Park City’s resorts are truly paradise for skiers and snowboarders, but there is also a lot of fun to be had in the snow off the slopes, as well. Whether you’re a die hard taking off a morning or afternoon, or a non-skier or visiting with kids or others who don’t ski, there are lots of options to get outside and enjoy crisp mountain air and playing in the snow.
Park City Lodging’s concierge services team can help you plan your off-slope adventures before your stay, or on the fly if you get here and find your plans changing. Some ideas for fun off the slopes in the itinerary below:
Day 1 – Start off your trip with the not-to-be-missed Utah Olympic Park. The UOP hosted the sliding and Nordic ski jumping and Nordic combined events in the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, and it remains a vibrant and exciting international training and competition venue. Feel the thrill of it all riding the Winter Extreme Zipline or challenging yourself on the Winter Summit Course. For those age 16+ the most authentic Olympic sensation is the Winter Bobsled Experience. You can make a full day of it with a guided tour and the engaging Quinney Welcome Center & Museums, grabbing lunch in the Café.
Day 2 – Brand new this year and certain to become a wildly popular part of the Park City experience, Woodward Park City is a world-class, year-round action sports destination. There’s something to do for everyone, all day and into the evening including lift-served tubing and indoor trampoline.
Day 3 – Check out the miles and miles of trails in and surrounding Park City, on foot, skis, snowshoes or even fat bikes. White Pine Touring Nordic Center offers groomed Nordic tracks for both classic and skate skiing. The Center is conveniently located in town and offers cross country ski tuning, rental equipment and lessons, making it convenient and easy for all ages and ability levels.
All Seasons Adventures guides snowshoeing tours customized to your interest and ability. They provide the snowshoes and poles and the local area expertise you need to enjoy an aerobic workout or just a peaceful outing in the woods.
Here in Park City we love our bikes, all year long. Long-time local mountain recreation experts, Jans offers fat bike rentals in the winter. Bikes with fat tires are a great way to explore the trails in the area, and another, fun way to commute around town.
Day 4 – If you really want to get cover a lot of ground and get into the wilderness, there’s nothing like the rush of snowmobiling. Daniels Summit is a short drive and a world away for 40 miles of groomed trails and amazing adventure. They offer guided and self-guided tours, and limitless fun.
If non-motorized is more your style, Rocky Mountain Outfitters offers horse-drawn sleigh rides through the beautiful countryside. Make it a romantic ride with just you and your sweetheart, or a festive group ride with the kids; either way it’s certain to be a delightful, lasting memory.
As “Winter’s Favorite Town”, Park City is ideal for a family holiday celebration. The twinkling lights on snow-dusted trees, the festive displays in the shops and galleries on Main Street, the cozy warmth of the fireplace and of course, the limitless options for delectable food and drink, all come together to delight and refresh the whole family.
Park City Lodging’s concierge services team is friendly, savvy, and standing by to help with local insight. You can call ahead and book dinner reservations, transportation, childcare, grocery delivery, you name it. If Christmas Eve services or Chanukah observance are part of your family’s tradition, our concierge team can provide all the resources you need. To help jump-start your Park City vacation planning, check out the sample itinerary below.
There is no need to rent a car when you book a ski in/ski out property near Main Street, such as 820 Park Ave. With shopping, dining, night life and skiing right out your front door what’s not to love? Enjoy the free area-wise shuttle to access the greater Park City area.
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There are limitless options, and we’re standing by to help you put together your custom itinerary. Give us a shout!
One of the most memorable aspects of any Park City vacation is its world-renowned variety of amazing restaurants. And one of the best reasons to visit Park City in the fall is the Park City Area Restaurant Association’s annual event – Dine About Park City. For two weeks, from October 6 to October 20, you can “Eat More, Pay Less” at 30 of Park City’s most popular eateries. Participating restaurants are offering prix fixe lunch and dinner menus; lunch menus for $10 or $15 per person and dinner menus for $20 or $40 per person.
Check out the Dine About menus from some of our favorite restaurants:
Bill White Restaurant Group’s distinctive restaurants all have tempting and affordable menus. For lunch there’s Billy Blanco’s – $10 Lunch and Sushi Blue – $10 Lunch, and for dinner head to Chimayo – $40 3 Course Dinner, Ghidotti’s – $40 3 Course Dinner or the venerable special occasion spot Grappa – $40 3 Course Dinner.
