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Happy Halloween!

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Oct 30, 2018

The Park City’s 2018 Halloween on Main Street continues a spooktacular tradition starting today at 3 pm on Wednesday, October 31st. Come to Historic Main Street to enjoy in Trick-Or-Treating and the Howl-O-Ween Parade at 5 pm on Lower Main Street (please keep all dogs on leashes). Visit historicparkcity.com for more information.

To accommodate the event, the street will close to traffic at 2 p.m., and anyone who has parked on Main Street will have to move their cars. Since there will be fewer parking areas, the organization encourages people without dogs to use public transit. Free parking is available at Park City Mountain, Deer Valley and the Park City School District. Parking for $10 is available at the China Bridge garage in Old Town. See you there!

Ski Utah has released a list of projected opening dates for resorts in the Beehive State. While several resorts list their opening dates TBD, the earliest expected opening is at Brian Head November 16 and the latest is Eagle Point on December 21. See below for a reproduction of the full list as provided by Ski Utah. Updates will be posted on their website as the season draws nearer.

Alta Ski Area: November 23

Beaver Mountain: TBD

Brian Head: November 16

Deer Valley Resort: December 8

Eagle Point: December 21

Nordic Valley: TBD

Park City Mountain Resort: November 21

Powder Mountain: TBD

Snowbasin Resort: November 21

Snowbird: November 30

Solitude Mountain Resort: December 1

Sundance Mountain Resort: December 7

A Guide to Early Ski Season in Park City by Park City Magazine - The air is getting nippy, the mountains are tipped in snow, and you keep glancing at your skis, wondering when you’ll first get to strap in. If you can’t wait to get back on the mountain, you’re probably looking at booking a ski/snowboard trip as soon as the resorts open, knowing full well early season can be hit-or-miss if your primary goal is getting in those turns on the slopes. Sometimes Mother Nature sends us foot after foot of fresh powder and, other times, the resort snowmaking teams have to pick up the slack. Although the weather looks promising, if you’re planning on coming to Park City for early season skiing and snowboarding, it’s best to expect a limited number of runs to be open and variable conditions. That said, there are still dozens of ways to fill your days while in town and we guarantee you’ll have a great time, even if you aren’t knee deep in powder. Here’s what you need to know about early season in Park City. 

Advantages of Early Season

Sure, you won’t have the maximum amount of terrain available on the mountain, but you also won’t have to deal with exorbitant lodging rates or crowded lift lines. For beginner level skiers and riders, early season is as good a time as any to learn because you’d be spending most of your time on beginner runs regardless of how much snow is on the mountain. Plus, if you start practicing early season, you can come back for more! Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a newbie, the first 30 days is also the perfect opportunity to get your legs back in shape. Unless you’ve been doing some pre-season, dry land training, don’t be surprised if you need a post-ski massage or extra long soak in the hot tub!

Reservations are a must during the holiday season and busy weekends for anyone wishing to experience Park City’s world class dining scene. It’s far easier to snag a table at popular joints around town and at the resorts when you come during the mellower early season. So you’re free to sample all of Park City’s most iconic dishes no problem. 

Opening dates for the 2018-2019 season are November 21 for Park City Mountain and December 8 for Deer Valley ResortNote: opening dates are subject to change depending on snow/weather conditions. 

Off-Slope Activities for Early Season

Once you’ve gotten a few runs in on the mountain, here are few other ideas to get you started on planning the ultimate early season vacation. 

Explore the Extensive Trail System

Park City is home to an extensive trail system, including over 50 kms of groomed winter trails. Depending on the weather and trail conditions, you may choose to go hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or fat tire biking. Before heading out, make sure you check out the current conditions. Great sources for up-to-date trail information include Mountain Trails Foundation and Basin Recreation.

Family Adventure Time at Utah Olympic Park

No matter the time of year, the Utah Olympic Park is a great place to spend a full or half-day if you’re looking for something interesting for all ages. Spend the day exploring their adventure courses, the Drop-Tower, and museum. Throughout the winter season, the UOP typically hosts a number of sporting events that are open to the public. Already on the docket for this year is the IBSF North American Cup (Nov. 18-21) and FIL Junior Luge World Cup (Dec. 5-8).

Horse Play

A number of local outfitters (Red Pine Adventures, Rocky Mountain Outfitters, Blue Sky Ranch) let you add a little western flair to you visit by saddling up for a cozy winter ride in the dazzling natural surroundings. But trail rides aren’t the only way to get in some horse play, you can also tap into a number of unique equine adventures with Park City Horse Experience, from horse meditation circles to family activities. 

Namaste in a geothermal crater

Ditch the yoga studio and find your center with Park City Yoga Adventures. While there are a number of options to choose from, including hiking and snowshoeing paired with yoga sessions, the most interesting experience is paddleboard yoga inside the Homestead Crater, where the turquoise blue waters stay a balmy 95-degrees year round. 

Rock On

Peak climbing season in Utah, which boasts some truly epic routes for craggers, is the summer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a taste even in winter. Test your skills at the local climbing gym, The Mine Bouldering Gym (1764 Uinta Way, Suite G1), or bring your kids to the Swaner EcoCenter where they can scramble up the indoor climbing wall. 

Improve your angling skills with fly fishing

Fly fishing is one of the few activities that can be enjoyed year round in Park City and, during winters, it’s a peaceful way to enjoy a bit of solitude in the mountains. We recommend booking a trip with a local guide (All Seasons Adventures or Park City Fly Fishing), who can show you where the fish bite best. 

Check Out Local Exhibits 

While Park City isn’t home to any major museums, there’s a little something to suite everyone’s taste. Take the kids out to the Swaner EcoCenter to explore the Art and Science of Arachnids (through Dec. 9) or experience ski-flying in the new interactive exhibit at the Alf Engen Museum. Art enthusiasts will find galleries galore to choose from and, if you’re in town at the right time you can join in the monthly Park City Gallery Association’s Last Friday Gallery Stroll (Nov. 30). 

Channel Your Creative Side 

If you want to do more than just admire art, you can get your hands dirty with classes at the Kimball Art Center with everything from abstract painting to creating holiday platters (course catalog here). Another great option for budding artists is the Paint Mixer where you can choose from fun classes appropriate for all ages and adult-only evenings paired with alcoholic beverages.  

Explore Old Town and Main Street

A must for any visitor to town, Main Street is quintessential quaint. A mix of big brands and local shops, art galleries, and world-class dining, it is perfect for a casual afternoon stroll. Pop into the Park City Museum to learn more about the rough and tumble mining days, satisfy your sweet tooth with a treat Java Cow or Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, and treat yourself to shopping therapy. 

Get a Head Start on Your Holiday Shopping

Speaking of shopping, if you’re in town ahead of the Christmas rush, we recommend checking out some of the local holiday markets. Park Silly Sunday Market, held weekly during the summers, returns for the Silly Holiday Bazaar (Dec. 7-9) with local arts, crafts, and food. Another holiday “shoppertunity” for those on the hunt for unique gifts is the Art Elevated Local Artisan Market (Dec. 14-16) hosted by the Swaner EcoCenter. 

Rest and Relaxation

Vacation is all about pampering yourself and disconnecting from your hectic life, so make sure to pencil in a spa appointment. While you can’t go wrong with a booking at The Spa at Stein Eriksen Lodge or Spa Montage, a massage isn’t the only way to relax in Park City. For something a bit more exotic, try floating in a sensory deprivation tank at Sync Float or go sub-zero with a cryotherapy session.  

Mark Your Calendar - Special Events 

As soon as the ski resorts open, Park City is buzzing and you’ll find plenty of events to fill your evenings. Snow might be an unsure thing early in the season, but the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Park City Mountain (Nov. 23) is guaranteed to be magical. Festivities continue with Main Street lighting up the following day during the annual Electric Parade (Nov. 24), complete with an early visit from Santa Claus and carolers. 

Performing arts non-profit Park City Institute kicks off its 2018-2019 season at the Eccles Center Thanksgiving weekend with a performance by the Grammy Award-nominated a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock (Nov. 24). Other early season highlights include a National Geographic Live “Point of No Return” with Hilaree O’Neil, who led a team of alpinists on the first ascent up a remote peak in Myanmar (Nov. 30) and contemporary dance group Bodytraffic (Dec. 8). 

Take a trip to gain insight into one of Japan’s greatest artists during a special cinema event when the Park City Film Series and the British Museum present Hokusai: Beyond the Great Wave (Nov. 28). A truly groundbreaking documentary, the film features experts at the forefront of digital art history and pioneering 8K Ultra HD video technology that brings audiences closer to Hokusai’s work than ever before. 

No need to wait till Christmas to get in the holiday spirit, just join the annual Santa Pub Crawl (Dec. 1) and have a jolly time at Main Street’s most popular watering holes. Make sure you dress in your favorite holiday-inspired costume and bring an unwrapped toy to donate. 

For a family-friendly show, visit the historic Egyptian Theatre during their run of James and the Giant Peach Jr. (Dec. 7-9). Along with a collection of singing insect friends, James heads out on a musical adventure of courage and self-discovery. 

For a full listing of up-to-date happenings around town, check out our events calendar

Explore Out of Town

One of the perks of skiing in Park City is the proximity to Salt Lake City and the surrounding resorts. If you run out of things to do, don’t hesitate to take a trip down the canyon to explore what the city has to offer. Take a drive out to the Spiral Jetty, catch a show at the Eccles Theatre, or hit the slopes at one of the resorts in the the Cottonwood Canyons.  

For a more quaint feel, check out neighboring Kamas and the Heber Valley. Home to one of the leading concert venues in the area, the DeJoria Center, Kamas also provides easy access to the scenic Mirror Lake Highway and the nearby Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. Another mini-getaway from town, the picturesque Heber Valley hosts a number of family-friendly events, like the 90-minute train on the North Pole Express complete with hot cocoa, elves, and Santa, three state parks (Wasatch Mountain, Jordanelle, and Deer Creek), plus the famous Homestead Crater, and 2002 Olympic venue Soldier Hollow

If you don’t mind the distance, Utah’s incredible national parks are also temptingly close!

