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Skiing Deer Valley, Utah Olympic Park & Wasatch Mountains in Park City, Utah

Best things to do in Park City Utah - Lydia Kluge - skiing at Park City Mtn

Lydia skiing at Park City Mountain with a friend

I’m really excited to interview Lydia Kluge a Google Local Guide, about Park City, Utah. Lydia’s tips for the best things to do in Park City are awesome because she moved here to become a ski instructor at Deer Valley Resort. She fell in love with the mountain and found her husband on the slopes. The outdoor lifestyle, hundreds of miles of alpine trails, and excellent weather make Park City a dream come true for her.

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Best things to do in Park City Utah - Lydia Kluge - Tour of Utah road bike race

While Park City is best known for its skiing, it is a year-round destination. Its mountains are a challenge for the Tour of Utah road bike racers.

Park City, Utah

Park City is a popular ski and snowboard destination in Utah, about 30 minutes from Salt Lake City. While it is best known for its ski slopes, the city offers year-round activities for visitors, including hiking, cycling, and mountain biking. There are over 400 miles of trails for mountain biking and hiking. And the Wasatch Mountains are both beautiful to look at and offer incredible hiking opportunities.

It is also home to the Sundance Film Festival, the largest independent film festival in the U.S. Throughout the year, you can also attend the Freestyle International Ski World Cup, Utah Symphony in the summer, Autumn Aloft Hot Air Balloon Festival, and the Point 2 Point endurance mountain bike race. Skiiers and snowboarders will love Deer Valley Resort (IKON Pass) and Park City Mountain Resort (Epic Pass).

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Visit Park City, the local visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests. Check out the Park City Hot Deals page for the latest discounts and offers on hotels, attractions, and restaurants.

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Best things to do in Park City Utah - Lydia Kluge - hiking at Guardsman Pass

Visitors from summer to fall should go hiking at Guardsman Pass

Getting around Park City

The local airport is Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC), which is only a 30-minute drive to downtown Park City. The best way to get to Park City from the airport is to use Uber or Lyft, rent a car, or arrange for private transport. Lydia recommends booking with Alpine Transportation.

Lydia says that, if you’re staying downtown, there’s no need to rent a car, especially because paid parking is limited in the downtown area. China Bridge parking lot is the best place to park. For the best offers, visit Avis, Budget, or Hertz.

Once you’re in town, the free local bus from Park City Transit can get you everywhere you want to go.

When you only need a car for a couple of hours, you can rent by the hour with Zipcar. Join now to get $25 loaded into your account.

Best things to do in Park City Utah - Lydia Kluge - Deer Valley ski resort

Deer Valley is an IKON Pass Resort

Places we talked about on the podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Lydia Kluge about Park City, Utah. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Park City, Utah
  • Green dots = best things to do in Park City, Utah
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Park City, Utah

Who is Lydia Kluge?

Lydia Kluge is originally from England and now lives in the mountains of Utah, USA. She is a keen travel and adventure enthusiast and storyteller. Lydia has visited over 30 countries, across 5 continents. Her favorite trips include hiking the stunning rugged landscape of Patagonia, paddle boarding with dolphins in the wild in Fiji, sailing in the BVIs, and cycling through vineyards in Loire Valley, France.

She has hot-air ballooned, helicoptered, surfed, rock-climbed, dog-sledded, and back-country skied. After 10 years on her journey to parenthood, Lydia and her husband love taking their mini-adventurer on their travels. As an experienced traveler, Lydia has become a Google Local Guide Level 8 expert based on all of the valuable information that she’s contributed to the platform.


Lydia Kluge. Photo courtesy of Tanzi Propst

Here are a couple of articles about Lydia and a short video on how she became a Google Local Guide:

You can connect with Lydia on her website, Google Local Guide Profile, or Instagram.

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