Falling for Winter in Park City

The kids are back in school, the aspens show their first hint of yellow, and mornings now require a sweater. The nostalgic transition out of the summer season has us falling for winter in Park City.

I’m ready for pumpkins and giving thanks, followed by après ski afternoons. Who’s with me?

What I really love about Park City is it’s year-round appeal. Summer and fall are perfect for mountain biking, fishing and hiking, while winter struts it stuff with The Greatest Snow on Earth.

Our little town is so fabulous that earlier this year, Time Magazine named Park City #2 on their list of World’s Greatest Places.

“But it’s not all upscale accommodations, new restaurants, and ski-in ski-out at this beloved winter escape: the city is enticing summer visitors with golfing, hiking, fly-­fishing, and mountain-biking opportunities set on a mesmerizing backdrop.”


Fall is hands-down my favorite season. When the leaves explode into vibrant yellows, oranges and reds, the hiking and mounting biking trails really get hopping. It’s a fabulous time to be out in Mother Nature’s magic.

My favorite fall event is Halloween on Main Street. The entire road shuts down and thousands of people flood Old Town to trick-or-treat at the shops. The costumes are hugely impressive, kids have the time of their lives and even dogs get to enjoy their own puppy parade.

Another big favorite is Autumn Aloft, a hot air balloon festival featuring balloonists from all over the world. Various events run throughout the weekend of September 17th and 18th.

Gorgeous foliage along the Wasatch Back.

It also wouldn’t be fall without Oktoberfest at Snowbird Ski Resort. This family-friendly event is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and is one of the largest festivals in Utah! You’ll enjoy the biergarten and bratwurst, plus fun rides and activities for the kids.

Excitement over ski season has certainly been building in recent weeks. Monsoon season made a strong showing; warm, sunny mornings gave way to cool, dark afternoons with ample rainfall. The general hope is a consistent snow dump all winter long (fingers, toes and legs crossed).

Park City Mountain Resort announced its targeted opening date will be Friday, November 18th. For the first time ever, the resort will limit daily lift ticket sales to streamline traffic on the mountain. What’s also new this year is a $25 parking reservation fee at Main, First Time and Silver King parking lots until 1pm. This wasn’t a fun announcement for us locals, but the bus system is impeccable here. Plus, it’s all the more reason to check out our stellar collection of ski-in/ski-out properties (more on that later).

Dreaming of powder days in the pines.

Perhaps some of the most exciting news is after a two year hiatus, the Sundance Film Festival will return in-person January 19th-29th.

Fun Fact: This is the BEST time to be on the mountain because the crowds are generally on Main Street or in Salt Lake to view films. If you’re able to sneak away from all the action, expect a fantastic ski and riding experience.

Luxury Accommodations

We have a spectacular and diverse portfolio of ski-in/ski-out and walk-to-ski residences to consider. To view our entire collection, click on the button below.

Winter Way at the Colony

6 Bedrooms |8 Bath |15 Guests

Dreamscape 365 at Deer Crest

5 Bedrooms | 7 Bath | 14 Guests

Mountain Oasis

5 Bedrooms | 8 Bath | 10 Guests

Parkite on Main: Three-Four

4 Bedrooms | 4 Bath | 12 Guests