For years, the U.S. ski team has called the old mining town of Park City, Utah home—but now (thanks to a huge investment from Vail Resorts linking two major Utah mountains), the area is becoming a hotspot for skiers of all levels. In fact, Park City is now the largest resort in the United States. Plus, with surrounding resorts like the luxe Deer Valley; the Sundance Film Festival downtown; and 360-degree mountain views, this Utah getaway offers far more than just downhill skiing.
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If you're vacationing in the mountains, you might as well make sure you're really there by choosing one of Park City's many ski in/ski out properties. Whether you pick the The Sundial Lodge at Canyons (pictured above, left); the luxe condos dotting both Park City Mountain and Deer Valley; or the Stein Eriksen Lodge (pictured above, right), which has a wellness studio and was named the best ski resort hotel in the world, you'll be guaranteed easy access and killer views at every moment of your trip.
Stay In Shape
Winter sport lovers will want to take advantage of the obvious: Utah's snow. Skiers: Head to the plush, ski-only (no snowboards allowed!) Deer Valley Resort (pictured above)—you'll be blown away by the service and the conditions. (Deer Valley was one of the first to offer "ski valet", carrying your gear from your car to the slopes, and small but noticeable amenities like tissues at the lift lines.) Don't worry if you're not a pro, either: 27 percent of Deer Valley's runs are classified as 'beginner.' (Before you go, prep your body for skiing with these exercises.)
Nearby Park City also offers 7,300 of skiable terrain (snowboarders welcome, too), plus tons of new updates like the Quicksilver Gondola, which now connects once separate Park City and Canyons. Need a mid-morning break? Grab some grub and watch the action from afar for a bit from the deck of the new Miners Camp Restaurant.
Downhill not your thing? Stop by All Seasons Adventures and get your cardio in by snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or fat biking the Wasatch Mountains with a guide. All Seasons even offers moonlight dinners and star-gazing tours.
Fuel Your Trip
Don't miss The Farm Restaurant (pictured above, right)—Park City Mountain's farm-to-table option (fun fact: It was named one of Utah's 25 Best Restaurants in 2015). If you're at Deer Valley, dine on the deck at Deer Valley Grocery-Café (pictured above, left), where you can take in lakeside views, enjoy salads made with fresh, local ingredients, and head off with seasonal takeaway items, like Deer Valley granola and specialty soups that put delivery to shame.
Off the mountains, Fairweather Natural Foods' owner Jen Rattray has created an eatery locals love. Featuring the only organic juice bar in town, gluten-free foods, organic baked goods, and a slew of vitamins and minerals, the fit-minded flock to this Park City staple for salads, smoothies, and fair trade coffee.
High West Distillery and Saloon prides itself on being the world's first (and only!) ski-in distillery and gastro-saloon. It's the best of both worlds: The charm of downtown Park City fittingly situated right at the bottom of "Quittin' Time" ski run. Après by sipping on cocktails with names like "Ol' Smokey" and "Gidy-Up Jupiter" and splurge on whiskey-infused western mountain cuisine (think: pretzel and beer cheese, and trout salad). Bring the kids if you want, too—the "Lil Buckaroos" menu is just for children.
If dairy's your splurge, Deer Valley is proud of its award-winning cheese (pictured above) made from local milk. Look for them at select local markets (including Deer Valley Grocery Café) or stop by Deer Valley Resort's Fireside Dining, where you can feast on Swiss raclette cheese warmed by a roaring fire.
Sore muscles craving rest will find refuge at the St. Regis Deer Valley. It's ski in/ski out—or you can access the main hotel by a Swiss-made funicular, free of charge. Spend your money instead at the Remède Spa—14,000 feet of pure mountainside relaxation. Fight the altitude with oxygen inhalation therapy or try the Hot Poultice Massage, which combines oils and herbs in a therapy aimed directly at soreness and fatigue. (P.S. We've got 10 Ways to Make Your Ski Trip Healthier.)