17 Thrilling Park City Winter Activities

Park City is the best Utah town to visit if you’re looking for some snow-packed winter fun. Home to 3 ski resorts, multiple skating rinks, a bobsled track, Olympic training facility, and even some ice castles, there is no shortage of Park City winter activities. Here, we’re providing our recommendations for winter activities that are packed full of fun.

We live just down the hill from Park City and find ourselves there several times a week during the winter. Whether we’re headed for a family ski day or a winter adventure date, we think you’ll love Park City just as much as we do. There really is something for all ages, and depending on how adventurous you’re feeling, most of these activities are completely family friendly!

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Skiing and Snowboarding in Park City

Park City Mountain Resort is the largest ski resort in the United States and there really is something for everyone here. Split into 2 base areas to help visitors access more terrain and to help control the crowds, the skiing here is fantastic. Whether you’re a first time skiier who is just starting out on the First Time lift, or you’re an expert who wants to ski the steeps of 9990 and Jupiter Bowl, Park City skiing can’t be missed in the winter. If you’re new to skiing or riding, make sure to sign up for ski school well in advance so that you can figure out how to ski or ride safely.

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Parking at Park City fills up quickly, so plan to get on the mountain early. At The Canyon side there is a really large free parking lot, and at the Park City base, you’ll have to pay for parking and make a reservation in advance. Here are some of our favorite ski resorts in Utah.

Try Bobsledding

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Bobsledding at the Utah Olympic Park offers a rare chance to experience the thrill of an Olympic sport firsthand. This fast paced activity takes place on the same track used during the 2002 Winter Olympics, providing an authentic slice of Olympic history. Participants are guided by professional pilots who steer the sled through the icy curves at speeds of up to 60 miles per hour, simulating the real Olympic bobsledding experience. The ride, lasting about a minute, combines the forces of gravity and speed to deliver heart-pounding excitement as you zoom down the track. It’s equal parts exciting and terrifying because of how fast you go. Safety is a top priority, with all riders equipped with helmets and briefed on safety procedures before the adventure begins. This unique experience is open to the public, offering both winter and summer bobsledding sessions, thanks to the track’s state-of-the-art refrigeration system. It’s a must-do for thrill-seekers and Olympic enthusiasts alike, promising an unforgettable rush of adrenaline. Bobsled participants must be 16 years or older.

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Refine your Freestyle Tricks at Woodward Park City

At Woodward Park City, freestyle and action are the name of the game. If you’re looking to get better at your freestyle skiing or riding, this is the place to go. With a full terrain park outside, and a ramp and foam pit inside to perfect your tricks on before you head to the snow, there are so many options to help you progress. We love that Woodwards indoor facilities have a strong focus on getting kids into action sports, and they do that in a safe and controlled environment. Options for indoor instruction and outdoor on-snow instruction are available, so there’s a little something for everyone. Our kids have taken tons of classes at Woodward in the last several years and have learned so much. Most lessons and clinics at Woodward are designed for ages 6+.

Go Dog Sledding

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Going dog sledding at Lunas Lobos in Park City is an experience you won’t forget, and it’s perfect for all ages. When I went last winter, it was absolutely magical. It’s more than just sitting in a sled; it’s about connecting with these incredible dogs and learning about their world. Half the time, you’re getting to know these amazing animals and understanding the care they need, and the other half, you’re out on the trails, feeling the rush of gliding through the snow behind a team of huskies. Honestly, it was one of the most fun winter experiences in Park City I’ve ever had.

The whole tour feels intimate and personal, which makes sense because the owners, who have a big family and live on the ranch with their dogs, put so much of themselves into it. My heart was full seeing the joy on everyone’s faces, and the day was filled with memories. I keep telling everyone heading to Park City that they absolutely must try dog sledding with Lunas Lobos. It’s essential to book in advance, though, as it’s quite popular and often sells out.

Visit the Utah Ice Castles in Midway

Get ready to be transported to a magical winter kingdom at the Midway Ice Castles. Like the name implies, these are a giant castle all made of ice. Created from scratch every winter, these ice castles near Park City are filled with giant rooms, secret passageways, and plenty of places to explore. One of our favorite things to do there is to race down the ice slides. It’s something our family looks forward to visiting every winter. The Utah ice castles completely transform at night when they’re all lit up, and we highly recommend going a little before sunset so you can see them both in the day and the night.

