DescriptionThere's an obvious reason Park City is a popular destination for skiers: snow, and lots of it. In 2002 it also became part of Olympic Winter Games history—14 medal events, including bobsledding, luge and ski jumping, thrilled more than 300,000 spectators at Utah Olympic Park. P.C. as it's known to locals, also is the home of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association.
Park City is a year-round recreational resort town. Winter sports include cross-country and downhill skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing. When the snow abates, horseback riding, mountain biking, golf and hiking take over. The 28-mile Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail winds its way along I-80 through Coalville and Wanship and is open year-round for hikers, mountain bikers, joggers, skiers and equestrians; phone (435) 649-6839.
A number of festivals also bring tourists to town. The Sundance Institute premieres the works of independent filmmakers at the Sundance Film Festival in mid- to late January. Wine, culinary events and skiing are combined in March's Red, White and Snow. Starting in late March, The Canyons resort (part of Park City Mountain Resort) hosts Spring Grüv, a 10-day festival offering free rock, reggae and R&B concerts.
Celebrate the arts at the Park City Kimball Arts Festival in August. The Miner's Day Parade and Celebration in September pays tribute to Park City's beginnings; mucking and drilling competitions demonstrate 19th-century mining techniques. The Deer Valley Music Festival in July and August brings performances by the Utah Symphony and the Utah Opera.
A flurry of holiday festivals in December include Santa on the Slopes; Christmas Eve at Park City Mountain Resort, featuring caroling, synchronized skiing, torchlight parades and sleigh rides; the Deer Valley Celebrity Skifest; and a New Year's Celebration.
In a town where a car can be more of a hindrance than a convenience, a leisurely walk is a stress-free way to while away some time. Main Street shops have brightly painted, 19th-century-style facades recalling the Old West; strolling is a pleasant way to pass the time after lunch or before dinner.
Visitor InfoPark City Convention and Visitors Bureau 1850 Sidewinder Dr., Suite 320 PARK CITY, UT 84060. Phone:(435)649-6100 or (800)453-1360
ShoppingTanger Outlets, 6699 N. Landmark Dr., offers more than 60 outlet stores including Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Gap and Tommy Hilfiger.
Things to SeeKimball Art Center
Alpine SlidesAlpine Slide
Hot Air BallooningSkywalker Balloon Co.-Park City
SkiingDeer Valley Resort