Skiing and More in Park City, Utah with Kids

Today’s post is sponsored by Visit Park City, all opinions are my own.

Ever since a good friend of mine moved to Utah a few years ago, all I’ve heard is how amazing the skiing is there and how different it is from East Coast skiing. Of course I also hear how there is such a great quality of life in Utah for those that love the outdoors and how they can be golfing in the morning and skiing in the mountains in the afternoon. The mountains are that accessible from the hub of Salt Lake City. Hard to imagine for us East Coasters that have a 3-4+ hour drive to reach most ski resorts.

But for those of us that aren’t able to pick up and move to Utah, the call of the first class ski resorts is still strong. After all, there is a reason why many events at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games were hosted at the resorts and Utah Olympic Park in Park City, Utah.

Skiing in Park City Utah with Kids

Park City offers two world-class ski resorts, Deer Valley Resort, which is consistently ranked #1 in the categories of guest service, on-mountain dining and mountain grooming by the readers of SKI Magazine; and Park City Mountain, which combined with neighboring Canyons Resort in July of 2015. This combined resort now offers 7,300 acres, 300+ trails, 38 lifts, seven terrain parks, 14 bowls, six natural half pipes, one super pipe and one mini pipe, making it the largest resort in the United States.

Skiing in Park City Utah with kids

It is really no wonder that Park City attracts some of the best skiers around the world, with Deer Valley Resort hosting events like the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup (February 3-6, 2016). Frankly, it is hard for me to imagine such luxurious amenities as are offered at Deer Valley, like ski valets, complimentary Mountain Host tours, overnight ski storage, parking lot shuttles, and gourmet dining. Maybe without some of those hassles that accompany a ski outing, the trip can be more enjoyable for everyone.

What to do off the mountain in Park City Utah with Kids 

While Park City is an easy weekend getaway for West Coasters, those of us traveling from the East Coast will probably plan to stay a little longer. Either way, chances are if you are traveling with kids, you’ll want to find a few things to do off the slopes as well. Luckily Park City has that covered with a full complement of winter activities.

Park City Utah Main Street

These would be my top picks:

  1. Utah Olympic Park – with free admission, this attraction is a perfect way to beat the cold. Visitors can explore the George Eccles 2002 Olympic Games Museum and the interactive Alf Engen Ski Museum to learn about the history of skiing in Utah and the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. The Park is still a U.S. Olympic training site for athletes training for Nordic Ski Jumping, Freestyle Skiing, Bobsled, Skeleton and Luge. I’d love to take a ride on the Winter Comet Bobsled and see what it is like to go down the Olympic track but I’d also probably be a bit petrified as well.
  2. Park City Museum — This museum sounds so fun for kids (and parents) with exhibits like a replica of the Park City jail, a cutout of a mineshaft, a recreated saloon, and lots of old-time anecdotes. It reminds me a bit of our visit to the High Desert Museum in Bend, OR and how much fun we had reliving the “Old West” there.
  3. Sleigh rides – I’d love to dash through the snow in a classic sleigh ride and luckily, in Park City there are many different outfitters offering family sleigh rides including Boulder Mountain Ranch, Rocky Mountain Sleigh Company, Scenic Sleigh Rides at Canyons Village and Rocky Mountain Outfitters.
  4. Snow tubing – We discovered snow tubing last year in Quebec and can’t wait to try it again. Gorgoza Park in Park City offers seven runs (three beginner and four advanced,) as well as mini-snowmobile rides for kids and a Fort Frosty area for the little kids.Dog sledding in Park City Utah with Kids
  5. Dog sledding – After the amazing time we had dog sledding in Iceland, of course we’d like to do it again. In Park City you can find a number of dog sledding opportunities from one-hour tours to half-day excursions.
  6. Snowmobiling – Snowmobiling is a whole different way to explore the mountains and see some of the best Rocky Mountain views. Glenn and I went snowmobiling at Mt. Snow in Vermont once and now that Hannah is older, we’d love to do it again as a family.Snowmobiling in Park City Utah with kids
  7. Ice skating – Whether you prefer indoor or outdoor skating, you can find it in Park City. The outdoor rink at the base of Park City Mountain Resort offers daily ice skating for all ages in a beautiful setting with lights, Christmas trees, and music. Built in 2006, the Park City Ice Arena that offers an Olympic-size rink for indoor skating year-round.

Nearby you can also find other activities to entertain the kids like bowling at Jupiter Bowl in Kimball Junction, bouncing their wiggles out at the Toddler Time Bouncy Houses at Basin Recreation in Kimball Junction, or creating some art at Color Me Mine Pottery or the Kimball Art Center.

What to do in Park City Utah with Kids

Tips for Skiing Utah

I asked my friend Nance for her recommendations on skiing in Park City, Utah and here is what she recommends:

  1. If you aren’t used to the altitude, start doubling your water intake two days before you leave on a trip and drink as much as possible upon landing and throughout your stay. Most ski resorts have plenty of free water available.
  2. If you are used to East Coast snow and haven’t skied on powder, consider leaving your skis at home and renting a pair of powder skis for the trip.
  3. Don’t be afraid to try the moguls (or bumps as they are called in Utah)! When you are skiing in powder you don’t need to worry about the tricky ice patches you’d find on moguls back east.
  4. Keep your knees soft and arms in front when skiing through trees.
  5. If it snows overnight, get up early to get the first chair lift up to ski on ungroomed powder.
  6. Consider a powder strap for your skis, unless you want to return to find your missing ski in the spring.
  7. Take the chair lift into town for lunch!

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Skiing and more in Park City Utah with kids -- a guide on what to do in this popular ski resort town

Today’s post is sponsored by Visit Park City Utah. All photos are courtesy of Visit Park City. I haven’t yet visited Park City, but based on talking to friends, reviewing the Park City website, and Internet research, these are the activities that I’d like to enjoy when I get a chance to visit Park City in the future. All opinions are my own.

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  1. One of my all time favorite ski towns! Can’t wait to be back this winter!

    We are looking forward to spending some time in Park City this winter! We are lucky to live so close to this great resort town.

    Park City looks like such a fun family destination! I have never skied but it looks like there are plenty of other fun activities as well!

    Looks awesome. Can’t wait to play more in the snow with my kids!

    I wish we had snow now – this looks like SO much fun!

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