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Introducing Park City

Century-old buildings line Park City's one main street, looking particularly inviting after a new dusting of snow, or at nightfall when the twinkling lights outline the eaves. It's hard to imagine that this one-time silver boomtown ever went bust. Condos and multimillion-dollar houses abut the valleys and crowd the center of Utah's premier ski village. Fabulous restaurants abound, and the skiing is truly world-class.

Park City skyrocketed to international fame when it hosted the downhill, jumping and sledding events at the 2002 Winter Olympics. Today it's the permanent home base for the US Ski Team; at one time or another most US winter Olympians train at the three ski resorts and Olympic Park here. Though the eastern front gets fewer inches per year than the western front of the Wasatch Mountains, there's usually snow from late November through mid-April. Winter is the busy high season.

Come summer, more residents than visitors gear up for hiking and mountain biking among the nearby peaks. June to August, temperatures average in the 70s (low 20s in Celsius); nights are chilly. Spring and fall can be wet and boring; resort services, limited in summer compared with winter, shut down entirely between seasons. Restaurants take extended breaks, especially in May.