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Park City, Utah, was a mining town during the early part of the 1900s. After the mining was discontinued, Park City became a fairly deserted small town. That was before it was revived in the 1980s and 1990s as a ski resort area. It is now a popular tourist area as well as a desirable place to live.
Local residents of the Salt Lake Valley can find much to enjoy by driving to Park City for the outstanding scenery, the quaint shops, and abundance of eating establishments. There is a wide variety of excellent restaurants available for the choosing.
Park City is a city in Summit County, Utah. It is considered to be part of the Wasatch Back. The city is 32 miles southeast of downtown Salt Lake City and 20 miles from Salt Lake City's east edge of Sugar House along Interstate 80. The population was 8,396 at the 2020 census, On average, the tourist population greatly exceeds the number of permanent residents.
After a population decline following the shutdown of the area's mining industry, the city rebounded during the 1980s and 1990s through an expansion of its tourism business. The city currently brings in a yearly average of $529.8 million to the Utah Economy as a tourist hot spot, $80 million of which is attributed to the Sundance Film Festival. The city has two major ski resorts, Deer Valley Resort and Park City Mountain Resort (combined with Canyons Village at Park City) and one minor resort: Woodward Park City (an action sports training and fun center). Both Deer Valley and Park City Mountain Resorts were the major locations for ski and snowboarding events at the 2002 Winter Olympics. Although they receive less snow and have a shorter ski season than do their counterparts in Salt Lake County, such as Snowbird resort, they are much easier to access. [Wikipedia]
The Sundance Film Festival, held each year in Park City, is the largest independent film festival in the United States. Actors and film makers flock to Park City to join in the festivities and showing of outstanding new films.
Park City remains as the home of the United States Ski Team and is a training center for various other ski team members. The 2002 Winter Olympics bobsled, skeleton, luge track at the Utah Olympic Park and the many golf courses are popular features of Park City.
Forbes Traveler Magazine named Park City in 2008 as one of the "20 prettiest towns" in the United States. They have also earned other awards.
Taking the quick drive from the Salt Lake City area to Park City offers beautiful mountains and scenery as well as outstanding entertaining and eating experiences.