After living in Utah for a decade, Gary and Jana Cole fell in love with the mountains, inspiring them to open their namesake store in 1982 as a means of helping others enjoy the region's snowy slopes and rugged trails. At four locations throughout Park City, alpine adventurers can rent or buy name-brand skis and snowboards to replace their trusty but outdated cafeteria trays, gear up with fashionable and practical snow-sport apparel from brands such as Kjus and Bogner, or bring in worn-out equipment for expert repairs.
In the summer, Cole Sport helps athletes return to the outdoors after a fear of yetis kept them cooped up inside all winter. Cyclists test out models from a fleet of Giant road, mountain, and cruise bikes at the Giant Bicycles concept store, and aquatic athletes can find Surftech stand-up paddleboards to help them explore Utah's natural lakes and in-ground pools.
Gleaming under the pale light of the winter sun, blades slice along the smooth surface of Resort Center Ice Skating Rink, sending icy dust spraying in their wake. Surrounded by the quaint, Bavarian-style walls of the Village shopping center, the outdoor oval beckons guests wishing to discover what ice skating was like before indoor rinks confined it and ice sharks rendered neighborhood ponds off-limits. Periodically throughout each public-skate session, a zamboni buffs the subzero sheet to present skaters with a surface as smooth and gentle as the festive tunes filling the air. Guests circle around hand-in-hand, remarking on the surrounding Christmas lights and fir trees while fledgling skaters focus on their footing and grasp complimentary ice-skate trainers for balance.
Between pirouettes or mad dashes across the rink, hands can warm up with steaming mugs of hot chocolate in the skate house.
For the past 20 years, Canyon Sports has helped adventurers safely scan the Wasatch Range with a series of shops specializing in equipment rental and maintenance. Throughout the winter, Canyon Sports equips mountain visitors with rental skis and snowboards. It also distributes lift tickets for local resorts including Alta, Snowbird, and Deer Valley, freeing skiers from alternative methods for getting to peaks, such as stowing away in a yeti's pouch. During warm seasons, the shops rent mountain bikes and road bikes and can also fine-tune riders' personal cycles.
Located a short jaunt from Alta Ski Area and Snowbird Resort, AJ Motion Sports's fully trained and certified staff provides mountain-tamers with a host of winter sport equipment rentals and tuning services. Entrust your treasured planks for the premium tune-up and the experienced caretakers will conduct a comprehensive primping, which includes an edge sharpening, base grinding, stone grinding, hand waxing, and Swedish massage. After the tune up, an experienced board physician will thoroughly test board reflexes and palpate the body to assess any maintenance concerns. Each tune up also comes with a candle of P-Tex to assist in gear upkeep.
The six-man team of bike mechanics at Revolution Mountain Sports combine their 70 years of avid cycling experience?a lifetime's worth of rumbling over Utah's mountain trails and burning asphalt during road races. Considering all their pebble-kicking, mud-spraying, and tread-wearing experience, dealing with mechanical issues is more or less a breeze for this hard-pedaling group. They handle all makes and models but specialize in road and mountain bikes, which typically require the highest level of maintenance work skill aside from bikes that are actually just two unicycles lashed together with twine. Bikes in need of anything from a basic wheel truing to a professional overhaul get back on the roads and trails lickety-split. Bike owners can even learn a thing or two about bike maintenance so they don't have to come back any time soon.
SwimKids jumpstarts tykes' swimming strokes and socialization skills in classes conducted in an indoor pool heated to a balmy 90 degrees. The program traces its roots back to 1983, when Liz Walker sought out a class that could teach her own 18-month-old daughter to swim. Her search led her to a local swimming pool where tykes as young as 10 months were impressively proficient in the water. Liz studied their method and began teaching on her own, a profession she has continued to pursue for the past 30 years. Today, the enthusiastic instructors at SwimKids continue to get results, helping develop pool-ready skills in kids as young as 3 months old.