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Fat Biking at Round Valley

Our family loves to bike the Park City trails in the summer and we’re thrilled to see more and more of them accessible in the winter to fat biking. The best place to fat bike in Park City is out at Round Valley where you’ll find miles and miles of groomed trails that are perfect for exploring the area and getting some great views.

Snow Tubing

Snow tubing in Park City offers an high-speed way to enjoy the winter season when you’re looking for a break from skiing or snowboarding. Two notable places stand out for their exceptional snow tubing experiences: Woodward Park City and Soldier Hollow in Midway.

Woodward Park City is conveniently situated just a few miles west of Kimball Junction and directly off of I-80, and offers a dynamic tubing experience with two distinct hills catering to various thrill levels. What makes tubing here a family favorite is the option to race down in separate lanes or join forces, linking arms for a group glide down the slopes. To maximize your adventure, tubing passes are available in 2-hour increments, with the option to reserve times online—a wise move during peak periods when the tubing hill gets extra crowded.

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Not far from Park City, the Soldier Hollow tubing park in Midway presents another fantastic venue for snow tubing. Known for hosting the 2002 Winter Olympic cross-country skiing events, Soldier Hollow now offers one of the longest tubing lanes in Utah, providing a thrilling ride down its well-groomed tracks. Like Woodward, Soldier Hollow recommends booking in advance, though Soldier Hollow is usually significantly less crowded than Woodward.

Both Woodward Park City and Soldier Hollow in Midway cater to everyone—from families looking for a day of fun to individuals seeking an exciting alternative to the ski hill. Each location offers unique attributes: Woodward with its family-friendly races and group tubing opportunities, and Soldier Hollow with its Olympic legacy and extended tubing tracks.

Swim at the Homestead Geothermal Crater

Just a short drive from Park City, in the charming town of Midway, lies a one of a kind experience that’s great for all ages. The Homestead geothermal crater offers a unique opportunity to swim in warm, mineral-rich waters, an exceptional experience amidst the cold winter air outside. The crater’s interior, with its toasty water and air, provides a stunning contrast that feels almost otherworldly. Sunlight filtering through the opening at the top illuminates the interior, creating an ethereal ambiance. Visitors have the chance to snorkel, swim, scuba dive, or even participate in a paddleboard yoga class inside this natural wonder, making it a must-visit destination for a truly memorable experience.

Have Dinner in the Alpenglobes

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While you’re over in Midway visiting the Homestead Crater, make a reservation to eat in one of Cafe Galleria’s Alpenglobes. These outdoor dining globes are one of Utah’s hottest dining experiences. Complete with heaters and blankets to keep you warm, an evening eating here is so much fun. Enjoy gourmet pizza and pasta from Cafe Galleria while you soak in the charming Midway Town Hall across the street with its Glockenspiel clock complete with dancers and music. This charming town is great to visit while you’re in Park City on a winter trip.

Go Ice Skating

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If you’re looking to spend some time on the ice, Park City has several options for ice skating. One of the most well known is the Resort Center Ice Skating Rink, nestled at the base of Park City Resort. Although modest in size, the rink’s location is what truly sets it apart, offering an unparalleled atmosphere where you’re cocooned by the towering ski slopes and Park City Mountain Village—a truly magical backdrop. The rink is particularly family-friendly, equipped with kids’ walkers to help the little ones find their ice legs. Given its intimate size, it’s a great place where beginners can quickly gain confidence, zipping from one side to the other.

For those seeking shelter from the outdoor chill without sacrificing the ice skating experience, the Park City Ice Arena emerges as a fantastic indoor alternative. Located on the east side of town, this arena caters to a wide range of ice sports and activities. Beyond the open skating sessions, the arena boasts drop-in hockey leagues, offering a perfect opportunity for those intrigued by the sport to give it a try in a welcoming, community atmosphere.

Not to be overlooked, the charming Midway Ice Skating Rink offers yet another beautiful setting for ice skating. Located a short drive from Park City, this outdoor rink is the largest in Utah and charms visitors with its scenic views and small-town vibes, providing a more natural ice skating experience. It’s an ideal spot for those looking to skate amidst quieter surroundings while soaking in the natural beauty of Utah’s winter landscape.

