The Agenda: What to Do and How to Pack for a Ski Vacation in Park City

Where to get the best spiked cider and what to wear while spring skiing.

Cable car, Rectangle,
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Welcome to The Agenda. Each month a Marie Claire editor opens up their Outlook cal to share an event they're looking forward to in the next few weeks—and that chic, globe-trotting women like yourself may want to add to your own calendars. Here, exactly where to go, what to do, and how to pack for your next trip.

For most of us, Spring is a time to get to the beach, but in Park City, Utah, the first blooms of the year means loads of fresh powder, a quieter time after the annual Sundance Film Festival, and tons of options for good eating and entertainment. While the West Coast has a long list of ski towns to choose from, Park City has a unique dose of history as a silver mining town—in fact, it brought George Hearst (father of William Randolph Hearst) to the area. There's no more silver, but Park City still has a magical mountain backdrop and a commitment to sustainability— working towards 100% renewable electricity by the year 2032. Plus, it's a whole lot of fun.

Pool area

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Zen Out at a Gorgeous Slope Side Spot

While skiing might be at the top of your wishlist, staying at Pendry Park City in Canyon Village offers a great refuge from the hustle and bustle of Main Street. With panoramic mountain views, a hot tub, a heated pool, and an onsite spa, Pendry Park City is a dream for those who ski and those who prefer to bask in some R&R. Ski and snowboard bunnies can get fitted for gear onsite at Compass Sports and head over to the lift within arm's reach. Need a day to yourself? Book a locally inspired treatment, explore the majestic 7,300 acres of nature nearby, or listen to live music in the Canyon's Village— within walking distance from Pendry Park City.

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Park City

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Ski Park City's Famous Slopes

Park City is known for its top notch powder. It’s also one of the biggest ski resorts in the U.S., so there’s really no better place to spend time on the slopes. Grab an Epic Day Pass (opens in new tab) or sign up for a lesson to hone your skills. For culture time, grab tickets to the film festival, peruse the art galleries in town, and take in live music and dancing at The Egyptian Theatre.

fireside in Park City

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Lean Into That Après-Ski Time

Lunch:

If you find yourself in town, head over to High West Distillery  (opens in new tab)on the main drag. Grab a hot cider spiked with whisky and hang around the outdoor fire pit while you wait for your table. Alternatively, book an educational whisky tour and lunch at High West Distillery’s operating center about 20 minutes outside of town.

Happy Hour:

For a buzzy, yet sophisticated atmosphere head over to Aprés Pendry for live music, seasonal cocktails and nibbles like fondue and oysters. Then, visit The Umbrella Bar at Canyon Village for some wings and beer. Alternatively, take the town lift to Main Street and hang out at the legendary No Name Saloon (opens in new tab) decked out with antlers and vintage ski memorabilia. 

Disco Pizza

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Dinner:

Your tastebuds will be blown away at Kita, a Japanese grill style restaurant with the options to eat indoors, bar side, or al fresco when the spring weather permits. For starters, order a sampling of sushi and the seared octopus followed by the dry aged New York strip. While trying out new recipes, the chef is known to send out innovative new dishes to savor.

For another great meal, snag a table in the lounge area at The Farm for laid back ski lodge vibes in Canyons Village. Feast on house made cheeses, shishito peppers (odds are that one out of seven will make you sweat), duck and wild mushroom cannelloni, and wash it all down with one of the award-winning wines from the in-house wine cellar.

Pizza and arcade game lovers can head over to Disco Pizza for a full pie, pastas, handmade milkshakes, and curated cocktails.

Sara Holzman is the Style Director at Marie Claire, covering runway trends and tracking down the latest finds to buy and wear. When she’s not writing about fashion, she pens about the best places to jet-off to.