Bicycling in Park City
With more than 400 miles of public trails and smooth blacktop roads stretching in every direction, it's no wonder Park City is home to a number of internationally elite mountain and road bikers. You can join local road or mountain bikers most nights in the summer for free group rides sponsored by Park City bike shops.
Mountain Trails Foundation. In 2012, Park City was the first community ever designated a Gold Level Ride Center by the International Mountain Bicycling Association, thanks in large part to the relentless work of the Mountain Trails Foundation, which oversees more than 400 miles of area trails. The accolade is based upon bike shops, trail access, variety, and more. Pick up a map at any local bike shop or get details online from the Mountain Trails Foundation. Park City, UT. 435/649–6839. www.mountaintrails.org.
Canyons Bike Park. With the opening of the only lift-served "gravity" bike park in Utah in 2012, Canyons Resort has unique mountain-biking terrain that riders of all levels will want to try. Choose from a half-dozen trails of varying difficulty. The term gravity suggests that you hardly have to pedal: the natural flow of the trail will carry you and your mountain bike through trees, over bridges and obstacles, and through grassy meadows. Bikes, lessons, and protective padding are all available in the rental shop. 4000 Canyons Resort Dr., Park City, UT, 84098. 435/649–5400. www.canyonsresort.com.
Canyons Resort. Since 2011, Utah's largest ski resort has transformed into a summer adventure land for cyclists, with a lift-served gravity park and miles of cross-country and downhill trails. Bike rentals are available. 4000 Canyons Resort Dr., Park City, UT, 84098. 435/615–3449. www.canyonsresort.com.
Cole Sport. Road bikers can ride with a pack each Monday evening from June to mid-September from Cole Sport. You can rent mountain and road bikes from Cole; be ready to ride from the shop at 6 pm. 1615 Park Ave., Park City, UT, 84060. 435/649–4806 or 800/345–2938. www.colesport.com.
Deer Valley Resort. For a little help getting uphill, Deer Valley Resort offers lift-assisted mountain biking or hiking daily mid-June to September. Bike rentals are available at Snow Park Lodge, Silver Lake Lodge, and Yurt at Empire Canyon. If you're looking to learn to mountain bike or improve your skills, Deer Valley Mountain Bike School offers clinics and guided tours in a variety of public and private packages from mid-June to September. Silver Lake Village and Snow Park Lodge at Deer Valley, Park City, UT, 84060. 435/649–1000 or 800/424–3337. www.deervalley.com.
Jans Mountain Outfitters. When the snow melts, Jans has everything you need to hit the road on two wheels. Whether you're into mountain bikes, road bikes, or cruisers, stop by to rent or demo something new, or to tune your own wheels. 1600 Park Ave., Park City, UT, 84060. 435/649–4949 or 800/745–1020. www.jans.com.
Park City Mountain Resort. Mountain bikers and hikers can ride several chairs at Park City Mountain Resort to access the on-mountain trail complex. An all-day lift pass is about $25. Equipment rentals are available. 1310 Lowell Ave., Park City, UT, 84060. 435/649–8111 or 800/222–7275. www.parkcitymountain.com.
Silver Star Ski & Sport. Look for Vidalia the bulldog at Silver Star Ski & Sport. While the dog watches the shop, friendly guides lead two-hour mountain-bike tours ($75, including bike rental). Ask about free neighborhood rides that return to Silver Star for live music on summer weeknights. Cruiser, road, and mountain bike rentals are available. 1825 Three Kings Dr., Park City, UT, 84060. 435/645–7827. www.silverstarskiandsport.com.
White Pine Touring. Every Thursday in the summer, mountain bikers of all levels gather at 6 pm for a free guided mountain-bike ride. On the last Thursday of June, July, and August, the White Pine guides prepare a barbecue, too. Women are invited to a women-only ride on Tuesday. For both rides, meet at the shop at 6 pm—earlier if you need to rent a bike. Guided road-biking, mountain-biking, and hiking tours are also available throughout the summer. 1790 Bonanza Dr., Park City, UT, 84060. 435/649–8710. www.whitepinetouring.com.
