Written by Wasatch on 01 Jul, 2013
We have lived about 20 miles from Park City for the last 17 years. That gives us a lot of opportunities to eat in Park City. Here's a general assessment, without detail, of the…Read More
We have lived about 20 miles from Park City for the last 17 years. That gives us a lot of opportunities to eat in Park City. Here's a general assessment, without detail, of the places we know. For details, see separate restaurant specific reviews.The Park City Chamber of Commerce sometimes advertises that Park City "has more chefs per person than Paris" Park City barely has 8,000 residents, but offers more than 16,000 hotel beds every night. The presence of three world class ski resorts in Park City attracts a lot of visitors and they have to eat and Park City assures they will eat well. Here are the Park City restaurants we have eaten at to date:Ghidotti's (a fave)Restaurant Jean-Louis (once Park City's best but now out of business)Grappa-- if your palette can tolerate mind blowing amounts of salt, this is Park City's best Italian and best decor Riverhorse- on Main- a quintessential Park City restaurant---I hate it.Bistro 412-- its lamb shanks are the first choice if you want to eat on Park City's Main Street.The Eating Establishment-- excellent comfort food350 Main Street-- pretentious California Yuppie cuisine at its worst.Ruth's Chris Steakhouse-- Very expensive, superb qualityNick's Greek Cafe-- hand's down, Park City's best buy. Mustang Grill-- typical Park City California Yuppie Cu sine, well done, but I'm sick of this style.Bancok Thai on Main St-- overpriced decent Thai, but then, everything in Park City is overpriced.Cicero’s-- decent basic Italian that can't touch Grappa or Ghidotti'sChez Betty-- may be Park City's best for dinnerFlippin Burgers-- midway in price and quality between McDonald’s etc and the $10-29 burgers at the high priced joints.Goldner Hirsh-- Once PC's best, but the last time we ate there (new chef), the food did not justify the stratospheric prices, and the décor, again once the best, had fallen on hard times.Glitretind (Stein Eriksen Lodge)--- never has been as good as its cracked up to beMariposa-- Deer Valley's best and pretentious and over pricedSkiers Buffet, Stein Eriksen Lodge-- You have to go a long way to top this for food quality and, stop you ski day at 2:00 pm, pig out at this glorious buffet, and you cover both lunch and dinner for less than $50 per person Schezwan Chinese- OK standard Chinese fare. Windy Ridge Cafe-- a stand out for its high quality at relatively low prices. As for on the mountain ski lunches, I've eaten here:Deer Valley Snow Park Lodge-- my favorite lunch spot; Deer Valley's least crowded lunch venue and terrific food.Deer Valley Empire Canyon Lodge-- same food as Snow Park LodgeDeer Valley-- Silver Lake Lodge-- same food as Snow Park LodgeDeer Valley: Skiers Buffet, Stein Eriksen Lodge-- You have to go a long way to top this for food quality and, stop you ski day at 2:00 pm, pig out at this glorious buffet, and you cover both lunch and dinner for less than $50Deer Valley Goldener Hirsch-- best burger I ever had, but that chef is long gone.Park City Mountain Resort-- Summit House-- potentially great food, in actuality, screwed up Park City Mountain Resort: Legacy Lodge Cafeteria- all I had was a superb bowl of soup.Nick's Greek Cafe-- Park City's best buy for lunch (and for a light dinner). IF YOU HAVE A CAR, you can expand your dinner choices and save a lot of money by heading for Heber City or Kamas. . The Gateway Grill (215 S Main St in Kamas -- turn right when you reach Main St.); The Snake Creek Grill (650 W 100 S in Heber City-- turn right at the third stop light in Heber City and Look for the Old West movie set on your right); The Blue Boar Inn, Midway UT near Heber City (you need your GPS to find this one) all offer typical high quality Park City California Yuppie Cuisine for about 2/3 the cost in Park City. All are about 15 minutes from Park City. The basic route to get there is to note that all roads in Park City that run parallel to Main St. intersect Kearns Blvd at a stop light. Turn right on Kearns. For Heber City and Midway, turn right at US Rt 40 (stop light in the middle of nowhere). For Kamas, do not turn onto US Rt 40. Continue straight ahead. But the big attraction of trip to Heber City for dinner is not that California Yuppie Cuisine, is cheaper here than in Park City, but that you can escape another meal of California Yuppie CuisineMost restaurants in Heber City are on Main St., which is US Rt 40, the road you will be on in driving from Park City to Heber City. In sequence as you come into Heber City, here are the Main St Heber City restaurants: Holiday Lanes (Bowling Alley). There are three reasons to recommend the bowling alley as a place to eat. About two years after we moved to Heber City, I shared a lift ride at Deer Valley with a guy from New Jersey. He asked if I had eaten at the bowling alley?. I said no, but we high tailed to the bowling alley for dinner because, if the fame of the food at a bowling alley in Utah reaches to New Jersey, try it. The New Jersey guy was on to something. Second, the menu at Holiday Lanes is limited: mostly sandwiches and soup de jour and chicken tenders or shrimp basket. The homemade soups are heavily salted but otherwise outstanding The burgers, fries, and grilled cheese sandwiches are all you could ask for. And third, prices are staggerliy cheap-- $2.50 