Why I Love Park City Mountain Resort as a Family Vacation

Posted by Lisa on April 14, 2011

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After a long day of flying, we are grateful for the short commute to Park City, Utah.

1. Park City is VERY accessible.  

I can catch a morning flight out of Indianapolis and be in Park City in time to pick up pass, rentals and an afternoon lesson.  Park City Mountain Resort is an easy and safe 30 minute ride from Salt Lake City airport.  Most resorts require a treacherous ride on windy, steep roads which make your heart race and palms sweat.  A multi-lane freeway connects Salt Lake City to Park City through Parley's Canyon which even big city buses can navigate with ease.

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Our family enjoying the greatest snow on earth!

2. Utah really does have the Greatest Snow on Earth!  

The snow that falls from the Utah sky is dry and light, or in other words POWDER. The water content drops as it crosses the Sierra Madre Mountains and makes it perfect for skiing when it arrives in Utah.

3. Park City Mountain Resort Rentals is a great rental shop on the mountain.

The staff is friendly, efficient and informative.  If some of your gear needs a little tweaking, they gladly tweak.  My son's boots did not dry out overnight so they swapped them for a dry pair the next morning.  They provide complimentary overnight storage a few feet away from PayDay lift.  This is a huge bonus when you are a mother of 4 young kids.  It makes coming and going to the slopes EASY.

4. PCMR has Mountain Hosts everywhere.  

These hosts were lifesavers to me. I needed to be at ski school at the base of the mountain in 10 minutes to pick up my kids but I was too far up the mountain, so a host took my map and, turn-by-turn, showed me every shortcut to make it there in time.  You can tell a mounatin host what type of terrain you are looking for and they will knowledgeably show you where to go.

5. Park City Mountain Resort has a Town Lift.  

How sweet it is to have a lift which takes you right into downtown Park City.  Every Christmas Santa makes his grand entrance on this lift to a lively party on Main Street.

6. It is undisputed that PCMR has the BEST ski/snowboard school.

Park City Mountain Resort offers a Signature 3 ski program for kids 3 1/2 to 5 years old, with a ratio of 3 kids to one instructor.  Their Signature 5 program is for children ages 6-14.  These lessons are with 5 or fewer students per instructor.  My kids have enjoyed all their instructors, the lunches provided, and the treats and hot chocolate breaks throughout a cold day. Other resorts charge extra for small classes.

7. Park City is a fun place to be all year round.  

Park City Mountain Resort has fantastic night skiing with newly updated eco-friendly lights, the best terrain parks and superpipe in the country, Gorgoza tubing park with mini snowmobiles for the kids, the Alpine coaster in the winter and the Alpine slide in the summer.  

In the winter there is snowmobiling, sleigh rides, ice skating, shopping, great eating, Nordic skiing and snow shoeing. At the Utah Olympic Park you can take a bobsled ride or experience a ski jump, with a zip-line, at the 2002 Olympic bobsled, luge and ski jump site.  Park City is also home to the annual Sundance Film Festival and a playground to celebrities.


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