Park City Photos: Come for the Winter, Stay for the Summer

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Even without 470-plus miles of mountain biking trails throughout Park City, the Mid-Mountain Trail would assure the city's place on the list of must-ride locales. This 25-mile multi-use route starts at Deer Valley's Silver Lake Village and traverses through Park City Mountain Resort and The Canyons Resort.  
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Dense groves of aspen and lush pines line the entire route, broken by stunning vistas of Park City and the surrounding mountains. Brilliant wildflowers burst from the fertile soil in the summer and glittering red, yellow, and gold leaves cover the trail and tree limbs each autumn.  
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In a half-day's riding, you see all three of the city's mountain resorts. Want more? Well-maintained trails branch off, leading over the mountain ridgeline to a veritable maze of options. Or you can opt to pedal down to The Canyons for lunch at the mid-mountain Red Pine Lodge.  
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Deer Valley Resort adds a bit of vertical assistance to Park City mountain biking, with over 25 routes accessible from three different chair lifts. Trails are rated much like ski runs, from easier to expert-only; the difficulty is defined by the trail's pitch, the tightness of the turns, and size of the drops.  
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Deer Valley is also one of the few places in the county that offers mountain bike classes, where riders are paired up with skilled guides. For novice cyclists, it's an essential way to quickly grasp the difference between mountain biking and regular cycling, while the more experienced can pick up pointers to dramatically improve their riding.  
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In addition to all the pedaling frenzy, Deer Valley hosts music almost every night in summer, from the from the Deer Valley Music Festival to the Mountain Town Music Community Concert Series to free performances by the Utah Symphony, all playing at dusk at the resort's outdoor stage.  
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Here a crowd gathers to enjoy Rosanne Cash, who played in July 2011 as part of yet another annual musical event, the St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights Outdoor Concert Series.  
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Like Deer Valley and The Canyons resorts, Park City Resort offers a wide variety of lift-service hiking. They also draw families in droves, with an alpine slide, alpine coaster, zip lines, a spider slide, climbing wall, boulders, rides, and more.  
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In addition to a mountain bike skills park, The Canyons has ten biking and multi-use trails and three hiking-only routes, all accessible from the Red Pine Lodge via the Red Pine Gondola. The toughest hike? Fantasy Ridge, reached via Tombstone Trail.  
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The route winds to Peak 9350, where panoramic views of Park City and the Uinta Mountain await. Then you follow the ridge itself across loose talus rock. A few set ropes aid in navigation, but only experienced hikers should try this route.  
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The ridgeline ends in a gravel road that then winds further up the mountain to the 9,990-foot summit—the highest point in the resort—marked by the aptly titled Ninety-Nine 90 ski lift and patrol station.  
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Park City also reflects the country's welcoming obsession with the locavore movement. The Farm, a new restaurant at the base of The Canyons, sources all ingredients from within 200 miles with a constantly rotating menu. Downtown, High West ups the ante, with locally sourced ingredients and award-winning, house-distilled vodka and whiskeys.  
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High West also belies the Utah reputation of…obtuse liquor laws. It's the only store open for bottle sales on Sunday in the entire state. Free on-site tours of the distillery are offered daily, and the menu includes a variety of food-and-whiskey pairings.  
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It's evident from the town's many mountain trail events—and the profusion of bikers, hikers, runners, and climbers on the streets—that Park City residents love the town's proximity to the mountains. Free town busses (which accommodate bikes, and lead to trailheads) only foster this healthy addiction.  
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Bike rentals are available at both The Canyons and Deer Valley, or you can get day and multi-day rentals at White Pine Touring. This full-service shop also carries climbing and hiking gear and apparel, sells trail maps, proffers great advice, and can organize guided tours of the entire area.  
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