As y’all know, traveling to new destinations is one of my favorite things in the whole world. Last week I traveled to a medical conference with my friend Lindsey that was conveniently located next to the slopes of Park City, Utah. Today I’m sharing a recap of our trip- so much skiing and so much snow. It was heaven!
Ps. Make sure to scroll to the bottom to watch my quick recap video!
Let me start off this post by saying I have never really been good at sports (other than cheerleading in high school) and just took my first ski lesson over a year ago. Winter has always been my least favorite season but I had always wanted to at least try skiing because hey, I’m adventurous and like to try new things! Needless to say I was hooked from day one and was counting the days until I could ski out west on “real” snow and this conference was the perfect opportunity!
What is really nice about skiing in Park City is that it’s only a 35 minute drive from the airport which makes it super convenient. I’ve never skied in Colorado but a lot of those resorts can be 1.5-2 hours away from an airport so this was a plus. We stayed in Canyons Village at the Hyatt Centric Park City which was a great spot. It has ski-in/ski-out access, rooms with cozy fireplaces, and of course a heated outdoor pool and jacuzzi. One of my favorite things was the drink station in the lobby with apple cider and hot cocoa, perfect after a day on the mountain!
We also loved the free shuttle which could take you to the base of the mountain or to Main Street in the evenings. The staff was so nice and I’d definitely recommend this hotel if you’re looking for something convenient next to the slopes.
There are several mountains to ski in Park City but the most popular are Park City Mountain and Deer Valley. PCM and Canyons Resort used to be two separate mountains but merged a few years ago so you get twice the mountain to explore! It actually snowed the morning of our first ski day so that was my first time skiing on fresh powder and it was amazing!! I think you definitely need at least 2 days at this resort to enjoy it all. We stayed on the Canyons side the first day and went over to PCM on our 3rd day.
Deer Valley is another nice resort a few miles away but is only for skiing, not snowboarding. This mountain was smaller but still no shortage of runs. Lots of trees and beautiful views from the peaks. A lot of 5-star resorts back up to Deer Valley so you can expect some high end dining options. We had lunch at the Stein Eriksen Lodge and it was such a treat! I had a bacon grilled cheese with tomato soup and it hit the spot. Funny story- Lindsey took off her ski boots during lunch to give her feet a break and all of a sudden a waiter walked over with spa slippers for her to put on… talk about service!
DINNERS & APRÈS SKI
The first night we made our way to Main Street for dinner & drinks at High West Distillery. This was recommended to me by a few people and is quite the popular spot! They don’t take reservations and we had a 2-hour wait on a Monday so be prepared! While we waited we explored and popped into some shops on Main Street. I had the cod with mushrooms and Brussels sprouts which was AMAZING!! Lindsey & I also split the fried Krispy Kreme donut and ice cream because you have to treat yourself on vacation, right?!
After skiing Deer Valley, we headed to the St. Regis for après ski. The cool thing about this hotel is that you have to take a funicular from the lobby to the main building of rooms & restaurants. I had the spiked hot cocoa which was perfect after a long day on the slopes. There were great views from the mountain terrace and we all had a toast during their nightly champagne sabering ritual. Since we were already there, we just had some bites at the bar for dinner.
On our last night, we went to dinner at The Blind Dog, a seafood and raw bar rest near Deer Valley. The butternut squash and leek soup was absolutely delicious and you have to get the warm sourdough bread. I got the “lollipop roll” and while it was very good, my only complaint was that it was a little small. The couple sitting beside us got the seafood tower and it looked amazing. We ended up shutting the place down!
Overall, I had the best time and would definitely visit Park City again. The mountains, the skiing, the charming town- it made for the perfect girls trip and I’m already counting down the day I can put on my skis again. Thanks for reading this recap and hope y’all have a fabulous day!