Your Park City Bucket List – Winter Edition
September 10, 2019 by Rachelle
Park City is a celebrated mountain community that enjoys some of the best powder in the country. In Park City, there are endless opportunities for winter adventure that everyone in your group can enjoy – from world-class skiing to family-friendly tubing, snowshoeing, and more.
To help make sure that you don’t miss out on your next Park City trip, here are 15 activities that should be on your Park City Winter bucket list!
#1 Skiing and Snowboarding:
Park City has long boasted that it has “The Greatest Snow on Earth.” The average snowfall in Park City is over 320 inches per year; the ‘lake effect’ from the Great Salt Lake causes massive snowfall. The high elevation and low humidity result in light, fluffy snow – the perfect powder. Whether you want to ski at Deer Valley or grab your skis and board and head to Park City Mountain Resort, the free in-town transportation system means that you can easily access the lifts without having to fight for parking. Utopian also offers many ski-in/ski-out options at Deer Valley or PCMR (including the Colony in Canyons Village) so you can get those turns in before the rest of town shows up. When you book a stay with Utopian, your concierge can schedule a Ski Butler to come directly to you at your rental and fit you for boots and skis or a snowboard. No long lines in the ski shop!
There is no better way to view Park City’s alpine terrain than from the back of a snowmobile. With family-friendly groomed tracks and more advanced back-country tours available, everyone in your group will be talking about this unique experience for years to come. Enjoy a high-speed winter thrill with our favorite touring company, All Seasons Adventures.
Head to the Park City Olympic Park. The winter bobsled experience offers public sessions so you can finally check that little box next to bobsledding and skeleton off your bucket list. Seriously, watch this… that could be you! (Riders must be 16+ years of age and 100+ lbs. Typically open December 18 to March 31.)
The Midway Ice Castles are a stunning light and ice installation. Using meticulously placed icicles and lights, the structures create an other-worldly display. The attraction includes breathtaking LED-lit sculptures, frozen thrones, ice-carved tunnels, slides, fountains and much more. Be sure to dress warm and wear non-slip boots so that you can take your time exploring this imaginative display.
There is nothing like zipping down a snowy hill to bring the kid out in everyone. This is a great ‘on the slopes’ activity that requires no lessons or experience. Many of the main tobogganing hills in Park City provide tube rentals and have conveyor belts that carry you up the slopes. Visit the brand new Woodward facility and Soldier Hollow Tubing. Enjoy the thrill of the descent without the dreaded climb back up the hill.
On the last Friday of every month participating galleries up and down Main Street open their doors, inviting locals and visitors alike to enjoy the lively Park City art scene. The monthly event is the perfect way to explore this mountain town’s thriving art culture as well as peruse Historic Main Street.
Strap on your snowshoes and take a peaceful trek through the forest. Enjoy a tranquil stroll in the pines or pick up the pace for a heart-pumping climb. Take a tour with All Seasons Adventures. Go stargazing or hike out to a private smores pit to enjoy a well-deserved treat.
With the guidance of a professional musher from All Seasons Adventures, you can experience what it’s like to harness and stage the dog team, then be whisked away over the ice and snow in the back-country. You can meet the dogs and even have the opportunity to guide a sled (depending on the tour you choose). Bundle up tight, cuddle up close, and don’t forget your camera!
#9 Explore Historic Main Street:
Shop, drink, and dine! On Historic Main Street you’ll find historic shops thoughtfully transformed into art galleries, local boutiques, outdoor outfitters, as well as a myriad of bars and restaurants ranging from the casual to the high-end. This old-town main drag has preserved the western architectural aesthetic of days past, yet has a flair for modern luxury. You cannot make it to Park City and not spend time strolling the Historic Main Street.
#10 Observe Après Ski:
Following a day out on the slopes, it is a time-honored tradition to partake in après ski. Park City has no end of swanky or casual spots to toast a long, cold day on the mountain. Come sip spiked beverages and swap stories fireside with new and old friends. Enjoy one of our local favorites: High West Distillery, No Name Saloon, or The Cabin.
This is a true bucket list item! The Sundance Film Festival is one of the most iconic events in Park City, Utah. It allows independent filmmakers to present their works and lets the audience have a say. Speak directly with directors, actors, and more and change how you experience the film industry. Enjoy this annual cultural event from one of our many Main Street properties. Walk to the theatres, music events, and after-parties from your luxury rental.
#12 Ski Lessons from an Olympian:
Take ski lessons from an Olympian! Reach out to your concierge for the chance to get pointers from the best athletes in the world. Ski lessons from the best instructors book out way in advance. If you have kids or first-time skiers/snowboarders in your party, you will want lessons. Proper instruction means that everyone in the group can safely enjoy their time out on the slopes. Our team can help you select and book the best instructors in the area.
#13 Eat Your Way Through Park City:
Modern travel has evolved. Experiencing a new location is just as much about the food you will eat as the things you will do and see. Park City has become an incubator for budding epicureans and seasoned chefs to collaborate. From casual eateries to high-end gastronomy, this alpine sanctuary has it all. Here are several of our favorite haunts to experience the best of Park City Cuisine.
Element Kitchen & Bakery: Lunch, weekend brunch, bakery, grab and go, take out, and at home catering services
High West Saloon: Enjoy one of Park City’s best dining experiences! Take the Town Lift to the front door for après ski cocktails, appetizers, and more
Handle: Seasonal small plates and entrees prepared in a rustic-chic eatery off Main Street with craft cocktails
The Farm: Rustic, regional cuisine with a killer wine list in Canyons Village
Vinto Pizzeria: Full-service sit-down restaurant with mod decor offering wood-fired pizza, seasonal Italian fare, and gelato
tupelo Park City: Stylish, upscale restaurant and bar featuring globally-inspired dishes and more
Grappa: Intimate location on Main Street featuring Italian fine dining and an award-winning wine list
Riverhorse: Eclectic and re-imagined American cuisine located on Main Street
Fireside: Four courses served from stone fireplaces in the mountains of Deer Valley
Mustang: Elegant and innovative American Cuisine on Main Street with a fantastic cocktail and wine list
We think everyone should experience Utopian’s 5-star personal concierge service at least once in their lives (admittedly, we may be a little biased here). Stay in one of the most impressive luxury mountain homes in the country and enjoy having every detail of your trip handled before you even open the door. Our concierge team can deliver groceries to your gourmet kitchen and schedule personal chef services, equipment delivery, in-home spa services and yoga, and more! Our team is here to ensure that you have the best winter trip to Park City. Once you experience luxury travel this way, you will never want to go back.
#15 Spend Time with Friends and Family, of course!
No trip to Park City would be complete without good company! Whether you’re sitting around a fire cooking smores or hitting the slopes, it’s the perfect place to recharge. Park City is also a very friendly town, so get ready to make new friends at the bars, coffee shops, or on the lifts.
Enjoy a Utopian luxury getaway. Relax and truly experience the world-renowned Park City winter playground. There is something for everyone and every age group to enjoy.
We offer over 100 luxury vacation rentals in this iconic destination.
The Utopian Reservations team is here to help you find the ideal location, home, and help you plan a wintry getaway that you’ll never forget.
|View Our Luxury Park City Properties|