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February Snow

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Feb 20, 2019

February is off to an incredible start for snowfall. Utah has received over 100" of snow with Solitude winning deepest snowfall total so far that's just over EIGHT feet! February has been an amazing month for snow - Ski Utah tracked the first two weeks of snowfall and as of last week the standings were: Alta Ski Area: 85", Beaver Mountain: 43", Brian Head Ski Resort: 63", Brighton: 97", Deer Valley Resort: 70", Eagle Point: 46", Nordic Valley: 25", Park City Mountain: 66", Powder Mountain: 77" , Snowbasin Resort: 51", Snowbird: 93", Solitude Mountain Resort: 102", Sundance Mountain Resort: 37". As it has been snowing quite a lot since these totals were taken we are sure the Park City numbers are up from what is posted.

CNN Travel shared the 8 top spots for extreme skiing in the United States and Canada - Park City is on the list. Park City Mountain. A charming, quintessential ski town if there ever was one, Park City, Utah, offers world-class skiing for all levels and plenty to see and do off the slopes too. In 2015, Park City joined forces with nearby Canyons Resort to form the unified Park City Mountain Resort. The merger made Park City Resort the largest single ski and snowboard resort in the United States. The resorts make up over 7,300 acres with 348 trails and 14 lifts between the two.

You won't find heli-skiing in this part of the Rocky Mountains, but thrill seekers can pair up with a professional guide who'll take participants on a journey to discover the best runs on the mountain. The Peak-to-Peak Guided Mountain Tour takes skiers and riders to areas with the best conditions (otherwise known as soft, powdery snow that seemingly goes on forever). And the Silver to Slopes Historic Mining Tour is available to intermediate and above skiers. It's a chance to experience the fine slopes of Utah while learning about the region's mining history. The other resorts included Telluride Ski Resort, Silverton Mountain, Powder Mountain, Mammoth Mountain, Whistler Blackcomb, RED Mountain Resort and Big Sky Resort.

KSL Salt Lake City - Snowbasin Resort will become the second resort in Utah to join the Epic Pass, the multi-resort ski and snowboard pass that includes various areas across the world. Snowbasin will join the pass starting with the 2019-2020 ski season, resort officials announced in a Wednesday news release. Though the Epic Pass is managed and operated by Colorado-based Vail Resorts, Snowbasin will still be independently owned and operated, officials said.

“Snowbasin is pleased to offer Epic Pass holders another option in Utah,” Snowbasin general manager Davy Ratchford said in the release. “This will also greatly benefit Snowbasin’s longtime clientele with expanded access to resorts across the globe.” Epic Passes for the 2019-2020 winter season go on sale in March, according to the news release. Park City Mountain Resort is the only other Utah resort currently available on the Epic Pass. The pass includes access to multiple ski and snowboard areas in the United States and Canada, as well as options for access to resorts in Europe, Japan and Australia.

Enough on skiing, well this week KSL shares 4 unique outdoor adventures in Park City - Park City is famous for its ski resort and surplus of fun winter activities, but besides downhill skiing, there are a lot of other unique excursions that help show why Park City is considered a mecca for the outdoors. Here are some Park City daytrips you might not have tried before:

Cross-country skiing at Round Valley - Round Valley is a wide open set of trails curving through rolling hills and up small mountains. In the winter, this track is groomed and makes for a perfect cross-country skiing area. These trails will be most easily accessed from Quinn’s Trailhead near the National Ability Center off state Route 248, though it can also be accessed from other points around Park City. Groomed and maintained five days per week (Tuesday through Saturday) by the Mountain Trails Foundation, these free tracks are a favorite for local skiers.

Snowshoeing or hiking at the Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter - Swaner is a 1,200-acre preserve located in beautiful wetlands with a thriving wildlife scene. Notorious for its birds, beavers, foxes, marmots, moose, deer and elk, this open expanse has 10 miles of connecting trails for hiking and snowshoeing. Swaner EcoCenter hosts guided tours on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. for $10, and they allow self-guided tours any day of the week. Swing through the EcoCenter in Kimball Junction to pick up a map and a lock combination for the trail system. Snowshoes can be rented at the EcoCenter for $5 during a tour or for $15 for the full day. Swaner is open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the winter.

