Summer Resorts 2001- Northern Rockies, Park City, Utah

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Park City Mountain Resort rises from downtown Park City like a mountain backdrop for a Robert Redford movie. And just one mile from the resort's base are two other world-class resorts-Deer Valley and The Canyons. As a summer destination, the trio offers a hard-to-beat combination. Factor in golf, alpine slides, horseback riding and the excitement surrounding preparations for the 2002 Winter Games, and you have the makings of an action-packed getaway.

For athletic inspiration, head to the neighboring Utah Winter Sports Park, where Olympic hopeful aerialists barrel down steep ramps, flipping and twisting before splashing into a 750,000-gallon pool. Then take that inspiration to the surrounding hills, nearby rivers or lakes. More than 100 miles of public hiking and biking trails network the area. Ascend using your own steam or hop on PCMR's PayDay Lift or Deer Valley's Sterling Lift. Families with young children can get their adrenaline rush on horseback adventures or racing side-by-side on the half-mile alpine slides at PCMR.

Evening options are as diverse as daytime activities-hit one of more than 100 shops, galleries and restaurants or take in a concert or theater production. You're guaranteed a polished experience. After all, Redford's annual Sundance Film Festival is based in Park City, and you know he doesn't settle for second best.

DON'T MISS When it comes to festivals, Park City doesn't mess around. Its annual jazz and arts festivals (both in August) are some of the country's best.

BEST DEAL Two people can stay at the Yarrow Resort Hotel for two nights, including breakfast and a round of 18 holes, for just $87 per person. Call 800-222-7275, or visit www.parkcitymountain.com/trip/lodging_wizard.asp.