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-tire 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.
Stroll Historic Main Street
Park City’s Historic District, immediately surrounding beautiful Historic Main Street, offers a wide variety of entertainment and activities. From shopping at one-of-a-kind boutiques to browsing the many art galleries, and 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. Grab lunch at one of the award-winning restaurants along Historic Main Street.
The Paint Mixer
A guided painting opportunity that requires no previous painting experience, The Paint Mixer, located on lower Historic Main Street, is entertaining, fun, and the perfect introduction to art. The Paint Mixer offers a social setting and includes on-site wine service, or, try a class geared specifically towards kids for a fun, family-friendly experience. The best part? You can take your masterpiece home with you!
Utah Olympic Park
Brush up on your Olympic history 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.
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!
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.
Have the need for speed? A perfect way to experience nature in smaller groups, snowmobiling offers a unique opportunity to meander through aspen meadows and pick up a bit of speed through wide open space – it’s a fun way to spend the day as a family or with a group of friends.