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Greater Park City

Establishment neighborhood
Deer Valley
Nestled in the Wasatch Mountain range, Deer Valley Resort consistently tops lists for its customer service. In skiing parlance, that translates to on-site ski valets to help you unload your gear, immaculately groomed slopes, and well-appointed lodges. (Stop for lunch at Royal Street Café at Silver Lake Lodge—it's far cry from the cafeteria-style dining you're used to mid-mountain.) What's nice about Deer Valley is there's a little something for everyone, making it a great mountain for families—there are easy cruisers like Bluebell and Lucky Jack, plus some solid steeps like Daly Bowl and Lady Morgan. Deer Valley is one of the last skiers-only holdouts, so like neighboring Alta, no snowboarders are permitted. Photos courtesy of Deer Valley Resort
Ritual Chocolate
1105 Iron Horse Dr., Park City
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.
Prospect
509 Main St., Park City
A skate shop in a ski town doesn’t sound so novel but Prospect is far from run-of-the-mill. Here, you’ll find an interesting high-low edit: Socks by Stance (there’s some for ladies too), hoodies from WeSc, slick Nixon watches. Tucked into the back corner is Billy's Barber Shop, an Orange Country import, that features an antique barber chair and traditional lather machine to boot. Swing by to clean up with a hot shave (or haircut if you've gone full-on mountain man) before dinner on Main. Upstairs, there are pressed juices and elixirs by Land Juicery, as well as coffee from Pink Elephant.
Park City
The big news in Park City this year is that the town's namesake resort was purchased by Vail, which could be good or bad news depending on who you talk to. Vail already owned the formerly-named Canyons, Park City's northern sister, and the acquisition gave them the opportunity to install a brand-new, eight-person gondola connecting the two resorts from peak to peak and expanding the ski-able terrain to an (astonishing) combined 7,300 acres. Über-convenient for people staying near Main Street, you can actually access Park City from right downtown, making the entire town virtually ski-in, ski-out. A mountain this huge is guaranteed to have a wide range of terrain, but considering the unbelievable number of groomed runs, the sweet spot here is for intermediate skiers. Needless to say, it's also great for littles who've graduated from the magic carpet. Tip: If you're planning on multiple ski trips this year, consider investing in the Epic Pass, Vail Resorts' multi-mountain pass, which gives you unlimited access to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Whistler-Blackcomb, and plenty more for a fixed price.
Root’d
596 Main St., Park City
Owner Melissa Barry knows that mountain home design needn’t be limited to Pendleton blankets, buffalo plaid, and faux-fur throws. Here, her more modern take includes an airier palette (French mid-century arm chairs and Notte bed linens). Don't worry, you'll still find a few tasteful nods to alpine living: a coffee table must-have The Stylish Life: Skiing, hair-on-hide throw pillows, and a hard-carved wooden stag head. Barry's edit feels tasteful, not gimmicky. Upstairs doubles as a showroom for larger interior design projects.
Park City Mercantile
523 Main St., Park City
Park City Mercantile is one of those stores that wouldn’t look out of place on say, Abbot Kinney in Venice, but it gets it right as a kind of modern-day general store in Park City, too. The light-wooden shelves are overflowing with Farmhouse pottery, cozy Faribault woolen blankets, soaps from Juniper Ridge, Tanner Goods leather bracelets, and Coyuchi linens. All of the dry goods come from locally sourced vendors, like Pink Elephant Coffee Roasters. (Meanwhile, Land Juicery is just a few doors up, so you can sip pressed green juice while you shop.)
Gorsuch
355 Main St., Park City
Even non-skiers are familiar with Gorsuch's ubiquitous catalog, which has become synonymous with a glittery, European-inspired mountain aesthetic (although founders David and Renie Gorsuch, who met at the 1960 Olympics, are Colorado-based Americans). Sure, some of the merchandise skews a little over-the-top, but you can always count on them to stock all of the classic luxury ski apparel brands, like Bogner, Moncler, and Frauenschuh. As for the fur-hooded jackets and Dale of Norway sweaters—when in Rome, right? (P.S.: Just a few doors up 333 Main Street, there's a Gorsuch ski shop, should you decide to upgrade your gear while you're in town.)
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