Tired of downhill skiing, or just want to try a new winter sport? Park City has you covered! No wonder Outdoor Magazine named Park City as the “Best Town in America” in 2013. And what was true five years ago is even more true today. (If a look at all the wonderful things Outdoor Magazine had to say about the Park City area, click this link: https://www.outsideonline.com/1858016/best-town-america-2013)
One of Park City and the Canyons’ best-kept secrets is its groomed, multi-use Nordic trails accessible all winter long. There are almost 50 miles of Nordic trails already in place, and the number is growing as the area’s Nordic trail system expands to keep pace with the growing interest in snowshoeing, winter trail running and fat-tire cycling.
But you don’t have to try a new sport to enjoy the trails – they remain just as good as ever for those who cross-country ski. And Park City’s complete and accessible trail system comes complete with sweeping views of all three local ski resorts – Deer Valley, Park City and The Canyons Resort. Whether you are a track skier or a backcountry skier, Summit County (the home of Park City and the Canyons) offers a world class Nordic system with groomed, multi-use trails that rival the best in the country.
You can find trails in the high country open as early as the beginning of November in the high country, and lasting into May. Or, the main Nordic Ski Centers begin operations in early December and generally wrap things up by the end of March.
Among the best places to get your cross-country ski on are:
Nordic Center at Jeremy Ranch Golf and Country Club
The Jeremy Golf and Country Club, located at the Jeremy Ranch exit off I-80, just west of Park City/Kimball Junction, where trails are groomed daily. And you can rent you ski equipment and winter clothing there as well.
Park City offers several points of entry into the 20 kilometers of Round Valley trails, with one of the most convenient being the Quinn’s Trailhead near the National Ability Center complex off UT 248. The Round Valley trails are free to use. See the map below for a depiction of the Round Valley Winter Trails.
But there’s more … as if those were not enough, Park City and the Canyons area also offer a “Rail Trail” that extends from Bonanza Drive in Park City to Wanship, with 10-20 kilometers of groomed trail connecting directly into the Round Valley Trail system.
And Synderville has gotten in on the act as well, with the Synderville Basin Special Recreation District’s 20 kilometers of groomed mjulti-use trails, some of which connect directly into the Park City trail system to make for one long run of fun. Find the latest grooming reports for the Basin Recreation Nordic Trails here.
If you take your Nordic skiing seriously, then you must try the 25 kilometers of groomed trails at the White Pine Nordic Center. More information on those trails can be found at White Pine Nordic Center.
Perhaps best of all, these trails and more are conveniently located near the perfect vacation rental home, a four-bedroom townhome in a serene, private setting on Hidden Creek. Eight of you can easily and comfortably stay without anyone having to make do on a pull-out sofa or give up their privacy in a converted loft space. The open concept living/dining/kitchen area features an oversized and comfortable leather sofa and chairs, and features a spacious view of the aspen grove and mountains just outside your back door. The private deck and hot tub offer privacy and the serenity of soaking near the sounds of the rushing creek, and a second entry to the deck is found in the master suite. The second downstairs bedroom has two twin beds and its own flatscreen TV, and up the spiral staircase you’ll find a desk in the loft area for those times when you have to connect back to the “real world.” Upstairs is a second, stand-alone tiled shower and separate vanity area and the third and fourth bedrooms – one with a queen bed and the other with two twin beds.
There are plenty of closets and a full-size, front-load washer-dryer in your private garage. And just outside the front door find the clubhouse with dry sauna and year-round large hot tubs as well as a swimming pool during the summer months.
So whether you want to ski downhill or cross-country, do some winter trail running or fat tire biking, snowshoe or simply relax, we have the perfect place to call home during your time in the Canyons Resort and Park City, and there are so many activities from which to choose your most stressful decision will be which of the many sports to try that day. Enjoy!