Spring has definitely sprung in Park City and we've (mostly) given up hunting for powder, opting instead for spending the sunny days grabbing some early runs and hanging out, cocktail in hand, at a ski beach for the majority of the day. The end of the season festivities, however, are far from over and Park City's biggest spring party is just about to begin. We are, of course, talking about the 16 days of free concerts and activities that encompass Spring Grüv at Park City Mountain Resort. From March 24 to the resort's closing day on April 8, everyone is invited to come out and send winter off with a bang.
To help you navigate the sea of activities, here's our guide to the best of the festivities at the resort and out on the town after hours.
Ski For A Cause
This year's fest kicks-off Saturday, March 24 with the family-friendly charity ski event Pink Park City to celebrate life and raise money for all types of cancer research at Huntsman Cancer Institute. In addition to skiing and fun in the snow, the day will also include a costume contest, prizes for top fund raisers, and a Checkpoint Challenge. For more details and to register, visit the Pink Park City website.
Get Groovy with Free Concerts
Music is the defining element of Spring Grüv and starting at 3 p.m. every day of the festival, performers will be taking to stages big and small at the Park City base area and Canyons Village. Headliners this year include Vista Kicks on March 24 and The Record Company on March 31 playing at Park City Mountain Village. Grab your family and friends and show off your best dance moves! There's no chairs allowed at the concerts so, come early if you want to snag a spot closest to the stage. For the full schedule of all performances check the Park City Mountain Resort website.
Park City Mountain is also simultaneously hosting a Spring Concert Series (March 3 - April 8) and the conclusion of Music With A View, a new on-mountain, lunchtime concert series at select on-mountain restaurants Mid Mountain Lodge (Mar. 24) and Miners Camp (Mar. 31).
Après Eat & Drink Like a Pro
No spring celebration would be complete without grabbing drinks and appetizers at your favorite nearby après joint. If you are in the Park City Mountain Village area, we'd recommend spending your après hours at the lively Corner Store drinking $3 tall boy PBRs, chowing down on the freshly smoked BBQ pulled pork, and kicking back to live music Thursday through Sunday. For a less cacophonous experience, try the more upscale scene at Legends Bar & Grill where a newly renovated menu awaits; try delicious appetizers like Garlic-Ginger Glazed Crispy Cauliflower and Blistered Shishito Peppers or the wildly popular, coffee-infused Espressotini. Or, you can ski-in/ski-out at the newly remodeled Pig Pen Saloon, located next to the bunny hill, for a casual atmosphere, grilled burgers, and views of the slopes.
Skiing the Canyons side? Pull up a seat on the deck of the Red Tail Grill (located next to the ski beach) and enjoy magnificent slope-side views and innovative gastropub fare, including savory appetizers like Chili Rubbed Wings and Crab Fritters. For a more casual après feel, the Umbrella Bar offers an extensive list of local beers and signature burgers and sandwiches, making it a prime spot to grab a brew with your friends after a day on the slopes.
Activities & Entertainment Kids
Wondering how to keep your brood entertained for the evening? Don't worry, there's a full schedule of kids' après activities, ranging from face painting to learning cowboy tricks and meeting birds of prey. Every day from 3 to 5 p.m., for the duration of the Spring Grüv festival, these special activities, crafts, and games geared specifically towards the little ones will take place at either PayDay Pizza (2nd Floor of the Legacy Lodge) or the Umbrella Bar (Canyons Village). See the line-up here.
Make a Splash at the 21st Annual Pond Skimming Contest
One of Park City's whackiest traditions is the yearly pond skimming event where skiers and snowboarders don their craziest costumes and attempt to skim a pond. Think you can make it to the top of the podium? You can register for the competition here.
Even if skimming your way to glory is off the table this year, we still highly recommend you attend this rendezvous because watching people succeed or fail miserably on their way across the pond is, arguably, just as fun (see video above). The competition takes place outside the Red Pine Lodge and you must by a ticket to ride the gondola up if you don't already have a lift ticket.
How to avoid the splash (or not)?
There's no need to fret about getting soaked from the splashes. Generally the area around the pond is so wide, the water dissipates before it can reach anyone in the wider crowd. If you are super worried about it, we suggest you bring an umbrella!
Unless you come to the resort for early morning skiing, chances are the lots at Park City Base Area or even Canyons Village could be full. Not to worry. Take the free shuttle to the resort from the Park City High School and Treasure Mountain Junior High. There is also paid parking available at both Park City Base Area (underground) and Canyons Village (Sundial lot).
Resort sponsored Spring Grüv activities are primarily day time affairs, but just because the sun goes down, doesn't mean the party has to stop. In fact, we'd argue the sun going down is merely the beginning because there's no shortage of things to do in Park City after dark. Main Street is crawling with bars, galleries, and eateries waiting to be explored, making it the epicenter of evening fun.
For more après music and activities around town, check out our events calendar. Happy Spring Grüv!!!