Hyatt Centric Park City: Your “Ski With Kids” Logistical Treasure

If your family is heading to Park City, UT (especially for a newbie ski trip) then I highly recommend staying at Hyatt Centric Park City.

Should couples stay here? Absolutely.

What if your kids or teens, or seasoned skiers? For sure!

But you know why I love them?

Courtesy of Hyatt Centric Park City

There is this complicated sweet decade between 2 and 12, where your family vacation needs are just a little more intense. And if your little ones are new to the sport of skiing or snowboarding (like ours were) then it’s even more important to pick the right place.

And Hyatt Centric Park City?

They ease TONS of logistical pain-points for those of us traveling with kids that age. Let me elaborate!

 

Courtesy of Hyatt Centric Park City

Spacious Rooms

You are welcome to book a standard to deluxe room if you need to pinch a penny. They are adorable with a partial kitchen and a fireplace

However, if you’re traveling with kiddos and all the baggage that comes with that (did you get my pun?) then you’ll want a larger space.

We stayed in a one-bedroom King Residence.  Larger one-bedrooms, plus two, three and four bedrooms are also available for larger or extended families.

Our room included a separate bedroom for the parents. The kiddos slept on the fold out sofa, and loved being lulled to sleep with views of the falling snow and the fireplace.

Our master bedroom offered a balcony for beautiful views and a second entrance into the HUGE bathroom. The bathroom included both a shower stall and separate large bathtub (with jets!)

There was also a washer and dryer in the room, which was a God-send. We used the dryer repeatedly between snow sessions, and did a load of clothes before heading out. Tide and Bounce sheets are available in the lobby for $2.

The other component we adored was the full kitchen. Granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances, plus everything you needed to cook a full meal mean that if you prefer, you can eat in whenever you desire.

We recommend eating out, as there are some FANTASTIC restaurants just right down the mountain (that post will be out next week,) but if you need to stock the fridge, here are a few places that can help that we found in the Park City Magazine while there:

 

Aloha Ski & Snowboard Rentals On-Site

If you need to rent skis, etc then just head to the second floor of the main building where you’ll find Aloha Ski & Snowboard Rentals. There are eight shops around Park City, and one is right inside the hotel!

I recommend ordering your rentals online, beforehand. You’ll save about 20% over the walk-in rate for adults and about 50% for kids. You’ll also be sure they have the equipment you need. (hey! Don’t forget to order a helmet!)

Hubs and I have our own boards, but the boys do not. We originally rented them skis, but decided to change to snowboards so they could hang with us. The on-site location did not have junior boards so we had to run down to the location in the Canyons (super duper close) but if we had ordered the boards online ahead of time, they would have had them ready for us.

You can return equipment to any of the 8 shops, regardless of where you rent from. But seriously, how much easier does it get than having the rental ship IN your hotel?

Access to Lessons

Both boys getting ready for their first snowboarding lesson.

Let me be clear, the kids’ lessons were with Park City Mountain and not Hyatt Centric…but I mention it here because it was SO EASY to get to the lessons from the hotel…and the instructors were stupendous! Seriously. So, in my mind, it’s a match made in heaven.

Do your kids need lessons? I guess not.

But…

Here are three reasons why I think lessons are really important for newbies or kids who only get to a mountain once a year or so (like us Southerners.)

First, you want the kids to have a great time. You’ve spent the money and effort to come out west for a real ski vacation They need to enjoy it. If you’re like us, you want to make sure they are begging you to come back the following season. And in order to have a great time, they need to know how to ski or snowboard.

Second, Moms and Dads are not the best teachers for their own kids – even if you’re great on the snow. Investing in a teacher who knows how to teach skiing or snowboarding makes a difference – and leaves all the emotional issues off the table.

Third, it gives you a day on the slopes together, without the kiddos. Our boys took boarding lessons from 9am – 3pm. That gave us plenty of time to hit the more difficult trails and spend a little time together, which we enjoyed.

Our guys spent time before lunch on the “magic carpet” and a bunny hill, learning the basics – with time for a hot cocoa break. Then they enjoyed lunch with all the other classes, and hit the slopes again.

In the afternoon they practiced getting on and off the lift and heading down a green trail. By the time they were back with us, riding the lift was old-hat (yay!)

Complimentary Shuttle

It’s really a short and easy walk down the hill to the entrance of Canyons Village – the largest and “main” base camp for Park City Mountain (more on that next.)

If you don’t want to walk, though…or you’re carrying too much gear then you can take the complimentary shuttle. Just let them know at the front door, and they’ll grab the keys and get you going.

In the evenings, the shuttle also runs to and from Main Street in Park City during the evening hours, which is a great way to get out for dinner without having to worry about paying for or finding parking.

If you rent a car for your trip, you can take advantage of the parking valet, but we preferred the heated underground parking, which was free and easy to get to access. Even though we rented a van, we still used the shuttle several times for ease of parking.

 

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Proximity To Canyons Village

Just at the bottom of the hill – and easy walk even with kids – is Canyons Village. While I do recommend heading out to explore Park City, you could stay in the village area for your whole vacation and have all your needs met.

This is where you will go for ski lessons, grabbing the lift or gondola, and for good eats and shopping.

Our Top Picks at Canyons Village?

