Great winter trips in the West

Affordable Park City, Utah

Go after Sundance and you'll be rewarded with peace, quiet, and plenty of deals

Snowshoeing in Park City, Utah
Photo: Andrea Gómez

Why go in February: The frenzy of Sundance is over, and believe it or not, there are plenty of cheap thrills in Utah’s glitziest mountain town.

Number of ski resorts: 3 (Deer Valley, the Canyons, and Park City Mountain Resort)

Population: 7,500

Typical Sundance attendance: 100,000

Steal for skiers: Stop by Salt Lake’s Utah Ski & Golf (801/355-9088) for 10% to 20% off lift tickets at all Park City and SLC area resorts.

Best deal for out-of-staters: Ski free the day you fly into Salt Lake through the QuickStart program (Feb 1–12; register at Catch a free ride: Park City buses will drop you at the base of each resort (download a schedule at

Or grab a lift: Hop on the town ski lift―right on Main Street―to go straight to the top of Park City Mountain Resort (lift ticket required, $85).

Did you hear? The state’s “private club” laws are history, which means you don’t have to plonk down a membership fee to grab a drink at bars.

Get a history lesson: Check out the newly redone Park City Museum ($10; 528 Main St) to drill for silver in a simulated mine or belly up to the bar at a saloon.

More: What to do in Park City 


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