Mountain biking on the Flying Dog Trail - This epic, intermediate level ride makes for a combined 14-mile loop that takes about two or three hours. The total elevation gain is about 1,400 feet during 8 miles of steady uphill climbing. Once bikers reach the top, even the most masochistic rider will be glad to see the 6-mile downhill stretch of rolling trail. Most cyclists will begin at the Fink Again Trail in Jeremy Ranch or the Glenwild Loop. Starting the Flying Dog Trail from the Glenwild Loop offers 16 switchbacks up and a spectacular ride down through a forest of aspens, pine trees and wildlife. Watch out for moose. Bikers may want to wait until the snow has subsided a bit before riding this trail.

Snowshoe or hike the Iron Mountain Trail - This beginner hike is a beautiful, 3-mile out-and-back that provides stunning views of Park City, Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley. Hikers can expect to see moose, wildlife, aspen trees and nature along the way. You’ll hike along a wooded path on an uphill stretch that might get your legs burning. Eventually, hikers find themselves atop Iron Mountain, and if you keep going, you’ll merge onto the Mid-Mountain Trail. If hiking in the winter, many people choose to hike or snowshoe up and then sled back down the smoothed-out path.

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Park City Adventures

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Oct 23, 2018

It is a beautiful time to be outside in Park City. Today is the last Park City Farmers' Market of the season at the Silver King Resort Parking Lot. The Park City Farmers' Market is offering food trucks, fresh produce, fresh baked bread and arts and crafts from local vendors. More info here.

This week there are quite a lot of events around town, so we wanted to share some fun activities happening through this weekend. The New Chinese Acrobats perform on October 26th at the Eccles Center Theater. Created in association with the world-famous Cirque Eloize company, The New Chinese Acrobats represent the next step in the evolution of acrobatic companies from the East. Mixing new techniques and acts with ancient traditions, The New Chinese Acrobats present the opportunity to view the best of China's ancient folk art, mixed with the style and virtuosity of today's generation. With performers selected from across China for their high-level acrobatic skills and innovative staging, the show includes award-winning acts from prestigious circus festivals such as Monte Carlo Circus Festival and World Circus Festival of Paris. For more info click here.

We are lucky to have the Park City Film Series in the Jim Santy Auditorium/Park City Library Building. The Park City Film Series is a nonprofit organization presenting the best of independent feature, documentary, world and local cinema. Upcoming films include the following:

Frankenweenie: October 27

Paddington 2: November 3

13th Annual Filmmakers Showcase: November 8

Viva Kid Flicks!: November 10

The Mask You Live In: November 15

The Nightmare Before Christmas: November 21

The Wizard of Oz: November 23

For more info on the Park City Film Series click here.

If you haven't been to Midway in a while check out the Sleepy Hollow Haunted Wagon Rides throughout October in Soldier Hollow. Enjoy an authentic horsedrawn wagon ride through the woods of Soldier Hollow in Midway as you listen to a colorful narration of Washington Irving's original short story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow". Be careful as the woods are rumored to be haunted and frequented by the apparition of the Headless Horseman! For more info click here.

Looking for something a little less scary, the Pumpkin Train at the Heber Valley Railroad is running now through October 29th. Your ticket includes a short 40 minute train ride where you will be entertained on board by costumed characters. You'll also get to try a delicious pumpkin cookie. At the depot you can take a trip through our (family friendly) haunted car, and get a Halloween sticker. And of course you also get to select a pumpkin from their Pumpkin Patch and take it home with you! Additional food and snacks will be available for purchase at the depot. For more info click here.

Remember Halloween on Historic Park City's Main Street was named one of the top Halloween celebrations in the country by Travel and Leisure magazine and for good reason! When you combine two and four-legged costumed creatures with gourmet treats and maybe a few tricks you have a one-of-a-kind celebration. More details in next week's blog.

OCTOBER EVENTS

Now - 11/24: Utah Utes Football, Salt Lake City

Now - 11/24: BYU Cougar Football, Provo

Now - 10/30: Lagoon's Frightmares, Farmington

Now - 10/29: The Pumpkin Train, Heber City

Now - 11/3: Halloween Activities, Thanksgiving Point

Now - 4/29: Utah Jazz, Salt Lake City

Now - 4/7: Utah Grizzlies, West Valley City

10/29: Josh Groban with Idina Menzel, Salt Lake City

10/31: 2018 Halloween and Dog Parade, Park City

Our Favorite Town

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Jun 14, 2017

Our favorite town is no stranger to awards and accolades. So this week we thought we would share a few of the publications that rank Park City among the top cities and towns in American (and even the world). There may not be a perfect place, but if you ask us (and apparently editors and travelers across the globe) Park City is pretty close.

