When a ski bum friend returned from her family vacation in Park City, she raved about the family-friendly nature of her winter wonderland vacation. It didn’t take too much convincing. My husband and I excitedly packed up our 4-month old daughter in the warmest puffy jacket we could find and set off for our first snowy vacation with our baby. Deer Valley turned out to be an ideal infant-friendly winter getaway and Elevation Lodges was the perfect choice for a smooth, drama-free stay.
Our base for the week was the Silver Baron Lodge, which we booked through Elevation Lodges.
Our suite had a royally comfortable King Bed in the master bedroom, and a King size pull out couch in the living room. The staff from Elevation Lodges set us up with a baby cot and baby bathtub, so we didn’t have to lug anything with us.
Larger families can also rent the adjoining unit, which has two extra Queen beds and a separate kitchen facility in case two families want to be together, and also have privacy (next year we will rent this unit and bring the grandparents too!).
Having the fully stocked kitchen was perfect for cleaning and warming bottles as was having a full washer/dryer for keeping our ski gear and our LO’s slobber-gear clean. For entertainment, the suite comes with a large screen TV, board games, Sony Playstation and cozy fireplace. A few times we even managed to sneak out to soak our tired muscles in the outdoor jacuzzi on our balcony.
The suite also had an indoor jacuzzi bath and a separate bathroom with an additional standing rain shower so that both my husband and I could shower and get ready conveniently in the morning.
In the evenings the ultra-helpful staff at Elevation Lodges arranged a trustworthy babysitter for our baby, and during the day we would take our little one to the Children’s Center at the Deer Valley Resort. The ratio for the infant room is 3 to 1, and while we were there, we had the luck of no more than two kids at a time with the caretaker. For those wanting to snowboard (as Deer Valley is a ski-only mountain), parents can also check out the child care at Park City Resort. Advanced reservations are required for either Children’s Center, and we recommend doing it early as it tends to fill up. If there is space, you can also opt for the half day, which we did a few times on lighter skiing days.
Park City offers excellent year-round outdoor activities. In winter months, the Children’s Center has a full day of non-ski activities for ages two months through 12 years. Kids ages 3+ can join the ski schools of any of the area resorts.
We specifically chose a suite with a fully stocked kitchen knowing that after long days of being on the slopes, we would be exhausted and happy to curl up by the fireplace with some soup and hot cocoa. For delicious kid-friendly outings check out Squatters (something for everyone!), El Chubasco for simple Mexican fare, and High West Distillery in town for some adult-friendly beverages.
Why We Loved It:
- baby gear available on request
- comfy massive beds
- romantic cozy fireplace and jacuzzi for when the kiddies fall asleep
- location minutes away from the Deer Valley Resort Children’s Center
What We Would Have Changed:
- extra fee for daily cleaning when renting through Elevation Lodges (worth it)