Teenager Izzy Atkin won her historic ski slopestyle bronze after moving to train in Park City, Utah
Team GB’s youngest member, Izzy Atkin, became a household name this weekend after winning a historic bronze in the women’s ski slopestyle event at the Pyeongchang Games. Atkin earned the first skiing medal in British Winter Olympic history, after months of training in the beautiful, snow-covered mountains of Park City, Utah – which Atkin now calls home.
Located less than 45 minutes from Utah’s capital Salt Lake City, Park City Mountain features The Greatest Snow on Earth®, a slogan that captures the experience of skiing and riding in Utah. This brand of snow is due to the unique meteorological impact of the nearby Great Salt Lake, which creates conditions that lead to consistently soft, fluffy powder in Utah’s ski resorts. In addition, the town of Park City has one of the greatest après-ski scenes on Earth – plus each winter it plays host to the Sundance Film Festival.
Here are some of the coolest hangouts in America’s must-see ski town, where you might just find yourself rubbing shoulders with Hollywood A-listers and Olympic medalists alike.
1) High West Distillery: America’s only ski-in, ski-out gastropub distillery, High West is enormously popular with both locals and visitors. Just don’t try skiing home after more than one of their famous whiskey flights. www.highwest.com/saloon
2) The Eating Establishment: Owned by Modern Family actor Ty Burrell, this bustling restaurant on Main Street is renowned for its expert craft cocktails, where every ingredient – including the mixers – is locally sourced and made in-house. The perfect place to warm up is next to the open fire after a big day on the slopes. www.theeatingestablishment.net
3) O.P. Rockwell: A 21-and-over cocktail lounge and boutique music hall, O.P. Rockwell is situated in a quirky Victorian-luxe basement, and is just as popular post-dinner as it is post-piste. Don’t miss one of the most dynamic venues in America’s liveliest ski town. www.oprockwell.com
4) Tupelo: When hunger calls, stop by this an industrial-inspired bi-level restaurant and bar for delicious artisan-sourced food and wines from around the world. Mouthwatering staples include the 48-hour braised veal cheek with parsnip puree and crisp marble potatoes, served with bone marrow butter. www.tupeloparkcity.com
5) Firewood: The brainchild of revered chef John Murcko, this stylish restaurant serves meat and seafood cooked on a huge wood-fire grill, visible through antique windows separating the kitchen from the wood-panelled dining room. There’s a new addition downstairs too: a funky cocktail den called Nickel Bar. www.firewoodonmain.com
Experience Park City: Ski Safari (01273 224067, www.skisafari.com) offers seven nights B&B in Utah from £1,595 per person. Departing on 8 January 2019, the price includes return international flights to Salt Lake City, seven nights B&B accommodation at the 4* Silverado Lodge in Park City and shared transfers. The price is based on two adults travelling and sharing accommodation. Lift passes are not currently on sale for the 2018/19 season, but as a guide, prices for this current season are $672 per person for travel in March 2018.
For more on Park City Mountain Resort, go to www.parkcitymountain.com
To plan your own visit to the state, see www.visitutah.com/uk