Hotel at a Glance: Lift Lodge Resort
If you look out the windows at Lift Lodge, you can see the tops of pine trees on the rolling hillsides around Park City Mountain Resort. The undulating landscape draws skiers in wintertime; after a day out on the slopes, you can come back to warm up in front of an indoor fireplace. in warmer climes, you can have a cookout on the hotel’s outdoor BBQ grills or get in a round of golf at the resort.
- Roomy studios and condos decorated in warm tones, some with kitchenettes, where guests can rent a DVD from the onsite library and curl up for an in-room movie night; all condos have fireplaces
- Swim year-round in the outdoor pool, which is covered to keep your warm in winter.
- Free WiFi in the rooms
- Walk to Park City Mountain Resort: it’s just a few minutes from the slopes; you can also get around the city by taking the free local shuttle.
Park City, Utah: Historical Mining Town Turned Ski Mecca
Park City has humble roots as a mining town nestled in the Wasatch Range east of Salt Lake City—but in the past 30-odd years, the town has blossomed into an international skiing destination. That’s largely due to Park City Mountain Resort. Each winter, the mountain is blanketed with an average of 365 inches of snow, which means plenty of fresh powder across 100-plus ski runs and three terrain parks. In the warmer months, you can weave through groves of trees on miles of hiking and mountain-biking trails. The Alpine Coaster, open year round, hurtles down the mountain at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour.
Back in town, Park City’s former saloons and boarding houses have given way to more than 100 independent boutiques, 30 art galleries, and 50 restaurants along historical Main Street. For about 10 days each January, Park City glams it up Hollywood style as the host of the Sundance Film Festival. When Sundance isn’t in town, you can catch a play, concert, or comedy show at the circa-1929 Egyptian Theatre. The discovery of King Tut’s tomb in the early ’20s launched a nationwide fascination with ancient Egypt, and hundreds of Egyptian-revival theaters were built across the country. Today, Park City’s carefully preserved theater is one of only six of its kind remaining in the United States.
Located on the main drag, the 12,000-square-foot Park City Museum chronicles the town’s history with artifacts and interactive exhibits. In the eerie museum basement, you can check out the former territorial jail—nicknamed “the dungeon” for its dim lighting, stone walls, and rusted leg irons. In the space between cells, Wanted posters showcase the outlaws, murderers, and thieves who passed through the subterranean slammer.