Sneak in a Spring Ski Trip in Park City

Find room in your schedule to take advantage of a great winter of snow at the largest ski area in American, Park City Ski Resort, which now is connected via ski lifts to the Canyons Ski Resort. With 7,300 acres of ski heaven, you will find a run to fit every type of skier from beginner to advanced, including some of the same skiable terrain that greeted the world’s best skiers during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Park City. And there are a wide array of vacation rentals as well as hotels from which to choose, ranging from studios to four-bedroom or larger townhomes and luxury slope-side homes. When we are going to be on vacation for more than a few days, we enjoy renting a home on VRBO or AirBnb over staying in a hotel, because it helps us feel a little like a local, gives us a comfortable place to have breakfast and, if we choose, dinner, and gives us plenty of room to spread out, especially if one (or both) of us have to put in some work time as well.
Earlier this month we spent a week at a charming four-bedroom townhome in the Hidden Creek development that we found on VRBO.com, and it was an ideal place to stay. Technically it was not ski-in, ski-out, but it was right next to two ski lifts — about 600 steps from our front door to the ski lifts (the Cabriolet Lift that takes you from a huge parking lot directly to the Canyons Resorts base, and the Frostwood Lift that operates next to the Waldorf Astoria). We did ski in to the home after a wonderful day on the slopes of the Canyons Ski Resort.

It snowed almost every day of our trip, building up the already deep packed powder base, so ski season should be good until mid-April this year, at least at Deer Valley and the Park City/Canyons resorts. We rented a car but the conveniently located townhome was on the Park City free bus route, so it was easy to reach the stores and restaurants of not only the Canyon Resort Base (walk to the ski gondola and get a free and scenic ride to the base’s offerings of shops and restaurants, including the award-winning restaurant, The Farm), but also Park City’s Main Street, Redstone Center and more. We stocked up on groceries at Smith’s and Whole Foods (and the State Liquor Store) and the well-stocked kitchen in our townhome made cooking breakfast and dinner a breeze. After a day of skiing we relaxed in the private hot tub on our private deck, which overlooked Hidden Creek and a grove of alpine trees, with views to the ski lift and the mountain. Although the restaurants and shops (and skiing!) of the Canyons and Park City were only a gondola ride away, the house was tucked away at the back of the property and could not have a quieter, more peaceful or serene setting. And the entire back wall of the open concept living room/dining room is a of glass, with a sliding door to the private back deck and hot tub, so if you do not want to go outside you can enjoy the stunning view of the ski lifts and the mountains from the comfort of the leather sofa or oversized leather chairs, and catch up on your reading or TV watching (there were flat screen TVs in three of the four bedrooms, as well as in the living room, so no one had to complain about what to watch!).

The complex clubhouse was just steps away, and included a large year-round hot tub as well as a dry sauna. We are already planning a trip for this summer, to take advantage of the complex’s pool and tennis courts as well as the mountain biking and hiking trails.

This is a great snow year and our townhome was super-convenient, and less time driving meant more time to ski or relax. One day we both had to work, but found the high-speed wifi and internet/cable connections made that easy, as did the desk setup in the loft area upstairs. We hosted a dinner for some friends who live in Park City, and the dining room sat six of us comfortable with room for three kids on the barstools adjacent to the open-concept dining and living area.

As you can tell, we loved our townhome, we loved skiing the Canyons (especially now that we can make a full day of it and ski Park City and the Canyons without needing to get off the slopes). In fact, writing this, I’ve put a new item on my “to do” list for later this week – see if I can squeeze in another ski trip to the Canyons Ski Resort in this Spring myself!