Snow Flower Condos
Life in the Midwest has a lot to offer, but
mountains aren't one of them. Yet my 12- and 14-year-old boys are
avid skiers. Each Saturday they board a ski club bus and travel 90
minutes just to reach a 250-foot vertical drop.
Last winter we finally headed for the hills-the BIG hills
out west in Park City, Utah.
Park City is perfect for
a long ski weekend with plenty of direct flights to Salt Lake City
from Chicago and an easy 35-minute drive to the slopes. To show
just how easy, Park City came up with the Quick Start
promotion-trade in your boarding pass for a lift ticket, good for
that day at any of the major ski resorts. You can fly in the
morning and be on the slopes in the afternoon.
There are 11 ski resorts in Park City. The Canyons is the largest
and has heated gondolas. Deer
Valley is the fanciest and limits daily ticket sales, so the
slopes never get too crowded.
We headed for Park City
Mountain Resort, which hosted our family, and made the
budget-friendly ski in/ski out Snow Flower Condos home
Park City Mountain Resort is well known for its terrain
park with the largest half-pipe in the country. It also has a great
ski school. My 3-year-old spent her days skiing in a group limited
to three students.
World-class restaurants are on the menu as well. You can ski
into downtown Park City, leave your skis at a rack and march into
the High West Distillery
wearing your ski pants and boots. After finishing what was, by
unanimous vote, the best burger of our lives, we took the Town Lift
back up the mountain.
Want to treat yourself after a few days of skiing? Spend an
afternoon at the super swank Montage Deer Valley
Before we knew it, the long weekend was over and it was
time to head back to Chicago with fond memories of our mountain
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