“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 10 minutes from Park City’s Main Street, the Silver Star collection of slope-side condos, townhomes, and cottages feature gourmet kitchens, large windows, fireplaces, and bright elegant décor. They offer full-service amenities with the privacy of a home.
Enjoy a heated pool, fitness center, ski lockers, concierge service, and a central plaza with a ski and sports shop, and café with live entertainment. Most properties also include a private hot tub for soothing sore ski legs. If you want to explore the action of Main Street, a complimentary winter shuttle is available.
The Empire Pass ski-in/ski-out homes, condos and townhomes 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. Each property also has it’s own list of features, meaning there is likely a perfect fit for your stay.
For unparalleled access to Flagstaff Mountain terrain, privacy with convenience, and high-quality finishes, the Ironwood Townhomes are an excellent choice. With the Northside Express chairlift just feet away, skiers in your group can choose from beginner greens to the expert runs of Daly Chutes.
For even more privacy and space, a residence may the answer. For example, the Northside Villa is set up with families in mind, especially those who love games! Featuring a den with projector screen theater, four Apple TVs, three 4K TVs, a game room with Xbox 360, Wii, and arcade, a whole-home sound system, high-speed internet, and a private outdoor hot tub with big views. But most importantly, it has speedy ski-in ski-out access to Flagstaff Mountain runs.
If relaxed entertaining is in your plans, have a look at the Ski Utah Home, which boasts a wet bar, spacious living and dining areas, gas and wood fireplaces, outdoor deck and fire pit with views of the slopes, hot tub, grilling area, and of course, ski-in ski-out access.
Schlepping mounds of gear comes with the job when you ski with kids. Luckily, dedicated ski valets are ready to lend a hand at the Silver Strike Lodge in Empire Pass. Additionally, a lounge and ski locker room stocked with espresso and cocoa, provides a retreat to warm your toes. The Silver Strike Lift is just outside the door when you’re ready to hit the slopes.
Stay in and snuggle by the outdoor fire pit
If you’re itching to enjoy an après-ski libation on Main Street, a complimentary shuttle can have you there in minutes. Or you could stay in and snuggle by the outdoor fire pit.
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.
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