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Heel Thyself

Many alpine skiers have never tried Nordic skiing; perhaps their reluctance is due to the longer, narrower skis sans edges. But both classic and skate styles offer a killer cardio workout to balance the anaerobic benefits of downhill skiing. To make the transition smoother, White Pine Nordic Center offers lessons for adults and youth, 12 and older. Cost includes equipment rental, instruction, and a pass so students can practice their new skills on more than 20 kilometers of groomed cross-country track. Those who catch the Nordic bug can further explore the Round Valley trail system with parking at Quinn’s Junction. A local favorite is the newly created Round Valley Roundup loop, which you can locate with the help of a trail map at the Nordic Center. Dress in light layers, since cross-country skiers really work up a sweat, unlike their chillier alpine counterparts.  White Pine Nordic Center, Park Ave & Thaynes Canyon Dr (near Hotel Park City), 435.649.6249,

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Make Tracks

Roller-coaster lovers, rejoice. Park City Mountain Resort’s alpine coaster delivers the thrill of speed while winding through an aspen grove. The track is cleared of snow, creating a tunnel-like effect that inspires calm despite the fact that the car drops 3,800 feet at speeds of up to 30 m.p.h. Since the cars are connected to the track at all times and participants are buckled into seat belts, fearless riders can forsake the brake handles to achieve maximum speed—the banked turns and hairpin curves have been known to incite many a hoot and holler. This entirely outdoor adventure can be a little chilly, so dress appropriately; kids under 54 inches tall must ride with an adult. But don’t underestimate the power of some quality bonding time with your kids: riding tandem picks up more speed than going it alone.  Park City Mountain Resort, 1345 Lowell Ave, 435.649.8111,

Come Sail Away

Up, up, and away. A hot air balloon ride provides panoramic views, and Park City Balloon Adventures is happy to oblige. Starting at sunrise and departing from the Park City Peaks Hotel, riders experience the inflation of the giant, heat-filled contraption before lifting off into the clear blue yonder. Each balloon accommodates up to 12 riders who will enjoy views from the snowcapped Uintas to Old Town itself. Don’t let the winter temperatures scare you: the inside of the basket is relatively toasty thanks to the burner and atmospheric pressure, but winter clothes are still required. After an hourlong flight, the balloon gently lands wherever the wind blows it, and participants are ferried via van back to the departure point. Still trepidatious about leaving the ground? The company’s 100 percent safety record and FAA-licensed pilots should put your fears to rest.  Park City Balloon Adventures, 435.645.8787,

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For everyone from first-timers to seasoned veterans, local yoga instructor Lisa Needham has created an intimate studio where everyone is welcome. Park City Yoga Studio offers a range of classes from restorative to power and everything in between; even the hot classes here are heated to only 85 degrees (as opposed to the stifling Bikram variety). The evening gentle yoga class is a perfect way to recharge après-ski, and the free Kundalini class is so energizing, it’s like having a cup of coffee—minus the caffeine.  Park City Yoga Studio, 1662 Bonanza Dr, 435.655.9642,

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