I just got back last week from an absolutely amazing trip to Utah with Justin and his family. We were in Park City skiing for the majority of the time, and thanks to American Airlines overbooking, Justin and I got to stay an extra night in Salt Lake City and scored $1,000 in travel vouchers between the two of us. YES.
If you’ve never been to Utah, you really need to go. Park City is absolutely beautiful and a great place to ski. If you’re not into skiing (or sliding down half the mountain on your butt to prevent yourself from tumbling head first to the bottom, like me), there are tons of great shops, restaurants, and other activities. If you are into skiing (or snowboarding), you’ve got plenty of options. Although, one of the main resorts, Deer Valley, which was my favorite, is reserved only for skiers.
If you’re a beginner skier (like me), I would suggest going to Park City Mountain Resort or Deer Valley. At Park City Mountain Resort, I took lessons from the resort. It included the 3 hour lesson, ski rentals, and a 1/2 day beginner lift ticket. At Deer Valley, I took private lessons from a lady we found online, which I would highly suggest. It was much more cost-efficient and you get a better, more personal, experience. Canyons is the third resort in Park City, which I didn’t go to because they have only one or two beginner slopes. If you’re a pro though, I’d check out all three. For ski rentals, I suggest Park City Sport on Main St. The people there are incredibly knowledgeable and helpful, and the rates are great, too.
If trying to get down a mountain on slippery, tiny boards isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other options. One day, we went tubing at Gorganza Park, which was an absolute blast. There are tons of other activities throughout the city: snowmobiling, fly fishing, roller coasters, to name a few. Hanging out at the bottom of the mountains at the resorts and enjoying beer is always an excellent choice, too (and one that I partook in often).
When American overbooked, Justin and I jumped on the chance to stay in Salt Lake City an extra night. We went to dinner at the Copper Onion, which was the best meal of the trip, by far. It was in downtown Salt Lake, and the restaurant gave off an Austin/Seattle vibe. The charcuterie selection was the coolest I’ve seen anywhere – they have a good selection of cheese and meats, and you choose what you want and build your own charcuterie board. We wanted to try a cheese, and asked the waiter which was the best. He mentioned quadrello di bufala, and said it was a taleggio-style cheese. The moment he said that, I was sold. It was AMAZING. We then tried bone marrow for the first time (TRY IT, EVERYONE), and I had wagyu beef stroganoff, and Justin had the duck that came with duck breast, duck confit, and pate. It was all absolutely delicious.
The morning of our new flight, we wandered to Tony Caputo’s Market, and left with a full stomach, a pound and a half of cheese, and truffle sea salt. The market was phenomenal. They had a great selection of cheese, meats, olive oils, and chocolate. We were ecstatic because they had the quadrello di bufala that we fell in love with the night before. We had to practice great restraint to keep from eating it on the plane.
|Heaven @ Tony Caputo’s|
It really was an amazing trip, and some of the most fun I’ve had in a while. If you’re looking for a different ski experience other than Colorado or New Mexico, I’d definitely go to Utah! I’m hoping to go back during the summer sometime and check out the summertime activities.
- No Name Saloon, Park City – delicious burgers, which are all made of buffalo. So good!
- The Copper Onion, Salt Lake City
- Tony Caputo’s Market, Salt Lake City – you can order almost everything online, and they ship almost everywhere. Yes please.
- Flanagan’s, Park City – surprisingly good Irish food on Main St.
- Silver Lake Village, Park City – located at the Deer Valley resort, mid-mountain area. Amazing views and food, and beer. You can get to it even if you’re not skiing. There’s a “beach” area with lounging chairs in the snow, too.
- Mountain Town Olive Oil Co., Park City – amazing selection of gourmet olive oils, balsamic vinegars, and other spices. I wanted to buy everything.
- Park City Mountain Resort
- Deer Valley Resort, Park City
- Canyons, Park City