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Spring Is Here

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
May 01, 2019

The snow may be back this morning in Park City, but here are some Tips for Reviving Your Lawn After Winter. Early spring is one of the best times of the year to make your home look great. This busy season coincides with an uptick in activity in the real estate market, making it that much more critical for you to get your lawn back in great shape.

Feed It Well - Spring is the most critical time to give your lawn a boost. Winter drags on in many areas of the country, which can deplete a yard come spring. If you find yourself in this situation, try applying a quick-release fertilizer to prepare your lawn for spring. This fertilizer will get to the roots and green up your yard in a few days. However, be cautious when applying a quick-release fertilizer, as putting too much in one spot can kill your grass.Other fertilizer options include slow-release fertilizers that'll feed your lawn over time. This kind of fertilizer usually comes in granules or pellets that sit on top of your soil. They dissolve over time and provide the best long-lasting energy option for lawns.

Water in the Morning - Fertilizer applications need moisture to work best. Watering your lawn in the spring may seem counterintuitive given the rainfall that some climates receive, but watering your lawn regularly is essential to help the grass grow strong. Consider watering your yard in the morning before 10 a.m., as this will allow the lawn time to soak up the water and dry out under the afternoon sun. Watering in the evening or at night may seem smart, but it can actually cause lawn care problems such as disease and fungi.

Ease Into Mowing - While your lawn may have grown a little throughout the winter depending on your location, lawns need some time to ease into the spring. Refrain from mowing your lawn on a low setting as temperatures go up. Short lawns expose the root system, which can create a stressful situation for the grass. Consider doing a light mow early on in the season to take off the tips of the blades. Doing so will ease your lawn back into the growing season and will help keep it looking great.

Start Fighting Weeds - Homeowners looking to put their home on the market should combat any weeds in their lawn. There are many weed and feed chemicals to help prevent weeds. These mixes often include different fertilizers, so be sure to read the directions so that you don't give your lawn too much. Locate any problem areas in your yard and consider applying weed control to those areas, as well.

Seed Thin Spots - It's common for bare spots to appear after a long winter. Immediately care for areas of the lawn that have thinned or are completely bare. These spots can cause problems, not only with weed growth, but also in presenting a beautiful lawn to a prospective buyer. Rake out these spots in your yard and apply a good amount of seed. Give these spots extra water a few weeks after you seed them to encourage new grass roots to take hold.

There are many ways to help your lawn come back after a long winter. Mow the grass on a high setting until it has had time to recover, fertilize and water the lawn to boost growth, and be sure to keep weeds away by using preventive measures. Follow all the tips listed above and your lawn will be back to its former glory in no time.

When you are not working on your yard, here are some Fun early spring activity recommendations in the Salt Lake area from KSL. Here are some recommendations to take advantage of the improving weather, no matter if it is in your town or the mountains.

Go on a low elevation hike. The sun is higher in the sky, melting the snow at lower elevations. These locations are mostly snow-free and conveniently located near the valley floors.

  • The Bonneville Shoreline Trail: Following the shoreline of the now dried-up Lake Bonneville, you can easily do a small section of this trail from one of these convenient access points (the trail extends for over 100 miles along the Wasatch Front).
  • Ensign Peak: This short climb above downtown and Capitol Hill affords beautiful views of the city and surrounding mountains.
  • Antelope Island State Park: Besides breathtaking views of the Great Salt Lake and desert landscapes that are uniquely Utahn, the park features excellent access to wildlife, including large animals like bison and, its namesake, the antelope. Antelope Island State Park is about a 1-hour drive north of Salt Lake City and has a $10-per-vehicle access fee.
See the sights. Explore these cultural, historical, and entertaining sites that Salt Lake City has on offer.
  • Temple Square: Located in the historic center of Salt Lake City, there are so many things to do at Temple Square you may need to visit more than once. Among other activities, this destination features tours, activities specifically for kids, the world’s largest genealogical library, and free performances by The Tabernacle Choir. You won’t be bored and admission is free.
  • Liberty Park and the Tracy Aviary: Located minutes from downtown, Liberty Park features great walking paths, playgrounds for children, and the Tracy Aviary. The aviary features daily events like live bird feedings and bird species from condors to colorful macaws. Liberty Park is free to access and daily admission to the aviary costs $11.95 for adults and $7.95 for children.
Other resources for activities. If none of these activities pique your interest, these online resources offer a virtual treasure trove of ideas.