White Pine Nordic Center. Just outside Old Town, White Pine Nordic Center offers 25 km (12 mi) of set track, cross-country ski instruction, equipment rentals, and a well-stocked cross-country ski shop. The fee to use the track is $18, or $10 after 3 pm. Reservations are required for their guided backcountry ski and snowshoe tours in the surrounding mountains. On Park City Golf Course, Rte. 224, Park City, UT, 84060. 435/649–6249. www.whitepinetouring.com.
Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding
Canyons Resort. One of the largest ski resorts in the country, Canyons has undergone more than $75 million in renovations since 2010, including the installation of North America's only chairlift with heated seats (named the Orange Bubble Express). Skiers of all abilities will enjoy this mountain, which has 182 runs on 4,000 skiable acres, and emphasizes service (food, lodging, ski school) in the mold of nearby Deer Valley. Advanced skiers love Ninety-Nine 90, a black-diamond peak named for its elevation above sea level. Don't be deceived when you pull into the parking lot—most of the terrain is not visible from the base. Three terrain parks appeal to snowboarders and freeskiers alike. 4000 Canyons Resort Dr., Park City, UT, 84098. 435/649–5400; 888/226–9667 reservations; 435/615–3456 snow reports. www.canyonsresort.com. Lift tickets $107; save by purchasing on website in advance. 3,190-ft vertical drop; 4,000 skiable acres; 10% beginner, 44% intermediate, 46% advanced; 1 8-passenger gondola, 1 6-passenger high-speed chair, 1 open-air gondola, 6 high-speed quad chairs, 5 quad chairs, 2 triple chairs, 2 double chairs, 2 surface lifts.
Deer Valley Resort. Just to the south of downtown Park City, Deer Valley Resort set new standards in the ski industry by providing such amenities as ski valets and slope-side dining of the highest caliber. For such pampering, the resort has drawn rave reviews from virtually every ski and travel magazine. The careful layout of runs and the quality of the grooming makes this an intermediate skier's heaven. With the Empire Canyon and Lady Morgan areas, the resort also offers bona fide expert terrain. For many, part of the ski experience includes a two- to three-hour midday interlude of feasting at the Silver Lake Lodge buffet and catching major rays on the snow-covered meadow in front of the lodge. The ski experience, in other words, fits right in with the resort's overall image. With lessons for kids from preschool through teens, Deer Valley's acclaimed children's ski school is sure to please both children and parents. Note: this is one of the only ski resorts in the United States that prohibits snowboards. 2250 Deer Valley Dr., Park City, UT, 84060. 435/649–1000; 800/424–3337 reservations; 435/649–2000 snow reports. www.deervalley.com. Lift tickets $108. 3,000-ft vertical drop; 2,026 skiable acres; 27% beginner, 41% intermediate, 32% advanced; 1 high-speed gondola, 12 high-speed quad chairs, 1 quad chair, 5 triple chairs, 2 double chairs, 4 surface lifts.
Park City Mountain Resort. Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013–14, this has been one of the North America's most popular ski and snowboard destinations for most of that time. With 114 trails and nine bowls encompassing 750 acres, there is ample terrain to keep skiers of all abilities happy for days. Roughly half the terrain is rated as intermediate, but the slopes that line Jupiter Peak are revered by experts. The east face of Jupiter has some particularly hairy rock-lined chutes. Motherlode Meadows and Mid-Mountain Meadows provide a gentler approach to tree skiing. Known as PCMR to distinguish it from the adjacent town, the resort is widely acclaimed for its family friendliness, for its location (one lift rises out of Park City's Town Lift Square), and for being a freeskiing and snowboarding mecca, especially since hosting 2002 Winter Olympics competitions. The Eagle Superpipe, with 22-foot walls, is one of the largest in North America, and combined with three terrain parks with state-of-the-art rails, jumps, and features, makes this resort an important destination for that crowd. PCMR is the only resort in Park City that offers night skiing. Park City's main drawback is lack of length. Despite a vertical drop of 3,100 feet, it's hard putting together a run of more than about 1,400 vertical feet. The area is made up of a series of ridges and peaks rather than a single mountain face. They have an excellent ski school and also host skiers with disabilities. 1345 Lowell Ave., Park City, UT, 84060. 435/649–8111 reservations and snow reports; 800/222–7275 reservations. www.parkcitymountain.com. Lift tickets $107. 3,100-ft vertical drop; 3,300 skiable acres; 17% beginner, 52% intermediate, 31% advanced; 4 high-speed 6-passenger chairs, 3 high-speed quad chairs, 7 triple chairs, 2 double chairs, 3 surface lifts.
