Winter in Park City, Utah
Happy New Year!! Most of the Nyquist clan rang in 2019 on a little winter vacay! We hope that this will start an annual tradition as this has been one of Austin’s goals for so long to get the family together for a trip since we are rarely able to all be together at the same time (only happens on Thanksgiving!) We didn’t manage to get everyone to come but hopefully we’ve planted the seed for next year. This year’s destination was Park City, Utah! Neither Austin or I had been to Park City and I’ve never really been on a winter-mountain vacation before. As a non-skier I was happy to just explore the town, try a few activities (like cross-country skiing which I loved and snowshoeing!), read by the fire, soak in the hot tub, watch other people ski, play some games with the fam, hang with my little baby niece, and avoid hurting myself by getting too adventurous!
I really liked Park City! It was so beautiful and snowy, but not too cold! It was just a different landscape that I haven’t seen before and now I’m eager to check out more snowy locations. I found the mountains, the snow, the coziness and even the wildlife (we saw some moose!!!) very serene! Normally, when we go on a trip we eat out for most every meal but since we all rented one house, we actually cooked every meal but three! We did eat pizza at Davanza’s, sandwiches at Main St. Deli , tacos at El Chubasco, and also grabbed a hot toddy to go from High West Distillery and every spot was great! You can find really fancy restaurants in Park City or super divey spots- and not much in between (we stuck with the divey:)!
I didn’t grow up skiing so I wasn’t very adventurous. But I did try cross-country skiing and loved it. It was a ton of fun and I feel like it was the perfect winter activity for me since it was mostly flat and you are more in control than downhill skiing. I ended up skiing an 8K and went up and down some hills. It was quite the workout and I was super sore the next day. We skied at the White Pine Touring Nordic Center and it was a great starting place because you can also rent all the gear you need there like skis and boots. While I’d say anyone can cross country ski with out hurting themselves, but Austin totally wiped out going downhill. It was funny and he was ok, but do be careful! We also went snowshoeing at the Montage Deer Valley and Quinn’s Junction Trailhead. Both were strenuous in their own way but enjoyable. The Montage was harder, as it was very steep but had amazing views (as seen from the first photo). We also really enjoyed walking up and down Main St and Park Ave- the heart of Park City. The town is so cozy and sits in the valley between mountain peaks. You can even ride the town ski lift up from Main St and ski back down from a number of ski runs.
I really stressed about what to pack for a cold weather trip. Frankly, I really overpacked which is very unlike me! I spent most of the time in my snow gear for when we were cross-country skiing and snowshoeing or was wearing leggings and jeans when we were lounging around the house or exploring Main St. I didn’t need much else- especially not all of the sweaters I packed. I would have been fine with two sweaters and two patagonia sweatshirts because that’s basically what I wore the whole trip. I will link to my coats and snow gear below as I felt that I definitely packed enough to be warm and comfortable!
It was so wonderful to have that quality time with Austin’s family since we all live so far apart. I hope we can make this a yearly tradition! Here are some pictures from our trip, if you’d like to see…