Visitsaltlake.com: If you are looking to stay close to Salt Lake City, this website showcases dozens of activities in the area.

Visitutah.com: This Utah Office of Tourism website features some of the major attractions and adventures throughout the state.

Timeout.com: This website offers a list of 11 bona fide activities in Utah.

If you missed reading the First Quarter Market Review last week - CLICK HERE to view our electronic version.

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2019 First Quarter Market Review

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Apr 23, 2019

This week we have the first quarter Market Review for the Wasatch Back, local market reports for the Park City area and a little update on our record snowfall season!

The snow around town may almost be gone except for on the mountain tops and Ski Utah shares that the 2018-2019 season has been one of Utah’s snowiest on record. Every ski resort in the state recorded above-normal snowfall for the season. Every watershed basin in the state is at 135% of average or higher. Some areas, such as southwest Utah, are more than double the average snowpack! On average, we are 162% of median snowpack for this date and have received more than double the snowfall of the 2017-18 season. We are even challenging the great 2010-11 winter, in which Utah shattered all previous snowfall records.

While the numbers are impressive, what might be even more remarkable is the consistency of the snowfall. Alta Ski Area, which has currently seen 616” of snow on the season, has reported fresh snow on 91 separate days since November 1st. That’s out of a possible 171 days (as of April 20th). That means that Alta has received fresh snow on greater than 53% of ski days since the start of the season!

Elsewhere, each of the other resorts in the Cottonwood Canyons (Brighton and Snowbird) have likewise seen greater than 600” of snowfall for the season. Solitude Mountain Resort falls just over 500" for the season. Farther north, Snowbasin Resort had its snowiest winter in years and has thus far reported 429” of snow, including one of its snowiest February months on record. In southern Utah, Brian Head Ski Resortand Eagle Point both recorded seasonal snowfall more than 50% above average. Skiers, snowboarders and snow-lovers can all rejoice! This has been a truly remarkable season – one that will be remembered by many of us for years to come. Utah has once again lived up to its billing as The Greatest Snow on Earth.  While many resorts are closing, Snowbird will likely remain open into June. You can find a full list of closing dates here.

The First Quarter 2019 Market Review is now available! Click here for the entire report.

 

Next we have the most recent market reports for Upper and Lower Deer Valley, Old Town, Empire Pass, Deer Crest and the Canyons.

 

 

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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.

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

FIS Championships and Real Estate Updates

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Feb 05, 2019

This week we wanted to share what is happening in Park City in the midst of the FIS World Championships, what states are growing the fastest in the US and which home improvements have the highest return on investment in 2019.

The FIS World Championships bring in over 1,500 athletes to compete in aerials, SX snowboardcross and skicross, and moguls. The Park Record shares that Aerials, one of the original freestyle events, is also flying into new territory. On Feb. 7, athletes will compete in the World Championship debut of team aerials at Deer Valley Resort's Owl Run.

The traditional aerials finals are scheduled for Feb. 6 on the same course. Both events are judged, in which athletes fly off high-angle jumps to complete multiple spins and flips in a single jump. Snowboardcross and Skicross, in which groups of athletes race down a course that features drops, ramps and jumps, made their Olympic debuts in 2006 and 2010 respectively.

