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Why Choose a Park City Ski Vacation?

We all want to be a hero during the holiday season and rightfully so. The holidays are supposed to be a joyful time spent with family and friends, not stressing out shopping in department stores. A Park City ski vacation could be a great opportunity to try something new, reconnect with family or friends, and make lifelong memories. No matter what your family members are into Park City can satisfy almost every want or need. Here are our top Five Reasons on Why Choose a Park City Ski Vacation.

  1. The Largest Ski Resort In the USAYou’ve probably heard by now that as of the 2015-16 ski season Vail Resorts has linked Canyons and Park City Mountain Resort to create the largest ski resort in the United States. The statistics are staggering: 7,300 acres of skiable terrain, 17 peaks, 14 bowls, 300+ trails, 16 on-mountain dining locations, and over 150 park features. Your family or group will need more than a weekend to explore all the terrain on their Park City ski vacation. The options are endless.
  2. The Greatest Snow on Earth® It’s no secret that Utah claims to have “The Greatest Snow on Earth®” you can see it on license plates, it’s even trade marked by Ski Utah. But does Utah really have what it takes to back up this claim? Let’s take a look. From December through March, more than a foot of snow falls every five days in the Wasatch Range. Utah’s snow density is 8.5 percent making it the perfect weight to float through. Utah on average, receives 18 storms a year that produce more than 12 inches in a 24-hour period. Spring skiing is redefined in Utah where on average, 6.7 feet of snow falls each April. So yeah, I think Utah can back up the claim.
  3. Affordability– Did you know Fifth graders can ski or ride three times FREE at each of Utah’s 14 resorts with the Ski Utah 5th Grade Passport? Processing Fee is $35 (price increases after January 31, 2017). Sixth graders can ski or ride one time FREE at each resort. Processing Fee is $35 (price increases after January 31, 2017). To complete the online passport application head over to Ski Utah and follow the prompts and instructions. The Passport is full of special deals and coupons for ski and snowboard rentals, lessons, and other great perks to help kids experience skiing in Utah.
  4. Easy AccessBoth of Park City’s ski resorts are under 40 miles from Salt Lake City International Airport and can be accessed in under an hour. This quick access allows many travelers to fly in and ski the same day.
  5. Loads of Other Winter Activities– If your family or group isn’t interested in skiing until they collapse maybe it’s time to consider the other winter activities that Park City has to offer like horse drawn sleighs, bobsledding, snowmobiling or maybe the Sundance Institute and it’s many screenings of undiscovered hit films. Park City is full of world class shopping, dining, and arts. No matter the interest Park City can fill it.

For any additional information on Ski Vacations please visit our winter activities page here or speak with one of our destination specialists. Park City Lodging offers incredible accommodations set to fit any family or group size. Be the holiday hero and give your family what they really want, a Park City ski vacation.

Sochi Winter Olympic Athletes with Utah ties

If Utah were competing as its own country, it would have finished 10th in the overall medal count. Fourteen of team USA’s 28 medals were won by athletes with Utah ties. Six of these medals were won by Park City Locals.

Twenty three of the USA’s winter athletes attend school at Westminster College located in Salt Lake City. USSA athletes receive free tuition to attend Utah’s only private liberal arts college. According to Westminster media spokesperson, Arikka Von,”Westminster has had an ongoing nine- year-long partnership with the USSA offering tuition, grant programs, and other scholarship services to help athletes pursue higher education. “

It’s no surprise that the “Greatest Snow on Earth” is a hot bed for winter training. After hosting the 2002 Winter Olympics Salt Lake and Park City Training facilities are busier than ever.  Park City is home to the USSA headquarters and training facility where team USA winter athletes can train for free with personalized coaching staff and state of the art equipment.

Congratulations to all of our athletes and a big thank you for representing our Country, State, and town. Your heroes to us all. You may not have noticed but Park City Lodging is a proud sponsor of the US bobsled team. Our logo raced alongside our boys on the track under the BMW badge. Cheers.

Below is the medal count break down for Utah athletes. For a complete medal count Click here.

Gold

Sage Kotsenburg- Snowboard Slopstyle

Joss Christensen- Freeskiing Slopestyle

Kaitlyn Farrington- Snowboard Women’s Superpipe

David Wise- Men’s Ski Halfpipe

Ted Ligety- Men’s Giant Slalom

Silver

Devin Logan- Freeskiing Women’s Slopestyle

Noelle Pikus Pace- Women’s Skeleton

J.R. Celski, Chris Creveling, Jordan Malone, and Eduard Alvarez- Men’s 5000 M Relay

Bronze

Steven Holcomb- Bobsled

Julia Mancuso- Super Combined Slalom

Alex Deibold- Snowboard Cross

Steven Holcomb, Chris Fogt, Steven Langton, Curtis Tomasevicz- Bobsled Four-man

By: Dallin Hall, Marketing and Social Media Coordinator

An Olympic Parade

A parade during 30mph wind gusts and no holiday announced? Why yes, of course! If you were navigating your way through the winds of Tuesday afternoon on Main Street around 5:30pm you most likely saw Utah’s Olympic athletes. Over a dozen athletes participated in this year’s most recent 2010 Vancouver games and like a proud mother Park City was ready to show them off to you! Some faces you may have recognized in the parade were – Jeret “Speedy” Peterson, Olympic aerialists and silver medalists, Ted Ligety, Park City born and raised World Cup 2010 champion and Billy Demong, another born and raised local who earned both gold and silver medals in the Nordic combined. The parade traveled down historic Main Street, stopping at the town lift plaza for a live performance from the School of Rock Show Band and autograph signing. If you missed this, well this city will always be like a proud mother and will be showing off her stars in four years to come. But if you don’t want to wait that long then just head up to any of Park City’s and Utah’s world class resorts and Olympic sites and you will likely find our athletes training hard every day for the next four years to continue their Olympic dreams.

NBC's Natalie Morales Features Park City's US Athletes

NBC’s Natalie Morales Gets Big Air at Utah’s Olympic Sports Park

Park City is home to many of the top US winter sports athletes, which is not too surprising considering that the US Ski and Snowboard teams are based in Park City, Utah!  NBC’s Today Show featured a nice segment this week in which Natalie Morales visited Park City to meet with some of the national team athletes, dance with them, and try a quick training session to take on the ski jumps at Utah’s Winter Sports Park.  Fortunately, beneath these huge jumps is a nice landing in an aerated pool (the airflow from the bottom of the pool makes the water landings less brutal on the legs and body).

Check out this video on the NBC website to see Natalie take in some fun Park City moments.  She proved herself a real “trooper” in learning to try jumps that many people would not go near….. and she got to feature some of America’s top athletes on the Today Show!

NBC’s Natalie Morales Gets Big Air at Utah’s Olympic Sports Park

Congratulations to Picabo Street!

US ski legend and Park City locals’ favorite Picabo Street and her husband John Reeser welcomed their new baby boy on August 3. The couple’s second child, Dax Meyer Street Reeser, was born in Birmingham, Alabama. The 1998 Gold Medalist in the Super-G divides her time between homes in Birmingham, Alabama and Park City, Utah. While in Park City she skis the slopes of Park City Mountain Resort and other favorite Utah ski resorts. In addition to Gold and Silver medals in the Winter Olympic games, Picabo Street is also a two-time overall World Champion and one of the truly legendary US skiers.

We warmly congratulate Picabo and her husband on their new son and wish all of their family all the best.