Resort accommodations were sponsored and provided by Westgate Park City. All opinions are my own.
I haven’t traveled in a year since the COVID lockdown in March 2020. This was really hard for me as I used to travel a lot. In the last four months of 2019, I had traveled to Paris, Barcelona, Mallorca, Sardinia, Positano and Capri. We moved to Minneapolis in the summer and took up paddle boarding, kayaking and canoeing but in just two months, the season changed and winter came early. Being from LA, I appreciate the seasons and we decided to learn how to ski – both downhill and cross-country. We scheduled our first ski lesson in December and started going to local ski resort, Buck Hill, on the weekend. After a busy January, we knew we wanted to take time off and take our very first ski trip in February. When we first got into skiing, I looked up the “best ski resorts in the United States” to start looking at all the places we can go. I knew that Park City was the largest ski resort in the country and so when I got invited to visit by Westgate Resorts – I knew I had to go.
Of course, my first concern was the COVID policies to make sure it was safe to travel and stay there. We decided to drive so we can bring our skis (and we also spent a few days in Vail, Colorado beforehand) and we were still not comfortable to fly there. Immediately upon checking in, there were a lot of new protocols in place such as panels at the front desk, housekeeping not going into your unit during your stay, elevator procedures and more. We definitely felt safe staying at Westgate Park City. Aside from COVID protocols, here are 7 reasons to plan your ski trip to Westgate Park City.
We were delighted when we checked into our Luxury Villa suite with a giant jacuzzi tub to soothe our ski legs after a long day at the slopes and with a full kitchen to be able to prepare breakfast and heat up leftovers. But the thing we loved the most was getting access to a washer and dryer in our unit so that we can do laundry after being on the road for three days previously and being able to wash our base layers. This was our first big ski trip and knowing that these amenities were available to us made things so comfortable and convenient.
The great thing about Westgate Park City is that it’s on the Canyon side of the ski resort. This means you don’t have to fight traffic going into the main village parking lot and you have access to the Red Pine Gondola to make your way over to the village side if you want to. We found this so much more convenient that going into the main side and you also have access to the village shops and restaurants.
Fantastic Dining Options
The Westgate Park City has two on-site restaurants, Drafts Burger Bar & Edge Steakhouse and luckily we were able to try out both. Drafts Burger Bar is more casual, sports bar restaurant, possibly the BEST burger Bar Utah has to offer, where we had the So-Fish-Dicated salmon burger and the Boujie Hippie veggie burger with fries of course. At Edge Steakhouse, we got the 360 Dining Experience in an outdoor Alpenglobe where we enjoyed the Alaskan King Crab Cakes, Pacific Eye of the Swordfish and Lobster and Black Truffle Risotto.
One thing I noticed about Westgate Park City was that they had a lot of staff from all over the world. You could see their countries on their name tags and I was able to meet so many Filipinos throughout the resort. Gilbert, who served our meal at the EDGE, was from Palawan and told me that he had been working in Utah for over twelve years now. I met others at Drafts Burger Bar and the marketplace, a store at the resort where you can buy groceries and souvenirs.
Get Serenity at the Spa
It had been over a year since I had gotten a massage and my legs needed some love after all the skiing. So I booked us both an 80-minute massage with an added skier’s leg relief plus some time in a private lounge. Before the massage, we got to relax in a giant whirlpool with a soothing waterfall. Masks were required during the massage, which was a first for me, but it was totally worth it! We had to do our massages in separate rooms since they were not offering couples massages.
Experience Park City Ski Resort
The best thing about staying at Westgate Park City was definitely the convenience and access to the Park City Ski Resort. After three days of skiing, there was still so much to explore and experience. There were runs for everyone, at every level. We even took a 3-hour ski lesson to improve our technique. There were a lot of lines, so be prepared to get there early or wait.
We had an amazing trip and I would definitely recommend staying at the Westgate Park City ski resort for the accommodations, dining options, spa, staff, and convenience of being on the Canyon side of the Park City ski resort. I’m already married but might consider Westgate’s premier wedding venue in Park City, Utah for vow renewal in five years. Either way, we will definitely be back!