Friday, December 2, 2016

Park City, Utah, United States

Last February we chose to go to Park City, Utah for our annual west coast ski trip. Squaw Valley was a bust the year prior in terms of snowfall and we wanted to try something different. We loved everything about this trip! From the bed and breakfast we stayed in that heated the room through a gas fireplace and warmed us up with an amazing breakfast each morning, to the amazing snow conditions and not so crowded skiing. And lucky us, it snowed about two feet the first night we got there!

View from our room

I think this was the coldest skiing I've ever done!!!

We absolutely loved our bed and breakfast. It was so cozy and completely added to our trip.

Walking around the old town of Park City

We loved our time here so much that we decided to come back in June with Julia to check out the beautiful summer weather. We booked a stay with the same bed and breakfast (and were not disappointed) and despite a very very early wakeup the first day due to a toddler being on east coast time and not used to sleeping in a bed (Hmm.. what to do at 3am?) we were able to fully enjoy our long weekend and explore the area.

On the plane waiting out a two hour delay on the runway... 

Nap at 9am is reasonable when you wake up at 3!

Dan, Rachel, and Ariella met us at the b&b in the early afternoon. After some lunch we decided to head over to Park City Mountain base. Here they have all kinds of fun stuff to do like alpine slides, alpine coasters, zip lines, trampolines, and much more. Being the daredevil that she is, Julia wanted to try the alpine slide and the big trampoline, which she just made the weight minimum for. The alpine slide has over 3,000 feet of sliding down a track. We rode the lift up with Dan (Rachel stayed with Ariella at the bottom), picked up our sliding contraptions and headed to the line. Julia rode with Jon and she had such a good time! Afterwards we took her to the trampoline where she soared super high and enjoyed a great view I'm sure!

Loving the lift!

Getting ready to ride! 
All set for the trampoline

The next day we took the bus to the Canyons where we decided to do some hiking. I think Julia and Ariella would have been very content riding the bus all day. After arriving at the Canyons we rode a gondola up and then took some kind of standing scary lift up the rest of the way. We hiked up a good amount with Julia in the hiking backpack and Ariella in her carrier. The weather was gorgeous and we just loved how we were able to be outside without the excess humidity like we find with DC summers. We probably hiked about 1.5 miles up and then turned around. We stopped for lunch before getting on the gondola and then made our way back down. The kiddos just loved riding on the gondola and standing ski lift. The rest of the afternoon we hung out at the bed and breakfast and let the kids relax and play.

The next day we set out on a longer hike with Julia. We took the bus to Deer Valley in order to hike the Mid-Mountain trail across to Park City. The hike is a popular route among mountain bikers and hikers as you can make your way down to Park City from many different areas. We loved this hike, but it was way longer than we thought it would be! By the end we were hot, tired, hungry, and very thirsty as we had run out of water. We hiked about 6 miles in total and Jon's back was achy from carrying Julia the whole time. But we had a great time and next time we would definitely plan better for the afternoon out.

Julia liked it so much she fell asleep! 

We had to leave our bed and breakfast by 7:30 the next morning since we had a long journey ahead of us. Our hosts made us breakfast to go, which included egg sandwiches and delicious banana chocolate chip muffins. We seriously questioned whether we should move out west after this visit. The outdoor activity, the laid back lifestyle, the openness, and the weather makes this area very appealing! Maybe one day...

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