Name a better high than skiing with your best friends all day, hitting up a little (or a lot) apres ski on the deck, and then heading back to your palatial vacation rental to hot tub the night away. You can’t, can you??
This was exactly what I was looking for for my bachelorette weekend, which is why I chose to have it in Park City, Utah!
When to Go:
Ski season in Park City typically runs from mid-November to mid-April, weather and snow permitting. The best months for snow are typically January and February, with March being a good transition month between good snow and good weather.
We chose to go from March 10 – 13th. We had great weather almost the entire weekend (other than a snowstorm on Sunday that pushed us back into Salt Lake City earlier than we expected!). The snow was a tad icy – but that is because they hadn’t had new snow in awhile – which is always a risk that you run when you plan a ski vacation in advance! I was really happy with our weather and the snow though.. it was a little more important to me to have a warm, sunny day than peak snow conditions, and that is exactly what we got!
Before you make the final decision on when to have your bachelorette weekend, please also take into account the various events that happen in Park City, which may affect prices for lodging and ski tickets, as well as general crowds on the ski lift and in town. For example, the Sundance Film Festival is typically at the end of January, which can bring in over 100,000 people to town over the course of the festival!
Getting to Park City:
Probably the main reason that I chose Park City was the ease of getting to and from the airport. I had besties coming in from all over the United States – LA, Seattle, Michigan, DC, Boston, Denver – literally every corner of the country. With all of our different work schedules, I knew that it would be impossible for all of us to arrive at the same time and caravan up the mountain together. Fortunately, the Salt Lake City airport is only about 35 miles from Park City – a very easy uber! We had friends come in at 1am into the SLC airport and leave Park City at 4am on our last day.. and never once had an issue with finding an uber to and from the city. It worked out so well!
We decided to get two rental cars for getting to and from the airport, as well as getting around town. It worked out super well for us! It was really nice to be able to go to the store whenever we wanted, take the cars to the ski lifts, and also to be able to drive out to some hot springs. We definitely could have relied on ubers and forgone the rentals, but it was a lot easier to have the cars – I’m really glad we did!
We had 11 girls join us for my bachelorette weekend. Since we had such a large group, I knew pretty much from the start that we would get a big airbnb (rather than hotel rooms). I wanted all of us to be able to stay together – so we found the most perfect 3 bedroom house in Bear Hollow (a few miles north of Park City)! It came out to $222 per person for 4 nights. I would love to link it here and promote it (5 stars for sure!), but the listing has been taken down. If the owners ever decide to rent it out again, I will be sure to link it here!
There are plenty of short-term rentals in and around Park City. We decided on a home a little outside of the city because it was a bit cheaper, but it would have been really nice had we been able to stay in downtown and just walk everywhere. And of course, I have to include a shameless plug for AvantStay – who has concierge services to help you plan a private chef, yoga class, grocery delivery, or any other custom experience to take your bachelorette to the next level!
Other hotel options for lodging would be The Lodge at Blue Sky or Hotel Park City. The Wandering Wheatleys put together this super cute blog on the 12 best hotels in Park City that I would recommend perusing as well.
A few of us arrived late Wednesday night. We drove straight up to the house, oogled at how beautiful it was, and then basically immediately went to bed. I’m really glad that we were able to come on Wednesday, as that let us have the airbnb all day on Thursday, so we were able to decorate and shop before most of my friends arrived!
We woke up on Thursday, and after a quick breakfast at Bonnie & Clydes, we got to work! We stopped at Walmart to stock up on food and necessities, and a liquor store for the good stuff (the real necessities, if you will). Once back at the house, my wonderful, wonderful friends agreed to put together and hang a balloon arch for me (which proved to be way more difficult than originally expected – if you know, you know).
By the time we finished up the balloon arch, more friends were starting to arrive! Our initial plan was to have happy hour at The Apres Lounge at Deer Valley Montage, but by the time everyone came and we started visiting, we were honestly too comfortable in the house catching up to make it over there! Also, it closed at 5pm, so by the time that we got over there, we probably would have had about an hour to enjoy it. Instead, we were more than happy enjoying the palatial airbnb and gorgeous views. It was such a lovely afternoon!
We cooked a welcome dinner at the house that night – taco night! And ended the night in the hot tub. Would highly highly recommend having a hot tub at whatever lodging you choose – there’s nothing like hot tubbing on a cold night in the snow.
Friday was Ski Day! We got up early, had a quick breakfast at the house, and all drove over to Park City Mountain to pick up our rentals and let the day begin! We had SO MUCH FUN rolling with a crew of like 10 people deep! Since it was a Friday, it was not crowded at all – we never had to wait more than five minutes for a lift. Park City Mountain was perfect for our group – we had some beginners, and most of the lifts serviced beginner and moderate runs, so we could all ride up together!
