What is the best time to visit Park City?

Park City’s prime time is the winter. The best time to visit is from December to April, when the city’s famed mountains are chock full of fresh powder, and the city is crawling with skiers and snowboarders. Snowmobiling, sleigh rides and dog sled tours are other popular draws during the coldest months. During the holidays, the city is aglow in lights and flush with festivities, while in January, the city is at its busiest when it hosts the world-renowned Sundance Film Festival and celebrities and filmmakers descend upon the resort town.

Although winter may be the favored time to visit Park City, it isn’t the only time. Those who want to enjoy Four-Star accommodations on a two-star budget would do well to visit during the summer season, when rates are slashed at most area resorts and hotels. Restaurant tables are easier to come by and streets are less crowded, but there are still activities aplenty.

  • On December 19
    Dan Howard answered the question: Dan Howard

    What are the best things to see at Sundance Film Festival?

    While Main Street is absolutely the 'hub' of activity, guests looking for a more exclusive scene may want to check out the Acoustic Music Cafe located in the Vista Lounge at Montage Deer Valley.  Nightly 'pop up' concerts will include A-list headliners from the 18th to the 22nd of January including O.A.R., John Popper, KT Tunstall, Matisyahu and Luke Bryan.  There are no tickets to be sold or given out - it is just for festival attendees 'in the know.'  Montage Deer Valley has five restaurants on property, so guests joining the apres scene from 4 - 7 can dine in one of the venues (from sushi to burgers) and stick around for the celebrity-studded music scene.
  • On May 27
    Susan Kime answered the question: Susan Kime

    What are the best bars in Park City?

    Similar to many other attractions and activities in Park City, the best bars are really determined by your age and how you define, “best.”  Some like loud, live music where you can toss peanut shells on the floor, others like refinement, where you can sip cocktails in relative peace. The good news is that Park City runs the gamut.  Here are some of the best to choose from.

    High West 
    High West Distillery and Saloon is Utah’s first legal distillery since 1870. Located at exactly 7,000 feet above sea level in historic Old Town Park City, High West is the world’s only ski-in gastro-distillery. What this means is you can ski into the area, and eat there as well as drink. Distillery visitors can eat western bar food next to a hand hammered copper pot still. This venue is in a renovated 100-year-old livery stable and Victorian mining-era home, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The High West Saloon is adjacent to the distillery. 

    Butchers Chop House & Bar
    Butcher's is located at the base of the town ski lift, and offers great food and bar service.   Their signature cocktails are wonderful: for summer, there is the Washington Pear, The Raspberry Cosmo, and our favorite the Blueberry Lemon Drop.

    No Name Saloon
    No Name Saloon has exceptional bar food, the Buffalo Burger especially good, and there are many types of draft beer. In summer, the rooftop affords great views. Their motto? “Helping People Forget Their Names since 1903."

    St. Regis Bar And Lounge
    For the more quiet and elegant, there is the St. Regis Bar And Lounge, located at the St. Regis Deer Valley. Their Signature Bloody Mary (most the major St. Regis Resorts have different variations) is called the 7452 Mary, a blend of their famous Bloody Mary mix as well as  the oat-distilled Vodka 7000 from the local High West Distillery. It is served with a salt rim and wasabi-celery foam.  In addition, are two St. Regis Wine Vaults, where you can drink exceptional wine by the bottle or glass.  You can enjoy winemaker dinners, or use the Vaults for intimate parties and receptions.
  • On May 27
    Susan Kime answered the question: Susan Kime

    What are the best restaurants in Park City?

    The Apex Restaurant at Montage Deer Valley/ Courtesy Montage Hotel & Resorts SLOPES by Talisker
    This restaurant, the fine dining component of the Waldorf Astoria Park City and a Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star recipient, is an exceptional dining experience due to Executive Chef Clement Gelas. The menus are seasonal, and much of the food is locally sourced and personally chosen by Chef himself. Taste combinations include mushroom ravioli with shaved truffles and sage brown butter. We ate something we had never seen before — bacon jam. Live and learn!

    Talisker On Main
    Talisker On Main has been considered one of the culinary meccas in Park City, partly because of the many awards it has garnered — from Wine Spectator, Salt Lake City Magazine and City Weekly. The menu changes seasonally and many ingredients are locally sourced. As an example, the Spice Chicken has Slide Ridge Honey from Mendon, Utah, locally grown greens, along with the chicken and biscuits. The Brussel sprouts recipe contains bacon from Tuhaye, a local area, and the hazelnuts, high desert Goji berries and pomegranate that are also locally/regionally sourced.

