At Magical Realty, we love Park City, Utah and one of our absolute favorite ski resorts is Marriott’s Summit Watch Resort.
It’s hard to beat the short commute of a 30-minute drive from the Salt Lake City airport (SLC) that is all on highways. Even in snow, the ride is enjoyable. And the snow is the biggest reason we love Park City. This area boasts “the greatest snow on earth” and it’s also now the largest ski area in the United States of America, after Park City merged with the Canyons recently. Snowbird, Alta and many other world-famous ski slopes are in the immediate vicinity, making this a ski lover’s dream, especially with all the powder.
Marriott’s Summit Watch Resort sets directly on Main Street in Park City, Utah. You will not struggle finding great restaurants and bars just outside the resort on Main Street, as the shopping dining and drinking are superb. Another reason this is one of our favorite ski resorts is because the Town Lift is only a one minute walk from the resort, and wouldn’t you know that Marriott offers free ski storage right at Town Lift, so you don’t have to hump all your gear back and forth, every single day. That will make a big difference, especially on your fourth 10-hour day shredding the slopes! Marriott’s Summit Watch has one- and two-bedroom villas, that are, of course, beautifully appointed. There is plenty of room for your family to spread out, play games, find a quiet area to read and even cook a full course meal in the impressively appointed kitchens. There isn’t a full grocery store on property, however there are several provisional stores selling some items you may want to throw in the refrigerator inside your unit at Marriott’s Summit Watch.
Many people never even bother to cook or load up the fridge, because of the world class restaurants just outside the resorts perimeter, on Main Street. The last time we were there, we dined at an amazing restaurant called YodaYoda and their chef had won many international contests. It was a little hard to find, and smallish, so you may want to phone ahead to inquire about reservations. You’ll need to eat well because of all the calories you’ll burn, both on the slopes and around the resort. The resort staff does a world class job of providing fun and interesting activities throughout the resort for you and you little ones. They even offer free wine and beer tastings quite frequently
One of the best resort activities is the heated indoor / outdoor pool that your kids will love. IT really and truly is quite warm with the heat turned on, even when below freezing outside, it’s fun to swim outside and be warm amidst the gently falling snow. It was magical. And it wouldn’t be a ski resort if it didn’t have lots of hot tubs to soak those bones after a full day hitting the amazing slopes. Summit Watch has four hot tubs and the largest one can easily fit a football team plus four coaches. We’re talking fourteen or fifteen people, at least.
You will find the kids club and activity center is located in the pool area. It is very close to the last building at the resort. Do you and your kids love video games, arts and crafts, chess, checkers, air hockey, and various board games? Come on down to the activities area, It is a well furnished area with many, many things to keep you, and your family busy for hours on end.
You’ll want to sign up for ski lessons online early, as they can fill up. Also, there are significant lift ticket discounts the earlier out you can book/purchase those lift tickets. It’s always a good idea to purchase travel insurance…especially if you’re plunking down lots of money on lift tickets and lessons.
Yep, no matter how you slice it, Park City Utah and the Marriott’s Summit Watch resort are two of the marquee locations for true ski bums. Enjoy!