“If you like it here during the winter, you’ll love it in the summer.”
This is the phrase my family heard over and over again during our ski vacation to Park City, Utah last winter. Park City is well-known for great snow, incredible skiing and a variety of winter activities, but what makes it such a special get away year round?
I asked friends who have made family summer vacations in Park City an annual event: Kristen from Toronto and Linda from Lake Bluff, Illinois. They both agree that it’s the combination of perfect weather, welcoming people and wide range of family-friendly activities that makes Park City special, and keeps their family coming back year after year.
Kristen says her family’s favorite activities are:
- Enjoying the beautiful evenings with patio dining at fabulous restaurants and free summer concerts throughout town.
Packing a bag with all the fixins for s’mores, after dinner at a favorite eatery in town, heading to the fire pits located across from the Town Lift and to make s’mores for dessert.
- Driving up to Deer Valley to hike among the beautiful trails at Empire Pass.
- Biking on the seemingly endless number of trails throughout town.
- Taking the chair up at Park City Mountain Resort and go for a hike. This is even better when you catch a glimpse of a moose!
- Getting a taste of the local scene at the Park City Farmer’s Market, held every Wednesday at the Canyons’ parking lot.
- River rafting – It’s a blast!
- Weekly ski jumping show at the Utah Olympic Park featuring the Flying Ace All Stars dazzles and inspires.
- Spending the day with the fun activities at Park City Mountain Resort: Zip lines, alpine slides, alpine coasters, mini golf, lift accessed hiking and biking, and more.
- 3-day ski jump camp at the Utah Olympic Park. Train first on trampolines, then work up to the bigger jumps. You wear your regular ski equipment, and are equipped with the wet suit and flotation to be able to swim across the pool. No experience necessary, just a lot of bravery!
This year Kristen’s family is looking forward to trying: Fly fishing, golfing, and exploring The Crater at The Homestead Resort, a locals’ favorite hot spring.
Linda from Lake Bluff, Illinois says:
One of the most enjoyable things to do is the Cruiserpalooza and Plazapalooza events at the Silver Star ski plaza. On Thursday evenings everyone meets up at Silver Star ski and sport for a big group bike ride up to MacPolin’s Barn. Most participants ride cruiser bikes and it’s a fun, easy ride for all ages (I don’t have mileage details but my daughter has been doing the ride since she was 7 and I’ve seen younger kids going).
If you don’t have your own bike you can rent one from the shop for around $10, but be sure to reserve your bike in advance during busy times. If you are really lucky – you will be on one of the rides that he brings Talulah and Vidalia on – his English and French bulldogs that serve as the shop mascots. Sometimes they ride in a trailer on the back of his bike. The kids love it!
When we get back from the ride – they have Plazapalooza out on the ski plaza with live music and food and drinks from the Silver Star Cafe (or bring your own).
It’s a great event – so much fun! It think what makes it really special is that everyone feels a sense of community and gets to know one another. It creates a great environment for “out-of-towners” to meet others and mingle with other vacationers and locals too. Our family is very social, so even when we go on vacation we like to meet people so this is great for us.
We also like hiking the Spiro and Mid-mountain trails and of course we enjoy the activities at the base area. Also, Park Silly Sunday Market – we love riding our bikes down there and having lunch and checking everything out.
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