When dealing with a lot of these resort towns unfortunately some of the people conducting business down there make it a little hard for the average person to stay there for a reasonable rate. I guess they figure since they can look their nose up at you then you must be on your own as far as finding a nice vacation spot for you and your family. Maybe they expect you to do the fake cowboy thing like Bon Jovi and Madonna do and be able to spend millions on building your own ranch house as you pretend to be a real outdoors enthusiast. If you want to go skiing however which most folks do on a winter-tundra type vacation most resorts such as the in Park City offer skiing tutorials for either an added on fee or it will come for free. Either way you will be paying for it in the end.
I know this sounds too simplistic, but a way to avoid pitfalls and scams is to do as much research as you can. There are great places and deals out there. Just remember to do your homework! When booking a vacation in a potentially unfamiliar area like Park City, Utah don’t be afraid to call up any friends and family who may have planned a similar trip in the past. Let’s say you are taking the kids up to their grandparents’ neck of the woods, don’t be ashamed to ask your parents for information on the area. Just because you moved out to live on your own many years ago doesn’t mean your parents are completely bankrupt of good information as you move further along in your own adulthood. Also, don’t be afraid to ask the company you are booking the trip with any questions that comes to mind, no matter how mundane and pointless. If the business is unwilling to answer it, then obviously you should patronize that establishment. There are travel guides that can be sent on request at parkcityinfo.com
Travelocity, Orbitz and any of their ugly cousins may be able to get you a good deal, but it is better to just go directly to the city website. This seems to cut out the middle man and typically ensure that the information you are getting is unfiltered. My experience is that the more secluded and the more privacy oriented a resort or private home may be the more expensive it can be typically. If it is out in the middle of nowhere and people still crave to stay there the owners can charge whatever they want due to the lack of competition. Let’s take one of these Park City Old Town Rental Homes, real ritzy, decorated almost like a Christmas-style home if there is such a thing. Now the deal you get depends on the night you are there and the special that is running. Just expect to pay somewhere between seven hundred and one thousand dollars a night. I would tend to go for something a little more practical.
Another fancier option would be a VRBO Vacation Rental. One thing you’ll find out about a lot of these rooms is the definite no smoking allowed requirement. It is all basically around the same price as the previous home mentioned above. It comes with a DVD Player, stereo already installed and extensive cable channels including HBO. During the Sundance Film Festival you can stay there for twelve hundred a night. Senator Kerry and folks like him can even go wind surfing or antiquing at this particular resort. The third company of which I would like to promote is the Park City Mountain Resort. You can stay there for about four hundred dollars a night and they seem to be more conducive to the idea of holding corporate outing/business meetings then many of the other houses, lodges, whatever. They offer seemingly a larger array of package deals for people on a more affordable budget. No matter where you stay in Park City, it is a wonderful place to go and the whole family should enjoy it.
Private Rental Listings. Official Park City Website. http://www.parkcityinfo.com/listings/index.cfm?action=showsub&catID=5&subcatID=70&startrange=all
Park City Vacation Rental. Park City Old Town Rental Home. http://www.lodging4vacations.com/park-city-old-town/
http://www.vrbo.com/18899 VRBO® is Vacation Rentals by Owner Snowplace Like Home… in Old Town Park City!
Park City Mountain Resort. Package Deals. http://www.parkcitymountain.com/winter/plan/package_deals