Park City Becomes Biggest Ski Resort & Other Must-Dos

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The Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort were combined last year to become the country’s largest ski resort—bigger than Big Sky and Vail—now known simply as Park City. A $50 million investment was completed in December, its highlight being a new high-speed gondola that joins the two resorts together. Here are a few more ideas sure to get Park City on your meetings radar.

Park City’s Only Private Golf Club

A group favorite and the only five-star, five-diamond resort in the state, Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley recently took over management of Park Meadows Country Club, Park City’s only in-town, private golf club. Groups can now experience the Jack Nicklaus–designed championship course during their stay. The 180-room resort has 24 meeting rooms, including a 25,000-sf ballroom. The more active members of the group can access Deer Valley’s trails right from the resort’s Main Lodge deck for hiking or biking. For a creative group event, the resort works with The Paint Mixer, a studio in Park City, to hold painting parties for groups. No artistic ability is required; guests get step-by-step instruction to re-create a featured piece of art, while enjoying the beverage of their choice.

High Country Cuisine

Elsewhere, the High West Distillery & Saloon plays homage to Utah’s saloon history, while elevating food and drink to an art form. The “High Country Cuisine” served here has a common ingredient—whiskey—and groups can get a tour of the restaurant’s own small-catch distillery during their visit. Private function space can host up to 175 attendees. Or host a reception right in the old-fashioned livery stable, with an old black-and-white John Wayne Western playing in the background and a country band for the entertainment, for up to 80 seated and 180 for a reception.

Savor the Summit

Every June is Park City’s biggest foodie event, Savor the Summit, where diners seat themselves at tables placed right in the middle of Main Street and the town’s best chefs showcase their talents. Lucky groups visiting at that time can piggyback and sample local specialties from nearly two-dozen eateries.

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Barbara Scofidio
Barbara Scofidio is editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In 25 years of covering the industry, her articles have spanned topics ranging from social media to strategic meetings management. She is currently the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee and was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of Site, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. A familiar face at industry events, Barbara often leads panel discussions or speaks on topics close to her heart, such as green meetings or how the industry can help combat human trafficking. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.

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