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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.

Silver Star Lodge

Silver Star Lodge

New this ski season, Silver Star is a micro-village of condos, townhomes and cottages at the base of the Silver Star lift, on the site of the former Silver King and Spiro mines. (Several portions of the original buildings were melded into the design.) Accommodations range from two-bedroom suites to five-bedroom cottages, and all have gourmet kitchens, gas fireplaces and soaking tubs. In the adjacent village, Silver Star Market & Café sells breakfast and lunch items, as well as gourmet snacks and groceries. A lift ticket kiosk and rental shop answer the call for convenience.

$560–$3,360

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Find yourself at home in this Park City, Utah, hotel.

New this ski season, Silver Star is a micro-village of condos, townhomes and cottages at the base of the Silver Star lift, on the site of the former Silver King and Spiro mines. (Several portions of the original buildings were melded into the design.) Accommodations range from two-bedroom suites to five-bedroom cottages, and all have gourmet kitchens, gas fireplaces and soaking tubs. In the adjacent village, Silver Star Market & Café sells breakfast and lunch items, as well as gourmet snacks and groceries. A lift ticket kiosk and rental shop answer the call for convenience.

Get Drunk in Utah

Get Drunk in Utah

Kids have all the fun—and get all the deals, too. The trend of free or steeply discounted grade-school lift-ticket programs—created to encourage children age 10 and up to try the sport—gains traction each season. This year, there are upward of 10 states offering discounts to kids in grades four through seven. Even better: You needn’t be a state resident. Start with these five.

Photo Courtesy of The Canyons® Resort

Sure, Utah's 13 resorts are known for their unbelievable snow. But the drinking scene has remained, well, questionable. Not anymore: Utah's changed their liquor laws. And that's only one of many improvements the state boasts for the 2009-10 ski season.

UTAH SKI RESORTS BUNDLE-UP WITH IMPROVEMENTS FOR THE 2009-10 WINTER SEASON

[ Mon, 2009-09-14 11:41 ]
High West Distillery
Park City local to open restaurant and distillery

Park City is getting its own whiskey distillery. The best part? It's located near the base of Park City Mountain Resort's Town Lift. David Perkins and his business partner James Dumas will soon open the High West Distillery and Saloon on Park Avenue, in a historic old auto repair shop. An attached house will feature several dining rooms and a bar where patrons can sip Perkins's award-winning Rendevous Rye and dine on menus planned by Dumas, a local chef. Ski boots welcome.

Photo: igloochronicles.com/?p=35

[ Thu, 2009-08-27 12:45 ]
Powder days aren't too far off.
Lock in savings now by purchasing your lift tickets and season passes before the snow flies.

Today’s Reminder: It’s time to do more than just dream about the upcoming ski season. Virtually all resorts offer savings—often significant—if you buy your lift tickets or season passes before the snow flies. Here are links to several of the major resort operators. Or just go online to your favorite hometown hill’s website and check out the preseason deals. Happy trails.
 

Ski Utah Interconnect Tour

Why settle for one resort when you can ski six in one day? A backcountry jaunt through the Wasatch’s best, and least-skied, terrain.

Take your right hand and make a fist, thumb-side up, like you’re dropping rock in a game of rock-paper-scissors. That fist makes a rough map of a patch of Wasatch containing some of Utah’s best skiing. Your index finger is Little Cottonwood Canyon, home to Alta and Snowbird. Wrapping around that is the thumb of Big Cottonwood, where Brighton and Solitude sit. Your thumb’s knuckle is Park City Mountain Resort, its tip Deer Valley.

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