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.
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 Spa.
Before we knew it, the long weekend was over and it was time to head back to Chicago with fond memories of our mountain adventure.