Park City is a sprawling metropolis with a seemingly endless supply of condo’s, homes, and hotels to choose from. There is a free bus shuttle that takes you around town and to the ski resort, making it easy and convenient for those who are visiting without a car.
You should consider your entry point on where you want to begin your ski day, especially if you’re seeking ski-in / ski-out accommodations. In this case you can select from near the Downtown Ski Lift, Park City Base Lodge, or the Canyons base lodge. You may even be able to find a private home nestled up on the ski hill, but I would assume the prices are above most budgets.
Downtown: Downtown Park City is a super fun option, especially those seeking to hit the bars, eat themselves silly, and enjoy the action. There are several hotels, condos, and homes you can rent within walking distance to the downtown chairlift. You’ll add a bit of hassle and slow start to your day (in most cases), but enjoy the options of staying right in the heat of the scene.
Park City Base Lodge: This is a great choice for many skiers, and you can walk out your door in the morning and grab a lift to the top. There is also a bit of nightlife and apres ski right at the base, but certainly a more family oriented option. You’ll have a handful of condo complexes and the Marriott to select from. All are quite good, and generally reasonable prices for what you get.
We chose the Snow Flower condo complex which is on the North Side of the base area. We were amazed to only walk about 50 ft from our door to the Eagle lift. Also, Eagle lift had no lift lines, even on the weekend, making it very easy to get up on the hill. The price was quite good, and we would rate the condo a 3 Star property. Staff was great, but the condo we stayed in was well past its prime and could use some updated bedding, decor, etc.
Base of Silver Star Lift: This is another option near the base of Park City, with it’s own lift servicing these homes and condos. Be aware that this lift is not always in operation and you may want to check out the status before booking at this area. During the pandemic, the resort chose not to run this lift even when conditions allowed.
Canyons Base Lodge: The Canyons Village is a bit further away from downtown and also hosts its own nightlife and apres ski scene. Again, more family oriented compared to downtown, but also a bit more active compared to the base area at Park City. There’s a myriad of condo choices from low end to lux, plus you’ll find a very nice Hyatt. We found it quite difficult to actually ski from the Canyons to Park City or vice versa. So, you should consider which resort you want to ski most of the time during your stay. Both offer a full range of terrain, so it’s just a personal preference.
Kimball: For those on a budget and have a car – Kimball is just a few quick minutes from the lifts. There are some economy hotels, and condo’s to choose from, as well as some chain type restaurants. You can easily drive into Park City proper if you want to hit the town a few nights during your trip.