Park City’s 1860s silver rush lasted decades, growing the rugged Wild West town into a place of prosperity, liveliness, and renown. But it’s the town’s early-21st century hotel boom that is transforming it into one of the ski world’s best places for shelter across the spectrum. True luxury? Check. Family-friendly? Sure. Hipster? Oh yes. Slopeside? Of course. Good value? That, too.
Since the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, Park City’s overnight lodgings have grown by 33 percent and can now accommodate around 24,000 guests. Newish sleeps include Old Town’s sleek Sky Lodge (soon to embark on a spa and fitness center renovation), the elegant, sprawling, family-friendly Montage and tony St. Regis (both slopeside at Deer Valley), the Hyatt Escala Lodge, Waldorf Astoria Park City, and a newly branded Hilton (at Canyons Resort), and Kimball Junction’s Newpark Hotel. Meanwhile, key existing properties (like Old Town’s newly sumptuous Washington School House Hotel) have received significant facelifts. And increased competition means that fine classics, like the luxe Goldener Hirsch and the Stein Eriksen, the latter of which is beginning an expansion this spring, keep getting even better. Forthwith, three very different Park City picks.