    APEX at Montage
    The Montage is the highest elevated resort/hotel in the Park City — about 9,200 feet at Empire Pass. The Montage's signature restaurant, Apex , is a Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant, no doubt due to its exceptional food preparations and sweeping views. Like it's name, Apex has a perfect top-most view of Aspen groves, and apexes of the Unita/Wasatch mountain range. This restaurant, also with farm-to-table ingredients, specializes in classic hearty meals, so often needed by skiers and snowboarders in winter, and hikers, and zip-liners in the summer. ON the menu, we had elk loin with black trumpet mushrooms, and fresh, locally caught trout amandine. 

    The Bistro
    Located at the Silverado Lodge at Canyons Resort, this restaurant serves modern American Kosher cuisine, as well traditional Sabbath fare for Friday dinner and Saturday lunch. The Bistro offers an extensive menu that includes, of course, exceptional pastrami sandwiches, with house-made pastrami, pickled slaw, sweet onions, and grain mustard on dark rye.  All meals are certified Kosher by not one, but two Rabbis.

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  • On May 27
    Susan Kime answered the question: Susan Kime

    What are the best attractions in Park City?

    Park City at night/Courtesy Park City Chamber Of Commerce Park City is a winter paradise, where skiing, snowboarding and all other things that demand snow are here for the asking in the winter months — and those months can go often from the end of October until May. This year, 2013, the snow finally ended during the first week of May. The snow in Utah is dry and powdery, which makes for some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the United States. This is no doubt the reason why Park City was the home to the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. That said, other great attractions are:

    The Sundance Film Festival. Most of the films in this annual festival are shown in Park City. The festival started out as a low-budget, low profile, outside-Hollywood event, but now it is a media spectacle for Hollywood actors, producers, directors, paparazzi and multiple entourages. In 2012, there were 46,731 attendees, making it one of the largest independent film festivals in the United States. Held in January in Park City, the festival is a showcase for new work from American and international independent filmmakers, who debut American and international dramatic and documentary films, both feature-length films and short films.

    Utah Olympic Park
    Utah Olympic Park is located in Park City just before arriving to the historic Old Town center. Things you can do at the Park include zip line rides and bobsled rides, both very FAST! In winter you can shoot down the bobsled track, which is the same one used in the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. It is one minute in duration, but it is not for the faint of heart and the ride can go up to 80mph. In summer, the bobsled still moves, but on wheels, as there is no ice to move it along (it still garners speeds up tp 70mph). Check out the ski museum, shops and theater.

    Main Street Park City
    The thing is, Park City used to be a substantial mining town in the 1880's, where over $400 million of silver, it is said, was taken from the silver veins in the nearby mountains. In the evenings, miners and their friends, would carouse until the light of day. Now the history and the memories of that time are symbolized by historic Old Town Main Street. Many buildings on Main Street are part of the National Historic Register. Main Street is the heart of Park City, and though winter is the busiest time — there are three world-class ski resorts within minutes of Old Town — there are still many things to do that don't involve snow. There are art galleries, boutiques and antique stores. One word of caution, remember the altitude: it is about 7,000 feet here, so take water and maybe a piece of hard candy with you. Another good thing to remember is that the bus system is free as is the Historic Main Street Trolley. 

    Deer Valley Music Festival
    During the summer, mid-July to mid-August, the Snow Park Lodge Amphitheater is host to the Deer Valley Music Festival. There are three parts to the area: stage left is the blanket side, the middle is reserved, and the right is for lawn chairs. On the blanket side, you can get closer to the stage. Pack a dinner, bring a blanket, and enjoy the ambiance.
  • On May 27
    Susan Kime answered the question: Susan Kime

    What are the best attractions in Park City?

    Park City at night/Courtesy Park City Chamber Of Commerce Park City is a winter paradise, where skiing, snowboarding and all other things that demand snow are here for the asking in the winter months — and those months can go often from the end of October until May. This year, 2013, the snow finally ended during the first week of May. The snow in Utah is dry and powdery, which makes for some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the United States. This is no doubt the reason why Park City was the home to the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. That said, other great attractions are:

    The Sundance Film Festival. Most of the films in this annual festival are shown in Park City. The festival started out as a low-budget, low profile, outside-Hollywood event, but now it is a media spectacle for Hollywood actors, producers, directors, paparazzi and multiple entourages. In 2012, there were 46,731 attendees, making it one of the largest independent film festivals in the United States. Held in January in Park City, the festival is a showcase for new work from American and international independent filmmakers, who debut American and international dramatic and documentary films, both feature-length films and short films.

