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Park City Ski Resort Information
Beyond the slopes:
The charming town, in particular Main Street, is a fascinating place in which to wander around and most visitors have plenty of fun simply exploring the historic streets. But it’s during the Sundance Film Festival, and subsequent Winterfest – the February celebration of the area's 2002 Winter Olympics triumph with concerts and ice sculptures – that the place really comes alive.
Tour the Olympic Park and ride a bobsleigh or luge or take a ski-jumping lesson. Then there's snowmobiling, skating, tubing, snowshoeing, sledding, sleigh rides and more. The town also has a great aquatics centre, which was recently renovated.
The ski school's (tel: 1 800 227 2754) ‘Kids Signature 5’ set-up guarantees a maximum of five children (aged six to 14) per instructor, while ‘Kids Signature 3’ caters for children aged three-and-a-half to five with only three children per group.
Kid’s Clubhouse (Main Street; tel: (435) 940 1607; www.parkcityclubhouse.com) is one of several by-the-hour crèches, and there are non-ski nurseries at Deer Valley and Canyons.
Child-friendly attractions in and around the resort include Gorgoza Park (tel: (435) 658 2648; www.gorgoza.com/gorgoza), which is 11km (7 miles) from Park City’s centre. Here, kids can go tubing, ride child-sized snowmobiles and have fun in a winter play area.
Main Street is great for browsing, with 100 shops in or near this central part of Park City. For every Bunya Bunya (11 Main Street), a hip clothing emporium, visitors will find the moneyed exoticism of an Alaska Fur Gallery (591 Main Street) or expensive art galleries.
For low prices and stylish gear, head to Canyons where there are more than 50 shops in an outlet mall, selling bargain Nike, Ann Taylor and Ralph Lauren brands amongst others.
Go heli-skiing in Utah's Wasatch and Uinta Mountains with Wasatch Powderbird Guides (tel: (801) 742 2800; www.powderbird.com) or Park City Powder Cats (tel: (435) 649 6596; www.pccats.com). Trips (with a number of flights) suit most levels as long as the participant is a confident skier. Powder Cats also runs snowcat ski trips from its Thousand Peaks Ranch.