Wild Utah: What kind of visitor is best suited to patronize your resort?
Park City Mountain Resort: Park City Mountain Resort is geared towards
all visitors. Each lift, aside from First Time Lift, services beginner, intermediate
and advanced runs making it ideal for the family.
WU: What is your resort's number one feature?
PCMR: The Resort's number one feature is the accessibility. Park City
Mountain Resort is the only Resort in town to have a lift linking directly
to Park City's historic Main Street. It's easy to ski down to Main Street
for a bite to eat at one of the fabulous restaurants or a quick stroll through
the numerous boutiques. The Town Lift directly links our guests to the pulse
of Park City.
WU: What causes the biggest headaches for visitors at your resort?
PCMR: There is so much terrain to cover in one day.
WU: What's new for the 2004/2005 season?
PCMR: Park City Mountain Resort has replaced its beginner lift with a
new high-speed, four passenger detachable lift for the 2004-05 season. Park
City Mountain Resort was named "Terrain Park of the Year 2005" by Transworld
Snowboarding. The newest park is being built under the lights on Payday run
for after-dark riding. Ranked a top ten resort by Ski magazine the last 17
years, Park City Mountain Resort has enough terrain to satisfy everyone. With
100 runs, you' ll get it all with groomers, bumps, bowls, powder, peaks and
parks. We've got famous Utah powder, up to 50 runs perfectly groomed daily
and award-winning terrain parks. The Park City All Stars provide input on
the Resort's terrain parks and pipe that helps to keep PCMR the leader in
the industry. The Park City All Stars for the 2004-05 season are Shaun White,
Jeremy Jones, Frank Montoya, Tanner Hall, Pep Fujas, Jessica Dalpiaz, Chris
Engelsman, George Oakley, Chris Coulter, John Symms and Ashley Battersby.
High Points: Lots of Terrain & Access to Park City's Main
Low Points: Very Commercial & Exceptionally Crowded
Free Tip: If you just hafta ski here on a weekend; during
Christmas Week, President's Weekend or Spring Break, buy the Fast Tracks ticket.
Our review of Park City Mountain Resort could hardly be considered "unbiased."
We've been employed by, and worked hard for the resort; we've befriended almost
all of the tenured employees; and we've held season passes there for five
years. The information hereafter is all true, but you may take it with a grain
If you're coming from out of state, Park City Mountain Resort will seem like
a dream. Oodles of dry snow, lots of big mountain and terrain parks, plenty
of restaurants, etc. We always find good skiing in Puma Bowl and Scott's Bowl,
but you have to hike to get to either one. In contrast to the resort's answer
to question number one, Jupiter Lift and McConkey's do not service any beginner
terrain. Ride parks are everywhere (check your maps). And there are places
for hot chocolate and food all over the mountain.
Compared to the other resorts, Park City Mountain is probably the busiest
resort in Utah. Sure, they have all kinds of high-speed lifts, and the place
is bigger than most-but on a powder day, the mountain gets tracked out before
noon. During Christmas, President's Day weekend and Spring Break, the lines
at the bottom of Pay Day (the lift that gets you on the mountain) are insane.
Your only saving grace is to purchase the "Fast Tracks" option, which allows
you to breeze through a ticket-reading turnstile.
The food at PCMR is stereotypical resort food: overpriced, but palatable.
The Summit House would be our first choice. We like the Snow Hut for chili
and such, but it gets pretty busy and hard to find a table. The best food
at PCMR is at Wabo House in the mountain village (yummy Asian food), followed
closely by Baja Cantina (Mexican). The Legacy Lodge is PCMR's marquee lunch
spot. We generally avoid Mid Mountain, and actually had to shred the place
in one of our "Screaming Restaurant Review" editorials back in 2001 because
their service was so bad.
When most people get hungry, they forget that they can ski down to Main Street;
this is a good option. Butcher's is nice, and it's right there.
Après skiing from Park City Mountain is fine. This is due chiefly to the
funky old "mountain village" and access to Main Street. Our first choice for
après ski is Legends on the third floor of the Legacy Lodge. We've also had
lots of good times in the Pig Pen (above Renstall in the ice skating plaza),
but it's a real bar where you stick to the seats and get too drunk. Beers
can be had at the Corner Store, and the village restaurants (Wabo and Baja).
Walking Main Street in ski boots (ride boots) is cool, although cumbersome;
our choice for après on Main Street would be The Spur (get off the lift and
wait for the Trolly).
PCMR has a great ski racing program, and Nastar Nationals will be held again
there in March. The mountain also has some slope style and snowboard events,
and evidently PCMR's terrain parks are some of the best around. Many locals
feel like Park City has not stepped up to the plate as a 'community leader.'
The resort axed the America's Opening World Cup ski race, which was our favorite
event of the year. Jan's Renstall could be the best ski tuning shop in the
country. We do not recommend Bootworks (think "Soup Nazi" with skiboots).
Accolades to PCMR's ski school.
In a nutshell, you'll probably like it.