April is the time to start planning for the 2019-2020 ski season.
Park City became the largest ski resort in the United States after it merged with Canyons Resort in 2015. Now, the ski resort boosts over 340 trails. The first day was bitterly cold and snowy. My friends and I started on the Park City side. One of my favorite moments that day consisted of skiing down a trail covered in waist deep powder snow. We spent our second and third days on the Canyons side meandering through a large variety of exhilarating runs.
For the past two years, my friends and I have been meaning to relax in a hot spring après ski. However, due to either scheduling or distance considerations, we never made it to any hot springs. Determined to finally break this cycle, I researched hot springs near Park City and came across the Homestead Crater. This hot spring is located in Midway, Utah inside a tall beehive shaped limestone rock. You can even scuba dive in it! Another fun fact about Homestead Crater is this was were they filmed the pool scene in 127 Hours. The entire experience was extremely surreal yet relaxing. Afterwards, not quite ready to end our adventures, we went on a snowmobile tour to catch the panoramic mountain views. We ended our night back at the Homestead Resort with a sleigh ride and visit to the Midway Ice Castles.
With this ski season just about wrapped up, now is the time to start looking ahead to plan for the next trip. I plan to buy an Epic Pass for the upcoming season. This pass works well if you plan to take multiple ski trips at multiple resorts. Early bird pricing is usually featured in spring. Of course, do your research to make sure the resorts are included in the pass, and check for blackout dates. The pass also offers good discounts for your friends and family.
In terms of dining, Park City offers many great restaurants to choose from. The cozy and rustic Viking Yurt is located on the Park City side mountain slopes. The grilled cheese with tomato coconut curry were delicious. Prime Steak House and Piano Bar in historic Park City featured delicious steaks and lobsters served on searing plates. For the rest of our meals such as breakfast and other dinners, we cooked ourselves in the Airbnb rental. The grocery stores were all conveniently located.
If you are interested in the Homestead Crater, I recommend booking online here. If you choose to stay at the resort overnight, two soaks are included with the room.