Ski Park City Part 3: Park City Resort

Formerly mined for silver, Park City Mountain Resort (PCMR) today is rich with energy and snow-fans of all ages looking to have a good time. And with a great mix of slope styles, it’s not hard to do.

Early miners wear the first to hit the trails around present day PCMR in the 1880s. They attached rustic skies, which they called “longboard snowshoes,” to their boots for transportation to and from the mines. By the 1920s though, skiing became a regular recreational sport around the town; however, it would take several more decades before the first mountain resort opened in the mining valley.

In 1963, the last mining company closed its doors and turned to snow. With the assistance of a $1.2 million federal loan meant to revive rural towns, Treasure Mountain Resort, which would later be renamed Park City Mountain Resort, was born. After 50+ years of operation, this resort continues to be an area favorite at the center of the locals’ hearts.

Heading up my first lift at PCMR with a park host, the blue sky opened up above us for a lovely day on spring powder. While I definitely wasn’t the first one of the slopes, the runs remained smooth and ridable even as the temperatures rose.

IMG_7892 (2)Gliding by old mining equipment, you could practically feel the mountain radiating its special history. As I road a lift to the top of one of the mountainzones, I even spotted the elevator shaft opening for the skier’s subway, an underground tram that took skiers through the mine tunnels to an elevation shaft that rose 1,750 feet to the mountain summit and slopes above in 1965. Sadly, this unique mountain transportation closed down after only four years of operation because guests thought it too slow, cold, and creepy.

Like Canyons and Deer Valley, Park City Mountain Resort also separates their slopes into mountainzones to help skiers navigate its terrain. With seven unique zones that each feature different style runs, the resorts spreads skiers of different abilities to these individual mountain regions.

My favorite mountainzone at Park City Mountain Resort by far was the PayDay/Town Zone. While this area has loads of skiers out and about enjoying the slopes due to its location to the lodging and dining options, it also included just the right mix of runs for my friend and I. While she tackled the long, gentle slopes, I was able to hop off the same lift and sail down a blue and black trail then we could meet at the bottom and repeat. I also enjoyed the blue square after blue square offerings in the King Con mountainzone. Explore Park City Mountain Resort’s interactive trailmap.

Park City's Widowmaker

Recently acquired by Vail Resorts (a bit controversial —> read more about it here), Park City Mountain Resort is now also accessible with the Epic Pass. So visit Park City and ride at two resorts with this fun season pass.

Opening day is November 22nd, 2014!

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Park City Ahi NachosEat: Ski down to the bottom of the mountain slopes at Park City Mountain Resort to enjoy a delicious meal at Legends Bar and Grill. To ease your hanger while waiting for your entrees, order their Seared Ahi Nachos and a warm drink. For the main course, I savored a hot french drip sandwich, which definitely hit the spot.

Sleep:  Just 20 yards from the PayDay lift, the Lodge at Mountain Village is ideal for those wanting to spend a couple days in Park City skiing at the mountain resorts. The village features lodge rooms, studios, and 1 to 4 bedroom condos, so enjoy a quiet mountain retreat to yourself or bring the whole extended family.

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