In a picturesque region of Northern Utah where Alta, Brighton, Snowbird, and Solitude are everyday names, Park City still manages to stand out from the crowd.
From après-ski music at Snowfest to a romantic sleigh ride to a mountaintop yurt for a six-course dinner, Park City has a winter activity you’ll love. And thanks to its location just 33 miles southeast of Salt Lake City, you won’t have to move mountains to get there.
Here are eight of our favorite Park City winter activities.
1. Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding
As the largest ski area in the country, Park City Mountain Resort offers more than 300 trails, 38 lifts, 14 bowls, seven terrain parks, and six natural half-pipes across its astounding 7,300 acres. Best of all, it has direct lift and ski access to Main Street, where you’ll find restaurants, bars, galleries, and many of Park City’s most historic buildings.
Skiing purists often head to Deer Valley, the ski-only facility that occupies the town’s eastern slopes. The resort provides a more intimate experience across 2,026 acres of terrain where guests will find six peaks, 101 runs, and 21 lifts to test their skills.
Looking for easy equipment rentals delivered right to your door before hitting the slopes? Check out our friends at Black Tie Ski Rentals!
2. Park City Snowfest
From mid-December to New Year’s Eve, Park City Snowfest features musical entertainment, a celebration welcoming Santa to town, and of course, the annual Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade, where resort employees ski down the mountain in formation, carrying torches—a magical tradition more than a half-century old.
Snowfest culminates on New Year’s Eve with a spectacular fireworks show at Canyons Village. Whether you’re in town for one of the special events or just want to stop by to listen to some après-ski music, there’s no better way to get in the holiday spirit.
3. Nordic Skiing
Care to stay on more level ground? Stop by the White Pine Nordic Center in the heart of Park City to discover a devoted cross-country ski facility with more than 20 kilometers of groomed trails. Admire gorgeous mountain views from the 3K, 5K, and 10K loops, or join White Pine’s experienced guides for a day-long ski tour of the nearby Uinta Mountains—either way, you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported back in time.
4. Fine Dining at The Viking Yurt
If you’re willing to splurge a little, there’s nothing quite as lovely on a winter’s evening in Park City than a four-hour-long European dinner at The Viking Yurt.
This six-course culinary adventure is quite intimate, with only one seating of 40 people per night. The food is exquisite, featuring Norwegian-inspired dishes like lobster and salmon bisque, short ribs with red wine lingonberry braising jus, and a traditional sorbet palette cleanser between courses, all highlighted by the soft music of a baby grand.
But perhaps what you’ll love most of all is the journey up to the yurt on a Snowcat-pulled sleigh. The only thing that rivals the twinkling stars in the night sky is the view of Park City below as you ascend 1,000 vertical feet—cozy blankets (and a mug of glogg upon your arrival) included!
5. Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides
For a shorter (and more family-friendly) sleigh ride and dinner option, you can reserve a spot with the Snowed Inn Sleigh Company. This ride is perfect for you if you’d rather your sleigh be pulled by horse than by Snowcat. You’ll travel from the base area up the ski runs, and arrive at the mountain lodge, where a western-style dinner (and live guitar music) awaits.
Cooking back in your vacation home? A no-dinner option is also available if you’d rather just take the sleigh ride.
6. Snowmobiling and Dog Sledding
There are few more thrilling ways to experience the Utah backcountry than in the driver’s seat of a Ski-Doo snowmobile. And by visiting Snowmobile Adventures at Thousand Peaks, you’ll gain access to a sprawling 60,000-acre ranch of beautiful river valleys, natural bowls, and immense peaks. Choose between the two-hour alpine adventure, three-hour backcountry trip, and four-hour lunch trip—all of which traverse spectacular terrain at elevations of up to 11,000 feet.
If you’d rather spend your day with some very talented huskies, book a family-friendly dog sledding excursion with All Seasons Adventures. These outings can be fully customized for families and groups of all sizes—your kids will never forget meeting these adorable (and highly-skilled) dogs.
7. Utah Olympic Park
Live out your gold medal fantasies at Utah Olympic Park, the facility that hosted the bobsled, luge, skeleton, and ski jumping events in the 2002 Winter Olympics. While this park is still a functioning training center for winter athletes, it is the Alf Engen Ski Museum, the 2002 Olympic Winter Games Museum (both of which are free), and the 60-mile-per-hour Comet Bobsled ride that you’ll want to check out.
8. Sundance Film Festival
For 10 days each January, actors, directors, producers, and celebrities descend upon Utah for the Sundance Film Festival, which is held in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Sundance Mountain Resort. However, this star-studded event is not just for the Hollywood glitterati: festival tickets and passes are open to the public. Be sure to clear your calendar in January—you’ll have quite a bit of movie-watching to do.
From family-friendly to adrenaline-fueled, there are so many incredible things to do in Park City when the snow falls. Which one of these Park City winter activities will you choose?
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