Utah: Park City

Utah: Park City

Family Ski Trip

Fly in/out: Salt Lake City, Utah

Recommended ages: 2 and up

Ball Park Price: $1000/person for up to five travellers. (airfare not included)

Pace: Moderate

Time: MST


DAY ONE: Fly into Salt Lake City, Utah, (SLC) pick up rental car, drive 45 minutes and check in to Queen Esther Deer Valley Condominiums. Arrange for a ski rental drop off through Skis on the Run.

Ski School
Ski School

DAY TWO & THREE: Drop off kids at Deer Valley ski school. (NO snowboard resort) Start time at 9:00 a.m. Pick up at 4:00 p.m.

DAY FOUR: Spend the morning at Gorgoza park having a hysterical and safe time tubing for all ages. Book a dinner and sleigh ride through Rocky Mountain Recreation.

DAY FIVE: Ski all day Park City Mountain Resort. Enroll the older kids in the snowboarding lesson.

DAY SIX: Visit the Utah Olympic Park facility that offers multiple family activities and museum. Drive back to Salt Lake and return home.

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Vacation Highlights

  • Having skied in many areas throughout the country, Park City Resort area is hands down a favorite family skiing vacation. Deer Valley Resort has such exceptional service, restaurants, valet drop off and convenient parking for families. Park City Mountain Resort has so many easy runs for kids with great shuttles to get back and forth.
  • It is so fun to watch kids learn how to ski. So many of them pick up on it so easily and have absolutely no fear. For the kids who struggle in other athletics, learning how to ski is relatively easy and kids gain confidence in minutes.
  • The Park City area has other family fun options to take a break from skiing or in case of inclement weather conditions with sleigh rides, snow park and snowmobile options available.

Places to Go

Great Excursions

  • Ski School: Most kids love ski school if properly equipped and placed in the right level/age group. Deer Valley and Park City Canyon Resort have fabulous ski schools with a 9:00 a.m. start time. Usually the younger kids start in ski school the more advanced skier they become!
  • We always love our tubing adventures at Gorgoza Park. We purchase the two hour package and the time just flies by. This is such a fun winter adventure for all ages.

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Places to stay

Queen Esther Condominiums
Queen Esther Condominiums
  • Queen Esther Deer Valley Condominiums offer 2-3 bedroom condos at reasonable prices. An onsite transit bus and other services are available to visit and explore the area.
  • Other great lodging featuring 2-3 bedrooms for families include Silver Baron Lodge.
  • Some families prefer ski in/ski out hotels although they are substantially more expensive. Tripadvisor does a nice job of identifying ski in/ski out hotels if thats a preference.
Silver Baron Lodge
Silver Baron Lodge

Park City
Park City


  • On ski vacations, we like to order in after a long day of skiing from restaurant delivery services called Mountain Express.
  • Family friendly restaurants in Park City are plentiful…currently more than 100. For a complete and comprehensive restaurant list, checkout the Visitor’s Bureau site.
  • And for eating while at Deer Valley Resort, check out their site.



  • To take advantage of any possible discount, purchase ski lift tickets and reserve ski school in advance! Many of the resorts can sell out during peak season. Ski vacations are not cheap, for additional promotions offered through Park City, check promotions page.
  • The best idea for growing ski families needing ski rentals is to rent ski equipment from companies like Skis on the Run. It saves so much time and hassle to have your properly sized equipment brought to your lodge for the whole family!
  • Use a good packing list! Being organized to schlep children to a ski school requires marathon parenting. For a good list look here. Also, bring Kleenexes wherever you go!
  • Check out Liftopia for other lift ticket savings.


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  • A wonderful website featuring all the resorts and providing great vacation planning information, visit http://www.visitparkcity.com/
  • Purchase ski school, lift ticket and hotel packages far in advance.

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