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Best Time To Ski Park City

Best Time

For Smaller Crowds

January
20 - 31

Best Time To Ski Park City For Smaller Crowds: When Vail Resorts got a hold of Park City and was able to combine it with The Canyons to create the largest ski resort in the United States, Park City went from being a popular mountain to perhaps the leader in ski visits in the country (Vail does not make these numbers public, but there are a number of indicators that point toward this). As such a people magnet, knowing when to show up and dodge the crowds is an imperative when visiting Park City, one of the three best ski towns in the country (Telluride, Aspen).

Perhaps the best time to find small crowds on the slopes is one of the best times of the year for snow: late January. This is the case at some other ski resorts too, but Park City is different. Late January is the time of year when the most consequential film festival in the world—Sundance—takes over Park City's streets. Lodging is jammed and expensive at this time—but the slopes are empty. Most people are in town to take in some movies, party and people-watch, not to ski Jupiter Peak or Deer Valley's Daley Chutes—Deer Valley being another great spot to ski during this week, as its posh lodging fills up with L.A. and New York industry folk.

Best Time

For Lower Costs

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January
5 - 18

Cheapest Time To Ski Park City: ark City has grown more expensive as it has grown in popularity, but it remains a huge lodging base where deals can be scored. Skiers can find steep deals from mid-January into mid February, with the exception of the week of the Sundance Film Festival, when rates are impossibly high. December can be a sneaky play, as lodging is very cheap. The risk is that snow coverage at this time will be weak, but visitors to Park City have an escape hatch here as they can drive 50 minutes over to the Salt Lake side of the Wasatch to Little or Big Cottonwood Canyons to ski Alta, Snowbird, Solitude or Brighton, which tend to lead the continent in early snow and coverage (and snow quality in general).

Best Time

To Fly

To Park City

Sats, Suns
& Weds

Best Time To Fly To Park City: Park City has perhaps the most favorable aiport situation of any major ski resort in North America, with Salt Lake International Airport, a hub for Delta, only 35 minutes away. Skiers can easily get in an afternoon of skiing after a morning arrival, or ski until mid-afternoon on the day of their departure. In addition to the convenience, Salt Lake has direct flights to most cities of size across the country, and often on multiple carriers, which can keep prices reasonable. As with Denver, the best times to fly tend to be days when business travelers don't: Saturdays, Sundays, Wednesdays. The holidays can get busy, but weekend flights in March tend to be less crammed than those going into Denver.

Best Time

For Snow

February
1 - 28

Best Time To Ski Park City For Snow: Park City gets less snow than the mountains on the west side of the Wasatch, but the terrain up top still piles it up during the course of the winter. The best time to go to Park City for snow tends to be in the heart of the winter during the month of February, before the sun warms the slopes in March, which happens fairly quickly given the relatively low elevation of the ski resorts here—they top out at about 10,000 feet.

Best time for snow at
Park City Mountain Resort
Snow quality compared w/
rest of North American resorts


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