The historical Victorian era mining town boasts more than 100 restaurants and bars, unique shopping districts, and a wide array of art, food and music festivals, world-class hiking and biking, and of course, skiing and boarding. An easy thirty-five minutes east of the Salt Lake City International Airport, Park City measures about two miles from end to end. Only five miles separate Deer Valley Resort and The Canyons Resort, with Park City Mountain Resort located between the two.
In Winter, Park City means powder. Light, dry Utah powder. Over 350 inches of it. We have been skiing Park City since 1976, that’s right over 30 years and we have the place down cold. Home of the U.S. Ski Team, site of the 2002 Olympic Games, Park City Resort has grown to include seven peaks in it’s boundaries with access to nine bowls. A great ski experience for any level of skier the “Average Joe” has over 55 intermediate runs to take in. Right, lots of terrain, over 3300 skiable acres with a vertical rise of 3100 feet. Consistently ranking in the top 5 resorts in SKI magazine readers polls, this is a world class resort with all the goodies including movie stars, world class winter athletes and characters right out of a Robert Redford film.
Let AMH share some of their 35 years experience in Park City to get you the best value in lodging, lift tickets, air and ground travel. We can tell you about some of our favorite restaurants, shops that will provide great service and our favorite lifts…like the Jupiter Bowl Lift. Back in 76’ we had to hike up there!
It all started during the late 1860’s, the abundant silver veins hidden in the mountains, attracted adventurers from around the world. The ‘town’ was later incorporated in 1884. During its mining heyday, the surrounding mountains produced $400 million in silver and created 23 millionaires, including the father of newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst. Years later, settlers realized the mountain offered other treasures, discovering what was later be called The Greatest Snow On Earth.™
Today, Park City provides a unique blend of both old and new. Many of the city’s buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, more than 1,200 miles of tunnels wind through the surrounding mountains (more than the NY City subway system), and old mining structures have been turned into art spaces, museums and restaurants. A FREE area-wide bus service runs every 20 minutes, shuttling residents and guests between Park City Mountain Resort, Historic Main Street, Lower Deer Valley and various Park City neighborhoods.
Park City offers guests a world of attractions and activities to enjoy, such as local galleries, theater and dance performances at the Eccles Center or Egyptian Theatre, symphonies, outdoor concerts and music festivals. Check out the many events offered, including the Autumn Classics Music Festival, the regionally famous Park City Kimball Arts Festival, Park City Jazz Festival, Park City Food & Wine Classic, Kimball Arts festival, and Oakley Rodeo. Celebrating independent filmmakers, the Sundance Film Festival is a favorite Park City tradition for locals, visitors and celebrities. Park City’s many museums highlight the area’s mining and Olympic ski heritage, including the Alf Engen Ski Museum, 2002 Eccles Olympic Winter Games Museum, the Park City Museum, the Summit County Courthouse Museum, and the Park City Museum. A number of historic tours are also offer. These are great for days off of activities and you’ll hear great stories about characters that make up the history of Park City. Get your heart pumping with a ride on the Park City Mountain Resort’s alpine coaster or experience the thrill of riding a bobsled down the track at 70 mph. These attractions are open year-round.
On the culinary side, Park City features more than 100 restaurants and award-winning cuisine that reflect a variety of different culinary styles and influences. Local cuisine includes Mexican, Japanese, Chinese, Asian fusion, Thai, Italian, French, Austrian, Southwestern and American Continental.
Park City’s après-ski scene is not one to miss. Each of the city’s more than 20 bars and clubs has its own style and ambiance. Whether you’re interested in dancing to DJ-spun beats, catching some live jazz or enjoying wine tastings, you’ll find what you are looking for.
We won’t cover them all, we can’t eat that much! Here are some of our favorites places to eat. You can bet there are a bunch of new ones these days that we haven’t tried so be sure to ask a local! A shuttle driver, lift op, ski instructor or front desk staff can probably reel off a nice selection to suit your appetite.