Ski Utah Interconnect Adventure Tour. Strong intermediate and advanced skiers can hook up with the Ski Utah Interconnect Tour for a guided alpine ski tour that takes you to as many as six resorts (Deer Valley, Park City, Brighton, Solitude, Alta, and Snowbird) in a single day, all connected by backcountry ski routes with unparalleled views of the Wasatch Mountains. Guides test your ski ability before departure. The tour includes guide service, lift tickets, lunch, and transportation back to the point of origin and costs $295. You'll even walk away with a finisher's pin. The Deer Valley Departure Tour is considered less rigorous and operates Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. The more advanced Snowbird Departure Tour operates Thursday and Saturday. Reservations are required. Park City, UT. 801/534–1907. www.skiutah.com.
Ski Rental and Equipment
Ski Butlers. The most prominent of a number of companies new to Park City and offering ski and snowboard delivery, Ski Butlers carries top-of-the-line Rossignol equipment. Their experts will fit you in your hotel room or condo and meet you at any of the resorts should something go wrong. You'll pay a little more, but you'll avoid the hassle of rentals when the snow is falling on your first morning in the mountains. 1821 Sidewinder Dr., Park City, UT. 435/658–0458. www.skibutlers.com.
The mountain-fed waters of the Provo and Weber rivers and several smaller streams near Park City are prime trout habitat.
Park City Fly Shop. See Chris Kunkel, owner of the Park City Fly Shop, for good advice, guide service, and a modest selection of fly-fishing necessities. 2065 Sidewinder Dr., Park City, UT, 84060. 435/645–8382 or 800/324–6778. www.parkcityflyshop.com.
Trout Bum 2. Jon "Harley" Jackson and the rest of the fly-fishing experts at Trout Bum 2, Park City's full-service fly shop, can outfit you with everything you need, then guide you to where the fish are. 4343 N. Rte. 224, Suite 101, Park City, UT, 84098. 435/658–1166 or 877/878–2862. www.troutbum2.com.
Jans Mountain Outfitters. George "Squid" Sideris knows fishing gear at Jans Mountain Outfitters, and he and his team of guides help you find the best spots for making the most of those rods and reels. Jans guides also give free casting lessons at the Deer Valley ponds on Monday at 5 from Memorial Day to Labor Day. 1600 Park Ave., Park City, UT, 84060. 435/649–4949. www.jans.com.
Alpine Disc Golf. Frisbee fans can try 18 holes of high-altitude disc golf at Canyons Resort. Although you'll need a gondola pass, there's no charge to play the course. Disc rentals are available at Canyon Mountain Sports in the resort village. 4000 Canyons Resort Dr., Park City, UT, 84098. 435/615–3442. www.canyonsresort.com. $15 for gondola ride. Mid-June–early Oct., daily 10–4.
Within 20 minutes of Park City are 11 golf courses: 5 public and 6 private. The first new public course in more than a decade, Canyons Resort Golf Club, is scheduled to open in September 2014.
Park City Municipal Golf Course. On this gorgeous and challenging 6,600-yard, par-72 public course, you'll love the views of ski runs, rising peaks, historic Main Street, and an occasional moose. The pro shop is in the Hotel Park City. 1541 Thaynes Canyon Dr., Park City, UT, 84060. 435/615–5800. www.parkcity.org/index.aspx?page=171.
Promontory Club. The only swanky private club in the area to make selected tee times available to the general public, Promontory Club welcomes nonmembers on its challenging and sometimes windy Pete Dye–designed course. The club is renowned for extraordinary views and exemplary service. Greens fees are $230 per person. 8758 Promontory Ranch Rd., Park City, UT, 84098. 435/333–4600. www.promontoryclub.com.
