Weekender: Park City, Utah

Less than an hour from Salt Lake City, the scenic Old West town famous for the Sundance Film Festival also boasts superior skiing and one-of-a-kind restaurants and shops.

Skiers on Main Street, Park City, Utah, image

Two skiers stroll on Park City's lower Main Street in a white wonderland.

Egyptian Theatre, Park City, Utah, image

The classy and classic Egyptian Theatre hosts Sundance fun.

Whiskey at High West Distillery, Park City, Utah, image

Sip Dead Man’s Boots at High West Distillery in Park City.

Woman and child on alpine coaster, Park City Mountain Resort, Park City, Utah, image

The alpine coaster zips along at Park City Mountain Resort.

Larry Hart of Riffs music shop, Park City, Utah, image

Larry Hart, of Riffs music shop, strums a Taylor.

Brussels sprout salad, Taliskers on Main, Park City, Utah, image

A colorful brussels sprout salad at Talisker on Main.


Take advantage of the area’s local amenities and services:

View places to see, stay, and eat

Area code is 435.

To Do and See
Park City Museum Three stories of interactive displays cover Park City’s history from its days as a booming mining town to its current incarnation as a winter sports hub. Board an electric train used in the world’s first underground ski lift and learn the origin of downtown’s nightly 10 o’clock whistle. 528 Main St., 649-7457, parkcityhistory.org. Sundance Film Festival Jan. 17– 27. Park City transforms into a mountain Tinseltown. With luck you may spot A-list celebs like Bradley Cooper and Elijah Wood. Word on the street clues you in to what’s hot: Listen in, then queue up for waitlist tickets. sundance.org/festival.

Burns Cowboy Shop For more than a century, this Western wear shop has sold cowboy classics such as Lucchese boots, longhorn belt buckles in sterling silver, and intricately embroidered gabardine shirts. 363 Main St., 649-6300, burnscowboyshop.com. Mountain Body Spa & Herbal Cosmetic Deli Relax after a day on the slopes with a 90-minute après-ski massage. Or grab a small to-go tub and select from an array of freshly mixed scrubs and facial masques sold by weight and made with a blend of seaweed, fruit pulp, and mud from nearby Redmond. 825 Main St., 655-9342, mountainbody.com. Mountain Town Olive Oil Co. Sample balsamic vinegars and dozens of extra-virgin olive oils from around the globe, such as Persian lime and roasted walnut. Stock up on gourmet cheese and salt, too. 613 Main St., 649-1400, mountaintownoliveoil.com. Riffs Acoustic Music Shop for a Taylor DN8 guitar or a used Kentucky mandolin, or swing by the demo room to catch performances by artists such as Chris Proctor and Mister Sister. 1205 Iron Horse Dr., 647-1940, riffspc.com. Terzian Galleries Peruse Matt Larson’s oil portraits, Emily Rossheim’s ceramic bowls, Mary Williams’s totem poles, and other contemporary art. 309 Main St., 649-4927, terziangalleries.com.

Canyons Resort Take a ski lesson with pilot turned ski instructor Don Ames, then hop aboard the enclosed and heated Orange Bubble Express to reach beginner, intermediate, and advanced runs. 4000 Canyons Resort Dr., 649-5400, canyonsresort.com. Park City Mountain Resort Catch the Town Lift from Main Street for direct access to 3,300 acres of skiing and snowboarding. You can also opt for a wild ride on Utah’s only alpine coaster, a mile-long descent on an elevated track with plenty of loops and dips. The toboggan-style cars can reach speeds over 30 mph. 1345 Lowell Ave., 649-8111, parkcitymountain.com. Utah Olympic Park Rip through 15 twists at up to 80 mph on an Olympic-length bobsled track. Afterward, strike a torch-bearing pose for a souvenir pic at the George Eccles 2002 Olympic Winter Games Museum. 3419 Olympic Pkwy., 658-4200, utaholympiclegacy.com. White Pine Touring Buy or rent cross-country skis and snowshoes to use on groomed trails, or join a guided tour. 2001 Park Ave. and Thaynes Canyon Drive, 649-6249, whitepinetouring.com.

Eats and Drinks
Bistro at Canyons A kosher restaurant next door to an Orthodox synagogue serves traditional Sabbath dinners every Friday and offers gourmet packed lunches. 4000 Canyons Resort Dr., 615-3400, canyonsresort.com. High West Distillery & Saloon Imbibe drinks such as Dead Man’s Boots—an intoxicating combo of tequila and rye—in a former livery stable that has become the world’s first ski-in restaurant-distillery. 703 Park Ave., 649-8300, highwest.com. No Name Saloon and Grill Carve out space among the barflies and ski bums to order a buffalo burger, or work your way upstairs to a duo of heated stone benches on the outdoor deck—an ideal place to savor a pint of Cutthroat Pale Ale on a frigid night. 447 Main St., 649-6667, nonamesaloon.net. Talisker on Main An ever changing menu may include dishes like spiced veal tenderloin or a roasted brussels sprout salad served warm and topped with berries, pancetta, and hazelnuts. Choose from a superb vino list with over 300 selections. 515 Main St., 658-5479, taliskeronmain.com. Wahso Order the pork belly–filled steamed buns and try the crème brûlée served in a half coconut shell. About three-fourths of the menu is gluten free. 577 Main St., 615-0300, billwhiterestaurantgroup.com.

Photography by Scot Zimmerman (High West Distillery, Larry Hart); courtesy of Park City Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau (alpine coaster, Main Street); courtesy of Jonathan
Hickerson/Sundance Institute (Egyptian Theatre); courtesy of Talisker on Main (salad)

This article was first published in January 2013. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.

If You're Going: 

Request the Colorado/Utah TourBook and the Nevada & Utah map at
or any AAA branch. To find a place to stay, visit
. For more information, contact the Park City Chamber
of Commerce and Visitors Bureau:
1910 Prospector Ave., Ste. 103,
649-6100, visitparkcity.com.

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