for burger, $3.80 for a double burger. The Canton Cafe (Main St on the right) is as good or better Chinese than anything in in Park City, and at notably lower prices. On Main St. (US Rt 40 from Park City) on the right just two blocks past the first stop light.Spin Cafe (Main St on the left) very good smoked brisket, pork and chicken which they ruin with excessively peppery BBQ sauce. Spin Cafe also serves a meal sized Buffalo Burger, a must have if you have never eaten Buffalo.Chick's Cafe (Main St, on the right) is probably the one and only 'you must eat here if you are in the Park City region' restaurant in all of northern Utah. To understand why, see my full review. Be sure to order a scone, which is not a scone. When you get it, put butter and honey on the scone which is not a scone. What it is is modified Navajo Fry Bread.Next on the left is the Dairy Keen. One upon a time, this was a Dairy Queen franchise until its owner revolted against rising franchise fees and dumped Dairy Queen to strike off on his own. He did a pretty good job. Everything is better than what you will find at a Dairy Queen, and the ambiance-- toy trains running around the top of walls, will entertain kids.After several more blocks we come, on the left, to the HUB Cafe. Locals say that as cafe food goes, the HUB is better than Chick's Cafe. They may be right, but we prefer Chick's Cafe for its incomparable 1950s ambiance (including the food) and for the scones. Finally on the right just across the intersection with US Rt 89, the Claim jumper Steakhouse, which is, along with the Snake Creek Grill, Heber City's effort at fine dining. Ugh. Ick. I ordered Prime Rib medium rare. Turned out the Prime rib was a frozen slab, not fresh grilled, and being frozen, medium rare turned out both to be without flavor and cold in the center. Ugh. Ick. That was 31 years ago, and I have never been back. And I never intend to go back. If you are inclined to eat at this joint, stay in Park City for dinner. (Note the Claim Jumper in Park City seems to not be asociated with the one in Heber City). Now let's go just off Heber City's Main St. Turn right at the third stop light and go six blocks On the right, is something that looks like a movie set for a cowboy movie. This is the home of The Snake Creek Grill and Texas Tommy's BBQ. Like the Snake Creek Grill, Texas Tommy smokes great BBQ and then ruins it with a sauce with too much pepper. Ugh. Ick.You might note that I have said nothing about the many Mexican restaurant that operate in Park City and Heber City. That is because the term "Mexican food" is an oxymoron. We do not waste our money on Mexican restaurants. Neither should you. To paraphrase the Bible, 'Mexican food is abomination in the eyes of the Lord'. Close
Written by SFPhotocraft on 01 Feb, 2005
Utah drinking laws have become a bit of an urban legend. There is a lot of incorrect information out there concerning these laws. I will admit that some of Utah's drinking laws are a bit quirky, but finding a cocktail or a beer…Read More
Utah drinking laws have become a bit of an urban legend. There is a lot of incorrect information out there concerning these laws. I will admit that some of Utah's drinking laws are a bit quirky, but finding a cocktail or a beer in Utah is seldom a problem.
I have friends who won't even consider skiing Utah, as they think it's a dry state and they won't be able to find a beer or a glass of wine at lunch. I feel sorry for these guys, as they are dead wrong and are missing some of the best skiing in the country.
So, okay, the two big lobbies in Utah are the Mormon church and the tourism industry (skiing). Sometimes these two groups are on the same side and sometimes they butt heads. They seem to have worked out some interesting compromises when it comes to Utah's liquor laws.
The laws may be enforced differntly in places like Provo vs a ski town like Park City. In places like Park City the servers come from all over the word and just grin and bear some of the quirkier laws. You will get a wink and nod here regarding some of the laws.
I admit that when I first started coming to Utah, the drinking laws were a bit tighter. Most restaurants did not serve any liquor, and you had to run over to a state-run liquor store, buy an airline mini (one at a time), and then bring it back to the restaurant and buy a set-up. It was indeed a bit of a hassle!
During the build-up before the Olympics, Utah realized they would have guests from all over the globe and that they had to clean up their liquor laws. The French like their wine and the Germans, their beer!
First off, the drinking age in Utah is like most states--21 years old. Here are a few of the liquor laws that are a bit unique:
You will see the words "private club" thrown around a lot. These are just bars. In order to drink at a place that does not serve food, you must buy a membership and "join" the club. This all sounds a lot more complicated than it is. I think of it as a bar cover charge and it's a lot less mysterious. Membership ranges from $13 to $30 per year, or a temporary membership costs around $4 for three weeks. You buy them at the door, and it only takes a minute. You will get a cute little paper membership card stating you are a member of the private club in good standing. There are a few exceptions. For instance, the lounges at Salt Lake City Airport don't require memberships, and you can walk in and order a cocktail like most other places in the world.