Take a Sleigh Ride at Deer Valley

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Evening sleigh rides at Deer Valley Resort offer the perfect Park City apres ski activity, whisking guests away on a magical journey through the snow-covered meadows and forests. As night falls, the sleighs, drawn by majestic horses, glide under a canopy of stars, providing a serene and picturesque setting. These rides are perfect for couples seeking a romantic outing, families looking to create lasting memories, or anyone wanting to experience the winter wonderland of Deer Valley in a unique way. Blankets are provided to keep you warm and cozy as you traverse the silent, snowy landscape, adding to the charm and comfort of the experience. The journey often concludes with an option for a fireside dinner at one of Deer Valley’s renowned restaurants, where delicious meals and warm drinks can be enjoyed in a rustic and inviting atmosphere. The combination of the crisp evening air, the gentle jingle of harnesses, and the breathtaking mountain scenery creates an unforgettable ambiance. Our entire family loved taking a Deer Valley sleigh ride, especially the kids who were fascinated by the horses and the fact that they were on some of their favorite Deer Valley ski trails.

Cross-country Skiing with White Pine Touring

White Pine Touring in Park City offers a premier cross-country skiing experience with over 20 kilometers of meticulously groomed trails that wind through beautiful scenic areas, perfect for both classic and skate skiing enthusiasts of all levels. Nestled in the heart of Park City, these trails will make you feel like you’ve escaped into another world, all while being just on the edge of town. Whether you’re a beginner looking to learn the basics or an experienced skier seeking to refine your skills, White Pine Touring has professional instructors ready to guide you. The center offers rental equipment for adults and children, ensuring everyone has the gear needed to hit the trails comfortably. We’ve taken a few lessons with them and were really impressed with the instructors. They’re really patient and gave lots of great tips to help us confidently get on the trails on our own. If you’re using their trails, make sure to stop in the office to get a trail pass.

Explore Historic Main Street Park City

There’s something undeniably charming about the picturesque streets of small towns, and Park City’s Historic Main Street captures this allure perfectly. It’s not just the quaint aesthetics that draw me in but the vibrant atmosphere that caters to visitors of all ages. Even if shopping might not thrill everyone in the family, Main Street has a magical way of offering something for everyone to enjoy. A highlight for many, my family included, is the indulgence in giant chocolate-covered pretzel sticks from the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory—a treat we never skip. And no matter the weather, a stop at Java Cow for some ice cream seems to always delight, proving that ice cream is indeed a year-round pleasure.

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For those interested in delving deeper into the rich tapestry of Park City’s history, the Park City Museum is a treasure trove of knowledge. It provides an engaging look at the town’s evolution from a humble emigrant village to a thriving mining town, and finally, to the renowned ski destination it is today. Visitors will find the museum’s exhibits both informative and fascinating, offering a deeper appreciation for the city’s unique heritage.

Kimball Art Center

For those seeking an indoor winter activity in Park City, consider visiting the Kimball Art Center for an art class. This center offers a wide array of classes tailored to meet the interests of every family member. There are specific sessions designed for children, teens, and adults, as well as classes that welcome participants of all ages, making it perfect for family bonding. Participating in an art class at the Kimball Art Center presents a wonderful opportunity to slow down from the more high-paced activities that Park City is known for and to embrace your artistic talents.

Snowmobiling in Park City

Going snowmobiling in Park City is an absolute blast and a fantastic way to see the area’s winter landscapes up close. Once you’re geared up and ready, you hit the trails. It’s pretty cool zipping through the snow, with the mountains all around you. The routes take you through some really beautiful spots, from wide-open fields where you can let loose a bit speed-wise, to quiet forested areas that feel like you’re miles away from everything.

Guides typically lead the way, so you don’t have to stress about getting lost. They know the best spots to stop for photos or just to take a moment and soak in the views, which are pretty incredible.

Most places provide the snowmobiles and helmets, so you just need to come dressed for the cold. It’s a fun change of pace from skiing or snowboarding, and honestly, it’s just really fun to drive these things. Whether you’re looking for a bit of adventure or just want to explore more of the area beyond the ski slopes, snowmobiling in Park City is definitely worth trying out.

Visit the FREE Utah Olympic Museum

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If you’re looking for a way to fill a little bit of time outside of the cold head to the Utah Olympic Park for the free museums. Inside you’ll find a museum dedicated to the 2002 Winter Olypmic Games as well as another museum all about the history of skiing and ski fashion (it’s actually hilarious). Touring the whole thing takes about an hour, but you’re sure to learn a lot and have some fun along the way.

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