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Sundance & World Championships

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Dec 12, 2018

Park City Magazine reminds us that is is time to start making your list of the films you’re dying to watch at the upcoming 2019 Sundance Film Festival (Jan. 24 - Feb. 3) because the Sundance Institute just released the feature film line-up for the fest. True to the Sundance Institute’s ongoing mission to provide a platform for underrepresented voices, the program includes films from 33 different countries, 45 by first-time filmmakers.

Reflecting on independent filmmaking and this year’s crop of films, President and Founder of the Sundance Institute Robert Redford said “Society relies on storytellers. The choices they make, and the risks they take define our collective experience. This year’s Festival is full of storytellers who offer challenges, questions and entertainment. In telling their stories, they make difficult decisions in the pursuit of truth and art; culture reaps the reward.

More announcements will be coming soon, but in the mean time, feel free to peruse the entire selection below. Ticket packages and passes are currently on sale via the Sundance Institute website. Individual tickets for Utah locals go on sale January 17.

In February, Park City will be the epicenter of the competitive skiing universe. That's when Deer Valley Resort, Park City Mountain Resort and Solitude Mountain Resort will host the FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships. Over the course of 10 days, some of the best athletes in the world will vie for gold medals in more than a dozen disciplines, such as moguls, snowboardcross and halfpipe skiing. The Park Record has all the information about this exciting upcoming event.

February 1 Snowboardcross Final Solitude Mountain Resort

February 2 Opening Ceremonies Canyons Village/Park City Mountain

Skicross Final Solitude Mountain Resort

Freeski Big Air Final Canyons Village/Park City Mountain

February 3 Team Snowboardcross Final Solitude Mountain Resort

February 4 Snowboard Parallel Giant Slalom Final Park City Mountain

February 5 Snowboard Parallel Slalom Final Park City Mountain

Snowboard Big Air Final Canyons Village/Park City Mountain

February 6 Freeski Slopestyle Final Park City Mountain

Freestyle Aerials Final Deer Valley

February 7 Freestyle Team Aerials Final Deer Valley

February 8 Snowboard Halfpipe Final Park City Mountain

Freestyle Moguls Final Deer Valley

February 9 Freeski Halfpipe Final Park City Mountain

Freestyle Dual Moguls Final Deer Valley

February 10 Snowboard Slopestyle Final Park City Mountain

Closing Ceremonies Main Street, Park City

Feeling the holiday spirit - there is still time to check out fun holiday events:

Now through Dec. 22: Heber Valley Railroad North Pole Express - This 90-minute round-trip ride to the “North Pole” includes hot cocoa, Mrs. Claus’ chocolate-chip cookies and a special gift from Santa. Tickets are $40 for adults and $25 for children. Visit the Heber Valley Railroad website for departure times and more information.

Now through Jan. 2: Christmas Lights at Temple Square - The Christmas lights at Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City will be illuminated until Jan. 2. The lights will be on 6-7:30 a.m. and 5-10:30 p.m. daily. The lights will be on until 11 p.m. during the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square concerts, and on New Year’s Eve they will be on until 12:30 a.m. at Temple Square and until 1 a.m. at the Church Office Building, Main Street and Conference Center Plazas. Find more information here.

Now through Dec. 29: Savior of the World - This musical drama about the birth and resurrection of Jesus Christ is based on the scriptural account. Weekly performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., with matinees on Saturdays at 2 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Conference Center Theater. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here.

Now through Jan. 5: Luminaria at Thanksgiving Point - The Ashton Gardens at Thanksgiving Point come alive for the Christmas season with thousands of twinkling, sparkling and color-changing lights that will be on through Jan. 5. The mile-long walk features 6,500 programmable lights at Thanksgiving Point, 3900 N. Garden Drive, in Lehi. Admission is from 5-8:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Find more information about ticket pricing here.

Now through Dec. 31: Christmas in Color - More than 1.5 million Christmas lights are synced with holiday music in this annual display in Provo and South Jordan. You can visit either the Provo Towne Center Mall or the Salt Lake County Equestrian Center in South Jordan. It’s open from 5:30-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 5:30-10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $25 per car on weekdays and $30 on weekends. Find more information here.

Now through Dec. 22: Christmas Cruise at CLAS Ropes Course in Provo - This 25-minute boat ride takes people past thousands of lights reflecting off the water of the Provo River and features Christmas music and visits from Santa. Tickets are $8 per person. Find the schedule and more information here.

Now through Dec. 22: “A Christmas Carol” at Hale Center Theater in Orem - The Hale Center Theater, 225 W. 400 North in Orem, is staging the classic Christmas tale. Tickets start at $25, and children ages 4-11 get $6 off the ticket price. Purchase tickets here.

Now through Dec. 31: ZooLights at Utah’s Hogle Zoo - More than 200 animal and holiday-themed light displays will be illuminated at the zoo for their 12th annual display. Tickets are $9.95 for adults and $7.95 for kids. Find more information here.

Now through Jan. 1: Fantasy at the Bay Christmas Lights and Santa - Celebrate the holiday season with drive-thru holiday lights at Willard Bay State Park, 900 W. 650 North, in Willard. Enjoy holiday music, food and more. Enhance your experience with 3D snowflake glasses. There’s also visits from Santa each Friday-Monday. Admission is $10 Tuesday-Thursday, $15 Sunday-Monday and $20 Friday-Saturday. Find more information here.

