The beauty of Park City Mountain Resort (PCMR) is that it is indeed a small city, and with cities comes options for every type of skier, including one on a budget. This sprawling, historic mining city provides a plethora of options to help you enjoy your PCMR budget ski vacation, from affordable lodging to things to do to several grocery stores to help you cut dining costs. We’ve included some insider tips to help you save some of that hard earned money.
Silver Star is a unique mix of upscale condominiums, townhomes, and cottages that use vintage remnant mining building materials as the framework. Park City Mountain Resort’s Silver Star chairlift is just steps from any of the property’s units making getting on and off the slopes incredibly easy. The Silver Star’s units are comfortably furnished and boast massive windows that look out over Park City Mountain Resort. With a heated underground parking, on-site management, a shuttle service and other first-rate amenities, you’ll feel like you robbed the bank. Other recommended and affordable Park City lodging options include All Seasons Condominiums and Park Plaza.
With three large grocery stores—Smith’s, Whole Foods and The Market at Park City—cooking meals at your condo or unit is a cinch in Park City. But you’re on vacation, right? You probably don’t want to cook every single night on your Park City ski vacation. What’s nice about Park City is that affordable dining isn’t relegated to bar food. There’s several delicious—and affordable—international dining options to please every palates.
Buona Vita, located on Main Street, is very reasonably priced for the quality. The vast majority of their entrees are below $20 and they allow you to bring your own wine, and charge a small cork fee of $10. For Mexian fare, head to El Chubasco, or Chubby’s as the locals call it, off of Bonanza Drive in the Prospector Square. Known for its fresh salsa bar (which is complimentary), and large portions, it’s also hailed as one of the most affordable restaurants in Park City.
For inexpensive on-mountain eats at Park City Mountain Resort head to The Shack, located at the bottom of 3 Kings Terrain Park and Eagle SuperPipe. There you can enjoy the local’s favorite, a King Crown burrito, or street tacos, while enjoying the sun and watching resident pro-skiers and snowboarders launch off the monstrous jumps.
As the host of the 2002 Winter Olympics, Park City is brimming with fun, affordable things to do. The 400-acre Olympic Park features a year-round training facility for recreational and professional athletes. Admission to the park is free. There you can take a run down the bobsled track, or even learn how to steer a skeleton or luge in an introductory camp. Be sure to visit the Alf Engen Ski History Museum and 2002 Eccles Winter Olymic Museum.
Families on a budget should head to Gorgoza Park, which offers kid-friendly, lift-accessed tubing and mini-snowmobiling at a reasonable rate. Your kids and your wallet will thank you, and you’ll enjoy watching your little ones squeal with delight. Children shorter than 42 inches in height can tube for two hours for only $12, and kids under 110 lbs. can take 10 laps on a mini-snowmobile for just $10. Purchase of any two hour tubing ticket also buys access to Fort Frosty, a winter wonderland playground for children under eight years old.
Visit to the Park City Museum to learn more about Park City’s rich history as one of the largest silver mining towns in the U.S. Admission to the museum is only $10 for adult, $5 for children seven to 17, and free for children under six. For an additional $2 you can participate in one of the museum’s walking tours.