Park City Utah is one of the most elite mountain sports destinations we’ve experienced in the US and not just in peak season! Because of the seasonal nature of the destination, prices can be exponentially higher in winter and summer, but a great perk to take advantage of is the month of April when shoulder season means low crowds and prices, but still amazing experiences.
Hotel perks of shoulder season:
Most hotels remain open in some capacity and have low occupancy, and very low nightly rates. Some run packages and specials to attract guests and loyal members too. We took advantage of a great stay at the Waldorf Astoria and received all sorts of upgrades based on our status and the availability of rooms for them to upgrade us. Other hotels such as the St. Regis and Montage Ski Resort are really worth staying at too, the rates are unbeatable and you get almost the whole place to yourself. We felt very attended to, there was no dip in hospitality from room service to the nightly roasting of s’mores.
Year round active attractions:
The weather is quite mild in April. There’s enough of a chill in the air and snow on the ground to warrant a jacket, but daytime sunshine is dependable and illumines the scenic mountains. much of the town’s infrastructure stays open although you will find some stores and restaurants on vacation.
The perks far outweigh the disadvantages: no lines in the grocery stores and shopping centers, the outlet malls are offering good discounts, especially on winter clothing and in the hotels you are waited on by an eager and more well rested staff.
Easy access from beyond and a gateway to Utah:
Park City is located around a 40 minute drive from Salt Lake City International Airport. We rented a car so that we could get around to the various shopping centers, hotels and trailheads.
Downtown Park City boasts a beautiful historic district with charming main street shops, churches and homes. The free tram going around main street is a great way to explore the town itself and nearby you can find hours of hiking, biking and good golf courses too. Some might be a little wet this time of year from the thaw, but most are navigable and offer panoramic views and upclose encounters with wildlife.