Do you want to plan a trip to Park City Utah in Winter? There are so many fun things to do in Park City Utah in the Winter!! Want to experience skiing, the snow, and the beautiful mountains?
You are in the right spot! Utah is my home state. I have been to Park City more times than I can count. I'm excited to share with you some insider information that will help you plan your trip to Park City Utah.
Park City, Utah is known for world-class skiing with the perfect powder snow. It is one of the largest ski resorts in America. Park City also has fun activities off the slopes.
In this post, we will give you a complete Park City Utah winter vacation guide. This will include insider tips on where to stay and what to do. We are going to list some of the best things to do in Park City Utah in the winter.
Most of these Park City winter activities involve snow! But don't worry, there are also lots of winter activities in Park City if you need a break from the snow.
Let's explore the best things to do in Park City in Winter!
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How to Get to Park City
The closest international airport to Park City is Salt Lake City. It is a 45-minute drive from the airport. If you are flying in for a Park City winter vacation, this is where your trip will begin.
The Salt Lake City airport is new and has some great restaurants, but be prepared if you are not flying Delta, you will be walking at least a mile to get to your luggage.
Transportation to Park City
Most of the car rental counters are located on-site at the airport. (Fox is not)
Do I Need a Car to Explore Park City in Winter?
Yes, if you want to really experience a Park City winter, a car is essential.
If your primary Park City activity is skiing and you are staying in a ski-in-ski-out resort then you probably do not need a car. (But you will have to/from find a way to Park City.)
Is it Safe to Drive in Park City in Winter?
Driving in the snow is not fun! Park City does a pretty good job of keeping the roads plowed. I would suggest renting a car with snow tires and AWD.
How Many Days to Spend for a Park City Winter Vacation
If you are planning a skiing trip to Park City, I would allow 3 full days to ski and 2-3 days to enjoy other Park City winter activities. So 5-6 days is a perfect amount of time.
A weekend trip to Park City is doable as well. There is more than enough to do. We usually take day trips to Park City because we live pretty close.
So how long should you spend in Park City? The better question is how much time do you have? A week in Park City will be more than enough time to do everything!
What is There to Do in Utah Park City in the Winter?
The top winter activities in Park City Utah are skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, and the Sundance Film Festival. There are plenty of fun things to do in Park City in the Winter. (We will list more below.)
Is Park City Fun in Winter?
Yes, it is a winter wonderland. There is every winter activity you can imagine in Park City. It is one of the biggest ski towns in America.
Does it Snow a Lot in Park City Utah?
Depends on the year. There is always enough snow to have fun in Park City.
Is Park City Fun if you Don't Ski?
Yes, there are lots of fun shops, museums, and even other Park City snow activities.
Accommodations in Park City
If you are looking for primer ski-in-ski-out- accommodations Park City is your place. There are so many accommodations and hotels at the base of the ski resorts.
I have stayed in a lot of fun Park City hotels over the years. I have always liked the Mountainside Marriott Vacation Club. The Waldorf Astoria is another great option. We stayed at the Hotel Park City and loved it. We also stayed at the Montage Deer Valley and enjoyed it.
There are lots of vacation properties available to rent from VRBO as well.
There are seriously so many amazing hotels in Park City
If you are skiing at the Park City Resort, I really like the Canyon Village area.
1. Ski Park City
Park City has two major ski resorts, soon to be three. It is one of the best ski resorts in the USA.
Park City Mountain Resort
Park City Mountain Resort has two sides. The Park City Mountain side and the Canyons side. When you purchase a ticket you have access to both sides. There is a 10-minute Gondola ride between sides.
Having skied on both sides, I recommend the Canyon's side. There are over 41 lifts and over 348 trails throughout the Park City Mountain Resort. It is a huge resort! Most of the runs are green and blue which are perfect for beginner and intermediate skiers.
Dear Valley is another great ski resort in Park City. It is a skier-only resort (no snowboards) It is smaller than Park City Mountain Resort with only 21 chairlifts.
Deer Valley gets a little more snow than Park City Mountain Resort based on the location of the mountain. It also caters to those that want a luxury ski experience. There are 5-star restaurants with an all-inclusive vibe.
Mayflower Mountain Resort
Mayflower will open for the 2024-2025 ski season. This is the first new ski resort to open since the early 2000s in the US. It will be on the backside of Deer Valley.
