Postcards From Park City
Every year a few of my friends go on a snowboarding trip and this year it was to Park City. I’m always envious of their trip but it usually falls at the wrong time. Last year it was during NYFW, the year before it was right after I got back from another trip. But this year I made it a point to go.
I invested in a snowboard back in college and sadly, it’s still perfectly waxed. It’s a sport I started to learn back when I lived in Portland OR in high school and then moved soon after to Atlanta. Clearly we don’t have any mountains near by so I never pursued it again. We went a handful of times in college to Chataloochee. If you’ve never been, don’t bother. It’s about 2 runs and covered in ice. So much ice that when I went to bring my board in for what I thought needed a waxing, it actually needed to be de-tuned because the ice sharpened the edge so much that it wasn’t ideal for boarding on….well done North Carolina, well done.
Click through today’s slideshow to see a few favorite moments from the trip and all the fun highlights. And below, a recap of all the things to do in Park City (or that we did at least!).
PS I’d love your input on how you’d like to see upcoming travel guides. Are you looking for fun things that only locals do? Must see attractions, where to stay or something else? With so much travel lately, I’d love to make this as helpful as possible for those looking to plan a trip!
WHERE WE STAYED
We did an Airbnb and highly recommend going this route. It’s nice to have a washer/dryer when snowboarding as everything gets wet and disgusting so quickly. We also had a huge group so this was great to have everyone under the same roof. We were right on Park Avenue which was walking distance to a great grocery store, liquor store as well as Main Street. We were also just a 2 minute walk to the lifts which was fantastic!
WHAT WE DID
Snowboarded! Duh. Well let’s be honest here I didn’t do much of it since I’m terrible. Thanks to Park City Ski for helping me out with ski lifts for this trip. Their ski passes will give you access to Park City and Canyons. I only made it to Park City, Canyons was definitely for the better rider if. You can stay on the Canyons side and it’s got tons of great runs. But to go from Park City side to Canyons was going to be a bit of a haul for this terrible rider.
Attended the Freestyle Moguls Competition. Not sure what the official term was, but we headed to Deer Valley one night to watch the mogul competitions and it was so much fun.
Stopped into Salt Lake City – We had a 5:30pm flight on Monday so we decided to head to Salt Lake to explore a bit. Just ask the Uber to take you to Temple Square and walk around. It’s super walkable, full of great restaurants and stores and seeing Temple Square was pretty gorgeous.
Main Street – We headed to Main Street quite a bit for our meals. The area is full of restaurants, bars and really beautiful stores. We only popped into a few but they were all stunning and well curated. It never felt like a tourist town to me which I really appreciated.
WHERE WE ATE
Tupelo – An upscale restaurant with super fun cocktails and is right on Main Street.
High West Distillery – A major hot spot in town that doesn’t take reservations so put your name on the list and go grab a drink on Main Street. They have fire pits outside that you can roast marshmallows at (wish we did this!). The food was amazing, I had the chicken wings which were out of this world, friends enjoyed chicken pot pie that looked so warm and delicious.
Spitz – (SLC) We stopped here while in Salt Lake City and loved it. It was like a good healthy quick food joint serving up mediterranean wraps.
Three Pines Coffee – (SLC) – Grabbed a matcha latte from this cute Salt Lake City joint. They also had some yummy looking desserts but we were on a mission for lunch first! #regrets
Pink Elephant Coffee – I grabbed a coconut milk latte here before shooting with Chelsie. It’s on top of a boutique so shop while you sip your coffee and warm up.
THINGS TO NOTE
- To go from SLC airport to Park City can be a bit pricey. We did Uber and had several people to share it with. There’s also shuttles you can book which I recommend doing if you’ve got a smaller group.
- Free Shuttle – Within the town is a free shuttle that will take you to Canyons, Deer Valley and Main Street. It’s great to hop on and off to keep you from freezing to much
- Uber – It’s available, however they don’t have a ton of drivers so prices can be quite high.
Hitting The Slopes
- We visited Aloha for wax and rentals, they were super helpful and kind. Waxes are done overnight so this was great for some of us who totally forgot to do it beforehand
- Ski Passes – You can book yours ahead of time online to save some money
Featured image via Chelsie Starley Photography