Now through Jan. 1: Spanish Fork Festival of Lights - Spanish Fork’s Canyon View Park, 3300 E. Powerhouse Road, will be illuminated through New Year’s Day. The cost is $8 per car, and it's open daily from 6-10 p.m. Find more information here.

Now through Jan. 1: Ogden Christmas Village - Christmas Village will illuminate Ogden's downtown area with displays and holiday lights through New Year’s Day. Spectators find themselves in a dazzling winter wonderland set aglow with Christmas lights and a setting of cottages modeled after Santa's village at the North Pole. The lights are on at Christmas Village from 5 p.m. to midnight every night and admission is free. Find more information here.

Shop With A Cop and Snow Updates

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Dec 05, 2018

We have been delighted to be a part of the Shop With A Cop event for many years and this year was another success! Thank you to everyone who donated and to those that came out to volunteer for the event.

This week we wanted to share 3 Ways to Spruce Up a Home in the Winter by Realtor Magazine - The colder months can make selling tougher. The home’s exterior can look dreary against a gray sky backdrop and buyers may want to go into hibernation rather than shop for homes in the chilly weather. But real estate and staging professionals say there’s still plenty you can do to make your listing stand out in the wintertime. Realtor.com® spotlighted a few of their ideas, including

Pay attention to curb appeal. Don’t let the colder months be an excuse to not pay attention to your yard maintenance, even if mounds of snow are covering your lawn. Make sure buyers always have an easy path to the front door by shoveling the driveway and paths. Clean out the gutters of any leaves so ice doesn’t back up and lead to any roof damage. Give the front door a fresh coat of paint. Consider some winter-themed outdoor decor, too. “I love putting evergreens next to the door and on the porch,” Rebekah Scott, a real estate broker for Atlas Real Estate Group in Denver, told realtor.com®. “Everyone knows how elegant evergreens look with snow on them, so it’s a good way to really showcase the snow.” Read more about additional ways to create a warm and inviting winter listing.

Heat it up. Make the home cozy by turning up the thermostat and fixing drafty spots. “A cold house can hurt a sale,” says Scott. “When a buyer enters the house and wants to hurry up and get out of there because it is so chilly, it probably means they are going to have a bad memory associated with the home, no matter how great it is. You want to provide a warm and inviting environment so buyers will want to take their time and linger.” If the home has a fireplace, consider firing it up—not only can that help make a home feel warmer, but it’s also a great way to highlight this selling feature.

Appeal to the senses. Pay attention to the home’s smell. In the winter months, you might consider adding in some seasonal scents, such as oranges, cloves, and cinnamon on the stove. Or, freshly baked holiday cookies on a cooling rack in the kitchen, Scott says. Also, consider playing some soft seasonal music, like holiday-themed jazz. Suit their flavor tastes, too, by offering up some hot cocoa or coffee. It can be a great warming treat in the cold and it can boost potential buyers’ moods, Dale Schaechterle, broker-owner at Realty Executives Integrity in Milwaukee, Wis., told realtor.com®.

Forbes Magazine recently shared that Vail Ski Resorts Announce New Sustainability And Environmental Programs by Larry Olmsted. Vail Resorts just inked a wind power deal that will help the company offset 100% of the power used at its dozens of ski resorts, hotels, restaurants and offices across North America.

Between climate change, massive amounts of plastics in the oceans and other environmental destruction in the news daily, it is always uplifting to hear some good tidings. This is especially true as an avid skier, a sport that relies on snow, is directly at risk from historically unprecedented rising temperatures, and often consumes large amounts of power for snowmaking and other operations. As someone who has written extensively on skiing and snow sports for more than 20 years, and has had an Epic Pass the last several seasons, for access to all the many properties in the Vail Resorts global portfolio (to be fair, this season I’ve also got a competitive Ikon Pass, and you can read about the differences here), I know I personally feel better the more efforts the ski resorts I visit take to go green. That’s why I was very pleased with the announcements earlier this month. I am also a big fan of Protect Our Winters, a non-profit backed by many big snow sports industry players including gear manufacturers (Patagonia, North Face, Burton, etc) and ski resorts and resort groups (Aspen Snowmass, Ski Utah, Ikon Pass, Mountain Collective, etc.).

Publicly traded Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN) is the world’s best-known ski resort operator, and also runs hotels and resorts. Now the company is setting a leading example of how the ski industry can get greener and take significant steps to offset the impact of bringing large numbers of travelers and recreational participants into the mountain environment. The company has been taking a deep dive into sustainability and environmental issues for well over a decade, but last year announced its biggest goals yet in its Epic Promise Commitment to Zero, which included achieving zero net emissions and zero waste to landfills by 2030. Epic Promise is a standalone department within the company that also includes the non-profit Epic Promise Foundation.

Earlier this month the company announced long-term wind energy contracts with Lincoln Clean Energy that will produce enough wind energy to reduce the emissions associated with Vail Resorts’ estimated 2019 fiscal year electricity use in North American, where the vast majority of the company’s operations are located, by 100 percent. This covers seventeen resorts (ski and non-ski) and all their associated retail, hospitality, and corporate office usage. In addition, Vail Resorts signed a contract with Xcel Energy in Colorado to support a new solar energy facility, and in Utah (where they operate Park City, the nation’s largest ski resort) is sponsoring Rocky Mountain Power’s request for proposal for 308,000 MWh of renewable energy, which could lead to a significant increase in the amount of solar, wind, and geothermal projects. The company also invested $2.4 million in the past year in energy efficiency projects across its resorts, including low-energy snowmaking and energy-efficient building upgrades.

