Park City, Utah may be best known as a winter wonderland, but when the white stuff melts away, experience a whole new kind of adrenaline-pumping awesome at the city's three main resorts.
Get your heart racing at Park City Mountain Resort, home to the Alpine Slide, zip lines and a control-your-own-speed coaster. Convene with nature on a high-altitude hike at Deer Valley Resort where you can climb up the mountain, then chair-lift down for a relaxing end to a strenuous day.
Or for something even more physically challenging, put your pedal to the metal at multiple beginner and expert mountain biking trails at Canyons Resort. Rent bikes from Canyon Mountain Sports and even take private lessons to improve your hill climbing, ramp jumping, and switch-back maneuvering abilities.
Enjoy luxury on a grand scale at Montage Deer Valley, a sprawling mountain-view resort with In-room fireplaces to set the mood on chilly summer nights, a bowling alley, and a 35,000-square-foot spa with heated indoor pool for the ultimate post-excursion retreat.
From $345/night (summer/fall). 9100 Marsac Ave., Park City (866-601-9044)
Historic Washington School House combines the personalized service of a boutique hotel with the world-class amenities of a much larger property, smack in the middle of Park City's entertainment and shopping district. And the complimentary chef-prepared breakfasts don't resemble anything Lunch Lady Doris ever plopped onto your plate.
From $395/night (summer/fall) 543 Park Ave., Park City (800-824-1672)
The high elevation of the area (7000 feet+) means it's easy to get tipsy fast, so use caution when tasting flights of whiskey at High West Distillery & Saloon, Utah’s first legal distillery since 1870. Dine on elk or bison before ending with grilled Krispy Kreme doughnuts topped with whiskey-laced ice cream.
703 Park Ave., Park City (435-649-8300).
Sushi in the land-locked mountains? May sound crazy, but from a chef who's worked under world-famous Nobu Matsuhisa, a seat on the outdoor patio at Shabu provides breathtaking views on the plate, too. Insider tip: 2 for 1 sushi every day from 3-5p.
442 Main St., Park City (435-645-7253).
Photo Credit: Rodrigo Orta