Burn a few calories and test your marksmanship with Blue Sky Ranch’s ($125, 435.336.2646, bluesky-adventures.com) snowshoeing and target-shooting excursions at this stunning 3,300-acre ranch located just east of Park City in Wanship. Make the trek up a scenic, wildlife-filled canyon to the trap-shooting range and old-timey wall tent, outfitted with a wood-burning stove and plenty of seating. Test your shooting skills, and then enjoy a gourmet box lunch courtesy of High West Distillery.
While most of Park City is still hitting the snooze button, start your day by cutting pristine corduroy or floating through fresh Wasatch Mountain powder with Canyons Resort First Tracks (Wed and Sat, intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders ages 13 and up, $84 per person, lift ticket not included, 877.472.6306, canyonsresort.com). This 90-minute, pre-public-opening excursion includes 1.5 to 2 hours of guided skiing or riding followed by breakfast at Red Pine Lodge. Menu items include a range of breakfast standards, but whatever you choose, be sure to also get the biscuits, made from scratch and warm from the oven when you arrive at 9 a.m.
A snowcat–pulled sleigh ride under the stars is how a dinner begins at the Viking Yurt ($125 per person, beverages not included, vikingyurt.com, 435.615.9878). You’ll be greeted by servers bearing steaming cups of glogg following the 23-minute, 1,000-foot-elevation-gain ride up Park City Mountain Resort’s serene nighttime slopes. The Norwegian-inspired dinner menu includes winter white roasted parsnip soup, cured salmon, and braised short ribs. Bring your own wine (corkage fees apply) or choose from the yurt’s ample wine, beer, and spirits list. Don’t leave without giving the shot ski a try, if you dare.
Peanut butter and jelly, peas and carrots, and the best pairing of all: a horse-drawn sleigh ride and dinner of raclette, fire-roasted leg of lamb, and dessert fondue served by a roaring fire. This apt wintertime pairing offered by Boulder Mountain Ranch starts with a 30-minute ride behind a team of well-behaved draft horses (rides leave at 5 p.m., $100 for up to 5 people, 866.783.5819, bouldermountainranch.com), traversing in and out of the ski runs surrounding Deer Valley’s Silver Lake area. Act 2 is a four-course, Euro-inspired meal served from four stone fireplaces at Deer Valley’s Empire Lodge Fireside Dining ($60 per person, beverages not included, 435.645.6632, deervalley.com). Truly the stuff of fairy tales.