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A Record Season

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Mar 20, 2019

KPCW has shared that Park City May Be On Track For Record Ski Season - with a snowy winter unseen for several years in Park City – the 2018-19 ski season could be in position to set some records. Deer Valley Resort is reporting a 10-15% increase in visitation this winter and while this is the first year that the resort has been part of the nationwide IKON pass, Marketing Director Collen Reardon says some of that growth has to do with snowfall, which is expected to hit the 300 inch mark this week.

With the abundant snow Vail Resorts has announced a new Epic Day Pass. Eleven years ago, the Epic Pass transformed the ski industry by offering guests unlimited skiing at several resorts, making skiing and riding more accessible and affordable. Today, with the introduction of “Epic for Everyone,” Vail Resorts continues that history by offering the same flexibility and value to all skiers and riders, whether they want to ski or ride just one day – or every day – of the season. The new Epic Day Pass, a customizable pass for those skiers and riders who may not need the unlimited skiing offered by traditional season passes. Guests can create their own pass by selecting the number of days they plan to ski or ride – from one day to seven days – and whether or not to add holiday access. Those purchasing four or more days will also get access to Telluride, Sun Valley, Snowbasin, and Resorts of the Canadian Rockies.

For guests looking to ski more days in a season, the Epic Pass and Epic Local Pass continue to offer the best value and variety for unlimited skiing and riding. Launching at $939 for the 2019-20 winter season, the Epic Pass provides unlimited, unrestricted access to all of the company’s owned resorts and additional access to partner resorts around the world. For skiers and riders willing to navigate around a few peak dates, the Epic Local Pass offers access to many of the same destinations, starting at only $699. Those who purchase the Epic Pass or Epic Local Pass this spring will also get 10 Buddy Tickets (up from six last year) and six Ski With a Friend Tickets. Visit http://www.epicpass.com for more details on this offer and other incentives.

Outside Magazine has announced the 33 Best Trips of 2019 and Utah makes the top 5 with the #4 slot - The Lodge at Blue Sky, which will have its grand opening in May, offers a fresh take on the ranch escape. Forget rustic cabins—accommodations range from 600-square-foot rooms to two-story, two-bedroom suites, each with panoramic views of the 3,500-acre property. And while there’s a 7,400-square-foot spa and classic dude-ranch staples like horseback riding and sport shooting, it’s the year-round mountain adventures—including heli-biking, resort and nordic skiing, snowshoeing, and fly-fishing—and the lodge’s exclusive ski-in, ski-out lounge in the Park City Mountain Resort village that steal the show. Blue Sky also takes brag-worthy hotel bars to a new level with an on-site distillery from award-winning Utah whiskey maker High West. Before you sip grain-to-glass cocktails, you can learn about the mashing, milling, and aging process. From $850 —J.M.

Houselogic shares The 5 Best Things to Do When You Move into Your New Home - Yes, a more homey home starts with a new toilet seat. Moving into your dream home can be a daunting task. Between unpacking, cleaning, and trying to find that stray roll of toilet paper, it may feel like you’ve lost your mind in a sea of Bubble Wrap. Here are five simple things you should do during the first month in your new home:

#1 Lock It Up - Security is the No. 1 concern for most people in a new environment. You can easily switch out your locks and deadbolts to your new home to protect your valuables and your family - make sure you choose something that looks timeless and can be cleaned easily.  A new security system is also a good idea.

#2 Remove Toilet Seats - Some folks may think it’s unnecessary to replace toilet seats, but my point here is to simply remove them. By removing your toilet seats, you can really deep clean under the bolts and hinges where the “yucks” like to hide. Your goal is to make sure your royal throne is YOU-worthy.

#3 Improve Your Home's Air - Changing an air filter is a three-minute task, and it should be done right after moving into a new home – even if the previous owners swear the chore was just done. Changing out a filter can help improve the performance of your air conditioning and furnace and help with any allergens in the home. Also, take the time to test and change out batteries in all your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

#4 Paint Your Front Door - Painting your front door (or freshening it up with a coat of oil if it’s wood) can show your new neighbors that you’ve arrived on the block and are investing in your home.

#5 Choose Your Signature Scent- Every house has a smell. You know what I’m talking about. It’s that “other people smell” that’s definitely not your own particular brand of aroma. Even if the smell isn’t bad, it just isn’t yours, and that makes you feel like an intruder in someone else’s space. Make your dream home even more dreamy by filling it with your signature scent.

Skiing, Biking and Music in Park City

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Mar 06, 2019

It is still snowing in Park City even with spring right around the corner. This week we wanted to share what is happening in the ski resort world, an upcoming bike challenge and the 2019 Deer Valley music festival lineup.

Bloomberg Businessweek has posted One Pass to Ski Them All Epic Vs. Ikon which shares the evolution of the ski industry - a must read. Alterra and Vail Resorts are going head to head snapping up resorts. Can they save skiing and make selling lift tickets a viable business?

Even among the world’s most polished ski resorts, Deer Valley—with its vast carpets of flawlessly groomed snow spread across four Utah peaks—was always conspicuously clubby. Skiers can pick up a free copy of the Wall Street Journal on their way to the fire, while instructors eat lunch in separate employee cafeterias, lest they mingle with the guests. “The idea was to replicate the service and experience of a five-star hotel,” says Bob Wheaton, who ran the resort for 22 years before stepping aside in January.

But when the lifts started cranking this season, things looked a little different. Among the affluent families were young couples and packs of Salt Lake City friends navigating the runs for the first time. The reason: Deer Valley had suddenly become a bulk-buy product. In 2017 a new conglomerate (later dubbed Alterra Mountain Co.) bought 11 of America’s most popular ski resorts and teamed with dozens more mountain owners to honor a single-season lift ticket called the Ikon Pass. Compared with buying a string of daily lift tickets for as much as $200 a pop, the Ikon Pass (which ranges from $599 to $899) can pay for itself in as few as three days. Only one other product is in direct competition with Ikon: The Epic Pass from Vail Resorts Inc. admits skiers to its aggressively expanding chain of 20 destinations including the company’s namesake ski area in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains.

Together, Alterra’s and Vail’s passes can be swiped at 58 North American resorts, as well as a handful of resorts in Oceania and Europe. The two competing conglomerates are trying to turn occasional skiers into frequent skiers and frequent skiers into serial skiers who incidentally buy a lot of midmountain beers and slopeside hotel rooms. Deer Valley and resorts like it have become a sort of research and development lab forecasting possible futures for the long-struggling ski industry. Skiing isn’t necessarily a bad business—it’s just lumpy and volatile, given natural cycles both economic and meteorological. To read the entire article - CLICK HERE.

Warmer weather will be here before we know it and so will all the spring and summer activities that come with it. In Park City there are amazing bike trails and one of the toughest biking competitions in the world. Here are The Most Challenging Mountain Bike Races You Can Enter in 2019, From XC to Downhill. With most of these events attract world-class athletes, set your sights on personal goals rather than winning. Keep training simple and focused on getting into the best shape possible. Simply finishing any of these events is a huge accomplishment in and of itself.

Park City P2P - One of the few true point-to-point races in North America, riders won’t traverse the same section of trail twice. This race is over 90% singletrack over a total distance of 75 miles with around 12,000 feet of climbing, all while traveling through two of the country’s premier mountain resorts. The P2P is a true adventure-style event, just like the old days of mountain bike racing. Since the course is not closed and there’s no guiding tape, racers will want to prepare, study the course map, and bring a GPS unit with the route pre-loaded. The mental challenge at the P2P is nearly as great as the physical on August 31, 2019. For the the entire article and the other 9 challenging courses - click here.

Looking for something a little less physically taxing, the Utah Symphony's 2019 Deer Valley Music Festival is bringing some big names to Park City this summer. Kristin Chenoweth, Marie Osmond, Indigo Girls, jazz trumpeter Chris Botti, and Broadway singer Renée Elise Goldsberry from the original cast of “Hamilton," are all set to perform with the Utah Symphony. Disney in Concert is also slated for a performance of the studio's biggest hits from its animated films. The concert series will also feature smaller, more intimate performances on Wednesdays at St. Mary's Church in Park City.

Below is the entire schedule of events for the concert series.

2019 DEER VALLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

MAIN STAGE – DEER VALLEY SNOW PARK OUTDOOR AMPHITHEATER

2250 Deer Valley Dr. S, Park City, UT

Chris Botti with the Utah Symphony

June 28, 2019 (Friday) | 7:30 p.m.

Conner Gray Covington, conductor

Chris Botti, trumpet

Utah Symphony

Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Chris Botti returns to kick off the Utah Symphony’s 2019 Deer Valley Music Festival with an evening of jazz under the stars.

