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.
Gear up in your red, white and blue and be festive this 4th of July in Park City. Small town Independence Day celebrations are just the best with no shortage of parades, fireworks, music, fun runs, pancakes and the 84th annual Oakley Rodeo!
Park City goes big for the 4th with celebrations all over town, starting with Park City Mountain’s Canyons Village 3rd of July Celebration & Fireworks. The complimentary fun for all ages starts at 5:00pm with live music and activities including caricature artists, chalk art, hula hoops and face painting. The music ramps up with The Number Ones at 7:30, followed by fireworks at dusk. More info Canyons Village 3rd of July
The excitement continues early on the 4th with the 2019 4th of July 5K Mountain Run; go to 5K Fun Run to pre-register. Who doesn’t love pancakes in the park? Starting at 7:00am the Park City Rotary Club hosts their annual pancake breakfast in City Park. Festivities in City Park continue throughout the day with rugby games, live music, food, beer garden and kids’ activities. At 10:45am you’ll want to be near Main Street for the 30th anniversary of the 419th Fighter Wing from Hill Air Force Base’s goose-bump inducing F-35 flyover. Park City’s wildly popular 4th of July Parade follows at 11:00am.
The party continues at Park City Mountain Village with more complimentary family-friendly activities and music, starting at 3:00pm. There’s barbecue and beverages and live music from Memphis McCool at 5:00pm and The Soulistics at 7:30pm. The day wraps up with a big ol’ fireworks show, visible from many locations around town, at dusk! Park City Mountain 4th of July
The Annual Oakley Rodeo & 4th of July Celebration does it right. Pro rodeo? Check – four nights of bull riding, steer wrestling, bucking broncos and all the rest. Parade? Check – 10:00am on July 4th. Fireworks? Yes – every night after the rodeo! There’s also a 5K Fun Run, a Patriotic Program and Barbecue, a Junior Rodeo and a Softball Tournament. If that all doesn’t leave you exhausted and proud to be an American, what will? For more information go to Annual Oakley Rodeo & 4th of July Celebration
Speaking of parties, The Park City Area Restaurant Association (PCARA) welcomes the return of its annual summer cocktail contest. Bartenders and mixologists from around town submit their unique and innovative recipes and compete for a cash prize and bragging rights. Starting July 1, beverage connoisseurs will have four weeks to sample the drinks at participating PCARA restaurants and then vote online for their favorites. Summer Cocktail Contest
Music plays a big role in the festivities on into the weekend with Deer Valley® Music Festival’s July 5th Patriotic Celebration with Broadway’s Hugh Panaro and Bravo Broadway Life Is A Cabaret on July 6th. Deer Valley Music Festival On July 7th the Park City Institute’s 2019 St. Regis Big Stars Bright Nights Concert Series features Brothers Osborne Park City Institute. Mountain Town Music has an impressive lineup of free shows around town, as well.
The weekend closes out with Park Silly Sunday Market on Main Street. Admission is free to this weekly event. Live music on multiple stages and strolling performers, food, beverages, farmers market, kids activities and many unique booths with art, jewelry, crafts and clothing.
Autumn in Park City, Utah. When the temperatures cool, the town begins to stir, and the mountain biking trails just keep getting better. While Park City is known for its two world class ski resorts and abundant nightlife, you’ll be remembering the pristine bike trails you left behind in the dust. Here are the top 5 reasons to bike Park City this fall.
1. Park City was named IMBA’s first gold-level Ride Center in the world. With over 450 miles of bike trails, there’s something here for everyone. Take a crack at Deer Valley Resort’s famous Tidal Wave flow trail or opt for the breathtaking Wasatch Crest Trail.
2. Fall is the perfect time to discover Park City via bike due to the fall foliage. With the turning of the oak and aspen tress, blurs of yellow and red dance along the mountain bike trails. Who thought Park City could get any more beautiful?
3. No one knows how to après-bike like Park City does. Outside Magazine named Park City the “Best Town Ever” in 2013 and we’re pretty sure it has to do with our unrivaled Main Street. Ride all day at Park City Mountain Resort and finish off with a flight of whiskey from High West Distillery. Bike-in/bike-out is the new ski-in/ski-out.
4. Mud season. Yes that’s really a reason. The off-season, as the locals lovingly refer to as mud season, means less people on the trails and more room for you. Enjoy the Mid-Mountain Trail like never before without the crowds or the rush.
5. Our Fall Colors Tour makes biking the autumn in Park City easier than ever before! Jans.com, Park City Lodging, Inc., and White Pine Touring have combined forces to create an incredible Fall Colors Touring package. First, choose your Fall Colors Tour provided by the pros at White Pine Touring. Second, find your home away from home with Park City Lodging, Inc. To complete your reservation please call our destination specialists at (855.277.6708). We will record the necessary information that White Pine Touring will need to set you up before your Fall Colors Tour.
Don’t miss your chance to see Park City in its most colorful state. Book our Fall Colors Tour today and ride among the foliage tomorrow.
Want to explore the winter wonderland surrounding Park City without having to buy a lift ticket? Consider renting a fatbike – an exciting outdoor activity that is rapidly growing in popularity.
Fatbikes are bicycles with oversized tires, allowing them to travel easily over snowy trails, and have even been ridden all the way to the South Pole!
We’re far from Antarctica, but Park City also boasts a vast network of trails, many of which are open to fatbike riding in the winter. Hop on a fatbike and see a side of Park City that many visitors never do.
Fatbikes are available for rental from a number of locations in Park City, including Jans and All Seasons Adventures. To be sure that your fatbike will be ready for you, make a reservation in advance.
Jans: (800) 745-1020
All Seasons: (435) 649-9619
Park City has miles of free trails perfect for fatbike riding. Jans recommends starting on the Rail Trail, a groomed trail that connects with the Round Valley Nordic Area. From there you can connect to Round Valley and explore the area. If you’re more adventurous, you can check out the ungroomed Glenwild trail network, riding in the paths left behind by hikers and snowshoers.
For more information on where to take your fatbike, check with the rental shops or consult the Mountain Trails Foundation winter trail map.
One of the best ways to get acquainted with a fatbike is on a guided tour. All Seasons Adventures is offering guided tours this winter that are perfect for active bikers and casual vacationers alike. Give All Seasons a call to make your tour reservation and learn how to get the most out of your fatbike under their expert tutelage.
Park City Lodging is a corporate member and official destination partner of the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA). As an IMBA member, we are proud to promote Park City as one of the best mountain biking destinations in the world. Come get a taste of our trails on a fatbike in the winter and return in the summer to check out all that the mountains have to offer to cyclists!
As you plan your fatbike adventure in Park City, use Park City Lodging to find a convenient place to stay. We have properties all over the Park City area, including at all three resorts and on downtown Main Street.
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