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Getting There
Park City is a short 36 miles from Salt Lake City International Airport, where over 800 scheduled daily flights make getting to the slopes a breeze. A number of taxi and shuttle services operate between the airport and town; check the Salt Lake City airport website ( for more.

Where to Rent Bikes and Gear
Deer Valley, Park City, and The Canyons all rent bikes and offer instruction in the summer months. White Pine Touring, 1695 Bonanza Drive, at the start of the Rail Trail, is a good spot to stock up on gear (435.649.8710;

Recommended Outfitters
All Seasons Adventures (435.649.9619; offers guided mountain-biking rides lasting 90 minutes to two hours. Or go for the gusto on Beyond Limits' six-day, five-night mountain-biking trip in Park City. The $895 price includes lodging and most meals (435.640.6435;

Places to Stay
For an ideal bike-in, bike-out locale at the base of Park City Mountain Resort, book a studio or one-bedroom condo at The Lodge at the Mountain Village. Call 888.PARK.CITY or visit

Also located at the base of Park City Mountain Resort are Marriott's MountainSide Villas (435.940.2000; They feature a great outdoor pool to cool off afterwards.

If you prefer to stay in the Old Town district and take the Town Lift to the slopes, grab a room at Deb Lovci's Old Town Guesthouse (800.290.6423, extension 3710;

Places to Eat
Located mid-mountain near the biking lifts, Deer Valley's Royal Street Café is not your typical ski resort dining experience. Expect gourmet food to recharge your batteries.

At the Park City Mountain Resort's Baja Cantina, you don't have to pedal far to find a decent Tex-Mex mix of fajitas, burritos, and chimichangas. Be forewarned: margaritas are strong.

In town, grab breakfast at the Morning Ray Café at 255 Main Street. Try the six-grain oatmeal or the tasty cashew date granola. For lunch, Off Main Café, 1782 Prospector Avenue, features a good assortment of sandwiches and salads.

Boston-based writer Stephen Jermanok has authored or contributed to 11 books on the outdoors, including Outside Magazine's Adventure Guide to New England , Discovery Channel's Backcountry Treks , Discovery Channel's Paddlesports , Outside Magazine's Guide to Family Vacations and Men's Journal's The Great Life . His latest book is New England Seacoast Adventures . His many adventures appear in National Geographic Adventure , Outside , Men's Journal , Forbes FYI , Travel + Leisure , Hooked on the Outdoors , and Backpacker . He can be reached at

Published: 10 May 2006 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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