Since launching its Commitment to Zero last year, Vail has reinvested more than $2 million in resort energy efficiency improvements. One of the most visible efforts to fight waste and environmental damage has been a recent worldwide war on plastic straws - certainly a deserving enemy - with major fast food chains and even entire municipalities banning traditional plastic straws. Vail Resorts also jumped into this fray, announcing a partnership with Eco-Products to supply all of its North American restaurants (there are typically half a dozen or more at each major ski resort) with compostable and recycled-content items. They will eliminate conventional single-use plastics, including cups, straws, beverage lids, plates, bowls and cutlery, beginning immediately (the process actually started last ski season). This move alone, according to the company, will divert nearly 300 tons of waste from landfills. The new compostable straws will be available by request only, and Vail Resort’s North American restaurants are moving to durable products, such as replacing single-use paper cups with reusable tumblers everywhere dishwashing is available, a move expected to eliminate nearly 300,000 disposable cups this season.

Skiing and Snowboarding

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Nov 27, 2018

Snow is here and the ski and snowboard runs are opening one by one at our local ski resorts. Park City Magazine has the 10 Must-Dos at Deer Valley and Park City Mountain. 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 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. Here are 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.

Deer Valley Resort

1. Hire an instructor

2. Eat a bowl of turkey chili

3. Have a beer on the ski beach

4. Go for a snowshoe and roast s’mores

5. Make a reservation for Fireside Dining

Park City Mountain

1. Ride the Town Lift

2. Ski the resort from one end to the other

3. Go on a free guided tour of historic silver mining sites

4. Stop for après at the Corner Store

5. Take a sleigh ride and dinner at the Viking Yurt

Park City Magazine also shared Why Taking a Ski/Snowboard Lesson is Totally Worth It. Whether you’re a never-ever or have been on the slopes your whole life, a little bit of instruction can go a long way. I’ve never skied/snowboarded, but I’m really athletic. I think I can teach myself.  As a natural athlete, you might feel inclined to skip a lesson, particularly if you’re already a skier and want to learn to snowboard or vice versa. Truth is, you might sort of get it on your own, but you also might do it incorrectly or hurt yourself in the process.

I’m already a black-diamond-run skier/snowboarder, what else is there? Guess what! Even professional athletes have coaches because no matter what level you’ve reached, there’s always something you can improve upon. You don’t necessarily have to be doing the toughest terrain to be challenged, a good instructor will know how to make blue or even green terrain seem new and exciting.

No one knows the mountain better than a ski instructor. Do you really want to end up going on the same runs over and over again simply because you have no idea what’s out there? The resorts offer thousands of acres to slide on and an instructor is your one-way ticket to every type of terrain the mountain has to offer.

You get to skip the lines. Pay for a lesson and you get to skip the line. Pay for a private lesson, the line doesn’t exist. Enough said.

Learn what it means to be part of the mountain culture from an ambassador. Becoming a skier or snowboarder means being inducted into a very specific culture. Just like every other niche community in the world, there are “rules” of sorts. Get a lesson and learn the ins and outs of the mountain tribe from someone who lives and breaths it every day.

We will wrap up this week's blog with the top 10 of 100-plus Christmas events to celebrate the holidays in Utah. Start off the holidays with these family-friendly events throughout Utah. Note: This list is not all-inclusive, and events and prices are subject to change.

Christmas on Temple Square, Nov. 24-Dec. 22, times vary, select locations on Temple Square, free (lds.org/events)

Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband Christmas, Nov. 28, 7:30 p.m., Covey Center, 425 W. Center, Provo, $15-$22 (801-852-7007 or coveycenter.org)

“Amahl and the Night Visitors” and “A Christmas Carol,” Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 1, 2 p.m., Grand Theatre, 1575 S. State, $10-$20, free for junior high and high school students with ID at box office, no children under age 5 (801-957-3322 or grandtheatrecompany.com)

“Elf: The Musical,” Nov. 23-Dec. 22, dates and times vary, CenterPoint Legacy Theatre, Barlow Stage, 525 N. 400 West, Centerville, $19.50-$27 for adults, $17.50-$24.75 for seniors and students (801-298-1302 or centerpointtheatre.org)

“Scrooge: A Christmas Carol,” Nov. 23-Dec. 22, dates and times vary, Terrace Plaza Playhouse, 99 E. 4700 South, Ogden, $15-$17 for adults, $14-$16 for students and seniors, $10-$12 for children ages 12 and younger (801-393-0070 or terraceplayhouse.com)

“A Christmas Carol,” Nov. 24-Dec. 22, dates and times vary, Hale Center Theater Orem, 225 W. 400 North, Orem, $24-$29 for adults, $18-$23 for children ages 4-11 (801-226-8600 or haletheater.org)

“Festival of the Seas,” Nov. 27-Dec. 31, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, 12033 S. Lone Peak Parkway, Draper, $19.95 for adults, $16.95 for students, military and seniors, $14.95 for children ages 3-12, free for children under age 2 (801-355-3474 or thelivingplanet.com)

Gingerbread House Display, Nov. 27-Dec. 6, dates and times vary, Gale Center, 10300 S. Beckstead Lane, South Jordan, free (801-446-4357 or sjc.utah.gov)

Festival of Trees, Nov. 28-Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Mountain America Expo Center, 9575 S. State, Sandy, $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for children ages 2-11; Nov. 28 family day ticket, $20 for six immediate family members (intermountainhealthcare.org)

Alpine Living Nativity, Nov. 28-Dec. 3, excluding Sunday, times vary, 317 Heritage Hills Drive, Alpine, $25, tickets are limited and required, proceeds go to Toys For Tots (alpinelivingnativity.org)

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

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

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.