The Coolest Town In America

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Oct 03, 2018

Park City was named top 20 cities by Matador Network in The Coolest Towns in America 2018. With a population of 8,299 Park City’s 1800s western aesthetic attests to the town’s roots as a major mining center. Park City Resort opened in 1963 with a gondola running right from the town. Another big change came in 1981 when the Sundance Film Festival, started a couple years earlier in Salt Lake City, moved its location to Park City.

A few decades later, Park City has evolved into the coolest town in Utah, offering plenty of world-class restaurants and shops to meet the demand of skiers and the thousands of annual Sundance attendees. Even after the festival ends in early February, Park City has plenty to do. In winter, the Park City Mountain resort is now much larger while the upscale Deer Valley Resort is a five-minute drive up the road. Summer activities include everything from whitewater rafting to horseback riding, with much fairer temperatures than the desert landscape a few hours south.

Looking for some dining options - Park City Dine Around Brings High-Brow Fare at Low Prices by Salt Lake Magazine. Take advantage of Park City’s decadent food culture without the associated resort town pricing. The Park City Area Restaurant Association (PCARA) is hosting the sixth annual “Dine About” from Monday, October 1 through Sunday, October 14, so locals and fall visitors alike can experience some of the best cuisine Park City has to offer.

Two dozen participating restaurants will be offering diners seasonal menus with two-course lunches and three-course dinners at a great value: lunches are either $10 or $15, and dinners are $20 or $40. Dine Around restaurants include everything from fine Main Street’s fine dining establishments to resort après institutions to the town’s brew pubs. Café Terigo, Café Trio Park City, Chimayo, Deer Valley Grocery Café, Element Kitchen & Bakery, Firewood on Main, Flanagan’s on Main, Fletcher’s Park City, Grappa, Handle, Purple Sage, Red Rock Junction, Red Tail Grill, Riverhorse on Main, Riverhorse Provisions, Shabu, Silver Star Café, Squatters, Sushi Blue, The Brass Tag, tupelo, Twisted Fern, Versante and Wasatch Brew Pub will all be serving up special menus for Dine About. Visit the PCARA website for full event details, and use the special Dine Around code “STAYPC” for lodging discounts during the event when you visit the Stay Park City website.

Utah Business recently shared, Utah Is The Best State For Doing Business. Utah ranks number one in the US for job growth, enjoys consistently low unemployment rates, and a strong workforce. What’s at the heart of this success? Small business. The US Small Business Administration reports that Utah is home to over 277,000 small businesses that make up 99.3 percent of Utah companies and 57.3 percent of total employees in the state. Here are four areas that have been fundamental to Utah’s economic success:

A Strong & Educated Workforce - “Nothing is more important to businesses than having access to a qualified workforce,” says Val Hale, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. “That is why so many companies choose to invest in education.” Utah’s public education systems, both K-12 and higher education, have a strong partnership with our business community.

Taxes & Regulation - Utah’s economy continues to benefit from our flat five percent personal and corporate tax rate, which is one of the lowest in the nation. Low taxes are important to small business but equally important is a stable tax rate. Utah small businesses have benefited from the predictability of the state’s flat tax throughout the 20 years since the rate was established. Additionally, the Governor’s office, state legislature, and the Salt Lake Chamber are always looking at ways to evaluate and eliminate unnecessary regulations.

Incentives - Incentivizing business creation and sustainable growth is key to Utah’s thriving small business ecosystem. Several state programs assist new and existing businesses: one is the business expansion and retention (BEAR) grants for small businesses in rural parts of the state. The Utah Science, Technology and Research (USTAR) initiative specifically assists start-up and early-stage tech companies, as well. The state also offers financial incentives for business relocation and expansion. This incentive program is built on three pillars that make it both effective and sustainable: 1) the business expansion must be competitive, 2) the incentives must be post-performance, and 3) the incentive must be a tax rebate once the jobs have been created and the corporate taxes are paid.

International Trade - You may have read recent headlines that trade is killing the US, that is not the case in Utah. Utah is a trade surplus state to the tune of $4 billion annually and has doubled its exports over the past decade with a goal to double exports again over the next ten years. This is a credit to the 3,500 plus companies that export, nearly 85 percent of which are small businesses.

Hiking & Shot Skis

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Sep 26, 2018

As the air becomes crisp and the cool mornings roll in we have a wonderful couple of weeks to take in the magnificent colors happening in the mountains. Park City Magazine has a great article this week that we wanted to share as there is only a short window for watching the leaves change in the Best Hikes for Leaf Peeping in Park City. The shortest, most colorful season of the year is upon us. Early autumn reds and oranges are popping up on the slopes and soon the hillsides will be covered in gold. In between the rain and snow, we recommend you get out on the trail to catch the magnificent display. Here are our top picks for leaf peeping this season. 

Summit Park’s Over Easy Trail - Nestled up in the forest along the I-80 between Park City and Salt Lake City, the entire Summit Park trail system is a great place for leaf peeping. If you’re on foot, hop onto the 2.5-mile, out-and-back Over Easy neighborhood walking trail, where you can meander through shady pine forest and alpine meadows. This hike is easy and perfect for the whole family. Dog owners take note: the north section of the trail sits in Salt Lake County where dogs aren’t allowed.

McLeod Creek Trail - Want to take in a view of all the area surroundings? The all ages–friendly McLeod Creek Trail runs all the way from Park City proper to Kimball Junction. You can bike the whole paved and crushed-gravel path over bridges and along the creek (and even connect to the Millennium Trail which runs all the way to Summit Park) or just walk a smaller section.

Iron Canyon Trail - For a short, moderately steep hike with a great pay-off, head up Iron Canyon Trail. The trailhead can be accessed at the top of Iron Canyon Drive, the road turns into dead end and the trail is right in the middle (exit Hwy 224 on Meadows Drive). Lush aspens and pine groves drop you in the midst of a dazzling display of yellow and deep green while the overlook at the top offers a wider view of the colorful ski slopes of Park City Mountain Resort. The hike is roughly 2.25 miles out-and-back.

Fantasy Ridge - Not one for the faint of heart, Fantasy Ridge is a grueling hike up to the 9,990-foot summit we all love to race to on powder days. Before even getting to Fantasy Ridge, you’ll need to take the 1.6 mile Tombstone trail from the Red Pine Lodge. Once you reach Tombstone Peak, you can hop onto Fantasy Ridge where sweeping views of Park City await.

Crescent Lift Trail Loops - Once you head up Crescent Lift (open through Oct. 22) at the Park City Base Area, you have the option to create multiple loops of varying lengths. After hopping off the lift, take Crescent Ridge Road to Three Candles and take a right onto Keystone. At the end of Keystone Trail, the woods break into the open meadow of Shadow Lake. Take a loop around the lake and keep your eyes peeled for moose, but don’t get too close. You can return to the Crescent lift via the Jupiter Access Road to the Apex trail, which hooks back into Keystone, Three Candles, the Crescent Ridge Road, and then, finally, the top of the Crescent lift.

Silver Lake Trail - Start your journey at Deer Valley’s Silver Lake Lodge and alternatively traverse dense forest and open ski runs. Along the way and from the 9,346-foot summit, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to bask in the glorious vistas of the Jordanelle Reservoir, framed by foliage. Unfortunately, summer lift operations have ended at Deer Valley, so plan to hike back on your own.

Clayton Peak - Guardsman Pass gets so decked out in fall colors (before most of a lowlands), you may be tempted just to drive all the way back down through Big Cottonwood Canyon. There are plenty of hikes in the area to choose from, but if you’re looking for something relatively short with views from a summit, check out Clayton Peak. It’s moderately steep, but relatively short (2.5-3 miles out and back) and has some excellent 360-degree views of the area, including Deer Creek and the Jordanelle Reservoirs, Brighton Resort, and Mt. Timpanogos. Chances are you’ll even run into a bit of snow up there. You can access the trail from the same parking lot as Bloods Lake, just head up along the ridge rather than down to the lake. See you on the trails!

Don't forget to mark your calendars as the 3rd Annual Park City Shot Ski Event is coming up on October 13, 2018 at 2pm on Main Street. This year, the event invites 1,275 shot-takers to break Breckenridge’s record set in January 2018 of 1,266 participants and 425 skis. A $25 ticket includes a spot on the shot-ski, one souvenir shot glass and a token to enjoy a High West specialty drink at one of several after-party locations. All proceeds will go to Park City Sunrise Rotary Club’s Grant Program for 20 community organizations. For more info click here.

Looking to add some more excitement to your calendar, here are the upcoming Egyptian Theatre Events:

An Evening with Judy Collins: October 11th-13th

Jesse Colin Young: October 18th-20th

The SteelDrivers: October 25th-27th

Foghat: November 1st-4th

Melissa Manchester: November 9th-11th

For more info click here.

Autumn Aloft

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Sep 12, 2018

The wife and I always enjoy the Autumn Aloft balloon festival each year in Park City. Now in its fifth year, it will be held this weekend from September 15 to16. This event first launched in the former silver mining town more than 30 years ago and was recently resurrected as a way for visitors and residents of all ages to celebrate Park City and embrace autumn. Spectators can view up to 24 hot air balloons inflating and launching from locations throughout Park City. Park City residents and visitors often see hot air balloons from afar, but nothing compares to experiencing the magnitude of the aircraft until you are truly among them.

Schedule of Events:

Saturday, September 15 approximately 8:00 a.m. Main Launch at the North 40 Fields at 2530 Kearns Blvd

8:30 to 9:00 p.m. Historic Park City Candlestick Event – Main Street: a beautiful family-friendly event and a fun way to gather with other locals,

Sunday, September 16 approximately 8:00 a.m. Main Launch at the North 40 Fields at 2530 Kearns Blvd

The event festivities are free to spectators and are scheduled to take place at multiple locations around the Park City area. Autumn Aloft is a visual delight for spectators rather than an opportunity for balloon rides for event attendees. But, tethered rides may be available on a first come, first serve basis but are not guaranteed. Saturday and Sunday's launch events will take place on the North 40 Playing Fields directly behind Park City's Treasure Mountain Middle school.