Park City is a great place to come for a ski trip if you really want the ski-in-ski-out resort option. It is one of best Utah Ski Resorts. All of the resorts are great for beginner skiers. It is also good for intermediate skiers.
Is Park City Expensive to Ski?
Yes, Park City is one of the most expensive places to ski in Utah. You get what you pay for in service, ski lessons, and amenities at the resort. It is all pristine and nicely taken care of.
What is the Best Month to Ski in Park City Utah?
December – February are the best months to ski. January tends to be colder however this year we went in January and the weather was awesome at 25 degrees, which is much better that -6!
Can a Beginner Ski at Park City Utah?
If this Park City winter vacation is your first ski trip don't worry, it is the perfect place to learn. I would suggest taking a ski lesson. The instructors at the Park City area are amazing! All of my kids have taken ski lessons at Park City.
There are lots of green trails which is nice when you are beginning.
2. Go Snow Tubing
Snow tubing is so fun! Snow tubing is much safer than sledding. Going to an official site that has dedicated snow tubing lanes is recommended. Woodward is the place to go for snow tubing in Park City.
Woodward has two areas for snow tubing. There is a smaller track for younger kids and a longer one. There is also a moving runway to get back to the top of the hill.
$50+ (It will be more expensive on holidays and weekends.)
If you want to drive a little further Soldiers Hollow in Midway also has an amazing snow tubing area. It is less expensive but it is a 40 minute drive to get there.
$20 – $32+
3. Snow Boarding
Snowboarding is allowed at the Park City Mountain Resort. It is not allowed at Deer Valley.
Park City is great for beginning snowboarders because of the number of green trails at Park City Mountain Resort. My kids have taken snowboarding lessons at Park City and loved it.
If you are more advance, there are some fun terrain parks to check out. Park City Mountain has 6. Plus a half pipe and a mini half pipe.
Woodward is a great place to take your snowboard and try out some of its unique terrains.
4. Snowshoeing in Park City
One of the best Park City winter activities to do is snowshoeing. You can rent snowshoes and enjoy many of the groomed trails throughout all of the city.
If you want a more adventurous experience, You can book a private guided tour that will take you deep into the mountain forest to explore beautiful vistas. You can also go on hikes near park city.
The Best Snowshoeing in Park City
- Gambel Oak Loop (3.9-mile loop)
- PC Hill (1.3-mile intermediate trail)
- Rockport Lake Trail ( 2 miles out and back trail)
You can also go to the White Pine Nordic Center for some great Park City snowshoeing options.
Snowmobiling is a fun winter Park City activity. Most of the Snowmobiling tours are on large ranches with snowmobiling trails.
You can choose between 2, 3, or 4, hour tours. Heber Valley located a short distance from Park City is one of the top 10 places in the US for snowmobiling trails.
6. Cross Country Ski
Cross Country skiing is one of the best Park City winter activities. There are free trails located behind the Basin Recreations Center. These trails are groomed.
White Pine Nordic Center
The White Pine Nordic Center offers more cross-country skiing trails for a fee. They also offer ski rentals and guides. You can complete a 3K, 5K, or a 10K.
There are more trails in the area but if you are on Park City winter vacation these are probably the best options.
7. Snow Biking in Park City
Snow biking is a new sport. You can use some of the same free trails you would use for snow shoes and cross-country skiing that are located all around park city.
These bikes can be rented in a lot of different locations throughout Park City. I jumped into a store to check out some of the bikes. I actually think this would be really fun! It is nice that there are so many trails to ride on.
8. Visit Main Street in Park City
Park City Main Street is located between the Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley Resort. It is one of the best things to do in Park City Utah in Winter.
This is where the action is. There are over 100 stores and restaurants located down the historic main street. It is a great place to walk around and shop and eat.
Special events often take place during the week, you can look at the event calendar to see if anything interest you. There are a variety of stores from high-end to local souvenir shops.
There are lots of public parking lots. These lots do cost money but only around $3 an hour.
9. Go Shopping in Park City
There is some great shopping in Park City with great stores like lole, Cotopaxi, and Patagonia. These high-end stores are located throughout Canyon Village and even on Main Street.
If you are looking for things to do in Park City besides ski, shopping is a great option. Most of the stores are outdoors, so be sure to dress warmly before you head out.
Outlet Shopping in Park City
You can also find shopping at the outlets as you enter Park City off of 1-80. The outlets need an update. If you want to search for a good deal this is the place to go.
