Forget skiing! This is why you need to yurt in Park City

From Viking to Veuve: Why you’ll want to get your yurt on in Park City

The Viking Yurt at Park City Mountain is an experience not to be missed!

“The red button behind you is unfortunately not for drink service,” announces the champagne blonde with a Pomeranian stuffed in her backpack. We’ve just snuggled into a sled attached to snowcat and are making our way up to the Viking Yurt in Park City. Though we’re barrelling along at a fairly substantial clip at a seemingly precarious angle, there is no need hit the alarm – though naturally, we would very much appreciate drink service.

Forget skiing! This is why you need to yurt in Park City

How adorable is this?

You won’t find yurts at every ski resort, but in Park City, Utah there seem to be an abundance of them. The Viking Yurt sits 1800 m (6,000 ft) up Park City Mountain, the largest ski resort in the United States. We’ve just spent a fantastic day exploring the ski terrain and after a quick change, it’s back to the mountain to party like medieval times.

Dinner at the Viking Yurt in Park City

Truth: arriving at the yurt feels like we’ve been transported back to another era. It’s pure magic with twinkling lights festooning the yurt exterior and a million stars peeping through the velvet night sky. Inside is just as charming with a wood burning fireplace and long tables filled with hungry skiers. The Nordic regions know how to make the most of winter, and this four-hour European dining experience is majorly memorable.

glogg viking yurt

Ski shot anyone?

The party errr dinner, gets kicked into gear the way I imagine most Viking feasts do: with Glogg! This glogg happens to be a non-alcoholic berry cider. But not for long! Our waitress recommends spiking it with Aquavit. Of course I do just that and I’m feeling oh-so merry in no time at all.

Viking yurt apres ski


A bearded red headed Viking doppelgänger named Michael comes out and introduces the menu. We begin with a fantastic lobster bisque accented with long threads of saffron and chunks of salmon. Next, we’re instructed to stick our hand in a bag that gets passed along the table to grab fistfuls of warm garlic bread.

There’s salad, a sorbet palate cleanser and our main is braised short rib, cooked for seven hours before being set atop a bed of Jarlsburg mashed potatoes. It’s followed by a cheese course (I tried that fragrant Gjetost and didn’t hate it!) and dessert (still swooning over their cardamon ice cream).

viking helmets

So unbelievably heavy!

At some point they break out the Viking hats and ULLR, a digestif named after the Norse god of snow. It’s hyper mentholated and tastes like Scope, but at least I’m assured I’ll have minty fresh breath after much Glogg and pungent cheese.

Reservations for the Viking Yurt must be made months in advance, as they pretty much sell out every night. Get on it!

The Après Lounge at Montage Deer Valley

There is an awesome bright orange tent at Deer Valley ski resort and it just happens to be in the Veuve Cliquot signature colours. Yes, my friends, there is a god and it has made a champagne yurt. This is the ultimate après spot at one of North America’s swankiest ski hills.

glamping luxury yurt

Glamping at it’s finest. Too bad you can’t stay overnight.

You’ll find the Après Lounge AKA Veuve Yurt next to the posh Montage Hotel and between Express and Ruby chairlifts at Deer Valley Resort. Interiors are super chic – just as you’d expect after being kitted out by lifestyle brand Gorsuch. There are little wood burning fireplaces, cozy nooks, chandeliers and zebra rugs.

Veuve Cliquot yurt

You may never want to leave the Après Yurt at Deer Valley Resort

Pop in for a glass of champers or perhaps some cognac from Hennessy. At $32 US for a glass of yellow label it isn’t cheap, but you’re paying for the ambiance and let me tell you, it is worth it. And there are gourmet nibbles, too! All the hors d’oeuvres (think caviar, charcuterie and white truffle popcorn) are designed to pair perfectly with the Champagnes featured.

apres yurt montage hotel

Every ski hill ought to have an après yurt, don’t you agree?

winter champagne lounge

It’s alright, I guess:)

The Après Lounge is open to the public every afternoon. Groups can rent it out for private functions and apparently a fair number of elopements take place here. I can see why.

Have you ever been in a yurt? What was your experience like?