Most resturants have a liquor license and serve cocktails. However, by law, you MUST order food with your drinks here. It is against the law to come in and order a cocktail and leave or just order a basket of chips and salsa. The server can demand that you order a meal, and if you refuse, you can actually be arrested. I doubt that many arrests are made with this law, but it is on the books.
Also, you are never allowed to have more than one drink in front of you at a time. Utah does not have two-for-one happy hours. You are required by law to just order one drink at a time, then drink it, and then order the next one. Also, no sending drinks to a person who already has one! However, it's not against the law to order a pitcher of sangria or margaritas at the table--go figure.
Also, a server may not suggest a cocktail to you. You must ask for it. A server can say, "Can I start you out with anything?" but never, "Would you care for a cocktail?" I have seen this law broken many times at ski resorts. Again, you probably won't hear any lawbreakers pushing drinks in Provo, but you probably will be "illegally" offered a drink by a server in Park City! Also, thankfully, smoking is illegal in all Utah restaurants.
Private liquor stores are illegal in Utah. All liquor stores are owned and operated by the state. You will find a few in each town. Park City has two. These stores are plain, brightly lit, do not have promotions, and look pretty sterile. There are seldom deals at these stores, but you can find most liquor.
I have to give Utah credit. The liquor stores must be a great source of revenue for the state. They can charge pretty much what they want with no competition, and they always have a willing audience. I have seldom been to one of these stores where there has not been a line at the register.
I have a friend who is married to a girl from Utah. They are not heavy drinkers, but when they go home, he always brings a bottle of his favorite scotch with him. He states that he does not like to pay the Utah prices, and when and if it's sold out, you have no other options. I know several folks who ski Utah and always bring their favorite liquor with them.
Beer Pubs and Beer Bars
These are 3.2 bars and can be found all over ski resorts. You don't need a membership, and you can find a beer almost anywhere at any ski resort in Utah. Even the cafeteria at Park City sells 3.2 beer. It's never a problem.
Another unique liquor law: you cannot bring a beer-filled cooler to a public place, like a golf course or a public park.
Just a word of warning. Park City is over 5,000 feet above sea level, and you feel a cocktail a lot quicker up here. Also, Utah does not kid around with DUI laws. You can expect automatic confiscation of your drivers license, your car impounded, and criminal charges lodged against you. They also take underaged drinking seriously here. Anyone under 21 who is caught drinking will have their driver's license revoked until their 21st birthday.
So you can find a cocktail or beer easily in Utah. You just have buy a membership, order a meal, or buy your bottle of gin from the state. It's all pretty simple, and a lot of the mystery is gone.
Written by smileygirl on 05 Sep, 2004
In every situation, there are always two sides to every coin. The same thing applies to resorts, timeshares and hotels. Here is a brief summary of the "Minor Inconveniences" at the Grand Summit Resort- The Canyons. If this tidbit info benefits (at least)…Read More
In every situation, there are always two sides to every coin. The same thing applies to resorts, timeshares and hotels. Here is a brief summary of the "Minor Inconveniences" at the Grand Summit Resort- The Canyons. If this tidbit info benefits (at least) one person, then I know I have done something positive.
No washer/dryers in units. I’m not sure if this applies to all units or just some. On a more positive note, they do have coin a operated laundry facility onsite.
For a resort this elegant, their patio furniture is really pitiful. You get two little wrought iron chairs and a dinky table. Although the balcony isn’t very big, they could have updated their furniture to something a little nicer, not necessarily bigger.
They’re expensive!! Example: They have a 1 litre bottled water in the units at your convenience. The bad thing is… It costs $3 per bottle!! Another example is their vending machine. It costs $1.50 for a bottle of soda. Needless to say, we did not take advantage of this "convenience".
If you go during off season, hardly anything is open at the resort. All of The Canyon shops weren’t open. The Flight of the Canyons, Docs at the Gondola, First Tracks Café are only open seasonally. The only onsite restaurants that are open year around are: The Cabin and The Cabin Club.
We even tried to go to their onsite general store and never found it to be opened. We ended up walking over to Westgate’s General Store, which by the way, is the biggest and nicest store we’ve ever been to thus far. Their prices weren’t too hard on the pocketbook, either.
Phone Charges: Local calls were 50 cents first 30 minutes and then 10 cents for each additional minute thereafter. Toll-free calls were the same prices as their local calls. Domestic long distance calls were $1.50 for the first minute and 30 cents for each additional minute. Word of advise: Bring your cell phones.
Limited internet access. As of right now, they are only on dial up service. Several times we had problems accessing the internet while we were in our room. So, we had to to go their business center for internet access, which comes w/ DSL. On the brighter side, they are going to upgrade with high speed broadband wireless service throughout the entire facility, including each of the rooms!!
Despite "the negatives" that has been brought to your attention, this resort is really an outstanding place to stay at. Why, you ask? Simply put.... The staff. They make up for all of the "minor inconveniences". They are truly outstanding and the best we've ever encountered on a timeshare vacation. If you want to be pampered and taken care of, then Grand Summit's staff will strive for that satisfaction. We highly commend them for their efforts.
