Ski Lifts in Park City
Park City Mountain ski area is served by 42 lifts capable of carrying over 80,000 riders per hour and mostly older chairlifts so there’s room for improvement. Lift lines can be long (10 minutes) at peak times but are well managed and the skiing is awesome so it’s worth the wait.
Park City Ski Lifts
Multiple main lifts access the ski area from Park City Mountain and Canyons Village and a free bus service connects two main base areas.
The main lifts at Park City Mountain Village are the Payday Express 6-pack, and at Canyons Village the Crescent Express quad chair, and Red Pine Gondola and Orange Bubble Express quad chair. Shorter lifts at Park City Mountain Village provide easy rides for novices and beginners wanting to access the easiest green runs. If staying in Park City’s historic town centre, the Town Lift just off Main Street will likely be your first choice and best get there before 9:00am to beat the line.
Most of Park City’s chairlifts have been in service for a while now and a recent proposal to replace the Silverlode Express was narrowly overturned, but efforts continue. Just one of 33 chairlifts – the Orange Bubble Express chair at Canyons Village – features a bubble cover for protection in bad weather, so wrap up warm in January when average temperature ranges between a low of 12°F (minus 11°C) and high of 25°F (minus 3°C).
The Cabriolet is, as its name suggests, an open-top ride between the free parking lot and the Canyons Village base area. Similarly, the Frostwood Gondola (convenient for guests staying at Waldorf Astoria and Wyndham Park City) provides lift access to Canyons Village.
Park City Mountain’s ski lifts operate from 9am-4pm, from mid-Nov to mid-April, and while the lift system is efficient most of the time, lift-lines can be long, especially at weekends and special holidays. Also only one of 30+ chairs is equipped with a bubble cover, so wrap up warm!
Gondola x 3
6-pack Chair x 6
Quad Chair x 14
Triple Chair x 9
Double Chair x 4
Surface Lifts x 5
Cabriolet x 1
Park City Lift Tickets
Park City Mountain manages the number of people on the mountain at any one time, and lift tickets are expensive if bought on arrival at the resort.
However, significant price reductions are available if you order your lift ticket or season pass in advance from major lift pass companies such as Epic, IKON and Mountain Collective or by taking advantage of special offers through the resort or tour operators as part of a vacation package.
Epic Pass holders enjoy unlimited lift access with no peak period restrictions to 35+ ski resorts in USA and Canada (Park City, Vail, Breckenridge and Whistler Blackcomb included), restricted access at Telluride and seven ski resorts in the Canadian Rockies, access to 26 European partner resorts (4 ski regions) in Austria, France, Italy and Switzerland, 10+ ski resorts in Japan and more.
Next season Epic Passes are available from April each year with price incentive to book early, no payment until September and can be paid by instalments, interest free. Epic Pass holders also enjoy savings on food, lodging, ski lessons and ski rentals. Find out more and compare Epic Pass prices >
Park City Snow Conditions & Snowmaking
The Park City area gets an abundance of snow partly due to the “lake effect” from the Great Salt Lake. Cold winter storms colliding with warmer air over the lake help deliver around 355 inches of snowfall each year; averaging 3 snowy days (20-30cm of snow) per week between December and March and typically light and fluffy “champagne powder”.
Park City Mountain, a leader in the science of snowmaking for over 40 years, also benefits from the largest snowmaking system in Utah. As many as 480 snow guns (automated and manual) and 40 snowcats ensure good snow coverage and a stable base across key areas of the mountain, which enables the resort to safely open early in the season.
While neighbouring Deer Valley is renowned for well-manicured corduroy trails, grooming at Park City is every bit as good, but with a difference. Ask a local expert to explain the difference between hard and soft corduroy!
Park City & Sustainability
Park City Mountain Resort’s strong commitment to sustainability includes running all municipal operations using 100% renewable energy by 2023 and reducing environment impact by diverting waste away from landfill. Also generating artificial snow more efficiently and working towards carbon-neutral by 2030.