Park City is a winter wonderland. While many come to Park City for the “Greatest Snow on Earth,” Park City Lodging understands that not everyone wants to ski or snowboard. We have compiled a list of some our favorite Park City winter activities that aren’t skiing or snowboarding.
1) Snowshoe Tours: Get the heart rate up and enjoy some aerobic exercise. Take in the scenic snowscapes of the backountry. Enjoy the quieter side of Park City’s mountains.
2) Winter Fly Fishing: For the avid angler who wants it all, why not add a day on the fly to your ski vacation? Explore one of Utah’s many blue ribbon fisheries and enjoy the sanctuary of uncrowded banks on a peaceful winter day.
3) Trap Shooting: Just 20 minutes from Park City, enjoy an afternoon of shooting clay pigeons from a rustic trap.
4) Dogsledding: A once in a lifetime experience for the whole family. Learn the ropes of dog sledding, meet the friendly (and furry) sled team, and take in the stunning mountain landscape. Hurry and book today, this highly sought after activity will sell out soon!
5) Sleigh Rides: Complete your mountain vacation with a classic horse-drawn sleigh ride.
6) Snowmobiling: Experience snowmobiling at its best in the Uinta National Forest. Explore on your own or take advantage of a guided tour on an almost unlimited amount of trails and meadows.
Utah Olympic Park was built in 2002 for the Olympics. It is still being used today to train future Olympians. Utah Olympic Park offers year-round adventure. From learning about the Park’s unique Olympic heritage on a guided tour to taking a ride of a lifetime on the Comet Bobsled Ride, Utah Olympic Park offers activities for all. 7) Bobsledding: Experience the thrill of a lifetime in a bobsled on the 2002 Olympics Sliding Track. A professional pilot will take three passengers on a thrilling ride down the track.
Utah Olympic Park was built in 2002 for the Olympics. It is still being used today to train future Olympians. Utah Olympic Park offers year-round adventure. From learning about the Park’s unique Olympic heritage on a guided tour to taking a ride of a lifetime on the Comet Bobsled Ride, Utah Olympic Park offers activities for all.
7) Bobsledding: Experience the thrill of a lifetime in a bobsled on the 2002 Olympics Sliding Track. A professional pilot will take three passengers on a thrilling ride down the track.
8) Ropes Course: Utah Olympic Park offers several ropes courses. Test your abilities across the traverses that include swinging elements, wire, logs, and other problem-solving features. Their advanced course will have participants 55 feet in air!
9) Zip Lining: Ever wondered what it was like to be an Olympic ski jumper? Strap in to the Extreme Zipline and go for an exhilarating ride above the K120 nordic jump. Take a friend or family member and fly alongside. This is one of the steepest ziplines in the world!
11) The Paint Mixer: The Paint Mixer is the newest venue for art entertainment and wine instruction located on lower Main Street. Bring your friends and family to follow step-by-step instruction to recreate a featured painting. It’s stress-free and absolutely no experience is necessary! Park City Lodging guests enjoy $5 off using code “PCLODGE”
12) Shop ‘Till You Drop:
13) Gorgoza Tubing Park: Offering seven lift-served tubing lanes; kid-friendly mini-snowmobiles; and the Fort Frosty play area, Gorgoza helps provide family adventures and memories that will last a lifetime.
14) Park City Film Series: Enjoy Park City’s only Art House Theater, presenting the best of independent feature, documentary, world, and local cinema.
Our Concierge Service team would love to help customize your stay here in Park City, Utah. We have partnered with the best in Park City to offer our guests fantastic activities, services and discounts.
From ski rentals and snowshoe tours to grocery delivery and dining reservations, we can help ensure you don’t miss a single exciting moment during your Park City vacation. For more concierge opportunities explore our website or mobile app. With so many possibilities let our experienced concierge team help make your vacation unforgettable!
Park City locals have coined their own term for enjoying the Sundance Film Festival, it’s a verb: “Sundancing.” As in “Where are you Sundancing this year?” We’ve put together a few suggestions for maximizing the Sundance experience, like locals do.