Written by C. A. Fliedner on 27 Mar, 2002
By the late 1800s, Park City was home to thousands of miners and their families. Tragically, mining accidents were frequent, and hundreds of men lost their lives in cave-ins, explosions, and all sorts of horrible incidents. Not only did the mines claim countless…Read More
By the late 1800s, Park City was home to thousands of miners and their families. Tragically, mining accidents were frequent, and hundreds of men lost their lives in cave-ins, explosions, and all sorts of horrible incidents. Not only did the mines claim countless lives, avalanches, diseases, gun fights, robberies, and suicides also contributed to the high mortality rate. With so many people dying such violent deaths, is it any wonder that the legends of ghosts and other supernatural phenomena have been prevalent in Park City since its days as a boom town?
GHOSTS OF THE SILVER MINES
Legends of ghosts abounded, particularly when it came to the silver mines. Dead miners were said to wander the labyrinth of tunnels in search of their missing body parts. There were occasional sightings of a beautiful woman with long blonde hair who rode a white horse through the 200-foot level of a mine shaft. Maybe the miners who saw the apparition had simply imbibed in too much whiskey. And yet, the stories persisted. Another unearthly legend was that of a long-armed wicked dwarf who stalked the mines. The creature was extremely strong, and many believed that it was the evil dwarf who kicked the rungs from ladders to block the escape of trapped miners.
There were also tales of the "Tommy Knockers," tiny green men who tapped on the hard stone and timbers in the tunnels with their axes when no one...no human, that is...was working in the area. Tommy Knockers could be either good omens or wicked, mischievous creatures who played tricks on the miners. The "man in a yellow slicker" was the specter seen before someone was about to die.
THE OLD TOWN
In recent years, Park City has grown immensely; thanks at least in part to the Olympics. There are numerous luxury hotels, including the Raddison at 2121 Park Avenue, where I’ve stayed seeral times (www.Raddison.com). Thankfully, many of the original buildings have been preserved and are now used as restaurants and quaint shops. Times may have changed, but Park City’s ghosts still do their haunting.
For years, I’ve heard stories about the ghost at the Claimjumper Steakhouse at 573 Main Street. Employees, both past and present, recounted stories of hearing doors open and close, footsteps on the stairs, seeing the ghost out of the corner of their eyes, or feeling that strange sensation one gets when experiencing the unexplained. A former cook complained that upon arriving for work, things would often be out of place, candles would refuse to snuff out, and lights or the television flickered on and off. The cook said that he got so used to the ghost, when he’d pour himself a drink, he’d pour another for his other-worldly companion.
Although most local residents are reluctant to admit that their homes are haunted, a few stepped forward to share their spooky experiences. In one case, when someone continually turned the basement light off and on in one old house, the annoyed owner sprinkled flour on the basement steps to catch the prankster. With the light bulb unscrewed, he retired for thenight, but was soon awakened by heavy footsteps. Upon inspection, however, he found that the light bulb had been screwed in again, and there were no footprints on the stairs (the only entry or exit). Needless to say, the home owner was scared speechless!
One of my favorite stories is the haunting of the Egyptian Theater on Main Street. The Egyptian was built in 1923 on the site where the old Dewey Theater once stood. In its heyday, the Dewey had been the town’s pride and joy. Major vaudeville acts, and later, silent films, made the theater a popular spot. In March of 1916 there was a particularly heavy snow fall which caused the roof of the building to collapse. Fortunately, no one was inside when it happened. Years later, after the Egyptian was built on that very spot, the ghost of the theater began to appear. Several people have actually seen the specter, while others have heard footsteps on the stage and horrible screams emanating from deep inside the theater. Doors fly open, and at least one man says he was pushed to the ground by unseen hands.
I have my own theory as to the identity of the Egyptian Theater’s ghost. Twnety-one-year-old Johnnie McLaughlin worked at the Dewey as a stagehand. One morning in 1902 there was a terrible mining accident. Like the rest of the town’s residents, Johnnie awoke to the clanging of the warning bell that spelled disaster in the mines. He and several other brave men rushed into the rescue cage to save the men trapped in the bowels of the earth. On the first trip back up to the surface, Johnnie and his cohorts brought up a few dead bodies. Refusing to give up hope, they went down a second time. A short time later, the cage was hoisted to the top again. Sadly, all the young men had been overcome by deadly poisonous fumes. Johnnie, who had dreamed of making the theater his life’s work, gasped his final breath. Could Johnnie McLaughlin be haunting the theater occupies the space where the Dewey once stood? Indicentally, the Egyptian Theater is still used for theater performances, as well as the main venue for Robert Redford’s Sundance Film Festival.