Conde Nast Traveler - #1 Friendliest Cities: Park City is a "friendlier and more casual" mountain town, where even at the height of winter ski season or the Sundance Film Festival in January, "the locals were extremely friendly and welcoming." World & U.S. - #1 Park City, Utah & The Best Small City in the U.S #6 Park City, Utah

An iconic mountain town frequented by ski buffs and Sundance festees, Park City was this year voted one of Traveler’s friendliest cities in the world—and for good reason. Though most popular in the winter, Park City shines in all seasons: For spring, summer, and fall hiking and mountain biking, the city has nearly 400 miles of maintained trails. Mark off time for a stroll (or two) down picturesque Main Street, and don’t miss nearby Utah Olympic Park, which comprises a museum but is still used as an Olympic training facility today.

L.A. Times 17 Destinations for 2017 - #8 Park City is 45 minutes from the Salt Lake City airport. It has an old-fashioned Main Street. And it has the biggest ski resort in the country: Park City Mountain Resort, which combined with Canyons Resort in 2015, setting off changes all over town.

Chef John Murcko’s Firewood Restaurant opened in December at 306 Main St. At 314 Main, visitors can browse landscape photos at David Beavis Gallery. At 509 Main, get caffeine from Pink Elephant Coffee Roasters. At 738 Main, get a sugar fix at Peace, Love & Little Donuts. At 890 Main, taste wine at Old Town Cellars, a private-label winery. (All opened in 2016.)

Trip Advisor Top Destinations on the Rise #2 Only 35 minutes from the SLC Airport, Park City's rugged beauty is complemented by over 100 restaurants and bars, open air concerts, numerous spas and health clubs, plays, independent film screenings, a series of world-class events and festivals, and as many kinds of lodging as there are people.

Travel & Leisure - America’s Favorite Towns #1 Outdoor bliss meets artistic street cred: America’s winning town offers snow, sunshine, and a good chance of celeb-spotting. Readers gave the city near-perfect marks for its weather and for its festivals—thanks in part, no doubt, to winter’s Sundance Film Festival. Since Utah has relaxed its liquor laws over the years, Park City also scored well with readers for wine. Choose from the extensive wine list at Glitretind, at Stein Eriksen Lodge, or the long list of bottles at the new Main Street hotspot Tupelo, whose artisanal menu includes such delights as Rocky Mountain Elk Bolognese.

America’s Favorite Mountain Towns - No. 1: Park City, Utah - When the local mines closed, Park City, Utah, turned its ambitions above ground—to its 7,000 acres of Olympic-level ski terrain—helping it transition into one of the country’s premier resort destinations, and this year’s favorite mountain town. Off the slopes, everyone converges on historic Main Street, flanked by a mix of adventure outfitters, galleries, and restaurants—including Tupelo, chef Matt Harris’s ode to elevated Rocky Mountain cuisine. Sundance Film Festival brings in the A-Listers, who feel at home in the town’s luxe hotels, like Stein Eriksen Lodge, a Norwegian-style chalet.

Sunset Magazine - 2016 Best Adventure Town - Ski towns have long been about much more than a day on the slopes. Park City, Utah, just happens to be more fun than many others; the winner for best adventure town has a gently sloping Main Street lined with shops and farm-driven eats.

The state of Utah is also a great place - For the 10th year in a row, Utah earns the top spot for states with the best economic outlook, followed by Indiana, North Carolina, North Dakota and Tennessee, according to a recent American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) report, Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index. The annual publication is celebrating its 10th edition with the launch of a new website that gives users the ability to compare and contrast economic trends of the last decade, featuring a new tool showing how particular policy adjustments can change the economic outlook ranking of an individual state.

State lawmakers have relied upon Rich States, Poor States as a guide for measuring the economic competitiveness of their states since 2008. The publication is authored by Dr. Arthur B. Laffer, a member of Ronald Reagan’s Economic Policy Advisory Board, Stephen Moore, distinguished visiting fellow at The Heritage Foundation, and Jonathan Williams, ALEC Chief Economist and Vice President of the ALEC Center for State Fiscal Reform.

“For an unprecedented ten years, since the very founding of Rich States, Poor States, Utah has reigned as number one in terms of economic outlook. This is largely due to the state’s many responsible fiscal policies, including an efficient and lean state government, a low overall tax burden and the state’s right-to-work status,” said Jonathan Williams. “In addition, the public sector pension reforms of 2010 have undoubtedly benefitted Utah in the rankings. Congratulations to the Utah legislators who consistently show their dedication to protecting hard-earned taxpayer dollars and promoting a strong state economy."

