June 24, 2023

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What to do in Park City if You Don't Ski

You don’t have to ski or snowboard to enjoy Park City. In fact, we have plenty of fun and engaging activities for non-skiers to enjoy beyond the slopes. Explore the exciting shops on Main Street, take a cultural adventure across town, or plan a day bowling with friends and family. You don’t have to feel left out if skiing isn’t your thing.

While we are known as one of “America’s Best Ski Towns”, our area is more than its slopes. Here’s a non-skiers guide on what to do in Park City.

Spend a Day Shopping in Historic Park City

Historic Park City is lined with unique shops selling handmade goods and trinkets capturing the creative culture of our town. Start your day by browsing a well-curated selection of books at Dolly’s Bookstore, a family owned business hosting a robust collection of classics alongside newer releases that will please any reader. Leave the bookstore and head over to Deer Valley Signature Store after discovering a new favorite book to find a souvenir for a friend back home. Once you’ve found a gift, explore the one of our many boutiques to find something for yourself at department stores like Prospect or Gorsuch.

Enjoy a Day of Culture

Are you planning a day of culture? Start with an matinee movie at the Park City Film Series. This organization created a community around independent movies and art house culture cinephiles love. Stop by the Kimball Art Center to check out rotating exhibits covering classic art, expressionism, and more after the movie. The Kimball Art Center is not only free, but it offers complimentary workshops for kids as well. Finish your day of culture with live entertainment at The Egyptian Theater, where popular musicians and theatrical performances deliver unforgettable entertainment on a historic stage.

Take a Food Tour of Our Favorite Local Restaurants

No trip to Park City is complete without enjoying the culinary culture of our city. Plan a guided outing with Park City Food Tours to learn more about some of our favorite restaurants. Guides take you down Main Street and cover the historical food culture of our town. You'll learn about the best mountain cuisine, sample delicious dishes by award-winning chefs, and experience 4-5 fantastic restaurants on Main Street with an intimate group of new friends. Tours last about 2-3 hours, so bring comfortable shoes.

Venture Through the Utah Olympic Park

You don’t have to be a skier to enjoy the Utah Olympic Park. Enjoy exciting activities and historical information that celebrates the spirit of the gold medalists who once competed and trained in the Olympics. Walk through a museum covering the history of the Salt Lake Winter Games at the Alf Engen Ski Museum, and bobsled on the track used in the 2002 Olympic Games after. You can also take a lift to the top of their tubing lanes for a thrilling inflatable ride back down the mountain.

Take a short drive from the Olympic Park for a homegrown meal served with seasonal eats at The Farm. Their inventive dishes focus on the local flavors of Park City, making it the perfect place to eat after experiencing our Olympic history.

Snow Activities Without the Skis

There’s more than one way to explore the winter landscapes of Park City. If you’re looking for a relaxed excursion, plan a dog sledding tour through our beautiful backcountry with Luna Lobos Dog Sledding. Their pack of rescued four-legged friends will take you to inspiring mountain vistas and beautiful pastures unique to our area.

Snowshoeing is another great alternative to skiing that allows you to experience Park City’s winter landscapes at a comfortable pace. It’s also a great way to explore Park City’s frosty forests and stunning Uinta Mountains. Rent a pair of snowshoes or schedule a guided trip with White Pine TouringJANS Mountain Outfitters and Cole Sport.

Park City is also a go-to destination for rugged mountain bikers, with hundreds of miles of trails to explore. Gear up and take a fat tire biking adventure across historic paths and multi-use trails close to town. If you work up an appetite after your ride, classic dishes inspired by the European Alps aren't just for skiers. Fireside Dining at Deer Valley offers four-course Nordic meals served directly from their stone fireplaces. Their famous Swiss raclette is worth the visit alone.

Bowl with the Family

Forget the slopes for a fun day on the lanes. Jupiter Bowl can accommodate small and large groups for a day of fun. This bowling alley offers 12 main concourse lanes and four private lanes, along with a billiards room, arcade, and a complete kitchen and bar. When you’re finished bowling, take a short drive to Sushi Blue for fresh hamachi and spicy tuna to keep the night rolling.

Take a Spa Day

Sometimes the best activity to do in the depths of winter is having a relaxing day at the spa. Waldorf Astoria Spa has 15 treatment rooms at your service.

Keep pampering yourself with dinner at the award-winning Waldorf Astoria. The upscale on-site location serves up tantalizing, seasonal comfort food that can make even the most adamant non-skier a powderhound. Try the irresistible tasting menu of swordfish prosciutto and thyme crusted tuna, Wagyu Bavette and flourless chocolate terrine with an expert wine pairing.

Ready for some chow afterward? Most arenas have delightful options nearby. Sip on custom-aged beef and seafood at the Grub Steak Restaurant. Plus, it's less than two miles from Park City Ice Arena.

There isn’t a shortage of activities for you to do if you’re not interested in skiing or snowboarding. As the local authority on our region’s restaurants, the Park City Area Restaurant Association can direct you toward dining venues that both tantalize and entertain you, even if you aren’t here to ski.