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Happy Halloween!

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Oct 30, 2018

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

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

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

Alta Ski Area: November 23

Beaver Mountain: TBD

Brian Head: November 16

Deer Valley Resort: December 8

Eagle Point: December 21

Nordic Valley: TBD

Park City Mountain Resort: November 21

Powder Mountain: TBD

Snowbasin Resort: November 21

Snowbird: November 30

Solitude Mountain Resort: December 1

Sundance Mountain Resort: December 7

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

Advantages of Early Season

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

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

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

Off-Slope Activities for Early Season

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

Explore the Extensive Trail System

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

Family Adventure Time at Utah Olympic Park

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

Horse Play

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

Namaste in a geothermal crater

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

Rock On

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

Improve your angling skills with fly fishing

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

Check Out Local Exhibits 

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

Channel Your Creative Side 

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

Explore Old Town and Main Street

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

Get a Head Start on Your Holiday Shopping

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

Rest and Relaxation

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

Mark Your Calendar - Special Events 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Explore Out of Town

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

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

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

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

Volunteering & Giving in Park City

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Nov 02, 2016

IMG_7777Before we get into the heart of this week's blog, I promised an update on how Halloween went this year in Park City. Halloween was a hit.... the Main Street event has become a favorite for Park City locals over the years. Locals and tourists alike flock to Main Street from 3:00-5:00 to trick-or-treat at the local shops lining the street, and at 5:00, the famous Dog Parade strolls down Lower Main Street. This year we attended as Mr. and Mrs. Bones with our skeleton dog, Zorro.

Park City is known for charitable giving and fundraising for good causes. One of the town's biggest fundraisers is on November 4th - the annual Live PC Give PC event. Volunteer and donate to ensure our community continues to grow and come together to support issues we care about. Help shape Park City's future in a single day - Every November, our community comes together for 24 hours of giving. Live PC Give PC is on November 4, 2016 and it is one extraordinary day to support the organizations that make Park City special. Make a real impact – every donation you make gives your favorite organizations the chance to win matching grants and prizes.

To continue the community giving and support - This weekend is the annual Park City Ski and Snowboard Swap. Get all the gear you need and then some all while supporting a great cause. The 44th Annual Park City Ski and Snowboard Swap is November 4, 5 and 6th at the Basin Recreation Fieldhouse in Park City. The Park City Ski and Snowboard Swap is one of the largest and oldest ski swaps in the U.S.A. with the best selection of skis, snowboards, boots, poles, clothing, and accessories you can find under one roof!

Sale Hours: Friday Night 8pm-1am, Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday 10am-2pm

Admission Fees: Friday Night: $10 (12 and under free) Saturday: $5 (12 and under free) Sunday: $2 (12 and under free)

With the holidays around the corner there is a lot to do over the next few weeks in Park City, see you around town.

NOVEMBER HAPPENINGS

All Month Park City Film Series

11/1-11/12 IBSF Bobsled and Skeleton Series

11/4 Live PC Give PC

11/4-11/6 44th Annual Park City Ski and Snowboard Swap

11/11-11/12 Ririe Woodbury Dance Co at the Egyptian Theatre

11/12 KPCW Annual Main Street Music Crawl

11/15-11/19 IBSF Para Bobsled and Skeleton World Cup

11/18-11/26 Little Shop of Horrors at the Egyptian Theatre

11/18 Opening Day At Park City Mountain Resort

11/18-12/3 Giving Tree Festival

11/25 Park City Gallery Stroll

11/26 Electric Parade and Festivities

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Location, Location, Location

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Oct 12, 2016

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Location is important when buying or selling your home and the good news is that Park City ticks most boxes for "location, location, location". Recent studies direct to buy in the best location you can and identify new factors for determining location-worthiness. One study even shares that buying a home with a Starbucks nearby is a positive.

The Washington Post posted that homeowners saw an increase in home value in 2015 by being close to a Target store, good thing for us we have fantastic ski resorts and great shopping close by. As mentioned above being close to a Starbucks is good news too, "Between 1997 and 2014, homes within walking distance, or one-quarter mile, of a Starbucks appreciated 96 percent," said Forbes. "Compared to the national average for the same time period, 65 percent, it seems having a barista close by is a smart real estate move."

We all know you can change your home by adding on, updating, and renovating down to the last square foot, but what you can't change is where it's located. "A home is an investment - and the best investments have the most room for improvement," said Realtor.com. "Ideally, you'll be adding to the home during your ownership, building equity in hopes of a payoff when you (eventually) sell. Brendon DeSimone, author of "Next Generation Real Estate," stated.

Forbes offered a few more tips that they feel add value and we agree:

  • Accessiblity adds value, with "proximity to public transportation." Park City has great free public transportation.
  • Hot hoods border it - Park City is a great place to live according to Money magazine and is surrounding by amazing communities.
  • It has an Art Scene - Park City has many galleries, an Art Festival, art studios, theaters, Sundance, and the list goes on and on.
  • It Has Historic Architecture - Our historic downtown and the Park City museum are hot attractions.
  • Renovations are being made - "One of the most obvious signs of a turnaround neighborhood is homes that are in the process of renovation. Drive around and see if you spot construction trucks and dumpsters—then you know there's activity in the air."
Well, that is about it for this week and we will have information on Halloween in Park City in the next blog. And, remember Opening Day is only 37 days away at Park City Mountain Resort and in 51 days at Deer Valley as our first snow in town was on September 23rd - it’s time to dust off your skis and boards and get them ready for winter.

Halloween Special

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Oct 27, 2015

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Halloween Special! This is not a Trick... Just a Treat... $100,000.00 off if under contract by November 3rd 2015 on these two homes!!!

1075 N Chimney Rock Road, Heber City, UT 84032 in Red Ledges

7097 Glenwild Drive, Park City, UT 84098 in Glenwild

Open Houses will be at both homes this Friday and Saturday.

Friday, October 30th from 1 pm - 4 pm

Saturday,  October 31st from 1 pm - 4 pm

 
 
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