Deer Valley's World Cups are marked as a high point in the moguls season among athletes because of the quality of course and accommodations as well as the tight-knit corps of volunteers that run the competition. Moguls is both a timed and judged sport. Athletes are judged on their skiing technique and the tricks they perform off of two jumps, which is added to their timed run down the slope. Spectators can see that course from the same area as the aerials competition. For more information and a detailed schedule of events, go to 2019worldchamps.com.

Western States Fare Best in Population Growth - Which states are growing the fastest and adding new residents? Idaho and Nevada once again lead the states in population growth rates, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau figures. Demographic changes can be key to projecting future housing needs, the National Association of Home Builders explained on its Eye On Housing blog post analyzing the census numbers. Between July 1, 2017, to July 1, 2018, Nevada posted a population growth rate of 2.09 percent, while Idaho grew by 2.05 percent. The other three of the five fastest-growing states: Utah, Arizona, and Florida.

However, Texas had the largest increase in its population by number—adding 379,128 people between July 1, 2017, and July 1, 2018. Florida, California, Arizona, and North Carolina followed with the largest numerical increases to their populations. New York and Illinois posted the largest declines in population during that time period. Overall, the U.S. population increased by 2 million between July 1, 2017, and July 1, 2018. The U.S. population now stands at 327.2 million.

Cost vs. Value: The Home Improvement Projects With the Highest ROI in 2019 Remodelers across the country took a hit last summer as the cost of building materials spiked dramatically, and the picture for 2019 isn't much rosier. The percentage of return on investment (ROI) is projected to trend downward for all the replacement projects listed in Remodeling magazine's newly-released Cost vs. Value Report.

Larger indoor remodel projects took a hit as well, but weren't impacted as greatly as replacement projects as they rely more on labor costs rather than material costs.

"With the increasing costs of building materials and labor, we urge remodelers to think like real estate professionals first,” says Clayton DeKorne, editor-in-chief of Remodeling magazine. "When you adjust your focus to think like a broker first, you can dull clients’ No. 1 pain point—cost—with a discussion of the amount that can be recouped."

Nationally, here are the five projects with the greatest ROI in the report's mid-range cost category:

Manufactured Stone Veneer(94.9% ROI)

  • Average Cost: $8,907
  • Average Resale Value: $8,449
Minor Kitchen Remodel(80.5% ROI)
  • Average Cost: $22,507
  • Average Resale Value: $18,123
Deck Addition (Wood)(75.6% ROI)
  • Average Cost: $13,333
  • Average Resale Value: $10,083
Siding Replacement(75.6% ROI)
  • Average Cost: $16,036
  • Average Resale Value: $12,119
Entry Door Replacement (Steel)(74.9% ROI)
  • Average Cost: $1,826
  • Average Resale Value: $1,368
And the five projects with the greatest ROI in the report's upscale cost category are:

Garage Door Replacement(97.5% ROI)

  • Average Cost: $3,611
  • Average Resale Value: $3,520
Window Replacement (Vinyl)(73.4% ROI)
  • Average Cost: $16,802
  • Average Resale Value: $12,332
Grand Entrance (Fiberglass)(71.9% ROI)
  • Average Cost: $8,994
  • Average Resale Value: $6,469
Window Replacement (Wood)(70.8% ROI)
  • Average Cost: $20,526
  • Average Resale Value: $14,530
Bathroom Remodel(60.2% ROI)
  • Average Cost: $64,743
  • Average Resale Value: $38,952
Nationally—and on the other end of the spectrum—here are the five projects with the lowest ROI in the mid-range cost category:

Backyard Patio(55.2% ROI)

  • Average Cost: $56,906
  • Average Resale Value: $31,430
Master Suite Addition(59.4% ROI)
  • Average Cost: $130,986
  • Average Resale Value: $77,785
Bathroom Addition(60.6% ROI)
  • Average Cost: $47,427
  • Average Resale Value: $28,726
Roofing Replacement (Metal)(60.9% ROI)
  • Average Cost: $38,600
  • Average Resale Value: $23,526
Major Kitchen Remodel(62.1% ROI)
  • Average Cost: $66,196
  • Average Resale Value: $41,133
And the five projects with the lowest ROI in the upscale cost category are:

