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If you’re looking for fun Park City Utah winter activities, this list will give you tons of things to do, whether or not you ski! With famous resorts, incredible snow, and easy access to a major airport in Salt Lake City, it’s a great place for a winter vacation. Let’s dive in!
Top 10 Winter Things to Do in Park City
1. Visit Utah Olympic Park
The Olympics were held in Utah in 2002. The Utah Olympic Park in Park City is a complex where many of the events were held. Inside you’ll find a great museum and it’s free to walk around!
There are bobsled rides at a cost and a few other simulations that cost money, but if you want to spend an hour or so walking around the museum, it’s worth the visit.
2. Go Snowshoeing or Cross-Country Skiing
Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are great winter activities in Park City if you don’t downhill ski.
They’re typically a lot cheaper than a day at the ski resort, and it’s a nice way to enjoy the winter and get some exercise.
The White Pine Touring Nordic Center in Park City has rentals, groomed tracks, and all the information you need to get outdoors.
There are tons of tracks around Park City. If the speed and downhill part of skiing freaks you out, then you might enjoy cross-country skiing or snowshoeing.
If you want to travel further, you can try the Beaver Creek Ski Trail in the Uinta Mountains, just past Kamas on Mirror Lake Highway. Note, if you’re going to venture into the backcountry, please make sure you are aware of any avalanche warnings!
3. Walk Around Historic Main Street
Park City started as a small mining town. It’s so cute with all the colorful houses lining the streets.
Historic Main Street has many shops, restaurants, and bars to experience. There’s even a ski lift that takes you right into the heart of the historic main street. If you’re skiing and you want to pop down for some lunch, that’s an option!
4. Enjoy Some Whiskey at High West Distillery
High West Whiskey came onto the scene in 2006, and if you like whiskey, you’ve probably heard of it. They have a saloon in the historic area of Park City and it’s worth a stop!
Think: Western saloon vibe meets a modern distillery. It’s a fun place to hang out and enjoy a drink after a day on the mountain. You can also buy merch and souvenirs in their shop.
5. Soak in Homestead Crater
The Homestead Crater is technically not in Park City, but it’s only a 30-minute drive to the crater in Midway, Utah so I wanted to include it in this list.
Homestead Crater is a geothermal spring within a 55-foot-tall limestone rock dome that’s shaped like a volcano.
The mineral water pool below stays between 90 and 96 degrees Fahrenheit year-round! It’s a unique experience to take a soak in this spring.
You’ll need to book a time slot online in advance to swim in the crater because space is limited. Get more information about booking here.
While you’re in the Midway area, check out the next activity on my list…
6. Midway Ice Castles
The Midway Ice Castles are another unique outdoor activity near Park City. Technically they are in Midway, about a 30-minute drive from Park City.
You can visit the ice castles during the day or at night, but I think the best experience is at night when you can see all the colorful lights. There are plenty of activities for kids, such as ice slides, colorful flashing light displays, and even some reindeer.
Bring lots of warm layers because it can get very cold at night!
7. Take a Chocolate Factory Tour at Ritual Chocolate
Ritual Chocolate is well known if you live in Utah. The factory is in Heber City, Utah which is about a 25-minute drive from Park City. (There used to be a cafe location in Park City, but that has since closed.)
There’s also a cafe at the factory where you can get an assortment of hot chocolates, coffees, and baked goods using their chocolates. The hot cocoa and the cookie made with their honeycomb chocolate bar were delicious!
If you’re a chocolate lover like me, this is a great stop! They have plenty of chocolate gift packs that make great souvenirs.
This would be a nice activity to combine with the Homestead Crater or the Ice Castle activities mentioned above.
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8. Attend Sundance Film Festival
The Sundance Film Festival is one of the biggest winter events in Park City every year. The actual dates vary from year to year, but you can get all the current information about the festival here.
The Sundance Institute focuses on the development of independent artists and audiences in film. Every year when the festival comes to town, Park City transforms.
People from all over the world come to attend the workshops, watch the films, and celebrate the work of so many artists in the industry.
If this is your thing, then it’s worth planning a visit during the festival. Just make sure you plan to get tickets to the events before they sell out.
Now, if attending the screenings and being involved in the film industry is not your thing, then I would recommend that you don’t visit Park City during this time.
Everything from lodging to restaurants is more expensive during the festival, and Park City is very very crowded. It can be nearly impossible to drive around and find parking when the festival is going on.
9. Ski or Snowboard
This is the most obvious Park City winter activity!
There are two main resorts in the Park City area – Deer Valley Resort and Park City Mountain Resort.
When I lived in Park City before I moved down to Salt Lake, Vail did not own Park City Mountain.
Now the Park City Mountain is even larger. To be honest, it’s not my favorite mountain in Utah, but if you want the ease of a ski-in, ski-out resort, it’s a great option!
10. Go Tubing at Woodward Park City
What kid doesn’t love sledding? Well, this tubing park is sledding on another level and it’s a popular winter activity in Park City, especially if you’re looking for something to do that’s not skiing or snowboarding.
Get tickets and more information here.
Even More Park City Winter Activities
But wait, there’s more! Try these activities next:
- Have a unique dinner experience at the Viking Yurt
- Rent a Fat Tire Bike – White Pine Touring offers both rentals and guided tours
- Go ice skating at the Resort Center Ice Rink in town
- Try Ice Fishing – local guides are available that will get you set up with all the gear and take you out on the ice
- Check out a performance at Park City’s historic Egyptian Theater (pictured above)