Ample parking is provided at the Eccles and Park City High School parking facilities. Additional off-site parking will be available at the China Bridge parking lots in Historic Park City with free public transportation available. A map of the event venue can be viewed here and a map of parking areas can be found here.

Looking for something to do today - the Park City Farmer’s Market, located by the Silver King Resort parking lot, is free to the public and runs each Wednesday through November 1st. More information can be found HERE.

The Kimball Arts Center also has until September 16th one of the foremost women artists of the twentieth-century, Niki de Saint Phalle worked as a sculptor, painter, and filmmaker between the late 1950s and early 2000s. During her distinguished career, she developed a self-taught and very personal aesthetic in pieces that ranged from intimate to monumental, while also notably collaborating with Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and Jean Tinguely, among others. This exhibition brings visibility to an artist’s oeuvre that is not yet well known in Utah, but was recently celebrated in retrospectives at Paris’ Le Grand Palais and the Guggenheim Bilbao. Her work demonstrates remarkable fight and determination, accomplishing things unlike any other female artist of her generation. The Kimball Art Center opens daily at 10 am.

Shoulder Season Fun

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Sep 04, 2018

If you missed the Running of the Balls on Miner's Day, no worries as Park City’s sleepy season is brimming with delicious events:

Salt Lake Food & Wine Fest September 11-16: Sip Japanese whiskeys (Sept. 12), dig into brunch and a cooking class at the Park City Culinary Institute (Sept. 15), or pair your beer with fresh seafood as the Bucket O’ Crawfish takes over Shades of Pale Brewery (Sept. 16). The full schedule of events is here.

Harvest Dinner - Saturday, September 15 @ 6 - 10 p.m. Join the family-owned and operated Mountain Song Farms for a special evening celebrating the season with a rustic meal paired with music and gorgeous scenery. Featuring ingredients sourced from the farm and other local food purveyors, the meal will be created by Park City restaurant Tupelo. In addition to dinner, tickets to the event also include locally sourced wine, beer, and craft cocktails provided by Top Shelf, Alpine Distilling, Old Town Cellars, and Park City Brewery. Check out the Mountain Song Farms website for tickets and details.

Brunch at Altitude  - Saturday, September 22 @ 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Come savor delectable bites, grab a drink and cheer on local mixologists as they go head-to-head in the Bloody Mary Smackdown. The entire clan can partake in family-friendly activities, yard games, music, and more! Don’t forget to bid on an item during the silent auction to support the Peace House, a local non-profit dedicated to fighting domestic violence. Grab VIP tickets for extra special gifts, swag, and promotions. More details and tickets here.

Hoppy Hour - Saturday, September 29 @ 6 - 10 p.m. Throughout the summer, the Summit Land Conservancy leads guided hikes in Park City’s preserved open spaces to collect the hops. Even if you didn’t tag along for hops hunting, you can still reap the benefits at the annual Hoppy Hour party at Wasatch Brew Pub as they release the “Clothing Hoptional” brew made from the harvest. The $20 entry fee gets you appetizers, two drinks, and entry into an opportunity drawing. Get your tickets here.

3rd Annual World’s Longest Shot Ski - Saturday, October 13 @ 2 p.m. Park City’s rivalry with Breckenridge, CO continues as the competition heats up, yet again, for the glory of holding the world’s longest shot ski record. Grab your friends and join in on the party while working (okay, reveling) for a good cause; all proceeds go to Sunrise Rotary Club’s Grant Program benefitting 20 community organizations. The shot ski tends to sell out, so get your tickets early and be a part of history.

Get ready for beers, beards, and lederhosen because Snowbird’s Oktoberfest is under way. The tremendously popular German culture festival, which draws tens of thousands of visitors, runs every weekend from noon to 6:30 p.m., August 18 to October 21. While the beer is undoubtedly the undisputed king of the fest, its sidekicks -- food, live music, a craft market and on-mountain activities -- round out the family-friendly event. The biergarten boasts more than 50 varieties of beer, including both traditional German-style brews and Utah suds from Moab Brewery, Bohemian, Uinta, and Squatters.

Every weekend of the festival will include live music from a number of traditional acts in the large food tent (see full schedule here) and, of course, the daily serenade (3:15 p.m.) of the Alphorns at the top of Hidden Peak. Don’t forget to take advantage of the festival’s market, where more than 25 regional and local artisans sell crafts in the plaza. While the adults mix and mingle over libations, the kids can get their fill of favorite Snowbird summer activities, including climbing, ropes courses, the Woodward WreckTangle, alpine slide, and tubing.

This week Park City Magazine shares 5 Pooch-Friendly Patios Around Park City - Bring your doggy to dinner at these Park City eateries where canine companions—and not just service animals—are allowed.

Collie’s Sports Bar & Grill - 738 Main St, 435.649.0888, colliesbarandgrill.com

Deer Valley Grocery Café - 1375 Deer Valley Dr S, 435.615.2300, deervalley.com

Lespri Prime Steak Sushi Bar - 1765 Sidewinder Dr, 435.649.5900, lespriprime.com

Silver Star Café - 1825 Three Kings Dr, 435.655.3456, thesilverstarcafe.com

Twisted Fern - 1300 Snow Creek Dr, 435.731.8238, twistedfern.com

Our Park City Gin Adventure

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Aug 29, 2018

As Summer comes to a close the wife and I have gotten out as much as possible and wanted to share some of the fun things happening in Park City. We always like to get out on the water and hike with our dog Zorro, but last week we visited our friends at Alpine Distilling and made our own Gin right on Main Street in Park City. We had an amazing time and wanted to share Visit Park City's Gin Making Experience article to give the inside scoop on the coolest event in town.

Park City businesses Alpine Distilling and 350 Main Brasserie have partnered together to give adults the ultimate educational experience: gin making. While kids are preparing for days back in the classroom, visitors and locals 21+ can reserve a spot to spend an evening learning about and making their very own bottle of gin with a team from Alpine Distilling while dining on a 4-course gourmet dinner prepared by 350 Main's Executive Chef Matthew Safranek.

Upon arrival to 350 Main- an upscale mountain dining restaurant serving contemporary American cuisine- located on Historic Main Street, guests of the gin making experience work their way downstairs to the private Vintage Room. Newly renovated to include a distilling laboratory, this cozy environment is arranged with a private dining table for the group, each place holder equipped with a flight of four unnamed gin samples.

To kick off the night, Founder of Alpine Distilling, Rob Sergent, highlights the bar topped with glass jars full of botanicals. These are the tools to create aroma notes and flavor profiles of the desired taste. Upon explanation that gin is, in short, plain vodka infused with botanicals- fifty percent of which must be Juniper- and diffused, or “cut” with fifty percent water, the group of guests pick out the botanicals of their choice by creating and weighing out their own ratios. Depending on the number of stills set up in the lab compared to the party size, guests may need to pair up with a friend to concoct one bottle of gin to share. Currently Alpine Distilling is able to provide one 750 ml-size bottle per still. Here is a sample of botanicals that may be found in gin: Herbal mint, rose hips, cinnamon, cucumber, lavender flower, licorice root, carnation, ginger root, coriander, pepper, rye, orris root (from an iris plant), malted barley, orange peel, celery, anise, carrot, grapefruit peel, chamomile, corn and, of course, juniper. Note that the options are pretty endless, and botanicals can include floral, spicy, grainy and fruity components. Alpine Distilling has set up a nice assortment to provide a range of flavor preferences.

Once each person or pair has established their flavor profiles in a copper bowl, the experts step in to set up the stills while guests enjoy a two-hour gin tasting and dinner experience- enough time to allow the distillation process to turn plain Alpine Distilling vodka into a personalized gin creation so that, by the end of dinner, guests can take home their personalized bottles. Distillers work behind a glass door to set up each guest or pair’s unique “recipe” while Rob treats guests to scent sticks of aromatic notes and has the group continually taste each unidentified glass of gin in front of them to appreciate how dominant, binding, and accent notes bring out different qualities and flavor appreciations.

Throughout the evening, Executive Chef Matthew Safranek brings out four-courses of his own creation to highlight impeccable flavor pairings, aligning with the key takeaway of the evening: that having fun with flavor and creativity mean a lot for not only gin, but for delectable menu items. By the end of the meal, guests will have experience approximately 10 different aromatic scents, surprising themselves with how much those aromas can change their appreciation for the different gin sample. The evening is an opportunity to learn more about an often times lesser-known alcohol, and leave with a personalized bottle of delicious liquor.

To reserve your space for the Gin Experience, please call 350 Main Brasserie at 435-649-3140 and ask about availability. Bottles of Alpine Distilling’s gin, whiskey, bourbon, liqueur and vodka are on display at the restaurant and can be purchased onsite.

Though this glorious Park City summer is coming to a close and the area’s main claim to fame—snow—is still on its brief hiatus, calling fall the “off-season” is simply a misnomer. But since weeklong vacations are a rarity for most of us, Park City Magazine has put together a itinerary for an idyllic 48 hours in Utah’s most famous mountain town; one that, while nowhere near comprehensive, hits many of the highlights, both well-known and more obscure in Celebrating Summer’s Last Hurrah with a Jam-packed 48 Hours in Park City by Park City Magazine.

Friday - 5 p.m. - Check in to the Washington School House Hotel - Built in 1889 as a working school to service families flocking to Park City during the 19thcentury’s silver mining boom, this historic building has been meticulously restored and luxuriously appointed in a way that’s anything but old fashioned.

7 p.m. - Take in a live show - Mosey down to Main Street for a cocktail and soak up some wicked riffs and vocals at The Spur Bar & Grill (live music nightly). Big name acts also make their way to these here hills. So, if that autumn sojourn happens to align perfectly with, for example, Jason Mraz’s September 3 show at Deer Valley’s Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater, pack a picnic and hop a free city bus to the gorgeous on-slope setting. The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Center for the Performing Arts and The Mary G. Steiner Egyptian Theatre also host shows of note this fall: the Egyptian’s classic Charles Dickens tale Oliver!, September 7–16; and The New Chinese Acrobats’ circus spectacular on October 26 (The Eccles Center).