Park City Lodging has terrific pricing during the fall, so come visit and Dine About town!
Jill Johnson believes in the power of creativity and play, and as the owner of the popular The Paint Mixer studios in Park City and Salt Lake City’s Sugarhouse neighborhood, she frequently witnesses that power. With a background in art therapy and “a solid appreciation for the art of wine and a great cocktail,” Johnson says, “I love when people arrive in our studio and have not painted since they were a kid. It is amazing to see any individual let go and create.”
Self-described as “the ultimate creative and social venue”, The Paint Mixer offers the opportunity to get together and enjoy painting and sipping wine (21 and over events). All the necessary supplies are provided – canvases, paint, brushes, and aprons! – and skilled instructors guide you step by step through to completion of your own work of art. The Park City studio is conveniently located on lower Main Street and has a changing schedule of painting experiences open to the public, and it’s also available for private parties. Their Van-Go Mobile Studio allows them to go anywhere, for groups of all sizes and ages.
While their team of local artists is continually creating new paintings and projects to offer, some paintings have turned into perpetual favorites. Johnson says, “Our Elephant painting is by far the most popular; we always joke about its ongoing allure to our clients. Following that our Utah landscapes, Cosmos and Van Gogh Starry Night-themed paintings are also sought out. Recently, we added the Big 5 National Utah Parks and those are gaining momentum. Our new acrylic pouring classes are popular as well.”
Their fall lineup just started and includes weekly fall-themed paintings, Halloween-inspired mandala rocks, and flow classes. They have everything from fall mountain scenes to an especially exciting all-ages Halloween Bash the week of Halloween. “Regardless of your age or skill set, we have the perfect creative adventure for you this fall season!” said Johnson.
To check out their schedule and book your next creative adventure go to The Paint Mixer
In nearly every corner of the state, Utah’s rivers, lakes, and streams have excellent fishing that any angler would appreciate. From high alpine lakes to unassuming desert waters, a variety of species can be caught and admired year-round. In fact, Utah is home to 40 Blue Ribbon fisheries. The term “Blue Ribbon” refers to waters with healthy fish habitats that provide superb outdoor experiences and exceptional fishing.
Around Park City, the most common fish are trout. The Blue Ribbon Provo and Weber Rivers are full of Rainbow and Brown trout along with the Mountain whitefish. Cutthroat and other trout species can also be found just outside of town or in the nearby Uinta Mountains. The Bonneville cutthroat, an endemic species, is historically found in the tributaries of the Great Salt Lake. It is pretty rare to find and catch one, as they were victim to over fishing and habitat degradation. In recent years, populations have been improving thanks to many conservation efforts and regulations promoting healthy fisheries.
The High Uinta Mountains are home to many fish species that are much rarer to the state. Golden trout, Brook trout, Colorado River cutthroat (native), Yellowstone cutthroat (native) and even Arctic grayling, a beautiful, silvery sport fish with a large dorsal fin, are found in the high-elevation alpine lakes. Fishing trips into the High Uintas often require hiking or backpacking to remote locations. South of the Uintas lies Strawberry Reservoir—a consistently excellent and pristine source for big trout and Kokanee salmon.
Other popular fishing spots in Northern Utah include Bear Lake, where you can catch a heavy lake trout, or the Bear River, filled with everything from Largemouth bass, Green sunfish, Carp, and Channel and Black Bullhead catfish, among many other species. The Green River, a world-class fly fishing destination, is home to many types of fish and stunning scenery.
Central and Southern Utah also boast renowned fishing locations. Lake Powell and Sand Hollow Reservoir claim fame for big Striped bass. Fish Lake, just outside of Richfield, Utah, is popular for mackinaw. Utah is also home to many hybrid species. Tiger trout, Splake, Wipers, and elusive Tiger muskies are stocked into streams, rivers, and lakes all over the state.
For assistance in catching beautiful fish along Utah’s prized rivers, All Seasons Adventures offers year-round guided fish trips on the Provo and the Weber River. Call All Seasons Adventures at 435-649-9619 or book your next fishing excursion online for the experience of a lifetime and more information on half and full day fly fishing trips.
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