    Utah Olympic Park
    Utah Olympic Park is located in Park City just before arriving to the historic Old Town center. Things you can do at the Park include zip line rides and bobsled rides, both very FAST! In winter you can shoot down the bobsled track, which is the same one used in the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. It is one minute in duration, but it is not for the faint of heart and the ride can go up to 80mph. In summer, the bobsled still moves, but on wheels, as there is no ice to move it along (it still garners speeds up tp 70mph). Check out the ski museum, shops and theater.

    Main Street Park City
    The thing is, Park City used to be a substantial mining town in the 1880's, where over $400 million of silver, it is said, was taken from the silver veins in the nearby mountains. In the evenings, miners and their friends, would carouse until the light of day. Now the history and the memories of that time are symbolized by historic Old Town Main Street. Many buildings on Main Street are part of the National Historic Register. Main Street is the heart of Park City, and though winter is the busiest time — there are three world-class ski resorts within minutes of Old Town — there are still many things to do that don't involve snow. There are art galleries, boutiques and antique stores. One word of caution, remember the altitude: it is about 7,000 feet here, so take water and maybe a piece of hard candy with you. Another good thing to remember is that the bus system is free as is the Historic Main Street Trolley. 

    Deer Valley Music Festival
    During the summer, mid-July to mid-August, the Snow Park Lodge Amphitheater is host to the Deer Valley Music Festival. There are three parts to the area: stage left is the blanket side, the middle is reserved, and the right is for lawn chairs. On the blanket side, you can get closer to the stage. Pack a dinner, bring a blanket, and enjoy the ambiance.
  • On May 27
    Susan Kime answered the question: Susan Kime

    What are the best attractions in Park City?

    Park City at night/Courtesy Park City Chamber Of Commerce Park City is a winter paradise, where skiing, snowboarding and all other things that demand snow are here for the asking in the winter months — and those months can go often from the end of October until May. This year, 2013, the snow finally ended during the first week of May. The snow in Utah is dry and powdery, which makes for some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the United States. This is no doubt the reason why Park City was the home to the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. That said, other great attractions are:

    The Sundance Film Festival. Most of the films in this annual festival are shown in Park City. The festival started out as a low-budget, low profile, outside-Hollywood event, but now it is a media spectacle for Hollywood actors, producers, directors, paparazzi and multiple entourages. In 2012, there were 46,731 attendees, making it one of the largest independent film festivals in the United States. Held in January in Park City, the festival is a showcase for new work from American and international independent filmmakers, who debut American and international dramatic and documentary films, both feature-length films and short films.

    Utah Olympic Park
    Utah Olympic Park is located in Park City just before arriving to the historic Old Town center. Things you can do at the Park include zip line rides and bobsled rides, both very FAST! In winter you can shoot down the bobsled track, which is the same one used in the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. It is one minute in duration, but it is not for the faint of heart and the ride can go up to 80mph. In summer, the bobsled still moves, but on wheels, as there is no ice to move it along (it still garners speeds up tp 70mph). Check out the ski museum, shops and theater.

    Main Street Park City
    The thing is, Park City used to be a substantial mining town in the 1880's, where over $400 million of silver, it is said, was taken from the silver veins in the nearby mountains. In the evenings, miners and their friends, would carouse until the light of day. Now the history and the memories of that time are symbolized by historic Old Town Main Street. Many buildings on Main Street are part of the National Historic Register. Main Street is the heart of Park City, and though winter is the busiest time — there are three world-class ski resorts within minutes of Old Town — there are still many things to do that don't involve snow. There are art galleries, boutiques and antique stores. One word of caution, remember the altitude: it is about 7,000 feet here, so take water and maybe a piece of hard candy with you. Another good thing to remember is that the bus system is free as is the Historic Main Street Trolley. 

    Deer Valley Music Festival
    During the summer, mid-July to mid-August, the Snow Park Lodge Amphitheater is host to the Deer Valley Music Festival. There are three parts to the area: stage left is the blanket side, the middle is reserved, and the right is for lawn chairs. On the blanket side, you can get closer to the stage. Pack a dinner, bring a blanket, and enjoy the ambiance.
  • On May 27
    Susan Kime answered the question: Susan Kime

    What are the best activities to do in Park City?

    Comet Bobsled/ Courtesy Utah Olympic Park Here are a few of our favorites. 