Marie Osmond with the Utah Symphony

June 29, 2019 (Saturday) | 7:30 p.m.

Jerry Williams, conductor

Marie Osmond, vocalist

Utah Symphony

Marie Osmond has spent five decades entertaining audiences throughout the world. Her iconic talent is showcased with the Utah Symphony in this concert featuring “Paper Roses,” “Somewhere” from “West Side Story” and selections from her latest album.

Patriotic Celebration with Broadway star Hugh Panaro

July 5, 2019 (Friday) | 7:30 p.m.

Michael Krajewski, conductor

Hugh Panaro, vocalist

Utah Symphony

Hugh Panaro is best known for playing the coveted role of Phantom in Broadway’s “The Phantom of the Opera” over 2,000 times. Audiences are invited to celebrate America as he performs hits from Broadway and patriotic favorites at this performance.

Bravo Broadway! Life is a Cabaret

July 6, 2019 (Saturday) | 7:30 p.m.

Randall Craig Fleischer, conductor

Morgan James, vocalist

Debbie Gravitte, vocalist

Hugh Panaro, vocalist

Utah Symphony

“Chicago.” “Cabaret.” “New York, New York.” The songwriting duo Kander and Ebb collaborated for more than 40 years and delivered hit after hit on the stage and screen. In Life is a Cabaret, the Utah Symphony salutes their contribution to the Great American Songbook while also featuring other Broadway favorites from musicals like “Hairspray,” “Les Misérables,” “Mamma Mia” and “Cats.”

A Tribute to Aretha, Queen of Soul

July 12, 2019 (Friday) | 7:30 p.m.

Lucas Waldin, conductor

Capathia Jenkins, vocalist

Ryan Shaw, vocalist

Utah Symphony

Aretha, the “Queen of Soul,” created a legacy that spanned six decades. This concert features Capathia Jenkins and three time Grammy Award-nominee Ryan Shaw performing her iconic hits like “Respect,” “Think,” “A Natural Woman,” “Chain of Fools” and “Amazing Grace.” Created in conjunction with Lucas Waldin and Lesley Sabol

“E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial”–Film in Concert with the Utah Symphony

July 13, 2019 (Saturday) | 7:30 p.m.

Conner Gray Covington, conductor

Utah Symphony

Director Steven Spielberg's heartwarming masterpiece is one of the brightest stars in motion picture history. Filled with unparalleled magic and imagination, “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” follows the moving story of a lost little alien who befriends a 10-year-old boy named Elliott. Experience all the mystery and fun of their unforgettable adventure in the beloved movie that captivated audiences around the world, complete with John Williams’ Academy Award-winning score performed live by the Utah Symphony in sync to the film shown on the big screen. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial is a trademark and copyright of Universal Studios. Licensed by Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Disney in Concert – A Magical Celebration

July 19, 2019 (Friday) | 7:30 p.m.

Conner Gray Covington, conductor

Utah Symphony

The magic of Disney comes to Deer Valley in this multimedia showpiece featuring music from Disney’s “Coco,” “Frozen,” “Moana,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin” and more. Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts All rights reserved

Renée Elise Goldsberry with the Utah Symphony

July 20, 2019 (Saturday) | 7:30 p.m.

Renée Elise Goldsberry, vocalist

Utah Symphony

An evening of music with “Hamilton’s” Tony and Grammy Award-winning star Renée Elise Goldsberry. Her spiritually uplifting set includes music from “Rent” and “The Lion King” in addition to tributes to some of the strongest ladies to ever grace a stage such as Aretha Franklin, Nancy Wilson and Sarah Vaughan.

America in Space: A Cinematic Celebration

July 26, 2019 (Friday) | 7:30 p.m.

Amy Andersson, conductor

Utah Symphony

America in Space honors the 50th Anniversary of NASA's moon landing featuring film scenes and music from beloved Hollywood films about astronauts, as well as new symphonic music from a NASA Exhibit and NASA documentary footage.

July 27, 2019 Concert

The program and artist for the July 27, 2019 concert at Deer Valley Snow Park Amphitheater will be announced at a later date.

Tchaikovsky’s "1812 Overture" and Piano Concerto No. 1

August 2, 2019 (Friday) | 7:30 p.m.

Conner Gray Covington, conductor

Anna Fedorova, piano

Utah Symphony

Cannoneers of the Wasatch

Tchaikovsky’s explosive “1812 Overture” is paired with live cannon fire and a program that also features Ukrainian pianist Anna Fedorova performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1

An Intimate Evening with Kristin Chenoweth and the Utah Symphony

August 3, 2019 (Saturday) | 7:30 p.m.

Mary Campbell, conductor

Kristin Chenoweth, vocalist

Damien Bassman, drums

Utah Symphony

Kristin Chenoweth shares her memorable songs and show tunes from “Wicked,” “Glee” and more in this performance with the Utah Symphony.

The Music of The Rolling Stones: Circa 1969

August 9, 2019 (Friday) | 7:30 p.m.

Brent Havens, conductor

Tony Vincent, vocalist

Utah Symphony

A multi-media celebration of the 50th Anniversary of two iconic albums—“Beggars Banquet” and “Let It Bleed.”

Indigo Girls with the Utah Symphony

August 10, 2019 (Saturday) | 7:30 p.m.

Conner Gray Covington, conductor

Indigo Girls

Utah Symphony

This concert features the Indigo Girls’ and the Utah Symphony performing larger-than-life arrangements of their songs that don’t sacrifice the emotional intimacy and honesty that have defined the Indigo Girls’ music for decades.

CHAMBER ORCHESTRA SERIES – ST. MARY’S CHURCH

1505 White Pine Canyon Road, Park City UT

Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto

July 10, 2019 (Wednesday) | 8 p.m.

Conner Gray Covington, conductor

Maria Ioudenitch, Violin

Utah Symphony

STRAVINSKY “Danses concertantes”

MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto

FAURÉ Suite from “Pelléas et Mélisande”

DEBUSSY “Suite bergamasque”

Schumann’s Cello Concerto

July 17, 2019 (Wednesday) | 8 p.m.

Christian Reif, conductor

Rainer Eudeikis, cello

Utah Symphony

BEETHOVEN “Coriolan Overture”

HONEGGER “Pastorale d’été”

R. SCHUMANN Cello Concerto

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 2

Beethoven & Dvoák: The Romantic Violin

July 24, 2019 (Wednesday) | 8 p.m.

Conner Gray Covington, conductor

Kathryn Eberle, violin

Utah Symphony

BEETHOVEN (arr. Mahler) String Quartet No. 11, "Serioso”

BEETHOVEN Romance No. 2 for Violin and Orchestra

DVOÁK Romance for Violin and Orchestra

RAVEL “Pavane for a Dead Princess”

MOZART Symphony No. 36, "Linz"

Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23

July 31, 2019 (Wed) | 8 p.m.

Conner Gray Covington, conductor

Aristo Sham, piano (2018 Gina Bachauer International Artists Piano Competition Silver Medalist)

Utah Symphony

MOZART Piano Concerto No. 23

ARVO PÄRT “If Bach had been a Beekeeper”

BRAHMS Serenade No. 2

Schubert’s Symphony No. 3

August 7, 2019 (Wed) | 8 p.m.

David Danzmayr, conductor

Bokyung Byun, Guitar

Utah Symphony

MOZART Divertimento No. 1

RODRIGO “Fantasia para un gentilhombre”

TAUSKÝ Coventry (Meditation for String Orchestra)

SCHUBERT Symphony No. 3

GALLERY SERIES

Small ensembles from the Utah Symphony performing at these concerts will be announced at a later date.

Gallery MAR

436 Main St, Park City, Utah

Monday, July 15, 2019 | Doors 6 p.m. | Performance 6:30 p.m.

Susan Swartz Studios

260 Main St, Park City, Utah

Monday, July 22, 2019 | Doors 6 p.m. | Performance 6:30 p.m.

www.deervalleymusicfestival.org.

A Good Cause

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Feb 26, 2019

This week we are sharing the top states for retirees, an upcoming ski event for a great cause and seven winter improvements for your home.

MSN Money has placed Utah in the top 10 for best states for retirees in 2019. The world may change, but at least one thing remains the same: Florida is still the top-ranked destination for retirees.  The perennial retirement favorite Sunshine State earned an overall score of 65.6 out of a possible 100 in terms of how retirement-friendly it is, according to a recent analysisby WalletHub.

