The Boy Mom's Guide To 72 Hours In Park City

Posted by Maggie on December 17, 2011

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Caution: Times may need to be adjusted to allow for make-up application or hair styling if teenaged girls are in the mix, or if Mom herself is high-maintenance

Day 1

10:30 am Arrive Salt Lake City Airport

11:30 am  Arrive at Park City Mountain Resort.  The Quick Start Program allows 1 free lift ticket valid only on the day of arrival on any regularly scheduled commercial airlines.  On any given day there are 90-100 flights arriving at SLC airport before noon.  Ski or ride down to Cobra Dogs for a quick lunch before hitting the slopes. The Brattlesnake Brat – Cobra style (cream cheese, sauerkraut and Cobra sauce) is exceptionally delicious after an early morning flight.  If you have any first timers with you, consider riding the Alpine Coaster and the Flying Eagle Zip Ride instead of attempting to ski or board without a lesson.   No matter how excited they are to start, you want the first timers to have a great first experience to build on and not a frustrating one.

4:00 pm Meet up at Pig Pen Saloon at the base of the resort directly below the ski school drop off and pickup area.  Kids can enjoy hot chocolate while parents enjoy their hot chocolate straight or with a shot of Schnapps.  

5:00 pm Drive up to the Westgate Lodge 3000 Canyons Resort Drive, Park City, UT 84098 (435) 655-2240 for reservations: (877) 819-4050 and check in.   When you get to your condo, order pizza for dinner from Maxwell's East Coast Eatery (435) 647-0304 and unpack and get settled.

Day 2

8:30 am Leaving the condo by this time will leave a generous buffer to get everyone to ski school (reservations highly recommended) with plenty of time for last minute equipment or wardrobe malfunctions.

9:00 am Kids are safely delivered to ski/snowboard school and parents can now enjoy some freedom to explore the mountain and find the runs that fit their taste and ability level.  Once you are warmed up, the Silverlode and King Con lifts are great places to start or cross over to the Pioneer and McConkey’s lifts on a completely different face of the mountain.   Depending on weather conditions and fitness level, you may decide to take a break mid-morning or power through to lunch time.  Keep in mind the busiest times at the resort restaurants are from 11:30am-1pm. 

3:00 pm Pick up kids from ski school.  If they (or you) are not too tired you have plenty of time to hit a few runs together and see what they learned and any new tricks or ski runs they want to show you. 

6:30 pm A new experience is waiting for your family’s dining pleasure in nearby Kimball Junction at Hapa Grill (435) 575-4272 1571 West Redstone Center Drive, Suite 140, Park City, UT 84098. This restaurant is self-described as a unique combination of Asian, sushi, and Thai food with “island” flavors.  Make your reservation in advance for oriental Tatami seating barefoot at a low table

Day 3

8:00 am Get an early start today for a 30 minute drive to Heber, UT.  Find your way to the Wasatch Mountain Golf Course 975 Golf Course Drive, Midway, UT 84049 for your 4 hour snowmobiling adventure (including lunch) with Lofty Peaks Adventures (435) 654-5810.   Reservations are recommended and a range of times are available from 1 to 6 hours if 4 hours is not your preference.    

3:00 pm Drive back to Gorgoza Park.  The entire family can enjoy lift-supported snow tubing with something for all ages.   Young ones can enjoy the mini-snowmobiles and Fort Frosty.

5:30 pm Return to the condo.  If the boys are old enough and trustworthy, you could consider cooking their dinner in the condo then leaving for your own date night.  If you would like to go out, but need some babysitting services try Guardian Angel Babysitting service (435) 640-1229.

7:00 pm  350 Main (435) 649-3140 is not only the address, but also the name of this perfect date night destination on the historic yet sophisticated Main Street in Park City.  Here you will enjoy “The Global Cuisine” of Chef Michael LeClerc made from the freshest available ingredients that are organically grown if possible.  Be sure to save room for the Mocha pot au crème.  This signature dessert is served with fresh berries and portioned for sharing.

Day 4    

7:00 am Depending on weather conditions, allow at least 1 hour and 15 minutes for driving back to Salt Lake City in order to fuel up and return the rental car.  The activities, dining and family fun in Park City will leave you wanting more and planning your next trip before you leave.


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Comment posted by Maggie on December 20, 2011 9:01 AM MST

Unfortunately, state law requires snowmobile drivers to be 16 and/or have a valid driver's license. But believe me, they will have a blast being the passenger. And my kids fight over who gets to ride with the guide because he is an expert snowmobiler who goes fast and takes calculated chances. Have fun!!!

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Comment posted by Shauna on December 19, 2011 2:45 PM MST

Heading to Park City from Texas on Wednesday with my 3 boys (14,12,8) and they asked if they can drive the snow mobiles?

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Comment posted by Amber on December 19, 2011 9:33 AM MST

Fun, fun round-up! I've especially bookmarket Hapa Grill and am adding it to my must-try list.

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Comment posted by Karin on December 17, 2011 8:24 PM MST

Thanks for the tip on snowmobiling - we'll try that next time we visit!

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Comment posted by boymomdesigns on December 17, 2011 7:19 PM MST

Luv it!

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Comment posted by Kristen on December 17, 2011 1:02 PM MST

Love it! Thanks - we have never been down to Heber, so we are going to add that to the "To Do" list! Also havent been to Hapa Grill, but it sounds like we need to give it a try!

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