10. Visit Utah Olympic Park
Utah Olympic Park is awesome. This is where you can watch Olympic hopefuls train. Utah Olympic Park also hosts competitions all season long.
You can catch ariel skiing, luge, skeleton, and alpine skiing events. Typically it is free for spectators to watch these events.
11. Alf Engen Ski Museum
The Utah Olympic Park Ski Museum is worth a visit! This a free winter activity in Park City. It is really cool. You will want to spend about 45 minutes to an hour exploring.
9:00 am – 6:00 pm
The museum is a fun Park City winter activity. It is actually really cool. There are simulators that allow you to experience a bobsled race, powder skiing, speed flying, mountain biking, and ski jumping. (The simulator is an additional fee.)
One thing I love is the photo booth. You can jump in a green screen photo booth and get some great shots with fun backgrounds.
You can get the perfect Park City winter shot!
On the top level of the museum, it is dedicated to winter Olympians. There are a lot of Olympic memorabilia on display. It is fun to walk around and look at the fun exhibits.
The Utah Olympic Park is one of the best Park City Utah winter activities!
12. Attend the Sundance Film Festival
If you want to see some movie stars, plan your Park City winter vacation during the Sundance Film Festival. Many famous movie stars have second homes in Park City.
The Sundance Film Festival takes place every January during peak skiing season. It lasts about two weeks.
Sundance Film Festival Pass
If you are lucky enough to get a Sundance Film Festival pass, you can view some of the films at the Egyptian Theater. There are lots of venues and parties throughout park city during the festival.
It is a crowded and fun time to be in Park City in winter.
13. Go Ice Skating
Park City's winter activities include ice skating. There are two locations in Park City to ice skate.
Park City Ice Arena
The official indoor Park City Ice Arena is a great option. There are public skating sessions however they vary by time and date.
It is a little drive from the ski resorts but would be a fun Park City winter family activity.
600 Gillmor Way Park City, UT
Resort Center Ice Skating Rink
There is also an outdoor skating rink located at the base of the Park City Resort. Session times are typically 12-8 pm.
I think skating outdoors in Park City is magical! It is such a fun thing to do in Park City Utah in winter!
14. Go Bowling
If you are a non-skier in Park City and just want a night out. The Jupiter Bowling Alley is a great place to check out.
1090 Center Dr,
Park City, UT
You can sign up for a lane and have a fun time indoors. Jupiter bowl has 16 lanes of modern bowling!
If you are looking for fun things to do in Park City besides ski, bowling is a great option.
15. Visit Woodward
We already talked about how Woodward has some awesome snow tubing options. but Woodward actually has a lot going on.
There is an indoor trampoline park, a terrain park, and a ski lift with more technical blue and green runs. Night skiing is also available. They also offer ski and snowboard lessons.
3863 Kilby Rd, Park City, UT
Woodward is one of the best things to do in Park City Utah in winter!
16. Enjoy Art in Park City
Park City has a great art community. There are lots of galleries along Main Street. We went inside a few and really love the artwork. If you enjoy art, one of the best things to do in Park City in winter is to check out all of the different galleries!
Kimball Art Center
The Kimble Art Center is another great place to check out. It is small but there is some quality art inside. They also offer are art classes. This could be a really fun Park City winter activity.
17. Park City Museum
The Park City Museum is located right on Main Street. This is a Park City history museum. There are lots of fun exhibits to check out and learn about the early days of Park City.
This museum does have fun interactive exhibits that are fun for kids.
18. Spa Day in Park City
After hitting the slopes, a nice relaxing spa day is in order. You won't have a hard time finding a luxurious spa.
In almost every high-end hotel in Park City, there is a spa. There are also some great spas throughout Park City.
A spa day is the perfect Park City Utah winter activity.
19. Dog Sled in Park City
Another Park City snow activity is dog sledding. You might be thinking wait isn't that an Alaska thing? Well, yes but Park City has its own set of sled dogs.
Unique Things to Do in Park City Utah in Winter
If this sounds like a fun thing to do in Park City in winter, you will need to book a tour. The Luna Lobas Ranch is located just outside of Park City.
20. Sleigh Ride In Park City Utah
A sleigh ride and dinner is one of the most romantic things to do in Park City in winter.
You can also travel south to the Homestead Resort and book a sleigh ride.
Sleigh rides are something to consider for your Park City winter vacation if you are looking for unique and fun things to do in Park City in winter.