Master Suite Addition(50.4% ROI)

  • Average Cost: $271,470
  • Average Resale Value: $136,820
Bathroom Addition(58.1% ROI)
  • Average Cost: $87,704
  • Average Resale Value: $51,000
Major Kitchen Remodel(59.7% ROI)
  • Average Cost: $131,510
  • Average Resale Value: $78,524
Bathroom Remodel(60.2% ROI)
  • Average Cost: $64,743
  • Average Resale Value: $38,952
Window Replacement (Wood)(70.8% ROI)
  • Average Cost: $20,526
  • Average Resale Value: $14,530
  • The 2019 Cost vs. Value Report surveyed more than 3,200 real estate professionals about returns for 22 popular renovation projects in 136 different U.S. housing markets—up from 100 markets last year. View the full report, including project descriptions and city-level data, here.

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2018 Annual Market Report

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Jan 16, 2019

This week we wanted to share the 2018 Annual Market Report. You can read about this report below as well as clicking to the entire report on our Facebook page.

This comprehensive year end report provides an overview of the Summit and Wasatch County real estate markets. We believe it’s important that our clients have access to information that facilitates thoughtful real estate decisions. These markets remain highly segmented. Our town, its neighborhoods and outlying areas differ significantly in terms of price, home type, home condition, features, and amenities. For example, while Park Meadows and Upper Deer Valley share the same zip code, average and median home prices in these two neighborhoods vary significantly. This winter Alterra announced enhancements throughout Deer Valley® Resort (including the new Ikon Pass) and Vail Resorts® continues their commitment to Park City Mountain, focusing on upgrades throughout Canyons Village. We believe these factors will continue to drive our markets in a positive direction. In the meantime, as the market begins to stabilize, we see increased buying opportunities in Summit and Wasatch counties especially in Heber Valley, Jordanelle, and East Summit County neighborhoods.
The 2018 Annual Market Report

Looking to plan a vacation in February. Chron.com has listed out The 13 best places to visit if you're planning a trip in February and Park City makes the list. 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.

Already in town or live in Park City - well the Midway Ice Castles are open for the season. Since 2011, Utahns have visited a winter wonderland in Midway. Icy fortresses, slippery slides and frozen waterfalls decorate an acre of land at Ice Castles at the Homestead Resort in Midway.

Visitors are drawn in by interactive light and music displays. The design of the castles changes year to year, with 20 to 40 ice artisans tasked with creating structures formed from thousands of icicles. Construction on the castles began in November, and Ice Castles typically opens between Christmas and early January, depending on how many warm days there are during the building process.

With six locations—five throughout the U.S. and one in Canada—Ice Castles CEO Ryan Davis explains how the structures, comprised of more than 20 million pounds of ice, come to life each year.

Next week we will get you ready for Sundance and share some of the great things happening during the Film Festival.

Happy New Year!

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Jan 02, 2019

Judy and I would like to wish you all a wonderful 2019! We are excited for another year in real estate and look forward to spending time outside and with our grand children.

Rave Reviews has posted the Best Ski Towns in America and Park City made the list. They shared that the best place to stay in Park City is the Washington School House Hotel, the best place to eat is El Chubasco and the best place to ski is Park City Mountain.

Easily accessible Park City, UT is known as the home to Sundance Film Festival. But it’s also one of America’s best ski towns. During Sundance, people from all over the world need to be able to easily fly to Park City. So when it comes time to ski, you can too, with frequent flights arriving daily from all over the West Coast.

For slopes in Park City, our pick is the recently-merged Park City Mountain/Canyons. But to find snow in Park City, you need do little more than step out of your hotel and onto the Town Lift chair, which will get you from Main Street Park City to the summit of Park City Mountainin 18 minutes. 

