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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.

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.

America's Favorite Town

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Dec 07, 2016

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

Not only are we America's Favorite Town we are also home to North America's largest ski resort! Park City Mountain Resort has over 7,300 acres and 314 runs. Vail Resort linked two of North America’s greatest ski areas to offer skiers of all abilities access to Utah's legendary snow.

In addition to endless skiing, the Park City mountains offer innumerable real estate options from luxurious condominiums at Waldorf Astoria and Hyatt Centric to exquisite townhomes, Vintage on the Strand and Juniper Landing to estate lots and homes in the gated community of The Colony. Whether you're looking for ski-in/ski-out access in a contemporary setting with on-site amenities, or your own private gathering spot, there is a property for you, including new development ski-in, ski-out opportunities at Lift and Apex, and the golf townhomes of Viridian. Click to view Park City ski properties.

Looking to book your next ski visit to Utah... From ski-in/ski-out lodging and lift ticket offers, to ski and snowboard rentals, find your Utah ski deals here.

December Happenings in Park City:

All Month Park City Film Festival

12/9 - 12/11 Park Silly Holiday Bazaar 

12/10 An Evening with Adam Savage at the Eccles Center

12/12 - 12/17 FIL Luge World Cup at the Utah Olympic Park

12/15 - 12/18 Park City Holiday Spectacular at the Egyptian Theatre 

12/15 Park City Singers Present Festival of Christmas

12/17 Santa Comes Down the Town Lift

12/24 Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade 

12/30 Park City Gallery Stroll

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Ski Season Is Here

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Nov 30, 2016

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Park City Mountain Resort opened their slopes this past Saturday morning, Nov. 26th, to locals and vacationers and the PayDay Express and First Time lifts were up and running, with runs such as Home Run and Turtle Trail open to skiers and snowboarders. This weekend Opening Day/Celebrity Skifest at Deer Valley begin December 3, 2016 - December 4, 2016. Deer Valley will kick off its winter season with the excitement of the annual Celebrity Skifest - make sure to check it out.

Not ready to hit the slopes... Here are 10 WAYS TO SPEND A WINTER DAY OFF THE SLOPES by Visit Park City. If you haven't checked out the Visit Park City site - this is a great place for all things Park City.

1. BOWLING AT JUPITER BOWL - Fun for all ages, Jupiter Bowl has more to offer than its 16 bowling lanes.

2. TUBING AT GORGOZA PARK - Kick back and give your legs a rest as you catch a lift up and tube down one of Gorgoza Park’s seven specially-designed tubing lanes.

3. STROLL HISTORIC MAIN STREET - Park City’s Historic District, immediately surrounding beautiful Historic Main Street, offers a wide variety of entertainment and activities. From shopping at one-of-a-kind boutiques to browsing the many art galleries, and brushing up on both your mining and ski history at the Park City Museum – you’ll get a real feel for the heart of Park City. Grab lunch at one of the award-winning restaurants along Historic Main Street.

4. THE PAINT MIXER - A guided painting opportunity that requires no previous painting experience, the Paint Mixer, located on lower Historic Main Street.

5. FITNESS, WELLNESS, AND RELAXATION - For those who want a break from the slopes, but want to keep active, Park City offers a variety of fitness centers with drop-in options.

6. DOG SLEDDING - A perfect way to rest your legs, dog sledding offers unique views and access to more remote areas with stunning views, peace, and quiet in the areas surrounding Park City.

7. KIMBALL ART CENTER - Not only is Kimball Art Center’s main gallery (with rotating special exhibits) open daily and free of charge, they also offer numerous opportunities for classes and studio time.

8. SNOWMOBILING - Have the need for speed? A perfect way to experience nature in smaller groups, snowmobiling offers a unique opportunity to meander through aspen meadows and pick up a bit of speed through wide open space – it’s a fun way to spend the day as a family or with a group of friends.

9. SNOW BIKING - Utilize a different set of muscles while riding a fat-tire bike throughout Park City’s trail system.

10. UTAH OLYMPIC PARK - Brush up on your Olympic history with a guided tour of Utah Olympic Park, or a walk through the Alf Engen Ski Museum and Eccles 2002 Olympic Winter Games Museum.

Looking for something fun to do in the valley - We truly enjoy Ballet West’s Nutcracker and are lucky to be home to one of the best ballet company’s in the country. Bring joy to the holidays with the favorite that has charmed families for generations and wowed audiences throughout the nation. Take a magical journey to the land of the Sugar Plum Fairy for lively and colorful dances from around the world. Join Ballet West for the 60th production of Willam Christensen’s The Nutcracker and see why this is the longest-running full production in America. - JANET QUINNEY LAWSON CAPITOL THEATRE 50 west 200 south Salt Lake City UT 84101

Click here for the official Utah Snow Report and read on for all the anticipated opening ski dates - have a great week!

