Go Glam at the Ultimate Aprez-Ski Yurt in Park City

Imagine ending your day of invigorating skiing in an ultra-chic cozy yurt, filled with eclectic mountain style furniture and European antiques, warmed up by pot bellied open stoves with flickering flames. A place where champagne flows and caviar is melting on your tongue. The perfect place to share classic European and inspired avantgarde American bites that all pair well with champagne.

Luxe Aprez-Ski Yurt in Park City

Deer Valley in Park City is known for luxury, amazing service and offers a number of great restaurants and food outlets on the mountain, but most places are large and efficient (think quick in-and-out on the slopes again) and lack intimacy and coziness.

Time to take a rest at the Veuve Cliquot Aprez-Lounge-how do you get a pair?

After braving the moguls or cruising the smooth corduroy groomed runs, this cozy bright orange circular hut is the ultimate in comfort for body and eyes: filled with art, antiques, fur throws, antler decorated lounge chairs and sofas, a wooden bar that reminds me of the Adirondacks, and amazing views out to the snow filled slopes. Old snow shoes, sledges, plaid covered furniture and pillows galore make this a yurt I would love to stay in for a couple of days. It is time to design a cozy yurt hotel!

Cozy  champagne & caviar bar at Aprez-Lounge yurt in Deer Valley

Beyond champagne and caviar, try the black truffle popcorn, Korean chili lime popcorn or lobster corn chowder. Food selections vary and the yurt can be reserved for special parties and events with bespoke catering.

A yurt filled with Swiss antiques

The lounge is open every day from noon to 4 pm during the ski season and is located in Empire Village in front ski lifts at the Montage Resort Hotel. The adventure is pricey, but a very rewarding and truly memorable experience. (Montage Resort, 9100 Marsac Avenue, Park City, UT 84060. Tel 435.604.1300)

Cozy-up

Written by Zia Hansen. Photos by Zia Hansen

Life Elevated in Park City: Where Anything Can Happen

Not only can you can challenge yourself on snowy white groomed-to-perfection slopes or participate in Nastar races on the runs skied by Olympic contestants during the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Winter Games; you can also enjoy sleigh riding, snowmobiling, dog sledding, snow shoeing or heli skiing during the winter. Or, you can choose to be entertained in one of the many aprez-ski entertainment lounges in the ski resorts or on Main Street. How about champagne and caviar aprez-skiing at a cozy yurt? Two of the world’s best ski resorts: Deer Valley and Park City Resort, offer some of the best skiing in the world.

Sundance Film Festival Park City 2017

During the 10-day Sundance Film Festival showcasing American Independent and international films, the old mining town is filled to the brim with actors, producers, film critics, investors and over 40,000 movie lovers, all in fluffy down jackets, knitted beanie hats with furry pompoms and aprez-ski booties. A great place to spot celebrities, or attend forums discussing issues and topics which are motivating both film makers and audiences. Any movie could become a breakout hit, any new talent could be discovered. The air is filled with the anticipation of boom or bust.  One third of film features come from first-time film makers, and one third from foreign countries. Hotels and restaurants are fully booked, one fourth of all retail stores and galleries are turned into Sundance VIP Lounges.

World Cup Freestyle Aerial contestant

Just a few days after the Sundance Film Festival has left Park City back to its slow normal pace, the World Cup of Freestyle Skiing embarks on the mining town with a completely different energy and enthusiasm. For three afternoons and nights the best and most exhilarating dare devils of the world compete for world recognition at Deer Valley Resort. The Freestyle Aerial competitions display stunning breathtaking acrobatic excellence, as the Aerial Freestyle competitors twist, fly and dive, and the Dual Mogul competitors display amazing speed racing combined with aerial flip and turn talents. The final night this year was packed to the brim with an estimated 50,000 spectators and the energy was contagious, filled with cheers or sympathy for those who crashed and lost their chances for medals. What a great event which even is free of charge to all lovers of the sport and excitement.

World Cup Freestyle Skiing: Cheering audience

Once again, after the completion is over, the old mining city is back to normal, where weathered skiers and snow boarders pack the lounges after a day of thrills. The steeply sloped Main Street is packed with art galleries, restaurants and bars, luxe realtors and retail stores, offering an artsy all-American Main Street charm. The ski reason ends Mid-April, after which the city slows down to a hiatus until Memorial Day Weekend.

Deer Valley Resort-Peak view

Summer activities: during summer the mountain is again filled with non-stop activities such as mountain biking, hiking, golfing and horseback riding to hot air ballooning. Music filled evenings offer a variety of outdoor concerts, from symphonies, rock, folk or jazz, where you can enjoy custom gourmet picnic baskets or bags. Silly Sundays on Main Street are fun and packed with tourists and locals, enjoying live bands, fresh food markets and food vendors. Bicycle races and soccer tournaments bring new masses of tourists to town.

Hot Air Ballooning: summer activity
Fall colors are spectacular near Park City

Food: the resort town caters to families and couples who enjoy eating and relaxing as much as they enjoy skiing or mountain biking. Healthy, comfort and delicious food options are plentiful, both on the resorts and on the charming Main Street.

For an unforgettable dining experience try Chimayo, located on Main Street: a charming Tex-Mex romantic style restaurant on Main Street, which offers delicious Tex-Mex food, I especially recommended the Elk and the Tortilla Soup. A perfect setting for a romantic dinner complete with fire places. Reservations recommended. 368 Main St, Park City, UT 84060-5223 Tel: (435) 649-6222 www.chimayorestaurant.com

High West Distillery Park City
High West Distillery Park City: a historic western monument

For a locally made whisky tasting experience and gastro-dining, try the High West Distillery just behind Main Street. This western historical monument is a wonderfully renovated old western garage turned into a cozy restaurant and bar. Try their Flight 101 and taste the difference, best sitting at one of the cozy bars, where the bartender can walk you through the difference. You can purchase the whisky you tasted and get food pairing suggestions. Reservations are recommended as the place is very popular. 703 Park Avenue, just one block off historic Main Street. www.highwest.com