Enjoy the perfect mountain holiday in Park City, Utah.There’s something magical about spending a bit of the holiday season in the mountains. The setting is perfect, as many long for the snow-covered landscape and fresh pine-scented air but may not get to experience it at home.
In 1934, the duo of Felix Bernard and Richard B. Smith wrote the song “Winter Wonderland,” and for generations it has been a holiday favorite, with lyrics that describe an idyllic setting: sleigh bells ringing, birds singing, snowman building, fireside dreaming and playing in the falling snow. Roll in a little dashing through the snow and rides in a one-horse open sleigh, courtesy of James Pierpont’s 1857 classic, “Jingle Bells,” and you have the elements of a winter getaway that will sing to everyone.
With the holidays rapidly approaching, where will you find all of a snowy destination that would make Bernard, Smith and Pierpont proud? Look no further than Park City, Utah. Just a 45-minute drive from the Salt Lake City International Airport, Park City features three ski resorts, more than 100 restaurants and bars, luxury spas and several unique shopping areas.
The town’s main draw is, of course, its majestic slopes. Whether you’re a novice or an expert, a skier or a snowboarder, there’s something for everyone in Park City. Canyons Resort is one of the largest ski and snowboard resorts in the U.S., with more than 4,000 acres of terrain, including 182 trails accessed by 19 lifts. For skiers who like to add a bit of comfort to the experience, Canyons is home to the Orange Bubble, a high-speed quad lift that features heated seats and a windshield. But newbies take note: Canyons is not for the faint of heart, with a ?terrain mix of 10 percent beginner, 44 percent intermediate and 46 percent expert.
[imagae:2:left] Deer Valley Resort, another area hot spot, is specifically reserved for skiing enthusiasts only; no snowboarding is permitted. Named the No. 1 ski resort in North America for the past five years by the readers of Ski magazine, this impeccable facility offers 2,026 skiable acres, including 21 lifts that access 100 runs (with a more evenly balanced expertise-level distribution of 27 beginner, 41 intermediate and 32 expert). And to ensure a stress-free day on the slopes, Deer Valley Resort limits the number of skiers on the mountain at any time so the lift lines and the runs are never out of hand.
Finally, Park City Mountain Resort is not only a perfect environment for both skiers and snowboarders, the resort is an icon — one of the defining elements of the Park City landscape. It is the only resort in the area to offer night skiing, which lends an incredible view of the city lights of Main Street and the entire valley below. Day or night, Park City Mountain Resort boasts 3,300 skiable acres covering eight peaks and nine bowls, including 114 trails, three terrain parks and a ?Superpipe (the ultimate ride for boarders), all accessed by 16 lifts. (A mini pipe and a fourth terrain track for beginners and families are slated to open this winter.) The focus here is on midlevel adventure, with more than half of the trails being intermediate.