Fall Travel to Park City

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Sep 07, 2016

IMG_1603 (1)Park City, Utah has something for everyone 365 days a year. We agree with Mens Health magazine September 2016 issue - "Shoulder season offers access that's not always available during the busy times" says SmartFlyer CEO Michael Holtz. Mens Health magazine rated Park City as the first of three winners: Park City, Utah; Sicily, Italy; and Mackinac Island, Michigan for Fall travel. In less than an hour from deplaning at SLC you can be in Park City biking amid the aspens of the Wasatch Range and staying at the five-star Stein Eriksen Lodge.

As Utah's best-known ski town, Park City boasts a small-community feel and is the perfect base for adventure. No matter what time of year you visit our historic mining town offers attractions for everyone, from top-notch dining options to bobsledding. If you've been itching for a weekend full of mountain biking, après ski bars, shopping, and outdoor adventure we've got you covered.

Travel + Leisure recently explored the country's best cities, towns, and neighborhoods to give the best three day weekends in the country - here is The Perfect Three-Day Weekend in Park City.

Day One

Compared to other mountain destinations, Park City rules when it comes to access. Fly into Salt Lake International Airport and take a shuttle (or rent a car) a short 45-minute drive up the hill. Check into the boutique Washington School House Hotel in downtown Park City before heading outside to inhale all that fresh air. A stroll down Main Street provides a good orientation to the town's history and architecture with plenty of time to check out the shops and art galleries.

Head to Riverhorse on Main for on-point salads, expertly prepared steaks, and consistently good service. If you want to go out afterward, the 100-year-old No Name Saloon is a lot like your local dive bar, but with antler chandeliers, a fireplace, and better people-watching.

Day Two

Wake up early to hit the slopes. Park City is now home to America's biggest ski area, Park City Mountain Resort, with 7,300 skiable acres and 41 chair lifts. Powder hounds will love Jupiter Bowl while intermediates should head to the King Con Express to lap the blues. Try Cloud Dine for an on-mountain lunch or opt for salads and wraps at the Silver Star Café at the base.

A short 5 minutes from town, the skiers-only Deer Valley also boasts loads of well-groomed ski trails. If you happen to be in Park City from December to March, don't miss a sleigh ride to the Viking Yurt on Park City Mountain where you'll be treated to a six-course meal at 8,700 feet.

In the summer, Deer Valley has 70 miles of mountain bike trails accessible by three different chair lifts. And whatever the season, finish a day of adventuring at High West Distillery & Saloon (the country's only ski-in, ski-out distillery) where you can take a tour, eat hearty plates like pretzels with whipped beer cheese, and sample award-winning whiskey like the Campfire: a smoky blend of Scotch, bourbon, and rye.

Day Three

Grab tea, Salt Lake City coffee from Millcreek, and baked goods at the indie bookstore Atticus Tea. If you've had enough of skiing or biking, opt for a different adventure at the Utah Olympic Park. This vestige of the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games boasts a museum that's good for all ages, but the real star is the Comet Bobsled: a ride that takes thrill-seekers on 18 hairpin turns on the official Olympic sliding track. Although it's not for the faint of heart, this adrenaline-pumping experience operates in both summer and winter.

Leave your Olympic dreams behind and return to Park City to sample the Mexican fare at El Chubasco, a casual, order-at-the-counter cantina perfect for lunch. See what's happening in town for the afternoon or check out the Homestead Crater, a geothermal spring hidden within a 55-foot tall, beehive-shaped limestone rock about 30 minutes from Park City. Guests can swim in the 95-degree water, snorkel, or even take a paddle-board yoga class. Alternatively, if you're looking to splurge, go to the celeb-worthy St. Regis Deer Valley Remède Spa for an afternoon of pampering (the hot poultice massage is heavenly).

For dinner, check out one of Park City's newer restaurants creating a buzz, Handle. Located at the bottom of Main Street, Handle serves up memorable trout sausage, fried chicken, and an amazing caramel pudding for dessert. Check the calendar and finish off the evening with a show at Park City's iconic Egyptian Theatre, one of the Sundance Film Festival's most recognizable venues.

Don't forget - there are less than 100 days until the Park City resorts open for skiing! There are still a couple months to explore summer and fall in the mountains. If you haven't mountain biked, golfed, or looked at the amazing fall event line-ups, now is your chance before the snow gets here.

 
 
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