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Things To Do in Park City – Park City Skiing

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If you travel to the Salt Lake City area and you are looking for things to do in Park City, UT then skiing at Deer Valley Resort is an activity you should add to your wish list. Whether you’re staying somewhere in Salt Lake City like Hilton Salt Lake City Center or you want a ski destination that’s an easy drive from a major airport, this is an ideal spot.

We chose Utah and the Salt Lake City/Park City area for a recent family vacation because the area was convenient for us to reach by plane and we knew there would be an assortment of things to do. We specifically chose to ski at Deer Valley because it had a nice range of slopes for the different level skiers in our family; it did not allow snowboarding; and it had a well-run ski school that as a bonus did not serve or allow peanut products!

Skiing at Deer Valley with Kids

We skied Deer Valley for the first time in 2008 and have been back several times including our most recent visit in December. After several visits I have continued to be impressed by the Children’s Ski School at Deer Valley and the options they offer. There are different programs for specific age groups (3 years old, 4 years old, 5-6 years old, 7-12 years old). Even though I sometimes wish my kids could be in the same group, I appreciate that they are placing kids of similar ages and skill levels together, especially at those younger ages. The 3 year olds play in the center more than they ski, but by the time they are 5 or 6 they are on the slopes most of the day. My kids like that they incorporate games, breaks and hot chocolate into the mix, and that they teach safety skills like using the ski lifts in a fun way using kid friendly terms and mascots.

I am also very appreciative that the Children’s School is a peanut and nut-free area. With my son’s severe peanut allergy, I am always nervous leaving him in unfamiliar camp situations and this makes it easier for all of us to relax and enjoy the day. The school provides lunch and hot chocolate so you don’t need to pack anything for the kids which is always nice on vacation.

Places to Eat in Park City, UT with Kids

Once you’re done on the slopes, you’ll definitely need to refuel. Two good Italian/pizza spots in Park City are Cisero’s and Buona Vita, both on Main St in Park City. This trip we also visited Chimayo in Park City, an upscale southwestern restaurant (meaning resort prices). Although not necessarily a kid’s spot, our children were welcomed there and a kids menu was available, and the adults enjoyed a sophisticated southwestern meal.  Another great option if you don’t want to cook (it is vacation after all!) and you want to eat at home or in your hotel room is to pick up family-style meals at Windy Ridge Cafe on Iron Horse Dr. We tried Roasted Chicken and Salmon dinners and both were substantial, tasty and reasonable.

Things to do in Park City When You’re Not Skiing

With only three days for skiing this vacation we hit the slopes each day, but if we have more time the next trip I’d like to try snow tubing at Gorgoza Park in Park City or Soldier Hollow in Midway, UT. We also looked at ice skating at Park City Mountain Resort or the Park City Ice Arena. However, we definitely found time for sledding on some nearby hills and making snow angels. Coming from Florida, this is the only time this year my kids will see snow or go sledding, so the cold weather and snow are a real novelty and definitely put us in the holiday spirit. Now that the kids are getting old enough to ski with us, we look forward to going back each year!

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Susan is an enthusiastic traveler and mom to a 11 year-old boy and eight year-old girl. Originally from North Carolina, Susan is a Southerner at heart, although…

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