Planning a Park City Ski Trip with the Family

Planning a Park City Ski Vacation?  Plan Ahead!

With the threat of our first significant snowfall this weekend, ski enthusiasts are eagerly anticipating the reopening of ski resorts for the upcoming winter season. It's no surprise to anyone that this winter season will be different from anything we've ever experienced, but the good news is that resorts are planning to open back up. Most importantly PLAN AHEAD. If you're a family thinking about planning a ski trip to Park City this winter, it's definitely possible, but just like the rest of this year has taught us, you'll need to plan ahead more and also come up with some backup plans. 

There is not exception to planning your lodging as early as possible as well.  Whether you're looking for a cozy, intimate inn or a ski-in ski-out Park City condominium at the base of the Park City Mountain Resort for your next family vacation, let Park City Resort Lodging provide you with your home away from home.  Be sure to check out our Park City Lodging Deals before you book.

Park City Opening Dates

Park City Mountain Resort 

  • Park City Mountain Resort will begin taking EPIC passholder ski/snowboard reservation days this Friday Nov. 6 through December 7th,  Lift ticket reservations go on sale to the public on December 8.
  • PCMR Ski School/lessons - Currently, the PC Mtn website is still undergoing changes and will not let guests book ski school/lessons quite yet.  The PC Mtn anticipates the ski school part of their site to be working for online ski school bookings either Nov.11 or 12 (next Wed/Thurs).

Deer Valley Resort - Tentative Opening December 5, 2020 - April 11, 2021

Woodward Park City - Tentative Winter Operations November 20, 2020.  

As families are starting to plan their winter vacations, what everyone wants to know is, "what can I expect when I ski in Park City this Winter". While no one knows precisely what this season will look like, we do have a pretty good idea of what to expect from skiing this winter season.

Here are a few highlights of what to expect

  1. Per the Summit County Health Order, face coverings must be worn in all public places indoors. Single-layer face masks or masks that are see-through are prohibited, so if you're planning on wearing a buff or a neck gaiter, you must double it up to be compliant with local health regulations.
  2. Six to ten feet of social distancing has become the norm, and you can absolutely anticipate that continuing on the ski hill. Expect some changes as you load and unload the chairlift and as you wait for food. Lines will likely appear longer but move faster because of this social distancing expectation. 
  3. No ticket window sales are being offered this year at Park City Mountain. And all tickets must be purchased online, with no half-day ticket options.  Season pass holders are also required to reserve their time on the mountain online, with seven priority reservation days throughout the season as well as as many week-of reservations as you would like (subject to availability).  Lift ticket reservations go on sale to the public on December 8.
  4. Deer Valley Resort will continue to limit daily winter guest capacity to provide a quality ski experience and to provide space for guests to physically distance. Daily lift tickets will not be sold same-day, on-site at Deer Valley. All tickets must be purchased in advance online this year.
  5. Resort dining facilities will be operating at a reduced capacity to comply with social distancing guidelines and most likely require reservations. Grab-and-Go options will likely be limited. Deer Valley resort announced that reservations will be required for all dining both during the day in the lodges for lunch and in the evening for dining reservations. No walk-ins or non-dining guests will be allowed in the restaurants at any time. 
  6. If you were hoping this was the year to get your kids into ski school, you'll need to sign them up as soon as possible. Ski school numbers at both Park City Mountain and Deer Valley will be limited this year, so reserve them as soon as possible. 
  7. All visitors to Woodward, whether members or not are required to reserve their tickets online in advance.  
  8. Childcare will not be available at Park City Mountain and Deer Valley this year, so plan ahead and use one of the many local childcare and babysitting services. If you're looking for childcare options, Park City Sitters has a great reputation in town, as does Guardian Angel Childcare (they also rent baby gear and will even do your grocery shopping). 

Although skiing might be a little different this year, there are so many fantastic ways to enjoy the mountains in Park City this winter. So whether you're looking for an adrenaline-filled escape or a family getaway, there's no shortage of things to do in Park City this winter.  When you're ready to give your ski legs a break, here's a list of our favorite WINTER ACTIVITIES IN PARK CITY

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Published on Tuesday, October 20, 2020