Tripadvisor.com recently ranked Park City as the third priciest ski destination in the U.S. behind No. 1 ranked Aspen (shocking, I know) and Vail. And really, it’s not that hard to figure out why. Park City is the whole package: easy access, great snow, acclaimed dining, a rocking nightlife and more luxury hotel rooms than year round residents. But getting a taste of good life need not break the bank. Following are a few tricks and tips to navigating Park City on the cheap:

All of Deer Valley’s luxury lodges—Stein Eriksen, the St. Regis, Montage, to name a few—are open to the public. At the St. Regis, you can take a gratis funicular ride from the Snow Park Lodge area up to the hotel’s J&G Grill. Or glide into the posh locker room off Deer Valley’s Deer Hollow ski run. While there be sure to check out the amazing rock and fire outdoor patio. And at the Montage and Stein’s, ski valets will not only meet you on the slope to receive your skis and poles, but help take off your boots and loan you a pair of cozy slippers to wear while inside.


Glide in from Deer Valley's Deer Hollow run and store your gear in the posh St. Regis locker room while you lunch or aprés at St. Regis' J&G Grill.

One of Park City Mountain Resort’s best features is how you can ski either Quittin’ Time or Creole ski runs down into Old Town. Make a plan to do so around lunchtime and head to Davanza’s Pizzeria on Park Avenue, where a 10-inch personal pizza is $7.50 or a slice is $2.75. Or walk a bit further to Main Street’s O’Shuck’s Bar & Grill, one of Park City’s most beloved locals hangouts. O’Shuck’s burgers are $3 every day until 5 p.m. and on Tuesdays both the burgers and the fish bowl-size schooners of draft beer are $3 each until 1 a.m.

Admission to the very well-done Alf Engen Ski Museum and Eccles Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games Museum at the Utah Olympic Park is free. Both are open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Glide in from Deer Valley’s Deer Hollow run and store your gear in the posh St. Regis ski locker room while you lunch or après at St. Regis’ J&G Grill.  

Take a soak in the outdoor hot tub, warm up in the coed steam room, swim laps or take a yoga class all for just $10 at the Park City Municipal Athletic and Recreation Center (1200 Little Kate Road).