This post is sponsored by Chase Sapphire. All opinions are my own.
I was beyond excited to head back to Park City for the third year in a row! It’s known as one of the country’s most sought after ski towns, and I’m starting to feel right at home here every January. The beauty of landing in a familiar place is that while it’s well-known, destinations within the city are constantly changing. There’s always something new to discover each and every time the landing gear goes down. This year, I went in open-minded and came out with the following theme:
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.
No, I wasn’t getting married but hear me out. I always love going back to my favorite stomping grounds, but it’s fun to experience it as if it’s the first time all over again.
Something Old (or rather, familiar 😉 )
Seeing as this was my third time in Park City and second Sundance Film Festival with Chase Sapphire, my favorite hangout during my five days in Utah was Chase Sapphire on Main, a hub for cardmembers and non-cardmembers to get warm, rest their feet, charge phones, eat scrumptious bites from local restaurants, and get a chance to listen in on film panels with cast and directors from insanely good films. (As an added perk, you can flash your Chase Sapphire card to get into the cardmember lounge for even more goodies and access to cardmember parties at night!) Even from the streets of Main, the Chase Sapphire house is a big vibrant building drawing in crowds who, at first, may be vastly different from one another, but Sundance always presents a common bond during these precious days.
If you went to Sundance and didn’t see a film, did you really experience Sundance? After the Wedding is a brilliant film starring Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams. If/when you have the chance to see it, SEE IT. And thank me later! I won’t spoil it now, end of discussion.
New restaurants (to me) this year included High West Distillery, the first legally licensed distillery in Utah since the end of Prohibition, for some quality charcuterie & whiskey combo.
Chimayo, a Chase Sapphire Six restaurant, was another beautiful spot on Main Street (great salmon and amazingly fun atmosphere) while Veuve Clicquot’s Après Lounge (read: YURT) at the Montage Deer Valley hosted Chase Sapphire Cardmembers to wine and food pairing and tasting with Chef Brad Leone from Bon Appetite and looooots of bubbly. Champagne in a yurt always makes for a good night.
Festivals can be a bit hectic with back to back events and jam-packed schedules, and I love that Chase created a space that promoted a sense of wellness in the midst of the craziness. This year, I was able to teach a yoga class with the help of University of Utah Health and Land Juicery who provided fresh refreshments afterwards. Special thanks to everyone who came out in the cold on that early Sunday morning!
Last but not least, I skied a new mountain! I’ve grown up in the Skier’s Circle (whatever that is), so I’ve known about Deer Valley Resort for a minute or two. While I was able to experience Park City Mountain last year, I knew 2019 was Deer Valley‘s time to shine and WHAT A MOUNTAIN. I needed more than one day to properly hurdle myself down groomed black diamonds and glade through (read: narrowly miss) the beautiful aspens and everglades but let it be known: I’ll be back!
I’ll start out by saying jet lag is not my friend. Ever. Due to this life disturbance, we had about 22ish hours to turn around our suitcases and body temperatures between summer in Australia and winter in Park City. Because our entire brains weren’t in working order, we completely spaced and left our camera backpack at home leaving nothing to wear for ski day equipment. Luckily a friend saved the day by letting us borrow his brand new backpack.
I came, I saw and I conquered with my Chase Sapphire Reserve card. They say third time’s a charm, and when I look back on my time here in Park City…I think it’s safe to say that this card is just that: my lucky charm 🙂
Getting into Park City requires about a 40-minute drive from Salt Lake City International Airport. An Uber will run you anywhere from $45 – $100 depending on peak times, but that’s 3x points on travel with my Chase Sapphire Reserve card, so it could be up to 300 points. Score!
Special thanks to Chase Sapphire for bringing me out to Utah to celebrate independent storytelling and the best credit card perks around! Until next time 🙂
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