Enjoy the second week. Sure you may miss some star-gazing, but honestly, there are less crowds and the vibe is more casual during the second half of this event. And you’ll still find cast members and production crews that stick around to do the post-show audience Q&As. During the dates January 27 – 31, you’ll see some great movies and avoid the mad rush.
Waitlist for movies. Avoid the lines and register to waitlist for Sundance movies. Two hours before the scheduled screening for your selected film, check-in to receive your waitlist number. Then arrive 30 minutes before the movie starts to line up in numerical order. You can even adjust your account settings to “waitlist with a friend.” It’s just $15 cash for empty seats and there are typically a fair allotment of them, particularly during the second week.
Enjoy early morning shows (and afternoon slopes). Stop by a Sundance box office and try to score tickets for morning shows. The party crowd will still be in bed during the 8 AM viewings, so your chances are pretty good to score tickets for these lower demand showtimes. Then after lunch, take a few turns on the ski slopes while the rest of the Sundancers are just starting to migrate to their venues. The ski resorts are refreshingly less crowded during this event.
Participate without participating. There are so many other fun events taking place during Sundance that you can be part of the action without even seeing a movie. An evening stroll on Main Street is bound to reveal a “wanna-be star” or two. The people watching is phenomenal. There are lots of film panels, concerts, sponsor lounges and artistic installations, not to mention the offshoot events, like Slamdance Film Festival. Simply wander around Main Street and pop in to explore all the cool activities. Or, check out the daily Live@Sundance streaming events, from the comfort of your vacation rental.
Split lodging costs. Share a condo or private home with friends and your costs come down dramatically. Stay on the free town shuttle bus route so you don’t need a car and can avoid the parking fees. Dine in at your condo with goods purchased at the grocery stores, also on the free shuttle route. Park City Lodging, Inc. offers accommodations to suit every size group.
Pick up some hand and boot warmers. Fresh Market sells hand and boot warmers at the check-out stands. Pick up a supply of these before you queue up for your movie. Layers are also important. As well as water. There can be moderate winter temperatures during the day, but at night, be prepared for some cold temps. And be sure to stay hydrated at our higher, dryer elevation.
Take your food to go. Nosh in line to make the time pass quickly. Enjoy a tasty treat from these quick and delicious purveyors: if your viewing is in Prospector, check out El Chubasco for authentic Mexican food from their new take-out window; Java Cow & Ice Cream is handy for Main Street venues and they open before the first viewings in the morning. Kimball Junction show-goers can grab a quick panini at Cortona Italian Cafe.
Enjoy the fun of Sundance with these local’s tips. And to experience Park City like a local, stay in a vacation rental home from Park City Lodging, Inc.
Yes, you can drink in Utah and yes they have more than 3.2% ABW beer. As a matter of fact, Park City holds the Guinness World Record for the longest shot-ski in the world. Whether looking for a local microbrew, a craft cocktail, or a glass of your favorite wine, Park City has an après scene for everyone.
We have broken down our favorite places to après by location: Deer Valley, Park City’s Main Street, Park City Mountain & Canyons Village.
St. Regis Bar and Lounge is located in the Snow Park area of Deer Valley. Take the funicular up from Snow Park or stop in from the ski in/ ski out access off Deer Hollow ski run. They are known for their 7452 Mary, which features locally distilled vodka from High West Distillery and a wasabi-celery foam on top. The drink gets its name from the altitude that the bar sits. If you aren’t a fan of Bloody Marys, they have an extensive wine list and plenty of craft cocktails to choose from. If you are there for sunset, you will be treated to a champagne sabering near the outdoor fire.
Royal Street Café is located at Deer Valley’s Silver Lake Lodge. If you are skiing at Deer Valley Resort or staying in one of our properties in the Silver Lake area it is worth stopping in for one of their award-winning cocktails. A personal favorite is their blueberry mojito. While the drink may sound summery, I assure you it is good year round.
Vista Lounge is located in the Empire area of Deer Valley at the Montage. Easily accessible from the slopes at Deer Valley. Comfortably gather with friends or family in front of roaring fireplaces with stunning views of Park City and the surrounding mountains. They often have tremendous musicians playing. Their menu features classic handcrafted cocktails like the Sazerac and Moscow Mule, but don’t shy away from their award-winning Mountain Derby. The cocktail is a concoction of fresh grapefruit juice, lavender/chamomile honey, lemon juice, and Woodford Reserve.
