Park City, Utah
Capitalizing on what has been called “The Greatest Snow on Earth,” Park City, Utah, offers world exciting winter sports, Hollywood glamour, and hometown comforts, all in a convenient and friendly package Royal Holiday members will love. Well before the 2002 Winter Olympics, Park City had made a name for itself with 9,000 skiable acres covered in 350 annual inches of snow and its wide range of sporting options, from serious skiing to relaxing cross-country trails. Whether one wants to camp in a yurt or luxuriate in a world-class spa, Park City has everything the well-traveled Royal Holiday member might desire in a ski resort.
Royal Holiday affiliates with one of Park City’s most comfortable locations, the Park Plaza Resort, which is a block away from the Rail Trail and a shuttle ride away from the best slopes in the city. Offering an array of conveniences, including Ski Butlers service and on-hold lift tickets at the front desk, the resort additionally features a wide range of condo options, from cozy studios to grand Presidential Suites. With a year-round covered pool, community barbecue access, and even bike-friendly cable cars in the summer, the Park Plaza Resort can cater to any guest’s needs.
For decades, Park City’s impressive peaks and fresh powder have drawn tourists to the area. Winter sports enthusiasts will enjoy Utah Olympic Park, with its impressive roster of fantasy camps for everything from luge to skeleton, and The Comet, a bobsled ride where participants experience all the force that 5 Gs can provide. Relax with a day spent winter fly fishing in the sparkling lakes dotting the mountains, or enjoy an exciting ride on the Alpine Coaster at Park City Mountain Resort. Snow tubing, sleigh rides, and snowmobile tours round out the winter activities at Park City, and families will love the easy access to kid-friendly fun.
The city does not disappear when the snow melts, however. In the summer, Royal Holiday members will find the great outdoors at their disposal, with horseback rides set in dramatic mountainous landscapes and handsome high-altitude golf courses that really let the ball get off the tee. Park City’s historic Main Street features some of the best dining in the country, while the Park Silly Sunday Market brings eclectic charms and local craftsmen and artists to the fore. Hiking trails snaking through the mountain offer another way to see Park City, and while cyclists will prefer the Mid-Mountain Trail connecting the Olympic Park to Deer Valley, Royal Holiday members looking for an easier pace will do well to work through the Norwegian Outdoor Exploration Center, which provides affordable backcountry tours.
In addition to its sporting wonders, Park City shows its glamorous side through its association with the Sundance Film Festival in January, a star-studded event that often sells out months in advance. Film buffs should remember to bring their appetite, however, as Park City has also developed a burgeoning fine food culture; restaurants like J&G Grill, Talisker, and Bistro 412 have received national attention for their exciting menus, and downtown Park City continues to foster an ever-growing foodie paradise. Royal Holiday members looking to experience Park City’s cultural highlights outside of winter will find a number of excellent options, including several delightful museums, Deer Valley Music Festival performances, and shows by the Park City Performing Arts Foundation.