Most hotels host s’mores at their firepits after sunset.

Play and nosh

Dive into throwback arcade games (Skee-Ball, anyone?) or billiards inside the 3,500-square-foot, ski-accessed Champions Club (7700 Stein Way, 435.645.6455, steinlodge.com). Part of Stein Eriksen Lodge’s 2018 expansion, this all-ages hub has techie-now gaming—think a behemoth, millennial version of Pac-Man—as well as old-school faves and eats to match (pizza, wings, Steins burgers, and house-made ice cream sandwiches). For those seeking a little peace, consider a Bohemian pilsner at the plaza’s firepits while the rest of the brood is transforming into pinball wizards.

Keep the good times rolling at Daly’s Pub & Rec (9100 Marsac Ave, 435.604.1300, montagehotels.com), where four shiny bowling lanes, vintage arcade games, billiards, darts, and more keep everyone entertained in the swanky Montage. Dig into burgers or fish and chips—accompanied by Shirley Temples and local pints—between strikes and bull’s-eyes.

Can’t get enough of the fresh air and sparkling snow? Just as evening falls (5 or 6 p.m.), join an All Seasons Adventures guide (435.649.9619, allseasonsadventures.com) at the Deer Valley ponds for a 15-minute snowshoe expedition, culminating in a fireside chat, s’mores (marshmallows made in-house by DV’s chefs), and hot cocoa. Be sure to book ahead. 

Dinnertime go-tos

Most local eateries cater to families, but in Old Town, the granddaddy of the Utah craft brew scene, Wasatch Brew Pub (250 Main St, 435.649.9500, wasatchbeers.com) has all the basics for kids (try the Bavarian pretzel) and everything from super food beet salad to classic fish and chips for mom and dad—and, of course, beer à la Polygamy Porter. Slightly under the radar (unless you’re staying at the Peaks Hotel), Versante Hearth and Bar (2364 Park Ave, 435.604.4012, parkcitypeaks.com/versante) is a prime spot for wood-fired pizzas, grilled radicchio salad, and chicken piccata. Squatters Roadhouse Grill (1900 Park Ave, 435.649.9868, squatters.com) delights the mac-and-cheese and burger crowd as well as the slightly more adventurous set with curry, fish tacos, or Tatonka chicken. Rub elbows with locals at less touristy Prospector neighborhood haunts Fuego (2001 Sidewinder Dr, 435.645.8646, fuegopizzeria.com) and Chubasco (1890 Bonanza Dr, 435.645.9114, elchubascomexicangrill.com)—good and affordable Italian and Mexican fare, respectively. In Kimball Junction, catch the big game on the screens at Maxwell’s (1456 Newpark Blvd, 435.647.0304, maxwellsece.com) while everyone else tucks into serious NY-style pizza or a Philly cheesesteak. If most of your sophisticated group has a hankering for sashimi or a spicy tuna roll, check out Bill White’s Sushi Blue (1571 Redstone Center Dr, 435.575.4272, sushiblueparkcity.com)—and yes, there are burgers on the menu for no-raw-fish-for-me friends).

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