Jill is a native of Park City, Utah. Born and raised in Park City, she has been on skis since she could stand (we’re not sure if she was walking yet). Park City Mountain Resort is where Jill transitioned from little girl to teenage girl to young adult to mama. She now has two children of her own that share her love for the mountains and skiing.
Jill’s background is eclectic: she competed for the US Freestyle Ski Team as a mogul specialist, backpacked around the world, worked as a Marketing and Business Development Director for a world-renowned resort design firm (Jack Johnson Company – aka family business). After living in Chicago for six years with her now husband and receiving her Masters of Art Therapy from the Art Institute of Chicago, Jill returned to Park City to raise her family and return to the mountains (you can take the girl out of the mountains, but you can’t take the mountains out of the girl).
- Favorite Run: Thaynes (when it is bumped up from top to bottom with a soft layer of new snow on top), tree line of Blueslip Bowl first tracks on a powder day & any day following my kids down endless whoop-di-dos on the side of any given ski run.
- Favorite Lift: Jupiter
- Favorite Lunch Spot On The Mountain: The deck of Mid Mountain Lodge on a bluebird day
- Favorite Place for a Date Night Out: High West Distillery for Old Fashioned’s and appetizers, share an entree and wine at the bar at Easy Street, then fresh gelato with olive oil and sea salt (YUM!!!) at Vinto. If feeling frisky, walk up Main to Silver and dance on the 10X10 dance floor until last call. And if we want to get out of town, Snake Creek Grill in Heber, Utah.
- Favorite Family Dining Place: Sushi Blue or Maxwells at Kimball Junction, Sammy’s Bistro in Park City & Cow’s on Main Street (for ice cream)
- Favorite Thing to do Off the Slopes? Back country ski, hike, snowshoe, giggle with girl friends; sled and play with my children, and laugh with (and at) my husband.
- Best Tip for a Successful Family Winter Vacation: Gear management! The list of gear for a winter vacation can seem and is daunting. The key is to have the right layers and a system for loose ends (gloves/mittens, hats, goggles, glasses). When first arriving at a new resort, take the evening prior to skiing (if possible) to buy your lift tickets, rent gear if needed, and check out the lay of the land. Where can you drop off or be dropped off? Where can you store gear if you have an extra bag? Then make sure that if you have little ones that the goggles are attached to their helmet, that gloves/mittens are stowed in sleeves and that you have a snack in one of their pockets (to help with lift lines or chair rides… and to attempt to prolong a trip inside prior to lunch). For mama and papa, keep it simple. Try to have good layers instead of excess layers, such as layers that wick away moisture and ski socks that are not cotton, but a good wool blend. And when the gear is shed at the day’s end, put the pieces together and dry for yet another day of play!
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