About Park City
With the growing popularity of snow skiing and the rise of a tourist economy, Park City Utah is becoming home to more tourists than residents--and for good reason! Discover Park City’s vibrant, snow covered alpine scenery and experience an enchanting winter wonderland far beyond your imagination. This premium destination has also become a place of fame through the 2002 Winter Olympic Games and provides more attractions than ever before.
In the early 1950’s, Utah began to recognize Park City as a top ski and travel destination. By 1970, Utah had attracted over 648,000 tourists and now draws in a yearly average of four million tourists. In a small town with a population of 8,000, the average number of tourists in Park City is around 600,000 per year. The tourist industry now contributes over one third of the total economic value to the state of Utah. Overall growth has accelerated in the last few decades, and Park City is now one of the most affluent and lively resort towns in the United States. Park City’s main tourist attractions include: world-class skiing, phenomenal dining, picturesque hiking trails and scenic biking routes.
Since the early 1920’s, miners in Park City were using underground trains and shafts to gain access to the mountain for skiing. Aerial trams once used for hauling ore were converted into chairlifts. To this day, there are still more than 1,000 miles (1609 km) of old silver-mine workings and tunnels beneath the slopes at Park City Mountain Resort and neighboring Deer Valley.
Park City might appear to be a fairly nondescript town, but its vibrant and evocative Main Street proves otherwise as it is home to sixty-four Victorian buildings that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Old mine buildings, mineshafts, and hoists, including the weathered remains of the Walker Webster Silver Mine and the water towers once used to hydrate one of the biggest mines, the Silver King, provide a hint of the history to this once mining town, now top ski destination.
Park City is located in Utah’s Summit County, 35 minutes east of the Salt Lake City International Airport via a six-lane interstate highway (I-80). Park City proper measures two miles from end to end. Three world-class resorts — Deer Valley Resort, Canyons Resort, and Park City Mountain Resort — are located within a five-mile radius.
Salt Lake City International Airport is served by 7 airlines with over 600 daily scheduled flights serving more than 80 cities with non-stop flights, including 205 flights arriving before noon. Major airlines include American, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, United, US Airways and Southwest. Salt Lake City International Airport has received many international awards for excellence in snow and ice removal.
Park City is located in the heart of the Wasatch Mountains, part of the Rocky Mountain Range.
Within the city limits, altitudes range from 6,720 ft. to 8,460 ft. above sea level. The surrounding Wasatch Mountains rise to over 10,000 ft.
Approximately 7,500 residents live in Park City year-round, while nearly 37,000 people reside in Summit County.
Winter temperatures in Park City average between 24 degrees Fahrenheit and 33 degrees Fahrenheit. (Summers average 75 degrees Fahrenheit.)
Average snowfall is 143 inches in town and 350 inches at the resorts.
Park City operates a FREE area-wide bus service between Deer Valley Resort, Main Street Transit Center, Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort. Free bus service also runs to Kimball Junction and Quarry Village, servicing Park City’s outlying areas.
Park City’s award-winning cuisine includes: Mexican, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Italian, French, Austrian, Middle Eastern, Indian, Southwestern, Pub Fare and American Continental. Park City is also known for its eclectic fusion, alpine and regional cuisine styles.
Utah’s legal drinking age is 21. Park City has 20+ bars/clubs and three liquor stores. Most restaurants have full liquor service available with dining. Effective July 2009, the former private club system and membership requirements were eliminated.
• Host to one-third of the 2002 Olympic Winter
Games events, Park City charmed the world with its magnificent snow and world-class skiing and snowboarding, lodging and dining facilities.
• Park City has been the home of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team since 1974 and home of the United States Ski and Snowboard Association since 1988.
• During the 2011-2012 season, Park City’s three resorts had 1,759,658 Skier Days.
• 41 percent of nonresident skiers visiting Utah stay in Park City.