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The Ultimate Black Ski Weekend Guide to Park City, Utah

Updated: Feb 15

This article unfolds as a personal retrospective guide, offering insights for fellow Black ski groups, couples and winter enthusiasts who want to hit the slopes for a Black Ski Weekend in Park City, Utah. Join us as we recount navigating Park City, Utah's offerings, from stylish slopes to cultural hotspots, reflecting on a journey that seamlessly combined the joys of skiing with the rich diversity that makes this mountain town an unparalleled destination.


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Driving to Park City, UT
Black ski weekend: On the Road to Park City, UT

Introduction


Embarking on a snowy adventure in Park City, Utah, we traveled to this winter wonderland in February, and we’re so excited to share the excitement of navigating the trails, exploring the culture, and embracing the unique experience of skiing in style. As a couple, we really enjoyed our first Black Ski Weekend in Breckenridge, Colorado and decided to embark on another wintery adventure to Utah.



Nestled in the heart of Park City's breathtaking landscapes, our February ski weekend was a delightful blend of thrills and discoveries. As a novice skier, I eagerly carved through powdery trails, while Arias, an adept snowboarder, embraced the challenge of advanced slopes. Together, we reveled in an unforgettable alpine journey within this renowned winter playground.



Black ski weekend in Park City, UT
Our Black Ski Weekend in Park City, UT

Park City: A Winter Wonderland for Black Ski Enthusiasts


Nestled in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah, Park City stands as a world-renowned ski destination, attracting winter enthusiasts from across the globe. Boasting three premier ski resorts—Deer Valley, Park City Mountain Resort, and Canyons Village—it offers diverse terrain, impeccable powder, and a charming mountain town ambiance, ensuring an unparalleled alpine experience.


Park City's skiing community, a mosaic of diversity and inclusivity, embodies the spirit of unity on the slopes, ideal for any Black ski weekend. From novice skiers to seasoned snowboarders, the mountainous terrain welcomes enthusiasts of all backgrounds. The shared love for winter sports fosters an environment where everyone can carve through the snow with a sense of belonging.


Arias preparing for the slopes
Arias preparing for the slopes

Planning Your Black Ski Adventure


For optimal skiing conditions, Park City beckons during its peak winter season, typically from December to March. The pristine snowfall blankets the slopes, offering superb powder conditions. To avoid crowds and relish the tranquility of the mountains, early or late in the season proves ideal, ensuring an unforgettable alpine adventure. We visited during February, which was peak season for the slopes. Prices were a bit more expensive, but the slopes and mountain villages were also bustling with energy. 


Park City, UT in February
Park City, UT in February


Where to Stay for Your Black Ski Weekend to Park City


In Park City, choose accommodations that seamlessly blend comfort and style. From luxury mountain lodges to cozy boutique hotels, the town offers diverse options. Selecting a ski-in/ski-out resort or a charming downtown stay ensures not only convenience but also an elegant retreat after exhilarating days on the slopes.


Hyatt Regency Salt Lake City
King Room, Hyatt Regency Salt Lake City

Opting for a perfect blend of luxury and convenience, our ski weekend commenced with an evening at the Hyatt Regency in Salt Lake City. This modern urban retreat provided a sophisticated ambiance and impeccable amenities, setting the tone for a memorable trip. The Hyatt Regency in Salt Lake City is an approximately 15 minute drive from the Salt Lake City Airport and a 30 - 40 minute drive to Park City Mountain Village. Transitioning to the mountains, we embraced the cozy elegance of Hyatt Place Park City, where a seamless blend of comfort and style awaited. Hyatt Place Park City offered free self-parking and was only an 8-minute drive to the slopes at Park City Mountain Village. We stayed two nights at Hyatt Place Park City, and the warm atmosphere, coupled with proximity to the slopes, made our stay at both Hyatt properties a delightful complement to our alpine adventure.


Entrance to the Hyatt Place Park City
Picturesque Entrance to the Hyatt Place Park City


Getting There


For a seamless arrival and exploration, consider flying into Salt Lake City International Airport and renting an SUV from Avis. The scenic drive from Salt Lake City to Park City unfolds with ease, offering flexibility to explore nearby attractions. A rental ensures both comfort and convenience, enhancing the overall travel experience. Be sure to rent an SUV large enough to carry your ski and snowboard equipment. We opted for a Dodge Durango for our SUV rental from Avis, and it was the perfect size for all of our luggage and ski and snowboarding gear.



