The past few years, our family has done a ski trip in January checking out a new ski town each time. In the past, we’ve gone to Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Aspen, Colorado; and now this year, Park City, Utah. Each one has been an amazing winter wonderland.
We flew into Salt Lake City, rented a 4WD SUV through Hertz, and then drove 45 minutes to Park City. The drive through the mountains was beautiful.
WHERE WE STAYED
We stayed at Silver Baron Lodge within Deer Valley Resort next to Park City. Our place was incredible and right next to the slopes. We had a 3 bedroom condo with a fireplace in each room (!!), a hot tub on the deck, and a view that overlooked the heated pool, other hot tubs, and snow-capped trees. Every day in the afternoon, the lodge had warm cookies and the most delicious hot chocolate for guests. They served this awesomeness in a cozy common area with couches and a fireplace blazing. It was the perfect treat when coming in from a long day of skiing. I’m going to be honest, I had multiple cookies and cups of hot chocolate each day ?
A few of my other favorite things about this place: they had shuttles that took skiers to the base of the mountain to hit the slopes, Cadillac Escalade courtesy vehicles that would give you rides to pretty much anywhere you wanted to go (restaurants, into town, shops), amazing buffet breakfast (included), and the kindest people ever working there.
We skied at both Deer Valley and Park City multiple days and had a blast! We rented our skis again through Ski Butlers (my favorites) who came to our lodge to drop off and pick up our skis and boots afterward.
Both mountains had amazing skiing with lots of runs and beyond beautiful scenery. Skiing down from the top of a mountain is one of my favorite things to do in the world. If I had to choose, I think I preferred Deer Valley though. They kept the runs very well groomed and I really enjoyed the restaurants on the mountain where we stopped for lunch.
Pro Tip: Deer Valley is a skiers-only mountain (sorry boarders!)
While we were there, the Freestyle International Ski World Cup was happening for moguls and aerials. So, a couple nights after dinner we went to watch the most ridiculously awesome skiers compete to qualify for the Olympics!
Here are some of my favorite meals we had while visiting:
- J&G Grill – An upscale restaurant in the St. Regis hotel. If you go here, you have to get the black truffle pizza! Even if you don’t go for dinner, take the funicular up to the hotel and enjoy the beautiful view from the top. There’s a restaurant and bar with a spectacular view over Deer Valley.
- Prime Steakhouse – Delicious steakhouse and fun piano bar on Main Street in Park City
- Buona Vita – Italian restaurant on Main Street in Park City. This was probably my favorite meal of all! Everyone at the table absolutely loved their food. Jeff got the Lucattelli pizza and I had the Gnocchi Al Pesto and neither of us could rave about it more.
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