Park City is booming. Since my last visit here twenty years ago, the slopes are bigger, there’s more to ski or snowboard and the neighborhoods have expanded. There’s also a heavy influence here of Hollywood and the LA lifestyle as evidenced by the juice bar at Prospect on Main Street, healthy food options like Harvest near Main Street (I had the most incredible mango smoothie there – check my Insta feed and Facebook page for more pics) and Five5eeds, a local favorite thats just before Main Street on Snow Creek Drive. Be sure to have the Shakshouka and the Lamington Cake there.
Of all the ski towns we’ve visited this year, Main Street has by the far the most shops, the most variety and the best restaurants including Coal & Lumber and Fletchers. There’s so much to do in town from Java Cow Cafe featuring amazing ice cream (they even have dairy free coconut ice cream), to high-end stores like Gorsuch, Root’d and the recently opened Found to amazing local boutiques like Cake Boutique. I loved shopping at Riverhorse Provisions for gourmet to go and stopped at Atticus for coffee and some me time, catching up on email. No big surprise, goop seems to love many of the places I loved too.
And I actually skied! For any of you who have read my post about the labral tear in my right hip you know the idea of getting on skis is a scary prospect as labral tears are a common injury among skiers. But I did it! And I’m so glad I did. I joined my husband and daughter at Canyons where we took a tour of the mountain. Tours are offered at 10am and 1pm every day, just RSVP at the information and ticketing booth at Canyons. You meet at the top of the Red Pine gondola where tour guides assess your ski ability and then take a small group of skiers and snowboarders around the mountain (I don’t recommend it for snowboarders as there’s a number of catwalks and runways where you have to walk). We even skied through the exclusive Colony neighborhood where Will Smith and Justin Bieber are rumored to have homes. The homes are stunning and impressive – just like the mountain.
My family kept commenting about the size of the ski area. There’s the Park City slopes, the Canyon slopes and Deer Valley. Its no wonder avid skiers and snowboarders flock to Park City. There’s also an Alpine Coaster, a Flying Eagle Zip Line, Inner Tubing, Sleigh Rides, Snowshoe Tours and a tour of the Historic Mines. Some of these activities are also available in the Summer. Don’t overlook Park City when the snow melts. If you love biking, hiking, golf and horseback riding, this is also your kinda town. Get all the info on Visit Park City online. And there’s a lot of history here. Yep, Park City was originally a mining town. In fact, there are historic miners homes throughout the city, dotting the hillsides and popping up between the big developments. You can see a number of them around the Main Street area too.
What happens at end of a ski day? Apres ski is always a part of the ski experience and Park City will not leave you wanting. Head over to Deer Valley to the Montage for apres ski champagne or to the St. Regis where the bar is inviting and exclusive, as the only way up to the hotel is via a private, enclosed lift. If you’re skiing Deer Valley, you can access the St. Regis by slope as well. The views from every vantage are stunning, so you can’t really go wrong with whatever locale you choose.
We stayed with friends in Park City who know the area really well and gave us some inside scoop on local favorites like those listed in this post. We also discovered that there’s so many great restaurants in Park City and Salt Lake City because chefs come from all over the world flock to Park City to work in the resorts and many end up staying and opening their own restaurants. Its an ideal place as the airport is conveniently in Salt Lake (just 30 minutes from Park City), there’s plenty of locals, and lots of tourists. Plus a vibe for great food and good coffee. You know I like to #ShopLocal wherever I go. We didn’t make it to Beltex Meats in Salt Lake this trip, but we hear its amazing. I did check out Ritual, small batch fine chocolate at 7,000 feet. As a chocolate fan and a clean eater, I am always looking for high quality chocolate with very few ingredients. Ritual you won my heart! I went home with several bars and will be ordering more online! The Bourbon Barrel Aged, Fleur de Sel and Vanilla are amazing!