It is no small feat to narrow down a voluminous list to just 5 when picking things to do in Park City. I can’t imagine a more ideal place. Unlike some hard to reach resort towns, Park City is just 36 miles from the Salt Lake City International Airport, so getting to these breathtaking mountains is quick and easy. Once you arrive, here are the Top 5 things to do:
Deer Valley has been named the #1 ski resort in North America by readers of Ski magazine for four years running. With 300 inches of snow annually, Deer Valley is a mecca for skiers and snowboarders alike. The great thing about all Park City ski resorts is that they limit lift ticket sales so the slopes aren’t overcrowded and skiers can thoroughly enjoy themselves. Deer Valley Resort covers four mountains, so there’s plenty of beauty to explore. They also offer snowmobile tours, sleigh rides, and snowshoeing. Don’t miss the nine bowls, eight peaks, 3,300 acres and 50 groomed runs at Ski Magazine’s #5 North American pick, Park City Mountain Resort or the fresh powdery slopes and America’s first heated-seat-orange-bubble-lift at the #18 resort, The Canyons.
Couple these experiences with a stay at one of the numerous luxury resorts around and you will partake in both world class snow and service.
2) Hike and Bike.
There are trails for the novice and the extremist here and the surrounding scenery could not be more beautiful. Park City is a must see destination for any lover of the outdoors. This site is a great resource for Park City Biking and Hiking Trails.
3) Enjoy the Main Street Gallery Stroll.
On the last Friday of every month, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm the Park City Gallery Association hosts this event for locals and visitors alike. You’ll hear musicians and be treated to appetizers, wine, beer or other refreshments as you stroll over 25 galleries along Park City’s Historic Main Street and around town. The art and music are always unique and the refreshments aren’t too bad either!
Enjoying the Earth Wind and Fire Outdoor Concert at Deer Valley
4) Attend an Outdoor Concert.
Pack your picnic, blanket, and favorite beverage and prepare to rock the night away at any number of free outdoor concerts. There is something happening nightly here during the summer. If you’re not in the mood to pack your own meal, Deer Valley has a Gourmet Picnic Basket (salmon or beef) that is out of this world and goes well with any of their venues: Wednesday evening’s free concerts which feature local artists, St. Regis’ “Big Stars, Bright Nights Concert Series, with the Utah Symphony, or big names like BB King and Earth Wind Fire from the United Concerts Group. It just doesn’t get any better than enjoying your favorite music under a blanket of stars.
5) Go to Utah’s Olympic Park.
In addition to taking a ride on the world’s steepest zipline, you can experience the venue site for the 2002 Winter Olympic bobsled, skeleton, luge and nordic ski-jumping events. “UOP also boasts a 750,000 gallon freestyle training pool into which skiers and snowboarders hurl themselves all summer long. Public activities include guided tours, two award-winning museums, Saturday freestyle pool shows, two different ziplines, the Quick Silver alpine slide, and the heart pounding “Comet” bobsled ride.” There is something here for all ages to enjoy!
6) Attend Sundance Film Festival
(Yes, I added an extra one. I know my Park City friends will dis-own me for mentioning this one, but this is an event that sets Park City apart!)
This magical festival has become a star-studded event and put Park City on the map for many around the world. Luckily, you don’t have to be an A-lister to view the independent films and meet with the directors to get their insights into their work. That incredible opportunity is open to anyone with a ticket. (There is a love-hate relationship for most folks in town as the influx of people make getting to work and around town difficult. In fact, most just hibernate for 10 days. However, the throngs of celebrities and their entourages are a welcome boon to the local economy!)