Park City Adventures – Travel & Accommodations (Part 1)

After a whirlwind long weekend (and battling a foot of snow!), we are back from our incredible trip to Park City! The snow conditions out there are the best of the season, so we can’t wait to share our favorite parts of our trip in case you are headed there as well.

We’ve had the opportunity to travel together to a variety of different places including New Orleans, Charleston, Playa del Carmen, Orlando, Dallas, West Palm Beach, Washington D.C., and New Smyrna Beach, but we have never ventured anywhere with snow and winter activities. Meagan had a conference in Salt Lake City Monday through Thursday, so we decided it was the perfect opportunity for Grant to fly out for the long weekend. We started looking at flights and accommodations back in late December/early January, to get an idea of what to expect for our budget. Despite Atlanta being a big airline hub, there weren’t a lot of great flight options to Salt Lake City. Direct flights were almost $200 more than flights with connections, so we decided the cheaper cost was worth the minor inconvenience of having to connect through other cities. For our trip, we used Southwest – we highly recommend Southwest for all trips, and especially ski trips where you have a lot of extra baggage since two checked bags fly for free! TLB tip: Southwest often selects one-hour layovers – be sure to check historical data regarding flight on-time records to make sure you are comfortable with such a short time-frame! In our case, it worked perfectly and got us to our destinations almost as quickly as a direct flight, but it could have been disastrous if our first leg had been delayed or canceled.

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We both flew in the the Salt Lake City International Airport before making the trek through the canyon and to the mountains of Park City. We ended up taking an Uber from downtown Salt Lake City instead of renting a car, making the assumption that it would be the cheaper option (little did we know…) and so we had the peace of mind that neither of us would have to drive through any snow. Us Atlantans have a bad history with snow (i.e. Snowpacalypse/Snowmageddon 2014), so we weren’t going to take any chances! The Uber ended up costing around $50 for the 40 minute drive to our Airbnb accommodations in Prospector Square – all in all, not too bad! When we were researching options of where to stay, we looked first at Park City Mountain Resort, but quickly realized that three nights there was going to be way more expensive than we wanted. Our two requirements were a total cost of under $1,000 and walking distance to Park City Mountain for skiing or easy access to public transportation. With that in mind, we decided to take a look at Airbnb options, which turned out to be a great decision. There are so many rental options in the Park City area, but they go fast during the peak February-March ski season.

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We ran across Ted and Heidi’s Silver Snow Wonder condo, which is located in Prospector Square, just a few miles from Downtown Park City and Park City Mountain Resort. For three nights during peak season, we were easily able to stay in our budget. The condo offers two queen beds, a 55 inch flat screen TV, huge shower, bathroom with a double sink, and a small kitchenette area with mini fridge, microwave, and Keurig. One thing to note – there is no washer or drier in the condo (which would probably be preferred if staying closer to a week). The condo looked recently renovated and was tastefully decorated – think Flip or Flop’s style with the white subway tiles and grey floors, reflecting the tranquility and beauty of Park City in the snow. The condo is also located on the first floor, which was a huge plus after a long day of skiing! The condo was just a short walk to two different bus stops as well, all part of the free Park City Transit System.

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Check-in at the Prospector was super easy, and we were even able to check in a few hours early. Ted and Heidi were wonderful hosts – we arrived to a small basket of snacks and water from them, as well as a variety of K-cup options for morning coffee. Before we arrived, they gave us some great recommendations for food and places to go, as well as sharing a discount code for our ski rentals at the Ski’N’See shop located in the Prospector main lobby. The condo was the perfect size for the two of us (though it might have been a tight squeeze with four people and all of the ski equipment) and great location with easy access to everything we wanted to do in Park City. We made great use of the bus system in getting to and from Downtown Park City for dinners and going to Park City Mountain for skiing.

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The only downside of staying in Park City is having to go back through the canyon to get to the airport in Salt Lake City. It’s somewhat of a catch-22 – you want beautiful snow for your ski trip, but if it snows too much, you won’t even be able to get to your resort, or in our case you won’t be able to get to the airport to go home! Our flight was scheduled for 12:30 on Sunday afternoon, and we woke up to over a foot of snow outside our window, with even more coming down! Starting at 8 AM, we started requesting Ubers and Lyfts, in hopes there would be someone willing and able to get us to the airport. After multiple drivers canceled our rides upon learning we were heading to the airport, we tried not to panic and kept our fingers crossed until we finally had confirmation that Jodi was on her way to pick us up! She was one of our best Uber drivers yet, and delivered us safe and sound (despite the horrible road conditions) to the airport. Unlike the $50 Uber trip to Park City, this one to the airport ended up costing nearly $200… We are very grateful we made our flight and arrived safely, but that charge made us cringe with the Uber surge pricing. Definitely keep a little buffer in your budget for unexpected Uber surge charges and any inclement weather!

All in all, the travel and accommodations for our trip went pretty smoothly! As always, build in a little extra time for weather delays and pad your budget for unexpected costs. For anyone thinking about booking a trip to Park City, definitely take a look at the beautiful Silver Snow Wonder condo! New to Airbnb? Use our link here for $40 in travel credit when you sign up here.

Stay tuned for our posts on snow activities and great food from Park City! Follow along through our Instagram at instagram.com/thelocalbells 

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