Mountain Trails Foundation. The Wasatch Mountains surrounding Park City offer more than 400 miles of hiking trails, ranging from easy, meandering meadow strolls to strenuous climbs up wind-blown peaks. Getting away from civilization and into the aspens is easy, and lucky hikers might spy foxes, coyotes, moose, elk, deer, and red-tailed hawks. Many of the trails take off from the resort areas, but some of the trailheads are right near Main Street. For beginners, or for those acclimating to the elevation, the Rail Trail is a good place to start. Another alternative is to take the McLeod Creek Trail from behind Park City Market all the way to the Redstone Center. The Round Valley and Lost Prospector trails are still mellow but slightly more challenging. To really get the blood pumping, head up Spiro or do a lengthy stretch of Mid-Mountain. For up-to-date information about trail conditions and answers to your trail questions, contact Mountain Trails Foundation, whose mission is to promote, preserve, advocate for, and maintain Park City's local trail system. Maps detailing trail locations are available at most local gear shops. 435/649–6839. www.mountaintrails.org.
Red Pine Adventures. Red Pine Adventures leads trail rides through thousands of acres of private land. 2050 W. White Pine Canyon Rd., Park City, UT, 84060. 435/649–9445 or 800/417–7669. www.redpinetours.com.
Rocky Mountain Recreation. Saddle up for a taste and feel of the Old West with Rocky Mountain Recreation. Guided mountain trail rides are offered from several locations in the Park City area, complete with fantastic scenery and good cowboy grub. Stillman Ranch, Oakley, UT, 84055. 435/645–7256. www.rockymtnrec.com.
Wind In Your Hair Riding. Wind In Your Hair Riding is for experienced riders who are looking for a get-up-and-go kind of mountain riding adventure on Paso Fino horses, noted for their smooth ride. Lessons are available for beginners as well. Cherry Canyon Ranch, 46 E. Cherry Canyon Dr., Wanship, UT, 84017. 435/336–4795 or 435/901–4644. www.windinyourhair.com.
Park City Balloon Adventures. Park City Balloon Adventures offers hour-long scenic flights daily, weather permitting. Fliers meet at a local hotel and are shuttled to the take-off site, which varies from day to day. A champagne or nonalcoholic toast is offered on touchdown. Reservations are required. Park City, UT. 435/645–8787 or 800/396–8787. www.pcballoonadventures.com.
Park City Ice Arena. The Olympic-size rink at the Park City Ice Arena provides plenty of space for testing out that triple-toe loop or slap shot. The hill outside the building is popular sledding terrain. 600 Gillmor Way, Park City, UT, 84060. 435/615–5700. www.parkcityice.org. $10.50. Call for public skate times.
Park City Rafting. Park City Rafting offers two-hour, mostly Class 2 adventures, as well as full-day trips that end with a Class 3 splash. Given the Weber's mostly benign water, there are plenty of breaks between plunges to look for moose, deer, beavers, badgers, and feathered friends along the shore. 1245 Taggart La., Morgan, UT, 84050. 435/655–3800 or 866/467–2384. www.parkcityrafting.com.
If you're looking for some hang time on the local rocks but don't know the area, White Pine Touring (1790 Bonanza Dr. 435/649–8710 www.whitepinetouring.com) offers guided climbing tours, equipment rental, and private and group lessons.
Red Pine Adventures. For a winter speed thrill of the machine-powered variety, hop on a snowmobile with Red Pine Adventures. Follow your guide along private groomed trails adjacent to Canyons Resort. 2050 W. White Pine Canyon Rd., Park City, UT, 84060. 435/649–9445 or 800/417–7669. www.redpinetours.com.
Thousand Peaks Snowmobile Adventures. Thousand Peaks Snowmobile Adventures operates backcountry snowmobile tours on one of Utah's largest private mountain ranches just minutes from Park City, where you can catch a free shuttle. Clothing, such as snowsuits, gloves, and boots, is available to rent. Park City, UT. 435/645–9292 or 888/304–7669. www.thousandpeaks.com.
Gorgoza Park. Located off I–80 at the Jeremy Ranch exit as you approach Park City from Salt Lake City, Gorgoza offers lift-served snow tubing for the whole family and mini-snowmobile rentals for kids ages 5–12. 3863 W. Kilby Rd., Park City, UT, 84098. 435/658–2648. www.gorgoza.com.
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