In determining its rankings, WalletHub weighed 46 retirement-related factors centered on affordability, quality of life and health care.Some of those factors include: General cost of living, Tax friendliness, Share of the population that is age 65 and older, Mildness of weather, and Physicians and dentists per capita.

The states that made the top 10 — and their overall scores — are:

  1. Florida: 65.6 out of 100
  2. South Dakota: 63.72
  3. Colorado: 62.19
  4. New Hampshire: 61.8
  5. Virginia: 60.82
  6. Utah: 60.73
  7. Iowa: 60.41
  8. Wyoming: 60.13
  9. Pennsylvania: 59.94
  10. Minnesota: 59.88
Looking for something fun to do with a great cause - Ski For a Good Cause with Pink Park City. Register now for the March 23 on-piste, fundraising extravaganza, complete with games, music, and skiing—supporting research at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. After a smashingly successful inaugural year, Pink Park City returns for a second run on March 23, 2019. Not only does this charity ski event encourage pink tutus, unicorns, and wigs, it also helps raise vital funding for research at the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

With momentum behind them, Pink Park City is upping its fundraising goal to $150,000 (last year, they destroyed their $50,000 goal by raising $80,000) and they’re hoping to attract 600 participants. Event organizers promise a day full of on-mountain activities, deck parties, live music, challenges, giveaways, prizes, and the Rally For Hope Parade. Registration is open at the Pink Park City website. One hundred percent of the funds raised go to the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Don’t Wait for Spring - Keep your DIYing going year-round with these indoor winter home improvement projects. Here are 7 Winter Home Improvements to Do Now

#1 Update Your Laundry Room - laundry rooms in need of an upgrade tend to suffer from a lack of features, so this is typically a sledgehammer-free project. To make a bleak laundry space more functional, add shelves and bins for laundry baskets and detergent, and put a countertop over the washer and dryer. You get storage space and a place to fold clothes. Add a little peel-and-stick wallpaper, and you can make the chore-heavy room more enjoyable without fumigating your cozy home with paint.

#2 Add Crown Molding - Crown molding adds some heavy-duty appeal to a home without any heavy materials to haul through the ice and snow. You can put it at the top of walls or door frames or on the wall along the top of cabinets. It’s not just pretty; crown molding will cover dings and nicks on walls, and it gives your home a custom look buyers love. You won’t be using a ton of paint on molding, so fumes won’t be an issue, either.

  • For standard 8-foot ceilings, the molding should be 2.5 to 6 inches wide.
  • For 9-foot ceilings, 3 to 7.5 inches wide.
  • For 10-foot or higher ceilings, at least 8 inches wide.
#3 Change Out Cabinet Hardware - Make sure the new handles and pulls fit in the holes left by the old handles and pulls. That way, you won’t have to drill new holes or putty and paint over the old ones. A hardware redo’s one of the simplest winter home projects because all you need is a screwdriver and an hour or two.

#4 Get a New Faucet - a faucet is the brains of your sink. Put a better one in, and your sink is suddenly smarter. This one is an easy one— as long as you get a faucet with the same number of mounting holes in your sink. Just turn off the water shutoff valves under the sink, and follow the instructions that come with the faucet.

#5 Put in a New Bathroom Vanity - Take your bathroom into the 21st century with a new vanity. You can pull out your old one without making clouds of dust, buy a new one that’s a single, prefab unit and you won’t have to paint. No fumes, no dust, no problem for a winter home project.

#6 Max Out Your Kitchen Storage - Turn a kitchen wall into a storage wall by covering it in easy-to-install pegboard, then hanging pots, pans, cutting boards, and other utensils on it. You can find pegboard in a variety of colors and styles now, so you can skip the fume-y painting step. Plus, it adds storage space without losing any square footage.

#7 Add Wainscoting - Pump up the panache in your house by adding wainscoting to walls. It’s pretty easy to do, too, because it comes in panels you can put on the wall in one piece (even pre-painted to avoid the fumes), and you don’t need mad carpentry skills to install it.Just take off your baseboards. Cut each panel of wainscoting to length. Glue it in place with construction adhesive, and nail the panels where the studs are. Glue on the cap rail, and put the baseboard back. You can do wainscoting in an average-sized room in two to four hours.

February Snow

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Feb 20, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We will wrap up this blog with a couple Style & Design tips:

Watch out for these 7 bathroom trends in 2019

These are the 7 small space mistakes you don’t even realize you’re making

Staying Warm

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Jan 29, 2019

The winter cold is here as well as across the country with temperatures well below freezing. This week we wanted to share the 4th Quarter review, along with some ways to save on your heating bill and how to pack for mountain travel.

Real Estate update: Check out Gino's Market Update for the Q4 Market Update with Gino Blefari.

6 Ways to Save on Your Heating Bill This Winter - Whether you have an economical heat pump or a decades-old oil burner, you're probably looking for a way to cut your heating costs this winter. It's totally easy to keep warm (and on budget) with these expert tips:

You can't manage what you don't measure - The first step to managing your energy spending is inspecting it, says Josh Prigge, founder of Sustridge, a sustainability consulting firm in Las Vegas, Nevada. For most people, that means checking your electric bill. For others, it might mean calculating how many gallons of oil you've used (we see you Northeasterners) or how much you've spent each month on ancillary heating items (i.e. pellets for a pellet stove or wood for your fireplace.) Once you know where your money is going, you can come up with realistic use goals and monitor your progress against them.

Knowing your home's perfect temperature - To save money on your energy bills, set your thermostat to 65 degrees Fahrenheit, suggests Matthias Alleckna, an energy industry analyst with Energy Rates in Canada. If that sounds a little too cold, Alleckna suggests putting on socks and sweaters before you tweak the thermostat—being prepared with layers may keep you from noticing a sudden drop in temperature. And being a little chilly may seem like a fair trade for all you'll save—that for every degree you lower your thermostat, you'll save approximately two percent of your overall heating bill, according to Energy Upgrade California, a California statewide energy efficiency initiative.

Upgrade your technology - Affordable smart home devices can do wonders in reducing your overall energy use. A web-connected thermostat can be fiddled with from anywhere in the world, via your phone, which means you can lower your home's temperature after everyone has left for the day, says Steve Beeler, owner of RSC Heating and Air Conditioning. And don't forget to look for the Energy Star symbol on every home item you upgrade, from appliances to light bulbs. These use lower amounts of energy in the long term, which can mean lower bills (and more money in your pocket.)

Dodge those drafts - "Drafts are the largest source of heating and cooling loss in the home," says Mark Tyrol, the owner of Battic Door, a Mansfield, Massachusetts-based home energy conservation product company. Since warm air can escape and cold air can enter through poorly insulated areas, keeping them untouched is essentially like leaving your windows open all winter long.

Consider purchasing a cover for your house fan, a draft blocker for your dryer vent, a plug for your fireplace, and a cover for your attic stairs. Of course, cracks around your windows and doors, and pipes that run through exterior walls can leak your precious warm air out, too. Enter weatherstripping and added insulation: It can be as cheap as a rolled-up towel under a drafty door or a $13 window insulator kit.

Hot tip: Once your windows are well-insulated, consider keeping the curtains open to let the sunlight in. The added heat from the sunshine may have a big impact in small rooms.

Don't forget to winterize - Hate to break it to you, but summer is over. Though it may seem like an added headache to swap out your storm windows and remove those air conditioning units (or covering them up if they're permanently installed), these small steps can save you some money, says Jordana Viuker Brennan, founder of Confident Buildings, a New York-based energy-use consultancy.

Perform routine maintenance - The biggest heating cost? That emergency repair session after your unit goes kaput. But, just like your grandma says, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

"If you invest 80 percent of the service work into preventative service, you will only need 20 percent or less in emergency work," says Dave Miller, the owner of South Carolina-based Superior Heating & Air.

Prevent the big messes with these small tasks: Replace your air filters every season (Miller suggests replacing them once a month to prevent the build up of particles in your heating system), have an HVAC specialist calibrate your thermostat, and occasionally pour a cap of bleach down your AC unit's drain line to prevent algae and other deposits from building up.

And remember: These steps save more than just costs—they could save your life as well. Regular maintenance of fuel-burning appliances (like your furnace, water heater, and clothes dryer), can prevent fires and carbon monoxide build-up, says Larry Oglesby, director of Remington College's HVAC program. Take the time this winter to make sure everything is property vented, so you can rest assured as you cozy up.

What to Pack for a Ski/Snowboarding Vacation by Ski Utah is a good reminder for us locals, but great to share with family and friends coming into town - Packing for a ski trip can be a challenge.  Most of the clothes are bulky and traveling with gear can be a hassle. Clothes make a difference between enjoying your trip and being miserable. For snow-play, leave the cotton at home and stick to wool or synthetic fabrics. Once cotton gets wet, from either sweat or snow, it won’t dry out, leaving you damp and cold.

