Winter season is over and summer activities don't start for another two weeks. That's right, it's mud season. How do you cure your boredom when your ski boots are hung up for the season and the trails aren't quite ready for mountain biking? You could sit at home and stalk your friends and strangers on Facebook or you could get out and explore what the community of Park City has to offer. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
1. Browse the Wasatch Back Student Art Show at the Kimball Art Center. This is an annual exhibit featuring work by young artists from Summit and
Wasatch county schools, grades K-12. The gallery is open from
Saturday, May 1,
2010 - Friday, May 28, 2010. Go to www.kimballartcenter.org for more information.
2. Read Mary Beth Maziarz's book "Kick-Ass Creativity" and fuel your creative energies. You can purchase her book at Dolly's Bookstore.
3. Indulge yourself by eating Sundance food at Park City prices. There are plenty of local specials and 2-for-1 dinner deals being advertised in The Park Record. Get 'em while they're hot!
4. Do some spring cleaning and sort through your wardrobe. If you haven't worn it in the past year, it's probably time to get rid of it. You can donate your old clothes to St Lawrence Thrift Store or try to make some cash selling them to a consignment shop such as The Exchange on Main St.
5. Start preparing for mountain bike season. Get in shape for mountain biking by joining a spin class at the gym. Additional strength training will reduce the chance of injury in a crash. You should also have your bike tuned up and check that your helmet fits properly.
6. Be a tourist in your own town and visit the Park City Museum on Main St. It has recently been renovated and expanded to allow a wider display of historical artifacts. Learn the history of silver mining as well as the roots of Park City skiing. The museum is open Mon-Sat 10-7 and Sunday Noon-6. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children aged 7-17 (Under 6 are free).
7. Make your household greener. With just a few tweaks you can save energy and help the environment. Here are a few easy ones to get you started.
Replace your lightbulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs).
Line dry your clothes rather than using a dryer.
Unplug electronics when not in use. Even when they are off, the power cables pull current from the outlet.
Switch to a portable, solar charger for your small electronics.
Buy locally grown food.
8. Go fly fishing at the Provo River. Located just outside of Park City, Provo River is a blue ribbon trout fishery.
9. Spend the day at Swaner Nature Preserve. A tour of the Swaner EcoCenter is free for kids 18 and under and only $4 for adults. Don't forget to bring your camera!
10. Visit Park City's many art galleries. Or join up for the Gallery Stroll on Main Street, taking place the last Friday of each month.
Is there something we missed? Add you own ideas in the comment section below.
Originally from the Pocono’s of Pennsylvania, Travis found his way to Park City three years ago and is now our grooming manager. When not in snowcat you can find him skiing or snowmobiling in the Utah backcountry or enjoying the skiing here at Park City Mountain Resort.
Nicole Roundy is a world class snowboarder on the US Paralympic Team. She is a cancer survivor, inspiration seeker, crossfit training, Park City riding superpower blogger. Follow her adventures right here. You can also spy her on twitter (@nicoleroundy) and Instragram (@nroundy)