On March 17th, everyone is a little IRISH! We celebrated Spring Break and St. Patrick’s Day in Utah with our family. We were excited to spend the week skiing in Deer Valley, devouring yummy bites and dressing in GREEN.
St. Patrick’s Day is cultural and religious celebration held annually on March 17th. This day honors the life and service of the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick. Saint Patrick was a missionary, who brought Christianity to Ireland. He used shamrocks to explain the Holy Trinity to the Irish.
In honor of St. Paddy’s Day, we made shamrock chocolates. Homemade chocolates are incredibly easy to make with children. You can typically find pre-colored chocolate. The process is simple: melt, pour and freeze chocolate. REPEAT. You can purchase shamrock molds from Amazon.
Deer Valley holds a special place in our family. Our older sister, Shruthi and brother-in-law, Brian were married at the Stein Erikson. They are avid skiers today, while the twins haven’t skied since the wedding 7 years ago! We were excited to give skiing another go.
Deer Valley, a skiers only mountain in Park City, is a quick 45 minutes away from the Salt Lake City airport. Deer Valley accumulates 300 inches of powder snow annually. Skiers can challenge themselves on the very runs skied by Olympians during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games or take a ski lesson to learn the fundamentals of skiing. Note that Deer Valley is one of three remaining American ski resorts that prohibit snowboarders (the others are Alta and Mad River Glen).
We attended 3 days of ski school and advanced from the bunny hill to greens to blues during our trip. Dylan is on his third season of skiing and skies blacks while his mother skies Olympic runs and double blacks with ease. On our last day, we all took three-year old Keira on the mountain. She may even ski blues better than her aunties.
Our singer/song writer friend, Mark Radcliffe, performed a private concert at our condo. He opened with a beautiful rendition of Radiohead’s High and Dry. He also learned Let It Go from Frozen and gave Keira a mini guitar lesson. Dylan had a blast goofing around with his big brother, Will.
On our last night, we enjoyed a fabulous meal at Riverhorse on Main. We were told to request Jeff Hupe as our waiter and he didn’t disappoint! The food and service was perfect. We highly recommend this restaurant and if you go there, ask for Hupe!
Thanks again to Shruthi and Brian for planning a wonderful spring break. We even celebrated July 4th last summer in Park City. We now know why so many locals say they came to Deer Valley for the winter, but then stayed for the summer!
“In Heaven there is no beer that’s why we drink it here.” – Irish Saying