I truly believe Park City, Utah is a magical place any time of year. That goes for the quietest week during mud season as well as the busiest weeks of the winter. In fact, I love it when town is bustling. Every restaurant and business is open and there’s a certain kind of buzz about town. I love sharing our beautiful town with visitors and watching them fall in love with Park City.
The Busiest Weeks
According to the Park City Chamber/Bureau in 2016, the busiest months for hotel occupancy are, in order: February, January, March, July, August and December.
However, these monthly statistics can be misleading. The busiest weeks are the week between Christmas and New Year’s, the first week of Sundance, the weekend of the Martin Luther King and Presidents Day holidays, and the week of Kimball Arts Festival.
10 Ways to Plan Ahead & Make the Most When Visiting Park City at Busy Times
1. Ski during the week.
Weekends are when most of the local working population is off work and available to ski. Saturdays are when all the local kids are in ski lessons/programs making this a very busy day. Sunday is less crowded than Saturday but still busy.
2. Dine early and make reservations.
This goes for on and off the ski hill. For lunch or dinner, getting your meal in early is the best bet. After a challenging day on the hill, you may be ready to hit the sack earlier than normal and may be hungry for an early dinner. Don’t forget to make reservations well in advance!
3. Take public transportation.
I highly recommend trying Park City without a car. Not only is our transit system convenient and wide-reaching, with our new electric bus system it’s also best for the environment. Do not plan on driving a car during the Sundance Film Festival if you are going into town. The good news is the Festival adds bus routes to the major movie venues and increased frequency of buses.
4. Have stuff delivered.
5. Try an alternate activity.
There are many winter activities besides downhill skiing. These include snow mobiling, tubing, nordic skiing and more. Take a day off of the slopes and check into the variety of indoor and outdoor activities for non-skiers in the winter. Try something new!
6. Extend your reach.
There is so much going on within the confines of Park City that it’s hard to imagine leaving. Extend the circumference of your trip by venturing to Kimball Junction, the Heber Valley and Kamas. There’s much to do in Summit and Wasatch counties. Some ideas include snowmobiling in Brown’s Canyon, riding the merry-go-round at Zermatt Resort, checking out the Swaner Nature Preserve or the Utah Olympic Park, and catching a show at the Dejoria Center.
7. Enjoy the buzz.
As I mentioned, I like the hustle and bustle of a busy Park City. Everyone is here for the same thing: to recreate and have fun. So make the most of it and enjoy it while it’s here!
8. Can’t relax? Get a little help.
If you can’t get past the crowds, try one of the fabulous spas in town to get a little R&R the luxurious way.
9. Try a new businesses.
There are constantly new businesses popping up in Park City and the surrounding area. While it may be impossible to get that table for 6 at High West, try one of Park City’s newer restaurants like Tupelo or Twisted Fern. Park City’s classic restaurants will always be there next time and if it’s off season, you may enjoy two-for-one discounts.
10. Connect with me.