Photos courtesy of Visit Park City
Park City, the home of Sundance Film Festival, is more than a movie buff’s destination. It’s also a skier’s paradise, a hot-cocoa fanatic’s dream, and a relaxing respite for spa enthusiasts. For an idyllic getaway, book a room at Stein Eriksen’s Lodge, aka SEL (starting seasonal rate $1,350/night), dubbed the nation’s and world’s “Best Ski Hotel” by World Ski Awards. Named after the Norwegian Olympic Gold Medal skier, the lodge is nestled on Deer Valley Mountain, for a convenient ski-in, ski-out experience.
The property, which underwent a $14 million expansion last year, is Utah’s only Forbes Five Star resort and is geared toward adults and children alike, with a 3,500 sq. ft. entertainment center (Skee-Ball and the world’s largest Pacman game), as well as elegant accommodations (in-room gas fireplaces, private hot tubs).
On-premises dining is offered at cozy Glitretind Restaurant (try the Maine scallops in a saffron-vanilla butter sauce or Rocky Mountain elk tenderloin). For a sweet treat, toast s’mores outside the Champions Club, with a view of the snowy mountaintops.
After a day of hitting the powdery slopes at either Deer Valley or nearby Park City Mountain, fuel up at Troll Hallen at SEL (garlic fries, anyone?) or Park City’s The Farm for homemade farm cheese with seasonal jam and crostini. Kids can channel their inner Tony Hawk at brand-new Woodward Park City, an indoor/outdoor action sports hub that offers top-notch skateboarding, BMX, and mountain-biking facilities, as well as lift-accessed snowboarding and skiing.
For an indulgent afternoon, unwind at Serenity Spa at Westgate Park City Resort for a relaxing massage or at The Spa at Stein Eriksen Lodge. For a hands-on après ski activity, check out Alpine Distillery in town. During its custom-gin-making class, you get to choose the combination of ingredients (rosehip, lavender, chamomile, cinnamon), to create a bespoke spirit.
Whether you have a jam-packed schedule or you relax in your comfy lodge with in-room dining, allow yourself to feel engulfed in luxury while living inside of a snow globe.