Three year-round resorts surround Park City, Utah, which is as well known for its adventure tourism opportunities as it is for its nightlife. Each resort offers world-class skiing and snowboarding in the Wasatch Mountains, but they all bring something different to the table come summertime.
Park City Mountain Resort has three fast-paced thrills for groups to enjoy. Utah’s only alpine rollercoaster reaches speeds of up to 30 mph as it weaves through the trees on loops and hair-pin curves. Ride the summer version of a bobsled on one of the world’s longest alpine slides. The small cart will take you down any one of the four 3,000-foot luge-style tracks. Several zip lines will propel you down the mountain at speeds of 45 mph and from 110 feet above the ground. The ZipRider allows you to race against other members of your group while the Flying Eagle is a tandem zip line that is open year round.
Deer Valley Resort has several chairlifts running through the summer months. The scenic ride will take you to some of the best mountain biking and hiking trails in the area. After a day of outdoor adventure, spend the evening on the lawn at Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater, which hosts music festivals and concert series throughout the summer.
Canyons Resort features scenic gondola tours that take groups as high as 8,000 feet up the mountains, as well as zip line tours that can take you 2,100 feet across a canyon. Miles of mountain biking and hiking trails surround the resort, which includes an 18-hole miniature golf course and is home to the Park City Food and Wine Classic in July and the Park City Farmer’s Market on Wednesdays.
Downtown Park City offers a thriving nightlife. Once a silver-mining town with 23 saloons, Park City now features over 100 restaurants and bars. Pubs, clubs and intimate wine bars line historic Main Street and pour everything from local brews to organic wines. Winterfest is held in February and different food and wine festivals take place in both February and March.
Every January the Sundance Film Festival turns Park City into a hub of established and budding filmmakers and actors. More than 40,000 people flock to Park City for one of the world’s premier film festivals. The 31-year-old festival has premiered films such as Reservoir Dogs, An Inconvenient Truth and Little Miss Sunshine.Park City Convention and Visitors Bureau
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