How to Start Your Ski Day at Park City

Posted October 20, 2021
Sunrise in Park City
Park City Mountain is the largest ski resort in the United States which means there is a lot to explore! With more than 330 trails, 43 lifts and 7,300 acres of terrain, where do you begin?  

We’re here with insider tips on 10 different lifts you can take from Park City Mountain’s base areas to kick off your day on the slopes based on your location and ability level.  

But first, our #1 local tip for kicking off your ski day: check our lift and terrain status to help inform a smooth arrival, check mountain conditions and avoid lift lines. Download and check your EpicMix app and @ParkCityMtnAlert on Twitter for the most up-to-date information on lift line times and any weather delays or closures. For guests who don’t have Twitter, you can view the @ParkCityMtnAlert feed on  

 Starting in Park City Mountain Village: 

Town Lift – Best for Old Towners 
If you’re staying near Main Street in Old Town Park City, look no further than the historic Town Lift to start your day. While it’s not the quickest lift on the mountain (we said historic, not fast), Town Lift offers beautiful views of Park City and conveniently takes you straight from Main Street to the bottom of the Bonanza Express. From there, you can ski directly down to the Park City Mountain Village via your choice of beginner, intermediate or advanced trail. Or, continue your journey up the mountain via the Bonanza Express to explore our endless mid-mountain terrain.  

First Time Lift – Best for Beginners 

If you’re a beginner skier or rider, you should consider making First Time lift your first stop. Located at the base of the resort in the Park City Mountain Village, First Time lift offers a short ride and gentle, beginner slope to warm up those legs and start your day. This is also the perfect spot for kids to start their ski and snowboard journey on one of our nearby conveyor lifts.  

3 Kings Lift – Best for Thrill Seekers 
Did you know that Park City Mountain was the official venue host for snowboard halfpipe during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games? See for yourself by taking a ride up 3 Kings Lift! 3 Kings provides direct access to several of our world class terrain parks including the Olympic halfpipe. Test out your skills with a run down Pick n’ Shovel, or simply enjoy watching skiers and riders test out new tricks in the park. 

Payday Express– Best Classic  
Just steps away from Legacy Lodge, the classic, 6-seat Payday Express offers a swift ride up the mountain with easy access to the Bonanza Express. From here, you can enjoy Park City’s gold star grooming on Kings Crown or Treasure Hollow runs, catch a ride on the Bonanza Express or ski down directly to Main Street.   

 Insider Tip: You might see a longer line on Payday in the morning as people arrive to start their day, but this moves quickly as one of our express lifts. Crescent Lift and Eagle Lift are alternative nearby options to get up the mountain.  

Crescent Express – Best for Getting to Quicksilver 
If you’re looking for the quickest way to get to the Quicksilver Gondola, look no further than Crescent lift. After a short walk uphill to the right of Payday Lift (the leg warm-up is on us), this 4-person, express lift will take you up the mountain where you can easily access King Con lift, Silverlode lift and the Quicksilver Gondola via the Claimjumper trail. And, if you’re an advanced skier, don’t miss out on the seven epic black runs waiting to be conquered off the top Crescent. 

Insider Tip: On the right powder day, you can sneak in first tracks off Crescent before the higher alpine terrain opens. But, be sure to check out the grooming report and be aware of variable terrain below the powder.  

Eagle Lift– Best Kept Secret 
Eagle lift may not fly like an eagle, but keep it in your back pocket if you’re seeing lines at Payday or Crescent. With direct access to the bottom of the King Con, this three-person lift was installed to transport athletes during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games and is often overlooked. On most days, you’ll ski right on to Eagle and can check out the halfpipe riders on your way up the mountain.  

Insider Tip: Eagle lift is scheduled to be upgraded before the 2022-23 winter season as part of our Epic Lift Upgrade! A high-speed 6-person chair with a new alignment and mid-station will replace the existing Eagle lift and take people from the Park City Mountain Village toa new drop off near the top of the existing King Con lift. 

Silver Star Lift – Best off the Beaten Path  
Silver Star lift offers convenient mountain access to guests staying in the Silver Star area. If you’re a fan of public transportation, this area is also right off the public bus route and tends to see less guest traffic. Hop on board and head over to King Con to explore some of the mountain’s best intermediate terrain. 

Starting in Canyons Village: 

Cabriolet Lift- Best Access to the Canyons Village 
Parking at Canyons Village? Grab your gear and head over to the Cabriolet for direct access up to the Village. We like to pretend we’re flying when we’re riding up this lift. 

Orange Bubble Express (OBX)- Best Unique Lift Ride 
We know what you’re thinking, that’s a weird name for a lift. The four-seat Orange Bubbles Express, or OBX, is located steps away from the Grand Summit hotel in Canyons Village and is easy to spot with its orange, pod-like appearance. OBX is best for intermediate and advanced skiers and offers two stops: the first at Lookout Cabin and the second near the top of High Meadow Park and Sun Peak lift.   

Insider Tip: If you’re feeling a little bit warmer when you’re riding the OBX, we promise you’re not going crazy. The lift is heated to a toasty 55 degrees and provides a shield you can pull down to protect from the elements on a snowy day.  

Red Pine Gondola – Best for All Levels  

Located in the heart of Canyons Village, the Red Pine Gondola whisks you up to mid-mountain where you can choose your own adventure and access all levels of terrain. Beginners can start their day at High Meadow Park, Park City’s premier ski and snowboard learning area steps away from Red Pine Lodge, a perfect spot to cozy up inside with a cup of hot cocoa after a morning on the mountain.