In general, you want to pack pieces that can be mixed and matched to keep you warm and looking good. Mid layers are a good example of something you can wear on and off the slopes. However, you may want to pack separate base layers for snow sports and relaxing, because if you’re like me, the skiing set will get stinky during the day.

On the slopes

Base: Your base layer should be wool or synthetic. A mid- to heavy-weight is good depending on the rest of your gear. I wear a heavyweight Hot Chillys base with my ski pants and stayed toasty and warm without a mid layer. On top, I used a synthetic base plus a mid layer.

Mid: You may or may not need this layer depending on the rest of your gear. Fleece works well. On top, I use a zipped jacket or 1/4 zip that I can open when I get warm.

Outer: This includes your ski pants and jacket. Make sure this layer is waterproof, especially if you’re a beginning skier or rider, because you’ll spend a lot of time on your butt in the snow. Ski pants and jackets are insulated to varying degrees, which will influence which other layers you choose. My jacket isn’t insulated, so I really layer-up on top, sometimes using two light base layers and a mid layer underneath. My pants have some insulation built in so I only need the Hot Chillys bottoms.

If you don’t own, or want to pack, ski pants and coat, try using a rental service such as Jans.com. Simply order what you need online or stop in the store.

The important-small-stuff: In addition to your layers, on the slopes you’ll need gloves, ski goggles or sunglasses, a neck warmer such as a buff, cap, balaclava, or beanie that will fit under your helmet; and ski socks. Ski socks should be snuggly fitted and taller than regular socks making them a better choice with ski boots. Trust me; you don’t want socks bunching up inside of your ski boots, ouch! Hand and foot-warmers are a pleasure to have on really cold days. Buy them off the mountain for the best deal. Depending on the type of skiing you have planned, you may need a backpack and hydration options.

Off the slopes - You’ll be worn out by the end of the day, so pack some comfy clothes to relax in. Keep thinking in layers to give yourself more outfit options and save room. Again, they should include bases, mid-layers such as a snuggly fleece and an outer layer. The difference is that the outer layer doesn’t need to be waterproof and the other could include some cotton such as jeans.

Base: I like a thin bottom base, such as silk, under my pants. Sometimes I skip this and just wear one layer after hours if I won’t be outside much.

Mid: This is the piece you’ll likely wear the most, so choose something that will pair well with all of your outfits and that fits comfortably. There are so many sharp looking options available, it may be hard to choose just one, but for the sake of space, try.

Outer: This can be any stylish coat, sized to fit a couple of layers underneath. By using layers, you can avoid packing your biggest, most bulky coat. Pick something that is wind and rain resistant for the most versatility.

The important-small-stuff: Gloves, scarves and caps will round out your outfits without taking up much space. Make sure you pack some waterproof boots that can take a tromp through the snow. Sorel makes a bunch of options that get the job done while looking good. I didn’t feel like a Salt Lake City local until I owned a pair. Then I found out they make all-rubber high-heels, not my grandma’s idea of practical snow boots, but they rock!

And don’t forget… Pack all of your usual travel items such as toiletries, undergarments, swimsuit, and maybe some sweats for the hotel room. A few more items you shouldn’t forget: sunscreen, snacks, and lip balm with sunscreen. Sunscreen is very important due to the high elevation and reflection up from the snow. Make sure you protect your face and lips well.

Carry On - In a perfect world, there wouldn't be a need for stores that sell lost luggage...but bags DO get lost, treating travelers to an uncomfortable arrival. But you can plan for the worst. Pack a day's worth of basics in your carry on. First, pack any prescriptions or supplies that would be a disaster to go without. Next, pack a change of clothes, base layers, ski socks, water-resistant boots, coat, gloves, and cap. With this much, you could rent everything else you would need to ski/ride, plus be comfortable off the slopes until your bags catch up.

What about gear? You have a few options for gear. It can be a hassle to check your board, skis or poles on the airline for a short trip, so you might want to rent them. However, boots are an important piece that I would go ahead and pack. I’d also prefer my own helmet, which doesn’t take much space if you stuff it full of other items such as gloves and beanies.

Do research on rentals ahead of time, there are rental options both on and off the mountain that may even give you the chance to demo some new gear you’ve wanted to try. Some will even give you a discount for reserving online in advance. Short on time? Have all of your rentals delivered so you can get on the snow faster. Both Ski Butlers and Ski 'N See Delivery will bring gear directly to you.

If all of these new clothes and accessories sound expensive, read my post: Dressing for cold weather travel on a budget. Don’t be the person who shows up in jeans and ends up miserable two hours into the lesson. Make time to “beg, borrow or steal” some decent clothes so you can focus on learning to ski, not trying to stay warm and dry.

2030 Olympics

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Dec 19, 2018

Time Magazine has published that Salt Lake City got the green light to bid for the Winter Olympics — most likely for 2030 — in an attempt to bring the Games back to the city that hosted in 2002 and provided the backdrop for the U.S. winter team’s ascendance into an international powerhouse.

The U.S. Olympic Committee said Friday it was selecting Utah’s capital, which stood out as a predictable, slam-dunk pick in a process that also included Denver and Reno, Nevada.

With venues still in place — some of them upgraded — from the 2002 Games, Salt Lake claims it can host again at a lower cost than other candidates, which aligns with the International Olympic Committee’s new blueprint for the Games.

It’s almost a certain bet the bid will be for 2030, though the USOC left open the possibility of other dates. There are only two bidders for 2026: from Sweden and Italy, after voters in Calgary, Alberta, rejected a proposed bid.

The Ski Jumping FIS Cup starts today, December 18, at the Utah Olympic Park 3419 Olympic Pkwy and goes through December 20, 2018. Price: $10 at the gate or online at USAnordic.org - Come watch as athletes from the United States and around the world compete for the FIS Cup at Utah Olympic Park December 18-20. WEBSITE

Park City is in the top 10 again for USA Today's Readers Choice 2018 10 Best Ski Towns. Park City offers the feel of a historic Wild West mining town with the amenities of a world class ski resort. Main Street is lined with top-notch bars and restaurants, while the Sundance Film Festival each January is one of the hottest tickets in town. The U.S. Ski Team trains at Park City Mountain Resort, so you know the skiing is good.

Forbes released its annual listof the best states for business. Utah finished in second place, which is one spot higher than in 2017, according to Forbes.

  • The Qualtrics-SAP deal announced in November was one reason why Utah received such a bump, according to Forbes.
  • Utah businesses experience energy costs that are 15 percent lower than the national average.
  • The state has the highest employment growth over the last five years. Job gains are expected to rise 2.2 percent through 2022, according to the report.
We will wrap up this week's blog with a great article, Why Heber Valley is the perfect winter staycation destination. Heber Valley is only 45 minutes from downtown Salt Lake City and offers great family entertainment options:
  • Ice Castles - more than two acres in size with towering walls made with 2 million gallons of water.
  • Heber Valley Railroad - Utah's only historic railroad with on board entertainment and a beautiful scenic ride.
  • Outdoor Ice Skating - Utah's largest outdoor rink all while you enjoy the lights of Midway.
  • Tubing at Soldier Hollow - Longest tubing lanes and only tubing destination in northern Utah.
  • Soaking in a Geotherman Crater - enjoy 95 degree mineral water that comes from two miles below the earth's surface.
  • Snowmobiling - Wasatch County is Utah's snowmobiling capital, with more than 700 miles of trails (200 miles of groomed trails).
There are also comfortable and cozy accommodations with Best Western Plus, Daniels Summit Lodge, Homestead Resort and Zermatt Resort.

You can enjoy the local flavors at more than 30 restaurants including two new restaurants: Old Goat and Corner Restaurant.

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)

Ski & Snowboard Championships

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Nov 14, 2018

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard seeks hundreds to volunteer for largest ski competition in Park City since Olympics - It's about a month and a half until the 2019 FIS freeski, snowboard and freestyle World Championships kicks off with snowboard cross on Solitude Mountain on February 1st. Organizers expect the International Ski Federation event, which is set to take place at Deer Valley Resort, Park City Mountain Resort, and Solitude Mountain Resort, to be the largest winter sports event in the Park City area in terms of spectator turnout since the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard is currently searching for more than 600 volunteers to help with the event.

