Utah has always been one of our favorite vacation spots during winter AND summer! (Fun fact, we used to go in the summer as well and go do fun lake things!) Located only a short 30ish miles away from Salt Lake City, Park City has created some amazing memories for us!
The best months to go to Park City are March and April since there is still snow but the sun is coming out, but we usually go during winter (since jack loves to snowboard) and a few times in July.
Jack and I always find great rental homes in Utah to stay with a few friends. We always love to rent a big spacious house, with a kitchen, usually with a Jacuzzi and fireplace, and that is central to all the activities (be it ski mountains or the lake!). Being able to check the morning conditions from one of the decks, then get your gear from the ski locker and head for the slopes, is one of the best feelings. How else do you do Utah with all your closest buddies?
Here are a few of our favorite things to do in winter AND in summer!
The most obvious one is to ski and snowboard in a world class location.
Park City offers world-famous slopes, so take advantage of learning to ski or snowboard. Park city Mountain Resort has the largest ski area in the whole US. Fun fact: There are more than 420 downhill trails across 9,300 acres of land.
I am the skier and Jack loves to snowboard, but if you head over to Deer Valley, it is a just a ski mountain. It is worth going to both and exploring the mountains. They are just such stunning landscapes and the freshest air to ever reach into your lungs.
Can’t ski? There are plenty of adventurous ways to get down a mountain
Maybe even go luging, tobogganing or tubing down some mountains. Why not try bobsledding down one of the longest slides in the world at the Utah Olympic Park? You can also zipline (but I think that’s a more Springtime activity). Thrill seekers, Park City is the place for you!
After a day well spent skimming the powder, we like to do two things.
- Park City’s world-class resorts has some amazing ski lodges right off the slopes to knock your boots off and grab a beer and pretzel with dip. Yep, pretzels and beer are our favorites after a long day in the snow! Usually, resorts are pumping music and everyone is in there having a good time reminiscing about their epic snow time over a nice cold beer.
- When it’s time for apres-ski, we go back home turn on the sound system, head into the jacuzzi and light a fire in the wood-burning fireplace (hence the need for a jacuzzi and fireplace when searching for a place to stay). I love to drink some hot cocoa in the jacuzzi and Jack loves his red wine.
I like to say this is probably one of my favorite activities in the snow. The relaxation. The after ski boat foot soak in a jacuzzi. The hot cocoa. Oh, ya, that’s the life.
Check out one of the biggest names in film: The Sundance Festival in January
Each year, Park City hosts the Sundance Film Festiva with over 45,000 attendees. The festival showcases thousands of independent films from all across the world. These films span nearly every language known to man, broach any and all topics one could imagine, feature documentaries, feature films, short films, and represent all kinds of different genres.
Go for a scenic hike.
When the snow has melted, get your hiking boots on and explore the trails of Park City. In and around Park City and Deer Valley, you will find an abundance of lakes and rivers, twisty woundy roads, and spectacular views of the mountains. Anyone can access the resorts’ trail systems–and the miles and miles of connecting trails–for absolutely free.
A few of our favorite hikes include Summit Park, Wasatch Crest Trail, Park City Base Area, and Deer Valley Silver Lake Trails.
Take advantage of all the water Park City has to offer!
As mentioned above, there are lots of lakes and rivers where you can go river rafting, water skiing, sailing, kayaking, paddle boating, tubing and many more. There are tons of companies that will help you with equipment rentals at the lakes to find that water adventure you desire.
BBQ at home with friends.
When it’s warm out, a Jacuzzi might not be your first choice, but bring out some meats and veg to the BBQ and cook your hearts out. With a good view of all the mountains, go to the patio and BBQ with friends. Of course, with a beer in hand.
Enjoy the music at the summer outdoor concerts.
During the summertime, Park City has a ton of concerts at the magnificent Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater. Sit on the grassy hillside and enjoy a bit of a picnic with some great tunes and even better company.
There is the Mountain Town Music features local and regional acts on a weekly basis, free of charge. The city also hosts The Deer Valley Music Festival and Kimball Arts Festival throughout the warmer months.
It is fantastic!
Take a stroll on Park City’s Main Street.
With the sun shining, why not take a stroll down main street? With fairy lights along the streets, and bustling bars, shops and restaurants, there will never be a dull moment in the streets of Park City. Not that it’s native only to Park City, but I love grabbing an oreo apple at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and eating them at the park.
Also, every Sunday, from June through September, the Park Silly market fills the streets of Main Street with buzzing vibes, great live music, locally crafted goods and of course delicious food. It is definitely worth a visit, and fun to shop local.