Spring in Park City offers the unique choice of participating in multiple passions. Since we often receives deep powder storms well into April, the snow sometimes doesn’t even get a chance to turn to spring corn before the lifts close in mid to late April. But even on a good corn year, the local drill is: hit the slopes early, golf a lot in the area, and then hop on the road bike for a spin. It’s an exhilarating time.
In early May, as temperatures warm, the ice melts off and the garage gets switched out. Skis are maintained and stored, and out come the clubs, bikes, canoes and kayaks, and all the footwear to accompany these activities. The mountain bikes stay dormant until later in May or even early June, as environmentally correct locals wait for the miles and miles of trails in the valley to properly dry out. Hiking is the best way to enjoy the trails and get the calves ready for mountain biking. The rivers are running high and the renewed sounds of rushing water provide roaring acoustics for hikers. By June, the days warm up, suddenly the hills and valley floor are verdant, and the contrast against the still-snowy mountain peaks is brilliant.
Many a local will tell you that they first came here because of the winters, but stayed for the summers. And for good reason. By late June, the much needed spring rains subside, and azure blue skies become the norm, with only a handful of rainy days all summer. Cool morning and evening temperatures provide plenty of time for serious workouts, while the warmer days invite water sports of all kinds. The morning’s glassy conditions make for ideal trout and fishing, and the calm water offers perfection for paddling a canoe or kayak from one end of the lake to the other.
The ski resorts start selling their season passes and much cooler morning temperatures trigger the onset of fall.
Autumn brings crisp mornings, azure blue skies and moderate temperatures to enjoy a plethora of recreational opportunities without the hot temps of summer. In early September, the crimson hue of maples is the first burst of color on our hillsides, followed by the brilliant and almost translucent golds and yellows as the aspens turn a bit later in the color season. While it’s the perfect time to enjoy outdoor recreation, a scenic drive won’t disappoint.
Fall is the perfect season to enjoy water sports as the water is warm and the crowds slim. There are miles and miles of trails near Park City so it’s the perfect time of year to get in that final 6 hour hike. Just remember to dress in layers as a 20 degree variance in temperatures is quite common this time of year.
Several local outfitters offer guided horseback rides, a fun way to immerse yourself directly in the brilliant colors of fall. The best time to enjoy colors at their peak is early September to mid-October. As the nights turn much cooler and the golf course greens awaken with frost, the focus and anticipation shifts to the upcoming ski season.
The first thoughts of winter in Park City usually creep in mid-August, when we usually experience one or two chilly mornings. Utah is well known for having the Greatest Snow on Earth™, and the Park City ski resorts offers a diverse trifecta of options to enjoy annual snow, all within about a 40 minutes drive from Salt Lake City’s international airport.
They get so much snow every year they have never bothered to install snowmaking – so when you do choose a groomer, the soft quality of the snow is untarnished with man made, sometimes ice-forming chemicals. The offer up several one-of-a-kind experiences and nary a lift line in sight.
For deep blue cruisers, lots of vertical and more luxurious amenities, Park City offers jaw dropping scenery reminiscent of Switzerland and lots of great back country terrain.
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