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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 sipping it.

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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, January is a time to get back to business, but in Park City, Utah, the first month of the year means loads of fresh powder, a kick-off to 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.

1: Zen Out at a Gorgeous Slopeside Spot

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        While skiing and screening cool films may be at the top of your wish list, staying at The Lodge at Blue Sky offers a nice refuge from the hustle and bustle of Main Street. Set on 3,500 secluded acres, this ranch-resort hybrid has panoramic mountain views, a hot tub and heated infinity pool, and complimentary daily yoga classes for those who want to keep it moving. Ski and snowboard bunnies can get fitted for gear on site and can warm up in the private ski lodge at the Silver Star mountain base complete with hot cocoa and hand warmers. Need a day to yourself? Book a locally inspired treatment, like a sage and stone massage or a chamomile foot soak, hang out at the barn with the rescue horses, and snowshoe the property while keeping an eye out for elk and other wildlife.

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        2: Ski Park City's Famous Slopes

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        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 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.

        3: Lean Into That Après-Ski Time

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        If you find yourself in town, head over to High West Distillery 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.

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        For post-ski fun, take the town lift to Main Street and hang out at the legendary No Name Saloon decked out with antlers and vintage ski memorabilia. For a more upscale happy hour head over to Legend’s at the Park City mountain base for a buzzy atmosphere, killer martinis, and sophisticated bar fare like seared ahi nachos with mango salsa and wasabi crème.


        Option 1: Your tastebuds will be blown away at Yuta run by James Beard Award-winning Executive Chef Galen Zamarra. For starters, order the bison Tataki and the seared octopus followed by the wood fired salmon or the ribeye. While trying out new recipes, the chef is known to send out innovative new dishes to savor.

        Option 2: Snag a table in the lounge area for laid back ski lodge vibes at The Farm 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.

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