The volunteers also get perks – they accumulate two day passes redeemable at any of the three resorts, for the first four shifts they work, which is the minimum, then two additional passes for each two additional shifts. They also get uniforms, like winter jackets, that serve as functional memorabilia from the event. To volunteer, go to 2019worldchamps.com

The U.S. is a massive, complex economy, and so too are the component economies of the 50 states that make up the whole. Business Insider combined six measures of labor-market and general economic health—unemployment rate, job growth, per-capita GDP, GDP growth, average weekly wages, and wage growth—to determine an overall score for each state's economy. The states (plus the District of Columbia) were then ranked.According to the report, Utah a top-10 economy, ranked 6th of 51. The state's Q1 2018 GDP growth rate of 3.2% was the second-highest, and its non-farm payroll job growth rate of 3.5% (between August 2017 and August 2018) was the highest in the country. View the full report here.

KSL recently shared the stories behind some of Utah's most unusual ski trail names - Utah is famous for its ski resorts, attracting people from all over the world. There are 14 ski resorts in Utah, with “10 world-class ski resorts within an hour radius of the Salt Lake airport,” according to Ski Utah. Some of the ski trails at the various resorts have unusual and interesting names and even more interesting back stories.

At Solitude Mountain Resort, you’ll find a black diamond run called Barrett’s Glade. The trail is named after Robert M. Barrett, who developed the ski resort after he made his fortune by uranium mining in Moab, according to the Solitude Mountain Resort website.

Snowbird Resort also has some interesting trail names and backstories, as reported by Ski Utah. Many of the trails were named after friends and family of Dick Bass. For instance, Silver Fox Trail was named after Bass’ partner, Ted Johnson, because he had premature gray hair and was nicknamed the "Silver Fox," Ski Utah stated.

Deer Valley Resort has followed the same tradition of naming ski runs after people. According to the International Skiing History Association, Stein’s Way is named after the late director of skiing at Deer Valley Resort Stein Eriksen. The founder of Deer Valley Resort, Edgar Stern, has his own run as well: Edgar’s Alley. Emily Summers, the senior communications manager for the Deer Valley Resort in Park City, said that 98 of Deer Valley Resort’s 103 ski runs are named after the original mining claims.

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Favorite Ski Town

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Nov 07, 2018

The polls may have closed last night, but take a moment to Vote For Your Favorite Ski Town and Ski Resort - Five Utah Ski towns and resorts are nominated in this year’s USA Today’s poll, including Park City as Best Ski Town and Deer Valley as best ski resort. USA Today’s 10 best allows readers to vote on the 10 best ski towns and resorts in North America. Of the 20 nominees for best Ski Town, Park City, was described by the paper as having a ”feel of a historic Wild West mining town with the amenities of a world-class ski resort.” Voting for the poll goes until November 26th Click here to cast your vote.

Park City Mountain, the largest ski resort in the U.S., is scheduled to open for the 2018-19 season on Wednesday, Nov. 21. The lifts are scheduled to start spinning at both the Park City Mountain Village and Canyons Village at 9 a.m. This season, Park City Mountain will debut several new resort enhancements, including a new beginner learning area at High Meadow Park, a transformation of the iconic Mid-Mountain Lodge, an expansion of the popular Cloud Dine restaurant and additional snowmaking.

Opening day events are scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Park City Mountain Village with live music, giveaways and complimentary hot chocolate and coffee. The first chair will leave at 9 a.m. on the Payday lift followed by a ceremonial banner-breaking. The entertainment will continue at 2:30 p.m. with a performance by the Alicia Stockman Band on the Payday deck.

At Canyons Village, the Cabriolet, Red Pine Gondola, Frostwood Gondola, Saddleback lift and new High Meadow Park learning area are also scheduled to open. Canyons Village will host a live performance by the Tony Oros Trio at 2:30 p.m. that afternoon. Both Canyon Mountain Sports at Canyons Village and Legacy Sports at the Park City Mountain Village will be open for rentals. Find out more in Luxury Travel Magazine's full article.

Looking to get ready for the holidays and the chilly temperatures, here are 5 Ways to Make Your Bedroom Winter-Ready This Weekend.

1. Clear the clutter - Nothing kills peaceful rest like the thrum of anxiety caused by clutter. Get everything that doesn't belong in the bedroom out, and put everything that's out of place in the bedroom away. Try the "make and pile" method if you're stuck.

2. Clean deeply - Wash the curtains, dust the ceiling fan, vacuum under the bed, the whole shebang. As always, clean top to bottom and don't forget the details like polishing wood furniture and cleaning the glass in picture frames.

3. Freshen your mattress and pillows - Take off your current linens and address what's under them. Clean your mattress by vacuuming it, spot cleaning it, deodorizing it, and airing it out for a bit. Wash your pillows or at least fluff them in a hot dryer to reduce dust mite allergen. If your mattress is a spring mattress, flip and/or rotate it.

4. Switch out your linens - Now is the time to swap the percale for the flannel and put the down comforter in the duvet cover. Wash your comforter if it needs it. If you're a millennial who goes top sheet-less, mind these tips for keeping clean without a top sheet.

5. Add a little something extra - Now it's time for the fun stuff. Maybe you'll add a couple fluffy pillows to make in-bed movie nights extra nest-like, or a luscious knit throw draped across the foot of the bed. A warm robe is like an extension of your bedroom when you have to venture outside of it, and a faux sheepskin rug makes the thought of dipping your toes into the frigid morning bearable. When you're done, you'll have a bedroom den that will not only support the rest you need but will make you wish hibernation could be a human thing.

November Events:

11/8: An Evening with David Sedaris, Salt Lake City

11/13: Twenty One Pilots, Salt Lake City

11/15 - 11/18: Disney on Ice Celebrates 100 Years of Magic, Salt Lake City

11/16 - 2/24: The Gallivan Center Ice Rink, Salt Lake City

11/18 - 11/21: IBSF North American Cup, Park City

11/20 - 4/20, Saturdays: Winter Farmers Market, Salt Lake City

11/20: Trans-Siberian Orchestra 2018, Salt Lake City

11/20 - 12/22: North Pole Express, Heber City

11/23 - 1/1: Temple Square Christmas Lights, Salt Lake City

11/26: Wasatch Speaker Series: Bill Nye, Salt Lake City

11/28 - 12/1: Christkindlmarkt, Salt Lake City

11/29: Andrea Bocelli, Salt Lake City

11/30: Metallica: WorldWired Tour 2018, Salt Lake City

12/1: Jim Gaffigan: The Fixer Upper Tour, Salt Lake City

12/1: Santa Pub Crawl, Park City

Thanksgiving Events

11/22: 2018 Thanksgiving Day Races, Bountiful

11/22: Thanksgiving at Snowbird, Snowbird

11/22: Grand Ballroom Thanksgiving Buffet, Salt Lake

11/22: 2018 Pilgrim 5K, Thanksgiving Point

11/22: Provo Turkey Trot, Provo

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!

Mud Season

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Apr 11, 2018

The flowers are beginning to bloom and the days are getting warmer. The Park City mud season is upon us as the ski resorts have closed for ski season, restaurants and local businesses are taking a break and the trails are a little too muddy for hiking just yet. Did you miss the 22nd Annual Spring Grüv this year? Here is a quick recap of the epic jumps from that day. Perhaps the continuous rain and cool temperatures last Saturday kept you indoors, but it only seemed to spur on the 100 or so competitors at Park City Mountain Resort’s 22nd annual Pond Skimming Competition, part of the Park City Mountain resort's Spring Grüvcelebration.

While the 2018 version may not have had as many spectators as past years, it wasn’t short on action. Scores were given based off things like crowd reaction, air and style. Some of the best costumes included a dragon, a waiter, a wizard and a giant piece of pizza. It was a great day.

Back in real estate news - Business Insider recently published that the San Francisco housing market is so dire that people are leaving in droves. The San Francisco Bay Area is on the brink of an exodus as a low supply of homes and high demand drive housing prices— and the cost of living — to new heights. A recent report from the real-estate site Redfin found that San Francisco lost more residents than any other US city in the last quarter of 2017.

LinkedIn crunched its data of over 146 million American workers in their system to identify the US cities where the most LinkedIn members moved to from the San Francisco Bay Area in the past year and found that Salt Lake City is one of the top 10 cities for their relocation. Dubbed the Silicon Slopes, the area from Salt Lake City to Provo is filled with top tech companies, including Adobe, EA, Overstock.comand the cloud software startup Domo.

Tech workers who flock to Salt Lake City for its lower taxes, flexible regulatory environment, and natural amenities may find they can actually afford a home near the office. The National Association of Realtors reported that the salary needed to buy a home in Salt Lake City was $59,521 in the last quarter of 2017. In San Francisco, it's at least $173,783.

