Though ski-racer Ted Ligety shreds the world’s best mountains for work, he calls Park City, Utah home. “It’s nice to come back here. I ski with my friends and we know the mountain really well,” he says. “It’s a lot of fun knowing the mountain this intimately.”
And, the Olympic gold medalist’s ties with Park City Mountain Resort run deep: At two years old, he made his first tracks there. Eight years later, he started his illustrious ski-racing career skiing for the Park City ski team, where they called him “Ted Ligety Split.” “You couldn’t ask for a better mountain to grow up skiing on, or a better town,” he says.
In 2005, he earned a berth on the U.S. ski team. One year later, he stunned the world when, at age 21, he won gold in the combined at the 2006 Olympics in Turin, Italy. But the big turn for Ligety came in 2013, when he became the first man in 45 years to win three gold medals at a single world championships. Now considered one of the best skiers on the planet, he’s called “Mr. G.S.,” a nod to his dominance in the giant slalom discipline.
Off the slopes, he’s started his own company, Shred, which makes goggles, sunglasses, helmets and outerwear. When he’s not lapping PCMR’s Jupiter lift, you’ll find him mountain biking or waterskiing around Park City or grabbing a bite at one of his favorite restaurants in town, Reef’s.
Ted Ligety catching air, 1992
Copyright: Ligety Family Photos
From the best après to where to ski on a powder day, read on for Ligety’s insider tips for making the most of Park City, both on and off the slopes.
Favorite runs: For groomers, it’s skiing on King Con. For powder skiing, it’s Jupiter lift.
Best on-mountain dining: Mid-Mountain Lodge.
Best on-mountain meal: The Mid-Mountain burger or chicken sandwich at Mid-Mountain lodge.
Best restaurant in Park City: Reef’s. It’s a middle-eastern restaurant on Main Street. I think High West Distillery is good, too. It’s a cool location. You can ski right there. There’s a run called Quittin’ Time that goes straight from the mountain to High West.
Best on-mountain après: The Corner Store. It’s at the bottom of the mountain in the main plaza.
Best in town après: It depends on the day. No Name is the obvious one. High West can be pretty good, too.
Best hot tub: I don’t want to ruin it, but the St. Regis is pretty sweet, as far as the hot tub and pool there. It’s pretty easy to sneak in there.
Best month to ski Park City: During Sundance. There’s a ton of people in town, but no one is there to ski and the mountain is pretty empty.
Insider secrets: If you’re at Park City on a powder day, ride Crescent lift before they open up the back bowls. That’s probably the best way to get some laps in. Normally people rush to the back bowls, but they take a bit longer to open because of avalanche safety, where as the Crescent trails on the front side have good, steep pitch and are pretty long, so they’re a good place to hit up before you go to the back bowls.
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