Powder in the Park

Life in Park City is more than just picture perfect

By: Judd Eustice

From the moment I arrived in Park City, Utah, the snow was falling from the sky and it never stopped. Beds of powder kept building as I skied down winding trails. The snow piled up, but I was never in too deep.

Had I arrived earlier in the day, I would have been eligible for a great deal from Park City resorts called Quick START, which stands for Ski Today and Ride Today. Clients flying in will receive a same-day complimentary lift ticket the day they arrive for use at any of Park City’s three resorts. Unfortunately, my flight arrived after dark due to weather. I took full advantage of the time I had, however.

My first morning at The Canyons Grand Summit Resort, I woke to find a cheery message on my phone telling me the snow conditions on the mountain. I headed out and skied my first day at The Canyons Ski Resort. A scenic ride up the Flight of the Canyons Gondola allowed me to get the lay of the land before starting. Here clients can ski more than 3,500 acres and 146 trails with no lift lines or bottlenecks on the slopes.

After lunch on the mountain it was time to ramp up the excitement with a snowmobile ride through the backwoods. Our small group was shuttled to a remote location outside of Park City by the owner/operator of Thousand Peaks in the Uinta Mountains. A full-throttle ride through the woods and meadows of a privately owned ranch followed. The name of the game was speed, and if I was surprised by anything, it was how the group was so comfortable to rev up their machines and go fast.

Tired from all the excitement, I sought treatment at the Spa at the Stein Eriksen Lodge, where I found the perfect amount of luxury and pampering. If that were the end of my trip to Park City, I would have been fulfilled.

However, the next day it was off to the slopes at Deer Valley Resort. Again, the conditions were deep powder.

I took advantage of a ski lesson from a top-notch instructor at Deer Valley. Not only are the instructors incredible skiers in Park City, but many are former competitive amateur and professional racers who are more than willing to teach clients the finer points of the sport. Deer Valley Resort, as well as The Canyons Ski Resort and Park City Mountain Resort, hosted several Olympic events during the 2002 games.

In fact, Deer Valley hosted the FIS Freestyle World Cup this January, where the world’s best competed before the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. This is only one in a long list of annual events in the area. After all, this is where the stars shine when Park City plays host to the Sundance Film Festival.

After my lesson, I spent a night at the upscale Hotel Park City, a good option for ski-savvy clients. Home seemed far away sitting in my terrycloth robe by the fireplace, listening to Miles Davis over the Bose audio system.


On Main Street in downtown Park City, there are a core of shops and restaurants that cater to every taste and whim. Designer clothing and jewelry shops are cozily perched next to java huts filled with skiers still wearing their gear. Many fine restaurants, such as Chimayo, with their eclectic menus and extensive wine lists, have all the charm and sophistication to satisfy anyone with cosmopolitan tastes. Yet it’s comfortable and relaxed, since the dress code is usually “mountain casual.”

Getting to Main Street is easy with a ski lift located in the center of town. Much like a bus depot anywhere else, this is the hub of winter commuting. Clients staying in one of the many bed and breakfasts or hotels in the area would have little trouble getting around.

Before departing on my last day, I skied at Park City Mountain Resort. The weather was letting up a little and the sun began to come out for the first time. Here, the groomed trails go on forever. I had fun cutting my way through trails and falling into the fluffy powder.

With the combination of great snow, picturesque scenery and a customer-first attitude from everyone, it is easy to see why Park City was chosen to host a large-scale event like the Winter Olympics. This is a first-rate ski resort that clients who love winter sports will most certainly enjoy.


Quick START: www.parkcityinfo.com

The Canyons Resort: www.thecanyons.com

Deer Valley Resort: www.deervalley.com

Park City Mountain Resort: www.pcski.com