UPCOMING APRIL EVENTS

4/11 - 4/27: Hamilton - An American Musical, Salt Lake City

4/12: Justin Timberlake The Man of the Woods Tour, Salt Lake City

4/12 - 4/21: 2018 Ogden Restaurant Week, Ogden

4/20: Sips Under the Sea: Bacon, Draper

4/20 - 4/29: Park City Follies, Park City

4/27 - 4/28: Salt Lake Off Road Expo, Sandy

Spring In Park City

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Mar 21, 2018

Spring is here and as the snow comes and goes the flowers are beginning to bloom in our town. Our flower today comes atop a lovely muffin from Five 5eeds in Park City on Snow Creek Drive.

There are a number of fun activities happening the remainder of this month and we have listed out a few for you and your families as wells as the links to more information on each event.

 

3/22 - 3/31: Easter Bunny Train, Heber City

3/24: Pink Park City, Park City Mountain

3/24 - 3/25: Holi Festival of Colors, Spanish Fork

3/24 - 4/2: Spring Gruv, Park City Mountain

3/30: The Comedy Get Down Tour, West Valley City

3/31: Easter Egg Hunt!, Salt Lake City

4/1: Easter at Snowbird, Snowbird

4/1: Annual Easter Celebration, Park City Mountain

4/1: Easter Bunny visits Deer Valley, Deer Valley Resort

We are proud to be a part of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Property team for many years now. This year the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties received numerous brokerage, office, team, and individual awards at the annual network Sales Convention in San Antonio, Texas on March 5th and 6th 2018. The Utah Properties brokerage was celebrated as the 14th highest performing brokerage while Park City’s Saddleview Office the 3rd highest dollar volume office in the network and Salt Lake City’s Old Mill Office the 7th highest transaction volume for an office in the network.

“Our Berkshire Hathaway professionals are true industry leaders.” said Owner and CEO, Steve Roney. “This year’s convention and honors confirm the caliber and accomplishment of Utah Properties. I look forward to continuing to excel as a brokerage and team.”

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties is an independently owned real estate brokerage dating back to 1976. With offices throughout northern Utah, the company has a long-standing track record of market dominance and dependability. Under the Berkshire Hathaway name, our agency holds the #1 position in Utah’s real estate marketplace and maintains an historic commitment to community-driven service.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, based in Irvine, CA, is a real estate brokerage network built for a new era in residential real estate. The network, among the few organizations entrusted to use the world-renowned Berkshire Hathaway name, brings to the real estate market a definitive mark of trust, integrity, stability and longevity. The brand was just recognized for “Highest Overall Satisfaction for Repeat Home Sellers Among National Full Service Real Estate Firms” in J.D. Power’s 2017 Home Buyer/Seller Satisfaction Study. Visit www.berkshirehathawayhs.com.

 

Power Markets

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Mar 14, 2018

We are pleased to share that in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Epic Pass, Vail Resorts and Vail's founders from the 10th Mountain Division, the company is honoring epic service of the and men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces (as well as Canadian and Australian military service members) with the introduction of a special new $99 Military Epic Pass, available beginning Tuesday, March 6. It is for both active and retried military, and it is a deal that is simply unbeatable in skiing and ski travel. Additionally, for every pass sold, a $1 donation will be made to Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP), a nonprofit organization that offers a variety of programs, services and events for wounded veterans of the military. Click here to read the entire article from Forbes.

Business Insider recently published America's richest people buy homes in 'power markets' — listed in the article are the 17 most expensive and exclusive places and Park City proper comes in at #6. The report defines power markets in the US as places where the top 5% of single-family home sales by price is highest. In the top 17 markets, the median list price for the top 5% of sales is at least $3.5 million. For each city, the median list price for the top 5% of homes currently on the market, the highest sold price from 2017, and the median price per square foot for that market compile the numbers. Park City has a Median list price: $6.97 million, Highest sold price (2017): $11.4 million and the Median price per square foot: $780. But, don't be let theses numbers sway you if you are looking to buy here as the greater Park City area has a variety of condos, homes and land available at a wide range of prices.

Ladders recently shared the states where the economy is strong and opportunities are growing - Looking for a new job? You may want to consider moving to a different state. The U.S. News & World Report’s Best States just released their annual rankings that measures how well states’ economies are performing. They looked at 77 metrics across eight categories, provided by McKinsey & Company’s Leading States Index, including economic status. Data points that fell under the economy growth umbrella include: Job growth, Growth of each state’s GDP between 2013 and 2016, Business environment (monthly birth rate for new businesses), Unemployment rate, Participation in labor force for everyone 16 and older, Number of people moving in and out of a state was taken into account, Tax burden, The number of top company headquarters per capita, Venture capital disbursed, Entrepreneurship (“business birth rate”) and Patent creation. If you are currently on either coast, consider heading towards the middle of the country as Colorado and Utah took the top spots, while Idaho and Texas made it into the Top 10 too.

3RD Home By Berkshire Hathaway

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Feb 27, 2018

Before we kick off our 3RD Home review we wanted to share Explore The 10 Best States in America by US News as Utah makes the list at Number 3. Many Americans take pride in their state, often claiming their home state to be better than the rest.Now, the 2018 U.S. News Best States rankings can help settle the debate. In an assessment of how states are serving their residents – from health care to education – these 10 state performed the best overall in the 2018 Best States rankings. The rankings, formed in partnership with McKinsey & Company, analyze thousands of data points to measure how states best serve their citizens and UTAH comes in at #3.

PRIVATE VACATION CLUB FOR SECOND HOMEOWNERS - 3RD HOME is a private club for the owners of luxury second homes. With an average property value over $2.4 million USD, over 5,300 properties and growing, and endorsements from the top luxury residential and resort brands, 3RD HOME enables vacation home owners to travel the world staying in premier places without paying rental rates ever again.

It was created to fill a need expressed by second home owners to find a safe and trustworthy way to “expand” the use of their second homes without the hassle or expense of renting them out. 3RD HOME enables you to exchange time in your home for stays at other premier luxury destinations worldwide. By depositing weeks at your vacation home into the club, you can reserve another great home any time in advance or at the last minute.

There are hundreds of desirable destinations to choose from. The scale and quality are unprecedented. Many homes even come from the top branded destination clubs and real estate developments that endorse 3RD HOME for their owners.

WHAT MAKES 3RD HOME UNIQUE?

• There are over 5,300 luxury properties in 74 countries to choose from with an average value of $2.4 Million USD.

• Access to homes in over 1,000 different cities.

• We are affiliated with many of the world’s leading luxury residential developments in addition to private homes valued at up to $30 million USD.

• You’ll be a lifetime member with NO annual dues!

• No direct or simultaneous exchanges with other members are required as with traditional home exchanges.

• The proprietary Keys system gives our members immediate access to every available property.

• Our secure web platform allows 24/7 booking of reservations and notifications on properties you are watching.

• The ‘Request a Week’ function expands availability beyond what is listed on the site.

• Pre-screening of member homes, plus host and guest feedback on every trip, ensures a premium experience.

EARNING KEY CREDITS - Keys are the currency of 3RD HOME. When you list your residence on our site, we take into account your homes current market value, with an adjustment made based on location and the home itself. You’ll earn Keys by depositing weeks at your residence into the club for other members’ use. Plus, you will earn Double Keys when you deposit a Peak week, and Triple Keys when you deposit a Super Peak week!

When you join 3RD HOME, you’ll list your own private vacation home on the site indicating its value, location, adding pictures and other details. Next, you’ll select weeks that you agree to make available exclusively for other members. 3RD HOME will credit you a number of Keys for each week(s) that you choose to deposit based on the desirability of those weeks.

HOW TO BOOK - Ready to take a trip? Trade your Keys for a stay at another member’s property! You can begin booking immediately– simply select an available week at any of our luxurious properties, pay the nominal exchange fee ($395-$995 USD), and receive immediate confirmation. There are no rental fees for any property on the 3RD HOME site!

Men's Journal recently posted - The 7 Best Places to Après-ski in Park City, Utah, According to Locals - Name your ideal ski day. If it’s anything like ours, it means bluebird conditions where the powder resembles fluffy down blankets and snow-capped trees look a lot like Frosted Mini-Wheats. Of course, it also includes a stellar après-ski situation.

In Park City, UT, your dreamiest (and booziest) snow days are a reality. There are loads of local watering holes—from ritzy resorts to cozy dive bars that embody the ski spirit of yesteryear. They let you unwind and let loose with mouth-watering specialties (fondue, bison burgers, and s’mores, anyone?) and unforgettable libations.

