You’re pumped up for your ski vacation in Park City. Your condo is booked, your gear is packed, and now it’s time to think about how you’ll get around. But if you’ve never been to the Beehive State, you may be wondering the best way to get to and from the slopes.
Should you rent a car? Use ride sharing? Take advantage of public transportation? We’re sharing the full scoop with our Park City transportation guide.
Why You Shouldn’t Rent a Car
No matter where you’re staying in Park City, we highly discourage you from renting a car. Here’s why:
Traffic on the 224 is already slow-moving enough when the resorts are opening and closing, and you don’t want to be another car stuck in the never-ending lineup.
Bonus: Buses get to drive in the bus lane/shoulder, so you’ll make better time on the bus!
Once you do make it through the Park City traffic, you’ll be disappointed to find that parking at Park City Mountain is nearly impossible. The lot is always full by 9:15 am, whether it’s a holiday or not. Even if you’re willing to pay $25 for the premium lot, you’ll need to pray for a miracle that there are any spots left.
You probably have plans to hit up the bar after a great day on the mountain. Park City has lots of apres ski options (on the mountain or on Main Street), but it also has some of the strictest DUI laws in the country. You won’t want to be driving even if you have just one drink, and parking in the downtown area is pricey and sparse.
The Best Park City Transportation Options
Hopefully by now you’re convinced that renting a car is not the way to go during your Park City ski trip. And if you’re still set on car rental, make sure you choose a 4-wheel drive vehicle to take on the winter weather. Choose a vehicle with plenty of cargo space so you can tote all of your ski gear, too.
Instead of opting for a rental car, we encourage you to rely on ride sharing apps or public transportation. You’ll never have to worry about dangerous, snowy driving conditions, and you’ll be taking the eco-friendly route. Here are some great transportation options:
1. Ride Sharing
Apps like Uber and Lyft are very popular in Park City, making for a convenient and affordable way to get from the airport and to the ski lift. You can even reserve a private car service or shared service if you’re unfamiliar with the app. It will still be cheaper than renting a 4-wheel drive car!
2. Public Transportation
Public transportation is free all over Park City, making it hands-down the best way to get around while you’re in town. You can even hop on the electric bus to take the express route anywhere you want to go.
Download the myStop app to get real-time information on the Park City transit bus system. You’ll love the live bus tracker feature, which takes all the guesswork out of catching the bus. You can also use Park City Transit On-Demand to request a ride via phone.
3. Canyons Village Connect
Staying at Canyons Village? You’ll love the perk of Canyons Village Connect, an exclusive, on-demand ride service that allows you to request rides to a variety of locations throughout Park City via the Canyons Village Connect app.
4. eBike Sharing
Winter is obviously not the ideal time for riding a bike around Park City, but if you’re planning to come back in the summer, consider trying our city’s eBike share program, Summit Bike Share. You’ll have more fun exploring Park City by bike, and you’ll save money and protect the environment, too.
Now that you have the low-down on Park City transportation, you’re ready for a seamless ski vacation. All Seasons Grocery can also help you by delivering groceries to your Park City vacation home. You won’t even have to worry about hopping on the bus or grabbing an Uber to get fresh ingredients delivered straight to your door. Start your grocery delivery order today.