The list of snow-based fun in Park City is a long one. There’s something for everyone, even if you don’t ski. Whether you’re a local looking for something new to try, or a tourist ready to make your vacation unforgettable, check out our list below to see what sends your imagination soaring. Here’s our top 10 list of fun winter activities in Park City:
- If you’re an experienced skier looking to up the stakes, try out heli-skiing or cat-skiing. These take you into the virgin snow of the backcountry the surroundings are serene and the crowds are left behind. There’s just nothing like being the first to make tracks in knee-deep powder. Local companies offering this will train and outfit you for maximum fun and safety.
- Park City also has phenomenal cross-country skiing. Juxtaposed to the adrenaline rush of downhill, cross-country skiing allows you the time to focus on tranquil scenery and your full-body workout that’s rated as one of the most complete of all sports. There are 18km of groomed trail right in town (White Pine Touring Center) and 23km of trails in the nearby hamlet of Midway, (Soldier Hollow, home of the 2002 Winter Olympic facility).
- Snowshoeing is also a great way to take in the incredible alpine vistas in the area. There are miles and miles of trails that can fill an hour or a whole day with a winter hike you won’t forget soon. Snowmobiling is another way to enjoy the undeveloped areas of the Unita Mountains. Whether you want to crank up the speed or take a leisurely ride through areas few others get to see, there are several local companies that will design an adventure based on your individual wishes.
- No family vacation to this area would complete without at least one day of “tubing”. The more fun version of sledding, a rope tow (remember those?) pulls you in a giant inflated inner tube up a bunny-hill, then sends you zooming down at speeds sure to make you scream. No one has ever done this for just one run, so expect to be there for at least a half day. (Gorgoza Park; Soldier Hollow).
- The Park City Ice Arena is an enclosed facility that offers many different ice activities, including public skating sessions, curling, speed skating, and drop-in hockey, and private lessons of all sorts. Equipment rentals are also available.
- For those looking for an attraction that offers variety and unique experiences, the Utah Olympic Park cannot be beat. It offers a wide array of activities sure to please the whole family. Bobsled rides, ziplines, ski jumping shows, and a chair lift ride to the top of the highest altitude ski jump at 7,130 feetare just a few of the goings-on. For more leisurely downtime, the Engen Ski Museum and the 2002 Eccles Olympic Winter Games Museum offer a wealth of interesting information and displays about all snow sports.
- Park City is proud to be home to the National Abilities Center, which specializes in helping the physically or mentally challenged enjoy the abundant winter activities. Park City Mountain in conjunction with the NAC can help almost anyone experience the thrill of zipping down the mountain.
- Park City’s Main Street is worth carving out some time for. Whether you’re interested in the colorful local history or in the incredible shopping, this one little street will keep you entertained for hours. Proud of its silver mine boom and bust saga, sixty-four buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Park City Historical Museum is a great place to learn about these and the town’s intriguing past. The quaint little shops along Main Street include book and candy stores, boutique clothing, artisan and fine jewelry, furniture, and, of course, winter sports equipment and clothing – just to name a few.
- A day of shopping at the nearby Tanger Outlet Mall will send you home with bags of the latest fashions, all at discount prices. Also, the Kimball Junction area of town, which is just off the I-80 on highway 224, has national chain stores, a mega-plex movie theater, and many unique specialty shops and restaurants.
- Second only to its snow, Park City is well known for its love of the arts. Whether you’re in the mood for live theater (The Egyptian Theater), a big-name concert (The Eccles Center), or strolling the many fine-art galleries in the area, you’ll be amazed at the quantity and quality available. After dark, several of the eating establishments on Main Street offer musical performances by local artists. You’ll find many places to put your feet up and relax after a splendid day in the snow.
If you don’t find anything on this list that seems to be what you’re looking for, visit the Park City Visitor’s Bureau. They keep an up-to-date activities calendar of special events as well as local recreation and nightlife fun. Or, give us a call at Chin-MacQuoid-Fleming-Harris – we keep our finger on the pulse of all things Park City and will let you in on anything new and awesome. We hope to see you playing in the snow soon!