In 1868 silver was discovered in the Park City area by soldiers who climbed over the mountains from Big Cottonwood Canyon. During a snowstorm, they marked the outcropping with a bandana and returned to find it in the spring. The first mine was named Flagstaff. The silver rush lasted 20 years and Park City (originally called Parley’s Park City) was incorporated as a town in 1884.
In 1898 there were over 10,000 people in Park City, more than today. Park City prospered as a mining town until the late 40’s and was declared a ghost town in 1954, although there were 1,150 “ghosts” actually living here. In 1958 United Park City Mines began exploring the idea of turning the company’s land into a ski area and in 1963 Treasure Mountain Resort (now Park City Mountain Resort) was opened. Lift tickets were just $3.50. Today Park City is a thriving resort community with three major ski resorts and 64 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. To learn more about Park City’s colorful past, visit www.parkcityhistory.org.
Park City’s winter climate begins in late October and sometimes can last til June, with temperatures ranging from 24º to 33º F. However, once in a while it can dip below zero. Summer temperatures rarely reach beyond the mid 80’s and nights are cool. The average snowfall is 143 inches in town and 350 inches in the resorts. The nearby Cottonwood Canyon resorts of Solitude, Brighton, Snowbird and Alta receive an average of over 500 inches of snow each year.
Ski and Snowboard Park City, Utah Winter Season Our town of Park City boasts over 8,750 acres of in-bounds skiing and snowboarding along with ski access to incredible backcountry from The Canyons® Resort. Deer Valley Resort®, ranked #1 Ski Resort in America multiple times offers not only the best in ski and resort services, but the best groomed and powder ski conditions unmatched by other ski resorts. Park City Mountain Resort® is where both locals and visitors go to get their best turns in during those perfect “blue-bird pow days”. The Canyons® Resort is an adventures dream. With over 3,700 acres of varied terrain, The Canyons® can more than satisfy every type and level skier or snowboarder out there.
Our town of Park City boasts over 8,750 acres of in-bounds skiing and snowboarding along with ski access to incredible backcountry from Park City® Resort Canyons Village. Vail Resorts has combined Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort to create the largest single ski and snowboard resort in the United States with 7,300 acres of skiable terrain. A new 8 passenger gondola connection, along with the new King Con Express six-pack and Motherlode Express Quad make up just some of the improvements totaling over $50 million for the 2015-16 season. Deer Valley Resort®, consistently ranked #1 Ski Resort in America offers not only the best in ski and resort services, but the best groomed and powder ski conditions unmatched by other ski resorts.
Summers are the reason why many winter visitors became locals in the first place. With most days being sunny and temperatures averaging in the 80′s Fahrenheit, people tend to find themselves not wanting the day to end. Park City enjoys over 300 miles of single track hiking, biking and multi-use trails in Park City alone without including other neighboring community trails.
Park City also offers intellectual and cultural pursuits. The community hosts colorful and eclectic festivals throughout the year, including the world-famous Sundance Film Festival, the Park City Kimball Arts Festival and the Fidelity Investments Park City Jazz Festival, just to name a few. In every season, the Park City Performing Arts Foundation offers celebrated live dance and musical performances, and every weekend the Park City Film Series screens a different independent film.
Park City – approx. 8,000 Residents
Summit Co. – approx. 34,000 Residents
Park City Proper – 6,720 to 8,460 ft.
Park City Mt. Resort Summit – 10,000 ft.
Deer Valley Resort Summit – 9,570 ft.
The Canyons Resort Summit – 9,990 ft
Park City School District
2700 Kearns Blvd
Park City, UT 84060