We take 3-4 ski trips per season and have been regulars at Park City, Utah for the past 5 or so years. It is a fantastic location with superb access from Salt Lake City (30 minute drive on highway).
As I have written about before, I have stayed at a lot of the timeshare properties in Park City. There are still some that I have not been to but they are on my list to sample. For this spring break, we exchanged into the Westgate Park City.
As you may recall, I stayed at this resort this past Spring and did a timeshare presentation. Here is the link to the overview of the timeshare presentation.
The presentation was less than ideal but it did not change my thought on the Westgate Park City property. It did alter my perception of the Westgate timeshare program.
For this stay, we were able to secure 1 bedroom unit. The one bedroom unit is far superior than a studio unit as it comes with a separate living area, large jacuzzi tub and a full kitchen.
Here are a few photos from the room:
Master Bedroom TV and Desk Area
Living Room with Pull Out Couch
Living Room TV
As you can see from the pictures, the room is fairly spacious but the decor is definitely a little dated. Despite the dated decor, the Westgate Park City is one of my favorite timeshare resorts.
It is a little surprising to say since the resort can definitely use some renovations but the reason that I enjoy it so much is convenience.
The Westgate Park City is right at the base of the Canyons ski resort. The Canyons is one of my favorite ski mountains as even during peak times, the resort rarely gets crowded and there is tons of varied terrain.
The Westgate Park City is a very confusing resort to get around since there are only certain floors that go between buildings so you are constantly going up and down trying to traverse the resort.
Despite that issue, the reason that it is a great resort is that it is literally a one minute walk to the ski slopes. While that is convenient, the Westgate makes it even more convenient by bringing your skis directly to the gondola. At the end of the day, they have staff members waiting so you can drop off your skis for storage until the next day skiing.
Despite being only a 1 minute walk, they make it even easier in that you do not need to carry your own skis for more than one second once you are off the lift.
In addition to storing and bringing you skis, they also provide you with a ski locker for your stay. You can leave your ski boots in the locker and get them the next morning. When you are done for the day, the take your boots and dry them overnight and then put them back in your assigned locker. Super convenient.
The resort offer complimentary valet parking where you can drive up and they will take care of the rest. Many of the parking garages in these ski areas are tight so not having to deal with parking is a nice touch.
The Westgate has three very nice pool areas. There is an adult only pool that is located inside. They have the main pool and hot tub area that has an indoor / outdoor pool with two large hot tubs along with various poolside games (ping pong, checkers, chess, etc.)
They also have a smaller pool area with a hot tub that feels very secluded.
The Westgate provides a complimentary shuttle into Park City. It runs daily and is very convenient to be able to go into downtown Park City without the need to worry about parking or having a few apre-ski drinks.
The Westgate Park City has two restaurants that are connected to the resort. Unfortunately, my view is that neither is very good. They have Drafts which is a bar / restaurant and Edges, a fancy steakhouse.
Drafts is typical bar food. They used to have decent pizza's but changed their menu this season to have mostly burgers and wings. The food is definitely so-so but we did eat here a couple times due to convenience and complete lack of energy after a long day of skiing.
Edges is a fancy steakhouse whose food is okay. The pricing is quite high and not an ideal choice for those with young kids. There are better steakhouses in Park City but if you are craving a steak and don't want to drive, this is one of the only options in the Canyons area.
I think that I have fairly high standards for resorts and despite the need of the Westgate to do a refresh, I find the Westgate Park City to be extremely convenient for a great ski trip.
The amenities are great and the service is phenomenal. Having your skis waiting for you at the Gondola and dropping them off after skiing without having to walk at all is extremely nice. It is a real perk especially when I generally have to carry three pairs of skis and ski gear when my kids simply cannot carry anything after a long day skiing.
I have not experienced a lot of the Westgate Resorts as many of them are not in destinations that I would frequent but the Westgate Park City is definitely recommended. Fortunately, the Westgate is generally fairly easy to get when exchanging your timeshare so keep an eye out for this one if you are interesting in planning a great ski trip!