Advice you won’t get from a brochure.
Arriving early or staying late?
The Montage Resort is providing excellent room rates for the conference; however, you’ll pay at least $100 more per night if you plan to extend your stay. A nearby lodge known as the Deer Valley Resort offers economical alternatives to the Montage but you must reserve soon. Like now. July 4th is a big area celebration and everyone sells out.
There is no Montage Resort shuttle for the 36-mile commute to and from Salt Lake City airport. Consider booking a cab, taking a private or shared airport shuttle, or renting a car. If you decide on a shuttle, make your reservation way in advance because it’ll be very busy. For available shuttles, Google “SLC to Park City Shuttle.” If you decide to drive your own car, know that the hotel requires valet service at $35 per night.
The Montage does provide guest shuttle service into Park City. Then while you’re downtown, you can ride the city bus for free.
Grabbing a spot.
If you plan to attend concerts or watch fireworks in the downtown City Park, you should claim your spot early in the day. Elsie Walter (wife of Executive Director Chuck Walter) recommends picking up a couple of cheap lawn chairs at the local Park City Walmart on your way to the resort. Then when July 4th rolls around, lay claim to your City Park footprint early in the day. You don’t have to babysit your spot; simply return to the park when you’re ready. Donate or recycle the chairs when the trip is over.
- Park City is 7,000 feet (2,134 meters) above sea level; the Montage Resort is around 8000. Many people feel the effects of high altitude when they first arrive. Common symptoms include tiredness, shortness of breath with exertion, and headaches. To alleviate symptoms, drink lots of water and take aspirin. Serious symptoms that don’t respond to rest and aspirin merit a visit to the doctor.
- The effects of alcohol are often heightened due to the altitude. Consider drinking a little less than you’re used to. You’ll feel better in the morning.
- The sun is stronger at high altitudes. Always wear sunscreen as UV rays can penetrate even on cloudy days.
- Weather in Park City changes rapidly; check the weather each day to dress and plan accordingly.
There are major supermarkets (Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Walmart) through Park City. Main Street downtown also boasts oodles of restaurants and boutiques from casual to fancy with prices that match. You won’t have any problems finding something to suit your taste and budget.
Olympic Legacy Park is a sprawling sports activity and entertainment venue built for the 2002 Olympics. Visitors purchase adult and youth day passes (~$75 and ~$45 respectively) covering most options. A few specialty rides and activities will cost extra. Reviews of OLP are outstanding and everyone agrees it’s a can’t miss destination. Suggestions include booking passes ahead of time, drinking lots of water, and wearing comfortable clothes, especially shoes.