9 p.m. -Late supper at Shabu - More than 200 eateries dot the Park City landscape but few offer the attention to detail, knowledgeable staff, consistently fantastic fare, and funky vibe found at the Asian-fusion Shabu.

11 p.m. -Sip a nightcap at Butcher’s Chop House & Bar

Saturday

8 a.m. - Breakfast is served at the Washington School House Hotel

9 a.m. - Hit the trail - In case you’ve been living under a rock, Park City, riddled with more than 400 miles of trails, has emerged as a nationally recognized mountain biking mecca.

1 p.m. - Refuel at the Red Tail Grill

3 p.m. -Poolside chill time - Head back to the Washington School House Hotel, slip on your swim suit and retire to the upper-level pool and hot tub where the friendly and attentive staff will deliver wine, cocktails, and beer at your request.

5:30 p.m. - Cocktails and dinner at The Nelson Cottage

Sunday

9 a.m. -Play nine holes at Park City’s newest course, Canyons Golf

Though most of the holes here are par 3s, don’t underestimate the lack of yardage for less-than-challenging play. Winding fairways and angled greens provide plenty of difficulty on Park City’s newest track. And don’t worry about being too tired after your ride to walk this mountainous course—carts are required with all rounds of play.

Noon -Brunch at Tupelo Park City for ethereal chicken and biscuits

2 p.m. -Gallery hop on Historic Main Street - A stroll through Park City’s historic Main Street is just what the doctor ordered after an action packed fall weekend in the mountains. More than 200 shops, galleries, and restaurants pack this quaint and appealing thoroughfare.

Not bad for a weekend getaway, click here for the entire article from Park City Magazine.

In Utah News - Utah County ranks #2 among nation’s large counties for job growth! Click here for the entire article.

Living The Life In Park City

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Aug 22, 2018

Park City is a great place to live, work, play and visit. This week we wanted to share Park City Magazine's Dig into Park City’s Past with 5 Unique Tours. If you’ve ever wandered the streets or slopes of Park City, you’ve probably stumbled across a historic relic or two. From abandoned mines and tram towers to commemorative statues, history is alive and well in Park City. What can we say? We really love celebrating our past and we’ve found plenty of ways to do it, including an annual Miner’s Day celebration that takes place every Labor Day. Whether you’re a longtime local or an out-of-towner, one of the best ways to delve into Park City’s mining past is via a tour. Forget a dull lecture, these five historic adventure-tours offer fun, interesting, and unique ways to explore Park City. Check out the complete article to find out about the Mines and Wines tours, guided historical hikes at Deer Valley, the Park City Ghost tours, the historical Glenwood Cemetery tour and the Silver to Slopes Mining tour. Park City Magazine

Forbes recently shared 10 Reasons To Live (The Dream) In Park City, Utah and it starts with “Quality of life.” Why would someone want to move to Park City, Utah? The answer to this should be self evident. But since you asked, here are 10 good reasons:

1. Some of the Best Ski Resorts in the World: At 7,000 feet above sea level, Park City has a year-round population of about 25,000 and is home to two ski resorts: Deer Valley Resort and Park City Mountain Resort. The former was voted the #1 ski resort in North America by SKI Magazine (2018) and is exclusive to skiers. The latter has the most skiable terrain (7,300 acres) in the United States and is open to snowboarders.

2. More Amazing Ski Resorts: There are many more world-class ski resorts within an hour’s drive: Alta, Snowbird, Brighton, Solitude, Snowbasin, and Powder Mountain to name a few. Not to mention Powderbird Helicopter Skiing, which picks up in town.

3. Education: The public school system is the best in the state, and Park City High School ranks in the top 2% nationally. Park City public schools let out at 12:30pm on Fridays so students can go skiing or participate in other sports. There is also Winter Sports School, a charter high school that operates on a reverse schedule to accommodate winter competition and travel. If private school is preferred, Park City Day School goes from kindergarten to eighth grade and has been under the leadership of Ian Crossland for the past year.

4. Convenience: Salt Lake City International Airport is a 30- to 45-minute drive from town (no traffic), from where a flight to LA or San Francisco is about 1.5 hours. To accommodate growth, the Utah Department of Transportation has been widening highways, resurfacing roads and expanding traffic circles on a huge scale this year, all of which is well ahead of any congestion issues.

5. Business Opportunities: The Beehive state is booming. The Salt Lake/Provo/Park City triangle, dubbed Silicon Slopes, is an emerging tech powerhouse. This is supported by two universities (the University of Utah and BYU) as well as big tech companies (Adobe, Microsoft) and several startup unicorns (Banjo, Domo, Qualtrics).

6. All Four Seasons: Summers are actually better than winters. High temperatures average about 80 degrees F with low humidity. In early June, the aspen trees and wild flowers explode into bloom. Soon the mountainous landscape becomes a tapestry of rich greens that seem to glow as the sun sets after 9:00 pm on the summer solstice. Just 25 minutes away is the Jordanelle Reservoir, which supports boating, paddleboarding, wake surfing, fishing or just relaxing on a pontoon boat for the day. Lest I forget, Park City is home to seven golf courses.

7. Mountain Biking: Park City holds the distinction of being the very first Gold Level Ride Center, deemed as such by the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA). “It all stems from a commitment to master planning,” says IMBA’s VP of Programs, James Clark. “The sheer miles of trails are fantastic, but what’s important is that they function as a cohesive network, with signage and trail connections that create a model riding area.” That network includes nearly 500 miles of singletrack trails that appeal to all ability levels. Plus, Deer Valley runs the lifts for mountain biking and is continually building trails to expand its world-class bike park.

8. Cost of Living: Moving from high-tax states like New York and California can reduce living costs substantially, especially given new tax laws. According to TaxFoundation.org, Utah ranks middle of the pack nationally (25th) for state income taxes with a maximum rate of 5%. For combined sales tax, Utah is 29th at 6.77%. As for property taxes, the Beehive State is 40th at an average of 0.65%. However, the property tax rate in Summit County (Park City) is only 0.463%. According to some back-of-the-napkin math, you’ll get three- to four-times as much house for the money compared to LA’s West Side. And property values appreciated 9.9% annually as of Q1, which ranks fifth in the country according to the FHFA.

9. The State of Utah: Park City is one of many gems in a state full of natural riches. Utah is home to five of the premier National Parks: Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Canyonlands, and Capital Reef — all within a few hours drive time. Renowned mountain biking and off-roading destination, Moab, Utah, is a five-hour drive and also offers access to rafting on the Colorado River. A little further and you can be in The Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, and Yellowstone National Parks.

10. All About the Community: When you move to Park City and meet someone who lives in Park City, it’s something very powerful you have in common. More than likely you’re both here for these 10 reasons and many others. There’s an immediate bond. Our next-door neighbors hosted a welcome-to-Park-City party three days after we arrived and invited the surrounding neighbors. I can send a group text to locate my kids in the neighborhood and have them sent home. My wife has made lifelong friends at Park City’s premier workout studio/social club, Beau Collective, through a shared passion for fitness. This is partly because the majority of Park City residents are transplants from California, Ohio, Michigan, Texas, Washington and all parts Back East. And since we all moved here for about the same reasons, it creates a community fabric that is woven together with a combination of Lycra, Gore-Tex, carbon fiber and a profound sense of joy and gratitude.

The Best City For Retirement

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Aug 01, 2018

According to Business Insider, Salt Lake City is one of the top three places in the country to retire in which makes Park City also very attractive. Retirement doesn't have to mean moving away from a city you love or giving up the cultural opportunities bigger metros provide that can make your retirement years golden. Aging in place is a growing phenomenon, as many seniors plan to stay in their own homes and remain active members of their communities rather than move elsewhere. But other retirees may still feel the urge for new scenery and a new zip code, whether to lower their cost of living as they adjust to life on a fixed income, or to find a new home that better fits their lifestyle or health care needs.

MagnifyMoney decided to look at which of the 50 largest metros offer the best opportunities for senior citizens in terms of lifestyle, cost of living, medical care and — when the time comes — both in-home and residential assisted care.

Salt Lake City seems to have the most engaged senior community, with 40.3% of people over the age of 55 volunteering, far in excess of the 24.7% average among the 50 metros we reviewed. Residents in the metro are also a bit more active than many other places, and at 27.6%, the metro has the lowest rate of preventable hospital stays. That may explain why, at $8,914, the average healthcare cost per Medicare patient is lower than the $9,627 average for the 50 metros. The metro could use a boost in their assisted care and quality availability, earning a score of 35.4, which is lower than the average of all metros we reviewed. Interestingly, Salt Lake City does not appear to be a draw for seniors, as only 1.5% of them moved there from elsewhere. To read the entire article click here.

Not retiring yet, well Salt Lake City is also one of the top 5 Cities Millennials are Flocking To - There are several places in the U.S. where millennials can be found due to the high employment rates and beautiful settings. For adults who are in their 20s and 30s, there are several places where it's smart to invest. When you're looking to move, these are a few cities that millennials are flocking to throughout the country. Salt Lake City takes spot #1! The high job growth in Salt Lake City makes it a desirable place for young adults to live as they look to obtain steady employment. The city is affordable to live in and has a median home price of $233,000 with job growth of 2.4 percent. Salt Lake City also has a lower unemployment rate compared to other markets throughout the U.S. with 2.9 percent, which is below the national average by a few points.

Now, switching gears - do you enjoy beer? Park City Magazine has a great article about the upcoming beer events happening in our area.

Hops on the Hill - Nothing quite says summer like Hops on the Hill at the Stein Eriksen Lodge. This annual 7-week series pairs scrumptious bites conjured up by Chef Zane Holmquist and his team together with favorite beers from a variety of Utah craft breweries. Add a the magnificent view from the deck of the Stein and an outdoor concert from a local band and you’ve just created the perfect summer evening. This year’s series kicked off on July 17 and will continue every Tuesday through August 28. Pairings are $20 for food, $20 for beer and will be served on the deck from 6-7:30 p.m. Additional a la carte grill and beverages available for purchase.

