Tuesday, August 16, 2011

On with the Snow

I'd like to introduce today's guest blogger - my good friend, Chrissy.  We've been BFF since college and since she is more of a snowbird than I (ok, I'm not AT ALL) I thought it would be fun for her to share her experiences in Park City, Utah with you all.  Enjoy!

So, I have a confession. I’ve never blogged, but when Steph asked me to guest blog about Park City, UT I was happy to say yes because it’s probably my favorite place to visit! I know what you’re thinking – “Utah? The Land of Mormons and no alcohol?” Well yes, because Park City is amazing, and the alcohol laws have been relaxed. Less than 40 minutes from Salt Lake City International airport, it’s an oasis of good times to be had by all, whether you enjoy skiing or snowboarding or just enjoying fresh mountain air.

For those of you that do enjoy on-mountain activities, your first stop should be The Canyons. Located a short drive from Main Street and all the great hotels (and on the free bus route to boot) The Canyons doesn’t seem like much at first, but after trip up the gondola, you really start seeing what you’re getting yourself into – and that is pure awesome.

Once you get situated with lift tickets and all that jazz, take some nice, long runs to get your ski/board legs under you, but then get up the nerve to do some black diamonds. Go slow if you’re scared, but you’ll thank me because the views and the fun are worth it!

When you’re ready for some lunch, head up to Cloud Dine at the 9,270 foot top of Dream Peak. Heck, grab a beer too because let’s face it, what is there not to like about sipping a cold brew while sitting in the sunshine at 9,000+ feet elevation?

Once you’re done skiing or riding your face off, head back to wherever you’ve decided to stay – but make sure it’s close to Main Street. If you’re lucky enough to have friends that live in Park City, that’s awesome, but if not, you should definitely check out The Sky Lodge – it’s at the base of Main Street giving you access to the numerous restaurants, bars, shops, etc that line Main Street and gives you across the street access to the Main Street lift into Park City Mountain Resort – but that’s a story for another day! Take a nap, sit in the hot tub on your own balcony and get ready for the evening’s festivities.

Pic via theskylodge.com
By now, it’s time to eat! Start off by treating yourself to a great meal at Zoom, Robert Redford’s restaurant, which is conveniently located next to The Sky Lodge! The food is great, the drinks are flowing but make sure you save room for dessert.

Pic via http://www.canoe.ca/
Now you’ve got a full belly, but it’s time to party… and the best way to do this is to walk up and down Main Street and pop into whatever bar or restaurant tickles your fancy. Want to feel like a local? Head to O’Shucks Bar and Grill (427 Main Street) where peanut shells line the floor, craft brews are on tap, and Buckhunter is being played. Head from bar to bar to get a feel for the action, or simply head into the many stores and galleries along the way! Park City really does have something for everyone!

So, that may just be one day in Park City in the winter, but it’s worth it. Just go out and do it all again the next day by heading to one of the two other resorts in the area (Park City Mountain Resort or Deer Valley) or take a drive out to the Cottonwood Canyons and go to Alta/Snowbird or Brighton/Solitude. For those of you who wish to not be surrounded by the greatness that is snowboarding, head to Alta or Deer Valley and hang with skiers only.

Park City summertime visit happening in about 2 weeks – will share that greatness upon my return! IF I return that is :)

No comments: