Release Your Inner Child With a Day of Sledding
Sliding down the slopes at the resort aren't the only way to fly downhill in Park City. Grab the kids and channel your own inner child for a day of sledding/tubing at these locations in and around town.
New Overland Trailhead Sledding Hill
If you are looking for something for the younger kiddos that's also super laid back and free, check out the new sledding area built by the trail crew from Basin Recreation. The FCD Hill, is a small hill at the Overland Trailhead (6358 Overland Dr.) behind the Tanger Outlet Mall. It was made using leftover soil from another Basin Rec. project in the area and although they don't have plans to groom it, the snow should stay packed thanks to the many eager kids looking to use it. "We'd been searching for a spot to put a sledding hill for a couple years," says Bob Radke, Basin Rec.'s Trail & Development Manager. "This space seemed appropriate since we own it and there's already established parking." You can make use of the area for some sliding any time from dawn to dusk, permitted there is enough snow on the ground.
As Park City's premiere tubing destination, Gorgoza Park (3863 W. Kilby Rd.) promises thrills for all ages with ten lanes (three lower lanes for ages 3 to 4 and five big tuber lanes for anyone 5+). The best thing about this experience is, of course, the tow service so you can enjoy the adrenaline pumping downhill without the dreaded trudge uphill for another slide. Combo the joys of tubing with the Fort Frosty kids playground and the on-site yurt ready to dole out snacks and hot chocolates, this is a perfect day excursion if you're family is looking for a break from skiing. Slides come either in single rides or two- and four-hour unlimited passes (check rates here). Gorgoza is open seven days a week from mid-afternoon to 8 p.m. (with extended hours during the holidays). Just remember, if you're looking for super fast sliding, choose a day when it's not snowing as the fresh flakes can make the tubes sticky. Note: Gorgoza Park will be closed for the 2018-19 as it transforms into Woodward Park City.
Iron Mountain Trail
Hike the steep, 45-minute Iron Mountain Trail with a little plastic sled called a Swiss Bob (just big enough to fit your derrière), and then careen back down the luge-like path with glee and giggles in about 10 minutes. From Hwy 224 take PayDay Drive, and then subsequent rights on Iron Canyon Drive, Iron Mountain Drive, and Iron Canyon Court. Park in the few available roadside spots, and walk to the narrow trailhead at the cul-de-sac. (The Swiss Bob will set you back about $50. You can find them online or at local sporting goods stores.)
Nestled 2o minutes outside of Park City in the midst of the Wasatch Mountains of the Heber Valley, the Soldier Hollow Nordic Center (2002 Soldier Hollow Lane) in Midway, boasts 1,200 feet of sliding and gliding fun. It may be a bit further away, but if you're looking for the longest runs with spectacular views, this is the place. The venue, which hosted a number of events during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, offers 2-hour tubing sessions for anyone ages 3+ and can even help with arrangements for visually impaired tubers. It's first come, first serve so we suggest making a reservation via their online system.
This popular Nordic skiing area also boasts a long, gradual incline just next to the golf clubhouse (which is closed in the winter), ideal for sledding. Crowds gather here often on sunny days -- particularly when the valley is socked in with an inversion -- but there's usually plenty of room for all. Just be sure to respect the skiers in the area by staying off the groomed classic and skate-skiing lanes.