The local breweries and bands remaining in this year's series include:

  • Aug 7: Melvin Brewing & 2 Row Brewery; Band: Fastback
  • Aug 14: Red Rock Brewing & Proper Brewing Co.; Band: The Lazlos
  • Aug 21: Wasatch Brewery & Bonneville Brewery; Band: Utah County Swillers
  • Aug 28: Mad Fritz Beer & Mountain West Cidery
 

Oktoberfest at Snowbird - So you couldn’t make it to Munich for the granddaddy of all beer festivals? Not to worry, grab your lederhosen head over the canyon from Park City to Snowbird for one of the best Oktoberfests this side of the Mississippi. Featuring alp horns, live music, a beard contest, music, games, food, and, of course, a never-ending flow of beer, this celebration of German culture is a perfect weekend outing the whole family can enjoy. This year’s festival kicks off on August 18 and will be held every Saturday and Sunday through October 21, 2018, including Labor Day Monday.

World’s Longest Shot Ski - For the last couple of years Park City and Breckenridge, CO have been competing to hold the record for the world’s longest shot ski. Creating a shot ski that takes up the greater part of Main Street is no small task, but it’s well worth it considering all the proceeds from ticket sales go to charity. The lively affair, hosted by the local rotary club, takes place in October (this year’s date TBA).

Last week we shared the 2018 Second Quarter Wasatch Back Overview. In case you missed it click here for the digital online version https://joom.ag/ujUY

Have a great week!

Farmers Markets

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Jul 13, 2018

The Park City area is a great place to visit local farms, farm stands and markets. This week we wanted to share some great places to pickup up local eats. Read on for upcoming events like Summit County Fair, Swiss Days, the Sheepdog Championship and the Kimball Arts Festival.

The Park City Farmers Market is open Wednesdays, now through October 31 from 12-5pm at the Silver King Parking Lot. Stop by for fresh produce, baked bread and arts and crafts from local vendors. For more information click here.

The Park Silly Sunday Market is on Sundays, now through Sept 23 (except Aug 5, 12, & 19) on Historic Main Street from 10am-5pm. This is a eco-friendly open air market, street festival and community forum where neighbors and friends come together to celebrate our community of fun and funky Park Sillians. For more information click here.
Park City is home to many local farms, here are a few to visit and pick up locally grown and made items and food.

Copper Moose Farm

Summit Community Gardens

Bill White Farms

Looking for some fun activities, the Summit County Fair is August 4-11 at 202 E Park Road in Coalville. It's a traditional small town county fair with cowboys and bucking broncos, a carnival midway, beauty queens, home-canned goods, flowers, vegetables, and more. Events are held throughout Summit County and home base is in quiet, scenic Coalville.  For more information click here.

The Soldier Hollow Classic Sheepdog Championship is Labor Day Weekend in Soldier Hollow, Midway. The Soldier Hollow Classic features the world's best border collies in a competition that will fascinate and amaze you. This is the world's largest Sheepdog Championship and includes Splash Dogs, dog acrobats and much, much more! For more info click here.

The Midway Swiss Days is Labor Day Weekend. Swiss Days offers a wide variety of handmade items, antiques, fine art, and great Swiss food. Between 80,000 to 100,000 people descend on Midway during this weekend to relish Swiss Days, a tradition here since the 1940s. For more information click here.

And, the Kimball Arts Festival is August 3rd - 5th on Historic Main St. The 49th Annual Park City Kimball Arts Festival takes place on Historic Main Street and serves as the primary fundraiser for the Kimball Art Center. Each year this event hosts over 50,000 guests, 220+ jury-selected artists from over 30 states in 12 categories, 30 live musical acts, and an array of cuisine offerings. Come visit for one of Park City’s biggest and best events! For more info click here.

 

Market Review & Park City News

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Feb 07, 2018

If you haven't read it yet the 2017 Year End Wasatch Back Market Overview is here for your review. This week we wanted to share some local updates and February events in and around Park City.

PARK MEADOWS COUNTRY CLUB BEGINS A NEW ERA - A year-long renovation brings an expanded dining room and bar with the best views in Park City! Members enjoy private dining with their own 21-&-over bar, and look forward to a thriving deck scene come spring. Executive Chef Alex Woodside has created menus to suit many tastes and dining preferences. Members especially love the convenience of dining with easy access during the busy ski and Sundance Film Festival seasons.

In addition to the dining room and bar and the walkable Jack Nicklaus Signature 18-hole golf course, members have access to a retail golf shop with low member pricing; year-round golf simulator for practice, lessons, leagues, and events; luxury locker rooms with lounge space, steam rooms, and modern finishes; 2,000 sq. ft. fitness center with brand-new cardio equipment and 600 sq. ft. movement studio with heated floor, and more. Phase Two of the renovation project includes a new, larger swimming pool, F&B service building, bocce ball and pickleball courts, all coming summer 2018. Click here for more information on the Park Meadows Country Club.

RootsRated recently posted HOW TO PLAN AND EXECUTE A WEEKEND SKI TRIP TO PARK CITY (AND WHY IT'S TOTALLY WORTH IT) Which means you can’t help but monitor the snow reports in resort towns, and within just 72 hours, you can have an incredible ski weekend in Park City, Utah. This article is great to share with friends, family and out of towners as it goes over logistics for travel, gearing up, getting out on the hill, things to do around town and getting back to your own home. Click Here for the whole article.

USA - Trips To Discover recently posted America’s 9 Most Beautiful Mountain Towns to Visit and Park City, Utah makes the list. The historic mining town of Park City is also best known for its legendary skiing, with most frequently visited during the winter months, but in other seasons, visitors can enjoy all sorts of activities on the water, like fishing for trout in blue ribbon streams, boating and more, as well as active land pursuits like mountain biking and hiking amid the impressive scenery. The town itself offers a whole lot too, and is lined with 19th-century buildings from its silver mining boom days. A number of popular events are hosted here, like January’s Sundance Film Festival and the July Food & Wine Classic, so you may want to plan your trip around one of them.

February Events

2/7: "The Lewis & Clark Expedition" Presentation, Park City

2/7 - 2/11: Howard Jones, Park City

2/9 - 2/10: All Star Monster Truck Tour, West Valley City

2/9 - 2/25: Cinderella, Salt Lake City

2/15 - 2/18: Chubby Checker and the Wildcats, Park City

2/17: Deadmau5, Park City

2/17: Utah Chinese New Year Celebration Performances, Salt Lake City

2/22 - 2/24: An Evening with Paula Cole, Park City

2/23: Wasatch Powder Keg Sprint Race, Salt Lake City

2/23 - 2/24: 2018 Wasatch Golf Expo, Sandy

2/27 - 3/4: The Sound of Music, Salt Lake City

Food In Park City

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Jan 24, 2018

The food in Park City is top notch and you can find everything from local $5 Monday burger nights to internationally rated restaurants. This week I wanted to share the On-Mountain Must-Eats By Pam's Plate - The Ski Utah 2017-18 Dining Bucket Listas well as information on Park City's Thin Air Festival, the best non-skiing activity, five things to know about Silicon Slopes and an interesting Utah ski fact.

1.     The Veuve Cliquot Yurt at The Montage.

2.   Fireside Dining Grand timber lodge, Deer Valley and Empire Canyon Lodge.

3.     Molly Green’s at Brighton The nachos are a hit and the setting is old-school chalet.

4.   The Yurt at Solitude where stellar chefs prepare a four-course meal.

5.     High West Distillery and Saloon downtown Park City.

6.     Make S’mores Slope-side at the Montage Deer Valley with a view of the Empire Canyon runs of Deer Valley.

7.     Wild Game Chili at Troll Hallen No ski season is complete—without a visit to Stein Eriksen Lodge and the Troll Hallen.

8.     Apres-ski at Cinnabar in the Snowbasin lounge.

9.     Stroll Around Sundance - The Owl Bar draw is the vibe.

10. Wings at The Powder Keg, Powder Mountain.

11. Dine at the Top of the World at Snowbasin with a ride on the John Paul Express to John Paul Lodge, ride the TRAM at Snowbird to enjoy 360°views of the Wasatch Mountains from The Summit restaurant and a slice of pizza fired up at 11,000 feet and take the Dreamcatcher Lift at Park City (Canyons Side) to Cloud Dine, where you can feast on panoramic views of Park City.

12. Lunch at Collins Grill, Alta.

13. Brunch at St. Regis Deer Valley on the Mountain Terrace.

14. Anytime at The Farm Canyons Village side of Park City Mountain.

The Thin Air Innovation Festival Returns to Park City - April 5 - 7, 2018 with diverse speakers, meaningful and fun outdoor experiences and ski town-inspired celebrations. This cross-industry leadership forum and Spring-ski-season festival is designed to inspire ideas and spark new relationships amongst leaders who drive change and performance in their work.

The New York Times shared a little fact I did not know - Alta, the state’s oldest lift-served resort, marks its 80th season this winter in a big way: with a new high-speed quad chairlift, Supreme, replacing the Cecret and old Supreme lifts. The new chair originates near Alf’s Restaurant and is expected to improve overall mountain flow. Forbes has published The Coolest Non-Skiing Activity This Winter and the American Express Essentials: The 2018 Trend Destination Hotlist» - You got it - Park City is on that International List.

When people talk about technology and internet startups, they usually think of the fast-paced world of Silicon Valley. But times are changing, and Silicon Valley is no longer the only place to go if you want to launch a company. In fact, technological and entrepreneurial hubs are popping up all over the world, from Tokyo and Singapore to London and Berlin. And of course, hubs are popping up all over North America as well. One of the most interesting and diverse new hubs in the US is the so-called Silicon Slopes, an area that encompasses Salt Lake City, Provo and Park City in Utah. Click here to read Five Things To Know About Silicon Slopes.

If you missed it in our last blog - The 2017 Year End Wasatch Back Market Overview is here. For the digital online version, CLICK HERE.

Happy Holidays

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Dec 27, 2017

Judy and I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and we send well wishes for a Happy New Year. This year we wanted to share a couple of family photos of our children and their families as we celebrate this holiday season.