Old Town Cellars (OTC) is located on lower main at 890 Main Street. If you are finishing your day at Town Lift, stroll across the bridge into the doors of Old Town Cellars. The private label winery sources fine wine from the top growing regions and is blended in house by co-founder and sommelier Stephen MacKay. Warm up after a day on the slopes with some tastings and take your favorite wine home to the hot tub. Or order a glass and give their charcuterie board from Beltex Meats a try. Don’t pass up Old Town Cellars, after all, it is the Official Wine of Après.
No Name Saloon is centrally located at 447 Main Street. No Name is a landmark and arguably the most popular bar on Main Street. Known for their buffalo burgers, they have three full bars, an impressive whiskey list and plenty of beer (bottled and draft.) Built in 1903, the historic saloon’s walls are covered with relics. Stay warm by the wood burning fireplace or the upstairs has an outdoor patio complete with heaters. This place is colorful, both in the décor and the local regulars that hang out there.
O’Shucks is located directly next door to No Name Saloon. If handcrafted cocktails and a posh ambiance isn’t your scene, you will feel at home at “Shucks.” Order yourself a 32 oz schooner for $6.50 and a schooner of peanuts to go with it. Yes, it’s okay to toss the peanut shells on the floor. This bar is where many of the local staff go to unwind from their day of bumping chairlifts, teaching ski lessons, or ski patrolling. Chances are one or more patrons will still be wearing their ski boots by the time you get there.
High West Distillery is located just off Main Street at 703 Park Avenue. Just feet from Town Lift, this is the only ski-in/ski-out distillery. What once was a small operation has become an internationally-recognized brand. High West’s Saloon is built in an historic livery stable turned garage turned distillery. If it’s your first time here, give the High West Flight a try. If you are familiar with High West whiskeys then you’ve come to the right place. Give the Dead Man’s Boots a try. If whiskey isn’t your speed they also distill their own vodka. High West Saloon fills up quickly, so get there early.
Other notable drink spots on Main Street include, Handle (just off Main St.), Fletcher’s, Flannigan’s, 412 Bistro, The Spur, O.P. Rockwell’s, Wasatch Brew Pub and Rock & Reilly’s.
Pig Pen Saloon is at the base of Park City Mountain. Finish your day on the Home Run ski run, pop off your skis or board and head in to Pig Pen Saloon. Unsurprisingly, several of their cocktails feature bacon. There is the Bacon Bloody Mary which is comprised of ghost pepper vodka, house Bloody Mary mix, bacon salt, and of course a bacon garnish or try the B.B.C. which is Jim Beam, bacon, cocoa, and Frangelico. Pig Pen Saloon is unpretentious and perfect for that old school après feel.
Corner Store is a true classic located at the base of Park City Mountain. With 30 years of après ski action under their belt, they know how to do it right. During sunny afternoons their patio is bustling with live music 4-6 days a week. It is a spot that locals and visitors enjoy alike.
Red Tail Grill is located on the Ski Beach at Canyons Village. It’s the perfect spot to grab a cold one after a day on the hill. Nestled between the Red Pine Gondola and Orange Bubble, Red Tail Grill has fantastic views of the mountains and is great for watching the end of the day antics as tired legs bring people down the hill.
Umbrella Bar just down the way from Red Tail Grill the Umbrella Bar is impossible to miss in the center of Canyons Village Plaza. If you just want a cold beer after a day on the slopes, this is your spot with 360 degree views from inside its unique glass enclosure. They do have an extensive beer list both craft and draft, but you will not find any hard liquor here.
Drafts is a short stroll past the Umbrella Bar on the edge of the Canyons Village Plaza. Given the name, most would assume it’s all about beer. While they do have over 50 beers from around the world they also have a full bar complete with adult milkshakes. This place gets crowded as the lifts shut down and during sporting events. If you need to refuel after a day on the hill, they have a dazzling array of pub food from burgers, wings, to stone-hearth pizzas.
What are your favorites? Tell us in the comments!
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