Carrying ski equipment in Dodge Durango Car Rental
Ski Trip: Dodge Durango Avis SUV Rental

Access to the Slopes


Also, be sure to reserve a pass or lift tickets well in advance. We purchased our lift tickets for our Black ski weekend in Park City by visiting the Park City Mountain website. Park City's Lift Tickets and Season Passes are provided through Epic Pass. We HIGHLY recommend purchasing an Epic Pass Season Pass, especially if you plan to spend at least 5 days on the slopes. Holding the Epic Pass also gives you access to 38 other ski resort lifts throughout the Rockies--including ski destinations in Colorado, the Northeast, and other popular ski resorts throughout the US....as well as some international ski destinations in Canada and Switzerland. If you are interested in Ski Lessons at Park City, you can purchase a bundle that includes the cost of the lesson, ski equipment rentals, and a day pass to the beginner ski lifts.



Epic Pass Park City, UT Lift Ticket
Epic Pass Park City, UT Lift Ticket



Navigating the Slopes


Park City's allure lies in its trio of world-class ski resorts: Deer Valley, Park City Mountain Resort, and Canyons Village. Each offers a diverse tapestry of trails catering to all skill levels. From gentle slopes for beginners to challenging descents for experts, the varied terrain ensures an exhilarating skiing adventure for every enthusiast. We purchased lift passes through Epic Pass and spent a day navigating Park City Mountain Village. 


Mountains in Park City
The Mountains in Park City

Renting equipment in Park City is a breeze, with numerous shops offering top-notch gear suitable for various skill levels. The knowledgeable staff provides personalized recommendations, ensuring the perfect fit. Local insights guide enthusiasts to the best spots on the mountains, guaranteeing an optimal skiing experience amidst the breathtaking landscapes. We opted to reserve our equipment at Canyon Mountain Rentals a  couple of weeks before our trip. You also have the option to pick up your equipment the day before, after 3 pm without any additional charges. We opted for this option so that we could get an early start to our ski day. In addition, if you choose to stay at the Hyatt Place Park City like we did, there is an on-site Ski 'N See rental store at the hotel where you can find convenient snowboarding or ski rentals.



Ski 'N See at Hyatt Place Park City
Ski 'N See at Hyatt Place Park City

Tailoring our skiing experience to diverse skill levels, I, as a beginner, immersed myself in the Ski School at Park City. The package included a comprehensive three-hour lesson, a beginner lift ticket for the entire day, and hassle-free rental equipment. It provided a supportive and instructive environment, enhancing the learning curve for novice skiers. Class sizes are also small, with only 8 students per group, so the instructors really focus on personalized attention. Ski lessons are offered as either half-day experiences (9 am - noon or 1 - 4 pm) or full day experiences. I opted for a morning half-day experience and used the rest of the afternoon to practice my new-found skills on the beginner bunny slopes. Arias opted for the intermediate slopes for snowboarding and found the variety of runs for various experience levels very exciting. In fact, over half of all of Park City's 348 trails are intermediate blue runs, so this is a perfect destination for both beginners and intermediate boarders.



On the slopes at Park City, UT
Black Ski Weekend: On the slopes at Park City, UT

Après Ski and Culinary Delights


Park City's après-ski scene is a vibrant tapestry of lounges and spots offering relaxation after a day on the slopes. From the cozy fireplace ambiance at High West Distillery to the lively atmosphere of No Name Saloon, the town boasts diverse options for unwinding and savoring the triumphs of a day well-skied. Here are a couple of our favorite lounges and restaurants: 


Apres Ski in Park City
Apres Ski in Park City

No Name Saloon 


Located on Main Street in Park City, the No Name Saloon is a popular restaurant known for its rustic atmosphere and hearty Western fare. The establishment offers a variety of dishes, including their signature buffalo burger, and a selection of craft beers. It's a favorite spot for locals and visitors alike to grab a meal and unwind after a day on the slopes. The restaurant has two floors and outdoor seating on its second-floor heated patio. We dined for a late lunch and highly recommend the buffalo nachos, fish tacos, and the salmon salad.



No Name Saloon Park City, UT
Upstairs, No Name Saloon Park City, UT


The Blind Dog


The Blind Dog is a renowned restaurant nestled in Park City, Utah, known for its upscale dining experience and innovative cuisine. Boasting a sophisticated ambiance and impeccable service, it offers a diverse menu featuring fresh seafood, premium steaks, and creative small plates. With a focus on quality ingredients and culinary expertise, The Blind Dog promises a memorable dining experience for discerning palates. Whether savoring signature dishes like the Alaskan halibut or indulging in craft cocktails at the stylish bar, guests are treated to an unforgettable gastronomic journey in the heart of Park City's culinary scene. Be sure to try the burgundy and gold beet salad and the banana foster bread pudding!