Riverhorse Café, 540 Main St. $$$$. First in Utah to earn the DiRoNA award in 95’ and in 2000 received the Mobil 4 Star award. Won our respect for great food, really personal service and a memorable evening after a huge powder day in Snowbird. When you’re looking to go large!
Adolph’s, 1500 Kearns Boulevard, $$$. You know we like cuisine from the European alpine countries. Well, we can start with the beer then onto a great Swiss establishment like this. Hosting and serving visiting Austrian, Swiss and German ski teams since 1974. There’s a reason the team banners hang from the rafters. Prost!
We were sad to see the Blind Dog close, sushi and fondue in the same restaurant, hope they make it back.
Mustang, 890 Main St. $$$$ is fun, edgy, contemporary restaurant with contemporary eclectic mostly American cuisine. The food is killer, people are cool.
Baja Cantina, Park City Resort Center $$. If you are staying at the base of the lifts or elsewhere in town there’s plenty of free parking close to this Mexican favorite. Seafood, fajitas, steaks and vegetarian that compliment the margaritas nicely.
Java Cow Café and Bakery, 402 Main St.$$. My daughter stoked on their yummy breakfasts when we were there for NASTAR Nationals. Bright with great coffees and a nice lunch and light dinner menu.
ZOOM 660 Main St $$$. Opened by Rob Redford in the old train depot in 1995, good food in a “vibrant communal atmosphere” Even sounds like a movie script. Zoom!
Kimball Junction. Park City has really grown since we first wandered the streets in 76 and the Redstone area out at Kimball Junction by I-80 wasn’t there then. Now there’s a Whole Foods Market. We haven’t eaten in this area but here’s a few places that caught our attention.
Ghidotti’s $$$ looks interesting, it’s Italian fine dining in the Redstone area next to the cinema.
Hapa Grill, 1571 Redstone Center Drive. $$. Innovative Asian/ Hawaiian.
Red Rock Brewery 1640 West Redstone Center Drive. $$ if you need a microbrew and looks like a pub menu.
This should get you stated. If you feel like browsing more, here’s a couple of guides that should assist off the bench.
Park City boasts more than 100 shops and boutiques in four shopping districts: Historic Main Street; Prospector or “North of Main” district; the new Redstone pedestrian mall; and the Tanger Outlet Center.
Merchants specialize in everything from collectibles, boutique clothing, and handmade furniture to Western antiques and wildlife photography. For our purposes here we are going to list some shops you may need to get you ready for one of our activities, get a repair or upgrade your gear.
Bike Shop for Mountain Bikes:
- White Pine Touring, 1790 Bonanza Drive, Park City.
Bike Shop for Road Bikes:
- Cole Sport, 1615 Park Ave. Park City.
- TroutBum2: 4343 Highway 224 (Main Road from I-80 to Park City)
- White Pine Touring, 1790 Bonanza Drive, Park City.
Backcountry/Nordic Skiing, Snowshoeing:
- White Pine Touring, 1790 Bonanza Drive, Park City
Alpine Ski Shops:
- Bahnhof Sports, 693 Main St. Park City, Cole Sport, 1615 Park Ave, Park City
- Snowboard Shop: The Click Park City, 1890 Bonanza Drive, next to Einstein Bagels, Park City
- Atticus Coffee Books and Teahouse, 738 Main Street, Park City
- Tanger Outlet Center, 60 name brand stores. In Kimball Junction and I-80, 6699 North Landmark Drive, Park City.
- Park City Clothing Company, 558 Main Street, Park City. Woolrich, Pendleton, Tony Lama.
- Hilda, Men’s and Women’s Boutique, 541 Main Street Park City.
- Cake Boutique, 1635 Redstone Center, Suite 120, Park City (Kimball Junction)
- Burns Cowboy Shop, 361 Main Street Park City.
- Fresh Market, 1800 Park Avenue, Park City
- Whole Foods, 1748 West Redstone Center Drive, Park City. (Kimball Junction)