Park City Travel Guide

USA  #2 in Best Ski Vacations in the USA
Credit

Courtesy of Erik Isakson/Getty Images/Tetra images RF

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

Switch to Celsius/MM
Average Temperature (°F)
37
14
42
16
49
23
59
29
68
35
78
41
87
48
86
48
76
39
62
30
47
22
37
14
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Average Precipitation (in)
0.06
0.06
0.06
0.06
0.06
0.04
0.04
0.04
0.05
0.06
0.06
0.06
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

December-February

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. 

Key Events: 

March-May

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.

Key Events:

 

June-August

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.

Key Events:

September-November

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.

Key Events:

Find Flight and Hotel Deals

FLIGHTS
HOTELS

Press the down arrow key to interact with the calendar and select a date. Press the question mark key to get the keyboard shortcuts for changing dates.

Press the down arrow key to interact with the calendar and select a date. Press the question mark key to get the keyboard shortcuts for changing dates.

Explore More of Park City

If you make a purchase from our site, we may earn a commission. This does not affect the quality or independence of our editorial content.

Recommended

30 Top Florida Weekend Getaways

Spend sun-filled days exploring Florida's beautiful beaches, cities, parks and small towns.

Gwen PratesiDecember 9, 2019

The Best Travel Backpacks for 2020

U.S. News rated the best travel backpacks using recommendations from experts and consumers.

Lyn MettlerNovember 25, 2019

30 Top Wellness Retreats

Rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit at one of these relaxation-focused properties.

Kyle McCarthyNovember 21, 2019

30 Fun All-Inclusive Family Vacations

Book one of these all-inclusive trips that cover food, accommodations and activities galore.

Holly JohnsonNovember 14, 2019

5 Ways Cruise Lines Are Becoming More Environmentally Friendly

Industry considers impact as it looks to the future.

Gwen PratesiNovember 12, 2019

11 Unique and Quirky Cruise Destinations

Venture off the beaten path for an authentic cruising experience.

Christine SmithNovember 12, 2019

The 2020 Best Cruise Lines for Families

Gather up the gang and head out to sea with one of these six kid-friendly cruise lines.

Nicola WoodNovember 12, 2019

The Top Pyramids in Mexico to Visit

Add these ancient marvels to your Mexico vacation itinerary.

Lyn MettlerOctober 28, 2019

30 Top Babymoon Destinations, Trips and Ideas

From romantic beach getaways to big city adventures to glamping in the forest, these locales will inspire your babymoon planning.

Gwen PratesiOctober 15, 2019

15 Tips for Traveling While Pregnant

These tips will help pregnant women travel the world in comfort and style.

Holly JohnsonOctober 10, 2019