Rocky Mountain 4th of July

Park City, Utah hosted many events during the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics and serves as a place of remembrance United States team. Gold medal athletes continue to train and put on a show throughout the community as they prepare to compete in their upcoming Olympics.

A flight to Park City offers Olympic views of the Rocky Mountains and ski resorts that help fuel a thriving tourism industry.

Heber Valley Airport is about 20 miles southeast of Park City in a valley in the Wasatch Range. The municipally run airport offers flight and accommodation services through FBO Air OK3. The weather in the area can change quickly and OK3 offers hangar space for visiting aircraft, but you may want to call ahead. Crew cars are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and rental cars from Go to rental can be reserved in advance. OK3 Air provides avionics maintenance and service in the field. Self-service tankers and pumps are available.

The towerless airfield has a single runway approximately 6,900 feet long and oriented on heading 04/22. The course comes into play because the airport has only one runway and if crosswinds cross the terrain, it can make flying in the area dangerous. If you are arriving from the south or departing south, be aware that Mount Timpanogos rises nearly 12,000 feet and can be risky.

Soldier Hollow Nordic Center is a 10 minute drive from the Heber Valley Airport and is nestled in the beautiful Wasatch Mountain State Park. The state-of-the-art facility hosted Nordic events for the 2002 Winter Olympics and currently hosts a series of ski events during the winter months. Summer temperatures bring biathlon training, to play golf in the foothills and electric bike rental. The electric bikes are battery-powered mountain bikes to help visitors enjoy the trails without the hassle of pedaling uphill.

Pack your bags from the park and make the 30-minute drive to Park City, where resorts and lodges line the hillside. The road is a scenic wonder as you weave across the Wasatch Mountains. Be aware that the weather can change drastically depending on which side of the mountain you are on. Our team stayed at Park City’s Peaks Hotel for the week. The hotel was located right next to Park City Mountain and offers modern and stylish amenities for guests. The hotel was located right on the shuttle line which offers free trips to town and ski lodges for visitors to the area.

park city mountain is the largest ski resort in the United States and includes two hillside villages, Park City Mountain and Canyons Village, where resorts and restaurants surround both communities. Some ski lifts remain in service during the summer months to scenic rides compared to the skiers hoisted to make the adventure of the descent in winter. A Alpine slide will unleash your inner child as you race down 3,000 feet of toboggan runs. The slide lives up to the Park City Mountain brand of being listed as one of the longest slides in the United States. Zip lines, golf, roller coasters and trails will keep any adventurer busy during your stay.

If one resort isn’t enough, another world famous ski resort also calls Park City its home: deer valley offers luxury hotels, such as the St Regis, and personal condo rentals. The concerts are in the center of the station Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater; renowned artists, orchestras and free events book the summer calendar.

Tributes to the 2002 Winter Olympics can be seen throughout the community, and you can participate in activities in the historic Utah Olympic Park. From ski jumping to halfpipe and moguls, Park City’s participation in the games has been monumental and remains a hub for winter sports. Despite the melting snow in the summer, winter sports athletes continue to train and many venues are being built to accommodate activities without the powdery white snow. For instance, summer bobsleigh has visitors descending the Olympic track at speeds in excess of 60 miles per hour; reservations are made quickly, so plan ahead if you hope to attempt your gold medal.

The Flying Ace All-Stars slide down the ski ramps and dive into a swimming pool at the foot of the springboards. Olympians and National Team skiers and snowboarders make up the majority of the team and soar more than 60 feet into the air during their beautifully choreographed routines. The DJs keep the atmosphere amplified and electric throughout the unmissable event. Tickets are required and events take place on Fridays and Saturdays during the summer.

Park City is also home to one of North America’s most prestigious festivals, the Sundance Film Festival. The 10-day event showcases some of the best documentaries and cinematic works from around the world. Celebrities and moviegoers make the pilgrimage to Park City for the festival in January, though the organization offers outdoor film screenings during the summer.

Unique dishes line the entire mountain, and mouth-watering meals aren’t hard to come by. Elevate your burger experience to $100 by stopping in Unnamed saloon, a local pub that claims to be the reason Park City is famous. The original restaurant is a 21+ establishment, but if you are traveling with someone under 21, Annex Burger is the restaurant’s family spot offering the same menu next door.

Step inside the No Name Saloon and you’ll be transported back decades to the mining town days of Park City as antlers hang from the chandeliers and the heads of deer and elk adorn the walls. The bar swaps out traditional ground beef patties for ground buffalo, and that change makes the burgers worth the trip. Perfectly cooked and bursting with flavor, this burger is sure to top your $100 burger list. Loaded Taters are a great side or starter to complete your buffalo burger.

The bar scene is big in Park City, but so is the food. Chef Bill White has traded his Northern Michigan roots for mountainside Italian cuisine in Park City. After working his way through Europe to top restaurants, White returned to the United States to open his flagship restaurant, Grappa, in 1992. The restaurant focuses on handmade pastas and drink pairings in its historic Main Street location. Book a reservation in advance as the restaurant rarely has room for walk-in customers.

While visiting Grappa, I ordered the Crispy Brussels Sprouts, which were glazed in a balsamic reduction and topped with crushed almonds, to start. I asked our waiter if they fried the Brussels sprouts as they were perfectly crispy, but he let me in on a secret: the trick is to drop them in a deep fryer for a short second to help the sprouts to gain their crispy texture. The restaurant is known for its handmade Bolognese, and I had to try what the reviewers rave about. The decadent lamb and pork ragù shone delicately over the pasta and earned me a stellar review.

In the heart of Park City, a small cafe serves up freshly baked scones and cookies to accompany a fresh cup of joe. Penthousenamed after a character in Harper Lee’s book Kill a mockingbird, combines a small bookstore with delicious pastries and drinks. The shop is worth a visit as you walk in and out of the shops on the historic main street.

Outdoor adventure is everywhere in the Wasatch Mountains, and when it’s time to go, be sure to take the scenic route. The summer heat opens up rideable trails and adventures that are normally closed due to snow conditions; trips can vary from short half-hour trips to full-day adventures.

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