Posted June 21, 2010 by Kate HammanPark City seems worlds away from the everyday ordinary, even though this mountain ski town is only a half-hour drive from Salt Lake City. People come year-round for its outdoor activities, comfortable lodging, and great eats. However, Park City is in full glory when ski junkies hit the slopes.
Utah Olympic Park: If you've ever dreamed of competing in the Olympics or just want to taste what it might be like, then you must pay a visit to the 389-acre Olympic Park facilities, which was home to 14 events during the 2002 Winter Olympics. Self-guided tours are free, and you might catch the next gold-medal winner in training as you tour the six Nordic jumps or the 1,335-meter sliding track. Rides such as zip-lining and bobsledding cost extra.
Washington School Inn: Originally built in 1889 as a schoolhouse, the Washington School Inn can't be beat when you need to rest your aching muscles after a long day on the slopes. And since it's only a few blocks from the Town Ski Lift and downtown Main Street, you're certain to be the first in line to ski the mountain or grab an "early bird" cup of coffee. Your hosts go to great lengths to make you feel right at home, offering breakfast, evening cookies or hors d'oeuvres, and plush bedding. Rooms start at $140, and include the aforementioned perks.
Morning Ray Cafe: Nothing says "good morning" like a breakfast overflowing with fresh pancakes, bacon, and eggs, and the Morning Ray Cafe is an old pro at welcoming the new day. For more than 18 years, the restaurant has served winter-sports enthusiasts their morning fuel in the form of coffee or breakfast foods, and even late risers can get their pancake or omelet fix until 4:00 p.m. Breakfasts start at $6.25.
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(Photo:Olympic Parks of Utah)