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Park City

+ Great family programs. Diverse terrain.
- Confusing mountain layout.

In this age of modern resorts, luxe comforts, though welcomed by many, can kill authenticity. PCMR has managed to strike the balance between modern and homey. The historic town at the base is connected by a ski bridge to the Town Lift. Within minutes, you’re delivered to a state-of-the-art six-pack accessing 3,300 acres of high-speed groomers and aspen-dappled back bowls. In fact, PCMR has spent more than $10 million in the last two years upgrading lifts, terrain parks and snowmaking without bleaching out the local color. Ripping through ancient glades in Thaynes Canyon or dropping into powdery steeps in Jupiter Bowl, you’ll speed by vestiges of the area’s mining past. This blend of old and new has a comforting appeal. As a reader sums up, “great vibe on the mountain and a fabulous town.” —Carrie Sheinberg

Don’t Miss » Unless you ski in the East, chances are you haven’t skied at night. Go ahead and postpone bedtime. Your kids will enjoy the nocturnal adventure.

Family Activity » Sorry, hardcore ski parents, but the one thing your children will talk about after your vacation is the alpine coaster.

Best Family Trail » Crews groom a different Signature Run daily, allowing young skiers to earn bragging rights—and increased confidence—by conquering new terrain.

Ghidotti's

Ghidotti's
Ghidotti's
Vegas by way of New Jersey in Park City.

The interior of this restaurant is Vegas by way of New Jersey: campy, elegant and, paradoxically, casual and welcoming. Come for Italian-American comfort food: a bowl of minestrone, spaghetti with meatballs, pork osso bucco and, of course, cannolis.
Park City, Utah | 435.658.0669 | ghidottis.com

350 Main

350 Main
350 Main
The cosmopolitan side of Park City.

Think of this restaurant as the “city” in Park City: bustling, loud, and the default destination for those looking for a cosmopolitan night on the town. Items to try include black-sesame sea scallops, classic steak frites, and black-truffle mashers.
Park City, Utah | 435.649. 3140 | 350main.com

Shabu

Boisterous as an après-ski bar and inventively pan-Asian in its tastes.

The last thing you expect to find in a nondescript mall on Main Street is Shabu, dressed in nightclub black, boisterous as an après-ski bar and inventively pan-Asian in its tastes. Firecracker shrimp and a Death Roll—made with soft-shell crab— share the bill with a Black Angus ribeye given the Thai treatment.
Park City, Utah | 435.645.7253 | shabupc.com

The Morning Ray Café

The Morning Ray Café
The Morning Ray Café
A café with plenty of room to plan your ski day.

Try a Powder Hound omelet stuffed with mushrooms, scallions, and cheese. It comes with house fries and cinnamon toast; the Kashmir green tea chai lattes complements it well. Roomy booths give you space to lay out trail maps and plan your ski day.
Park City, Utah | 435.649.5686

Rocky Mountain Sleigh Company

Rocky Mountain Sleigh Company

Bundle up in a two-horse sleigh for a glide through the woods that ends with dinner in a log cabin, warming up in front of a wood-burning fireplace. Near Park City, Utah. (800) 303-7256; rockymtnrec.com

This holiday season, travel the old-fashioned way. (And eat like you've been around the world in one night.)

If you want to try something different this winter, this Park City sleigh ride is a great way to end a day on the slopes. Bundle up in a two-horse sleigh for a glide through the woods that ends with dinner in a log cabin, and warming up in front of a wood-burning fireplace. Near Park City, Utah. (800) 303-7256; rockymtnrec.com

Yuki Arashi

Yuki Arashi

Yuka Arashi, on Park City's Main Street, gets fish flown in regularly from Japan. Their tapas are inspired by Korean, Japanese and French cuisine—try the steamed pork belly buns or the New Zealand lamb chops with a mustard and miso dipping sauce. We liked the 84060 roll (the Park City zip code), which has spicy yellowtail, tempura shrimp, snow crab, mango, and spring greens, all wrapped in soy paper and drenched with eel sauce.

This Park City restaurant holds ski-town sushi to a high standard.

Yuka Arashi, on Park City's Main Street, gets fish flown in regularly from Japan. Their tapas are inspired by Korean, Japanese and French cuisine—try the steamed pork belly buns or the New Zealand lamb chops with a mustard and miso dipping sauce. We liked the 84060 roll (the Park City zip code), which has spicy yellowtail, tempura shrimp, snow crab, mango, and spring greens, all wrapped in soy paper and drenched with eel sauce. yukiarashi.com

The Washington School Inn

Stay at this Park City, Utah, hotel for a romantic weekend.

An elementary school from 1889 until 1939, this building off Main Street was renovated in 1984; today, the limestone shell is the school's last remnant. The comfy rooms, named after former teachers, are decorated with down duvets on king or queen beds. A hot tub and sauna are on ground level, and guests eat a hearty breakfast buffet in the dining room before heading out on Town Run, a block and a half away. $255-$455; 800-824-1672; washingtonschoolinn.com

R&R Properties

These properties are perfect for that family reunion you've been meaning to plan.

A property-management company, R&R's offerings run the gamut from mid-priced condos to gargantuan, ski-in/ski-out houses. The Town Lift Home, a historic 4,500-square-foot house built in 1906 on the sagebrush-covered slopes of Park City Mountain, has three sweetly decorated bedrooms and three studio apartments to house 16 people. The plush King Road Home is a five-bedroom beauty set on a perch above old-town Park City. Main Street is a downhill stroll from both-which translates into a hike on the way home. In other words, order dessert: You'll work it off.

The Silver Queen Hotel

If you've got unique taste, this hotel might be just your style.

This is not your grandmother's hotel (unless she favored leopard-print carpeting). But depending on your appetite for the unusual, the Silver Queen might be the perfect ski retreat. Set on Main Street a quick walk from the Town Lift, the hotel has 12 suites. Each has a full kitchen and a washer/dryer, and the six two-bedroom suites boast steam showers in addition to jetted tubs. After a day on the hill, head for the rooftop hot tub. Or, if it's that kind of night, Mother Urban's nightclub is just across the street.

The Hotel Park City

Near the slopes of Park City, Deer Valley and The Canyons, the Hotel Park City's guests never quibble about location—they hardly have to leave the grounds.

Designed in circa-1900 national-park-lodge fashion, Hotel Park City opened in early 2002, bringing a new level of luxe to the lodging scene (Deer Valley notwithstanding). Skiers hitting all three resorts will like its location, as well as the on-demand shuttles to ferry them to and fro. The resort comprises 11 miles of cross-country trails, two championship golf courses and an 8,000-square-foot spa. Rooms are elegantly decorated with king beds, flagstone fireplaces, triple-head showers and living areas with TV, DVD and Bose surround sound.

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