By Elaine Srnka
Originally appeared in the January 2016 issue of Virtuoso Life.
In late 2015, Park City debuts as the largest ski resort in the United States, after new owner Vail Resorts combined Park City Mountain and Canyons resorts for 7,300 acres of skiable terrain. One highlight: a new gondola linking the two, part of a $50 million improvement project. The historic Old Town retains its cool charm, even when throngs of A-listers take over for the ten-day Sundance Film Festival (January 21 through 31, 2016).
Tucked into Canyon Village at the mountain base, The Farm
redefines après-ski with craft cocktails, artful charcuterie boards, and regionally sourced menu items. Don’t miss the airy warehouse ambience of Riverhorse on Main
; locals consider it the city’s best weekend brunch spot. Expect a wait at family favorite Vinto
, but the wood-fired pizzas, gourmet salads, and casual pastas are worth it. The chef at cozy Shabu
trained under famed Japanese restaurateur Nobu Matsuhisa and it shows: Practically everything on the menu is a must-order, from firecracker tempura shrimp to Snake River Farms Wagyu beef hot rock, miso-glazed black cod, and creative sushi rolls.
Billing itself as the world’s only ski-in distillery, High West Distillery & Saloon
is Utah’s first, since 1870. Located next to the Town Lift, High West serves up spirited cocktails and hearty fare such as bison burgers, pot pies, and schnitzels – there’s even a kids’ menu. Tour the distillery and buy bottles to take home (our favorite: the 36th Vote Barreled Manhattan). Always packed with locals and tourists, quirky No Name Saloon & Grill
has the best rooftop bar in town. Order anything with fresh juice – they squeeze their own.
Get your Western-wear fix at Burns Cowboy Shop
, a family-owned business since 1876, where the sky-high price tags reflect custom quality. Peruse contemporary women’s clothing (Vince tops, Rag & Bone boots, 360Cashmere sweaters) at well-edited Cake Boutique
Besides high-end ski apparel and equipment, Cole Sport
also offers rental and repair service. Fatali Gallery
showcases the mesmerizing nature photography of Park City-based Michael Fatali, who specializes in Southwest landscapes. After shopping Prospect
for cool menswear, head to the back of the store for a traditional hot shave in the antique chair at Billy’s Barber Shop. Casual-chic Root’d
home decor store stocks coffee-table tomes, picture frames, and candles, plus Barr-Co. bath products, Meredith Marks jewelry, and more.
Set on ski-only slopes (as are all of Virtuoso’s Deer Valley properties), Montage Deer Valley
radiates a comfortable country club vibe. Though it’s a bit farther removed from town, there’s no need to leave the 220-room property, with its indoor and outdoor pools, multiple restaurants, innovative family activities, and arcade complete with bowling alley and pub.
A funicular delivers you up the mountain for a dramatic entrance to The St. Regis Deer Valley
, tucked inside an exclusive gated residential community. Guests of the 169-room hotel can take advantage of a spa, athletic club, and on-site equipment rental. After a day on the slopes, settle into a chaise lounge on the ski beach with a cocktail.
The grande dame of Deer Valley, Stein Eriksen Lodge
takes its name from the Norwegian Olympic skier who developed the resort. There’s a huge spa, and most of the 184 rooms offer whirlpool tubs.
You can’t beat the easy access of 175-room Waldorf Astoria Park City
, Virtuoso’s closest hotel to Salt Lake City’s airport, with a lift that promptly takes guests to the base of Canyons. Each guest room has a fireplace; suites come decked out with a full kitchen and even more space (and fireplaces).
Planning a trip to Park City? Find a Virtuoso travel advisor who can help.
(Burns Cowboy Shop Image: Cayce Clifford)