How to: Holiday in Utah

By Après Adam \ December 23 2016

Après Adam here to help you ring in the holidays, Utah-Style!
There'll be parties for hosting
Marshmallows for toasting
And caroling out in the snow
There'll be scary ghost stories
And tales of the glories of the
Christmases long, long ago
It's the most wonderful time of the year
There'll be much mistltoeing
And hearts will be glowing
When love ones are near
It's the most wonderful time of the year
(Even in Utah).


Everything you’ve heard about Utah is true, the Holiday Season in Utah is very different than everywhere else… it’s way, way better.

The various resorts, ski towns, and neighboring cities offer an endless array of opportunities to honor traditions of Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s, Festivus, or whatever else you may celebrate. With so much going on over the next week or so, it’s hard to keep track of all of the options. As a 16-year veteran of Utah and a lifelong fan of everything Andy Williams sang about 53 years ago, I am here to help you navigate the next ten days on the slopes, with the family, or when you need to escape the family and share a sip of some holiday cheer with strangers.


On the slopes:

Let’s start with some on-snow fun this holiday season. Dress up as Santa and ski for free or join a torchlight parade. Or even just grab those powder boards and ski some of The Greatest Snow On Earth.

December 24th (Christmas Eve):

December 25th (Christmas Day):

December 30th:

December 31st (New Year’s Eve):



Families:

If the thought of skiing with a gasoline-soaked torch or sulphur-burning flare scares you and the kids, maybe check out these family-friendly activities. Photos with Santa, fireworks, and parades (all viewable from a safe distance) are everywhere.

December 24th (Christmas Eve):

December 30th:

December 31st (New Year’s Eve):



Less-Traditional/Adult Festivities:

Need a quick escape from friends and family during the holidays? I got you covered. Here are a few fun ideas for sharing some Holiday Cheer with adult strangers.

December 23rd:

December 24th:

December 29th:

December 31st:

 

The Après Adam Plan:

What am I doing this holiday season? I’m glad you asked. Here’s my plan for making the most of the last ten days of 2016.

December 23rd:

  • Sneak out of work early and ski Park City Mountain.
  • Grab a beer at the Corner Store and some food and a margarita at Baja Cantina.
  • Find a costume and head to Main Street for the Park City Fun Run.
  • Try to find a free ticket to Lil Jon.

December 24th:

  • Grab a Santa costume and ski for free at Snowbird.
  • Grab a drink at the Goldminer’s Daughter.
  • Catch a ride to Park City to watch the Santa Torchlight Parade.
  • Attend the Ugly Sweater Party at The Downstairs.
  • Go to Bistro 412 and dance the night away, still in the Santa costume.



December 25:

  • Ski Park City Mountain or Deer Valley Resort.
  • Attend an impromptu Christmas Day Martini Party
  • Christmas dinner and cocktails at a friend's house.

December 26-30th:

  • Ski Powder Mountain, Snowbasin, Solitude, Brighton, and Beaver to avoid the crowds.
  • Make a trip to Eagle Point or Brian Head if a storm stays south of us.

December 31st:

 

  • Book a room at the Alta Peruvian Lodge or The Cliff Lodge
  • Ski Alta and Snowbird.
  • Soak some tired muscles in the Cliff Lodge Spa
  • Sign up and ski in the Torchlight Parade at Alta
  • Celebrate New Year’s at the P Dog, the Sitzmark and the Tram Club.

 

There you have it. The Apres Adam guide to the last ten days of 2016. Time to show up, preferably in costume, and try to make the most of a generally awful year. Let's send 2016 out with a bang!



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