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What's to not love? The summer has warm, clear blue skies, majestic green mountains, and all the activities that go along with it... Horseback riding, Picnics, the Deer Valley Jazz Series..., Olympic Park offers summer activities, surfing lessons, bobsled rides, Zip Line rides, all while you watch the pros practice skiing down a snow-free hill into a pool at the bottom. Then, comes the winter.

Snowshoing, snowboarding, Sleigh rides, everything you'd expect in a winter-wonderland.

The area is small, with three resorts packed into a 15 miles radius.  Park City, Deer Valley and The Canyons. They all have their unique flair. Park City, the olden mine town, with historic buildings, homes and the infamous Main Street where the Sundance Film Festival descends each January.  Deer Valley is a bit more upscale, with the Stein Erickson lodge, Golden Eagle area, and numerous million dollar properties. But, no snowboarding.  Only a select few are admitted each day to the slopes, so everyone gets the space to enjoy.  The Canyons, my personal favorite, is modern, sophisticated, and a bit more casual.  Great food at the resort, awesome runs, and a younger, snowboard community with hot action up and down the mountain. 

One could in fact ski all three resorts in the same day. Get a multi-resort pass and tear it up.

Just around the mountain, on the Salt Lake City side, are even more great resorts.

Snowbird, Alta, Solitude and Brighton.  Very local, Snowbird being the largest, draws a number of Salt Lake residents playing hookey from work for the day.  Brighton, Alta and Solitude are very small resorts, but offer some of the best powder in the Rockies.  


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Utah 2008

Park City, Utah