Park City, Utah is a world-renown skiing & snowboarding destination, but there are so many other awesome winter activities in Park City besides skiing. This cute and upscale mountain town has so much to offer! Keep reading to the best things to do in Park City in winter and start planning your trip!
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Park City is located about 45 minutes from Salt Lake City. Coming from out-of-state, your best bet is to fly into SLC. You can then:
- Rent a car
- Take an Uber (about $40-60)
- Get a Private Transfer
Getting Around Park City
If you don’t want to rent a car, don’t worry! It is still fairly easy to get around Park City without one. We were able to get an Uber pretty easily during our stay. If you are looking to ski, there is a free shuttle bus that picks up from various areas around town and will take you up to the slopes. There is also a Main Street Trolley that you can take when exploring the town.
Best Time to Visit Park City, Utah
Park City is a great year-round destination, however this blog post is focused on things to do in winter in Park City, around December-March.
Best Place to Stay in Park City
There are plenty of awesome lodging options in Park City for any budget level:
There are quite a few great Airbnb options in the area. If you can, I recommend renting one of the historic cottages near Main Street! For instance, at this romantic historic cottage you can walk to the town lift to Park City Mountain, as well as bars and restaurants! The views from this cottage look amazing.
There are plenty of upscale resorts (like the famous Stein Erickson Lodge and The Montage) as well as chain hotels to choose from, but if you are looking for something more unique and budget-friendly, I highly recommend the Torchlight Inn Bed & Breakfast. This smaller hotel is in a fantastic location near Main Street, has an awesome breakfast, and won’t be as crowded as the bigger resorts.
Park City Packing List
Wondering what to pack for your winter trip to Park City? Check out the below for some essentials that you’ll need during winter activities in Park City!
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- Sorel Snow Boots (this brand has the best snow boots!)
- Patagonia Nano Puff
- Mons Royale Base Layer (one of my favorite merino wool brands!)
- Smartwool Ski Socks
- Dakine Mittens + Liner (these are the ones I have. The liners are great to wear around town!)
- North Face Winter Warm Tights (these are the best leggings for cold weather!)
- Coal Beanie
- Snow Pants
Best Things to Do in Park City, Utah in Winter
One of my favorite things to do in Park City in winter is snowmobiling. Snowmobiling is SO much fun and is a great way to get outside in nature and explore the area. There are a few companies to choose from, but we went with Summit Meadows. They had a free shuttle that picked us up from our Airbnb and dropped us back off after. The guided tour lasted about 2 hours and takes you through beautiful, snowy trails and meadows that meander up to the top of a summit with an epic view! It’s definitely one of my favorite winter activities in Park City.
2. Snow Tubing
If you don’t ski or snowboard but still want to enjoy some winter activities in Park City, Utah – try snow tubing! It’s so much fun. I recommend doing the snow tubing at Woodward. It costs about $50 for 1.5 hours. You stand on a conveyer belt type of thing that will move you up the hill, and then you can tube down either by yourself or together with your friends! (I was in a big group and were able to slide down with 11 people all at once – so much fun).
3. Walk Around Main Street
One of the best things to do in Park City is to just walk around and explore Main Street. This area of town is so cute – it has a Western feel with lots of different shops, galleries, restaurants and bars to choose from!
Park City is known for their world-class skiing and snowboarding. Park City Mountain joined with The Canyons, so your lift ticket to Park City is good for both sections of the mountain. I personally prefer The Canyons side of the mountain – but you can find awesome runs throughout both sections! You can take the town lift straight from Main Street in Park City up to the base of Park City Mountain, which is super convenient.
If you are a skier, Deer Valley is a great option (and a very upscale one). This resort is known for their perfectly-groomed runs and their fancy apres-ski options. Note that no snowboarders are allowed here, unfortunately.
What better way to wind down after a day full of awesome winter activities in Park City than to eat at a fabulous restaurant? There are plenty of great spots to choose from.
This spot has a GREAT brunch menu with healthy options. It’s not on Main Street, but rather in one of the shopping plazas. But the food is worth it!
One of my favorite meals I had in Park City was at Handle on Main Street. This trendy restaurant has great farm-to-table options that are great for ordering a bunch of things and sharing with a group.
Stein Erickson – Alpenglobes
If you’re looking for an awesome dining experience – look no further. Book yourself one of the Alpenglobes at the Stein Erickson in Deer Valley! Here you’ll have your own version of a private, heated snowglobe to enjoy your meal on the deck of the fabulous Stein Erickson lodge with an epic view of Deer Valley. Not only is the ambience stellar, but the food is delicious as well.
6. Homestead Crater
One of the most unique things to do in Park City is to check out the Homestead Crater. This geothermal spring is located under a beehive-shaped limestone rock. The water is warm year-round (90-96 degrees F), so its definitely one of the best winter activities in Park City! You can buy a ticket to either float, snorkel or scuba dive in it! Sometimes they even offer paddle-board yoga classes too. It’s about 30 minutes from downtown Park City.
Looking to get some drinks after your day on the mountain? There are plenty of awesome bar options in the area. No Name Saloon is one of the most popular bars – you’ll normally see a line out the door during peak hours. Here you can expect a dive bar with 90s rock, with a upstairs patio that has a great view overlooking Main Street.
If you’re looking for a night out dancing, try Downstairs. This nightclub has great vibes, fun DJs, and good cocktails.
For an awesome “apres-ski” option, try High West Saloon & Distillery. It’s conveniently-located right where to Park City Town Lift drops you off after a day of skiing. This bar is known for their whiskey, but they have cocktail and beer options as well.
8. Park City Welcome Plaza
Park City was home to the 2002 Winter Olympics. The Park City Welcome Plaza, located at the intersection of Park Avenue and Kearns Blvd, has a nice walkway featuring Olympics memorabilia and signs. I recommend getting breakfast at Squatter’s Roadhouse next door (they have $3 mimosas and Bloody Mary’s) and then take a walk along this plaza to check it out!