When you’re raising a kid in Southern California, one of two things can happen—they can either love the snow— or hate the cold. I’ve always wanted our daughter to get exposure to skiing, but once we started going, I realized that I just wanted her to enjoy being in the mountains during winter. Since I had spent time in Lake Tahoe during early adulthood, that had been our default winter skiing mountain. This year we tried a long weekend in Park City, Utah, as a family and had our worlds open up to just how easy (and FUN!) grabbing a slice of winter in the Utah mountains can be. This Thursday (Jan. 21, 2015), you can get your chance. We will be giving away a ski vacation package for a family of four! Just join our #KidsNTrips Twitter party to enter.
7 Reasons why we loved Park City!
1. It was so dang easy to get to. Who knew?! The flight from San Diego to Salt Lake City was less than two hours and then it was only a 35 minute drive to get to Park City’s Main Street from the SLC airport. My friends drive 5 hours to get to Mammoth Mountain and I’ve taken longer flights to Reno plus a longer drive to get into Tahoe. So, it was a pleasant surprise that Utah was two states away but seemed easier to get to than skiing in our own state.
2. Park City Main Street was charming and fun! Great food, loads of boutiques, enticing art galleries, chocolate stores and bookshops, two places to check out Banksy street art, and chair lifts that go straight into Park City Ski Resort.
3. My husband (the non-skier) loved it. Lets face it, my husband doesn’t like the cold, let alone snow. He doesn’t ski or board and if forced to head into the mountains for winter you can find him on his laptop in a lodge. Not in Park City. He was the the first one to hit Main Street and looked for every opportunity to do non-skiing outdoor activities with Cora like the Alpine Coaster and Park City Zip Line at Park City Mountain Resort. But that’s not all they have for non-skiers. There is also a Viking Yurt Sleigh Ride, Snowshoe and Yoga, Snow tubing at Gorgoza Park, and more.
4. Beginners are welcome here. I’ve never felt so welcome in a skiing environment. Sometimes, as a beginner, I’ve been practically knocked over walking through a ski resort village. And on the mountain it can be worse. Not here. We skied at Deer Valley and it was the friendliest, roomiest, skiing experience I’ve ever had. The fresh powder didn’t hurt, but then I found out that Deer Valley is known for it’s great customer service and groomed runs. An even better surprise was that I could ski green runs all over the mountain.
5. The food was terrific. If you are a foodie, then Handle should be your first stop. Get ready for locally sourced ingredients—to the max. I ordered a simple charcuterie board and lost count at how many of the sausages, mustards, honey and more were made right there in their own kitchen. The Fireside Dining at Empire Canyon Lodge is also not to be missed. Enjoy fireside dining room by room including warm Swiss raclette cheese, cured meats, salads, delicious stews, potato rosti,fire-roasted leg of lamb, fresh baked breads and dessert fondues.On our next trip we’ll be trying the private gourmet food tours with Park City Food Tours.
6. Unpretentious pampering. Yes, it’s possible to get completely spoiled by locals that treat you like their neighbor. Go figure. Rush right over to Washington School House Hotel to see what it feels like. This luxe boutique hotel with only 12 rooms/suites couldn’t have made us feel more special. From getting to know our names, age-appropriate welcome gifts for our daughter, and greeting us in their living room with après ski appetizers, glasses of wine and hot chocolate. Would you rather sit in your room than by the living room fireplace? No problem. The outdoor jacuzzi in a winter setting might’ve been my daughter’s favorite, but I couldn’t bear to step away from the living room. Park City has a number of luxe accommodations but it’s the attitude by locals throughout the town that make you feel pampered. Another way to get this attention is to use the Ski Butlers for ski rental delivery and fittings wherever you are staying.
7. Fun for the whole family. There were so many fun-filled family activities, we couldn’t even make a dent in the list. Our main goal was to get Cora on the mountain. She tried both skiing (Deer Valley) and boarding (Park City). It pained us to give her a nap instead of tubing, but some of the moments she enjoyed most didn’t come with a price tag. On our first day in town the sidewalks were dry. We walked into Robert Redford’s Zoom restaurant for dinner and walked out a couple hours later to a blanket of snow over the streets, cars and sidewalks. Cora delighted in throwing snowballs at us. It might’ve been the highlight of the trip. That and seeing an icicle for the first time as it dangled from the tree by the side of the road. It’s easy to book up your days and nights with as much as humanly possible, but sometimes all you need is a snowball to make a child happy.
Planning your Park City Spring Break Ski Trip
Now, I know you’re looking for a deal. First, try to win our ski trip giveaway for a family of four by tweeting with the hashtag #KidsNTrips in our Spring Ski Twitter party on Thursday. If you miss that, but still want to make it out to Park City with your family for Spring Break—check out these accommodations that are on sale for up to 30% off. You will also find 4th and 5th night free deals, too. The Specials and Promotions page in the Lodging & Travel section of Visit Park City has a long list of deals. Play with your dates. You might have some dates in mind but find that the rates change the week after. If you’re flexible, you can definitely save some money. I also found a Late Season Family Value Package at Deer Valley where kids ski FREE, plus 20% off accommodations, lift tickets and kids’ ski rental with the three day minimum. Room rates started at $270.
KIDS N TRIPS Twitter Party Details — Spring Ski Trip Twitter Party
Date: Thursday, January 21, 2016
Time: 9:30 a.m. Pacific Time (10:30 a.m. Mountain Time; 11:30 a.m. Central Time; 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time)
Theme: Spring skiing and beyond in Park City, Utah
Giveaway Prize: Ski vacation package that includes three nights accommodations, four 1-day lift tickets to both Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley Resort, and dinner for four. The winner will be announced via Twitter following the party. Transportation, additional meals and activities are not included.
Restrictions: Must be 18+ to win. Open to U.S. residents only. No purchase necessary to win. Prize will be awarded to one lucky #KidsNTrips Twitter Party participants. Winners will be chosen at random and notified via Twitter shortly after the party. Booking dates are based on availability. Blackout dates apply, including Christmas through New Year’s Eve 2016, President’s Week 2017 or during Sundance Festival 2017. Read additional prize terms and conditions.
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