Resort Guide 2013: #4 Park City Mountain Resort, Utah

If location and accessibility are what matters most, consider PCMR.
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If location and accessibility are what matters most, consider PCMR.
2013 RG Park City Mountain Resort Landscape
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When it comes to convenience and family-friendly options, Park City Mountain Resort corners the market. From touchdown to slopes in two hours, getting there is a snap, but the rewards exceed that. PCMR delivers in the form of diverse slopes, excellent terrain parks, and quick access to a vibrant downtown. But accessibility has a price—the resort’s main thoroughfares get crowded during peak times. (Avoid Silverlode midday, for one.) PCMR is often mischaracterized as an intermediate mountain (“like vanilla ice cream,” says one reader), but you just have to know where to go—such as the largely overlooked frontside runs off the Crescent or Motherlode lifts, where aggressive glading yields terrific tree skiing. Or the backcountry-like hits off the Jupiter chair. That said, there is no shortage of PCMR fans who never ski the blacks, opting instead for the outstanding variety of long, smooth groomers. Some grumble that PCMR misses the big dumps that hit the Cottonwood resorts (No. 22 for Snow), but when the storms come in from the southwest, snow totals often exceed the Cottonwoods’. And most important: Unlike other resorts that shall remain nameless (cough ... Alta, Snowbird ... cough), this one has a road that never closes. After all, you can’t ski it if you can’t get to it.

What’s New >> I Ride Park City freestyle camps offer three-day ski and board clinics in a dedicated private terrain park, with goPro cameras and editing lessons to preserve your nine- to 15-year-old’s moves.

Bragging Rights >> Hike and ski the Peak, then ski the frontside glades off Crescent down to the base. With a short traverse, you can do it all in one run.

Off-Hill Restaurant >>350 Main is a local stalwart that will please all palates. Order the Tower of Ahi. Then stroll down to Java Cow for locally made ice-cream goodness.