By Waheeda Harris
Gather your pretty winter gear and head to the hills of Utah to Park City. Well-known for its annual Sundance Film Festival, this ski town offers up multiple areas for skiing and snowboarding and plenty of distractions with more than 100 restos, several boutiques, numerous art galleries and the possibility to spot A-lister and local Robert Redford.
Where to Stay
Eco-obsessed ladies will appreciate the carbon neutral surroundings of Treasure Mountain Inn, which offers spacious rooms with luxe green amenities and a great locale on Park City’s Main Street. For those staying at The Canyons, The Waldorf Astoria Park City is a modern boutique hotel with easy access to the village area of shops and cafes. Indulge at the in-house Golden Door Spa with a signature treatment such as the Wasatch Mountain stone massage to ease sore muscles.
What to Do
With three major ski areas (Park City Mountain, Deer Valley Resort, The Canyons) visitors have the pick of terrain; for those arriving by lunch hour, an airline boarding pass transforms into a one day pass. Park City has plenty of shops to expand the winter wardrobe or find local crafts for gifts. A former Winter Olympics site, adrenaline-seekers can head to the Utah Olympic Park to participate in sports camps, experience 5Gs on a bobsled or take it down a notch and watch athletes from around the world train in luge, ski jumping and 11 other Olympic events.
Where to Eat
Gourmands will appreciate Talisker on Main, with Executive Chef John Murko offering a new menu daily featuring local ingredients in hearty entrees such as pan roasted lamb loin, buttermilk fried chicken or short rib shepherd’s pie.
In Deer Valley, diners will appreciate the multi-course offerings at Fireside Dining, with its mouth-watering menu of raclette, hearty stews and roasts and chocolate fondue, all cooked in open fireplaces throughout the oversized log cabin. For those wanting a wee nip of local spirits, High West Distillery and Saloon is the state’s first distillery to open in Utah since Prohibition, creating award-winning vodkas and whiskys paired with a tasting menu of classic American cuisine.
Images: Main image: Dan Campbell, courtesy of Park City Chamber / Bureau; Bobsledding image: Utah Olympic Park, courtesy of Park City Chamber / Bureau; Dining image: Michael McRae, courtesy of Park City Chamber / Bureau