in the last 48 hours!
I will talk about the prices for each of these passes below:
1. Park City Mountain Resort
The Park City Mountain Resort skiable area is linked by numerous lifts and passes can be purchased for the amount of days you want to go up the slopes. If you want to go for more than one day up the lifts, be flexible about when you can use it and even be able to use it worldwide, then I suggest you go for the EPIC Pass.
The EPIC Pass allows you access to about 36 resorts in the world, 20 of them being Vail Resorts (American Mountain Resort Company). The pass can be used for 1 to 7 days at each resort.
- Adult Lift Ticket: US $148 per day (online), US $179 (on-site). You can purchase your lift ticket here.
- EPIC Day Pass Adult: US $112 for 1 day (valid all season). Check the prices and book it here. The EPIC Day Pass must be purchased in advance of the season and you’ll be saving almost 50% off the price compared to the on-site lift ticket. You can purchase it for any number of days you want to ski and it doesn’t have a specific use date, while the lift ticket (above) must be bought in-season for a specific date and a specific resort.
- EPIC Pass Adult: US $989. You get unlimited access during the winter season (more than 90 days) to world ski resorts, no more than 7 days at each resort.
- EPIC Local Pass: US $739. You get unlimited access to resorts during the winter season, but with some date restrictions and most of the resorts are in the US.
NOTE: Some of the resorts that are part of the EPIC Pass include Vail (Colorado), Stowe (Vermont), and Kirkwood (California). Check the entire list of resorts here.
PRO TIP: Something I would have done if this had existed when I went to Utah would be getting the EPIC Day Pass. If you are already planning on going skiing/snowboarding, I definitely recommend you purchase this pass (in case you just want a lift pass for a couple of days). It’s much cheaper, and you can be flexible with your dates!
2. Deer Valley Resort
As I mentioned before, Deer Valley Resort has the IKON pass. The IKON pass is a season pass I recommend if you are a skiing enthusiast or if you plan on visiting different ski resorts around the world for about 5 days. IKON includes 41 ski resorts (21 in the US, 20 world-wide) and you will have unlimited access to their ski slopes.
- Adult Lift Ticket: between US $160 and US $180 per day. You can purchase the ticket here.
- IKON Adult Base Pass (12 unlimited skiing destinations): US $749
- IKON Adult Pass (14 unlimited skiing destinations): US $1,099
NOTE: Some resorts that are members of the IKON pass are Winter Park Resort (Colorado), Snow Shoe (West Virginia), Thredbo (Australia), Valle Nevado (Chile), and much more. You can check the full list here.
Maybe you are excited to find snow but have never used a pair of skis or a snowboard?. No need to panic, the resorts in Park City offer great private and group lessons for you to learn the basics and then show off your new skills on the slopes! You can choose a full day or half day lesson from the morning or afternoon schedule.
NOTE: Rentals and lift tickets are not included in the lesson fee.
1. Park City Mountain Resort
In both Park City and the Canyons (now all part of Park City Mountain Resort) you can go for skiing or snowboarding lessons; lesson prices do not change whichever snowsport you choose.
- Private Lessons: US $675 for a 3-hour class (pre-booked) / US $729 if purchased on-site.
- Group Lessons: US $215 per person for a full day activity (from 9AM to 4PM). It can only be booked online.
2. Deer Valley Resort
The lessons are for up to 4 people and can be a 3-hour lesson per day or you can customize it for the number of hours you prefer. In the case of group lessons, the ski instructor will group you into teams of 4 based on your skiing skills.
Once you have booked flights, hotels, and ski lift passes, you will need equipment as well. In case you don’t have your own, know that there are many great store options where you can rent it, so no need to panic!
You will obviously need a pair of skis or a snowboard, some boots to fit into these, and (in the case of skis) some poles to go along with them. Plus, I think that you should always include a helmet as part of your rental equipment!
PRO TIP: Trust the ski technician and don’t try to shave some kilos from your weight. These details are needed to be sure you don’t get injured while having fun. I had that job once so I know the drill! 🙂
NOTE: All ski package prices include skis, boots and poles, while the snowboard package includes the snowboard and boots.
Now back to the important details, here are some options on where to get your ski/snowboarding equipment, on-site at the resorts and outside:
1. Park City Mountain Resort
- Helmet: US $10 per day
- Sport Ski Package: US $18.40 per day (online booking) / US $23 per day (walk-in price)
- Performance Ski Package: US $28 per day (online booking) / US $35 per day (walk-in price)
- Snowboard Package: US $28 per day (online booking) / US $35 per day (walk-in price)
NOTE: The Sport Package is for beginner to low-intermediate and the Performance package is for low-intermediate to advanced. If you are not sure of your riding skills ask the store employees for guidance. The difference between the two (other than the price) is that the Performance skis allow you to go down deeper snow and off-trail skiing routes.
You can see the updated prices and book your equipment here.
2. Deer Valley Resort
- Helmet: US $19 per day
- Sport Ski Package: US $68 per day
- Performance Ski Package: US $82 per day
You can check the updated prices and book your ski equipment at Deer Valley here.
PRO TIP 2: If you feel that carrying all the equipment is overwhelming and you are more focused on not falling rather than the skis (this happened to me the first time I put on the boots!), I recommend you rent the equipment at the resort where you are staying in.
