I spent last weekend in Park City. No, I did not hit up Sundance, that festival down at the bottom of the mountain where I stayed. Maybe, if the mountains weren’t so gorgeous, and the slopes so plentiful, I might have ventured down to see a flick and some B-lister in shearling Uggs hoarding the gifting suites with her publicist in tow.
Instead, I holed up with my best friends in a cozy house high up in the snow-covered mountains, admiring the inherent charm of Park City (colorful mountain homes, trees draped in twinkly lights, snow and evergreen trees) and eating and drinking.
The upside: Park City does have good food options. The downsides: they try to rip you off during film festivals with overpriced prix-fixe menus and over-the-top (but well-meaning) food that strives to be haute and is actually a rather impressive copy of the Cheesecake Factory. So we cooked at home, enjoying a crackling fire, champagne in the hot tub and later some fine Bordeaux. After all, after a day of riding, what more do you want than that? Well, besides a couple of beers in ski lodge?
Still, the question does remain: why do ski lodges have such crappy food? Not that I have anything against a good bratwurst….but SERIOUSLY…
I tell you….Visit Park City. Delta and Jetblue fly direct. Additionally, good deals can be found on parkcityinfo.com
The Canyons, one of my favorite mountains to ride, is offering an incredible bargain for $109: two lift tickets and lunch on them (restrictions apply, but nothing bad). Check it out here.