Park City Ski Vacation - Why Ski Park City?
Answer 1: It's Easy to Get to Park City
Fly into Salt Lake City International and have baggage in 15 minutes. Pick up the rental car or be on the shuttle in 20 minutes. It is about a 30-40 minute commute to your Park City lodging destination depending where you have booked. Gear up, buy a lift ticket, and from landing to standing on the slopes is maybe 2 to 3 hours.
The drive from Salt Lake International on Interstate 80 is well maintained. Even during inclement weather the delays are only a matter of minutes. The main road into Park City, Highway 224, is 4 lane and is also regularly plowed/maintained.
Compare this access to Denver International (located somewhere in western Kansas?) and the crap shoot on road conditions along Interstate 70. A good lead time from the DIA terminal gate to just arriving in Vail is about 4-5 hours.
Answer 2: Short Lift Lines
Park City ski vacations are usually spent skiing, not waiting in lift lines. The reason is that there are 3 major, world-class ski areas within a 6 mile radius!
Park City Mountain Resort has 3300 acres with 15 lifts
Deer Valley has 2026 acres with 14 lifts
The Canyons has 3700 acres with 17 lifts
In addition, there eight other ski areas a short distance from Salt Lake, so Park City doesnt get all the skier traffic! (Other ski areas within 30-45 minutes of the airport include Snowbird, Alta, Brighton, Solitude, Snow Basin, Powder Mountain, Sundance, and Brian Head.)
On the busiest day of the busiest year at the busiest lift, you may have to wait 10-15 minutes, but most waits are in the 1-3 minute range, if that.
Short lift lines mean less time standing/waiting and more time skiing!
Answer 3: Snow Quality
Storm systems come from the northwest. The jet stream dips down to the Wasatch range and moisture is picked up from the Great Salt Lake. The resulting lake effect snow is light and fluffy.
Powder days are phenomenal.
The average snowfall in Park City is 300 to 330 per year.