    Utah Olympic Park 
    Built for the 2002 Winter Olympics, Utah Olympic Park (3419 Olympic Parkway; 435-658-4200; olyparks.com) is still an active training center for Olympic-class skiers. The Park now offers ski clinics for ski jumping, or mogul skiing.  But those who love speed can go on the Comet Bobsled (see image).  The track is a mile long, and can move along at 80MPH, and it is said, up to five G's of force. The Winter ride cost is $200 a person, the Summer cost is about 1/2 that. But in Winter, ice propels you along, whereas in Summer, there are wheels on the sled, so you are a LITTLE more in control, and it goes a little slower -- about 70MPH -- but not for the faint of heart, no matter what the season.  In the Summer, you can take their Quicksilver Alpine Slide,  go on two Zipline tours, one less intense than the other, or go swimming in their 750,000 gallon pool. While at the Olympic Park you can see the Alf Engen Ski Museum and the Eccles Salt Lake 2002 Winter Games Museum.  The Utah Olympic Park is adjacent to the Canyons Resort. 
    www.olyparks.com

    Canyons Resort
    This resort is north of Park City, and now has over 4000 acres of skiable terrain, and at the base of the trails is their one-of-a-kind Orange Bubble Express  ---  a heated, covered chair lift with seats that can warm to about 55 degrees.  The bubble shield keeps the wind and snow away from the skiers as they go 3/4 of the way up the mountain in nine minutes.  In the Summer, you can take two Zip Tour adventures at the Canyons. One is the Red Pine Zip Tour, that goes over the trees at 800 feet, through the Red Pine Lodge area, and the other, the Lookout Peak Zip Tour, spans 2111 feet, where you go between Lookout Peak and Red Pine Lodge.  Again, NOT for the faint of heart, but it is a lot of fun. 
    www. canyonsresort.com

    Park City Mountain Resort
    This resort has the famous Alpine Coaster, which is a roller coaster, that has a looping curves, up and down, 4000 foot track. You can control the speed, but it is best to let the operator do this. www.parkcitymountain.com

    High West Distillery And Saloon
    This is Utah’s first legal distillery, founded  in 1870. It is downtown, within a few steps of the Town Lift,  a tram that goes between downtown and The Park City Mountain Resort.  There are interesting tours that describe the history of High West and of Utah's relationship with liquor.  The tour also includes seeing the 250-gallon copper pot still, where you can taste the spirits distilled in it.  It must also be said that this Distillery and Saloon has a very family-friendly environment. Chef James Dumas is currently a James Beard Award semi-finalist and his menus include buckaroo plates and mocktails for the kids.  www.highwest.com
  • On May 25
    Susan Kime answered the question: Susan Kime

    What are the best bars in Park City?

    Similar to many other attractions and activities in Park City, the best bars are really determined by your age and how you define, “best.”  Some like loud, live music where you can toss peanut shells on the floor, others like refinement, where you can sip cocktails in relative peace. The good news is that Park City runs the gamut.  Here are some of the best to choose from.

    High West 
    High West Distillery and Saloon is Utah’s first legal distillery since 1870. Located at exactly 7,000 feet above sea level in historic Old Town Park City, High West is the world’s only ski-in gastro-distillery. What this means is you can ski into the area, and eat there as well as drink. Distillery visitors can eat western bar food next to a hand hammered copper pot still. This venue is in a renovated 100-year-old livery stable and Victorian mining-era home, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The High West Saloon is adjacent to the distillery. 

    Butchers Chop House & Bar
    Butcher's is located at the base of the town ski lift, and offers great food and bar service.   Their signature cocktails are wonderful: for summer, there is the Washington Pear, The Raspberry Cosmo, and our favorite the Blueberry Lemon Drop.

    No Name Saloon
    No Name Saloon has exceptional bar food, the Buffalo Burger especially good, and there are many types of draft beer. In summer, the rooftop affords great views. Their motto? “Helping People Forget Their Names since 1903."

    St. Regis Bar And Lounge
    For the more quiet and elegant, there is the St. Regis Bar And Lounge, located at the St. Regis Deer Valley. Their Signature Bloody Mary (most the major St. Regis Resorts have different variations) is called the 7452 Mary, a blend of their famous Bloody Mary mix as well as  the oat-distilled Vodka 7000 from the local High West Distillery. It is served with a salt rim and wasabi-celery foam.  In addition, are two St. Regis Wine Vaults, where you can drink exceptional wine by the bottle or glass.  You can enjoy winemaker dinners, or use the Vaults for intimate parties and receptions.
  • On May 20
    Susan Kime answered the question: Susan Kime

    What are the best restaurants in Park City?