The two local pioneer cemeteries, Glenwood and Park City Cemetery, are timeless reminders of the harsh living and working conditions the original residents experienced. The cemeteries are supposed haunted, though no one has ever conducted formal research to verify the unsettled spirits’ wanderings. A more earthly way to see the "dead" is by attending the annual tour of Glenwood Cemetery which is held on the Saturday before each Halloween. Local towns people dress in period costume, stand beside the grave of the person whom they’re representing, and tell that person’s story. Check with the Park City Museum for the date and times.
If you can’t make it for the Halloween tour, be sure to stop by the museum to learn about Park City’s history. And don’t forget to visit the local cemeteries. Actually, my book, STORIES IN STONE, Madams and Miners, Merchants and Murderers is filled with fascinating stories about Park City’s pioneers. The book will also guide you to where most the most interesting former residents are buried. They’re available at Dolly’s Book Store on Main Street.
Incidentally, the website for the local Visitor’s Bureau (www.parkcityinfo.com) lists great places to stay, things to do, and dozens of restaurants.
Written by ladyanne47 on 03 Mar, 2006
Park City has many faces; a winter face with skiing, snowboarding, touring, dining, shopping, Sundance Film Festival, and some of the most beautiful winter landscapes you will ever find.A summer face of; enjoying the Historic Main St. Mining Town, shopping, dining, museums, ski lift rides,…Read More
Park City has many faces; a winter face with skiing, snowboarding, touring, dining, shopping, Sundance Film Festival, and some of the most beautiful winter landscapes you will ever find.A summer face of; enjoying the Historic Main St. Mining Town, shopping, dining, museums, ski lift rides, hot air balloon rides, Olympic park rides on the luge and bobsled runs, golfing, fishing, biking, mountain climbing, rock climbing, short day trips around the area, and it goes on and on.I had the opportunity to visit in the winter and got some nice photos of the area. Park City was full of energy even in the winter. Lots going on and fun to take-in all the people. The restaurants are excellent, and the quaint shops are full of Western-themed gifts and clothing.The daytime is a kaleidoscope of colors from sunny blue skies, to white snow and gray fog. And if the environment doesn't provide you with color than the people will... with their ski and snowboard outfits. Daytime is a bustle of activity with many skiers scurrying around to find the closest ski lift, finding a place to have lunch, or shopping in a specialty store to find just the right gift to bring home. The evening is a festival of lights. There are lights all over the mountains from lighted ski runs, lit Christmas trees mostly in white that are on everyone's front lawn, and there are even random trees lit-up high on a lonely side hill. The buildings on Main Street are outlined in lights, as are most of the restaurants and hotels. It is a winter wonderland of snow and lights all season, and a cheerful and delightful place to be. I just loved it, and I am hard to please. Close
Written by Go Girl! on 19 Oct, 2000
Not only do independent films compete at Sundance, but so do the after parties. Sometimes I think people are more concerned about getting into the party of choice than screening of choice. These parties get rather crazy --people often end up naked in…Read More
Not only do independent films compete at Sundance, but so do the after parties. Sometimes I think people are more concerned about getting into the party of choice than screening of choice. These parties get rather crazy --people often end up naked in the snow and it's not uncommon for cops to be called.One party I attended encompassed two houses as well as its Park City-ubiquitous bus (equipped with a rooftop projector that screened shorts on the semi-snowy hillside). Tiki torches led the way to a long line outside the multi-level condo, converted into a throbbing house party with three separate dance floors (one being a crowded downstairs garage). Inside, a youngish twentysomething crowd grooved to everything from 'Fight For Your Right' to 'The Humpty Dance' to the expected '90s techno tunes. Drinks included the usual assortment of mixed drinks (lots of Coke and Sprite on hand) and a lightweight beverage called Wasatch Ale (limited to 4 percent alcohol). Free-food entrees consisted of frosted strawberries, olives (both kinds -- green and black) and lots and lots of cheese. Dessert came as free goodie bags, packaged like military MREs and each loaded with an ever-pulsing night light, an T-shirt, plenty of decals and the always useful toothbrush.But the fun didn't last -- the authorities were finally called to shut down the thing due to noise and a long wait line outside.Across the street, a smaller crowd gathered at another house. This laid-back bunch generated only a limited amount of craziness, allowing party-goers to rock on for another half-hour before the locals shut down that one as well.Although the mood was subdued (and the star-watching factor low), the avid shorts-watchers still looked satisfied, with plenty of Wasatch in hand.Drinks were flowing freely at the nearby Cisero's Ristorante & Nightclub, where Film Threat co-sponsored a premiere party for the Slamdance feature, 'What I Like About You.' Turnout was heavy, and Shawn Colvin ('Sunny Came Home') did do a very cool acoustic set, but overall it wasn't too unlike a night out at the local (crowded) bar. There also was a cloying jam by a band called the Agency, which performed the obvious cover of, yes, 'What I Like About You.'My friend partied on but I turned in for the night at around 3:30 in the morning. Close
