Park City, home of Park City Mountain, was bought by Vail Resorts in 2014 in a move that combined it with The Canyons to become the largest resort in the United States at 7300 acres. Since then, Powder Mountain has taken that designation with a skiable 8468 acres, but at 6.5 miles wide, you can easily spend an entire week exploring Park City and never get bored.
This was my fourth year in a row visiting Utah and my third consecutive year visiting Park City (video of prior trip) so I’ve gotten to know the town very well. What made this trip unique, though, was it was the first snowboarding trip I’ve taken with my lady. I’ll let her tell you in her own words (look for a post coming soon) what the experience was like, but let’s just say I’ve never met anyone so scared by the thought of snowboarding. Spoiler alert: She conquered her fear.
Now about the trip itself. There are a few places I always seem to go back to every time I visit and this time was no different: At High West Saloon you can grab a nice meal, have drinks on the patio around a fire pit, or just get some liquid bliss to take home. No Name Saloon & Grill is always busy with the drinking crowd. They have an awesome rooftop deck with massive heaters, two bars downstairs, and one upstairs. If you’re looking for an apres ski spot in town or you want to tie one on til late at night, this spot has you covered. Corner Store Pub & Grill is a no frills apres ski watering hole at the Park City base area. You’re going here for some cheap beers, greasy food, and hopefully a little live music after a great day on the mountain.
I highly recommend going to St. Regis Deer Valley for drinks at the very least. If you feel like splurging, go for dinner too. The view is beautiful, the staff is very attentive, and you even get to take a nice ride up on their funicular.
If you have some extra time before or after Park City and can explore Salt Lake City, there’s plenty to do and 360-degree mountain views at every turn. We grabbed lunch at Even Stevens Sandwiches which was excellent. From there, we walked around City Center their indoor/outdoor mall, walked around all the temples, and hiked up the hill behind the Capitol to see the views from the base of the Ensign Peak trailhead before going to happy hour at BTG Wine Bar, followed by an awesome dinner at Whiskey Street.