Cross-Country Skiing -- White Pine Nordic Center (tel. 435/649-6249; www.whitepinetouring.com), operates Park City's cross-country ski center, with more than 20km of groomed trails on the Park City Golf Course on Utah 224, on the north side of town. The center offers rentals, instruction (including skating and telemark lessons), guided tours, and sales and service. The terrain is rated 60% beginner, 20% intermediate, and 20% advanced. Full-day trail passes cost $18 for adults, $8 for kids 7 to 12; children 6 and under and seniors 65 and over ski free. White Pine is open daily from 9am to 6pm, usually from mid-November through March.
Snowmobile & Sleigh Rides -- Guided snowmobiling tours and sleigh rides are available at the scenic Rockin' R Ranch, east of Park City in Weber Canyon, from Rocky Mountain Recreation (tel. 800/303-7256 or 435/645-7256; www.rockymtnrec.com). A sleigh ride, with dinner, costs about $80 for adults, $60 for children 12 and under. Snowmobile trips range from $95 to $185 for the driver ($20-$35 for a passenger), depending on length. Also offering a variety of snowmobile tours is Deer Valley's Summit Mountain Adventures (tel. 888/896-7669 or 435/645-7669; www.utahsnowmobiling.com), with similar rates.
The Olympics Live On -- Park City's $100-million Utah Olympic Park, 3000 Bear Hollow Dr. (tel. 435/658-4200; www.utaholympicpark.com), constructed for the 2002 Olympics, has six state-of-the-art ski jumps, a 1,335m bobsled/luge track, a freestyle aerials training and competition hill, a day lodge, a ski museum, and an exhibit on the 2002 games. The U.S. Ski Team uses the facility regularly, and it's open year-round for both guided and self-guided tours. In summer, extreme types can try out riding a pair of ziplines on the ski jumps ($20 for the first ride, $10 for a second ride) or an alpine slide ($15 for the first, $7 for the second), the first on the continent made of stainless steel. On summer Saturdays, national team members demonstrate freestyle aerials and ski jumping. The Olympic Park also offers piloted bobsled runs ($60 for the first ride, $30 for a second run) and schedules workshops on freestyle aerials and ski jumping, even for amateurs (call for schedules and rates). Besides the fees for the assorted activities, admission is free.
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Alpine Slide -- Besides the stainless steel slide at the Utah Olympic Park , a plastic bobsled-like track over a half-mile long is housed at Park City Mountain Resort. Riders control the speed of their sleds. Cost is $11 for adults and $3 for passengers ages 2 to 6; those 1 and under cannot ride. The resort also has an alpine coaster ($20 adults, $7 kid passengers), a ZipRider ($19 per ride), and other extreme-oriented amusements.
Ballooning -- Call Wasatch Ballooning in Heber City (tel. 435/657-2233; www.wasatchballooning.com) or Park City Balloon Adventures (tel. 800/396-8787 or 435/645-8787; www.pcballoonadventures.com) for bird's-eye views of the mountains. Prices start around $100 per person for a 30-minute flight or $200 for an hour.
Fly-Fishing -- Anglers have plenty of opportunities for fishing in the streams in the mountains around Park City, either on their own or with local guides. For tips on where they're biting, as well as equipment and information on guided trips, check with Jans Mountain Outfitters, 1600 Park Ave. (tel. 800/745-1020 or 435/649-4949; www.jans.com), or Park City Fly Shop, 2065 Sidewinder Dr., Prospector Square (tel. 435/645-8382; www.pcflyshop.com).
Hiking & Mountain Biking -- With more than 350 miles of trails crisscrossing the mountains around Park City, opportunities abound for hiking and mountain biking. For a short hike with a variety of terrain and good views of both mountains and town, try the 1.5-mile Sweeny Switchbacks Trail, accessible from near the base of the town lift.
The 30-mile Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail State Park hiking and biking path follows the old Union Pacific railroad bed from Park City to Echo Reservoir. It offers wonderful views of meadows, the volcanic crags of Silver Creek Canyon, the Weber River, Echo Reservoir, and the steep walls of Echo Canyon. You might spot deer, elk, moose, and bald eagles along the trail. An end-of-the-trail pickup service is available from Daytrips (tel. 888/649-8294; www.daytrips.com).
More than 30 miles of dirt roads and single-track trails at Park City Mountain Resort are open to hikers and mountain bikers, who can ride the PayDay chairlift up and then bike or hike down. Tickets cost $11 for a single ride, or $18 for an all-day pass. Deer Valley Resort offers more than 50 miles of panoramic trails for both hikers and bikers, with chairlift access in summer ($15 a ride or $28 a day). As you might expect, the terrain is steep and beautiful.
For bike rentals ($30-$40 a day), guided rides and hikes (as well as climbs), and even mountain biking clinics, get in touch with White Pine Touring Center, 1790 Bonanza Dr. (tel. 435/649-8170; www.whitepinetouring.com). For a good description of area trails, pick up a copy of the free Park City Hiking & Biking Trail Map at either visitor center and at sporting-goods shops. The website of the Mountain Trails Foundation (www.mountaintrails.org) is another good resource.
Horseback Riding -- Guided trail rides are available from several outfitters in the area. Rocky Mountain Recreation operates stables at Park City Mountain Resort, at Deer Valley Resort, and at 2,300-acre Rockin' R Ranch. It operates daily from late May to late October. Rates start at $56 for adults and $51 for children for a 1-hour ride. Rides with meals and overnight trips are also offered; call for details.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.