August Events

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Aug 08, 2018

This week we have 4 Super-Easy Curb Appeal Projects to Max Out Your Home’s Value. The yard of your dreams just might be more achievable than you thought - even in the mountains. You can also check out the Remodeling Impact Report: Outdoor Features from the National Association of REALTORS® it has some interesting data on how landscaping affects home value, especially those with tons of curb appeal.

AUGUST EVENTS

Now - 10/21: Real Salt Lake, Sandy

Now - 9/3: Salt Lake Bees, Salt Lake City

Sundays, 6/3 - 9/23: Park Silly Sunday Market, Park City

Wednesdays, 6/6 - 10/10: Park City Farmers Market, Park City

8/4 - 8/11: Summit County Fair 2018, Coalville

8/6 - 8/12: Tour of Utah, All Over Utah

8/9: Deer Valley Music Festival 15th Anniversary Celebration at Blue Sky, Coalville

8/11: Chris Stapleton, West Valley City

8/8 - 8/11: 2018 Weber County Fair, Ogden

8/15: Zoo Brew, Salt Lake City

8/15: Yappy Hour, Salt Lake City

8/15 - 8/18: 2018 Utah County Fair, Spanish Fork

8/17 - 8/19: Ogden Valley Balloon & Artists Festival, Ogden

8/18: Mid Mountain Marathon, Park City

8/18 - 8/19: Utah Beer Festival 2018, Salt Lake City

8/18 - 10/14: 2018 Oktoberfest , Snowbird

8/24 - 8/25: 2018 Utah Renaissance Faire, Thanksgiving Point

8/25: Made in Utah Festival 2018, Salt Lake City

8/30 - 11/24: Utah Utes Football, Salt Lake City

8/31 - 9/1: 2018 Midway Swiss Days, Midway

8/31 - 9/3: Soldier Hollow Classic Sheepdog Championship & Festival, Midway

9/1 - 11/24: BYU Cougar Football, Provo

9/3: Deer Valley Concert Series - Jason Mraz, Park City

Neighborhood Spotlight - East Summit County: Located below the majestic peaks of the Uintas, the mountain communities of Peoa, Kamas, Oakley, Woodland, Francis, Hoytsville, and Coalville boast stunning views and wild natural beauty. Popular with outdoor enthusiasts and ranchers, these townships offer a wide range of real estate options including farmstead estates, large lots to build your dream home on, and small subdivisons with a quiet neighborhood feel.

Just a short distance to Park City and Salt Lake City, these towns have a preserved sense of nature and community without the hustle and bustle of a larger city. From fishing, horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, and camping these areas provide a range of outdoor pursuits. In addition to their scenic charm, each town offers its own array of community activities including the Oakley Rodeo, Summit County Fair, outdoor summer concert series, and Kamas’ Fiesta Days.

Development Spotlight: Talisker Club: Inspired four-season lifestyle in Park City, Utah offers the best in Rocky Mountain living, featuring an exclusive one-of-a-kind private club membership with distinctive amenities and outdoor adventures. All highlighted by an incomparable collection of venues – landmark ski-in/ski-out at Empire Pass in Deer Valley® and award-winning golf and more at Tuhaye. It’s an unparalleled mountain experience for creating a cherished family legacy. For more information click here.

Outdoor Bike Adventures

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Jul 18, 2018

Mens Journal Magazine recently wrote about Park City, which topped their list of the "20 Best Mountain Towns in America" : The outside world may associate Park City with glitz – the Sundance Film Festival, luxe ski resorts, restaurants helmed by big name chefs – but ask locals what they love most and it's sure to be the trails. The hills that surround town hold an unprecedented 400 miles of loops, networks, and connector trails for hiking, trail running, or biking. Best of all, the easy-to-access trails virtually bring the Wasatch Range to you and then drop you off back by quirky Main Street. For more information on Park City's extensive trails network visit mountaintrails.org and mountainbikingparkcity.com.

Here are some of the other outdoor adventures coming up in Park City as well as a hand full of amazing bike trails.

Park City Trail Series August 11 • September 15 |  Round Valley Trails, Park City -The Park City Trail Series is a 4-race series designed to introduce new trail runners to the sport. The series is a 5k, 10k, 15k, and 13.1. All of the events are on the Round Valley Trails in Park City, Utah. Due to the ease of terrain, these trail runs are designed with beginner users in mind. However, with well marked courses and the regularly placed aid stations, these races are also great speed training for more advanced trail users. Series is limited to 500 runners. For more info click here.

Free Women's Only Road Bike Ride - Every Monday through Labor Day (Weather permitting) | Jans - Join fellow female cyclists every Monday night after Memorial Day to Labor Day for free women's-only road bike rides as you head out from Jans flagship store on Park Avenue and lasts about two hours. Bike rentals for this event are just $15 (based on availability.) For more information click here.

Tour of Utah August 6-12 |  Assorted Venues, Statewide - The Tour of Utah returns to Park City! This event attracts worldwide attention as the top international cycling event that follows the Tour de France. The Tour of Utah stands shoulder to shoulder with the most prestigious professional bicycle stage race events as our answer to the greatest cycling challenges the world has to offer. For more info click here.

