I Would Move There: Profile of a Mountain Town Park City, Utah

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Park City, Utah is a booming mountain town in the Wasatch Mountains just 32 miles above Salt Lake City.

Park City

Park City is a year round mountain playground, home to two ski resorts, miles of hiking and biking trails, shopping and dining not found in most mountain towns (including a Whole Foods, and a Walmart), and world-renown events such as the annual Sundance Film Festival and the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.  

Park City Sundance

Park City has won many  “Best Of” awards including Outside’s Best Town 2013, Conde Naste Traveler’s Friendliest City, IMBA’s Mountain Biking Gold Status, and Sunset Magazine’s Best Ski Destination.

Downtown Park City’s Main Street reflects it’s historic roots as a mining town, as well as the modern developments that have transformed the town.

Downtown Park City

Park City Mountain Resort, now America’s largest ski resort since Vail’s acquisition and combination with the former Canyons resort, includes a base right on Main Street in downtown Park City and summer activites such as mountain biking, zip lining and alpine coaster adventures.

Deer Valley resort, a ski only resort which restricts snowboarding, is just five minutes from downtown and offers terrain featured in Warren Miller’s film Chasing Shadows.

Park City

Though the official population is quite small at 7,873, the real picture is painted by realizing Park City houses more tourists than residents and that the tourists number 3,006,071 a year.

Park City

Throughout Park City a free bus service offers transportation with a generous schedule running early morning to late night during peak season.

Housing, like many resort towns, doesn’t always keep pace with wages and begins at $900 – $1300 for studios and one bedrooms.

Even the former Mayor of Park City, Dana Williams, worked as a barista and officiated weddings during his tenure to make ends meet.

The local economy, largely based upon tourism, does include a few corporations such as Backcountry.com as well as Skull Candy headquarters.

Park City

 Park City is a resort mountain town just a short drive away from a major city, offering easy in-town mountain access and wonderful amenities and infrastructure not often found in mountain towns.