What is Skiing Without Après?

Not real skiing!

This is why we should ski hard and till the end. Tire our legs out so we can reward ourselves. Once again I’ll tell you about some of my favorite spots:

I usually enjoy heading to Edgar’s Beers & Spirits (EBS) Lounge at the end of the day. This is at the base of the mountain in Snow Park Lodge and named after our founder Edgar B. Stern. There is a lot of history about him and his family and the development of Deer Valley. Also, you’re at the base of the mountain so if you get to comfortable there’s no worry about making the last chair. And it’s easy to get comfortable here because there is a big screen TV which usually has the hottest football game or some sort of World Cup ski event playing.  On weekends, there is live entertainment. Here you can find something for everyone’s taste. If you’ve skied hard enough, try Edgar’s favorite drink, the Edgartini!  Just one though! You still need to get back to the hot tub.

Another spot is the BEACH at Silver Lake. This is at mid-mountain and directly outside the Silver Lake Lodge. You know you’re at the beach when you collapse into one of the white beach chairs. Of course this spot is better on some days more than others. When it’s a bluebird day it’s a perfect spot no matter the temperature. (Well, maybe as long as it’s not below zero!)  The sunshine is beating down on you and you are looking up Bald Mountain watching other skiers and seeing the runs you have just conquered. Not a bad view! I have made this spot a tradition for closing day.   Grab a beer from the Silver Lake Restaurant and toast to the mountain for a great season or day.

If you don’t want to be outside, Royal Street Café is also located at mid-mountain inside Silver Lake Lodge.  Here you can enjoy all sorts of nice drinks including the most popular one on the mountain, Deer Valley’s Blueberry Mojito. Remember though, you at mid-mountain, so if you started at Snow Park you’ll need to make sure you get on the chair by 4:15. But if you’re staying at mid-mountain than you’re almost home!

Your probably wondering what my favorite après drink is, I have to go with my regular Chardonnay. Those of you who know me I’m sure you’re laughing. I don’t change too much or shy away from my regulars; Skiing, Tuna Tacos, Chardonnay! I know I’m boring!!

Cheers and See you on the slopes!

Ski Like a Local

On my first (and only) ski vacation to Utah, we came with a large group of friends. It was pre-kids, and definitely a Go-Big-or-Go-Home kind of week. If the slopes were lacking the fresh stuff that March week, we barely noticed. So dazzled were we by the terrain, the fluffy nature of Utah snow, and the delights of Deer Valley in particular that we skied our hearts out.

Prior to arriving, we debated what type of multi-day ticket to purchase. We worried the 5 days of skiing would not be enough. Upon arrival, we commenced skiing from first chair to last chair for four days in a row.

My husband and I took breaks only to find a custom-boot-fitter who saved our aching feet and allowed us to ski longer.

On the evening of day four, our large crew of eleven adults traipsed back into the condo from a yummy dinner on Main Street, and made noises about what time we’d leave for the mountain the following morning.  We conceded that an hour or so of delay in our routine might not be too bad. Not one of us admitted to the total-body-exhaustion we felt. Instead, we hoped to sleep it off.

As we stumbled into the kitchen the following morning, the mood was a little subdued. Eggs fried. Bread toasted. And people tried to rally. Someone floated a test balloon. “Hey, did you guys know there’s an outlet mall?” This query came from one of the women, but the entire room erupted in a chorus of “We should go!”

The room breathed a collective sigh of relief, and our energy returned.

I’ll say this: Retail therapy goes a long way toward prepping tired muscles to rally for the last day on the slopes.

Now, as a local, a first-to-last-chair day seems like an exotic thing. One of my friends, determined to ski 100 days in a row this season, says all he needs is that first run. If he’s not feeling it after that, he checks off the day and heads home. Others swear by Crack-of-Noon syndrome. I’m a fan of a day on the mountain—punctuated by leisurely meals. Once or twice a season, I grab a full day on the slopes. But more often than not, I enjoy a half day of runs, some lunch, and head home. Peppering one or more of these more mellow ski days into your family’s vacation is a great idea. It allows your kids to “miss” skiing (see my previous posts about leaving them wanting more), and allows your family to discover your favorite other pastimes in town.