Updated: Mar 3, 2021
Park City, Utah is one of our favorite destinations for families to ski. It is only 40 minutes from Salt Lake City and full of good restaurants and fun things to do. We've put together a helpful list of lessons and childcare options (including COVID-related adjustments), along with our favorite off-mountain activities. The little ones will love sledding while kids and adults will get a thrill from tubing at Woodward and everyone will be in awe of the Olympic Park.
**Park City Mountain Resort and the venues listed here are taking measures to operate safely and in adherence to local Covid guidelines and regulations. Please make sure to check with your intended destination before visiting. Daycare will not be offered for visitors during the 2020-21 season and lessons for children ages 4 and under are private only.
1) Group Lessons. Park City offers group lessons for children ages 5-12 from both the Park City and Canyons Base areas. This season, lessons are available for morning and evening sessions. They also offer a full day "bundled" option with a 1 hour lunch break.
2) Lessons for Children 4 and under. Park City is offering 1 hour private lessons for 3 and 4 year olds for $149 this season, $119 for Epic Pass Holders. The replaces the traditional Ultimate 3s and 4s programs.
3) Tubing at Woodward, Park City. Woodward adds a new level of fun to the Park City experience. The Tubing has the longest lanes in Utah. There are 12 lanes accessible by two magic carpets. Kids 4 and up will have a blast here. Two-hour sessions are available every 30 minutes, starting at 10AM. The sunset/evening sessions are a lot of fun too, but dress accordingly.
For the youngest guests, Woodward gives children ages one to three free rein of the indoor parkour hub from 9-10AM on weekends and 10-11:30AM on weekdays. *We recommend checking with Woodward directly to ensure availability during the 2020-21 season.
4) Young skiers will love the High Meadows area at the Canyons. Accessible via the Red Pine Gondola and the Orange Bubble chair, they will get a thrill out of riding the bigger lifts and the views from higher up the mountain. Meanwhile, this dedicated family zone has lots of nooks and crannies to explore and will keep them entertained and improving for a couple of hours at a time.
5) Dolly's Bookstore, Main Street, Park City. A local favorite, this bookstore is small, charming, and even home to two bookstore cats, including its namesake, Dolly. They also sell local gifts, including games, toys, and jewelry. This store will entertain your kids, but also is the perfect place to find something for friends back home.
6) Sleigh Riding with Broken Arrow Sleigh Ride. Take a horse-drawn sleigh ride with the whole family through Deer Valley resort. Departing at 5 pm from the Stein Eriksen Mountain Lodge, you will see Deer Valley from a different perspective. Kids are sure to love the friendly horses. With a ride time of thirty minutes, it's the perfect length for little ones who might get cold.
7) Ice Skating. The ice skating rink is conveniently located at the Park City Base. Reserve your spot for $25 including a skate rental and stay as long as you like. Reserve in advance as the rink is operating with reduced capacity this season. Bonus, new skaters/small children will receive a complimentary skate aid/skating walker with their ticket.
8) Olympic Park. Tour the site of the 2002 Winter Olympics. This venue is home to one of only four sliding tracks in North America, six Nordic ski jumps, and the 2002 Winter Olympic Museums. Adults can also take a bobsled ride. Learn more and book here.
Insider Tip. It takes awhile to ski or ride from Park City Base to Canyons Base or vice versa. It is fun to explore both. Park City's magic carpet and First Time lift are easy to access from the parking lot. Meanwhile, children will love riding the Orange Bubble Lift or Gondola to reach the High Meadows area at Canyons Village. The Day Care Center is also located in Canyons Village. Make sure to plan accordingly.
Beware. Many of these venues are operating with reduced capacity this season. Make sure to plan in advance and make reservations whenever possible.
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