Mid Mountain Marathon - August 18 |  Deer Valley Resort - Silver Lake - The Mid Mountain Marathon is trail running with intermittent technical sections and voted best trail marathon in Utah. For more info click here.

Paddle, Pedal, Paddle - August 25 | Rock Cliff entrance of the Jordanelle State Park. It is 5 miles of standup paddle boarding, followed by 10 miles of mountain biking, finished with 5 miles of standup paddle boarding. For more info click here.

Park City Point 2 Point Bike Race September 1 |  Park City Point Area - Every year, the country's strongest endurance mountain bike racers drop in on some of the best trails Park City has to offer. For more info click here.

High Star Trail Open daily Now - Sept 3rd | Weekends thru Sept 30th - The 12-mile trail traverses the base of the Uinta Mountain Range and Kamas Wildlife Management Area on the 1,100 acre nature conservancy located on High Star Ranch. The route goes through beautiful wooded glades, open awe-inspiring meadows, and challenging rocky terrain. For more info click here.

Deer Valley Resort Mountain Biking Daily June 15th - Sept 3rd | Weekends until Sept 16th - Lift-served mountain biking/hiking and scenic rides are offered from the Silver Lake Express chairlift at Snow Park Lodge, Sterling Express Chairlift mid-mountain and Ruby Express chairlift at Empire Canyon. For more info click here.

Park City Resort Mountain Biking Open daily Now - Sept 3rd | Weekends until Sept 30th - With over 20 miles of cross-country trails throughout the resort, bikers of all levels can access trails from atop the Red Pine Gondola. Gondola bike haul tickets can be purchased at the Activities Center in Canyons Village. For more info click here.

Wasatch Mountain State Park Open 8am - 5pm Daily | Midway - Wasatch Mountain State Park is a wonderful spot that has a variety of trails, with the new WOW (Wasatch Over Wasatch) trail being especially popular. For more info click here.

Riverview Trail (aka Sorenson Trail) Heber - The Riverview Trail is located on the mountainside northeast of Heber at an average altitude of 6200 feet. It's 5.2 miles in length and is best done as a 10.4 mile out-and-back. This ride will have a total 600 feet of gradual up-and-down climbing. For more info click here.

Park City Bike Shuttle Open 8am - 5pm Daily | Midway - Owned and Operated by Jack Fenton, a 35 year Park City area resident, Park City Bike Shuttle offers shuttles to the Wasatch Crest, WOW Trails, Millcreek Canyon and more. For more info click here or call Jack at 435.640.1380.

Women’s Tuesday Night Mountain Bike Ride Every Tuesday, June - August | 1790 Bonanza Drive, Park City - Led by Team Sugar women’s mountain bike team, these rides are grouped by ability level. This two-hour ride is a great chance to work on your skills and endurance while meeting new friends and riding partners along the way. For more information click here.

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.

 

Activities For 4th of July

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Jun 27, 2018

The 4th of July celebrations in Park City are just around the corner and we wanted to share what will be happening in town and the surrounding area.

Historic Main Street, City Park, PCMR - Enjoy a full day of activities, including a pancake breakfast at City Park, Cole Sport 5k Fun Run (preregistration required), parade down Main St. at 11 am, kids' activities, rugby games, volleyball tournament, live music and refreshments at noon at City Park. At Park City Mountain Base area, enjoy family fun, live music and barbeque, and fireworks at dusk! For more information click here.

Park City Mountain Resort July 3 & 4 | Canyons Village at Park City, Park City Resort Center - At Park City Mountain, a one day celebration of America isn’t enough- that’s why we are starting the festivities a day early with our 3rd of July Celebration at Canyons Village! Enjoy free live music, kid-friendly activities, and a marvelous fireworks show at Canyons Village to kick off the Independence Day festivities. Fireworks will shoot off at dusk, approximately 9:30pm. Come check out the 4th of July Celebration, ending with Park City’s annual fireworks presentation!

  • 11:00am – 4th of July Parade: Historic Main Street
  • 3:00pm – Complimentary Village Activities & Mountain BBQ: Park City Mountain Village
  • 5:00pm – Live Music on the Green Stage
  • 7:30pm – Live Music by The Soulistics: The Green, Park City Mountain Village
  • 9:30pm – 4th of July Fireworks
More info here.

83rd Annual Oakley Rodeo & 4th of July Celebrations July 4-7, 8pm Nightly | Oakley Rodeo Grounds - The 4th of July wouldn’t be complete without a visit to our local rodeo, with cowboys, clowns and bucking broncos and bulls. Yee Haw! Get tickets early as they well sell out. For more information click here.

Another great way to spend the day in Park City is at the Utah Olympic which offers year-round adventure. From learning about the Park's unique Olympic heritage on a guided tour to taking the ride of a lifetime on the Comet Bobsled Ride, Utah Olympic Park offers activities for all, including:

  • extreme summer tubing
  • summer comet bobsled
  • alpine slide
  • extreme zipline
  • freestyle zipline
  • drop tower
  • discovery adventure course
  • canyon adventure course
  • summit adventure course
  • climbing wall
Activities are open on a daily basis through September 3rd, and continue on weekends in fall until October 21st. For more info click here.

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.

