Silver Linings in Utah

I need to start this out by saying that I have loved to ski since I took my first ski lesson when I was three years old. My family took annual ski trips and in the past several years, I’ve made multiple visits to Park City for skiing and Sundance. So after living in Los Angeles and New York City for several years, I decided to make a permanent escape to the mountains for a lifestyle change. Last summer I was out shopping for a mountain bike but instead I bought new skis (Volkl Tierra) with the help of “One Sweet Ride” at Canyons Resort because I was so excited for the snow to start falling. (On a random sidenote, I will say that if you’re a female in Park City, the best way to learn how to mountain bike is with Team Sugar!)

Despite my efforts to completely embrace mountain living, it seems that luck was not on my side one fateful day while skiing at Alta. Unfortunately, I tore my ACL on February 28 after skiing approximately 25 days this season. I wish I could say there was a great story behind the injury (and I probably should make one up at this point) but the truth is that my skis just went a different direction than the rest of my body.

I have never had an injury of any type but I have heard from numerous people since hobbling around on crutches that (fortunately) this is one of the best places to have this type of thing happen. And almost two months later, I have to agree. Not only has this injury happened to a several other people here (it’s almost like a “free sympathy club”), but in Park City, we have great orthopedic surgeons and physical therapists here to get you ready to go for next ski season. Needless to say, I am a big fan of Dr. Vern Cooley and Alpine Sports Medicine. If for any reason you know someone who has to be on crutches, I’d recommend ordering crutch pads/bag from Crutcheze€”the bag is perfect for holding a drink/cup/bottle/keys/phone and I even had a few cuties hit on me by complimenting me on my bedazzled crutches…silver lining.

That being said, I am definitely jealous of this year’s amazing spring ski conditions while I am recovering from surgery. I guess my friends and I will have to re-schedule our plans for the Interconnect Adventure Tour. (Tours depart daily from Deer Valley Resort or Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort and are led through Park City Mountain Resort, Solitude Mountain Resort, Brighton Resort and Alta Ski Area. Tour includes guide service, lunch, lift access and transportation back to point of origin.)

Like I said, I am trying to find the silver lining while injured and make the most of the situation by researching the best places for drinks/food in the area. However, I still have an extensive to-do list of places I haven’t been to yet (such as Talisker, Fireside Dining, and Viking Yurt). Stay tuned for changes…

Here are a few of my favorite places so far:

1. High West Whiskey Distillery – I have officially fallen in love with the Twilight Tea, Mac N’Cheese, and Bacon Caramel Popcorn therefore, this is my favorite place.

2. No Name Saloon – Located on Main Street, this place has the best buffalo burgers in town. Don’t forget to take matches home as souvenier and sit on the heated bench outside to people-watch especially during Sundance.

3. Maxwell’s – A sports bar located in Newpark/Redstone/Kimball Junction and serves delicious pizza by the slice. Outdoor concerts right outside the front door during the summer as well as cornhole tournaments make this a local’s favorite. Order the Cookizza for dessert€”you earned it after long day on the slopes.

4. Bar Boheme – Feels like you are transported from Main Street in Park City to West Village in NYC. Live music and yummy Bloody Mary Bar on Sundays make me very happy here.

5. Goldminer’s Saloon at Alta – Alta is one of my favorite places hands down (sorry boarders, it’s skiiers only at the resort but you are welcome to drink/eat here). Stay the night at one of the lodges or designate a driver before the apres festivities because it is a long, winding drive back down.

6. Umbrella Bar at Canyons – Busy, fun place especially during Spring Gruv when they have daily concerts, but bring a Nalgene if you want water because they only sell bottled water.

7. Corner Store at PCMR – Always a great vibe with great live music.

8. Silver Restaurant – One of the “new kids on the block” but super trendy and chock full of eyecandy.

9. Mountain Terrace at St. Regis Deercrest – Great date night place. Take the funicular up and enjoy sunset by the Garden of Fire with a glass of wine and dessert.

10. Park City Silly Summer Market – Really, if you are here during the summer and not at Park Silly, you are missing out. Or maybe I am just a sucker for the Bloody Mary Bar again.

TIP: if you are in Park City, pick up a copy of Park Record (local newspaper) because there are often 2-for-1 coupons!

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