Written by Wasatch on 23 Dec, 2007
Deer Valley advertises a total vertical drop of 3,000 ft. Technically, this is true, and technically itis false. It is true that the top of the highest lift, Empire Canyon, is 3,000 ft. above the base ofthe lowest lift, the Jordanelle Gondola,…Read More
Deer Valley advertises a total vertical drop of 3,000 ft. Technically, this is true, and technically itis false. It is true that the top of the highest lift, Empire Canyon, is 3,000 ft. above the base ofthe lowest lift, the Jordanelle Gondola, but skiing from top to bottom requires riding at least threelifts and more likely four unless you know the key to the most efficient route. The biggest dropthat can be skied without having to ride a lift is 2,400 ft., Stein’s Way, from the top of the SultanChair to the base of Mayflower Chair (And then you have ride two lifts to get back to the top ofStein’s Way).Deer Valley limits lift ticket sales. There are usually several days at Christmas week andPresident’s Day when they sell out. Arrive too late, and you won’t get in. To assure yourself alift ticket, tickets can be reserved in advance by phone or purchased the day before after 3:00pm. Season pass holders are not subject to the limit.The parking lot isn’t big enough to hold all the cars that come on busy days. Overflow parkingspreads out on the nearby streets, but beware of the parking restrictions in some nearbyneighborhoods. The cops will give you a ticket. Alternatively, ride the free Park City bus fromyour hotel, or park somewhere on the bus route, or stay at a place on the mountain or thatprovides a skier shuttle. Parking is rarely a problem except on sunny weekends and at Christmasand President’s Day.Deer Valley runs a wagon with seats, and no springs, from the parking lot to the door of thelodge. There are five parking lots, all in a row extending away from the lodge. The wagon stopsat all except Lot # 1, the closest. Facing the mountain, the wagon stop is to your right at thegap in the orange rope marking the end of parking except in lot 5 where the wagon will stopwherever you are along the wagon road. Note the lot number on the sign at the gap in the orangefence so you know where to return to. On the return, signal the driver that you want todisembark by holding your hand up above your head (but they usually stop at every lot becausenot everybody knows this).If you are renting a car, consider staying in nearby Heber Valley (Heber City and Midway) where there are accommodations for all budgets at striking lower prices than comparable digs inPark City. From Heber, it is 20-30 minutes to all three Park City resorts or to Sundance. Theroad to Park City is a four lane expressway that is kept well clear of snow. In 10 years of living inHeber City and driving to Deer Valley to ski five days a week, the worst road conditions I everencountered caused me to slow down to 45 mph. Be warned, there is no night life in Heber Valle,but there are some good restaurants. A warning to expert skiers: Deer Valley opened a new mountain, Lady Morgan, for the 2007-2008 ski season. Lady Morgan is mostly expert terrain and is located on the side of Lady MorganBowl opposite Empire Canyon. Lady Morgan Bowl now has chairs on each side of it, whichmakes it tempting to ski down. Beware!! Lady Morgan Bowl is tricky. The Bowl has a funnelshape, narrowing down into a gully at the base of the Bowl’s fall line. This gully looks tempting,but you cannot se what is ahead. There is a dam and a reservoir across the gully. There is noslope to the reservoir, so you walk across the surface. Winter is low water season, so when youreach the dam, you have to climb the dam. Then Climb down the front of the dam, and resumeskiing. Before risking it, check with ski patrol to see if that’s still how it works. If you go down Lady Morgan Bowl to the tree line and come to the signs that say easiestway to your right, turn there. It is not all that easy, being a very narrow steep bumpy paththrough the forest, but it beats climbing dams in ski boots. Park City’s streets are grid locked during the Sundance Film Festival. It is best to stay on themountain or at one of the lodging establishments within walking distance or that has its ownshuttle bus to the base. Close
Written by Wasatch on 18 Jan, 2007
Deer Valley is expensive, perhaps the most expensive ski resort on the planet, but there are times when it is worth it, times when it will be the best ski trip you ever had. On the other hand, there are times when it is not…Read More
Deer Valley is expensive, perhaps the most expensive ski resort on the planet, but there are times when it is worth it, times when it will be the best ski trip you ever had. On the other hand, there are times when it is not worth the tariff, times to stay home or go elsewhere. When Not to Come1) The first two weeks of January, during the World Cup Ski races because the race set up screws up the entire resort’s operations by blocking off three of the most essential runs– Know You Don’t, Big Stick, and Solid Muldoon– at the place. These the best places to ski on the lower mountain, so for all practical purposes, it takes of 25% of Deer Valley skiing, including 66% of the runs that are just right for improving Intermediates. Even worse, it takes out 66% of all the decent end of the day runs. AT the end of the day, as many as 6,000 skiers have to return to the base area parking lot. There are four good runs for this– Last Chance, which nobody can find; Solid Muldoon which is closed,; Big Stick, which is closed; and Success, an easy Green run. Experts who can still cope with the steeps at the end of the day could go down Know You Don’t, the Olympic Slamon Race Course, but it is closed