Looking for that perfect ski location to ski, sleep and play? Look no further than The Park City Mountain Resort. Not a hotel, The Park City Mountain Resort is a winter ski heaven located in the heart of Park City Utah also the home of the Entertainment Industry’s favorite film festival, Sundance.
In fact, Park City Mountain is the only ‘resort’ with lift service directly to and from the town’s historic Main Street. And a family favorite hotel, the Marriot Mountainside, is located so close to the ski slopes you can see people soaking in the hotel’s main hot tub as you ski down the mountain. The hotel and mountain are so close, when kids are ready to fall apart, you can help them ‘home’ before returning minutes later to take care of your own belongings.
Like many other mountains, Park City Mountain Resort offers free skiing to kids 6 and under and has mandated a new helmet rule for all kids 17 and under. Yes, it’s a pain and an extra cost, but at the end of the day, safety is always first. And since they’ll be warmer, the dreaded, ‘I’m cold and want to go in’ doesn’t happen as quickly and you’ll get your money back just in time spent on the mountain! There is always an upside.
New this season, they’ve added a Superstar Program for kids 4-6 who aren’t beginners but are too young to move to older groups. The student to teacher ratio stays 3 to 1, and kids get to explore even more of the mountain. Reservations: 800-227-2754.
While you are there,do not miss the Alpine Coaster. Sitting one/two people this mountain roller coaster twists down 4,000 feet of curves, bends and loops as you steer and yell in sheer glee!
Sick of skiing? Take a day and bring the kids to visit Olympic Park, host of the 2002 Winter Games. Even if you aren’t an athlete or sports enthusiast, you’ll have trouble catching your breath when you: witness views from this mountain, skate on the “Fastest Ice on Earth”(not because the ice is fast but because world records were broken there) and face your fears on the Winter Comet Bobsled.
If you go book the Bobsled, just remember to use the bathroom before the ride.
Visit Park City Mountain Resort at: http://www.parkcitymountain.com/winter
Olympic Park at http://www.olyparks.com