And to take advantage of Park City’s abundant nightlife, stay at the Washington School House Hotel, where you’ll enjoy a cocktail lounge, soaking tubs in the spa, shuttle service, and sprawling, spacious suites that are pure fire. 

The restaurants in Park City are also world-class, so be sure to try local favorite El Chubascofor delicious, Mexican-inspired cuisine. 

Overall, don’t let film industry royalty scare you off. Park City remains one of America’s best, and most user-friendly, ski towns. Shred-o-meter: 7.5

There are key words in real estate that everyone should know, especially first time buyers and Millennials - 10 Real Estate Terms Experts Say Every Millennial Should KnowBetween saving, searching, and signing on the dotted line, buying your first home can be an overwhelming process. Making the whole experience even more daunting is the real estate jargon, which can sound like Greek to a real estate newbie.

Not sure where to start? Don't stress. We spoke to other real estate professionals to find out the 10 terms millennials should know before they even think about buying their first home: Pre-Approval letter, debt-to-income ratio, comparative market analysis (CMA), purchase offer, appraisal, co-purchasing, contract, contingencies, closing costs and title insurance. To read the entire article - click here.

Have a great week!

Seasons Greetings

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Dec 26, 2018

Seasons Greetings from our family to yours! Judy and I are always grateful for all of our family, friends and clients and especially during the holiday season as we reflect on another wonderful year.

As we roll closer to New Years Eve there are still great light shows and family activities happening all around the Park City area, here are a few:

Celebrate the holiday season by heading to Park City Snowfest! They have the snow, the lights, and the tunes - all you have to bring is your holiday spirit! Running now through January 6 daily. Snowfest is located at Park City Mountain - 1345 Lowell Ave

Who's Bad? The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute at the Egyptian Theatre - 328 Main Street, December 29 - December 31, 2018 daily at 8 pm. Price: $35 House/Balcony Seating $43 Preferred Front of House $55 Cabaret Table SeatingTickets increase by $5 half hour before show time. This power-packed experience of the music and moves of the King of Pop, sure to get you up at dancing in the isles. Full band & stage show.

One of our favorites is the Torchlight Parade at Deer Valley Resort - 2250 Deer Valley Drive South on December 30, 2018. The parade begins at dusk, around 6 p.m. The Torchlight Parade will be held on Big Stick ski run on Bald Eagle Mountain, behind Snow Park Lodge. Complimentary hot cider and cookies will be served on the Snow Park Plaza.

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

In the news - Outside Magazine reminds you that the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah from January 24–February 3, 2019 is one of the 9 Can't Miss Winter Festivals Around The World. Yes, the rich and famous descend on Park City once a year for the annual Sundance Film Festival. But very few of them actually ski, so the slopes at Park City Mountain Resort are usually empty. You can sign up to become a volunteer at the film festival, doing things like checking tickets or organizing shuttles in exchange for free entrance into select films. Or buy a pass or individual tickets to catch some of the 200 feature-length and short films premiering at the festival in between runs down the resort’s wide-open bowls.

Ticket packages and passes are currently on sale via the Sundance Institute website. Individual tickets for Utah locals go on sale January 17.

Shop With A Cop and Snow Updates

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Dec 05, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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.

Snow And Food In Park City

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Mar 08, 2017

Kid-Friendly-Rest-LargeWe feel the best way to find out about Park City, other than reading our blog, is to talk to a local. Park City locals have been rated some of the friendliest people in the country by a few different national magazines and they are always available to help. Before you go in search of a local Parkite for advice read the rest of this blog and we will see you next week.

