The Best of Park City 2016: Outdoors

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Gateway to Escaping our Corporate Overlords in Winter

If you’ve ever wished you could get away from the hustle and bustle of our shareholder-subservient resorts, White Pine Touring is for you! With Nordic skiing, backcountry and fat bike gear, the shop can get you kitted up for winter days away from the lifts, and the guiding services and avalanche safety and education courses ensure you’ll safely find the good escape from the rat race.

1790 Bonanza Dr., 435-649-8710.

Best Place to Wrangle New Summer Steed

Need a blingin’ new bike for summer? Whether you’re of the mountain or road persuasion, Jans has rigs from our favorite manufacturers like Santa Cruz, Trek and Scott, along with a knowledgeable and helpful staff to help you find a ride that will make all the other pedalheads out there envious of your new wheels.

1600 Park Ave., 435-649-4949.

Finest Outdoor Aprés

Getting your après on is arguably more important than what you did out on the slopes, trail or river bank, and the Park City Brewery is the ideal spot to recount your exploits. Located right at the foot of the stellar Bob’s Basin trail system, the Brewery has free popcorn, reasonably priced brews and a tap room full of people who just got finished doing the same thing as you.

2720 Rasmussen Rd., 435-200-8906.

Most Fun Event That Overwhelms Town, So You May as Well Just Participate Already

Don’t even think about trying to drive up Guardsman Pass Road or getting some tacos at Chubasco when the Ragnar Relay comes through Park City. The town is inundated with costumed runners and ornately decorated support vehicles for the carefully orchestrated sufferfest. The best bet is to form a team and participate yourself. Participating will be way more fun than lamenting the circus, especially if you stash yourself a few barley pops along the way.

Best Outdoor Community Hub

Park City Running Company: Running hurts a lot less when you’re doing it with a good group of people and have the promise of some refreshments waiting at the finish. Canice Harte’s shop is the community epicenter for Park City’s fitness-obsessed population— free group runs are as big a part of the business as the retail space. And PCRC’s coffee shop is the perfect place to talk about how your GPS watch mustn’t be working correctly because you definitely ran way faster than that this morning.

8178 Gorgoza Pines Rd., 435-731-8246.

Hottest New MTB Trail Development

Deer Valley, Tidal Wave. There can only be one Highlander! It’s time to step up your game, Resort Formerly Known as Canyons. Deer Valley has swung for the fences with their new trail, Tidal Wave.Tabletops of all sizes will have experts getting ridiculously sideways, but it’s the bike-swallowing berms and high speed straights that make Tidal Wave a crowd favorite for mountain bikers of all abilities. Tidal Wave is the result of collaboration between Deer Valley and the renowned trail artists from Gravity Logic, so come see what all the fuss is about.

2250 Deer Valley Dr. South, 435-649-1000.

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