By | 2018-02-20T08:42:11+00:00 February 20th, 2018|Categories: Travel|Tags: , , , , , , , |24 Comments

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  1. Sweetberry 23.02.2018 at 07:22 - Reply

    Jody, thank you for this post. Its very inspiring.

    • Jody 25.02.2018 at 14:16 - Reply


  2. steph and zach dorworth 24.02.2018 at 20:02 - Reply

    A yurt! How fun! Would be such a cool experience to stay in one. The champagne yurt would be even better. It sounds great there in Park City. Your photography skills are spectacular by the way.

    • Jody 25.02.2018 at 14:16 - Reply

      I’ve always wanted to stay in a yurt, too!

  3. Maggie 25.02.2018 at 17:46 - Reply

    This sounds like an incredible experience. Champagne, glogg, and a fancy ride? I’d love it.

    • Jody 26.02.2018 at 09:37 - Reply

      How can you not, right?!

  4. Medha 25.02.2018 at 20:39 - Reply

    I agree, every ski resort (or even otherwise) we need an Apres Yurt because the experience looks so exciting! I don’t ski really but I’d still want to stay in one of these. So warm and cosy, with such great views. Thanks for suggesting the yurt in Park City!

    • Jody 26.02.2018 at 09:38 - Reply

      Anytime! So great there’s a lot of options at ski hills for non skiers.

  5. susanna 25.02.2018 at 23:52 - Reply

    Sounds like lots of fun! How cold was it though? xxx

    • Jody 26.02.2018 at 09:39 - Reply

      Not at all! This is a really good comment, because I think there’s a huge misconception about winter resorts. The sun is often shining and the cold isn’t an issue 99% of the time.

  6. Cathy (MummyTravels) 26.02.2018 at 07:35 - Reply

    A champagne yurt! Now that is glamping in style – actually all this sound pretty stylish, no wonder it sells out way in advance.

    • Jody 26.02.2018 at 09:40 - Reply

      I wish there were glamping yurts like this everywhere, too!

  7. TraveLynn Family - Jenny 26.02.2018 at 07:37 - Reply

    This looks like so much fun! They are so stylish here. We’ve only ever been in a tradition yurt in Mongolia. I find it fascinating how they’re popping up all over the place now as trendy accommodation and venues.

    • Jody 26.02.2018 at 09:41 - Reply

      Oh, I’d be so curious to hear what the traditional Mongolian yurt experience was like.

  8. Lois Alter Mark 26.02.2018 at 12:42 - Reply

    I had no idea these existed in Park City! I would love to visit, and it would be so much fun to stay in one if they could keep it heated well! Glamping at its finest!

    • Jody 26.02.2018 at 13:17 - Reply

      It is totally glamping at its finest!

  9. Eric Gamble 26.02.2018 at 17:40 - Reply

    holy crap this sounds off the hook! You had me at spiked berry cider….well you spiked it which makes you guys rock! I actually have it on my bucket list to stay in a yurt in Mongolia but what a great way to get an american style taste test in Park City. I tend to hate the cold and am not a snow skiier at all but Yurt partying is right up my alley!

    • Jody 27.02.2018 at 11:33 - Reply

      I have the Mongolia yurt on my bucket list, too!

  10. sherianne 27.02.2018 at 08:51 - Reply

    OMG! Both of these sound amazing. I’m googling how far away Park City is right now, I think this is drivable and I’m going!

    • Jody 27.02.2018 at 11:32 - Reply

      You should! Let me know how you found it if you did end up making it there.

  11. Rosemary 27.02.2018 at 15:02 - Reply

    Oh wow, that yurt is amazing.I’ve never been on one before, and I hope my first experience will be as glam as this one 🙂

    • Jody 27.02.2018 at 18:36 - Reply

      I hope so, too!

  12. Suruchi 27.02.2018 at 18:53 - Reply

    Yurt! We never had done that till day and it looks like a must do experience. Lovely pictures and write up. I loved that Apres yurt and would never be interested in leaving that place too. Thanks for introducing us to this place

    • Jody 28.02.2018 at 09:49 - Reply

      Pleasure! Hope you pop by again soon.

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