With its powdery, fluffy white snow, world-class skiing and snowboarding, and top of the line resorts, Park City Utah is a dream destination for winter sport loving families – or even those wishing to hit the slopes and learn to ski for the very first time. This winter wonderland is also home to a pedestrian (and skier!) friendly downtown, brimming with quaint shops and restaurants. With many of the resorts offering kids programming, including first-rate ski instruction starting at age 3 ½, Mom and Dad can also sneak out for some alone time on the slopes or in the hot tub.
Deer Valley Resort was rated the 2011 top ski resort in the U.S. by Ski Magazine – and it wins top rankings year after year. Its luxe accommodations and impeccable service draw visitors back time and time again. Family friendly amenities include an outdoor pool and hot tub, free hot breakfast buffet, an on-site ski rental shop and complimentary in-town shuttle, all within close proximity to Snow Park Lodge and ski school. With the Family Value Package, kids ski FREE and the entire family will save 20% on lodging, lift tickets and kids’ ski rentals.
Park City Mountain Resort is the home of world-class skiers and snowboarders with its 3,300 skiable acres and charming shops and restaurants. Of special interest to families is the Kids Signature Program, which combines on-mountain instruction for kids as young as 3 ½. The I Ride Park City freestyle camp offers intermediate skiers ages 9-15 the chance to hone their ski or snowboard skills.
Grab some tubes and hit the slopes at Gorgoza Park, where seven lift-served tubing lanes promise loads of family fun. Fort Frosty offers fun for the littlest ones in your group, with its fantastic tube carousel; and kids 5-12 will have a blast on the mini-snowmobiles. Warm up with snacks and hot drinks at the onsite Café Yurt.
Resort Center Ice Skating Rink is Park City’s only outdoor ice-skating rink and is located at the Village shopping center. Bring your own skates or rent on-site. The rink is especially festive during holidays, when it’s l
it with hundreds of twinkling lights.
On December 23 – 25, from 10am – 2pm, Santa Claus will hit the slopes at the Canyons Resort, delivering candy and treats to all the good boys and girls.
Santa and 100 of his ski instructor helpers will ski down the mountaintop, torchlights in hand, at the annual Christmas Eve Parade at Park City Mountain Resort. Don’t forget to give Santa your last-minute wish list!
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