Park City is the place to be for winter fun! Home to the Sundance Film Festival and three of the top ten resorts in North America, Canyons, Park City, and Deer Valley.
Historic Park City comprises only a few streets around the Main St area, but “Park City” technically and geographically spans a huge area from the neighborhood of Summit Park in the west right as you drop into the Wasatch back on I-80 to Promontory, a huge golf community 5 miles east with two golf courses and views across all three resorts.
As you exit Highway 224 you pass through the commercial area known as Kimball Junction, known for having larger commercial shops (big-box stores) and a few more locals-oriented restaurants and stores. A few miles past Kimball Junction sits the base of Canyons Resort, the youngest in Park City, and fresh off a brand makeover courtesy of Talisker, the parent company. With 4000 acres of terrain Canyons can claim to be the largest single resort in the US.
About 4 miles further down the road you enter Park City proper with the base of Park City Mountain Resort situated against the mountainscape slightly to the west. The Town Lift, long before ferrying skiers off Main St to Park City Mountain, served the mining industry by delivering material to the train station at the base. Up and down Park City Main St you will find great restaurants and cool, locally owned shops and galleries housed in brightly colored mining town era Wild West style buildings. In the warmer months Park City’s great community spirit shows off with a huge July 4th parade and the Park Silly Sunday Market every Sunday.
Going a bit past Park City you enter Deer Valley, either by following Deer Valley Dr for “Lower” Deer Valley or following the “Mine Road,” or Marsac Ave., up into “Upper” Deer Valley. Clearly, as you follow the mine road up a steep, unswerving grade, your vehicle (or your legs) knows that you are gaining serious vertical. At Silver Lake Village, the first turn off the Mine Road, you find yourself about 1000 feet higher than the town (and Lower Deer Valley) at around 8000 feet. Here you will find the classic Stein Eriksen Lodge with its fantastic slopeside lounge and restaurant, beautiful rustic guest rooms, and limitless old money charm amidst wood panels, leather couches, and beautiful mountain views.
Staying on the Mine Road you will enter the “Empire Pass” area, another set of former mining sites transformed into decadent, luxurious ski-in ski-out lodging. $2,000,000 is probably the lower limit for a property in this neighborhood. Near the end of the Mine Road you’ll find Park City’s newest and most celebrated luxury property, the Montage, of Orange County fame. Next to Montage is Empire Lodge, one of the base areas at Deer Valley, and home to Fireside Dining, one of the most celebrated Park City restaurants, where you can enjoy a four course European dinner served from five stone fireplaces.