Park City's Top 20 Winter Activities
1. Skiing & Snowboarding
With 9,326 acres of The Greatest Snow On Earth,® 426 runs, bowls, terrain parks and 58 lifts, skiing and snowboarding in Park City has never been better. Home to three world-class resorts (Park City Mountain Resort , Deer Valley Resort, and Canyons Resort), Park City has something for everyone, ranging from lessons for beginners, to moguls and chutes for expert skiers, and everything in between. Deer Valley Resort is a skiers-only resort; Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort host both skiers and snowboarders.
2. Terrain Parks
Snowboarders and skiers can rip in numerous terrain parks, halfpipes and acres of freeriding terrain at the Canyons Resort and Park City Mountain Resort. Deer Valley Resort offers skiers plenty of freeriding terrain. Those new to the exploding popularity of terrain parks can even take lessons to become acquainted with the latest tricks and techniques. On any given day, some of the world's best snowboarders and skiers can be found riding in the parks and pipe of Park City.
Park City also offers hard and fast ice. The venues used in the 2002 Olympic Winter Games remain active, offering Park City visitors their own Olympic experience. For the ultimate experience, race down the Utah Olympic Park bobsled track at 75 mph-the thrill of a lifetime!
Park City's 100-plus restaurants and bars reflect culinary styles and influences from around the world. Award-winning eateries answer to every taste, mood and budget-and everything is within walking distance or a short bus ride away.
Park City's après-ski scene is alive and well. Each of the town's more than 20 bars and clubs has its own style and ambiance. Whether you're interested in dancing to DJ-spun beats, catching some live jazz or enjoying wine tastings, Park City's establishments have it all.
Take a guided snowmobile tour across the breathtaking Rocky Mountains. Local tours traverse wide-open bowls, tree-filled glades and numerous backcountry trails.
When the time comes (if ever) to take a break from the slopes or other outdoor adventures, hit the shops. Our merchants offer everything from original artwork to ski gear to trendy men's and women's clothing. Park City's unique shopping areas-Main Street, Bonanza Park, Redstone Village, Quarry Village, Newpark Town Center and the Tanger Outlet Center-feature bookstores, galleries, boutiques, salons, movie theaters and national chain and outlet stores. Resort shopping areas such as The Resort Village at Canyons, the Resort Center at Park City Mountain Resort and Silver Lake Village at Deer Valley Resort make it easy to browse between runs.
8. Sundance Film Festival
Robert Redford's annual Sundance Film Festival is scheduled for January 20-30, 2011. Celebrating independent filmmakers, Sundance is a favorite Park City tradition for locals, visitors and celebrities.
Snowshoeing offers a good workout and is a great way to get close to nature. Find solitude and seclusion snowshoeing through the Rocky Mountains' pristine scenery. If you haven't been out in the snow in a while, you may have forgotten just how peaceful it can be.
10. Cross-Country Skiing
Before there was the thrill of alpine skiing, there was the serenity of cross-country skiing. Park City offers several options for this vigorous and fulfilling sport. Glide along groomed trails or take a custom tour in the nearby Wasatch-Cache National Forest.
11. Hot-Air Ballooning
See Park City and the Rocky Mountains from a bird's-eye view in a hot-air balloon. A variety of scenic flight options are available.
12. Snow Tubing
People of all ages and abilities will enjoy lift-served tubing at Gorgoza Park-an ideal activity for the young and the young-at-heart.
13. Park City Film Series
The Park City Film Series offers screenings of current independent films every weekend throughout the season at the Park City Library's Jim Santy Auditorium. The small-town feel of the Series combined with thought-provoking cinema holds a huge appeal for film enthusiasts.
After a hard day on the slopes, make time for some pampering. Park City features many luxury spas that offer a vast array of invigorating massages and specialized treatments.
15. Gallery Strolls
Park City is home to the Kimball Art Center and over 17 art galleries. Art connoisseurs will enjoy a broad selection of artwork including paintings, photography, pottery, glass and metal work, jewelry and much more. On the last Friday of each month members of the Park City Gallery Association host the Last Friday Gallery Stroll, a lively evening of food, fun, music and art.
16. Ski / Snowboard Races
Each of Park City's resorts regularly hosts ski and snowboard races. Courses are open daily for racing against the clock or a friend. Races are also ideal for group outings, corporate retreats and family gatherings.
17. Sleigh Rides
Experience Park City's winter wonderland the old-fashioned way in a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the mountains surrounding town. It's a great family-friendly activity, and dinner rides or romantic outings can also be arranged.
18. Ice Skating
The Park City Ice Arena at the Quinn's Junction Recreation Complex offers ice skating on an Olympic-sized ice sheet. The 46,000 square foot building also features seating for 350, party rooms, skate rentals, locker rooms and concessions. Bring the kids or spend a romantic evening on the ice. Ice hockey, speed skating and figure skating classes are offered. There is also an outdoor rink at the base of Park City Mountain Resort.
19. History & Olympic Tours
From mining silver to Olympic gold, see all the aspects that make historic Park City one of the most unique mountain resort destinations in the United States. At the Utah Olympic Park's Alf Engen Ski Museum and the 2002 Eccles Olympic Winter Games Museum, learn about Park City's skiing history and view exhibits relating to the Games. The Park City Museum at 528 Main Street allows visitors to travel back in time to explore the mining-to-skiing history, and the Summit County Courthouse Museum in Coalville conveys the history of the entire county. The Park City Museum recently underwent an $8.9 million renovation and includes interactive exhibits.
20. Performing Arts
Park City is a thriving, nationally renowned art community where visitors are treated to the highest level of performing arts of any ski town in the country. Offerings include live theater at the historic Egyptian Theatre on Main Street, internationally known musicians performing at music festivals year-round, and performance artists at the state-of-the-art Eccles Center for the Performing Arts.
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