Park City, once renowned for its Olympic greatness, was among a handful of ski resorts that were plagued with complaints of overcrowding last year after a bumper season spawned by discounted tickets. 

The gripes were many and extreme. Locals deemed the resorts ‘ruined’ and tourists looked on at social media photos of chairlift lines with horror.  It was down to Vail Resorts, the conglomerate behind most of America’s skiing and snowboarding destinations, offering discounted season tickets with its Epic Pass. 

A surge of thrill-seekers and budding snow bunnies snapped up the cheaper tickets and headed for the slopes, to the dismay of the loyalist locals or wealthier tourists who had always been able to afford previous, pricier trips. 

But a visit to Park City Mountain Resort, the largest ski area in North America, at the tail-end of the 2021-2022 season confirmed for this lifelong skier that it remains one of the best resorts in the US.

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Park City Mountain Resort in Utah is America’s largest skiing area, with over 7,300 skiable acres and 330 winter trails 

Saved you a seat!’s Jennifer Smith visited Park City in late March and found there were next to no lines for chairlifts and plenty of room on the slopes

Park City Mountain Resort sprawls 7,300 skiable acres. It takes in not only the original Park City Mountain Resort, but also the adjacent Canyons, purchased in 2015.  

Admittedly, the best of the snow had been and gone, but even with that in mind there was more than enough ground to keep our group of nine skiers entertained for four full days.  

As always, getting out early reaped handsome rewards. If there was a line, it was short. And as we ventured higher up the mountain, the lines disappeared. 

Mornings were blissful at the top of Jupiter Peak, particularly on the picturesque Georgeanna trail. Claimjumper, a long and windy green, was another favorite. 

It was late March, when the afternoon sun melted most of the lower trails to mush by 2 or 3pm – to be expected so late in the season, and a smattering of runs were already closed for betturkey mobil the season by the time we got there. 

But the earlier finishes made for a shame-free retreat into après ski. 

Legends, a bar grill at base camp, promised zesty Aperol Spritz cocktails in the sunshine, and The Pig Pen Saloon offered a more boisterous experience. 

For dining, the restaurant options on the mountain were plentiful, even if the menu of hot dogs, chili and mac ‘n’ cheese could do with a little updating. 

Come lunchtime, families gathered next to groups of friends and solo skiers on outdoor picnic benches. Wind-fighting layers were removed and sunscreen reapplied on cheeks and noses. 

The after-lunch rush of skiers and snowboarders was generally the only time that chairlift lines felt long. 

Otherwise, the only traffic we encountered was on April Fool’s Day, when local skiers and betturkey mobil resort workers take over the slopes for a fancy dress, prank-filled blow-out.  

Spoiled for choice: Park City Mountain Resort is America’s largest ski area, with over 7,000 skiable acres across the original Park City Mountain (left) and Canyons (right) 

This year, lift wait times will be aided by improvements to some of the busiest chairlifts

To book tickets to Park City for the 2022-2023 season, visit the before prices increase on October 9

It’s not for the faint-hearted and generally, should be avoided by families with young children (some of whom were left terrified by the older experts whizzing past after a few too many lunchtime beers.) 

Tickets for the 2022-2023 season went on sale earlier this year but remain available. 

An unrestricted Epic Pass, which grants access to Park City and 39 other resorts for the entire season, is $879. 

A Local Pass gives unrestricted access to Park City aside from holiday dates for $655, and a four-day pass runs at $362 – less than $100-a-day. 

The earlier finishes made for a shame-free retreat into après ski. Legends, betturkey mobil a bar and grill at the base, promised zesty Aperol Spritz cocktails in the sunshine

Prices are due to increase on October 9. 

This year, the resort is determined to keep crowds to a reasonable size. 

The new Vice President and COO of Park City Mountain Resort, Deirdre Walsh, says she’ll enforce caps on ticket sales this season. 

She is eager to smooth over the tensions between the community and the resort. 

‘I think there’s an opportunity to reset right now,’ she told The Salt Lake Tribune in a recent interview. 

She may be met with resistance from a handful of locals who recently blocked improvements to the Silverlode Express chairlift (the resort wanted to add seats to reduce wait times). 

A court sided with the locals. Vail Resorts is appealing the decision. 

Deirdre Walsh, COO of the resort, told ‘We will continue to pursue our permit to upgrade the Silverlode and Eagle chairlifts because we are committed to investing in the guest experience at the resort. Once we have resolved our permit with the city, we plan to procure the lifts and equipment necessary for the installation. 

‘In the meantime, we will move the two previously-purchased lifts to Whistler Blackcomb where, subject to approvals, they can have a positive impact on the guest experience in time for the 2023/24 season. 

‘We are very optimistic about the future of Park City Mountain and look forward to sharing more about upcoming projects and capital investments soon.’

Even without the planned improvements, a trip to Park City is a safe bet for a group of friends or a family eager for a fun-filled mountain break. 

To book tickets to Park City for betturkey mobil the 2022-2023 season, visit thebefore prices increase on October 9