Activities Beyond the Slopes in Park City
Everyone knows of the exceptional skiing available in the Park City area; but can you enjoy a vacation there if you don’t ski? Yes!
As a family of 5 from Florida, we would not normally consider a trip to a ski town; we don’t have the appropriate clothing or equipment. Upon doing some research, I was happy to discover all sorts of options for equipment rentals: skis, boots and even snowshoes. Clothing? Yes, you can rent that too. It can even be shipped to your destination. A quick internet search will provide several options.
What if, even though you can rent what you need to ski, you still don’t want to ski?
Then you get to enjoy some of the other amazing offerings in the Park City area.
Get immersed in nature at the Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter, which is opened year-round. There are a number of shows and tours available throughout the day, or you can walk the center yourself. Some days they have a climbing wall or crafts available for the kids. Check the website before planning your trip.
If you are a sports fan at all, a visit to the Utah Olympic Park, just outside of downtown, is a must! Home of the 2002 Winter Olympics, the park now places host to many world class skiers and snowboarders that you can watch practicing. There is a 1,335 foot bobsled track that you can barrel down in a cart with a professional driver. When the Nordic jump isn’t being used by professional athletes, you can buy a day pass and launch yourself off it in a tube onto a large grassy field. For the smaller family members, more adventure awaits in the Discovery Zone, filled with ropes and netting courses. Be sure to visit the Joe Quinney Winter Sports Center, where you can see history from the games and get memorabilia in the gift shop from the 2002 Winter Games.
Park City has many, many more non-skiing options! Check it out!