5 Awesome Ski Towns Even Non-Skiers Will Love Here are seven must-visit après-ski hotspots in Park City. Have your fill—then have a little more.

Market Review & Park City News

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Feb 07, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

February Events

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

2/7 - 2/11: Howard Jones, Park City

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

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

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

2/17: Deadmau5, Park City

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

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

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

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

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

The Ikon Pass

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Jan 30, 2018

There has been a special announcement from Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah - Introducing The Ikon Pass! The epic pass now has a competitor. There are not a lot of details at this point including price, but a lot a great resorts including Deer Valley, Snowbird and Alta are part of the group. The 2018-2019 passes are being introduced to the world as Alterra Mountain Company has joined together the continent’s top mountain destinations to offer skiers and riders the Ikon Pass. Here are the partners to the Ikon Pass community:

Aspen Snowmass, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Big Sky Resort, Loon Mountain, Copper Mountain, Eldora Mountain, Sugarloaf, Sunday River, Killington Resort, Alta Ski Area and Snowbird

Skiers and riders will have access to nearly 50,000 skiable acres at 23 like-minded mountain destinations across North America where incredible terrain, unique character and local traditions are celebrated. The Ikon Pass will go on sale in the spring and additional information including access specifics by destination, price, sale date and other pass product details will be announced in the coming weeks. Please visit www.ikonpass.com for more information.

Ikon Pass by the Numbers - 23 destinations located in 9 different states and 3 Canadian Provinces. There are a total of 48,840 acres with 70,192 feet in vertical drop and 2,790 trails with 434 lifts.

Ikon Pass by Location

California: Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Mammoth Mountain, June Mountain, Big Bear Mountain Resort

Colorado: Aspen Snowmass, Steamboat, Winter Park Resort, Copper Mountain, Eldora Mountain Resort

Maine: Sugarloaf, Sunday River

Montana: Big Sky Resort

New Hampshire: Loon Mountain Resort

Utah: Deer Valley Resort, Alta Ski Area, Snowbird

Vermont: Stratton, Killington Resort

West Virginia: Snowshoe

Wyoming: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

Ontario, Canada: Blue Mountain

Quebec, Canada: Tremblant

British Columbia: CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures

In other local news - Park City joins Business Insiders: 13 of the best places to visit if you're planning a vacation in February. There is a reason the United States Ski Team calls Park City, Utah home. Simply put, Park City is a winter sports lover's paradise. The town offers more than 400 downhill trails for skiing and snowboarding covering 3,300 acres. It also hosted events in bobsledding, skeleton, and luge during the 2002 Winter Olympics.

After you hit the slopes, you can take a stroll through the quaint, Old West-style Main Street or catch a show at the famous Egyptian Theater, the site of the Sundance Film Festival in January. Conveniently, a town lift can transport you directly from the mountains to the center of town.

Food In Park City

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Jan 24, 2018

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

1.     The Veuve Cliquot Yurt at The Montage.

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

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

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

5.     High West Distillery and Saloon downtown Park City.

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

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

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

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

10. Wings at The Powder Keg, Powder Mountain.

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

12. Lunch at Collins Grill, Alta.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Welcome To Utah

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Nov 29, 2017

Welcome to Utah! Our stunning state is known for its world-class skiing and snowboarding resorts, spectacular red rock deserts, and as one of the nation’s best states for business. Host of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, Utah boasts a panorama of recreation and culture. From professional sports teams such as the Utah Jazz and Real Salt Lake, performance powerhouses such as the Utah Symphony, Ballet West, and Utah Opera, exceptional art galleries and concert venues, to award-winning restaurants and a lively nightlife scene… Utah showcases a limitless variety of activities and entertainment. Check out the entire Welcome to Utah video by clicking here.

Salt Lake City International Airport is Utah’s gateway to the world. Ranked as one of the nation’s best for on time departures and arrivals and one of the lowest in percentage of flights cancelled. Salt Lake City’s airport is just 15 minutes from most Salt Lake neighborhoods and 40 minutes from Park City.

In the summer, Utah has it all when it comes to hiking, golf, mountain biking, backpacking, camping, fishing, boating, river rafting, rock climbing, and more. Home to the Mighty Five® National Parks, over 40 state parks, countless lakes and reservoirs, and some of the most scenic public and private golf courses in the country, many of which are championship-designated, there is something for everyone during the summer in Utah. Park City alone boasts over 400 continuous miles of trails which span two resorts and has been awarded the highest International Mountain Biking Association’s Gold-Level Ride Center designation.

In the winter, locals and visitors alike enjoy “The Greatest Snow on Earth” at Utah’s 14 world-class ski resorts. From Park City Mountain, the largest ski and snowboard resort in the United States, to Deer Valley® Resort which has been ranked the #1 Resort by Ski Magazine 6 times, to Snowbird which features 3,240 vertical feet between the base and the summit, Utah has a resort for everyone. Whether it’s downhill skiing or cross country, snowshoeing or snowmobiling, an incredible winter adventure is just minutes away.

From the Wasatch Front cities of Ogden, Bountiful, Salt Lake, and South Jordan, to the Wasatch Back communities of Park City, Heber, and Kamas, there is a place for everyone in Utah. Live here, work here, play here. Contact your Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties professional for the current market information on our exceptional state.

The Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties Welcome to Park City guide is now available for your review, call with any questions and have a great rest of the week.

Deer Valley #1 Ski Resort in North America for 2018

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Sep 27, 2017

Deer Valley® has been ranked #1 Ski Resort in North America for 2018 by SKI Magazine Readers - Deer Valley® Resort has once again garnered the number one spot for North American ski resorts by the readers of SKI Magazine. With more than 25,000 reviews submitted, the resort is thrilled to launch the 2017-2018 winter ski season with the announcement of this time-honored, industry-respected accolade.

SKI Magazine paired down its survey to 10 categories this year, and in addition to the #1 overall best ski resort in North America, Deer Valley® Resort earned a #1 ranking in grooming, service, lodging and kid-friendly environment.

“We strive for nothing less than providing the best ski vacation experience to our guests,” said Bob Wheaton, President and Chief Operating Officer of Deer Valley® Resort. “To have that validation given through SKI Magazine’s readers’ poll means everything to us. We want everyone visiting our slopes to experience firsthand the many elements that contribute to the ‘Deer Valley® Difference’.”

If you have not had time yet to check out the the Parks and Recreation in Utah, clear your calendar as they are amazing. From breathtaking mountains to expansive deserts, Utah has some of the most diverse landscape in the United States. Featuring The Mighty 5® National Parks, over 40 state parks, and countless lakes and reservoirs, Utah has it all when it comes to hiking, mountain biking, backpacking, camping, fishing, boating, river rafting, and more. We have listed out below the national monuments, national parks, state parks, sports teams and museums in Utah to help you plan your next adventure.

NATIONAL MONUMENTS: Bears Ears National Monument, Dinosaur National Monument, Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area – Lake Powell, Golden Spike National Historic Site, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Navajo National Monument, Rainbow Bridge National Monument, Timpanogos Cave National Monument and Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.

NATIONAL PARKS: Arches National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Capitol Reef National Park and Zion National Park.

STATE PARKS: Antelope Island State Park, Bear Lake State Park, Deer Creek State Park, Goblin Valley State Park, Great Salt Lake State Park, Heritage Park State Park, Jordanelle State Park, Rockport State Park and the Utah Lake State Park.

FAMILY FUN & SPORTS: Kids from 1 to 99 will find fun and excitement in Utah. From the Clark Planetarium, Utah’s go-to location for those of all ages who wish to discover space and science, to the ever-fun Lagoon with the thrilling 116° inverted drop on the Cannibal roller coaster, to the fascinating Natural History Museum with over 1.5 million artifacts—there is something for everyone in Utah. When it comes to sports, Utah rallies behind the NBA’s Utah Jazz, the ECHL’s Utah Grizzlies, the MLS’ Real Salt Lake, the MiLB’s Salt Lake Bees, and many more.

MUSEUMS: Clark Planetarium, Discovery Gateway, Hill Aerospace Museum, Museum of Ancient Life, Natural History Museum, The Leonardo, Utah Museum of Fine Arts: UMFA FAMILY FUN, Cowabunga Bay, Heber Valley Railroad, Hogle Zoo, Lagoon, Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, Salomon Center, Seven Peaks and the Resort Water Park Topgolf.

PROFESSIONAL SPORTS: Utah Jazz, Ogden Raptors, Orem Owlz, Real Salt Lake, Salt Lake Bees and the Utah Grizzlies.

