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Shorter family vacations can be full of adventure without a whirlwind ending in exhaustion. Consider this itinerary as a guideline while planning your summer trip to Park City just remember to pack the sunscreen.
Day One – a bit of everything
One of our family traditions when vacationing in Park City starts with a trip to the Park City Visitor’s Center at Kimball Junction. In a few short minutes, we’re up to speed on town events, new restaurants, and tips based on the weather conditions. This is time well spent!
After settling in at our home away from home, we’re off to explore Park City Mountain Resort. Younger family members look forward to exploring the Little Miners Park and Adventure Zone while older kids race each other on the alpine slide and ZipRider zip lines then cruise together on the alpine coaster. Everyone gets to burn off some of that travel adrenaline and work up an appetite.
Then, we hop aboard the free Park City Transit Bus for a leisurely drive to the top of Historic Main Street. We stroll along and let the kids choose where we will eat. With so many family friendly options, we’re always well fed and everyone is happy.
We like to explore the new exhibits at the Park City Museum and Kimball Art Center. Depending on the events calendar, we’ll attend a show at the Egyptian Theater.
Ending the day with an ice cream treat is a cool cap to the first night in town.
Day Two – Gear up early and get out there!
Park City is an outdoor paradise with adventures suited to all skill and activity levels. The hiking and mountain bike trails at Park City Mountain Resort offer breathtaking views and spectacular terrain. We hop aboard the Scenic Lift Rides with gear in tow and spend most of the day on mountain. Grab some lunch at the Resort Base and enjoy live concerts or pack a picnic lunch and kick back in the alpine shade.
We round out the day at the resort with a family friendly challenge on the miniature 18-hole golf course. The winner gets to choose where to eat dinner that night!
Usually, the kids win and choose to eat and play at Jupiter Bowl. This high energy bowling alley serves a tasty full menu and desserts large enough to share. That’s how we roll!
Half day – Tag on these experiences to either end of your trip to complete your vacation.
Explore the Utah Olympic Park Museums and take a guided tour of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games sites. For an added burst of adrenaline, we hopped aboard the Comet for a face paced bobsled ride we’ll always remember!
Take a walk at the Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter. The kids like to get their hands dirty exploring the trails and learn a lot on the guided nature tours.
Every Sunday in summer, plan to stroll along Historic Main Street for the Park Silly Sunday Market. Vendors sell a variety of unique souvenirs to take home, delicious treats to eat, and street performers to entertain and delight.
From classical to country and a little rock and roll, Deer Valley Resort has announced the lineup of celebrated singers, songwriters and musicians who will entertain guests on the resort’s mountainside this summer. The 2014 summer concert series, performed at the resort’s renowned Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater, includes the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera’s Deer Valley® Music Festival, the Park City Institute’s St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights Outdoor Concert Series and the Grand Valley Bank Community Concert Series presented by Mountain Town Music.
“Bringing some of the world’s best artists to fill up the nights at Deer Valley Resort is such an idyllic part of summer in the mountains,” said Coleen Reardon, director of marketing at Deer Valley Resort. “Our guests look forward to this and plan their vacations around these concert events year after year.”
For its eleventh year at Deer Valley Resort, the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera’s Deer Valley® Music Festival kicks off its series with a Fourth of July celebration featuring The Texas Tenors: Let Freedom Sing! and follows it up the next night with Kenny Rogers joining the Utah Symphony for a heartwarming special performance. Additional featured guests include Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Ben Folds Orchestra Experience, Super Diamond: The Neil Diamond Tribute Band, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and more. Running from July 4 to August 9, the 2014 season also includes the 1812 Overture!, the Music of U2, the Music of John Williams (famed for movie soundtracks including “Indiana Jones”, “E.T. The Extraterrestrial” and the “Star Wars” trilogy) and Disney in Concert which will feature a medley from the blockbuster movie “Frozen”. Show times and ticket information are available at deervalleymusicfestival.org.
The St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights Outdoor Concert Series, presented by the Park City Institute, is also in its eleventh season sharing summer concerts on Deer Valley’s outdoor stage. The 2014 concert series features ten powerhouse concerts: The Bacon Brothers (June 28); Martina McBride (July 3); Punch Brothers (July 6); Dierks Bentley (July 24); Kix Brooks (July 31); Muscle Shoals Live with Lisa Fischer (Aug. 3); Five for Fighting (Aug. 16); Trampled by Turtles (Aug. 19); Nashville Café (August 23); and Vince Gill with the Time Jumpers (Aug. 30). For show times and ticket information, please visit bigstarsbrightnightsconcerts.org.
