When the Resorts are too crowded for you or you just want to have a different skiing experience, Park City and the surrounding areas are a great haven for cross country skiing. There are two basic types of cross-country skiing, classic where you glide in the “tracks” and skate technique which is faster, and some would argue more difficult. No matter which option you choose it is important to remember to dress is layers as cross-country skiing is definitely an aerobic activity and you will work up a sweat. Don’t dress like you are going alpine skiing.
Good options for clothing are to start with a good base layer of merino wool or a synthetic that will wick the moisture away from your skin. Then either a good soft-shell jacket or wind jacket depending on weather. For the lower body a good pair of tights and/or wind shell pants work well once again depending on the weather. A hat or headband is always a good idea to protect your ears and forehead even when sweating. Gloves once again, if possible, should be layered with a light liner and a shell allowing for temperature regulation. Finally, a good pair of breathable wool socks to keep your feet warm and comfortable. Socks and base layers from companies like Smartwool provide great options.
There are over 75 km of cross country skiing available in the Greater Park City area with most of it being free. The free areas are groomed/maintained by Mountain Trails Foundation primarily the Round Valley Area and Bonanza Flats and Basin Recreation maintains multiple trails from the Utah Olympic Park to Willow Creek Park and several areas in between. A great option for beginners is the White Pine Nordic Center that is a paid option, has lessons, rentals and a ski shop, located at the Park City Municipal Golf Course pro shop adjacent to the Hotel Park City.
In addition to the areas in the Greater Park City Area, Soldier Hollow, cross-country venue for the 2002 Winter Olympics, and Wasatch Mountain State Park https://stateparks.utah.gov/parks/wasatch-mountain/provide excellent cross -county skiing in the Heber/Midway area.
With so many great options, the most important thing to remember is to get out and have Fun!!