Summer means sun, sand, and waves. But it also means activity! What better place to enjoy a plethora of outdoor activities than in the mountains of Park City, Utah!
Park City is the home of two major ski resorts — Deer Valley Resort and Park City Mountain Resort — and the Utah Olympic Park. It was a host city for the 2002 Winter Olympics. What does any of this have to do with summer? Plenty! Although Park City is a much-loved winter city, it morphs into a hive of summer activity in the warmer months.
“Of course Park City is known as a winter ski destination but the summer months offer its residents and visitors more recreational activities than one could ever dream of. Each mountain resort hosts a wide variety of activities, such as hiking, mountain biking, lift rides and alpine slides. But, there are other activities such as concerts, golf, horseback riding, stream fishing, you get the idea.” ParkCityInformation.org
If you’re the outdoors type, then coming to Park City will give you a chance to do some of your favorite activities in the Wasatch Range of the Rocky Mountains. Think extreme ziplining, mountain biking, horseback riding, and alpine disc golf. Ready to try something new? Take a ski lift to the top and experience extreme tubing. Check out the First-Timers’ Video of some teenage boys getting the thrills of the fast descent down the ski jump.
Or if you prefer something a little a more restricted, then the Park City Alpine Mountain Coaster might be a better choice for you. Single riders or a parent with a small child ride “through more than a mile of loops, curves, and hair-pin” turns. The rider controls the speed of his coaster. You get the rush of a theme-park roller coaster with the beautiful natural scenery of Park City. Check out the first-person video here.
Another option, minus the rails, is the Park City Alpine Slide. Similar to a bobsled, riders on the Alpine Slide have a handbrake to adjust their speed as they travel through the turns and dips to the bottom. There are 4 tracks to choose from, so you can race a friend or ride along casually. The Alpine Slide has over 3,000 feet of track for your enjoyment.
For the non-thrill seekers, those who like to keep their feet on the ground, there’s hiking, golf, fishing, and lots of kids’ activities. In 2016, the Park City Base area will be opening 3 new kids’ activities:
- Kids’ Zip Line
- Kids’ Rope Course
- Kids’ Tubing
Every activity is offered with your kids’ safety in mind. Kids wear helmets and have appropriate harnesses and guides to help maximize their fun.
In Canyons Village, there is a family putting course, scenic gondola rides, summer zip tours, and the Canyons golf course. Kids won’t want to miss the summer adventure camp put on by Little Adventures Children’s Center. Kids from 6 weeks to 12 years of age are welcome. Camp leaders will guide your kids through nature hikes, arts and crafts, Zip Tours, field trips, swimming, and gondola rides.
Park City is also host to a number of concerts and festivals. The St. Regis Big Stars Bright Nights Concert Series is celebrating its 8th year. The concerts are scheduled from July to September 3. Some of the artists featured in this year’s lineup are Lyle Lovett, Andy Garcia, Jewel, Trace Adkins, Chris Botti, and Lucia Micarelli. The Deer Valley Music Festival is celebrating its 13th year. This festival’s flavor of music is chamber music, classical, and pops. Some of the concerts during this year’s festival are Rock on! Hits from the 70s & 80s, The B-52s, Matthew Morrison, and McDuffie.
“Your options for things to do in Park City are limitless, no matter your age. Try your hand at fly-fishing, soar above the mountains in a hot air balloon, explore the mountain on foot, a bike, or horseback, test your balance with stand up paddle board yoga, or tackle one of our golfcourses.” VisitParkCity.com
Whether you choose Park City Town, Park City Base, or Canyons Village, you can’t go wrong. Think about spending your next summer vacation where you can do all things alpine (extreme tubing, alpine slide, alpine mountain coaster), enjoy breathtaking vistas, rock it out at a concert series, or relax in hot air balloon.
WHERE TO STAY:
Park Plaza offers cozy studios, juniors, and one- and two-bedroom condominiums that feature all the amenities of home, including flat-screen TVs, wireless internet access, refrigerators, and coffee makers. During your stay, you’ll relax in Park Plaza’s indoor swimming pool and hot tub, lounge in the recreation room that has three flat-screen TVs, and work up a sweat at the on-site fitness gym.
Park Plaza’s exceptional comfort and convenient location makes it a fantastic place to stay during your next sojourn to Park City. And this month, it’s never been more affordable to do just that.
The Miners Club is a cozy upscale resort perfect for your next vacation in Park City. Its spacious units feature fireplaces, fully equipped kitchens with granite countertops and top-of-the-line GE appliances, jetted tubs, and flat-screen TVs with DVD players for your entertainment. An on-site heated swimming pool, hot tub, fitness center, club room, and theater room are great places to spend your time at The Miners Club.
Simply walk out The Miners Club’s front door and you’ll be just steps away from the Waldorf Gondola, which you can ride to Canyons Resort, the largest single ski and snowboard resort in Utah.