The Ticket Window because…lift tickets! If you purchase 7+ days, they will mail you an RFID lift ticket card, otherwise you’ll need to pick it up. Multi-day tickets offer the best value, and you’ll usually save money purchasing tickets online (vs the window.)

Ski & Snowboard School. Again – it is worth every penny you invest.

The Farm was by far our favorite restaurant. In fact, we visited multiple times (something we almost never do when exploring a new place.) I later learned that it is a Top 10 Utah restaurant, and now I know why. It was so delicious…and the prices were very affordable.

Drafts Burger Bar is where we enjoyed breakfast one morning. It was super, and not as busy as Murdock’s Cafe next door. We were able to get coffee, bacon, eggs and other filling food pretty quickly and preferred that over the more popular “bagel” option.

One thing I’ll mention – don’t expect a Bloody Mary for breakfast. Utah law says that no alcohol can be served before 11:30am any day of the week…and if you do go in the afternoon or evening for drinks to a place posted as a “Restaurant” and not a “Bar” then note that you will be required to order food with your drink. Don’t shoot the messenger.

One Sweet Ride was a fun snowboard shop where we picked up a new pair of gloves for me, and Canyon Kids is a great kiddo shop where we found an extra pair of ski socks for the boys.

And finally, don’t forget to check out their Events Calendar. We loved hanging out in the snow and catching a live concert!

 

The view of Park City from Doc’s Run Trail

Ski-In/Ski-Out and Ski Valet

If your kids are newbies, you probably will not be able to leverage this feature…but it’s so awesome for proficient skiers that it bears worth mentioning.

From the second floor of the main building (next to Aloha Rental) you’ll find a set of glass doors that invite you to ski down to Sunrise Lift, which takes you via an advanced Green trail to the base.

We also enjoyed the sitting room just inside the doors, with lounging chairs and a fireplace.

The look of a family that finished their first snowboarding day and who are ready to head to Hyatt Centric for a snack.

Additionally, Hyatt offers a ski valet. The valet takes care of your equipment should you use that lift. It’s perfect so that you don’t haul your equipment into your room.

Apres Ski Snacks

Escala Provisions Company is the full-service restaurant and bar located within the hotel. We ate dinner here one evening, and especially recommend the large breakfast buffet.

We really enjoyed the complimentary apres ski snacks from 3pm – 6pm. The boys noshed on everything from lemon cake to homemade chips to veggies and dip.

It was a relaxing way to wind down after the lifts close (4pm.) Hubs and I enjoyed a drink while the boys ate. Additionally, it ensured they didn’t fall asleep in the room after a full day of skiing…and kept them held over until we headed out to dinner.

 

 

Awesome Game Room

Almost every day of our six day adventure included perfect ideal weather. One day, though, we were hit with several hours of rain  in the early evening.

No fear – we headed to the game room in the main building. It included giant TVs with an Xbox and Sony Playstation, pool table, foosball, board games, and ping-pong. Wow!

 

Heated Outdoor Pool & Hot Tubs

One of the great things to do before -and after- dinner in the evenings was to hit the pool. The gorgeous pool area with waterfall, baby area (1-foot deep) and two hot tubs.

We enjoyed it in the rain, the snow and the sunshine – no matter – it’s heated!

You can’t see it in the photo because it was where I was standing when I took this photo, but there is a covered area for dropping your cover-up, setting your water bottles, and stashing your towels (provided.)

I should mention here also that there is a fitness center and a steam room and sauna on site, and a full-service spa just down the hill at the Village.

 

Sleds Available

When you’re coming from Atlanta to the west coast, packing a sled it not a viable option. No worries! Hyatt Centric offers a handful of sleds in all shapes and sizes that guests are welcome to use.

While not an “official” sledding hill, the staff directed us to a gentle slope behind the pool building. We had a great time one evening taking the hill!

 

Dogs Welcome

This is Ellie, the canine ambassador for Hyatt Centric. This hotel is uber canine friendly! We saw precious pups all over the place! If you’re heading out on vacation, consider bringing Fido.

 

A gorgeous view even with a bit of construction. New things are coming!

New Things Coming

Park City Mountain is known for being Utah’s best family resort, serving the best culinary options, and being the top Ski and Snowboard School in the state. Could it get any better?

Yes!

There are several new and exciting additions coming in the 2018/2019 ski season, meaning there is even MORE reasons to make your plans now.

The High Meadow lift will be replaced with a detachable high-speed, four-passenger lift as part of the creation of the High Meadow Family Fun Zone. This will be a dedicated learning area for beginners, children, and families. Additional snowmaking through out the area’s gentle slopes will ensure ideal snow surfaces for learning. And a new Candy Cabin will offer guests a sweet treat during a rest break.

Additionally, there will be new hotel renovations and expanded dining opportunities! yay!

 

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If your family is heading to Park City, UT (especially for a newbie ski trip) then I highly recommend staying at Hyatt Centric Park City. They ease TONS of logistical pain-points for those of us traveling with kids. Here's why.

 

 

Disclosure: Thank you to Hyatt Centric Park City, Visit Park City, Park City Mountain, Aloha Rentals and Ski Utah for hosting us on this amazing adventure. This Utah trip was one of our family’s Top 10 vacation experiences ever…so sharing here is a pleasure. Opinions are all my own!

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