 

Philanthropy and Fun in Park City

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Jun 21, 2016

ImageSummer is here and Park City has fun and philanthropy for the entire family. The Park Record newspaper shares all the activities going on in and around Park City and the many volunteer opportunities available. The Wife and I love to participate with and donate to many organizations. I have had the privilege for the past 4 years of being a part of the Park City Board of Realtors' Philanthropic Committee. This is very rewarding as we spread the $1,000's and $1,000's of dollars that Realtors in Park City donate. This year we had the privilege to be a part of $20,000 in scholarships awarded to students at Park City High School, South Summit High School, North Summit High School and Wasatch High School. The Park Record shared -  Lea, president of the philanthropic committee, called the scholarships the focal point of the foundation. Gomez, the group's treasurer, said it is "the most rewarding thing we do." To read the article in its entirety - click here.

The Basin Parks-Trails Recreation Fieldhouse is expanding again! Phase III of The Fieldhouse expansion is starting soon and they are adding some incredible features to be completed by March 2017 to include: 15,000 sq. ft. multi-purpose gymnasium for basketball, volleyball, and fitness classes; 2,000 sq. ft. cardio, stretching, and core fitness space; 4-lane outdoor lap pool for masters swimming and open lap swimming; andZumba, and water aerobics and an outdoor hot tub. In the meantime, take advantage of their Summer Pass Sale ending June 30th.

If you are up for a scenic drive the 2016 Sundance Bearclaw Supper Club has some great events coming up. The Chef’s Seated Tasting Menu is a luxurious six-course tasting menu served at communal tables with live entertainment. There are available dates on Saturday, June 25, July 30, and August 27 all at 5:00 pm.  Tickets are $195 per person and this includes tax & gratuity - alcohol may be purchased separately. The Supper Club Soirée is a sparkling reception-style supper club with heavy hors d’oeuvres, live music and special action stations where chefs prepare savory dishes before your eyes.  There are available dates on Saturday, July 16,  and August 13 all at 5:00 pm. Tickets are $115 per person and this includes tax and gratuity - alcohol may be purchased separately.

Here are some of the events coming up the next two weeks in Park City: 6/22 Mountain Town Concert at Deer Valley 6/23-6/25 Asleep at the Wheel at the Egyptian Theatre 6/24 Park City Gallery Stroll 6/25 Discrete Peak Series at Deer Valley Resort 6/25 Historic Home Tour 6/30 Oakley Rodeo and 4th of July Celebration

Exciting news - Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is expanding globally! I am proud to be part of the global expansion and a Certified International Property Specialist. I will share more in next week's blog, call me today with any questions.

Heber Valley Market

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Jun 01, 2016

RL2 copyHeber Valley is only fifteen minutes from Park City and thirty minutes from Provo, the majestic Heber Valley is perfectly situated at the base of the mighty Wasatch mountains. Home to some of the most beautiful ranch property in the country, the Heber Valley offers breathtaking views of the nearly 12,000 foot Mt. Timpanogos and has the Jordanelle Reservoir to the North and Deer Creek Reservoir to the south, both offering a wide variety of water sports including fishing and boating. Property types range from charming historic single family homes to expansive ranches and luxury golf properties. Heber Valley is a golfers dream with over 100 holes of golf at the Wasatch Mountain State Park, Soldier Hollow, Quarry Springs, and the private gated community of Red Ledges. Heber City was recently named as one of the greatest towns in America.

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Midway, home to Swiss Days and the Olympic-designated Nordic track at Soldier Hollow, has several new developments in addition to its lovely ranches and bungalows. Midway is also home to 100 holes of golf at 5 different courses and the Soldier Hollow cross-country ski track. Midway offers a slower pace lifestyle, that allows equestrian pursuits as well as close proximity to the hustle and bustle of Park City and Salt Lake. Homes here have a charming mountain setting that is peaceful and quaint and command a premium over the rest of the Heber Valley.

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Heber and Midway boast award-winning restaurants, champion-designated golf courses, parks, and expansive trail systems. Whether you love horses, hiking, golfing, fishing, or enjoying the best of the American West, Heber Valley is not to be missed. Check out the upcoming events in the Heber Valley and peruse the  2015 Heber Valley Market Report.

 

Upcoming Events in Heber:

6/3 Commemorative Air Force Swing Dance at Heber City Airport

6/4 Free Fishing Day at Wasatch Mountain State Park

6/4 National Trails Day at State Parks

6/16 Heber City's Farmer's Market on Main Street

6/17-6/18 Ragnar Relay Running Series

6/25 Wasatch Chevy's "Back to the 50's" Car Show Main Street

7/4 Homestead Old Fashion 4th of July

7/14-7/16 IRHA Intermountain Reining Horse Association

7/16 Fire on the Water at Jordanelle

7/30 Wasatch County Demolition Derby at Wasatch County Events Complex

8/5-8/6 Utah Commemorative Airforce Classic Car Show at Heber City Airport

8/6-8/7 Tour of Utah

8/20 National Ability Center's Summit Challenge Bike Race in Midway

Call us with any questions about the Heber Valley or visit our website to search all the homes currently on the market.

Golf Community Market Report

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
May 29, 2016

 

Park City is known for great snow, picturesque mountains, and North America’s largest ski resort; but did you know that there are seventeen golf courses within thirty-two minutes of Old Town? Check out our Golf Community Market Report to see both Single Family Homes and Vacant Land available/sold at many of our fine golf communities in the Park City area. (Promontory Pictured Above)

Seven of these courses are private clubs located within five private gated communities, Glenwild, Promontory, Tuhaye, Red Ledges, Victory Ranch (Promontory and Red Ledges each have two golf courses). There are two other fine private courses located in Park City…Park Meadows and Jeremy Ranch.

