Scores of Olympians call Park City home, so spend the day exerting yourself like a pro athlete, and, if you’re lucky, actually meeting one of them. Carbo-load over breakfast at Squatters, a pub offering substantial morning fuel-ups including a breakfast burrito ($8.99) or biscuits and beer gravy ($9.99). For your morning warm-up, set off on a three-hour, guided snowshoe tour ($120 including lunch; arrange at the adventure-sports desk inside the Grand Summit Hotel) up the mountain to a height of 8,300 feet, where you'll stop at the Lookout Cabin to recharge with hearty gourmet American fare while gazing over the Wasatch Mountains. Back down the mountain, if you're staying at the Waldorf, you have a chance to brush shoulders with U.S. Speedskating team member Patrick Meek, who gives private lessons when he’s in town ($120 as an optional add-on to the hotel’s Majordomo Package). After Meek spends an hour teaching you how to squat on the straight-aways and cross over on the corners, the lesson concludes with hot drinks at a local café. Another option is to spend a whole seven-hour day (or two or three) learning slopes skills from an Olympian or pro athlete (from $1,325 per day, lift ticket not included) as part of Canyons’ Ultimate Mountain Experience. Either way, end the day with dinner at High West Distillery and Saloon, which is the state's first distillery built since the 1870s. Revive with a whiskey flight ($13) and some western small plates like coffee-bourbon-glazed cod ($15) and bacon-jalapeño shrimp ($15). Then head over to the Egyptian Theatre for the night’s entertainment, which might be a musical, stand-up comedy, or even the local Michael Jackson tribute band.
5. Oddball Day
Published on Feb 22, 2013 as a web exclusive.