too. Consequently, everyone, all 6,000, are thrown onto one run– a flat, flat, beginner run. Chaos ensues. It is not pretty, and it not fun. Best to avoid.That is just the major problems resulting from race week. Minor problems include screwing up Little Stick, the essential run for skiing anywhere on Deer Crest Mtn., and lengthening the flit lines. Longer lift lines ensue because the ski racers have no manners. Then tear down to the lift anh butt their way to the head of the line, a rude practice which for some inexplicable reason, Deer Valley allows, when they should be pulling their lift tickets for reckless skiing in a "Slow Skiing" zone.2) Christmas Week. While Deer Valley is as good as it ever gets for Christmas Week skiing, it is insane to ski during Christmas Week if you the choice. Same for the MLK Birthday and President’s Day weekends.3) December before Christmas. Global warming is the villain here, for it makes snow conditions problematic. Coverage is often skimpy at best. Yes, Deer Valley does lower lift ticket prices, but you pay 2/3 to ski 1/3 of the resort. Bad deal. Stay home or go somewhere with snow. When To Come1) Christmas week, the most crowded week of ski season, is one of the best times to ski at Deer Valley if you must or choose to ski Christmas Week because Deer Valley limits the number of tickets sold to 6,500 a day (2004-2007). With an uphill lift capacity of 49,000 per hour, this makes for minimal lift lines. Even at the most crowded times, with one big exception: Deer Valley has 21 lifts, but everyone starting from the main base lodge, Snow Park, has to start up the mountains on only two high speed quad lifts (Carpenter and Silver Lake). This usually results in 10-20 waits around opening time.To minimize wait time, stay at one of the Silver Lake Hotels, located 1,000 ft. above Snow Park, with immediate access to 7 upper mountain lifts.2) If you are not trapped into Christmas Week skiing, the best time to ski is during the Sundance Film Festival, the last two weeks of January, because Park City’s hotels fill up with people going to movies, not skiing. The drawback is that this is the busiest time of the year in Park City. Hotels are full, and restaurants overwhelmed unless you eat early because the Hollywood crom dines late. Traffic is also a mess. To find a room and a place to eat when you want to eat, try nearby Heber Valley (see journal on). To beat the traffic, stay at Deer Valley or, if staying in nearby Heber Valley use this route. Because it is US 40 to the turn off to Park City. Entering Park City, turn left at Bonnaza Dr, the light with a light turn arrow. At the next right, Deer Valley Dr., turn left, go 3/4 way around the traffic circle, and continue on Deer Valley Dr. to Deer Valley. This is pretty safe in the early morning, as the movie crowd sleeps in.To return to Heber Valley, backtrack until you come to the mall on the right on Bonanza Dr. Turn right at the far end of the Mall, left at the dead end, then right at the stop sign. Go as far you can, turn left. Turn right on Kerns Blvd (stop sign) to US 40 to Heber. Traffic may be bad until you reach the turn off of Bonanza, but there is no alternative. This route bypasses busy Kearns Blvd., but do not use it in the morning to get to Deer Valley since it requires a problematic left turn onto Bonanza Dr without a light.3) The period between the Sundance Film Festival and President’s Day weekend. This marks the start of the busy, non-holiday season, but it is the least crowded part of the heart of ski season. Altogether, a great time to ski. Close
Written by Wasatch on 03 Nov, 2005
If you stay in Park City or at Deer Valley, you can get by without a rental car. Park City has a free bus that runs all over town and to the ski resorts. Deer Valley: Most expensive are the ski-in, ski-out lodges. Contact…Read More
If you stay in Park City or at Deer Valley, you can get by without a rental car. Park City has a free bus that runs all over town and to the ski resorts. Deer Valley: Most expensive are the ski-in, ski-out lodges. Contact Stein Eriksen Lodge or Deer Valley Housing. Available at both the Snow Park and Silver Lake ( mid-mountain) bases. Next most expensive are Deer Valley condos, where you have to take a shuttle bus to the base. Available at Snow Park, Silver Lake (mid-mountain) bases, and across the expressway from the gondola (some of these do not have a shuttle bus).
Salt Lake City. Car essential; it can be done by bus, but it is not pretty unless they have greatly improved the operation since I did it some years ago. A huge number of alternatives at much lower prices than Park City since winter is off season in Salt Lake City. Deer Valley is about 30 miles from downtown Salt Lake City, most of it by expressway, and all by four lane roads. City roads can be dicey if it snows, from ice, not snow, but once on I-80, snow removal is remarkable. Nevertheless, a big storm can cause delays of a couple hours–snowplow can’t work miracles. Before we moved to Utah, we commuted here to ski from the east coast for 20 years. Never was the weather so bad that we could not get to a ski resort from the city, but sometimes it took awhile.
Heber City. Closer than Salt Lake City, no smog–-which can be terrible in Salt Lake City– cheapest of the lot, and a prettier setting than either Salt Lake City or Park City. No nightlife. Car almost essential, or call Sunrise Transportation for chauffeured service. Take the US 40 expressway to the Park City exit. Turn left at the second light– Bonanza Dr.--turn left at the next light onto Deer Valley Blvd. Go 3/4 way around the traffic circle to Deer Valley’s main parking lot. Rooms here run $50-200 a night less than comparable rooms in Park City. Steak dinners start at $9.
