“Enjoy the little things in life because one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.” ― Kurt Vonnegut
Reflect back on poignant moments in your life. Were they planned or spontaneous? Often it’s the latter. However, they needed an opening to happen…the stage was set, but the moment was impromptu.
There’s an art to planning a vacation that sets the stage for extraordinary moments. It includes blocking time in your itinerary for spontaneity, being intentional about lodging choices and keeping the logistics effortless.
There’s an art to planning a vacation that sets the stage for extraordinary moments.
For example, I was riding the lift with a couple who shared that their young grandson showed up at the breakfast table that morning dressed in pajamas, ski boots and goggles. We were all giggling at the thought! A moment like that requires a space where kids can be…kids.
A ski-in/ski-out property is a brilliant pick when traveling with children or non-skiers because it offers flexibility. Imagine enjoying après ski while watching your family build a snowman, throwing down in a snowball fight, or simply immersing themselves in wintery play. Staying on mountain also allows everyone to gather for lunch, or swap turns caring for young children.
But not all ski-in/ski-out lodging is created equal. Some are simply sleeping quarters, while others allow you to make the most of every hour by providing exceptional amenities and service. The ability to prepare meals together in a well-stocked kitchen, roast marshmallows over a fire, or simply cuddle on a comfy sofa, adds quality time to each day.
I recently spoke with Cori Pepelnjak of Natural Retreats about their Park City properties and was pleasantly surprised when she focused on the importance of “special moments in between” planned activities and how they often lead to the most priceless memories. She was firmly planted on my soapbox! Cori went on to share how the right lodging and thoughtful service supports those moments.
Don't underestimate the importance of special moments in between activities.
Resorts West by Natural Retreats is renowned for impeccable, well-appointed accommodations, and personalized service. When you book a stay, an experienced local concierge becomes your “feet on the ground.” They coordinate the details for a seamless arrival and stay, customized to you. Everything from skis loaded in the locker to chilled chardonnay. Need babysitting, reservations, groceries, or special equipment? They have the contacts to handle it all.
While the concierges simplify your stay, each property provides a distinctive sense of space that invites you to lose yourself in the views, powdery snow, unhindered play and restoration of a perfect vacation.
A Sampling of Resorts West Lodging in Park City
Situated 5 minutes from Park City’s Main Street, the Silver Star collection of 2 to 5 bedroom slope-side condos, townhomes, and cottages feature full-service amenities with the privacy of a home including, gourmet kitchens, gas fireplaces, picture windows and en-suite baths in every bedroom. Most properties also include a private hot tub for soothing tired ski legs. Guests of cottages, which sit higher on the mountain away from the chairlift, have a separate funicular to provide out-the-door access to the slopes.
The ski-in/ski-out community centers around an open-air plaza with a lively village atmosphere, where live music regularly complements award-winning fare at the Silver Star Cafe, and the Silver Star Ski & Sport shop offers a convenient place to gear up and hop on the Silver Star chairlift.
Guests of Silver Star also enjoy front desk concierge service, a heated swimming pool, hot tub, fitness center, ski lockers, and heated, reserved parking. If you want to explore the action of Main Street, a complimentary winter shuttle is available.
Ski-in/ski-out homes, condos and townhomes in Empire Pass offer privacy, mountain-modern décor and commanding views. Thanks to the mid-mountain location at Deer Valley Resort, you’ll also have quick access to the most popular Deer Valley runs.
For unparalleled access to Flagstaff Mountain terrain, the Ironwood Townhomes are an excellent choice. These 4-bedroom homes feature gourmet kitchens, private hot tubs, gas fireplaces, ski lockers, and home theatres. With the Northside Express chairlift just feet away, skiers in your group can choose from beginner greens to the expert terrain of Daly Chutes.
For even more privacy and space, a residence may be the answer. With accommodations for up to 16 guests, Northside Villa is configured for large families -- cousins, aunts, and uncles included. Two master suites and a kids’ bunk room ensure everyone gets the “good” room. A projector screen theater, four Apple TVs, game room with Xbox 360, Wii, and a retro arcade room ensure all ages stay entertained even when you take a break from the slopes. Of course, with Flagstaff Mountain runs just out the door, you might not be able to resist more time on the slopes. To make the most of every day on the mountain, rejuvenate in the private hot tub while soaking in the big mountain views.
If relaxed entertaining is in your plans, check out the slopeside Ski Utah Home, named because it’s a favorite of the Ski Utah team and where they host their annual holiday party. The home boasts spacious living and dining areas, a wet bar, grilling area, and even a stadium-seat theater. Ski right out your door from this true ski-in, ski-out home, which sits about five GS turns above the Northside Express chairlift. Share your favorite moments from the day around the fire pit over hot cocoa (or hot toddies), or simply stargaze from your private hot tub.
For a truly seamless experience, you may prefer Silver Strike Lodge. Schlepping mounds of gear comes with the job when you ski with kids, but at this full-service property, dedicated ski valets are ready to lend a hand. The convenient ski locker room, located steps from the high-speed Silver Strike Express chairlift, comes stocked with espresso and cocoa, and at the community lounge the fireplace is always crackling. Guests also enjoy a fitness suite with a sauna, oversized hot tub, and a ski beach area with lounge chairs around a cozy fire pit. Each 2- to 4-bedroom condo, eclectically styled with high-end furnishings, feels like a private home. You’ll find gas fireplaces in each living room and master suite, balconies with sweeping views, gourmet kitchens and even a private washer and dryer.
Stay in and snuggle by the outdoor fire pit
To explore the shopping, dining, galleries and entertainment on Park City’s Main Street, a complimentary shuttle can have you there in minutes.
While most special moments defy planning, you can create the opportunity. Especially with help from a team like Resorts West that understands how little details can lead to the biggest moments.
This post was sponsored by Resorts West.