3. Outside of the resorts
3.1) Ski Butlers
Ski Butlers is a ski rental delivery service. You can book your ski or snowboard gear on their website here and they will have it delivered to the comfort of your hotel so you don’t even need to worry about where to get the equipment. Their packages include boots and poles (in the case of skis) and they also charge an insurance fee in case something happens to their equipment.
NOTE: Performance category is ideal for low-intermediate to advanced riders.
- Performance Skis/Snowboard: US $76
- First Timer Skis/Snowboard: US $65
- Helmet: US $15
NOTE 2: I recommend you calculate the cost of purchase with them beforehand so you can see which option is more convenient.
3.2) Aloha Ski & Snowboard
Aloha Ski & Snowboard rental shop offers an early bird and online discount on their regular rates to rent equipment. A quick tip is that their silver package is perfect for anyone between beginner level up to intermediate!
- Ski silver package: US $30 per day (online rate) / US 40 per day (walk-in rate)
- Snowboard silver package: US $31.50 per day (online rate) / US $42 per day (walk-in rate)
- Helmet: US $10 per day (online rate) / US $12.50 per day (walk-in rate)
Once you have enjoyed a full-day of skiing you will want to relax just like locals do, right? You might know already that apres-ski is part of the ski culture and it means having a drink after a full day on the slopes, and enjoying it with some delicious dishes as well!
Here are my recommendations for the best places for apres-ski in Park City:
- The Viking Yurt – a fun, Nordic-themed yurt (tent) at Park City Mountain where you can go for a drink, a fresh baked cookie, or a homemade sandwich.
- High West Saloon – a whiskey distillery with an incredible selection on its lunch, dinner, and cocktail menus.
- J&G Grill – a restaurant and bar with lovely outdoor fire pits.
- Legends Bar & Grill – an upscale gastropub that offers a full-service bar and is a great place to stop for après, lunch, or even dinner.
- The Farm – a rustic and refined American cuisine restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining that offers a rich menu with regionally-sourced ingredients.
- Umbrella Bar – a relaxed and nice burger and beer grill with the best varieties of brewed beers.
BONUS: If you ever get tired of skiing/snowboarding and want to try a unique activity in Park City, you can try heli-skiing and cat-skiing and you’ll see the area from a whole new perspective! Park City Powdercats is a great company that offers this fun activity!
When to go to Park City and how long to stay
For a great skiing experience you have to visit Park City during the winter season – from the last week of November to the first week of April. Because the snow season does not follow precise dates, I suggest you book your trip between December and February.
I also recommend you go for at least a weekend so you’ll have 2 full days of skiing. Whether it is your first time down the slopes or you just go for the fun of it, 2 days are enough to remember how to use the skis or snowboard and enjoy the rush of adrenaline with each trip down the slope.
From my experience, the only thing that wasn’t my cup of tea was that, sometimes, while I was going down my beginner-level pistes, I ended up stumbling because a more experienced skier/snowboarder went close to me really fast. In other words, it gets crowded during the weekends, so if I were you, I’d go to Park City on a weekday!
NOTE: I have to share what I learned the hard way. You can be the fittest person ever (not me, but you get the idea), but skiing is not a sport one can do everyday, in my opinion! So, after your first day of skiing/snowboarding you’ll feel great, probably even the next day and you’ll be able to go for another round down the slopes. But on the third day you might need a break, especially if you’re a beginner!
Why should you choose Park City over other ski resorts in the US?
During winter, many US ski resorts come alive with great skiing and snowboarding runs. You can find them in the states of Colorado, Vermont, California, Wyoming and, of course, Utah.
Now let me mention some aspects that make Park City resorts a great choice:
- Largest skiable area (7,000 acres) in the US – Park City Mountain Resort
- Utah has the “best snow on earth” and yearly gets an average 283 inches of snow (Vail only gets 248 inches).
- Easy access from the capital airport, it is only a 45-minute drive to the resorts.
- Bus system to and from the resorts and downtown is free and convenient to use, leaving you just steps from the slopes.
- Because of the liquor laws in Utah, fewer people are expected to party-hard and that means fewer crowds at resorts
- It is more kid-friendly with activities such as tubing and bobsledding
- FREE Mountain Parking, but you’ll have to get up early to find a close spot.
- Cheaper rental equipment found specifically at Park City Mountain Resort
- Best skiing-only slopes are found at Deer Valley resort
This was my entire list of accommodation recommendations on where to stay in Park City, between hotels and resorts that will fit your pockets and preferences, all with the best reviews and great facilities. I hope the details have been useful for your ski trip planning.
If you like winter activities you will love these resorts as you slide your way through the day with the freshest snow ever! While I was in Park City, I really enjoyed the free transportation to every part of the city and I loved heading to the outlets after a full day of skiing (my kind of après ski!). Also, the fact that you can choose between the two resorts that have very different service while being super close to each other is a great thing as well!
Remember, Park City is a great destination for any season of the year and will offer you an amazing diversity of activities for each month. I wish you the best time during your winter skiing trip!
If you have any questions, feel free to type them below in the comments section. I am happy to help!
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