We came across a great article by RootsRated - 9 TIPS FROM LOCALS ON HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR PARK CITY WINTER VACATION and they state Park City, Utah, is arguably most famous for hosting the Sundance Film Festival and the 2002 Winter Olympics. But beyond its rich history, this mining town turned ski mecca has plenty else to offer winter visitors. Don’t believe me? Take it from locals who live, work, and play in this mountain town— there’s more to Park City than celebrity sightings. We talked to locals who make Park City home year-round, and they helped us come up with 9 tips to make your winter getaway even better. The article covers the important things such as - skip the rental car, have a drink, check out the food scene, try all the winter sports, experience the Olympic Park, talking with the locals and reading the Park Record.

While we are on the topic of outdoor activities in Park City - Ski Utah posted - Seven Stunning Utah Chairlift Rides - Utah's 14 resorts offer some incredible skiing. From moguls and groomers to chutes and drops, you'll be hard pressed to find more accessible and diverse terrain anywhere. If that's not enough, the lifts you use to get to all that fantastic skiing offer some of the most spectacular views around. You can read the entire article in the news section on our website.

We can't resist sharing articles when Park City is in the news and even The Seattle Times included our lovely town in 5 places to visit in the U.S. in 2017 - Park City is 45 minutes from the Salt Lake City airport. It has an old-fashioned Main Street and the biggest ski resort in the country: Park City Mountain Resort, which combined with Canyons Resort in 2015, setting off changes all over town.

One of my favorite things about Park City are all the restaurant choices. Meisha Lawson wrote a great article about the Kid-Friendly Dining Options In Park City. It’s no secret that there are a lot of places to get good food in Park City, it’s a little harder to tell which ones are kid-friendly. Park City is a pretty casual town, but you’ll find a mix of casual to upscale dining. Her are some of her recommendations: Red Banjo Pizza Park City’s oldest restaurant. Davanza’s is a local favorite, Vinto is on lower Main Street, The Bridge Café and Grill is right next to Town Lift so a great place to start your day and grab breakfast or lunch, Back Door Delicatessen is right on the corner of Swede Alley and Heber Avenue near the 4-way stop. The Eating Establishment is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Wasatch Brew Pub is the first brewpub to open in the state of Utah. And, it’s also very kid friendly and Bandits’ Grill & Bar meets all of your BBQ needs.

UPCOMING MARCH EVENTS IN PARK CITY

All Month Park City Film Series

All Month Park City Mountain Spring Concert Series

All Month Heber Valley Railroad Monday Night Train

3/9 Elephant Revival at Park City Live

3/9-3/12 Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone at the Egyptian Theatre

3/11-3/12 Timpanogas Archery Competition at the Wasatch County Events Center

3/11 Ashlee K Thomas Band at Park City Mountain

3/11 Jeff Corwin at the Eccles Center

3/18 Ballet West at the Eccles Center

3/23-4/2 Annie at the Egyptian Theatre

3/24 Golf at Soldier Hollow in Midway(weather permitting)

3/25 Taj Mahal at the Eccles Center

 

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Park City Adventures

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Mar 01, 2017

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As the massive snowflakes mount outside my window I want to share this great article by RootsRated - 72 Hours of Adventure: How to Have an Unforgettable 3-Day Weekend in Park City, Utah - Beth Lopez shares "With a place as action-packed as the Park City area, it can actually be a dizzying endeavor to dial in a specific agenda of what to do. Obviously there’s lots of skiing and snowboarding, for every ability and interest. The two resorts’ sizes and breadth means there’s something to entertain the most demanding terrain park adventurer, groomer enthusiast, mogul guy, or powder buff. But there’s a lot more to the area than that, and if you only have a long weekend to spend, you’ll want to get fairly targeted in how you spend your time. Here are a few amazing ideas from a local’s point of view (although next time please stay longer, because we’re filtering out approximately 300 other fun things to do)."

