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  • Authentic community
  • Top winter vacation destination
  • Cheaper hotel rates in the summer

It's not just the legendary powder that keeps my family of four coming back to Park City. Nor is it the direct flight to Salt Lake City, or mere 45-minute drive that has us on the slopes of Park City, Deer Valley, or the Canyons by lunchtime. It's the fact that Park City is an authentic community -- not a prefabricated resort area like Whistler or Beaver Creek -- made ... more
It's not just the legendary powder that keeps my family of four coming back to Park City. Nor is it the direct flight to Salt Lake City, or mere 45-minute drive that has us on the slopes of Park City, Deer Valley, or the Canyons by lunchtime. It's the fact that Park City is an authentic community -- not a prefabricated resort area like Whistler or Beaver Creek -- made with skiers in mind.

Park City might have scored Olympic gold, but it was silver that built this city. The mineral was discovered in the surrounding hills in 1868, and soon after, thousands of miners arrived, seeking their fortunes. Four years later, George Hearst, father of newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst, paid $27,000 for the Ontario Mine. He went on to earn more than $50 million from that sole investment. When the bottom fell out on the silver market in the mid-1930's, Park City began to focus its attention on what would become the area's next form of currency -- skiing.

For some reason, Mother Nature blesses the mountains of Park City with a seemingly endless supply of snow. In late November, the ski trails in New England can be as green as billiard felt. Park City, on the contrary, averages about six feet of snow before December 1. It snows early in the season, and it snows often. So, as soon as these ski resorts open, grab your skis or snowboards, and cruise on the fresh powder.

Written by Stephen Jermanok less

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