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.

15ONCE YOU’RE HERE

Getting around the compact community is easy with free public transportation, taxis, private charters, and bike rentals in the summer. Alternatively, you can walk the historic downtown with ease. The Main Street Trolley Service operates downtown daily from 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.

ALTITUDE ADJUSTMENT

Don’t forget, Park City lies above 7,000 feet. It’s easy to forget when you’re cavorting downtown in the footsteps of movie stars, but you need to take it easy. It’s very important to drink plenty of water and reduce the chance of altitude sickness by letting your body acclimate slowly and avoiding caffeine, alcohol and heavy meals.

SKI SAFE

Be prepared before you hit the slopes. Always dress for excess, with additional layers that can be peeled off. Ski in control and in bounds, paying attention to all signs and trail mergers as you slide down the mountain. In Park City, deep powder can exist. Be aware of tree wells, areas of loose, uncontrolled snow at the base of trees. They pose a hazard and can lead to you getting stuck and even suffocating through snow immersion.

PARK PLACE

If you drive downtown, be aware that congestion and winter snow can make things complicated. On Main Street, paid parking is from 11 a.m. to midnight, with free parking in the upper and lower Sandridge lots located on Marsac Avenue above city hall. There are also a number of parking garages, ensuring you won’t have to clear snow from your car when you return.

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About the Author: Pat Barcas serves as staff writer and photographer for RTX Traveler Magazine, based in Asheville, NC. His favorite RTX destinations are on the beach: Orange Beach, Alabama, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. .

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