72 Hours in Park City with Jeff

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by Jeff on December 30, 2011

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Park City is one of the few ski destinations in the U.S. that allows you the opportunity to ski the same day you arrive and for FREE via the QuickStart voucher. This is due to the close proximity, approx. 35-40 minutes, from the Salt Lake City (SLC) International Airport.

Some shuttle companies that offer private and shared shuttle service from SLC to the Park City area are:
All Resort – www.allresort.com toll free: 877-658-3999 or local: 435-649-3999
Peak Transportation- www.peaktransportation.com  toll free: 877-474-9019 or local: 435- 901-4266

Lodging options are abundant with a variety of hotels and condos that can all be booked thru Park City Mountain Central Reservations. Here’s some favorite ski-in, ski-out accommodations we like:  Marriott Mountainside, Snow Flower CondosSilver Star and The Caledonian Hotel and Condos on Main Street via the Town Lift. While not slopeside, the Marriott Park City is a great alternative and is on the free bus route.

Day 1:

Approx. 7:00 a.m.  - depart your local city for your best ski/snowboard trip ever!

11 a.m. - Arrive via your scheduled flight into SLC. Once you’ve collected your luggage proceed to the transportation desk of your pre-booked (time saver if you pre-book) ground transportation or rental car company.  FYI- rental cars are not a necessity in Park City due to the FREE expansive public transportation system.

12:00 p.m. – Once you have arrived in the Kimball Junction/Park City area grab a quick bite of lunch at Leger's Deli at Kimball Junction in Park City

1:00 p.m. - After you have arrived at your choice of lodging in Park City you have options as to how you want to kick your trip off. You can rest, go to the grocery store (Fresh Market or The Market) or hit the slopes! Most hotels and condos in Park City have changing rooms, and luggage storage, if early check-in is not available.

1.    If you want to ski and take advantage of the FREE QuickStart voucher take your airline boarding pass and ID to the Park City Mountain Resort ticket windows (online registration is required prior to departure. No exceptions. Blacked-out from Saturday, February 18 to Saturday, March 31, 2012. ).
2.    Pick up your rental equipment and confirm any lessons that were booked in advance.
3.    Hit the slopes for a couple of hours to get your ski/snowboard legs back under you.

6 p.m. – 8 p.m. - Dinner at Baja Cantina one of Top 10 Best Family Restaurants in Park City and explore historic Main Street after dinner with some coffee, hot chocolate or ice cream from Java Cow.

Day 2:

7-8 a.m. - Breakfast either at your condo/hotel or try a quick bite from Wasatch Bagel as they have great food for everyone from kids to adults.

9 a.m. - Park City Mountain Resort lifts are open and are awaiting you for a day of skiing or snowboarding! Kid's Signature 3 and 5 Programs are available for your children, and are a huge reason that PCMR was voted the #1 Family Resort by SKI Magazine, so take advantage of these and book in advance. Take the Complimentary Mountain Tours that are offered daily at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. as they are another good way to see parts of the mountain and get a history lesson in the process.

11:30 a.m. – Lunch at any one of the great PCMR slopeside dining options – our family favorite lunch spots are Cobra Dogs and Summit House …they have everything you could want from sandwiches, pizza, hot dogs, burgers, soups, salads, etc….

Mid-afternoon – afternoon break at Summit House for hot chocolate

4 p.m. - Meet at your pre-arranged area at the base of PCMR to conclude a great day.

6 p.m. – 8 p.m. - Dinner at Jupiter Bowl for a fun night of bowling and video games for all ages.

Day 3:

7-8 a.m. - Breakfast either at your condo/hotel, or The Legacy Café, which is at the base of Park City Mountain Resort and opens at 7:30am

9 a.m. – Lifts open at Park City Mountain Resort for a fun filled day of skiing and boarding. Use the My Mountain Planner to map out a fun filled day on the slopes or plan to ride the Alpine Coaster or Flying Eagle Zip Line for thrills of a lifetime!

11:30 a.m. – Lunch on the slopes at either the Mid-Mountain Lodge, or Snow Hut, as both offer great views and atmosphere.

1:30 p.m. – afternoon break at Kristi's Coffee Café for coffee or hot chocolate.

2:30 p.m. - Meet at your pre-arranged area at the base of PCMR and then on to some family fun Tubing at Gorgoza.

7 p.m. – dinner at Bandits Grill which has a great western feel and abundant menu options for children.

Day 4:

Day of departure - If you have timed your flights for late afternoon you can enjoy shopping on Main Street or the Utah Olympic Park which offers guided tours of the Olympic training grounds and the Alf Engen Ski Museum.


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Comment posted by Kristen on December 30, 2011 8:26 PM MST

Fun!!! Ask for the extra restaurant suggestions! We're always looking for someplace new to try!

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Comment posted by Jennifer on December 30, 2011 9:03 AM MST

What a great itinerary! I love how you emphasized having a pre-arranged meeting spot at the base. That's a great tip.

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