Thursday, March 25, 2010
Most ski towns are lucky to have one world-class mountain: Park City, Utah, has three!
Deer Valley Resort is a luxury mountain with immaculate grooming and the best on-mountain cuisine in the industry, but it allows only skiers, so don’t bring your snowboard. Beginners, intermediates and those who love perfect corduroy conditions flock to the resort, which added a new lift, 75 acres and 1,000 feet of vertical drop for this winter.
The Canyons Ski Resort is the newest of the trio and the largest in Utah, with modern lifts, minimal lift lines and maximum terrain. Park City Mountain Resort bridges the gap with plenty of terrain for all abilities. It is also the closest to Main Street with a town lift, but all three are linked by a network of free shuttle buses.
Park City also has a lot of unique off-slope experiences for winter sports fans. The public facilities at the Utah Olympic Park are the nation’s best: You can try half-day camps in luge, skeleton or even ski jumping. When your heartbeat settles down, tour the Alf Engen Ski Museum. Advanced intermediate and expert skiers should not miss the Ski Utah Interconnect Adventure Tour, a guided back-country excursion that departs from Deer Valley four days a week and links runs at six alpine resorts in a day, all connected by hiking and traverses on alpine equipment. Whichever activity you choose, at the end of the day you may find yourself on Main Street, perhaps starting with a beer at the Wasatch Brew Pub, followed by a visit back in time to Shanghai’s decadent 1930s at Wahso, which replicates the setting and has innovative Asian fusion cuisine.
Park City is home to the Sundance Film Festival, the U.S. answer to Cannes. With A-list celebs filling the town the last week of January, many come for the Hollywood star sightings and industry atmosphere. But the secret is to pop in the day after the festival ends, when the winning films are shown for free and the slopes are virtually empty.
Want to create your own sports-focused getaway? Whether it’s kayaking in Europe or golfing in Mexico, these sites offer tips, equipment and information on places to play around the world. Check them out and ski, dive, bike, surf, hike, paddle and swing your way to your next vacation.
- Global Surfers http://globalsurfers.com
- Dive Travel Information Network http://www.divetravel.info/
- International Mountain Bicycling Association https://www.imba.com/
- Great Outdoor Recreation Pages http://gorp.away.com/gorp/activity/hiking.htm
- World Golf.com http://www.worldgolf.com/
- Playak.com http://playak.com
- Ski Central http://www.skicentral.com/