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Holiday Events In Utah

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Dec 14, 2016

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We love Park City and everything that this town has to offer, but we cannot forget that Utah is an amazing state! We have lived her for many years now and cannot imagine living anywhere else. When we are looking for up-to-date events in Park City we go to the Visit Park City website. When we are looking for fun things to do around Utah and especially in the Salt Lake City valley we go to the KSL website.

Exciting news around town - Deer Valley Resort is honored to announce it has garnered the distinction of United States’ Best Ski Resort by the World Ski Award’s for the fourth consecutive year. The World Ski Award’s 2016 Ski Oscars winners represent excellence in ski tourism and the leaders shaping the future of the ski industry. Read the full article for all the details - Deer Valley Resort Named Best U.S. Ski Resort by Global Organization.

Looking to explore Park City Mountain - Ski Utah tagged along with blogger Alyssa Staker and her friend Sarah Hall who guided them through some of their favorite spots on the mountain. Follow Alyssa's lead and you're sure to have a great day at Park City Mountain. And if you're not able to tackle the entire mountain in a day, don't sweat it, as the 7,300 acres can be enjoyed over a couple of days or even a week. Click on to see the video for Park City In A Day.

Before you read the upcoming Holiday Events going on all around Utah we wanted to share a little more about our great town. The Huffington Post recently wrote 7 Reasons Park City Is Officially ‘America’s Favorite Town'. Last week Travel + Leisure recently named Park City the top town in America, and now the Huffington Post has listed their favorite things about Park City. The Huffington Post tops their list with the great slopes of Park City, to the residents, our year round activities, the food and our favorite line "the best adventures here are cheap or free" referencing our amazing trail system - Hiking Park City’s trails.

Utah Holiday Events:

Now - December 31: Luminaria at Thanksgiving Point: This enchanting mile walk will transport you into a magical holiday world as you make your way through the captivating Ashton Gardens. The walk includes thousands of lights, a nativity scene, glowing lanterns, music and games for the children. Adult tickets are $20 and children (ages 3-12) are $17.

Now - January 1: Spanish Fork's Festival of Lights: The festival is a drive-through holiday light show, open nightly from 6-10 p.m. through Jan. 1 at Canyon View Park, 3300 E. Powerhouse Road. Tickets are $7 for cars and more for larger vehicles.

Now - January 2: Salem's Pond Town Christmas: The display in Salem includes lights floating on a pond in Knoll Park. Pond Town runs nightly from 5:30 to 11 p.m. Knoll Parks is located at 200 W. 300 South. The event is free for the public.

Now - December 31: Christmas in Color: Utah's biggest drive-through holiday light show is offered in Kearns and Provo. Tickets are $21.95 per vehicle.

Now - January 1: Ogden City Christmas Village: Stroll through the lighted village, visit Santa in his castle, take a ride on the Polar Express Train and enjoy live entertainment. The village will be lit every night from 5 p.m. until midnight. The event is free for the public.

Now - December 24: Heber Valley Railroad North Pole Express: The 90-minute ride features hot chocolate and cookies from Mrs. Claus. Coach class is $35 for adults, $25 for children and $5 for toddlers.

Now - December 24: Downtown Jingle Bus in Salt Lake City: Take this bus to see all the sights downtown. This holiday-themed ride will circulate between the Gateway, Temple Square, City Creek Center Gallivan Plaza and Capitol Theatre. The bus runs from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week, free of charge, courtesy of the SLC Downtown Alliance, City Creek Center and The Gateway.

Now - December 31: Lights on Temple Square: Christmas season begins when millions of lights are turned on the day after Thanksgiving. All events on Temple Square are free and the lights will stay on until Dec. 31. No tickets necessary.

Now - December 31: Savior of the World on Temple Square: This musical production is based on scriptural events surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ. Tickets are required. Evening and matinee performances are $10 each.

Now - December 31: Draper City Park Tree of Lights : The tree lighting ceremony has already happened but stop by and enjoy thousands of lights and see the famous willow "Tree of Lights" take center stage.

Now - December 31: Utah's Tallest Christmas Tree: The Outlets at Traverse Mountain in Lehi have this year’s tallest live tree in the state of Utah. The tree is over 75 feet tall and holds more than 900 ornaments and 500 lights. The tree is lit every night.

Now - December 31: Utah State Capitol Christmas trees: The Utah State Capitol has decked its halls. Enjoy a Utah-themed Christmas tree all season, found inside the building. No tickets are necessary.

Now - December 23: Christmas Cruise at CLAS Ropes Course in Provo: See thousands of lights reflecting off the water as you enjoy a boat ride about 25 minutes long with lighted holiday scenes along the shore. Santa will also make an appearance in his canoe. Blankets and warm clothes are encouraged since the boats are uncovered. Tickets are $8 per person and kids 2 and under are free.

Now - December 31: Deck The Hall at Sandy City Hall: Visit City Hall during the month of December to see the thousands of lights outside, an old-time village and a huge Christmas tree that can be found inside.

Now - December 23: "A Christmas Carol," a musical by Hale Center Theater Orem: See the original musical retelling of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." Tickets start at $18.

Now - December 23: A Fairly Potter Christmas Carol: This is an unauthorized parody following the success of Fairly Potter in 2013, at the Ziegfeld Theater in Ogden. Tickets are $19 online and $20 at the door.

Now - December 31: Zoo Lights at Hogle Zoo: The Zoo Lights at Hogle Zoo return for its ninth year with more than 250 animated light displays. Wear hologram glasses to walk in the 135-foot lighted tunnel. Every night features a fun family activity. Santa will also be at Macy's Santa Station until Dec. 24. Lights went on at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 1. Admission prices are $8 for adults, $6 for children ages 3-12 and $7 for seniors.

Now - December 20: The Forgotten Carols Christmas tour: See the timeless Christmas classic during its 25th anniversary tour in Utah. Performances will be held in Ogden, Orem, Logan, Cedar City, St. George and Salt Lake City. Visit the website for exact dates and times. Tickets start at $17.50.

Now to December 26: "The Nutcracker" by Ballet West: Come see the longest-running full production in America. Evening matinee performances run throughout the month at the Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake City. Tickets start at $19.

Now to December 31: Candy Windows in South Jordan: View 10 different holiday scenes created entirely from candy pieces in shop windows along Towne Center Drive. No tickets necessary.

December 17: Breakfast with Santa at Thanksgiving Point: Enjoy breakfast with Santa, Mrs. Claus and other North Pole characters. Kids can participate in dance contests, sing-a-longs, games, crafts and cookie decorating. Tickets can be purchased in advance for a discount of $5. Tickets for adults at the door are $35 and tickets for children at the door are $30.

Now to December 23 (Monday through Saturday evenings): Experience a Christmas from the past when you go to Candlelight Christmas at This Is the Place Heritage Park. Here, your family can participate in crafts, visit a decorated pioneer home or hear from the Heritage Village Carolers. Tickets are $5 per person; no cost for children ages 2 and younger.

Now to December 24: "A Christmas Carol" by Hale Center Theatre in West Valley City: See the holiday classic's 32nd annual production. Tickets start at $18.

Now - February 27: Elk viewing and wagon rides at Hardware Ranch: Come take a horse-drawn carriage or wagon ride through the ranch to see elk during the winter season. Rides are offered Friday through Monday during the season. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for kids and children ages 3 and under are free.

December 17 & 24: Get tasty food, Christmas festivities, a photo booth, face painting and more at the Breakfast with Santa at Millennial Falls. Tickets are $23 for adults and $18 for children ages 2 through 11. For reservations call 801-495-3737.

December 17: Breakfast & Brunch With Santa: The whole family can eat a warm breakfast with Santa at Discovery Gateway. The brunch will also include holiday crafts and play time in the museum with Santa. Tickets can be purchased online. From 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tickets are $30 for children and $35 for adults. Members receive a discount.

December 15: Millennial Choir and Orchestra Christmas concert: This holiday performance will be held at the Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City. Visit arttix.com for more information. Tickets start at $14.

December 15-17: A Kurt Bestor Christmas: Bestor will perform with his band The Collective and a chamber orchestra at the Eccles Theater. Tickets start at $25.

December 18: The Oratorio Society of Utah will be performing Handel's Messiah at 7 p.m. at the Libby Gardner Concert Hall at the University of Utah. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here.

December 20: Come support Westminster Girl Up's Art Gala on December 20th from 7-9:30 p.m. in Jewett Center for the Performing Arts. All art will be contributed by girls and women across the Salt Lake Valley. All proceeds for the event will go directly to Girl Up. The event will be formal and all art participants would receive 2 free tickets to the event. Otherwise, admission will be $5 for adults and $3 for students. For more information, login to girlup.org.

 
 
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