At Deer Valley, the consensus seems to be no snowboarders
Blue skies at top of Bald Mt at Deer Valley

At Deer Valley, the consensus seems to be no snowboarders

The families I met here like Deer Valley—one of Park City’s three ski resorts— because of the groomed runs but more important, because there are no snowboarders allowed. Deer Valley, in fact, is one of only three resorts in the country that don’t allow snowboarders.

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Outwitting the storm for once for a family ski reunion in Park City, Utah
View from our room at the Montage Deer Valley

Outwitting the storm for once for a family ski reunion in Park City, Utah

When the forecast got worse by the hour for the latest storm primed to hit the East Coast, I figured our flight from New York to Salt Lake City would invariably be cancelled the next morning.

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First destination skivacation — blue skies in Park City
Dan and Reggie at Park City Mountain

First destination skivacation — blue skies in Park City

It was our first destination ski vacation. My partner Dan Foldes and I had skied in Colorado throughout our college years, but we had only gone on day trips up to the mountains. This was the first time that we would be flying to a ski town, staying in a hotel, and skiing for three days straight, just the two of us.

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A blue-bird day and starlit night at Solitude Mountain in Utah
At the Solitude Mountain Resort in Utah

A blue-bird day and starlit night at Solitude Mountain in Utah

My kids would have loved the chance to hike along the ridge and drop into the resort’s famous Honeycomb Canyon, so named because 19th century mining trails are honeycombed under the snow covered mountains. The view from the summit—10,035 feet is spectacular—the Wasatch Mountain Range in all its glory without a condo or mega mansion in site.

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Sampling the healthy and delicious meals in Deer Valley Utah
The Empire Fireside Dining Experience

Sampling the healthy and delicious meals in Deer Valley Utah

No, we’re not in Paris or a big city patisserie. We’re in Park City, Utah at Deer Valley Ski Resort, one of Utah’s 14 ski resorts. At Snow Park Lodge, besides the freshly baked French pastries and muffins, the breakfast offerings include eggs benedict, home-made granola, house-smoked salmon omelets and challah French Toast.

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Fresh powder and lots of it at Snowbasin Resort in Utah
Our powder day at Snowbasin Resort in Utah

Fresh powder and lots of it at Snowbasin Resort in Utah

Truth be told, it was only my second morning on skis this season, it was dumping snow and I wasn’t feeling too confident. But two runs later from the top of the mountain—I loved that the gondola kept us warm—I was smiling— and still smiling after I got pulled out from where I’d fallen off the trail.

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Four family-friendly days in skier-friendly Utah
Goldfish in room at Kimpton Monaco Salt Lake City

Four family-friendly days in skier-friendly Utah

All the times I’ve been to Utah to ski—there are 14 ski areas to choose from—I’ve never stayed in Salt Lake City, but I could turn into a convert. You can get discounted gear and lift tickets at www.skinsee.com downtown and get discounted lift tickets at the Salt Lake City Costco.

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Welcome to the club ladies – wish there were more of these in ski country
The Ladies Club at Park City Mountain Resort

Welcome to the club ladies – wish there were more of these in ski country

There are also plenty of women’s clinics around the country designed for women to hone their skills, whether they are skiers or snowboarders. I wish every resort had a Ladies’ Club like the one offered at Park City Mountain Resort. All it takes is 2 hours and $60.

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