The traditional mountain home is, well, stuck in tradition. Rough-hewn wooden walls, dark and heavy furnishings, cavernous rooms and probably a few dusty stuffed animals staring down in judgment at your Netflix choices. This is the tradition. It’s all so dark, stuffy, and gallingly inefficient.
The modern traveler wants modern convenience and values efficient, thoughtful, even conservative uses of space. When we go someplace like Park City, our lodging should be just right—the Goldilocks of spaces. We came here to ski, to dine, and to make memories with friends and family while we explore the mountains. Thankfully, designers, architects, and developers Berkshire Hathaway like are getting the hint and new projects like YOTELPAD Park City built around the way we actually travel and play and not some antiquated idea of how we should travel and play—with nary a dead animal on the wall.
The new YOTELPAD, the brainchild of Replay Destinations and Yotel, at the base of the Canyons Village at Park City Mountain puts the 7,300 Acres of the largest ski resort in the United States just outside your door. With 144 units ranging from studio to three bedrooms, the project was thought out to embrace smart design and maximize the square footage and all of it is fully wired with technology and intuitive services to help you focus on playing, not staying. And it’s affordable. YOTELPAD is hotel/condo concept that offers affordable full-ownership options (in the heart of a world-renowned ski resort) starting at $300,000, which puts luxury modern mountain living within range of the next generation.
When not on the mountain and not asleep, it’s time for friends and family and to mingle with other guests. Friendly common areas offer plenty of room to spend time enjoying the time. The social spaces at YOTELPAD are designed to maximize view space of the surrounding mountains with comfortable seating, games for the kids, and food and drink. Gathering places feature soft seating placed around fireplaces. Soak up the sun, watch a movie, shoot pool, or join friends on the view terrace. Unwind by the pool or soak in the hot tub. Or relax with a drink by the fire before your next game of PAC-MAN. Designers at YOTELPAD configured every space to keep the schlepping (the bane of any ski trip) to a minimum. The valet parks your car, the ski valet takes your gear and you can settle in.
Every innovative inch of YOTELPAD was created with efficiency for both time and space. Each private PAD (as the rooms are called) and social zone was designed with serious thought into how the modern traveler can and wants live on the mountain. The PADs all feature clever Italian-made furniture that makes the room work hard for many functions (and keeps prices down). For example, the sofa conceals a pull-down wall bed and storage space. The workspace doubles as a kids’ table and then transforms for bedtime into bunkbeds
Technology lets owners and guests get essentials done quickly and effortlessly. The entire property is linked up to the YOTELPAD app where you can do everything from extending your stay to requesting extra towels. Gary Raymond, the managing director of Replay Destinations, YOTELPAD Park City’s developer, believes that, “Technology, innovation, and design are converging to make smart resort homes affordable—and desirable—to a new generation.”
And YOTELPAD certainly seems to be living up to that promise.
Sponsored by YOTELPAD
Words by Jeremy Pugh
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