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The Park City & Deer Valley Guide

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Skiing in Utah certainly has its draws: wide-open terrain, more bluebird days than we can count, and some seriously good, consistent powder. (Case in point: This January alone, Deer Valley had already received more than 294 inches.) Another draw is the proximity to the airport—New Yorkers can be on the mountain by 1pm, and West Coasters can carve turns before lunch. And now, thanks to an alliance with mountain behemoth Vail Resorts, which owns Beaver Creek, Vail, Heavenly, and more, it seems that Park City, the laid-back mining town that many have known (and loved) for years, is finally getting the attention it deserves. The biggest news is that Park City Mountain Resort has merged with neighboring Canyons, resulting in a 7,300-acre mountain complete with a high-speed gondola called Quicksilver, as well as a handful of new on-mountain upgrades. The town itself continues to thrive, with new restaurants, shops, and even a performance venue popping up on Main Street.

The Après Lounge

The Après Lounge

9100 Marsac Ave., Park City | 435.604.1300

Tucked between the base of Ruby and Empire Express lifts at the edge of the Montage, the bright yellow façade makes it awfully hard to miss this spot. Ski shop Gorsuch outfitted the interiors of the Veuve-stocked yurt with faux fur throws, antler chandeliers, and buffalo-plaid overstuffed chairs. They’re only open for a few hours mid-day, making it the perfect stop if you’re calling it a day early or looking for a spot to hang out before après is in full swing.

Atticus

Atticus

738 Lower Main St. | 435.214.7241

This good-vibes café is family run with a literary bent—you can exchange or drop off used books for credit, or just browse the eclectic shelves as you re-fuel. They have a full-on tea menu, serving everything from the essential matcha latte, to several different chai variations (turmeric, masala-spiced, pumpkin with the option of espresso), to tea lattes with hemp/almond milk. There is, of course, coffee, too; and Atticus serves salads and wraps, made-to-order until 3pm, as well as smoothies.

El Chubasco

El Chubasco

1890 Bonanza Dr., Park City | 435.645.9114

Open since 1997, El Chubasco excels at uncomplicated, no-frills, really, really good Mexican good. You order at the counter—all the basics you'd want are on offer—and grab a seat in their small interior space or on the outdoor patio (season/weather-dependent). Also a good to-go option, and El Chubasco caters, too.

Harvest Park City

Harvest Park City

820 Park Ave., Park City | 435.604.0463

This sweet little restaurant is nestled at the base of Main Street, with a lovely bar for coffee and pastries, plus bar-stool-height tables for those who want to stay a little longer. The menu is full of super-fresh, (mostly) healthy breakfast and lunch items, like a breakfast buddha bowl with eggs and pumpkin puree, paleo banana bread with honeyed ricotta, and salmon and quinoa salad, and there's a full espresso bar serving fair-trade-roasted beans. It's the perfect place to stop in for breakfast en route to the mountain.

High West Saloon

High West Saloon

703 Park Ave., Park City | 435.649.8300

Right next to the Town Lift in Park City, High West is billed as the world’s first and only ski-in/ski-out gastro-distillery. Warm up at the bar (it’s made of reclaimed wood from a 1904 Salt Lake bridge) and order their chicken pot pie and a barrel-aged Manhattan. If you’re feeling extra-indulgent, the mac-and-cheese—made with smoked cheddar, jalapeno, and bacon—is well worth it, as is the sweet potato gratin. For a quick lesson in how small-batch spirits are made, including a look at their 250-gallon copper sill, free tours are given daily at 11:30am, 1pm, and 2:30pm. Slightly further afield (but worth the trek) in Wanship, High West's new distillery and tasting room offers tours, whiskey tastings, and a small, Western-inflected menu for snacking.

Mountain Town Olive Oil

Mountain Town Olive Oil

613 Main St., Park City | 435.649.1400

If you're staying with friends on your trip, consider this ground zero for hostess gifts. They source the highest-quality olive oil from producers in Australia, Europe, California, and North Africa, plus plenty of balsamic vinegars to complement the selection. You'll also find other giftable items, like soap, candles, and kitchen accessories.

No Name Saloon

No Name Saloon

447 Main St., Park City | 435.649.6667

This notoriously rowdy spot is the oldest, and arguably the most popular bar in town. Their rooftop is an excellent place to grab a beer with a view during the day, though it stays open well into the wee hours. This is also an excellent place to watch a game.

O’Shucks Bar & Grill

O’Shucks Bar & Grill

427 Main St., Park City | 435.645.3999

O’Shucks Bar & Grill is exactly what it looks like: It’s a no-fuss dive bar, where you can get cheap beer and play Big Buck Hunter in the back. While the dark, brick-lined space itself is certainly nothing to write home about, it’s a great antidote to the rest of Park City—this is the kind of place where the ski instructors hang out, and you can unwind with a game of shuffleboard, pinball, or pool.

Ritual Chocolate

Ritual Chocolate

1105 Iron Horse Dr., Park City | 435.200.8475

Charming chocolatiers Robert Stout and Anna Davies decided to try their hand at the whole “bean-to-bar” thing back in 2010 and have been going strong ever since. They make their own single-origin chocolate (in flavors like Fleur de Sel and a Mid-Mountain blend) using just two ingredients: carefully selected cacao and cane sugar. They’re primarily focused on working with purveyors who practice sustainable farming and ensuring fair wages are paid to the farmers. The bars (which include sweet pairing notes on the inside of the wrapper) are made, hand-wrapped, packed, and stamped out of their Park City storefront. The café serves a killer s’more hot chocolate, too.

Five5eeds

Five5eeds

1600 Snow Creek Dr., Park City | 435.901.8242

New kid on the block Five5eeds is totally in line with the Aussie café culture that's sweeping NYC and SF these days. Settle in for a nourishing plate of Moroccan shakshouka or the PC superfood grain salad (wild rice, quinoa, farro, BBQ charred corn, chai-soaked goji berries, and arugula). For the littles, there's a special menu featuring a mini stack of hotcakes and fruit. Currently they're open for breakfast and lunch.

Vessel Kitchen

Vessel Kitchen

1784 Uinta Way, Park City | 435.200.8864

You wouldn’t think to make a quick stop at a strip mall in Kimball Junction on your way back out to SLC, but trust us: This beats anything you’ll find at the airport, and it’s a welcome respite from all the heavy (albeit delicious) food you’ll have encountered in town. Look for avocado toast served with a poached egg and chili flakes; grain bowls, and hearty vegetable soups, as well as Brussel sprouts, sweet potato hash, roasted cauliflower, and spicy kimchi slaw—all of which are great to share with a group. There’s kombucha from Salt Lake City maker Mamachari on tap, too.