Have a seat. Let’s talk about a few things you need to know. We have a few secrets we only share with our besties. Generally speaking, Park City is perfection 365 days a year. Our idea of traffic is laughable in many parts of the world, but still it can cause a slight hiccup in your day if you don’t have a few tips in your back pocket. We’ve got you covered if you want to enjoy Park City each and every day. We do.
- Shop earlier. Head to Main Street during the day. After people are done skiing, they go to Main Street to eat, drink and shop. If you want to beat the crowds, get up there in the morning. Parking is free on Main Street until 11 a.m.
- Ski from 1:00-4:00. It’s usually warmer and less crowded as those not in the know tire out. Unless it’s a powder day. If it’s a powder day, get that first chair.
- Take I-40 to Kimball Junction. There are two roads out of town but most people only know about SR-224. When 224 is backed up or stopped, take I-40 to Kimball Junction instead. Or take I-40 exclusively (there are no traffic lights).
- Take the bus. The local transit system does a great job getting people in and out of the Park City every day. You get to avoid traffic, use more sustainable transportation and the bus will drop you off where you are trying to go. You can text and ride without getting in a lick of trouble.
- Eat earlier on the mountain. Or later. If you’re out skiing and want to give your legs a break at lunch and sit down, eat lunch before 11:00 or after 2:00. There are only so many places to eat on the mountain, and everyone will be stopping in at some point, so plan your meals accordingly.
- Ski Deer Valley. Deer Valley’s slogan is “Ski the Difference.” On days when the town is crowded, you’ll really notice what that difference is. Deer Valley caps the number of lift passes they sell each day so you never have to spend too long waiting in lift lines or lunch lines.
- Explore different Utah resorts. Little and Big Cottonwood Canyons are studded with incredible skiing, with Snowbird and Alta being the locals’ favorites. Head to Powder Mountain for a true “locals’ resort” in Ogden. Solitude is another favorite that very often lives up to its name.
- Go snowshoeing in the Uintas. About 30 minutes from Park City, the Uintas National Forest boasts some of the most pristine wilderness you’ll find in Utah or anywhere. There is no winter maintenance on Mirror Lake Highway so park at the gates, strap on your snowshoes or cross country skis and head out into the backcountry.
- Eat earlier on Main Street. Sure, you’re hungry when you’re hungry, but if you switch your 7:00 dinner plans to 6:00, you’ll avoid the waiting. Two things that don’t mesh well: hunger and waiting.
- Don’t leave the house. You bought your house for a reason. You love it. Spend some time playing games with your family.
Park City is a desirable place to be. We don’t have to tell you that. Now, you are armed with tips to make sure you beat the crowd from morning to night.