It's true what they say, Utah snow really & truly is the best snow on Earth. So even though I live in Southern California, within driving distance of several decent ski resorts, I prefer to hop a plane & head to Park City to get my "snow on." Ususally, the family & I are only able to stay for a few days - but we like to pack it all in. So, without further ado, here's how we would spend 72 hours in Park City.
1) Fly In & Ski Free
When visiting Park City, my family & I like spending as much time on the mountain as possible. So as soon as we arrive, we drive straight to Park City Mountain Resort. Since the resort is only 35 minutes from the airport, we can be hitting slopes in no time! And did I mention we get to ski & snowboard free?! By registering for the Park City Quick Start Vacation, we can convert our airline tickets into same-day lift tickets at Park City Mountain Resort. Wahoooo!
2) Taco Night
After a long day of traveling & an afternoon on the slopes, we aren't just hungry - we're starving. For a quick & easy meal, El Chubasco is always at the top of our list. They serve tacos, burritos, enchiladas and more. & You definitely don't want to miss their amazing salsa bar.
3) Cozy Night In
Wahoooo - It's time to put the kids to bed, while mom & dad take advantage of their private hot tub & a good movie on TV.
4) Ski School
It's bright & early, and the family is bundled up & ready to ride. The kids are enrolled in the fabulous ski school at Park City Mountain Resort. Trust me when I say Park City Mountain Resort is the place to learn (unfortunately I had to learn this lesson the hard way).
My youngest (3 1/2 yo) is enrolled in the all-day Signature 3 Program. This will be her first season on the mountain. The small class sizes (3 students max), and the blend of ski instructions & indoor activities (two 75-minute ski sessions separated by indoor play that includes crafts, a reading room & indoor jungle gym) will be a perfect introduction to the mountain.
My middle son (5 yo) has recently "graduated" to the all-day Signature 3 Superstars Program. These classes are still limited in size (3 students max), but they have a longer mountain session (two 2-hour ski sessions separated by indoor play that includes crafts, a read room & indoor jungle gym).
& My oldest (6 yo) is enrolled in the Signature 5, which means he's spending all day on the mountain, with a small group of similar-level skiers (5 students or less) & an instructor. But the thing he's most excited about? Eating lunch on the mountain with his class.
As for me & the hubby? We'll spend all day on the mountain, re-living our early "mountain dates" before we had children.
5) Lunch Time
One of my favorite things about spending all day on the mountain? Lunch time! I love being able to stop at the Mid-Mountain lodge, remove a few layers of clothing & enjoy a warm and delicious meal - all from one of the "best seats in the house."
Trust me, the views from Mid-Mountain lodge are amazing - so snag a table by the window first & then go order your meal (I'll probably have the grilled cheese with tomato & bacon and a large cup of hot cocoa).
6) Family Time on the Mountain
Although I'm a huge proponent of ski school, I have to admit I spend most of the day counting down the hours until we get to ride the mountain - together. Once 3pm rolls around, we're ready to pick the kids up from ski school, & it's time for them to show us what they've learned. We usually end up "closing down" the mountain, & have been known to take a few turns under the lights as the kids show off their new skills & race us down the slopes. All I can say is having your 6 year old give you a lesson on "how to ski through trees" is nothing short of magical.
7) Parents Night Out
Taking advantage of one of Park City's many babysitting services, the hubby & I escape for a quiet evening out. & While I LOVE the views from Ruth's Chris, I'm kinda yearning for the hustle & bustle of Main St., so we head to Wahso - definitely our favorite Asian restaurant & quite possibly one of the best restaurants we've ever eaten at. (If the coconut crème brûlée is on the menu - order it!)
7) Ski School
Day #2 at Park City Mountain Resort's Ski School, & after day #1, my kids can't wait to go back!
8) Lunch Time
I think I hear Main St. calling our name. Luckily, we can easily ride down the Quittin' Time run, and find something yummy & delicious to eat at one of the many Main St. restaurants. And when our meal is finished, we'll take the Town Lift back to the resort.
9) Family Time on the Mountain
It's time to ride the Alpine Coaster - my kids look forward to riding it every year. & If we have enough time after, we will try to squeeze in an Adventure Alley or two (my kids LOVE these Snow Bug runs).
10) Gorgoza Park
On the way out to Gorgoza we we'll pick up pizza from Davanza's, & then spend a wild & crazy night tubing & mini-snowmobiling. It's luxury snow-tubing at it's finest... thanks to the conveyor belt it's all the fun of tubing & none of the work (no hill-climbing required).
11) Dog Sledding
We're making the most of our 72 hours in Park City, & before we fly out later today, we will spending the morning "gliding through the snow-covered meadows of the Wasatch and Uinta Mountain Ranges in a dogsled pulled by a team of Huskies or Malamutes."
While dog-sledding will definitely be a new experience for our family - I'm sure it will be a memorable one! Much like our entire Park City adventure...
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