While Park City is most often thought of as a ski destination, its off-slope activities are plentiful. For when you want to give your ski legs a break, or just try something new, consider the following:
Utilize a different set of muscles while riding a fat bike throughout Park City’s trail system. These bike’s oversized tires allow you to glide atop the snow-covered trails with ease and give riders access to terrain not otherwise accessible by bike during winter months. Many of the area’s outdoor outfitters offer bike rentals, and some even offer tours. No one forgets how to ride a bike. And fat bikes let you take on winter with a new perspective!
Tubing at Woodward
We've all gone sledding in the winter. But as Woodward Park City does, they have a massive snow tubing park with extra conveniences to produce nothing but smiles for the whole family. Now, this classic family winter tradition has now become easier with recent upgrades including the addition of a new magic carpet and an increased number of lanes for tubing!
Stroll Historic Main Street
Park City would not be Winter's Favorite Town without its charming Historic District, immediately surrounding beautiful Main Street. With a wide variety of entertainment and activities like shopping at one-of-a-kind boutiques or browsing the many art galleries, to brushing up on both your mining and ski history at the Park City Museum—you’ll get a real feel for the heart of Park City. Hungry?, grab lunch at one of the award-winning restaurants along Historic Main Street.
Utah Olympic Park
Brush up on Park City and Olympic legacy with a guided tour of Utah Olympic Park, or a walk through the Alf Engen Ski Museum and Eccles 2002 Olympic Winter Games Museum. Cap off your day at the Park with a thrilling ride on the Comet Bobsled. Other winter activities and hours vary—check out full offerings on Utah Olympic Park’s website.
Park City has over 70 km of groomed cross-country ski trails, so there really is something for everyone. For easy access, the trails right outside the White Pine Touring Nordic Center are a great option. You can rent your gear in the shop and there is a trail system right outside. There is a 3 km beginner track, a 5 km intermediate track, and the terrain connects to an additional 10 km of trails in the valley. To use the trails at the Nordic Center, you’ll need to purchase a trail pass. Of course, Park City has a long legacy of protecting open space. Areas like Round Valley feature tens of kilometers of groomed Nordic track that are free and open to the public!
Fitness and Wellness
For those who want a break from the slopes, but want to keep active, Park City offers a variety of fitness centers with drop-in options. Swimming, tennis, spin classes, or time spent with a personal trainer are all great ways to exercise inside. Follow these up with time in a steam shower, or, if you’re in need of deep relaxation, treat yourself to a day at the spa.
A perfect way to rest your legs, dog sledding offers unique views and access to more remote areas with stunning views, peace, and quiet in the areas surrounding Park City. Dog sledding is great for families to enjoy together, or for those looking for an escape, a romantic activity for two! Dog setting is a great way to check out Park City's surrounding ranching communities. Towns like Kamas and Oakley are in the same county as Park City and nestled into the foothills of the Uinta Mountains, another stunning range right out our backdoor!
Kimball Art Center
Not only is Kimball Art Center’s main gallery (with rotating special exhibits) open daily and free of charge, they also offer numerous opportunities for classes and studio time. Offerings include art classes for young children like Winter Art Wonders for Tots and Gingerbread House Sculptures, and then for adults, drawing, painting, and Pottery classes. Head to Kimball Art Center’s website for a complete list of classes, private group class offerings, and more.
If you're looking for grand views on outstanding mountain terrain, snowmobiling offers a unique opportunity to access terrain that you might only see from inside rope lines. Most snowmobile adventures are led by a guide for additional safety and easier route finding. But often times you are able to roam on your own. With crisp, cold air in your face, its a fun and exhilarating experience to meander through aspen meadows and use a motor pick up a bit of speed through wide open alpine valleys and basins. Best done in groups for added fun as well as safety, snowmobiling is one of those "bucket list" activities you won't regret checking off your list.
How Do You Choose
If you're here for a ski vacation then you're going to be skiing most days. If you're taking a day off in between unspoiled groomer and pow days, then you'll want to assess how tired you are. Activities like fat biking, Nordic skiing, and snowmobiling are high-output and get your heart rate up. But strolling Main Street, taking in art galleries and museums, or relaxing at the spa requires considerably less effort. Remember, a day in Park City starts and ends at 7000 feet. Be sure to assess how you're feeling before taking on a new adventure. But rest easy knowing there is something for everyone in our incredible mountain town!