Park City may be a skier’s mecca but there are plenty of family-friendly activities to entertain your clan if you want to give your legs a break.
When the temperature’s right and snow is in the air, a fun, high-flying winter activity is a trip to the groomed hills of Gorgoza sledding park. Open all day and into the evening, there are several conveyer belt lifts that take sledders to the top of the hill, where they launch down seven different tubing lanes on oversized inner tubes. Kids also have the run of the park on mini snowmobiles.
If Park City is considered “Bark City” for its dog-friendly atmosphere, then winter’s alternate adventure off the ski slopes would most definitely include dog sledding. Imagine the thrill of barreling across snowfilled meadows behind a fleet of highly-trained sled dogs. Take your pick from several local outfitters as their snow dogs usher you through a unique winter activity.
Take it from a town that’s known for its creative streak — Park City is for artists. The Kimball Art Center has great classes for budding Picasso’s — from throwing clay to full on gingerbread house making. The Paint Mixer has a great art class concept that helps you emulating your favorite classic masterpiece in a social setting — invite your besties and add wine to the mix! Paint Fusion PC (formerly Color Me Mine) paint-your-own-pottery shop keeps kids of all ages creatively engaged with already-fired blank “canvasses” that you can decorate and pick up after a trip to the kiln.
Ommm it up
Parkites have a serious crush on their yoga practice. All around town from the airy converted studio of The Shop in Old Town, Park City Yoga Studio in Prospector, to the heated Bikram style of Yoga Kula Project and Tadasana Yoga in Pinebrook, there are drop in classes for yogis looking to connect on the mat. Park City’s lululemon storefront on Main Street offers free yoga on Sundays. And if you’re looking to truly mix it up, check out the stand up paddle board yoga in the Homestead Crater in Midway through Park City Yoga Adventures.
Skate or classic groomed trails abound along the miles of interconnected trails that snake in and around Park City. Round Valley is a popular hub as is the track around the McPolin (white) Barn, although locals will certainly have their favorite cross county trails to share with you. White Pine Touring offers a Nordic center and 20,000 miles of groomed terrain along with lessons and rentals.
Snowshoeing around Park City’s miles of scenic trails affords you with an amazing entryway into the winter wonderland of the surrounding mountains. Hike up Rob’s Trail amid towering pine forests and aspens or to a bird’s eye view of Park City from the Iron Mountain trail, or hit the open landscape out by the National Ability Center or groomed trails of Round Valley. Whether groomed or snow covered, you’re sure to be in for a treat in Mother Nature’s playground. Several local outfitters offer daily rentals, including White Pine Touring and Silver Star Ski and Sport.
It may seem counterintuitive but winter flyfishing is a truly sublime activity. Park City and the surrounding area are threaded with “blue ribbon” stretches along the Provo and Weber Rivers where brown, rainbow and cutthroat trout reside. The bonus of winter fishing? The angler-to-fish ratio is low and the picturesque surroundings and solitude will leave you spellbound. The fish are hungry all year ‘round after all and there are several local outfitters who specialize in this guided experience.
If you want to get away from resort skiing into the pristine wilderness backcountry, the way to go is definitely with a private snowcat skiing company who can bypass the lift lines and take you to the mountain tops for big bowls and untracked powder. Adventuring off the grid will give you a whole new appreciation to the vastness of Utah’s outdoor playground and the abundance of opportunities to frolic in Mother Nature.