21. Visit Canyons Village
Canyons Village is at the base of the Park City Ski Resort Canyons side. There are lots of shops and places to eat. You can even stay at hotels in the village. This is the perfect place to stay if you want the ultimate ski-in-ski-out experience.
The Canyon's Village is fun to visit even if you are not skiing in Park City. We loved walking around and shopping.
22. The Fizz
A fun shop I thought was worth mentioning is the Fizz. There are fun soda bottles of every flavor. There are also candies that you can't get at your typical grocery store.
I love finding unique and fun things to try. After my son did awesome at his ski lesson, I let him come in here and pick out some candy! It made for some Park City winter fun!
I need to mention another store in the Canyons, Lole. Lole is a Canadian store. They only have 2 locations in all of the United States and one is in Park City. They sell workout clothes.
Being I am an aerobic instructor, I knew I had to go! I was pretty excited to find a cute outfit! It wasn't overly priced which is awesome considering everything is expensive in Park City!
Eat In Park City
If you are a planningaway reader, you know how we love to check out the fun local bakeries and restaurants.
One our most recent day trip to Park City, we wanted to check out the restaurant Hearth and Hill. We also wanted to visit Hill's Kitchen and the Windy Ridge Bakery.
24. Hearth and Hill and Hill's Kitchen
The restaurant Hearth and Hill may have been too fancy for my kids' taste but I liked my sandwich. Hill's Kitchen which is associated with the restaurant was a different story.
They sell huge cinnamon rolls which my kids loved. I also enjoyed the apple fritters and the giant cookies. The best time to go is the morning as everything will be fresh.
25. Windy Ridge Bakery
The Windy Ridge Bakery is on the opposite side of town closer to the Park City Mountain side. It is a little off of the beaten path. We barely found it.
We decided to try a chocolate croissant and a chocolate cake. Both were amazing. We were really glad we made a stop!
26. Visitor Information Building
If I haven't given you enough ideas to plan the perfect Park City winter vacation, you might consider stopping by the visitor information building as you enter Park City.
Personally, I do not work with a lot of the local tours that are in Park City. If you want help booking tours or need specific information or directions, this is a great place to visit.
I stopped by on my last trip and there is a coffee shop and bathrooms available inside as well as a guest service employee to help you with questions.
27. Ice Castle
The ice castle is located in Midway Utah. It is a unique experience that is worth the drive from Park City.
The ice castle is a hand-crafted ice structure. It is made by hand using thousands of icicles. The ice castle includes LED-lit ice sculptures (at night), ice thrones, ice-carved tunnels, and slides.
2002 Soldier Hollow Ln, Midway, UT 84049
The ice castle tickets range from $17 – 22 per person.
Going at night is fun because the entire castle is lit up!
28. Heber Valley Railroad
If you want to do something unique Heber Valley Railroad offers themed trains. These run throughout the winter. There are different themes depending on when you ride.
Train Ride Themes
- Polar Express
- Chocolate Lovers
- Rock n Roll
- Super Hero
- Mardi Gras
- Princess and Pirate
Prices start at $20 and go up.
The Heber Valley Railroad is a fun activity to add to your Park City winter vacation.
29. Homestead Crater Soak
The Homestead Resort is located right across the street from the Ice Castle and not too far away from the Soldiers Hollow snow tubing track. It is a fun place to stay.
One thing that makes it really cool is that there is a natural thermal pool located on site. You can go for a swim in a crater full of warm water.
If you stay on-site the crater soak is included but you have to make reservations. (These fill up fast.) You can also book a soak without staying at the resort.
30. Heber Valley Milk and Artisan Cheese Store
If you love visiting small-town hidden gems, the Heber Valley Milk and Artisan Cheese store is where you will want to stop.
Shop for Cheese
There are lots of yummy cheese and dairy options that are fresh from the farm. We love stopping by and picking out some “squeaky cheese”. There are all sorts of varieties of cheeses to choose from.
This is a fun activity that is easy to add to your Park City itinerary because it is located near most of the other fun activities near Park City.
Things to Do in Park City Utah in Winter
Are you ready to plan your Park City winter vacation?! I hope you pick some awesome Park City Utah winter activities! There are so many fun things to do in Park City Utah in the winter you are sure to create the perfect Park City winter itinerary!
Park City is a great place to visit! You are going to have a blast!
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