Before Park City became the home of world-class mountain resorts, the Sundance Film Festival and a venue for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, it was a mining town. It was discovered in 1868 by soldiers stationed in Salt Lake City hunting for silver. It’s 35 minutes away from Salt Lake City and sits 7,000 feet above sea level in the Wasatch Mountains. These days, visitors don’t have to dig at all to uncover the treasures Park City has to offer.
Park City Mountain
Park City Mountain is the largest ski resort in North America, with more than 7,300 acres of skiable terrain. When you visit, you’ll learn why the locals say “come for the winters and stay for the summers,” because this place is magnificent in the warm weather months. Scenic lift and gondola rides, hiking, biking, a 2,111-foot zip line ride, the Canyons Golf Course, Little Miners Park, the alpine slide, and our favorite, the alpine coaster—the list of fun goes on and on.
Deer Valley Resort
The storied Deer Valley Resort (pictured) also provides a full menu of summertime fun – with just as much to offer on warm sunny days as on cold snowy ones. Lift-serviced mountain biking (and mountain bike lessons), hiking, scenic lift rides, horseback riding, and world-class deck dining at Royal Street Café and Deer Valley Grocery Café are just a few options. There are also a number of outdoor concert series held at the base of the resort.
Utah Olympic Park
Utah Olympic Park is home to one of the most insane thrills you’ll find in town: the bobsled. And you can ride it. It’s called “The Comet” and it’s one of the longest slides in the world. More than 3,000 feet of unfathomably fast turns will leave you gasping for breath and checking to make sure all your parts are still intact. The UOP hosted five events during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, and the legacy lives on with The Flying Ace All-Stars Freestyle Show. Olympians and National Team skiers and snowboarders perform tricks 60 feet in the air and then land in a massive pool. This not-to-be-missed show is held on Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m.