Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Park City, Utah

Fri Jan 28, 2011 10:29am EST
 
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By Christine Kearney

PARK CITY, Utah (Reuters Life!) - Park City ski resort in Utah is the access spot for some of America's best skiing with three major ski resorts all alongside each other -- Deer Valley, Park City and The Canyons.

The mountain town of Park City, just a 45 minute drive from the Salt Lake City airport, has ample hotels and lodges, family-friendly skiing and snowboarding and a variety of restaurants, bars and shops.

And if you should happen to be here during the Sundance Film Festival, the town's other big attraction that takes place once a year, the slopes will be less crowded as the Hollywood set mostly stays off the mountain and in the cinema.

FRIDAY

5 p.m. - Before dinner head over to Empire Canyon Lodge and take a horse-drawn sleigh ride or an adventurous trek on snowshoes.

7 p.m. - Dine at Fireside Dining in the heart of Deer Valley to enjoy Swiss raclette cheese served with cured Italian and dessert fondues.

9 p.m. - The night is still young. Walk the main street of Park City, pop into any of the bars, including Flanagan's Irish Pub, and try a Black and Tan while striking up a friendly conversation with a local. Or if celebrities at Sundance are more your speed, try and sneak into the various VIP spots, such as Bing Bar, which hosts nightly events.

SATURDAY   Continued...

 
<p>Skiers ride the chair lift at Park City Resort during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah January 17, 2009. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>