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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Get Off the Slopes in Park City

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3. What to Do


Dog sledding is one of Utah's many wintertime activities that don't involve skis or snowboards.  

Spend some time on outdoor activities besides skiing or snowboarding with North Forty Escapes, which offers free shuttles between Park City and its private mountain ranch twenty minutes away. Once you’re there, embark on an hourlong dog sledding tour ($325 for two adults) through the mountains as you learn about the basics of mushing. For a different kind of thrill, book a two-hour snowmobiling tour ($135) with a guide who will lead you across the secluded terrain and point out moose, deer, and elk along the way.

Devote an afternoon to strolling Main Street’s shops, many housed in historic buildings dating to Park City’s days as a mining town. Stop into Mountain Town Olive Oil for infused oils and balsamic vinegars sourced from all over the world ($14.95$34.95). Pony up for top-quality western wear at the 130-year-old Burns Cowboy Shop, and browse books on local history at Dolly’s Bookstore. When you’re ready for a break, grab a seat at Wasatch Brew Pub & Brewery, where you can order any of the dozen or so excellent drafts by the shot glass (75 cents each) to create your own tasting flight.

Pamper yourself at the Golden Door Spa, one of just five in the world, where treatments ranging from the signature herbal wrap ($200) to high-tech facials (from $160) are designed to calm both body and mind. Beforehand, take part in the Japanese-style onsen ritual by arriving at least 30 minutes early to drink tea and unwind in the bathing facilities and lounges. Post-treatment, a wheatgrass smoothie shot and signature potassium broth (tastes like a spicy, warm V-8) assist with the detox process. Afterward, drop by the Waldorf’s new-this-season Powder Ice Lounge to sip Champagne under fur blankets while marveling at the fourteen-foot bar carved in ice as well as the latest après-ski fashions.


Published on Feb 22, 2013 as a web exclusive.

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