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Park City

+ Great family programs. Diverse terrain.
- Confusing mountain layout.

In this age of modern resorts, luxe comforts, though welcomed by many, can kill authenticity. PCMR has managed to strike the balance between modern and homey. The historic town at the base is connected by a ski bridge to the Town Lift. Within minutes, you’re delivered to a state-of-the-art six-pack accessing 3,300 acres of high-speed groomers and aspen-dappled back bowls. In fact, PCMR has spent more than $10 million in the last two years upgrading lifts, terrain parks and snowmaking without bleaching out the local color. Ripping through ancient glades in Thaynes Canyon or dropping into powdery steeps in Jupiter Bowl, you’ll speed by vestiges of the area’s mining past. This blend of old and new has a comforting appeal. As a reader sums up, “great vibe on the mountain and a fabulous town.” —Carrie Sheinberg

Don’t Miss » Unless you ski in the East, chances are you haven’t skied at night. Go ahead and postpone bedtime. Your kids will enjoy the nocturnal adventure.

Family Activity » Sorry, hardcore ski parents, but the one thing your children will talk about after your vacation is the alpine coaster.

Best Family Trail » Crews groom a different Signature Run daily, allowing young skiers to earn bragging rights—and increased confidence—by conquering new terrain.

The Hotel Park City

Near the slopes of Park City, Deer Valley and The Canyons, the Hotel Park City's guests never quibble about location—they hardly have to leave the grounds.

Designed in circa-1900 national-park-lodge fashion, Hotel Park City opened in early 2002, bringing a new level of luxe to the lodging scene (Deer Valley notwithstanding). Skiers hitting all three resorts will like its location, as well as the on-demand shuttles to ferry them to and fro. The resort comprises 11 miles of cross-country trails, two championship golf courses and an 8,000-square-foot spa. Rooms are elegantly decorated with king beds, flagstone fireplaces, triple-head showers and living areas with TV, DVD and Bose surround sound.

[ Fri, 2010-01-29 16:48 ]
Enjoying the famous Utah powder at Park City Mountain Resort
Or so say a number of folks hitting the resort town during the Sundance Film Festival. Turns out most people go to Sundance for the movies, not the skiing. More slope for us, then.

During Sundance -- the big-cheese film festival held every January in Park City, Utah -- the little town's hotel rooms are booked full, and its streets and theaters are claustrophobic with Hollywood crowds. But the ski hills at its in-town resorts -- Park City Mountain Resort and The Canyons -- are almost empty.

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