Helpful Hints for the Holidays

The holidays at Park City Mountain are bustling!  There are lifts to ski and ride, restaurants to try, and memories to make.  It’s easy to see how mountain life can be so magical this time of year.  Nevertheless, it is also easy to get caught in the middle of juggling your family’s skis while trying to find a place to sit down and eat for lunch.

No one wants to spend the holidays waiting in lines or getting lost on the mountain.  So, that’s why we’re compiling helpful tips to make the most out of your time on the mountain!  Read and comment with your own suggestions on how to get to the best snow, where to grab lunch, and enjoy yourself during the busiest time of year.


Forget about finding parking!  Catch a free ride to the resort:
Park City’s transit system is not only free, but also incredibly easy to use.  Busses stop curbside at both Canyons Village and Park City base areas, along with several stops through town.  Hop on at any of the bus stops within walking distance from Main Street, Kimball Junction, and several lodging hotels.  Download route schedules and maps for more details.

If you still need to drive to the mountain, ensure you’re aware of parking availability by visiting our parking lot status page and remember that our premium parking in the Underground lot at the Park City Base Area and Sundial lot at Canyons Village are both 50% off if your vehicle has 3 or more (of driving age) occupants.

Beat the morning rush by getting your rental equipment the night before:
Rental equipment from Canyon Mountain Rentals (Canyons Village) and Legacy Sport Rentals (Park City base area) are available for pick-up at 3:00pm the day before your scheduled reservation.  Our experienced staff will fit you into your equipment so that you can walk directly onto the snow in the morning.  Canyon Mountain and Legacy Sport guests also receive complimentary ski valet to store your equipment overnight on both sides of the mountain.

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Prepare your child for their ski or snowboard lesson:
It’s not a vacation until you forget at least one thing back in the hotel room!  So, use the night before to prepare the best you can by stuffing the pockets of your child’s snow outfit with all of the small things they will need for their lesson in the morning:  neck gaiter, gloves, goggles or sunglasses, lift ticket and lesson ticket.  You may also pack a lunch or snack.

Lift and lesson tickets are available the day before the scheduled lesson at any of the Ski & Snowboard School ticket windows.  This is also a good opportunity to locate the meeting area for the appropriate lesson.

Visit the Ski & Snowboard School tips page for a complete list on how to prepare your child for a lesson.

Enjoy lunch without the crowds:
The busiest time for restaurants at the base areas and on the mountain is from 12:00pm to 2:00pm.  In order to plan around this time, pack a snack to hold you over and take advantage of the shorter lift lines. Or, if eating early or waiting isn’t your thing, try heading to restaurants away from the larger lifts, like Mid-Mountain Lodge or Sun Lodge.

Compare lift line wait times with EpicMix:
The EpicMix App, free for iOS and Android phones, is pretty awesome.  It calculates your vertical feet gained throughout your trip, it stores pictures taken by the free photographers on the mountain, it updates daily snow conditions and groomed terrain, and now – it displays real-time lift line wait times.  The GPS feature allows you to see your location on the trail map and manage your experience on the mountain by finding shorter wait times.

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Load the lift from a faster line with Ski & Snowboard School:
The benefits of signing up for a ski or snowboard lesson at Park City Mountain are endless.  Learn new skills, gain confidence, see the mountain through a local, and get on the lift faster!  With quicker lift lines, you and your instructor will be skiing more and waiting less.  There’s always something to learn beyond the basics.  Book a lesson with a world-class instructor!


By:  Taylor Albers