Park City, Utah began as a silver mining town, nearly faded into history as a ghost town, and then re-invented itself as a ski town that has grown into a year-round destination hosting global events such as the 2002 Winter Olympic Games and the annual Sundance Film Festival. Park City offers days and nights filled with exceptional food, endless recreation, skiing and enduring impressions. Scoop up a handful of The Greatest Snow on Earth® that makes our winters legendary. Located only 35 minutes from Salt Lake City International Airport, we are home to two world-class resorts; Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley Resort. With the Utah Powder Surge, you will find the best snow in the world.

Have friends and family visiting this Winter season? How to Have a High-End Ski Vacation Without All the High Prices, is a great article to share. Stay outside of town, buy a pass and eat where the locals do.

Looking for something fun to do in town - check out Snowed Inn Sleigh Company. Make dinner a bit more interesting and arrive in a sleigh pulled by two beautiful draft horses. Make your reservations for one of the three seatings offered nightly at 5:30, 6:30 or 7:30 PM. Guests should expect the evening to last approximately two and a half hours. View the Dinner Menu online. If dinner is not part of the plan, join them for a 30 minute sleigh ride drawn by two draft horses on the trails of Park City Mountain departing at 5:00 and 6:00 PM nightly. Reservations are required for ALL sleigh rides.

Park City Magazine is a wonderful publication that can be found all around Park City. This month they shared, 10 Must-Dos at Deer Valley and Park City Mountain - Sure, the skiing in Park City is top notch but a day on the slopes is about much more than sliding on snow. We love skiing (snowboarding in my case). The feeling of carving a turn on a meticulously groomed slope, weaving through a field of moguls, or -- the piece de resistance -- floating through a sparkling field of fresh powder is, as far as we’re concerned, one of life’s great joys. But ask anyone who lives in or who’s visited Park City, and they’re sure to tell you that our town’s two resorts are about much more than the slopes. Check out Park City Magazine's top 10 wintertime must dos -- five for each Deer Valley and Park City Mountain -- a curated list of experiences that are the difference between a good ski day and a great one. Click here to read the complete article.

Fun Activities & Parking In Park City

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Dec 20, 2017

There are many wonderful activities in the Park City area and this week we have included Visit Park City's parking update for Old Town Park City to couple with the many events listed below.

 

Things To Do In The Winter in Park City - Taking a day off from skiing or deciding to end a day on the mountain early? Here are some of the amazing activities throughout Park City and the surrounding areas.

Park City Museum – Conveniently located in the heart of Main Street, the Park City Museum is dedicated to promoting, protecting, and preserving the rich history and heritage of Park City. From the mining days of old, to the current resort style community, the Park City Museum captures the past and present of Park City.

The Egyptian Theater – The Egyptian Theatre is Park City's historic home for live stage performances. Located on Main Street, this local favorite offers a variety of professional weekly entertainment, including concerts and comedy, drama and dance, and community theatre. The Egyptian Theatre is also a premier destination during the annual Sundance Film Festival.

The Eccles Center – Bringing performing arts from the international stage to the Park City stage, The Eccles Center is dedicated to bringing world-class performances and new ideas to the community.

Art Galleries – Take a stroll down Main Street and experience all the amazing Art Galleries that Park City has to offer. From the Trove Gallery, Terzian Gallery, Gallery MAR, and so many more…there is something for everyone on Main Street.

Heber Valley Railroad North Pole Express – A family favorite, this 90-minute round trip to the North Pole includes hot cocoa and Mrs. Claus' famous chocolate chip cookies. You'll sing along to new and traditional Christmas favorites on the way and be entertained by our hosts, elves and cocoa chefs. When we reach the North Pole Santa will join us for the return trip and greet each child and present them with a special gift.

Deer Valley® Resort Events – Off the mountain, Deer Valley® showcases daily live music and après.

Park City Mountain – Off the mountain Park City Mountain showcases après events including live music, family friendly magicians, complimentary s’mores, balloon artists, and more!

Paint Mixer – The Paint Mixer is the ultimate creative and social venue with studios on Park City’s Historic Main Street. We can also accommodate groups at off-site locations, such as hotel banquet rooms, private homes, restaurants, and other party venues. The Paint Mixer appeals to anyone looking to create and connect in a fun environment… and no artistic experience is required!

Gorgoza Park – Looking for a fun activity the whole family can enjoy? Tubing is great for kids and for those who want to act like one. Lifts take you back to the top of the tubing lanes so you can enjoy the ride down without all the work. Most lanes are lighted, making tubing a great activity after the sun goes down.

Kimball Art Center – Kimball Art Center (KAC) is dedicated to providing arts access, education, engagement and experience to everyone. Through our exhibitions, educational arts programs and events, KAC provides a platform and a place for artists and arts enthusiasts to come together to explore, celebrate, develop and cherish the creative spark that lives within us all.

Ice Skating at the Park City Ice Arena – The Park City Ice Arena is an indoor, year-round facility. The Olympic-size ice sheet offers a variety of activities including open skate sessions, private lessons, group rates, corporate outings and children’s camps.

Ice Skating at Park City Mountain – Join us at Park City's only outdoor ice skating rink. Centered at the base of Park City Mountain Resort, we offer convenient daily ice skating for all ages. Our ambient setting Christmas trees, lights, and upbeat music will put you in the mood for a great time. We offer sharp hockey/ figure skates, warm beverages, and complimentary skate walkers for children.

Utah Olympic Park and Museum – Utah Olympic Park offers year-round adventure. From learning about the Park’s unique Olympic heritage on a guided tour to taking a ride of a lifetime on the Comet Bobsled Ride, Utah Olympic Park offers activities for all. Zip, climb, hike, and explore Olympic history! The world-class museum facility highlights the history of all skiing disciplines through interactive touch screen displays, videos, virtual reality ski theater, games and topographical maps. Visitors can also experience the glory of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games through a gallery of visual highlights and artifacts from the 2002 games.

Homestead Resort’s Crater – One of the unique activities at our Midway Utah Resort is our one-of-a-kind Homestead Crater. The Crater is a geothermal spring, hidden within a 55-foot tall, beehive-shaped limestone rock located on the Homestead property. Once inside, you can go swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, enjoy a therapeutic soak or even take a paddle board yoga class.

Shopping – Hit the Park City shops when the time comes (if ever) to take a break from all there is to do Park City, Utah. We're talking shopping for everything from handmade furniture, books and sportswear to art collectibles and Western antiques. Historic Main Street is lined with quaint shops and galleries, Redstone has boutique shops, and if you're in the mood for a brand-name bargains stop by Park City's popular Tanger Outlet Center.

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Holiday Fun In Park City

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Dec 13, 2017

As the snow begins to accumulate in Park City we wanted to share some great ideas and fun activities that are going on this month in our beautiful mountain town.

Park City is filled with cheer during the holiday season! Explore the many ways you, your family, and friends can celebrate: (Article by Visit Park City)

PARK CITY HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR SING-A-LONG! - December 14, 15, 16, 17, 7:30 PM at Egyptian Theatre An annual holiday variety show at the Egyptian Theatre, the Park City Holiday Spectacular and Sing-A-Long! is a perfect way to get you and your family in the holiday spirit. The show features a choir-led sing-a-long with local talent. More information and tickets available on the Egyptian Theatre website.

SANTA COMES DOWN TOWN LIFT - December 16, 5:30 PM at Town Lift Plaza An annual holiday tradition in Park City, join the merriment as Santa and his magical sleigh come down Town Lift. It’s a sight to be seen and a fun way to celebrate with family, friends, as well as the community. Once Santa lands his sleigh, he will be available for photos by EpicMix.

KAMAS VALLEY CHRISTMAS CONCERT - December 16, 7:00 PM at Dejoria Center A free Christmas concert hosted at the Dejoria Center in Kamas, features the Wasatch Back Choir and Orchestra, Caribbean recording artist, Marj Desius, Shrink the Giant, and more.  Doors open at 6:30 PM. All ages are welcome.

SNOWFEST - December 16-31 at Park City Mountain Park City Mountain’s 16-day winter festival, Snowfest, includes a variety of live music, village entertainment and other festivities daily. Explore specifics on Park City Mountain’s event calendar.

SANTA CLAUS VISITS DEER VALLEY - December 24, 9:00 AM-1:30 PM at Deer Valley Resort Spend time Christmas Eve visiting with Santa Claus at Deer Valley Resort. Santa will visit with guests from 9:00-11:00 AM in the Snow Park Lodge area before heading to Silver Lake from 12:00-1:30 PM. Bring your camera along for a photo op!

TORCHLIGHT PARADE AT PARK CITY MOUNTAIN - December 24, 5:30 PM at Park City Base Area - A 55-year-old tradition, the Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade returns to the slopes to help ignite the holiday spirit. Bring your friends and family for holiday music at the Park City Base Area at 5:30 PM, before the parade kicks off at 6:00 PM.

CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEARS DINNER SPECIALS - Choose from a variety of Park City area restaurants to celebrate the holidays with. From black-tie soirees to 4, 5, and 7-course prix-fixe menus, you will leave with a full heart and full stomach. Explore the full list of specials on the Park City Area Restaurant’s website.

ROBERT RANDOLPH AND THE FAMILY BAND - December 28, 9:00 PM at O.P. Rockwell What better way to enjoy Christmas week than with a little Robert Randolph and the Family Band at O.P. Rockwell? Recently nominated for a 2018 Grammy Award for the Best Contemporary Blues Album, Robert Randolph and the Family Band is a show you don’t want to miss! Door opens at 8:00 PM and show starts at 9:00 PM. Tickets may be purchased in advance.

DEER VALLEY’S ANNUAL TORCHLIGHT PARADE December 30, 6:00 PM at Deer Valley Resort Held on the resort’s Big Stick ski run on Bald Eagle Mountain, Deer Valley Resort’s annual Torchlight Parade is a don’t-miss Christmas Eve event. The parade begins at dusk, around 6:00 PM, with complimentary cookies and hot cider served in Snow Park Plaza.

PARK CITY MOUNTAIN’S NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION December 31, 3:00-8:00 PM at Canyons Village Fireworks, fire pits, hot cocoa, and live music – we can’t think of a better way to kick off your New Year’s Eve celebrations. Held at Park City Mountain’s Canyons Village, the event is fun for all ages. Park at the Cabriolet Lot, or utilize Park City’s free transportation system.

NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION WITH BADFEATHER December 31, 9:00 PM at O.P. Rockwell Join Badfeather, a five-piece local band from Salt Lake City, as they help kick off the New Year at O.P. Rockwell. Badfeather blends classic rock with soul, funk, and a little country-folk boogie. Show starts at 9:00 PM and tickets may be purchased in advance.

BLACK & WHITE MASQUERADE December 31, 8:00 PM at Park City Live Ring in the New Year with Park City Live’s Black & White Masquerade. An annual event, this year’s bash features DJ Ross One from New York City.  Party kicks off at 8:00 PM and tickets may be purchased in advance.

 

Alpine Distilling In Park City

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Oct 18, 2017

Alpine Distilling is an award winning distillery in Park City located at 7132 N. Silver Creek Road. Robert Sergent, Owner and Distiller, is a Bourbon Steward, 4th Generation Distiller and one of 8 Of The Best American Single Malt Whiskies in the country with the only single malt whiskey in the world to win GOLD at the International SIP Awards this year. Their Travelers Rest 88 was so popular it has already sold out with maybe a few bottles remaining at various Utah State Liquor Stores. All of the Alpine products are available at their Silver Creek location, at Utah State Liquor Stores and on-line at www.forwhiskeylovers.com

We have known the Sergent family for years and I remember a Christmas not too long ago at our house where Rob told us he was moving on from his VP role with Johnson & Johnson to create delicious hand crafted spirits. Rob's Preserve Liqueur  was awarded Platinum at the International SIP Awards as the Best Liqueur in the World with a portion of every sale going to the Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter in Park City. Alpine Distilling has also been awarded and recognized internationally as they were invited by the Department of Agriculture to represent the United States in Hong Kong  last year and wouldn't you know it Alpine's Preserve Liqueur made Top 10 out of 20,000 entries!

Here is the Alpine line-up:

Preserve is a 100% corn spirit that is certified Kosher and 20% alcohol by volume.  The Utah state flower, the Sego Lily, is the bottle shape – look at the bottle from the bottom up.

SIP Awards – Platinum Medal 

Wine Luxe – Top Ten; Hong Kong Wine & Spirits Expo

 

Lafayette Spiced Bourbon Whiskey - A classic Kentucky Bourbon mashbill of 75% corn, 21% rye and 4% cut to 80 proof, Alpine adds Apricot, Primrose and Cinnamon for the Lafayette spice profile

SIP Awards: Gold-Medal

 

 

Persistent Vodka - 100% corn which is 10x distilled, using a Column Still and then a Bain Marie Pot Still, to control time on copper.

SIP Awards – Silver Medal

 

 

 

 

Traveler’s Rest American Single Malt Whiskey at Barrel Proof has SOLD OUT.  Gold Medal Winning  Traveler’s Rest Single Malt 88 Proof (with a secondary French Oak aging) is only available at Utah State liquor stores.

 

 

Spur blended whiskey – a blend of two Gold-medal winners - Alpine's French Oak aged single malt has a wonderful banana, mocha note finish with a vanilla spice; and their Bourbon brings the corn sweetness and American Oak brown flavors with very subtle rye spice.

Alpine Distilling is located at 7132 N. Silver Creek Road in Park City.

 

OCTOBER EVENTS

Mondays thru Saturdays: Midway Creamery Hay Maze and Pumpkin Patch, Midway

Mondays, until 10/23: Happy Valley Farmers Market, Springville

Mondays, until 10/30: Light Up the Night Halloween Parade, Thanksgiving Point

Wednesdays, until 10/25: Sugar House Farmer's Market, Salt Lake City

Wednesdays, until 10/25: Park City Farmer's Market, Park City

All Month Long: Homestead Resort Annual Scarecrow Festival, Midway

Thursdays, until 10/26: Bountiful City Farmers Market, Bountiful

Fridays, until 10/27: Happy Valley Farmers Market, Orem

Saturdays, until 10/28: Trick-or-Treat Parade, Thanksgiving Point

Saturdays, until 10/21: Cache Valley Gardener's Market, Logan

Saturdays in October: Trick or Treat Parade, Thanksgiving Point

Thusdays - Saturdays: Haunted Wagon Train, Heber City

Weekends in October: Frightmares, Lagoon

All October: McCoard's Provo Corn Maze, Provo

Now - 10/22: Haunted Aquarium, Draper

10/19 - 10/22: Aladdin, Salt Lake City

10/20: Haunted Night at the Museum: Viking Ghost Ship, Salt Lake City

10/21 - 10/21: Fall Harvest Festival, Wellsville

10/24: Disney in Concert: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, Salt Lake City

10/27: Halloween Party, Snowbird

10/31: Howl-O-Ween! on Historic Main Street, Park City

Thursday - Saturdays: Daily Pumpkin Train, Heber City

Open House & October Events

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Oct 03, 2017

We are hosting an Open House today from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm at 7430 Buckboard Drive Park City, UT 84098.

Come and enjoy Ramon's Famous Jack Daniels BBQ Meatballs and an exceptional theater room demonstration.

Bring your family & friends to this home that has been beautifully remodeled & upgraded throughout. New Ponderosa Pine Wood floors, Orite Granite Fireplace and Breakfast bar, Fresco Plaster, all new Bosch appliances, recessed lighting in dining room, new office, new carpet, new 8 ft doors on Main Level....speaking of Main Level...Master, office, living room dining, hearth room and kitchen all on the main floor...Traditional mountain living with 3-car garage, large floor to ceiling windows Private yet has views! Driveway half plumbed for radiant heat. Balconies galore....the inside of this home is 90% new...and yes a separate entrance for the mother in law apartment!.... Bedrooms: 7 and Bathrooms: 4 Full, 1 3/4, 1 Half with 5,379 sq. ft. on 0.96 acres. Year Built: 1994 Remodeled 2017

This week we wanted to share Eight Tips For Staging Your Home. We are also available to assist in this process and work with great companies that share a professional touch.

1. Focus On The Curb Appeal -The first thing that potential buyers will see is the outside of your house. The lawn, landscaping, front porch, front door, and driveway are the first impression your home is going to make, so spruce up the lawn, plant some flowers, paint the front door, reseal the driveway, whatever it takes to make a good first impression.

2. Time For Some Deep Cleaning - This is crucial in home staging and is more than just picking up and vacuuming. Clean the spaces in the home that haven’t been cleaned for a very long time (or ever), including baseboards, vent covers, ceiling fans, and the fireplace.

3. Brush On A Fresh Coat Of Paint - A fresh coat of paint in main rooms or throughout the house can bring a home back to life. Renew the space with neutral, crowd pleasing colors. This can also help potential buyers envision themselves living in the home.

4. Give Each Room A Purpose - A spare room can make fantastic guest bedroom, home office, or gym. Each room should be transformed into a usable space where the buyers can envision what they can do with the room.

5. Update The Kitchen Fixtures - Luckily, minor changes in the kitchen can make the space feel more modern and updated. Consider replacing old light fixtures with modern ones or swap outdated hardware.

6. Brighten The Bathrooms - Light colors or white make things appear fresher, cleaner, newer, and more spacious. Brighten up your bathroom with a fresh coat of paint or with new white towels, shower curtain, and bathmat to give your bathroom a clean and relaxed feel.

7. Bring In The Light - Curtains are beautiful, but they can darken and date a room. Potential buyers want to see the home in all it's glory; so pull up the blinds, open the curtains, and make sure the windows are spotless to let as much light in as possible.

8. Highlight The Positives - Every house has its own stand-out features, whether its unique woodwork, great flow, or a stunning backyard, boost the appeal of your home by playing up the positives.

OCTOBER EVENTS

Mondays thru Saturdays: Midway Creamery Hay Maze and Pumpkin Patch, Midway

Mondays, until 10/23: Happy Valley Farmers Market, Springville

Mondays, until 10/30: Light Up the Night Halloween Parade, Thanksgiving Point

Tuesdays, until 10/17: 2017 Tuesday Harvest Market, Salt Lake City

Wednesdays, until 10/25: Sugar House Farmer's Market, Salt Lake City

Wednesdays, until 10/25: Park City Farmer's Market, Park City

All Month Long: Homestead Resort Annual Scarecrow Festival, Midway

Thursdays, until 10/26: Bountiful City Farmers Market, Bountiful

Fridays, until 10/27: Happy Valley Farmers Market, Orem

Saturdays, until 10/28: Trick-or-Treat Parade, Thanksgiving Point

Saturdays, until 10/21: Cache Valley Gardener's Market, Logan

Saturdays in October: Trick or Treat Parade, Thanksgiving Point

Thusdays - Saturdays: Haunted Wagon Train, Heber City

Saturdays and Sundays, until 10/15: Oktoberfest 2017, Snowbird

Weekends in October: Frightmares, Lagoon

All October: McCoard's Provo Corn Maze, Provo

Now - 10/8: Thriller by Odyssey Dance Theatre, Park City & Salt Lake City

Now - 10/8: Thriller - Odyssey Dance Theatre, Park City

Now - 10/15: Dine About, Park City

10/5 - 10/7: The Pumpkin Train, Heber City

10/7: 8th Annual Harvest Fest, Kamas

10/13 - 10/22: Haunted Aquarium, Draper

10/14: Monster Mash & Dash, Kaysville

10/14: The Color Run Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City

10/14: Park City Sunrise Rotary Shot Ski, Park City

10/19 - 10/22: Aladdin, Salt Lake City

10/20: Haunted Night at the Museum: Viking Ghost Ship, Salt Lake City

10/21 - 10/21: Fall Harvest Festival, Wellsville

10/24: Disney in Concert: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, Salt Lake City

10/27: Halloween Party, Snowbird

10/31: Howl-O-Ween! on Historic Main Street, Park City

Thursday - Saturdays: Daily Pumpkin Train, Heber City

Good Food In Park City

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Sep 06, 2017

We have always enjoyed the wide variety of food in Park City, everything from Monday night $5 burgers to high-end private yurt dinners. Jenny Wilden recently posted A Foodie's Guide to Historic Park City and we think it is packed full of great links to local restaurants. Historic Main Street is the epicenter of this fun, foodie culture, and whether you’re craving the town’s best avocado toast, a rib-eye steak, or just a handcrafted cocktail, you’ll find it here. Get your buzz on at Pink Elephant Coffee, a locally owned café tucked above Prospect, a hip clothing boutique on Historic Main Street. A block off Main Street, newcomer Harvest specializes in trendy, healthy favorites, like paleo banana bread and smashed avocado toast. For an alternative to coffee, try their steaming Golden Mylk, a fusion of turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, pepper, and coconut milk. Firewood is one of Main Street’s hottest new restaurants—literally. Everything’s cooked on open-flame grills with chef-selected wood like cedar and cherry to enhance the flavors. When you’re looking to save money or feed a crowd, there’s no better place than Davanza’s on Park Avenue. For on-the-go dining, head to Riverhorse Provisions, a grocery café that’s the baby sister of Riverhorse on Main, one of Park City’s oldest and most venerated restaurants. When you’re craving something sweet, visit award-winning American eatery, Handle for Park City’s best desserts. For daytime desires, grab funky-flavored tiny donuts at Peace Love and Little Donuts on Lower Main Street. Twisted Fern is pictured in our blog this week.