Alta : December 2

Beaver : TBD

Brian Head : OPEN

Brighton: OPEN

Cherry Peak : TBD

Deer Valley : December 3

Eagle Point : December 17

Nordic Valley : December 10

Park City Mountain : OPEN

Powder Mountain : December 1

Snowbasin : December 1

Snowbird : OPEN

Solitude : December 2

Sundance : December 9

Homes in the Glenwild Golf Community

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Jul 20, 2016

As a person that is in Glenwild from time to time, I wanted to inform you of some of the great homes that are for sale in Glenwild. We even have one that is available to rent or buy. Thank you for taking a moment to review these fine homes that I have listed, of course there are also several other fine homes available that I could assist you or your friends in reviewing. I would be honored to assist you…. call me directly anytime. 435-640-0590

a1016665-d82a-4d7d-b426-766f9841f761 7418 Glenwild Drive Lot 89 This timeless and classic estate has great mountain views, it sits above the 14th hole, and was just reduced from $10,000,000 to $8,200,000 5 BR, 7 BA, 11,564 SQ FT

 5f66573c-742b-42d7-86b0-ccb827466b9f 1333 Snowberry Street Lot 13 This elegant mountain contempory villa sits on the ridgeline and has dueling staircases, expansive kitchen, greatroom and dinning area. All with views worth savoring. 5 BR, 7 BA, 8,118 SQ FT $3,990,000

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7474 Foxglove Court Lot 121 This georgeous mountain contemporary home will be built on Lot 121. 4 Bedrooms, over 6,000 SQ FT Please call me for details.

 970c6cac-d3e7-4c6c-b36a-df46632b4eab 7710 Purple Sage Lot 49 You can rent this great home with sweeping views, long term 12/18 months for $8,750 per month. Owner will consider selling. Call for details. 4 BR, 6 BA with 7,430 SQ FT

 

Interested in the Park City real estate market - check out our digital version of the Summer 2016 Neighborhood Guide and the digital version of the Summer 2016 Living Guide.

In the news - check out the latest article about our great state Utah is #1 for business.

Fun around town - The Park City Mountain Resort Summer Concert Series gives a reason to kick off your sandals, get in the summer groove, and jam out under the summer stars at the Mountain Stage in Canyons Village on Saturdays at 6:00 pm. The next concert is coming up on July 30th with Robert Ellis.

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Warm Weather is Back

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Mar 30, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

There Is More Than Skiing In Park City

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Mar 16, 2016

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Park City is a town for those who love the outdoors and adventure, and during the snow months we have more than just the mountains to play on. StayParkCity posted 10 Winter Activities That Don't Require Skis as hiking, bowling and spa treatments are just the tip of the iceberg, and SKIMAG.com has put together a Guide to Park City's Best Shopping as there is always something for everyone. Utah is a great place for ski resorts (14 world-class ski resorts) and boasts the largest resort in the U.S., scores the country's most consistent snowfall, but did you know that one Utah resort has the nicest ski bathrooms anywhere? - Ski Utah shares 14 Reasons to Ski Utah.

Park City Mountain Resort has seen 17 inches of snow in the last 48 hours  adding some much appreciated powder to our favorite slopes. I made it up the other day and took my snowboard from the Canyons Village to Downtown Park City and rode the new lift back to take in the incredible view. S Media Snowports Culture posted a great episode about Park City skiing and the fact that flying into Salt Lake City gives visitors and residents alike access to 11 of the 14 ski resort within an hours drive.

If you have time to give back this weekend, Operation Smile will be in Park City and locals and celebrities will be out raising awareness and funds for a great cause. Operation Smile started in 1982 and has provided surgeries for hundreds of thousands of kids in more than 60 countries. For more information, visit operationsmile.org.

With Spring around the corner, some of our friends were just telling us about Via Ferrate - a climbing adventure will be added to our list for warm weather activities. The Utah Adventure Center offers Via Ferrate: Guided Cable Assisted Climbing. Via Ferrata (Italian for "iron road") is a mountain-climbing method that lets less experienced climbers enjoy the adrenaline rush and spectacular scenery usually reserved for elite climbers. The "iron road" is now available in Utah with the Waterfall Canyon Via Ferrata.

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Park City Adventures

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Mar 11, 2016

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

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

 

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

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

Skiing In Park City With Kids

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Mar 02, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

 
 
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