(Red Ledges Pictured Above)

Our eight public golf courses are extremely well maintained and a joy to play all with the bonus of very reasonable green fees. I have personally played all but three of them and I am here to tell you that golfing in Park City area is like Heaven on Earth. Park City provides mild temperatures, well maintained greens and fabulous mountain views from every golf course.

(Tuhaye Pictured Above)

As I have managed private clubs for over 15 years, in several fine resort locations, it is my professional and personal opinion that you will not find a better golfing experience anywhere. Whether you wish to join an exclusive private club or play one our fine public courses, you will not be disappointed.

(Victory Ranch Pictured Above)

If you would like to find out more about the Park City Golf Community give me a call and I would be happy to help you find your next slice of Heaven.

Summer Events in Park City

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Apr 20, 2016

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The Park City summer activities are ready for you and there is plenty to do for kids and adults. The kid camp summer roster is out in the The Park Record - Parent's Camp Guide - and it highlights most of the kid camps around town. But don't worry adults, there is a lot for us to do too.

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The Utah Olympic Park  offers year-round adventure. You can learn about the Park's unique Olympic heritage on a guided tour or by taking a ride of a lifetime on the Comet Bobsled Ride. The Utah Olympic Park offers activities for all ages and abilities: Zip, climb, slide, hike and explore Olympic history! Camps are available for kids and registration is available on-line.

Park City Mountain Resort, the largest four season destination resort in the U.S., offers you an expansive variety of summer adventures and events. In addition to fresh mountain air, Park City provides scenic gondola rides, beautiful hikes, an expansive array of mountain bike trails, live music concerts, a new golf course, horseback riding,  zip line tours and much more.

Deer Valley also has a lot of summer fun activities including: Horseback Riding, Mountain Bike School, Fly fishing, Standup Paddleboarding, Kids Adventure Camp and much more. As mentioned in our last blog, Deer Valley hosts a series of evening concerts at the Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater where you can enjoy custom gourmet picnic baskets during the concert in private chairs or on your own blanket on the grass with lovely snacks from home. Ski Magazine posted the Top 10 Reasons to Visit Deer Valley in the Summer, which is full of great activities and well worth the read.

Don't forget that the Kimball Art Center and the Egyptian Theatre both have classes and shows for every age and cool events running all summer long.

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Warm Weather is Back

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Mar 30, 2016

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Warm weather is back in Park City after 15 inches of snow from our most recent storm and the Spring skiing is better than ever. Our Licensed Assistant gets up really early each morning for running and workout classes and shared this photo with us on her way home from the Beau Collective yesterday.

On a side note, our fair town is back in the news as Park City, Utah was named #3 on Conde Nast's list of 15 best small cities in the U.S.

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There are 11 days left to hit the slopes at both Deer Valley and Park City Mountain Resort, but no need to worry as the Spring Outdoor lineups are starting to come out for both resorts.

The 2016 Deer Valley Music Fest Lineup has been announced and the Utah Symphony/Utah Opera has announced its first batch of concerts for the 2016 Deer Valley® Music Festival in Park City, Utah. Highlights of the six-week music festival, which begins on July 2, 2016 and runs through August 6, 2016, include Utah Symphony performances with high-energy, new wave rock band, The B-52s; Matthew Morrison, who starred as teacher Will Schuster on TV’s “Glee”; DreamWorks Animation in Concert with scenes from favorite movies including “Home,” “Shrek,” “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Kung Fu Panda,” “Madagascar;” a tribute to the music of late rock legend David Bowie, and violinist Robert McDuffie performing Philip Glass’ The American Four Seasons.

Check out our blog next week for more activities and lineups in the Park City area and have a great week. www.realtorramoninparkcity.com

Park City Adventures

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Mar 11, 2016

I realize that I have been on a kick lately about how great Park City is, and well only because it is and that is why I have decided to do a double blog this week.  I came across this article by Fodor's  Travel and  "If anyone has seen it all, it’s the crew over at Fodor’s Travel with all their pretty (and pretty practical) guidebooks. So when they say their top pick for 2016 travel is our pride and joy, Utah, we, of course, couldn’t agree more. What does Fodor’s think is so great about this state anyway?" well Park City takes the top two spots and spot number 8. Another great read is  17 Reasons Utah is the #1 Place to Visit in the World which includes some of my favorite things to do in Utah.

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I had a great opportunity earlier this week to go snowmobiling for the first time, and I realized I found a new sport. I went out with some friends and colleagues in the field out to Wolf Creek Ranch. If you are looking for some great parcels of land with lots of property I would be more than happy to take you out to see this amazing community.

 

Since it has been such a beautiful week I also decided to take my granddaughter out for a few runs at the Canyons Village yesterday as she has a little brother coming soon and I thought we would get in one more day of skiing before Junior gets here.

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As Spring is just around the corner and road trips are on our minds, check out this article 12 Must-Do Adventures On Your Utah Road Trip. The wife and I have explored Utah and the West for years via our motorcycle and now we spend more time in the 5th wheel RV seeking adventures in our truck with our trusty dog Zorro. Before our road trips begin we are going to make the most of the snow and we hope to see you on the slopes this weekend.

