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Park City Primer: Off the Slopes, It's Time for Boozing and Bobsledding

December 21, 2012 at 2:18 PM | by | ()


You know Kai. Earlier this year he surfed Costa Rice and scuba-ed Bermuda. All this week, he'll be hitting the fresh snow on some Utah slopes and bragging about it, just in time for ski & snowboard season.

Duh, the skiing and snowboarding around the Park City area is absolutely world class. They call it the greatest snow on earth for a reason, and if you're looking for challenging, aggressive terrain, in bounds or in the back country, Utah doesn't disappoint in the least.

Still, you've got to do something other than drink during après-ski times, so here are five of our favorite off-slopes activities around Park City:

Utah Olympic Park
Right by the turn off to the freeway, a few miles from Park City itself, stands Utah's Olympic Park, home of the 2002 Winter Olympics. There's a small but informative museum that plots the history of winter sports, and a little cafe that stocks local double olympic medalist Shannon Bahrke's Silver Bean Coffee. The real reason this place is worth a visit is simple: you can ride the bobsled track. Repeat: you can ride the full Olympic bobsled track, from top to bottom. Your sled will hit about 80mph, you'll pull close to 5 Gs, and it will all be over in well under a minute. It's an adrenaline junky's dream, and one of the most unique, heart-stopping things you will ever do.
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Main Street
Park City's Main street is an attraction in itself, and is the perfect spot to take a time out from the slopes for a little shopping. There's a unique mix of high end boutiques, art stores and a good deal of typical tourist fare, bars and restaurants, all with the stunning backdrop of the Utah mountains. You can pretty much see the bottom of Park City Mountain Resort from Main, too. If you're a fan of UK street art legend Banksy, look for the stunning piece he did on one of the side streets during Sundance a couple of years ago. They're so proud of it in Park City that they framed it!
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No Name Saloon
On the mountain side of Main Street is a little bar by the name of the No Name Saloon. It's a classic, divey bar that's been there for years, and is one of the true remaining local spots on main street. Expect typical bar food and a decent range of drinks, but it's an institution and still the perfect spot to throw back a couple of cold ones after shredding up Park City Mountain Resort.
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The Farm at Canyons
If you're in the mood for some fine dining and feel like venturing away from Main, The Farm at Canyons is one of the best restaurants in the Park City area. Situated at the bottom of the Red Pine Gondola in the main village, they're a true local farm to table operation that sources all of their ingredients from within a 200 mile radius. It was named "best new restaurant in Utah" this year by Utah Magazine (how do we not already have a subscription?), and is one of the top dining spots in the area. Definitely worth a trip if you're looking for a fancier night out.
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High West Distillery
Just off Main Street you'll find the High West Distillery, one of the oldest buildings in Park City, dating back to 1914. Formerly a residence it is now a distillery and saloon, and deservedly one of the most popular spots in town. The whisky and bourbon themed food and cocktails are fantastic, as you'd expect, but the real draw are the daily tours of the distillery itself.
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[Photos: Kai MacMahon]

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