By Kristen Lummis
PARK CITY MOUNTAIN RESORT
Park City Mountain Resort is a special place where world class skiing meets old West history.
Covering eight peaks and nine bowls, you can easily maximize the skiing—and the fun—with some upfront planning.
Take a free Park City Transit bus (red, green, blue, lime, or pink lines) right to the base of the resort.
If you’re driving in on Highway 224, follow the signs to base area parking.
The upper lots are closest to the resort plaza.
Establish home base.
Looking at the mountain from the resort plaza, the ticket office and the ski and snowboard school are to your right.
To your left is Legacy Lodge with an information desk on the main level, and rentals, restrooms, and lockers downstairs.
Legacy Lodge is also a cozy spot for a break, or a convenient place to meet friends.
Take a lesson.
With everything from two-hour “ladies’ club” sessions to multi-day academies and camps, you’ll find what you need to up your skills at the ski and snowboard school.
The school is popular, so reservations are a good idea.
Choose your zone.
PCMR is divided into seven zones, each clearly marked on the trail map.
Crescent Zone is the gateway to the mountain.
Beginners should head for First Time lift, while intermediate skiers will want to aim for the zone’s five Signature runs.
There are 13 Signature runs across the mountain; designed to transition intermediate skiers to advanced terrain, these trails (marked with a white “S” on a black circle) are a great way to explore the mountain and score bragging rights back home.
Advanced and expert skiers should head for Jupiter Bowl, which has a backcountry feel and hike-to terrain.
You’ll also find challenges in the Thaynes/Motherlode and McConkey’s zones.
Refresh and recharge.
Summit House (right off the Bonanza chairlift) offers lunch with a view, while Mid-Mountain Lodge (at the base of McConkey’s and Pioneer lifts), a revamped boarding house from the resort’s mining days, takes you back in time.
End your day on historic Main Street, with endless après options.
Intermediate skiers can ski into town, while beginners can take the Town Lift down to Main Street until 4:30 p.m.
Alternatively, shed your ski boots and walk or hop a bus to Main Street.
FROM CANYONS VILLAGE
Get your bearings.
The Cabriolet brings you to the heart of Canyons’ resort village.
Grand Summit Hotel is to your right, with guest services straight ahead near the gondola.
The ticket window is directly across from guest services.
Restrooms, childcare, rentals, and the ski and ride school are across the plaza, toward the mountain.
Establish home base.
To start skiing, take either the Red Pine Gondola or Orange Bubble Chair from the village to Red Pine Lodge.
This is Canyons’ mid-mountain hub and the spot to connect with friends and family.
Here you’ll find the largest on-mountain restaurant (don’t miss the pizza!) and Red Pine Waffle House, perfect for coffee or a snack.
Choose the right terrain.
The teaching terrain right next to the Red Pine Lodge is a perfect warm up for beginners.
Then, when you’re ready, head for the green runs off of High Meadows lift.
As you gain confidence, the Saddleback Express and Tombstone Express lifts service plenty of intermediate and advanced trails with gorgeous glades and groomers.
Have a terrain park lover in your midst?
Find the largest parks under the Sun Peak Express and tree-skiing heaven over at Peak 5.
At the top of the mountain, Peak Ninety-Nine 90 offers steep trees, bowls, and chutes—a defining Canyons experience if you’re up for it.
Celebrate the end of your ski day with drinks and snacks at The Farm.
Located on the snow at the Grand Summit Hotel, The Farm emphasizes fresh, local fare.
The après scene moves outdoors on sunny days.
Bring your sunscreen and your appetite.