Best Times to Visit Park City
The best time to visit Park City is from December to March, if you're a winter sports enthusiast. Ski season generally runs from mid-November through mid-April, depending on the weather and snowfall totals. The winter months are the coldest, with temperatures averaging in the low 30s and dropping to single digits by nightfall. Park City sees an average of 300 to 400 inches of snowfall annually, and the city is the busiest in January, when in addition to skiers, thousands of film fans flock to attend the annual Sundance Film Festival. And while the ski season is the primary draw for this small mountain enclave, local Utah residents often visit for a cool break in the summer months, when Park City temperatures are typically 20 degrees lower than in other parts of the state.
Weather in Park City
Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center
Winter is the coldest season in Park City and garners the most snowfall, with half of the annual 300 to 400 inches falling during these months. Temperatures dip to single digits at night and barely reach the low 30s during the day. February is a peak ski month, combining fresh snowfalls with a well-developed base. If you're on a budget or hate crowded lifts and slopes, avoid the winter holidays and holiday weekends.
Early spring (March to mid-April) is considered one of the area's shoulder seasons and is a great time to save on accommodations and ski packages. Although temperatures start to climb, the snow conditions are still favorable. Plus, the winter crowds have dispersed, meaning there's more room on the slopes. Spring temperatures average in the high 30s and 40s during the day, but nights are still fairly cold with occasional drops into the 20s. As the weather continues to warm, you'll find more hikers and mountain bikers in the area.
Although Park City draws the majority of its annual tourists during ski season and for the Sundance Film Festival, it also sees an influx of visitors (including Utah residents) in the summer, when temperatures are 20 degrees cooler than in other parts of the state. Expect gorgeous days in the 70s and pleasant, 50-degree evenings. What's more, accommodations are the most affordable during the summer season: You'll pay about half of what you would during peak ski season. In addition to hiking and biking, summer is festival season in Park City, with annual music, food and arts celebrations.
Fall is also considered a shoulder season, with temperatures similar to those in the spring. September retains summer's warm days, but by October the temperatures begin dipping into the 40s. If you visit in the early fall, you may see some rain, which quickly turns into snow by November. September and October are great for hiking, mountain biking, and scenic drives or chairlift rides. Ski season typically begins in mid-November – a good time to snag deals on lodging and ski packages. But keep in mind: High holiday prices start kicking in at Thanksgiving.
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