Skiing In Park City With Kids

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Mar 02, 2016

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Some of my favorite experiences in Park City are with my granddaughter on the ski slopes of Park City Mountain Resort. Ana and I head out on the weekends with a snow board in one hand and a set of skis in the other. Over the years she has gotten better, more confident and faster, but her favorite runs are still the  greens. In a town of Olympic medalists, novices, and every level of skiing/snowboarding in between it is good to know that we can all have a great time together.

Lonely Planet just posted a great article - 7  Reasons to Learn to Ski in Park City and it begins with the phrase "within northern Utah’s snow-laden mountain ranges lies Park City, one of the country’s most beginner-friendly ski towns". This is great news for kids and adults alike as 12% of the trails at Park City Mountain are designated green for beginner skiers, and 27% of the trails at Deer Valley are beginner friendly. Both Park City Mountain and Deer Valley offer ski programs for all levels, but the kids programs and their attention to detail and fun are absolutely amazing. Plus, if you are a local there are discounted rates for your kiddos ski programs and if your kids are in the Park City school district there are ski programs offered via the public schools.

When you are not skiing this weekend, Park City is hosting the NorAm Cup on March 4th and 5th, check out the men's and women's skeleton at the Utah Olympic Park starting at 10 am on both days. The competition will host athletes from around the world with both up and coming to the very experienced as athletes work to start building points for the 2018 Olympics. The Utah Olympic Park is a great place to take kids as they have an interactive museum, year round activities and numerous events just for kids.

Park City is full of activities for the whole family and as Forbes Travel Guide's 16 Top Destinations For 2016 listed our lovely little town at the top of the list you know we are never short of things to do. Check out our website for more ideas on things to do in Park City and of course all things real estate.

My granddaughter wanted me to thank everyone who bought Girl Scout cookies from her this year. The wife and I like to help with the cookie drive each year and we were tickled to see  Fortune's post that Chris Rock was able to get celebrities at the Oscars to purchase $65,000 worth of cookies for his daughter during the awards ceremony. On that note, be ready for next year when Ana and I set it up a notch in our new and improved grandfather/granddaughter sales pitch.

Park City Resort Developments

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Feb 25, 2016

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On my way home from curling the other night, I thought this week we would share some information on the Park City Resort developments in the Canyons Village. Our website provides access to all the residences on the market in the greater Park City area and there are multiple ways to browse. Fortune recently named Berkshire Hathaway 4th on the World's Most Admired Companies for 2016, so we will focus on some of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties partnered developments.

Yes, my first sentence was about curling - I have curled for a number of years and our team has done very well in the Park City Curling Club. We curl Monday nights from 8 pm to 10:30 pm in a Fall and Winter season. This past Monday was a great evening as my wife came out to take pictures of the league in action and our team played my Licensed Assistant's team. Alright, back to the developments in the Canyons Village area...

APEX RESIDENCES PARK CITY Apex Residences Park City is the newest offering at Canyons Village Park City. Located at the top of the Village, all owners can ski to, through, and from their homes, and connect easily to the Village energy.  Apex consists of 63 residences, with options of 3, 4, and 5 bedroom floor plans spanning 2000-3800 square feet, and all with private ski rooms. The 5,800 sf Clubhouse includes a 50 foot pool, 2 hot tubs, fire pit, splash pad, large workout area, expansive windows, concierge services, and a private shuttle service.

THE COLONY AT WHITE PINE CANYON The Colony is an award-winning development located in White Pine Canyon at Park City Resort. The Colony released its latest phase this past fall, The Monitor Lots (4C). With its combination of natural beauty, size, privacy, and world-class skiing and snowboarding at your doorstep, The Colony sets a new standard for on-mountain living.

HYATT CENTRIC Located at the vibrant base of Canyons Village at Park City, the Hyatt Centric Park City offers whole-ownership residences that function as second homes with all the amenities of a hotel suite. As a AAA Four Diamond ski-in/ski-out mountain resort, the Hyatt Centric Park City Residences offers owners on-mountain access and floor plans that feature large family gathering spaces, an abundance of bedrooms, and functional designs.

JUNIPER LANDING AT CANYONS VILLAGE Juniper Landing presents a ski/golf lifestyle surrounded by the excitement of Canyons Village at Park City- Vail’s newest and largest ski resort. This elegant community of town homes is located just steps from the Frostwood Gondola and nestled between the 9th and 10th fairways of the Canyons Resort Golf Course. Juniper Landing offers 2,3 & 4 bedroom residences all with en-suite bathrooms, private 2 car garages, gourmet kitchens, gas fireplaces, open design floor plans, year round Jr. Olympic heated salt water swimming pool, fitness center, 12-14 person spa, sauna and fire pit.

THE VINTAGE ON THE STRAND The Vintage on the Strand is a thoughtfully planned offering of elegant single family and townhomes in an exceptional ski-in, ski-out location at Canyons Village at Park City Mountain Resort. You can snap on your skis and glide to the gondola, walk to the Canyons Village plaza area and enjoy many biking and hiking trails out your back door. Properties range from approximately 3,500 to 4,600 square feet and 4+ bedrooms. We had clients close on one of these lovely residences just yesterday.

WALDORF ASTORIA PARK CITY AT CANYONS VILLAGE The Waldorf Astoria Park City offers whole-ownership residences. Recognized worldwide for its luxurious interiors and legendary personalized service, homeowners enjoy among other things, access (via the Frostwood Gondola) to the largest ski resort in the United States.

If you have any questions just give us a call - we look forward to speaking with you.

 
 
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