Explore the Wasatch chain and the Waldorf Astoria • Snowshoe Magazine
It’s always nice to plan a vacation around leisure, as it allows you to come home feeling more fit and comfortable than when you were away. Snowshoeing is a very family-friendly, low-impact activity; it offers great ways to get and explore while enjoying the fresh air and exercise.
The Park City, Utah snowshoe trail circuit is extensive and many of them are maintained by the Mountain Trails Foundation, an organization dedicated to the promotion and maintenance of Park City trails for any purpose. non-motorized recreational activities.
“I think snowshoeing is getting more and more popular,” says Victoria Ritzinger, snowshoe guide for White Pine Touring. “It’s a really great opportunity for people who don’t like to ski, who are older or who have been injured. Even injured young people who cannot ski can often come on snowshoes.
If you’re planning to make your trip multi-recreational, by next season Vail Resorts will have linked Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort to create 7,300 acres of skiing and snowboarding – much more terrain than even Vail Mountain in the world. Colorado, which has 5,289 acres.
Just north of downtown Park City, next to Canyons Resort, Basin Recreation offers 20 kilometers of groomed and multi-use trails, perfect for snowshoeing. The MidMountain trail system is easy to access and many trails are conveniently located near a great place to stay.
Hang up your shoes
The Waldorf Astoria Park City enjoys a quiet location and luxurious amenities. After a full day of playing in the snow, a couple or family can relax their muscles in the large outdoor pool and hot tub, or unwind with an afternoon at the Powder Restaurant.
High-level recreation takes on its full form in the hotel’s magnificent spa. Mountain Salvation Sports Massage will help your muscles stay ready to hit the trail every day. The treatment uses a high altitude blend oil, along with an analgesic yoga balm – a combination that creates an effective recovery system guided by the therapist’s interaction with each client’s specific needs.
Small or large groups of guests on snowshoe vacations will enjoy the leisure and spaciousness of a one, two or three bedroom suite at the Waldorf, with a full kitchen, dining table, living room, two gas fireplaces and a full size washer / dryer.
There are definitely evenings where you might want to stay in the room and cook (they’ll even send you a useful cooking kit with oils and spices), and some lunches should be enjoyed as a picnic on the trail. , but don’t miss the meal experience at Powder.
During the day and early evening, natural light from the large windows facing the courtyard brings an extra glow to the bubbles of prosecco, bursting into their fine streamer. The bright, buttery mussels are excellent as a starter or as an aperitif to share. Order the chewy, powdered sugar coated donuts for dessert, or step out by the fire pit for the free s’mores buffet every night.
Guests can book any adventure, equipment rental or cultural experience through the on-site concierge at The Waldorf. Plus, their complimentary shuttle service makes it easy to get to downtown Park City or a fifteen-minute ride to the exclusive Deer Valley destination, where other snowshoe trails await. All Seasons Adventures offers guided snowshoe tours that start in Deer Valley and explore the Wasatch Range.
“The snowshoeing in the high altitudes was really good,” says Ritzinger. “People love to go out in the sun and enjoy the warm temperatures. “
Ritzinger says White Pine Touring also guides groups on special moonlight snowshoe tours in Deer Valley. It’s a great way for families to whet their appetite before heading out to enjoy a European-inspired fireside dinner at Empire Canyon Lodge.
Find the snow
Park City recently received some heavy snowfall in February, but before that it was sore for powder.
“Like a lot of the mountains in the west, especially the ones in Utah, the past two years haven’t brought in the snow we’re used to,” said Scott House of White Pine Touring. “But we keep the [nordic] the trail, and the snowshoeing in the higher elevations was really good.
The aforementioned MidMountain trail system has groomed trails, like Rob’s Trail, where shoe spikes are sufficient. There are still areas where you can break trails in the trees, and you will need your snowshoes for that.
When the snowpack looks really thin, White Pine Touring offers snowshoe tours in parts of the Uinta Mountains, which is a 40-minute drive from Park City. They offer a picnic, so with driving the 5 hour tour includes around 3 hours of walking which is enough for a nice snowshoe session.
The distance from Denver to Park City, Utah is about 500 miles, or about an 8-hour drive without stopping. Flights from Denver can start at around $ 145 round trip, but vary widely depending on time of year, airline preferences, and more.
Kim Fuller is a writer and snowshoe enthusiast based in Vail, Colorado.