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 Oregon in high school and then moved soon after to Atlanta. Clearly, we don’t have any mountains nearby 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 two 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.
Keep scrolling to see a few favorite moments from the trip and all the fun highlights. Plus, a recap of all the things to do in Park City (or that we did at least!).
Things To Do In Park City
We did an Airbnb and highly recommend going this route. It’s nice to have a washer/dryer when snowboarding as everything gets wet quickly. Since we had a huge group, 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!
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TIP: We were just a 5 minute walk or so from Main Street which was full of restaurants, shops and galleries. Highly recommend staying close by so you can enjoy it. It was the cutest little town and didn’t have one bad meal while we were there.
What We Did In Park City
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.
Walked Around Main Street – We headed to Main Street quite a bit for our meals. The area is full of restaurants, bars
Hit The Slopes
Whether you choose to ski or snowboard, the mountain is huge and there seemed to be endless numbers of runs to go down. I’m a terrible snowboarder, but still found plenty of green and easy blue runs to go down. The views were incredible and I kind of enjoyed crashing since it meant I could take in the views without fear of falling.
Fun fact, the mountain doesn’t serve liquor or any beer over 3.2%. It’s a weird Utah law and we weren’t thrilled about it. But, none the less, the local beers are fantastic. I loved the Hooker Blonde Ale and enjoyed several while I waited for my friends to finish snowboarding before I had to get my ass back down the mountain. Little liquid courage never hurt!
The perfect slice of pizza after a day of snowboarding. Don’t forget to order the fries with their special dipping sauce. Basically heaven. Grab a beer and hang out. This is an inexpensive spot to grab a quick bite and worth every calorie.
Where We Ate In Park City
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.
Davanza’s Pizza – A college kid hot spot, this cheap pizza and fries totally hit the spot. You can see more from my visit here.
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 When Visiting Park City
- From The Airport – 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 too much
- Uber – It’s available, but keep in mind they don’t have a ton of drivers so prices can be quite high.
Hitting The Slopes
- Rentals & Gear – 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
What To Pack
- Check out my winter getaway packing list right here
Photos by Chelsie Starley Photography