We skied pretty much all day – only taking a break to eat lunch at Pig Pen Saloon. By the time it was last chair, we weren’t ready to leave either! An absolutely fabulous day on the lifts with my best friends!
After skiing, we were all starved and ready to shower. We went back to the house and started indulging and snacks and drinks as we got ready for the night. Friday night’s dinner was homemade pasta and copious amounts of wine. We played bachelorette games (spicy Jeopardy, anyone?), relaxed in the hot tub, and played True American until wee hours of the night. It was the perfect night after a long day on the slopes!!
After our long day on the slopes, we planned to enjoy the Homestead Hot Springs in Midway – a natural geothermal hot spring located under a 55-foot beehive-shaped limestone rock. It was SO COOL. It was a big, warm pool where you got to soak for an hour. The temp stayed around 90-95 degrees, which was perfect for such a long soak.
Homestead Hot Springs is also the only warm water scuba diving destination in the continental United States. We were just soaking, but we could see people underneath us diving!! It was seriously one of the coolest hot springs experiences I’ve ever done. At the time we went, it was $19.35 per person for an hour, and you had to make reservations in advance.
We got home mid-afternoon, and after some lunch, midday naps, and drinks, it was time to head out for some debauchery in town! We tried to go to High West Distillery, but it was SO PACKED that we could not get a table. Instead, we headed over to the Alpine Distilling Bar and had some delicious cocktails!
For dinner, we tried out Twisted Fern, and it was absolutely delicious! Very cute little ambiance, they treated us like queens, and the food was to die for. Would highly recommend! Plus, it is located right next to a stop for the free city buses, so we were able to hop on the bus and get back into downtown super easily.
After dinner, we went to No Name Saloon and then The Cabin for dancing! We had so much fun – so much in fact that we almost forgot about the fact that it was daylights savings and we lost an hour, only to get home after 4am. Oops.
Our original plan for Sunday was to have breakfast at the house and then walk around downtown Park City, maybe take a yoga class or do a small hike, and just explore until we had to go back to the airport around 2. Unfortunately for that plan, we woke up to a snowstorm! It was coming down pretty hard, so we decided to forego that plan and just head down into the city that morning so that we wouldn’t get stuck in PC!
We ended up finding a super cute coffee shop and playing a few board games until we got hungry. We had lunch at Spitz before heading to the airport. It was a wonderfully lazy Sunday in the city, which was perfect because we were all exhausted from our night out the night before!
We had such a wonderful weekend, and I wouldn’t change one thing about it! It was the perfect combination of activities, relaxing, and just enjoying eachother’s company. However, these were a few other activities that we were looking at, all of which sound so so fun and the perfect addition to your bachelorette weekend!
Dine at the Viking Yurt – The Viking Yurt is a yurt-turned-restaurant located 1800 feet up atop one of Park City’s surrounding mountains, and is open for lunch and dinner. How do you get up there, you ask? By SNOWCAT. This honestly looks SO COOL – the menu looks to-die-for, you’ll be serenaded by a baby grand piano during dinner, and the 23-minute snowcat ride up and down the mountain sounds so dreamy! It is a little pricey though (understandably for the experience that you get!) and since we were all paying to ski for a day, we decided to forgo this experience and save it for the next time we visited Park City.
Stein Eriksen Alpenglobes – Have breakfast, lunch, or dinner in a private snowglobe! The Stein Eriksen Alpenglobes are clear domes that fit up to 6 guests and overlook Deer Valley. The alpenglobes were a little small for our big group, but had we been able to fit, we totally would have gone here for one of the dinners!
Spa Day – There are numerous spas around Park City that are perfect to help you get your relax on with a massage, facial, or just a day lounging around the pool. Some of the top rated spas in Park City include The Spa at Stein Eriksen Lodge, Spa Montage at Deer Valley, and Serenity Spa.
Ski tickets – Last year around Thanksgiving, Epic Pass was running a sale for single-day lift tickets for only $99! Now, I have an Ikon Pass, so I could have skied for “free” at Deer Valley, but since this ticket sale made Epic Pass tickets over half what they would be at Deer Valley, I decided that we would ski on Epic at Park City Mountain so everyone could pay less. I’m not sure if that sale will happen every year, but I suggest keeping an eye out for it just in case!
I seriously had the best bachelorette ever, and it would not have been possible without my amazing friends. Park City ended up being the perfect area for our ski bachelorette – I wish we could do it all over again… every year!