GETTING THERE: Park City, in north-central Utah, is about 35 miles east of Salt Lake City.
Several companies run shuttles between the Salt Lake airport and Park City. One is All-Resorts Express, which charges $25 a person per trip. Call (800) 457-9457.
GETTING AROUND: You don't really need a car to get around Park City. Free municipal buses, paid for from hotel and motel taxes, make stops throughout the city and at all three of the big ski areas.
A company called Canyon Hop offers daily trips from Park City to Alta, Snowbird, Brighton, Solitude and Sundance ski areas for $22 a person, round trip. (Special to Snowbird, $59 with lift ticket.) Call (435) 513-SKII.
Another company, Gold Standard, operates a shuttle to Snowbasin that costs $60 a person, including lift ticket. Call (877) 450-GOLD.
SKIING: Utah has a dozen major ski resorts, including three in or near Park City. Park City Mountain was scheduled to open for the season Nov. 11. The price of regular daily lift ticket prices is $57 for adults, $30 for children 7-11 and seniors 65 to 69, free for children younger than 7 and seniors 70 and older. Three-of-seven day lift ticket prices for the regular season will be $171 for adults, $84 for children ages 7-12, free for children 6 and younger and free for seniors 70 and older. Information: (800) 222-PARK or www.parkcitymountain.com.
At Deer Valley Resort, the season is set to open Dec. 2. Daily lift ticket prices for the regular season will be $63 for adults, $34 for children 12 and younger, $44 for senior adults 65 and older. Three-of-seven prices: $177 for adults, $87 for children 7-12; $120 for seniors. Snowboarding is not allowed at Deer Valley. Information: (800) 424-DEER or www.deervalley.com.
The Canyons' ski season is scheduled to begin Nov. 17. Regular season daily lift ticket prices will be $58 for adults, $29 for children 6-12 and seniors 65 and older. Three-of-seven passes will cost $150 for adults, $75 for juniors and seniors. Information: 1-888-CANYONS or www.thecanyons.com.
Each resort offers ski rentals, but so do dozens of other shops and some of the hotels around town. Ask your travel agent or call around, but be sure to make reservations before you arrive.
UTAH OLYMPIC PARK: The Utah Olympic Park, home of the bobsled, luge, skeleton and ski-jumping Olympic events, is four miles north of Park City. The park is open every day except Christmas. Tours cost $4 to $6, plus $5 a carload. Information: (435) 658-4200 or www.slc2002.org.
WHERE TO STAY: More than 17,500 "pillows" will be available in Park City by the time the Games begin next winter. That's an increase of more than 3,500.
Inn at Prospector Square and Conference Center, 2200 Sidewinder Drive. (435) 649-7100. A complex of about 150 rooms and condominums. Midwinter rates range from about $180 a night for a studio to $400 a night for a three-bedroom condo.
Yarrow Resort Hotel & Conference Center, 1800 Park Ave., (800) 927-7694, www.yarrowresort.com. About 180 rooms . . . doubles start about $250 a night in midwinter.
Marriott Park City, 1895 Sidewinder Drive. (800) 234-9003. Rooms run about $200 a night, double, in midwinter.
WHERE TO EAT: Grub Steak Restaurant, 2200 Sidewinder Drive (across the street from the Inn at Prospector Square), (435) 649-8060. Western-theme restaurant features grilled steak and game, chicken, fresh fish and seafood, plus a 45-item salad bar. Steaks run $20 and up.
Mountain Chicken, 1890 Bonanza Drive, (435) 645-8483. Rotisserie chicken and ribs, family meals from $16.99.
Burgies, 570 Main St., (435) 649-0011. Wide selection of burgers and other sandwiches, salads and shakes with 1950s atmosphere in downtown Park City.
The Corner Cafe, inside the Yarrow Hotel at 1800 Park Ave., (435) 655-4417. Homestyle dinners -- fried chicken, pot roast, meat loaf and the like -- for less than $10, plus a Friday and Saturday night prime rib buffet for $9.95.
Zoom, 660 Main St. (435) 649-9108. Robert Redford's downtown restaurant in a restored Union Pacific building features sandwiches, pizzas, pastas, steaks, chicken ribs and fish. Entrees start about $16.
SUNDANCE FESTIVAL: The annual Sundance Film Festival is a showcase for new American independent films run by Robert Redford's nonprofit Sundance Institute. More than 100 feature-length films and 60 shorts will be exhibited between Jan. 18 and 28, 2001. The festival draws more than 20,000 people to Park City. Information: www.sundance.org.
XIX OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES: The games, scheduled for Feb. 8-24, 2002, will be based at Salt Lake City, Utah, and neighboring communities. There are 68 medal events. 3,500 athletes and officials from about 80 National Olympic Committees are expected to participate.
Park City Mountain: ski racing and snowboarding (giant slalom); snowboarding (half pipe)Deer Valley: alpine skiing (slalom); freestyle skiing (moguls, aerials)Utah Olympic Park: bobsled; luge; ski jumping; skeleton
Tickets on sale at www.saltlake2002.com or (800) 842-5387.
TO LEARN MORE: Park City Convention and Visitors Bureau, P.O. Box 1630, Park City, Utah 84060-1630. (800) 453-1360 or www.parkcityinfo.com. Ski Utah, 150 W. 500 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101. (801) 534-1779 or www.skiutah.com.