    The Apex Restaurant at Montage Deer Valley/ Courtesy Montage Hotel & Resorts SLOPES by Talisker
    This restaurant, the fine dining component of the Waldorf Astoria Park City and a Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star recipient, is an exceptional dining experience due to Executive Chef Clement Gelas. The menus are seasonal, and much of the food is locally sourced and personally chosen by Chef himself. Taste combinations include mushroom ravioli with shaved truffles and sage brown butter. We ate something we had never seen before — bacon jam. Live and learn!

    Talisker On Main
    Talisker On Main has been considered one of the culinary meccas in Park City, partly because of the many awards it has garnered — from Wine Spectator, Salt Lake City Magazine and City Weekly. The menu changes seasonally and many ingredients are locally sourced. As an example, the Spice Chicken has Slide Ridge Honey from Mendon, Utah, locally grown greens, along with the chicken and biscuits. The Brussel sprouts recipe contains bacon from Tuhaye, a local area, and the hazelnuts, high desert Goji berries and pomegranate that are also locally/regionally sourced.

    APEX at Montage
    The Montage is the highest elevated resort/hotel in the Park City — about 9,200 feet at Empire Pass. The Montage's signature restaurant, Apex , is a Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant, no doubt due to its exceptional food preparations and sweeping views. Like it's name, Apex has a perfect top-most view of Aspen groves, and apexes of the Unita/Wasatch mountain range. This restaurant, also with farm-to-table ingredients, specializes in classic hearty meals, so often needed by skiers and snowboarders in winter, and hikers, and zip-liners in the summer. ON the menu, we had elk loin with black trumpet mushrooms, and fresh, locally caught trout amandine. 

    The Bistro
    Located at the Silverado Lodge at Canyons Resort, this restaurant serves modern American Kosher cuisine, as well traditional Sabbath fare for Friday dinner and Saturday lunch. The Bistro offers an extensive menu that includes, of course, exceptional pastrami sandwiches, with house-made pastrami, pickled slaw, sweet onions, and grain mustard on dark rye.  All meals are certified Kosher by not one, but two Rabbis.

  • On May 20
    Susan Kime answered the question: Susan Kime

    What are the best attractions in Park City?

    Park City at night/Courtesy Park City Chamber Of Commerce Park City is a winter paradise, where skiing, snowboarding and all other things that demand snow are here for the asking in the winter months — and those months can go often from the end of October until May. This year, 2013, the snow finally ended during the first week of May. The snow in Utah is dry and powdery, which makes for some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the United States. This is no doubt the reason why Park City was the home to the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. That said, other great attractions are:

    The Sundance Film Festival. Most of the films in this annual festival are shown in Park City. The festival started out as a low-budget, low profile, outside-Hollywood event, but now it is a media spectacle for Hollywood actors, producers, directors, paparazzi and multiple entourages. In 2012, there were 46,731 attendees, making it one of the largest independent film festivals in the United States. Held in January in Park City, the festival is a showcase for new work from American and international independent filmmakers, who debut American and international dramatic and documentary films, both feature-length films and short films.

    Utah Olympic Park
    Utah Olympic Park is located in Park City just before arriving to the historic Old Town center. Things you can do at the Park include zip line rides and bobsled rides, both very FAST! In winter you can shoot down the bobsled track, which is the same one used in the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. It is one minute in duration, but it is not for the faint of heart and the ride can go up to 80mph. In summer, the bobsled still moves, but on wheels, as there is no ice to move it along (it still garners speeds up tp 70mph). Check out the ski museum, shops and theater.

    Main Street Park City
    The thing is, Park City used to be a substantial mining town in the 1880's, where over $400 million of silver, it is said, was taken from the silver veins in the nearby mountains. In the evenings, miners and their friends, would carouse until the light of day. Now the history and the memories of that time are symbolized by historic Old Town Main Street. Many buildings on Main Street are part of the National Historic Register. Main Street is the heart of Park City, and though winter is the busiest time — there are three world-class ski resorts within minutes of Old Town — there are still many things to do that don't involve snow. There are art galleries, boutiques and antique stores. One word of caution, remember the altitude: it is about 7,000 feet here, so take water and maybe a piece of hard candy with you. Another good thing to remember is that the bus system is free as is the Historic Main Street Trolley. 

    Deer Valley Music Festival
    During the summer, mid-July to mid-August, the Snow Park Lodge Amphitheater is host to the Deer Valley Music Festival. There are three parts to the area: stage left is the blanket side, the middle is reserved, and the right is for lawn chairs. On the blanket side, you can get closer to the stage. Pack a dinner, bring a blanket, and enjoy the ambiance.
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