GOOP's Guide to Park City
Skiing in Utah certainly has its draws: wide-open terrain, more bluebird days than we can count, and some seriously good, consistent powder. (Case in point: This January alone, Deer Valley had already received more than 294 inches.) Another draw is the proximity to the airport—New Yorkers can be on the mountain by 1pm, and West Coasters can carve turns before lunch. And now, thanks to an alliance with mountain behemoth Vail Resorts, which owns Beaver Creek, Vail, Heavenly, and more, it seems that Park City, the laid-back mining town that many have known (and loved) for years, is finally getting the attention it deserves. The biggest news is that Park City Mountain Resort has merged with neighboring Canyons, resulting in a 7,300-acre mountain complete with a high-speed gondola called Quicksilver, as well as a handful of new on-mountain upgrades. The town itself continues to thrive, with new restaurants, shops, and even a performance venue popping up on Main Street.
High West Saloon
Right next to the Town Lift in Park City, High West is billed as the world’s first and only ski-in/ski-out gastro-distillery. Warm up at the bar (it’s made of reclaimed wood from a 1904 Salt Lake bridge) and order their chicken pot pie and a barrel-aged Manhattan. If you’re feeling extra-indulgent, the mac-and-cheese—made with smoked cheddar, jalapeno, and bacon—is well worth it, as is the sweet potato gratin. For a quick lesson in how small-batch spirits are made, including a look at their 250-gallon copper sill, free tours are given daily at 11:30am, 1pm, and 2:30pm. Slightly further afield (but worth the trek) in Warsip, High West's new distillery and tasting room offers tours, whiskey tastings, and a small, Western-inflected menu for snacking.