Splurge vs. Save in Park City

When planning your next Park City vacation are you looking to save money or splurge on your vacation?  Here are some options of how you can find your great restaurants, lift tickets, ski rentals, and activities at the price you are looking for.

Save on restaurants:

Here are some great places to eat for a decent price in Park City:

Having a kitchen in your vacation rental can help you save money.  You can have food in the fridge for snacks and an easy breakfast, cook dinner on the stove, or you can save leftovers in the fridge for another meal.  This option is definitely the way to save and be at a reasonable price.

Splurge on Restaurants:

If you are looking for some of the best food in Park City, here is a handful of some amazing restaurants.

Save on Lift Tickets:

When you book with Park City Reservations, you can package lift tickets with your lodging which can save you a minimum of 10%.  Buying lift tickets preseason can cut pricing for tickets as well as the “Start Now” at PCMR allows you to pay for your lesson, lift ticket, and gear for a low price of $40.

If you are flexible with booking your ski trip, then wait for times of the year that will be less busy and not around a holiday, open/close of the season, or during the weekend.  You will generally be able to find cheaper lift tickets during the week.  If you know you will be skiing for more than one consecutive day, booking those tickets altogether can make the day lift ticket price cheaper.

Also take advantage of student and senior discounts, half day and junior tickets for better prices.

Splurge on Lift Tickets:

Deer Valley offers a hospitality bolo tie season pass which allows unlimited skiing for you or anyone each day without limitations.   These passes start around $4000 but are worth the exclusivity and allow coworkers, family members, neighbors and friends to use them.  Check out other resorts for similar hospitality passes.

Having a private instructor at any Park City resort allows you to splurge on lift tickets while getting a lesson and many times a free rental for the day.  You can receive one-on-one instruction whether you are a beginner or expert skier.

Lastly, the US Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation offers a gold pass that allows you unlimited access to over 250 ski and snowboard resorts across the United States for the ski season.  The price is $10,000 with other benefits such as invitations to special clinics, newsletters and magazines, and more.

Save on Ski Rentals:

Adding ski rentals to your Park City vacation can save you money when you book everything as a package.  You can also save on ski rentals by taking your own pair or just your boots if you have the space.  If you don’t have that much room in the car or on the plane, call a ski rental delivery company to take your equipment from your house to where you are staying.

Rentals at a ski resort typically run more to rent than renting gear from a local ski shop outside the resort.  Compare pricing in advance so you can make arrangements to pick up the equipment.  Reserving the rentals in advance can lower the price and sometimes booking online can also decrease the rental price.

Splurge on Ski Rentals:

When reserving your ski rentals, see if the company has a “Gold Package” ski rental which allows you to have the newest and latest technology.  The rentals will cost a bit more, but will have great quality for an awesome time on the slopes.  If your kids ski frequently, look into a grow-up-plan which allows you to rent equipment each season for 5 years at one price.  This allows you to choose the size of equipment each year because they are still growing.

Save on Activities:

Check out the Olympic Utah Park which gives you free access to walk through the exhibit about the 2002 Utah Winter Olympics.  This is a great activity for all ages to learn about the history of every winter sport in the Olympics with activities at every turn.  In Park City you can also find free or inexpensive activities such as the Park City Library Storytimes, snowshoeing, Park City Ice Skating, and Gorgoza Park for tubing.

Splurge on Activities:

The Sundance Film Festival happens every January where independent artists show their films or commercials.  You can find Festival Passes up to $3000 for all access during to this infamous festival.  Hot Air Ballooning is a year round activity you can experience over beautiful Park City.  Flights are around $200 per person at Morning Star Balloons and Park City Balloon Adventures.

Heliskiing is another great way to spend money on an amazing ski experience.  Heliskiing is an off-trail skiing experience that you get to by helicopter and carve your way down the mountain where not that many people ski.

epearson (17 Posts)

Elise loves travelling and experiencing new cultures and activities. She is originally from Michigan and has lived in the West for 8 years and loves the mountains, outdoor activities, and of course skiing. Elise works in the Marketing Department of Mountain Reservations as a SEO and Social Media coordinator. Connect to epearson: Google+ | LinkedIn

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