Getting There: Park City: Shuttle or rental car. Driving: Leave the airport and exit onto I-80 eastbound (Salt Lake City). I-80 will merge with I-15 southbound (Las Vegas). Stay with I- 80, which branches off I-15 (Cheyenne). I-80 climbs a 3,000 ft high hill to Parley’s Summit, then drops down into a large flat valley at 6,500 ft attitude. Take the Exit for Park City(green sign) and the ski areas (brown sign). Park City’s street system is confusing. Get detailed directions from your hotel before leaving home. Distance from the airport: 35 miles.
DV, Snow Park Base: Follow the directions to Park City. Turn left onto DV Drive, stoplight, Jan’s Sporting Goods on the corner. At the traffic circle, go 3/4 way around to stay on DV Drive, the third road out of the traffic circle (in the traffic circle, pass the exits for Main St/Heber Ave and Marsac Ave). Park in front of the Snow Park Lodge, go inside to the Concierge Desk, or follow the directions you were given in advance. Distance from the airport: 37 miles.
DV: Silver Lake Base (mid-mountain) Stein Eriksen Lodge, Goldner Hirsch, The Chateau, condos. Follow the directions to DV above as far as the traffic circle. In the traffic circle, take the second right turn, Marsac Ave. Go up a steep hill. When the road dead ends, turn left, then take the next left. When that dead ends, turn left. Stein Eriksen Lodge turns off to the right. For The Goldner Hirsch, turn right just past the little parking lot on the right, go down the road beside the Goldner Hirsch, turn left at the end of the building, and enter the garage. The Chateau is across the street from the Goldner Hirsch. The Deer Valley Club is a little further along, on the right. Distance from the airport: 39 miles.
DV: Empire Canyon base. Follow the directions to Silver Lake, only don’t take the second left turn after Marsac Ave dead ends. Pass that road, and shortly the road turns to the right and starts going uphill. (NOTE: a new entrance road to Empire Canyon Base from Marsac is unedr construction). Distance from the airport: 40 miles.
Heber City: Follow the directions to Park City from the airport, but do not exit I-80 at the Park City exit. Continue east on I-80 and exit at the next exit, US 40 (green sign, Heber City). In 15 miles, US 40 becomes Heber City’s Main St. Distance from the airport: 55 miles. Storm Warning. I-80 climbs from Salt Lake City, 4,400 ft. to Parley’s Summit, 7,500 ft. and snow, over 400 inches a year, does fall, especially at the summit. Snow removal is exemplary. I-80 is rarely closed by snow, unlike the road to Alta and Snowbird, but it might happen.
Be sure to ask at the airport about road conditions if the sun is not shining. Because the mountain wall of the Wasatch Range blocks storms, creating a precipitation shadow on the east side of the mountains, once over the summit, snowfall is much less than on the road up the western side of the mountains. You will be amazed by how well Park City clears snow off its streets, as well as by how much snow there is.
Deer Valley is very popular with parents of young children, for Deer Valley will take them off your hands for the day so you can ski unencumbered – for a price. Daycare is provided for non-skiers ages 2 months to 12…Read More
Deer Valley is very popular with parents of young children, for Deer Valley will take them off your hands for the day so you can ski unencumbered – for a price. Daycare is provided for non-skiers ages 2 months to 12 years, 8:30am-4:30pm, $90. Kids ages 3-14 who want to learn to ski get lunch, lessons, and a babysitter, 8:30am-3:45pm, $140. A special teen skiers program operates during Christmas and President’s Day weekend, $140.
In addition to the children’s programs, there are special ski school programs for adults, women, men, and would-be racers. Further up the stairs, on the left, is a large room with day lockers, storage baskets, and benches to sit inside while buckling up. The main restroom is also here. We overheard one visitor leaving the restroom say to her friend sitting on a bench, “You got to go see the johns!”—gold-plated fixtures, fresh flowers, a hand lotion dispenser on the sink, a rack to hold your gloves in every stall and over every urinal, and a full-time staffer who makes sure nothing runs out and regularly runs a squeegee over the sink counters to keep them dry. The walls are tile and rustic wood, the floors tile.
DV’s ski instructors specialize, getting extra training to match instructor to student age and ability. The staff who take little kids, Bambi and Reindeer, spend all their time taking care of and teaching only little kids.
Another option for lessons, guided tours of the resort, and somebody to talk to is to hire an instructor for a private lesson-- $125 an hour, and yes, some people do this all day long for their entire trip. The popular ski school employs 500 instructors to serve no more than 6,500 daily skiers at the resort.
Deer Valley recommends advance reservations months ahead for Christmas and President’s Day weekend (888 754 8477 or 800 424 3337), and reservations at all times. Although the numbers taking lessons shrinks in the spring, so does the number of instructors, as the ones who are college students on summer break from New Zealand and Australia have go back to school.