Beet salad at the Blind Dog, Park City, UT
At the Blind Dog in Park City, UT


Top Things to Do Other than Ski During Your Black Ski Weekend to Park City, UT


1. Main Street Park City 


Main Street Park City, UT
Main Street Park City, UT

When visiting Park City for your Black Ski Weekend, taking a stroll down Main Street is a must-do activity. Lined with charming boutiques, art galleries, and cozy cafes, Main Street offers a delightful blend of shopping, dining, and cultural experiences. Explore the historic architecture, browse unique shops for souvenirs or artisanal goods, and indulge in delectable cuisine at one of the many restaurants. Don't miss the opportunity to immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Park City's iconic thoroughfare, where you can enjoy a leisurely day of exploration and relaxation away from the slopes.



2. Snowshoeing


Snowshoeing Park City, UT

Snowshoeing is a popular winter activity in Park City during your Black Ski Weekend. If you can walk or hike...then you can snowshoe. With various trails available, it offers a scenic way to explore the area's natural beauty. Rent snowshoes from local outfitters and venture out on well-marked paths through snowy landscapes. It's suitable for all skill levels, providing a peaceful outdoor experience amidst winter scenery.


3. Ice Castles in Midway, Utah 


Arias and Kia at the Ice Castles Experience in Midway, UT
Black Ski Weekend at the Ice Castles Experience in Midway, UT

The Ice Castles Utah Experience in Midway is a seasonal attraction featuring large ice structures illuminated with colorful LED lights. Visitors can explore the maze-like pathways, tunnels, and slides within the icy wonderland. There are also opportunities for sleigh ride experiences with local horses for an additional fee. The Ice Castles typically open in winter and offer a unique and family-friendly experience for visitors of all ages.


4. Olympic Park


Winter Olympics Park City,UT

Visiting Olympic Park is a must-do during your Black Ski Weekend in Park City. As the site of the 2002 Winter Olympics, it offers insights into elite winter sports. Guided tours provide information on Olympic history, and visitors can watch athletes train. Activities like bobsledding and zip-lining offer adrenaline-pumping experiences for all.



5. Egyptian Theater


Egyptian Theater, Park City, UT

The Egyptian Theater is a cultural gem worth exploring during your Black Ski Weekend in Park City. Dating back to 1926, this historic venue hosts a variety of performances, from live music concerts to film screenings and theatrical productions. Take a guided tour to learn about its rich history and distinctive Egyptian Revival architecture. Whether attending a show or admiring the facade's ornate details, a visit to the Egyptian Theater offers a captivating glimpse into Park City's vibrant arts scene. The Egyptian Theater is also a prime destination during the yearly Sundance Festival.



Final Thoughts


In conclusion, a Black Ski Weekend in Park City, Utah, offers a diverse array of experiences beyond the slopes. From exploring the historic charm of Main Street to immersing yourself in the adrenaline-pumping activities at Olympic Park, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Whether indulging in cultural pursuits like visiting the Egyptian Theater or embracing the tranquility of snowshoeing, Park City promises unforgettable moments and cherished memories. So, whether you're a seasoned skier or a first-time visitor, venture beyond the ski trails and discover the rich tapestry of attractions that make Park City a truly remarkable destination for winter adventures.


 

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Black Ski Weekend Park City, UT

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Josy Austin
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It looks like you guys had an incredible weekend!! :D I love that you all felt welcome on the slopes. I moved to North America (Canada) and learned to ski here as an adult but I never had to consider how welcome I'd feel on the slopes. I really want everyone to be able to give it a try and enjoy the fabulous mountain views so it is really cool to see the black ski weekend in Park City. If you guys ever fancy a visit to Whistler (also on the epic pass you mentioned) give me a shout and I'll try to join you and make you feel welcome here too. <3 p.s. I don't know how you feel, but although…

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Wow, the ski slopes look amazing at Park City! Being a huge ski enthusiast myself, i always try to go skiing whenever in new country. Your guide makes me want to add this destination on my wish list!

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that view from your Hyatt room is 😍😍!

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Sue
Sue
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Wow, the ice castles look amazing! Also that Park Hyatt looks like a great place to stay. The view from your room was so pretty! Saving for later.

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