Park City is a resort town that is located in Wasatch County, Utah. The city covers an area of nine square miles and has a population of seven thousand residents. Park City is located thirty miles south of Salt Lake City and contains three major ski resorts. These are Canyons Resort, Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley Resort. Park City is also home to the Sundance Film Festival and also the United States Ski Team. The city also has a lot of clubs, bars, restaurants and hotels. This city received Forbes Magazine’s “Prettiest city of the year award” in 2008.
Park City can trace its history back to the nineteenth century, when it was established as a mining town. In the area surrounding the town was found mineral deposits of gold, silver and lead. After the discovery, the population of the town skyrocketed and many people thought that it was going to exceed the size of Salt Lake City. However, when the price of silver dropped, the town was at risk of becoming a ghost town. This was averted in the 1950s, when ski resorts opened up in the town. The full recovery of the town wouldn’t be realized for another twenty years, however. Over that past several decades, the city has experienced a steady rate of growth and now its one of the most wealthy resort towns in the country.
A popular attraction in the city is the Park City Mountain Resort. This resort opened in December of 1963 and was originally known as Treasure Mountain. When it opened it had the longest gondola in the United States. The base elevation of the mountain is over sixty-nine hundred feet and the summit elevetation is ten thousand feet. The mountain has a vertical rise of thirty-one hundred feet and has eight peaks. The total amount of skiable area of this resort is thirty-three hundred acres. There are over one hundred trails and sixteen lifts. The lifts can be broken down in the following manner; there are four detachable six person lifts, three detachable high speed quads, five triples, three doubles and one magic carpet. Thirty-three percent of the runs are expert level, fifty percent are intermediate and seventeen percent are beginner. On average, three hundred and sixty inches fall on the mountain every year.
Deer Valley is another popular resort. This resort always makes the top rankings for the best ski resort in the United States. It is also one of the few ski resorts that prohibit the use of snowboards. It was the site of the 2002 Winter Olympics and hosted the aerial, freestyle moguls and alpine slalom events. Deer Valley has a more upscale clientele than other resorts in the city. This is reflected by the amenities that it offers which include fine dining, ski valets, boutique shopping and free parking shuttles. The main lodge of the resort is the Stein Eriksen Lodge, and it provides luxury accommodations and even spa facilities.
The Canyons is the third ski resort in the city. It opened in 1968, and was originally known as Park City West. In 1995, the name was changed to Wolf Mountain, and two years later changed its name to The Canyons. The mountain has a base elevation of sixty-eight hundred feet with a summit elevation of nine-nine hundred and ninety feet. The vertical rise is over thirty-one hundred feet and has a total of eight peaks. The skiable area of the resort is thirty-seven hundred acres. There are twenty-one lifts located here which include the Flat Iron, Flight of the Canyons Gondola, Dreamcatcher, Sweet Pea, Magic Carpet, High Meadow, Peak 5, Towin’, Timberline, Ninety-Nine 90, Frostwood, Super Condor, Cabriolet, Sunrise, Day Break, Short Cut, Sun Peak Express, Dreamscape, Saddleback Express, Tombstone Express, Rip-a-roo, Golden Eagle and Iron Mountain. The ski areas are divided into three sections according to difficulty. The Green Circles is the easiest level and represents ten percent of the runs here. The Blue Square is intermediate difficulty and represents forty-four percent of the runs. The Black Diamond is the hardest and represents forty-six percent of the runs at this resort.
Another prominent attraction is Utah Olympic Park. Its situated north of Park City and just east of Salt Lake City. During the 2002 Winter Olympics, it was the venue for events such as the Skeleton, Bobsled and Luge. Other features of this park include a ski museum, ziplines, a mountain coaster and an Olympics museum. Other attractions in Park City include Aura Spa & Boutique, Kimball Art Center, Park City Historical Society & Museum, Peak Performance Massage, Alpine Coaster, Union Pacific Rail Trail, Jupiter Peak, Black Tie Ski Rentals, Snowmobile Adventures at Thousand Peaks, Silver Mountain Sports Club and Spa, Park City Golf Club, Bear Hollow Sports Park, Play Park, Tanger Outlets Park City, Legacy Lodge, Red Pine Adventures and Knead a Massage. Park city is also home to a number of luxury hotels which include Stein Eriksen Lodge, Treasure Mountain Inn, Silver King Hotel, Marriott’s Summit Watch, Park Station Conominium Hotel, The Yarrow Resort Hotel & Conference Center, Park Station Condominium Hotel and Shadow Ridge Resort Hotel.