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What not to miss in Park City, Utah?

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We have trip planned to Park City over the upcoming Christmas break. Specifically, we will be staying at Park City Mountain Resort. I do not believe we are obligated to ski/board there everyday so nearby mountains may also be an option.

I have done a search on this site and already found much information. I would appreciate any information on restaurants and local sites not to miss. From what we can see the town of Park City seems like a great town. We will have our kids ages 11 and 14.

We have one skier(level 8-9) and one snowboarder (level 7-8). Any information on trails at PCMR would also be helpful (Jupiter Bowl at PCMR looks great!). We also have two skiers level 5-6 who plan on staying on the lower mountain.

Thanks in advance for any input.
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With re to level 5-6 skiers, they do not have to stick to lower mountain. Assuming they can ski blue groomers, you can find blue groomers off most of the chairs (except Jupiter) including the upper mountain. Assuming you start off at resort base, you take 2 high speed 6-pack chairs to reach summit house. From there, you can catch an easy wide green called Homerun all the way to the bottom. The 5-6's will love it as a warm up run. Once they get a little condidence, there are a bunch of easy blue groomers off of the King Con chair. Once they feel ok on those, probably any chair will be fine as there are blues off all of them. The Canyons is a great area also. However, it is very light on green runs if that is an issue with the weaker skiers. On a powder day, the dreamscape area is great fun. Also, the 9990 chair for stronger skiers. If you want a luxo lunch, there is a place there called Lookout Cabin that feels like a nice restaurant on the mountain. Deer Valley great on food as well, but no snowboarders allowed.
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Thread Starter 
Thanks Maui Steve. I appreciate the input.
post #4 of 13
Nearby Deer Valley is the ultimate intermediate groomer mountain and has an epic on-mountain food services operation. Sounds like your group would enjoy a day there if it fits in your budget plans.
post #5 of 13
Park City has evening skiing... although I'm sure it'll be colder after sun-set. Also, there is a free bus that circles around Park City, Deer Valley and the Canyons ski resorts. Link to the bus: http://www.skiparkcityut.com/park_ci...us_routes.html
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We have trip planned to Park City over the upcoming Christmas break. Specifically, we will be staying at Park City Mountain Resort. I do not believe we are obligated to ski/board there everyday so nearby mountains may also be an option.

I have done a search on this site and already found much information. I would appreciate any information on restaurants and local sites not to miss. From what we can see the town of Park City seems like a great town. We will have our kids ages 11 and 14.

We have one skier(level 8-9) and one snowboarder (level 7-8). Any information on trails at PCMR would also be helpful (Jupiter Bowl at PCMR looks great!). We also have two skiers level 5-6 who plan on staying on the lower mountain.

Thanks in advance for any input.
snowbird, snowbasin and solitude
post #7 of 13
Nice video!

sweeeeeeeeeet!
post #8 of 13
SnowBasin, at least to use the bathrooms.
post #9 of 13
don't know how long you are staying but if you are skiing more than 3 days consider a day trip to either Snowbird or Snowbasin.
post #10 of 13
Canyons hint: In general, Canyons will be less crowded than PMCR. However, if there is a crazy line at the gondola (i.e , goes out past ticket checkers), follow the folks walking up the hill about 20 yds and then heading over to the Eagle chair (unless its nasty - its a slow chair).

In town - excellent family-style Mex at El Chubasco. Short on ambience, long on value, and no reservations required.

Agree on the recommendation of Snowbird and Snowbasin. Unless its snowing hard. Then just ski.
post #11 of 13
We liked the Buffalo burgers at No Name Saloon well enough to go back a 2nd time during a one week visit. We thought the burgers were great and that it was a very good value. They have beef burgers but they'll make fun of you if you don't go for the buffalo. Wasatch brew pub is a very nice spot for an after ski beer or two. I thought the food was good pub grub but not special.
post #12 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the replies. The restaurant suggestions area also helpful.
post #13 of 13
Given the slow start to the season, I strongly recommend you have a rental car. There is a good chance skiing will be mediocre at all the Park City resorts while it might be OK in the Cottonwood Canyons. You may want to make that drive several days of your trip.
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