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Best Ski Towns for Summer Vacations



Park City, Utah

This winter Olympics site is the perfect place to challenge your inner summer athlete.

Hot Sports: Speed downhill on the Alpine Coaster (snowboarder Shaun White screamed all the way), or buddy up and ride side by side on the Alpine Slide. At Olympic Park, ski-jump off a mini ramp into the pool, ride the Comet Bobsled (piloted by a professional) at 70 mph (ages 14 and up), or watch the U.S. aerial ski team show off high-flying moves at Saturday shows (utaholympiclegacy.com). If biking and hiking are more your speed, Park City has miles of trails.

Cool Happenings: Experience the town's gold rush heritage at Park City Museum (parkcityhistory.org), where you can board a mining cage and "dynamite" a tunnel, then scare up some spirits on Park City Ghost Tours (parkcityghosttours.com). Though the Sundance Film Festival happens in winter, catch free indie movies under the stars on Thursdays in June, July and August—and maybe even spot Robert Redford, who lives in nearby Sundance.

Lodging Deals: Centrally located on charming Main Street, Treasure Mountain Inn is eco-friendly and a short walk or shuttle ride from the mountain. One-bedroom suites with kitchens sleep two adults and two kids under 12 starting at $150 a night; two-bedrooms from $225 (treasuremountaininn.com). For town homes, try Newpark Resort & Hotel, which has its own central village and pools; two-bedrooms from $175 (newparkresort.com).

Side Trip: Heber Valley Historic Railroad (30 minutes away) offers two distinct experiences on vintage trains: The Raft 'n Rail Adventure chugs through scenic Provo Canyon and stops for whitewater rafting, while Reins 'n Trains features a dramatized train robbery (hebervalleyrr.org).

More Info: visitparkcity.com