The Grand Valley Bank Community Concert Series, presented by Mountain Town Music, a weekly staple of Park City’s social scene, is a free event, highlighting local musical acts every Wednesday night. June 18 to August 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. This year’s musical showcase includes Afro Omega, Bonanza Town, Matt Wink, Junior and Transportation and more..
The shows, performed rain or shine, are family-friendly and guests are welcome to bring picnics, blankets and chairs; dogs are not permitted. For more information on Deer Valley’s summer concert series, concert packages and Gourmet Picnic Baskets and Bags, please contact resort Communications Manager Emily Summers at 800-424-DEER (3337), 435-645-6522 or visit deervalley.com.
Winter’s behind us. The boots have been stored, the flip-flops back in rotation. And the days are getting long. Which means: IT’S TIME TO OPEN FOR SUMMER! With over a dozen Park City summer activities, designed for guests of virtually any age and size, we have something for everyone from thrill seekers to mountain explorers to casual chairlift riders.
Summer in the mountains kicks off this Friday, May 23 when we open our signature summer adventures including: the Alpine Coaster and Alpine Slide; ZipRider and Flying Eagle Zip Line; the Adventure Zone; and Little Miners Park. PayDay Lift will also be spinning for scenic chairlift rides.
That’s a lot of stuff going on – enough to work up an appetite. So we’ve got you covered with both Legends Bar & Grill and Kristi’s Coffee Shop open beginning this weekend. Or, if the mention of Memorial Day gets you jonesing for a burger off the grill, Crescent Burger will be serving up their made-to-order burgers; hand-cut fries and homemade shakes.
PayDay will be our only operating chairlift for the season’s first couple weeks. Town Lift begins turning Friday, June 6 and then Crescent Lift comes online for hikers and bikers Saturday, June 21.
One other important note about early-summer conditions: it will be a couple more weeks before snow has melted from our hiking and biking trails and they are ready to be used. We’ll keep you posted as soon as they’re ready.
SUP & Suds July 10, 2014
Presented by backcountry.com
More Info: Age 21+ | Outdoor | Lunch & Tasting | Beer | Towel/light shoes or sandals/swimsuit or board shorts/rash guard.
Grab your board and hit the water to experience the fastest growing paddle sport in the world! Standup paddleboarding (SUP) is a great way to take in the gorgeous mountain views and crystal blue waters of Deer Valley Lake. Back by popular demand, Park City SUP owner and professional Trent Hickman leads this unique water-based seminar at PCFWC. Trent is an International Sports Sciences Association certified personal trainer and a World Paddle Association Class II certified stand up paddleboard instructor. Whether you’re a novice or looking to hone your SUP skills, Trent and his team will take you on an hour tour, showing all you need to know about this exceptional sport. There will also be a variety of boards and gear to demo. After working up an appetite on the water, enjoy a delectable lunch paired with local craft brews from Wasatch Brewery.
Patrons are asked to meet at the lake adjacent to Deer Valley Grocery Café at 10:45am (Address: 1375 Deer Valley Dr, Park City, UT 84060). Boards will be provided by PCSUP. Suggested clothing/attire: towel, light shoes or sandals, swimsuit or board shorts/rash guard. Please allow up to three hours for the SUP and lunch. This event will sell out, so grab your tickets early!All events, prices, personalities, performances, venues, dates and times subject to change without notice. No refunds or exchanges. No one under 21 will be admitted, unless otherwise noted. The Classic urges all adults to consume alcoholic products responsibly.
Catch the high-flying action every summer weekend in the Flying Ace All-Stars Freestyle Show presented by Montage Deer Valley. See Olympians and National Team skiers and snowboarders perform acrobatic feats as they soar up to 60 feet in the air before landing in the Park’s 750,000 gallon Aerials Pool. A great show for the whole family, this half-hour choreographed production will leave you breathless!
June 8 – August 31 | Sundays at 1:00 pm
July ONLY | Saturdays at 11:00 am and Sundays at 1:00 pm
- Park Guest Services 435.658.4200
June 8 – August 31 | Sundays at 1:00 pm
July ONLY | Saturdays at 11:00 am and Sundays at 1:00 pm
- The Utah Olympic Park is open Memorial weekends only – May 17 – 26, from 10 am to 6 pm. Utah Olympic Park offers year-round adventure; from learning about the Park’s unique Olympic heritage on a guided tour to reaching nearly 80mph on the Comet Bobsled Ride, the Park offers activities for all ages and abilities. Zip, climb, slide, hike and explore Olympic history!
