I don’t ski- like at all. I get it that lots of people love it, but I’m a Florida girl. Put me in water, and I can do anything- freeze that water and I’m a total spaz that can barely walk. If you aren’t into skiing, then you can still have a great vacation. Trust me.
Park City is located about 30 minutes from Salt Lake City, Utah. It’s an easy trip, and there are tons of things to do for non skiers to do. Incidentally, if you go with ski bums, Deer Valley is one of the top ski destinations in the world. Pro Tip: Avoid January. This is when half of Hollywood makes its annual pilgrimage for the Sundance Film Festival. It’s expensive and crowded, and only fun if you are an A-List actor.
Pick A Great Resort
There’s no shortage of great resorts in the area. I stayed at the St. Regis Deer Valley which is one of the most beautiful hotels I’ve ever seen with no shortage of great amenities. The St. Regis has a hot chocolate bar in the morning and afternoon for its guests, as well as s’mores in the evening. The resort has beautiful décor, stunning suites (yes- two fireplaces!), multiple restaurants, a complimentary shuttle around town, and a fabulous spa.
Main Street Park City is home to an assortment of upscale shops, cafes, and restaurants. With the snow it looks just like a postcard. It’s easy to wander here among the shops and spend an entire day. They have the standard North Face, Patagonia, LL Bean, as well as smaller locally owned boutiques.
Just because you aren’t skiing doesn’t mean you can’t partake in one of my favorite activities. Traditionally, the ski lifts close between 3 and 4pm, so skiers make their way back to the resorts about this time to enjoy a relaxing cocktail and snacks before getting ready for the evenings activities. As I said before, the St. Regis has a hot chocolate bar in the afternoon, which all the guests quickly become obsessed with. It’s the best hot chocolate I’ve ever had, and I’m still dying to know what they add to it- peanut butter? Hazelnut? Heroin? At 5:30, St. Regis participates in the brand wide champagne sabering every night, which means free champagne every night for all guests. If that’s not enough for you, after dinner from 7-9 they have s’mores for all guests. Best. Vacation. Ever.
Other Snow Sports
Snowshoeing, Dog-sledding, and snowmobiling are just a few other activities that non skiers can do if they want to get outside. I went snowmobiling with North Forty Escapes. They offer hotel pick up, and drive clients out about 30 minutes from Park City to Oakley, Utah. From there, you have empty mountains, lots of snow, and beautiful mountain vistas that will leave you breathless.
Hot Tubs/ Spa
I’m not big on snow or the cold, but I love relaxing in hot tubs. The St. Regis has a large heated pool and hot tub where you can sit with an adult beverage and look at the mountain. It gets crowded when the slopes close with couples and families. I chose to head into the Remede Spa which has beautiful (and quiet) single sex, clothing optional pools in each locker room. I walked through the lobby towards the spa in my robe and slippers thinking that I would get some strange looks. Nope- saw four other people dressed the same on the way. Did I mention I loved my stay there?
Food and Drinks
Many people have written entire posts on the foodie heaven that Park City has become. One standout was the J &G Grill (soon to have a name change). I tried several of the dishes on the menu (and that’s why I wore stretchy pants all weekend) and they were all fabulous! For some fun, hit No Name Saloon in Park City, or do some whiskey tasting and bring home souvenirs from High West Distillery.
Park City is a great town full of really nice people. I enjoyed my time, and was so busy I could have stayed a week! Make sure you take time to relax! If you visit or try anything from this post be sure to tag me!