Park City, Utah | RTX Traveler Magazine Issue 20| Park City

Snow Tubing - Park CityYou’ll definitely put more miles on your skis than on your car during this vacation. Park City is only 30 minutes up the looming Wasatch Mountain range from Salt Lake City International Airport, and the compact downtown reflects its silver mining past, maintaining the authentic 1870s layout full of local boutiques, bars, night spots and contemporary restaurants. Rub elbows with celebrities during Sundance Film Festival in January, then lose yourself in the legendary Utah powder of Park City Mountain Resort, the largest ski area in the United States.

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Powder Paradise | Park City, Utah

Powder Paradise | Park City, Utah

The smell of white pine was striking, mixing in with the alpine air so perfectly that I felt I could bottle it and bring it home. It was just below freezing, the sun was out, the clouds puffy and white. A fresh snow had fallen and I was riding the ski lift, the jagged terrain falling away beneath me while being whisked thousands of feet up the mountain so efficiently, before letting gravity do the work on the way down. This was Park City Mountain Resort in January and all was right in the world.

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Travel Tips: Visiting Park City, Utah

Travel Tips: Visiting Park City, Utah

Flying into Park City is a breeze through Salt Lake City International Airport, only a short 30-minute drive from the Wasatch Mountain range and offering 800 plus scheduled flights daily.

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Olympic Aspirations | Park City, Utah

Olympic Aspirations | Park City, Utah

Viewing a 28 degree ski slope from the side is daunting. It looks like the kind of slope you’d like to take smooth, wide turns in, your skis gripping into a nice layer of groomed powder. Seeing the skiers coming down and negotiating the narrow 28 degrees of pitch on the freestyle mogul course at the Visa Freestyle International Ski World Cup was quite the contrast – it bordered on terrifying.

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Snow Tubing at Gorgoza Park | Park City, Utah

Snow Tubing at Gorgoza Park | Park City, Utah

You’ll spin, you’ll laugh and you’ll feel the wind in your hair as you cruise down one of seven tubing lanes serviced by a magic carpet and T-bar lift system that takes you to the top. This is not your neighborhood sled hill. This is Gorgoza Park snow tubing.

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Park City’s High West Distillery: The House Old-Fashioned

Park City’s High West Distillery: The House Old-Fashioned

High West Distillery and Saloon is in a historic livery stable and garage, right smack in the middle of downtown, and accessible via skis if you want to do something truly unique.

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Utah Olympic Park: Riding the Comet in Park City

Utah Olympic Park: Riding the Comet in Park City

There was some tension – no, more like downright nervousness – during orientation for the Comet bobsled ride, and it was palpable. Mostly because it stemmed from the uniqueness of the event.

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Forged from Silver | Park City, Utah

Forged from Silver | Park City, Utah

You can’t visit Park City without feeling the silver mining history; it’s practically dripping from the walls of the historic buildings downtown, with the mountains emerging right behind them filled with the remnants of the 1,000 miles of mines that put this town on the map.

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Park Plaza Resort in Park City, Utah

Park Plaza Resort in Park City, Utah

The Park Plaza Resort is located a short 1.5 miles northeast of Park City Mountain Resort, with free public shuttles available throughout the day directly to the slopes, and an indoor garage to keep that Utah powder off your car.

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4 Local Favorites: Downtown Restaurants in Park City, Utah

4 Local Favorites: Downtown Restaurants in Park City, Utah

The Eating Establishment – Breakfast all day is the hallmark of this no-frills establishment, which opened in 1972. Grab some coffee and comfort food such as a chicken-fried steak sandwich during the day, and relax after skiing at night at their full bar.

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Park City, Utah | RTX Traveler Magazine Issue 20

Park City, Utah | RTX Traveler Magazine Issue 20

This 2002 Winter Olympics host city is a place of contrasts: cozy yet expansive, glamorous yet down-to-earth, and friendly yet solitary.

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Travel Tips – Park City

Travel Tips – Park City

Park City hosts Sundance Film Festival in late January every year. The Festival represents the flagship of the Institute’s public programs, which also include Festivals in London and Hong Kong and other screenings throughout the year.

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