- Park City Mountain Resort kicks off the summer season Friday, May 23, just in time for Memorial Day weekend, with a variety of adventures for guests of virtually any age. Hold on for the drops and turns of the Alpine Coaster or watch your family reach new heights in the Adventure Zone. Escape to the mountains and enjoy summer like only Park City Mountain Resort can do it. Plan to spend the day or the weekend, summer rates are more affordable than ever
- Mountaintrails.org has been working hard to prepare our over 400 miles of trails for everyone to enjoy this weekend. With the exception of high mountain, there are plenty of trails open for hiking and biking. Be sure to check out their Park City Trail Map for an update on conditions and open trails. Don’t miss the Cole Sport/Mountain Trails Bike and SUP swap May 24 from 9-5 and Sunday, May 25, from 9am to 3pm at Cole Sport.
- Shopping Park City is perfect year-round; everything from handmade furniture, books and sportswear to art collectibles and Western antiques. Historic Main Street is lined with quaint shops and galleries. Take advantage of the Tanger Outlet sidewalk sales and really save.
- Catch a film over the weekend. The Park City Film Series is featuring “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” the much anticipated, colorful, and eccentric delight from the director of Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson. The stellar cast makes this imaginative confection a must-see.
- The Egyptian Theatre presents – Driving Miss Daisy. Winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and an Academy Award-winning film. Presented by The Neil Simon Festival.
- Spring into Historic Park City – Sunday, May 25, is the perfect time to visit Historic Park City and enjoy the charm and sophistication of our local mountain town. Shop for bargains at the sidewalk sales and enjoy free live Music on Main Street in Miner’s Park with free entertainment and family fun with AM Bump Trio 2 -4 pm.
The sun is shining, temps are increasing and we’re all working on some glorious goggle tans.
As the temps begin to rise and our goggle tans become more distinct, we start to think about closing dates for the ski season. Below you will find an up to date list of closing dates for all 14 Utah resorts. As you get your last month or so of skiing in, use #utahneversummer on Instagram and Twitter. One winner will be announced at the end of April and will win a Dakine bag!
- Alta – Open for the weekends of April 25-27 and May 2-4
1. Kids ski free April 14-17. Up to two kids, 18 and under, ski for free with the purchase of a full price Area Day Pass.
2. Adults ski for $50 per day and Children (12 & Under) ski for $25 per day the last two weekends. For the last two 3-day weekends, April 25-27 and May 2-4, Gold and Copper Card discounts will be applied to this late season pricing.
- Snowbird – Open daily until May 11, 2014, then Fri-Sun through May 26, 2014 (conditions permitting)
- Beaver Mountain – Closed
- Brian Head – Closed
- Brighton – Closed
- Canyons – Closed
- Deer Valley Resort – Closed
- Eagle Point – Closed
- Park City Mountain Resort – Closed
- Powder Mountain – Closed
- Snowbasin – Closed
- Solitude -Closed
- Sundance – Closed
- Wolf Mountain – Closed
The big news last week was an announcement by Ski Utah that the long proposed ski interconnect is back alive under the name of “ONE Wasatch.” This is an ambitious proposal to connect all seven Central Wasatch Resorts, Alta, Snowbird, Brighton, Solitude, Canyons, Park City and Deer Valley by ski lifts and ski runs with one pass. When, and the big if, this occurs we would offer over 18,000 acres, 100 lifts and more than 750 ski runs on one ski pass. It would then be possible to ski from Deer Valley to Snowbird and back by lifts and runs. While there will be many environmental reports to file and opposition from back country skiers to overcome, the physical process is not very difficult. As we currently stand, the seven resorts could be connected with 5-6 lifts as many of the resorts are already connected or share common boundaries. This would give Utah the largest amount and most variety of terrain of any resort in North America and put us on par with the European resorts who have embraced this for many years (decades). Stay tuned as this will be very interesting, but the concept does seem to have gathered momentum.
The latest on the ongoing battle between Talisker/Vail and Park City Mountain Resort is that Vail has made PCMR an offer to purchase the resorts base area and water rights for fair market value. PCMR has replied that they have no intention of ever selling to Vail and are ready to take their chance in court. This one is heating up fast as there are several important court decisions about to come down in the next couple of months.
Park City Film Series presents
The Invisible Woman
Trey McIntyre Project at the Eccles Center
Mar 29 & Apr 5
Park City Mountain Resort’s
Miller Lite Apres Music Series
Thru Mar 30
Egyptian Theatre presents
My Fair Lady
Garrison Keillor at the
Artique’s First Friday: Charlie Lansche Artist Opening
Egyptian Theatre presents
Park City Follies