Park City has many great non-profits and we wanted to share a little about one of our favorites - KPCW, a volunteer supported organization whose mission is to educate, inform, entertain and provide access to a diverse community with quality local, national and international programming.  As our community radio station, we count on KPCW to provide quality programming and local news that's important to Wasatch Back listeners, including local weather, traffic, trail, and ski reports; city and county government proceedings; and lost and found—which has reunited countless pets with their grateful owners. On August 22nd, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties was proud to support KPCW with a Community Grant Challenge during the Summer Pledge Drive and has raised over $10,000 largely contributed by our philanthropic agents.

SEPTEMBER EVENTS

Monday Nights All Month: Heber Valley RR Night Train

Wednesdays All Month: Park City Farmer’s Market

Sundays All Month: Park Silly Market

Saturday Evenings All Month: Outdoor Concert Series at the Homestead in Midway

8/12 - 10/15: Oktoberfest 2017, Snowbird

9/1 - 9/2: Midway Swiss Days Festival, Midway

9/1 - 9/4: Soldier Hollow Classic Sheepdog Championship, Midway

9/7 - 9/17: 2017 Utah State Fair, Salt Lake City

9/13 - 9/16: Wasatch Plein Air Art Competition, Midway Town Hall

9/15 - 9/17: 2017 Autumn Aloft Hot Air Balloon Festival, Park City

9/22 - 10/8: Thriller by Odyssey Dance Theatre, Park City

9/23: Harvest Market, Sundance

9/28 - 9/30: Holes by Louis Sachar, Timpanogas Theater, Heber City

Hiking In Park City

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Aug 16, 2017

Ramon and ZorroSunday afternoon we went hiking with our dog Zorro and followed that with fish n chips, burger and a beer at The Boneyard in Park City - ahh the good life....

Now is a great time to be taking to the trails in Park City. The hills surrounding Park City offer more than 150 miles of public trails ideal for hiking. From scenic strolls to adrenaline-raising terrain, Park City is a great hiking destination. For more details and links to printable maps from Mountaintrails.org

Here are a few of our favorite trails:

Round Valley: (Beginner to Intermediate) This hiking and biking complex is located on the eastern edge of Park City, near US-40 on Kearns Blvd. The trails are well-marked and some trail intersections include trail maps. View Round Valley Trail Map

Masonic Hill/April Mountain: Located in the heart of Park City with over 450 acres of open space and 15 miles of trails. Click here to view map.

Glenwild Loop 8.5 miles. Located across I-80 from Kimball Junction, this trail is great for hiking and trail running. Learn more.

Looking for something to do in Utah this weekend, well we have listed out some of the amazing events that are happening state-wide.

CountDown LIVE at Bountiful "Music in the Park" August 18 - Bountiful City Park - Bountiful City’s “Music in the Park” is featuring CountDown Band Friday, August 18th, starting at 7pm. Concert will be held at the Main Stage at the Bountiful City Park: 400 North and 200 West. Don’t miss this amazing show! Free

Salzsee European Auto Show 2017 August 19 -Solitude Mountain Resort - The Salzsee European Auto Show will not only be memorable but may become an event that you, your family and friends will want to participate in for years to come. Salzsee, German for Salt Lake, is Utah’s elite European car show. Spectators Free

Slip and Soar Summer 2017 - Send Off - August 19 - Olympic Park - Park City - Celebrate summer with an afternoon (or evening) full of slip ‘n slide on the water ramps at the Spence Eccles Olympic Freestyle Pool. Enjoy live music and all the slipping and sliding you can handle, plus food and cold beverages will be available for sale. Spectators Free

28th Annual Great Salt Lake Truck Show August 18 - August 19 - Thanksgiving Point - Lehi - The Great Salt Lake Truck Show is a non-profit organization that benefits the National Kidney Foundation of Utah and Idaho. Any and all donations are welcome. Free

Utah Beer Festival 2017 August 19 - August 20 - Utah State Fair Park - Salt Lake City Weekly’s annual beer festival is back for its 8th year, Aug 19-20, 2017! This year’s event now covers two days and includes beer, food, music and fun! $5 - $75

Reggae Rise Up Festival August 19 - August 20 - The Rivers Edge - Heber City - Music, Vendors, Adult Games, Crafts, Relaxing Stations and more! This year’s lineup features Slightly Stoopid, Citizen Cope, Iration, Stick Figure, J Boog, The Movement, The Holdup, Conkarah, Iya Terra, Jungle Man Sam, Tribe of I, Makisi, & more! $35 - $45

Food & Art in Park City

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Jul 05, 2017

The 13th Annual Park City Food & Wine Classic starts tomorrow, where master winemakers, culinary greats and distinguished guests gather to play, wine and dine. Enjoy hundreds of food artisans, wineries, breweries, distilleries, epicurean purveyors and local producers at the ultimate food and wine experience.With over twenty different events throughout the weekend you can curate your own personalized festival. Tickets are still available.

Today is the Park City Weekly Farmers' Market which is held each Wednesday from 12:00 - 6:00pm in the Cabriolet parking lot of the Canyons base of Park City Mountain Resort. Looking for a great deal - book your winter escape to Park City before July 31st. Book Early Save Big includes lodging at a Park City Mountain managed property, including the Grand Summit Hotel, Sundial Lodge, Silverado Lodge, Vintage on the Strand, and Resort Plaza. For each night reserved in a Park City Mountain managed property, you'll receive our hearty Alpine Breakfast Buffet for two and you'll also have the option to purchase specially priced lift tickets.

The 48th Annual Park City Kimball Arts Festival takes place on Historic Main Street and serves as the primary fundraiser for the Kimball Art Center August 4th - 6th. Each year over 50,000 guests, 220+ jury-selected artists from over 30 states in 12 categories, 30 live musical acts and an array of cuisine offerings fill this amazing festival. Tickets are $12 for Adults, $6 for Kids Kids 5 & Under are Free.

Looking to challenge yourself physically this Fall - The North Face Summer Endurance Challenge is Saturday, September 23, 2017 (Start and Finish) - The North Face Endurance Challenge Series' expansion into the “mountain” region of the United States at Park City Mountain Resort, is located 20 miles outside of Salt Lake City. This race course will not only start at the highest elevation within the North America series at 7,000 feet but it will also climb to the highest elevation of 10,000 feet. The North Face Endurance Challenge cruises along the Wasatch Back, part of the Wasatch Mountain Range in the resort destination of Park City. Athletes will navigate this world-renowned ski destination using a mix of double and single track trail, ski runs, mountain bike trails and various dirt access roads. Bring your lungs and legs and be prepared to be awestruck.

Biking And Wine In Park City

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Jun 21, 2017

Old Town Cellars in Park CityPark City is back in National Geographic again, this time in America’s 20 Best Mountain Bike Towns - To foster authentic bike culture, a town needs more than just high quality trails. These 20 mountain bike hamlets around the country (in no particular order) offer bucket-list rides, new trail development, a variety of outdoor recreation, and a fun, bike-friendly vibe. Bike on.

Park City, Utah - The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) designates destinations as “ride centers” when they offer something for every rider, from backcountry epics to beginner-friendly singletrack. Of the 37 in the world, the first gold-level status was awarded to Park City. Beyond the sheer quantity of trails—about 400 miles of singletrack—Park City’s active and productive bike community has helped link them in a highly functional, user-friendly network.

Park City’s trail options include long, flat cruises, intermediate rolling terrain, and alpine singletrack with challenging climbs and thrilling descents. There are even lengthy tours like Mid-Mountain and Wasatch Crest. Plus, Deer Valley, Canyons Resort, and Park City Mountain Resort (now one property) all offer lift-assisted riding, which makes access to the higher alpine trails even easier. Gravity aficionados flock to Canyons Bike Park for its freeride trails (the lifts also access 20 miles of cross-country trails).

The town of Park City boasts scores of bars and restaurants, affordable accommodations (for a ski town), tons of kid activities, and cultural events like concerts.

Only a few weeks away is the Park City Food and Wine Classic July 6-9, 2017. This is the event where master winemakers, culinary greats, and distinguished guests gather to play, wine, and dine in beautiful Park City, Utah. Experience more than 100 food artisans, wineries, breweries, distilleries, epicurean purveyors, and locally-made products at this ultimate food and wine experience.

Whether you are a full-fledged foodie or an emerging gourmand, you are sure to find more than one event to whet your appetite at the Classic. There is something for everyone – from food and wine tastings, to seminars and cooking demonstrations, to outdoor adventures with food & wine influences, there are tastes and temptations at every turn.

Tickets - Tickets are now on sale for all seminars and another great year of events.

Schedule - From Grand Tastings to outdoor adventures and seminars, there’s so much to do.

Beneficiary - The Park City Food and Wine Classic is proud to benefit the People’s Health Clinic, a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization providing quality healthcare to the uninsured in Summit and Wasatch counties.

Next week we dive into the Park City Transit System (Electric Buses) and other upcoming events around town.

(Blog Picture - Old Town Cellars in Park City)

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