Although powder days and blue-bird mornings certainly earn ski towns their reputations, some of the most fun occurs off-mountain. These five activities offer thrills in Park City, Utah that some leisure skiers never knew existed:
Live Fire Shooting
Who knew a ski trip could include a day at the shooting range? Park City Gun Club, open to the public, offers a safe and surprisingly family-friendly experience, complete with two life-fire shooting ranges and a kid-safe, ammunition-free laser simulator room. The newly constructed facility features state-of-the-art sound dampening and air filtration for an experience as comfortable as it is exciting. A welcoming staff makes all shooters feel like Annie Oakley. Park City Gun Club. Call: 435-333-4857.
Rocket Skeleton Ride
The Utah Olympic Park’s Comet Bobsled Ride has become a popular attraction for Olympic enthusiasts who may not see suiting up for the team a realistic future goal. For those who seek solo thrills, the Rocket Skeleton Ride is a lesser-known, though no-less-exciting alternative. Utah Olympic Park. Call: 435-658-4200.
Hot Air Balloon Rides
An activity for families, couples or adventure-seeking friends, hot air ballooning is an oft-overlooked ski town attraction, with views of the slopes unattainable from the lift. Available year-round, balloon adventures end with a sparkling cider or champagne toast and a certificate of ascension. Park City Balloon Adventures. Call: 1-800-396-UPUP
In light of the last year’s stand-up paddleboard craze, it’s unsurprising that paddleboard yoga has exploded along with it. But yoga in a 10,000-year-old crater? That is an activity unique to Park City Yoga Adventures. Offered year-round in a mineral-rich hot spring, sessions are for all abilities, and for the athletically ambitions, may be paired with a snowshoe tour. Park City Yoga Adventures. Call: 415-695-4502
Winter Fly Fishing
Often perceived as a summer-only activity, fly fishing is offered year-round through All Seasons Adventures. Enjoy four hours of stunning scenery on the blue-ribbon Provo River, complete with an experienced guide and round-trip transportation. All Seasons Adventures. Call: 435-649-9619.