Whether you're a beginner or an expert, you can't go wrong with Utah ski resorts - Even Dallas, Texas writer Robin Soslow writes: When experience levels run the gamut, picking the right ski resort can be hard. But in Utah, you can't go wrong. "The range of terrain is unbelievable, from beginner to advanced. Everyone from little kids to Grandpa will have a phenomenal experience," says Chad Magleby, a custom home builder currently building Stein Eriksen Residences, a new ski-in/ski-out development in Deer Valley, one of the world's top ski resorts. Magleby tells me many Texans have been buying there after coming to ski in Utah year after year.

Looking to be inspired and motivated - the ThinAir Innovation Festival will be back in Park City April 5 - 7th. Thin Air is a 3-day retreat - and break from the routine - to inspire, elevate, collaborate, explore and celebrate high performance. The 2017 agenda will will explore how Performance Leadership is attained by the cultures we develop, the data we utilize, the customers we attract and the products we create. The 2017 lineup will include 40 speakers and guests from diverse industries and backgrounds who will share how to reach and maintain full potential.

Check out our website for local news articles or one of our 100+ blogs that focus on all things Park City.

Snow and Food in Park City

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Feb 08, 2017

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January has come and gone and brought the most snow fall our fine state has seen in nine years. SKI Utah published a great article, JanuBuried, that breaks down the amount of snow fall at the top resorts. So where does January 2017 rank historically? Well, reliable monthly resort data is often hard to find. We do know we’ve had very snowy months before -- ones in which Alta received over 200” of snowfall. But even in our monumental 2010-11 season, we never saw this many inches of snow in one particular month. You have to go back to the 2007-2008 season to find a month in which Alta received this much snowfall. That means this is likely the snowiest month in at least 9 years. 

Bon Appetit published Ask a Local: An Insider's Guide to Park City, Utah and it shares our great restaurants around town as well as places to stay. One of my favorite parts of the article is about breakfast - Where is the best place to grab breakfast? Tupelo does an amazing brunch. It has Southern-style dishes like fried chicken and kimchi biscuits and crab fritters. Another one on Main Street that’s quicker and more grab-and-go is Riverhorse Provisions. It just opened a few weeks ago, and serves breakfast sandwiches, along with great poutine and breakfast bowls. I also go to Vessel Kitchen a lot for shakshuka and avocado toast. It’s more of a fast casual set-up. If you’re up for a drive, about 20 miles away there’s Woodland Biscuit Company. It’s in the middle of the mountains in a refurbished old building, and serves homemade biscuits. Check out the rest of the article to find out about more great places around town.

DOWNTOWN also came to visit Park City and posted Downtown Visits Beautiful Park City, Utah by Darren Paltrowitz. When the opportunity came to travel to Park City, I jumped at the chance. 35 minutes by car from Salt Lake City International Airport — a hub of Delta Airlines, with direct flights to New York, London, Paris and Amsterdam — Park City’s population is well under 10,000 residents. However, the 2016 Sundance Film Festival alone brought 46,660 people from 42 states and 16 different countries to what Forbes Traveler Magazine voted as one of the 20 “prettiest towns”; the same publication also voted Park City as one of the “16 Top Destinations for 2016.” As one of the world’s premier skiing destinations, Park City had its first ski lift installed in 1946. Combined with what many call “the Greatest Snow On Earth,” Park City has two major ski resorts in the Deer Valley Resort and the Park City.

One of my favorite articles this month is by the Huffington Post, Park City’s Local Secrets, The people in Park City are humble, kind, and eager to get to know you. I found a lot of the people I met were transplants who fell in love with the area upon visiting. They told me that they come for the winter and stay for the summer claiming it is just as beautiful in the warmer months with a number of fun outdoor activities.

Looking for things to do this month - here are some of the local happenings:

All Month Snowshoe Tours of the Preserve

All Month Midway Ice Castle

2/10-2/26 The Sleeping Beauty at Ballet West

2/13-2/17 KPCW 2017 Pledge Drive

2/17-2/18 Mozart's Requiem at Utah Symphony

2/24-2/25 Alvin Ailey at the Eccles Center

2/25 Rebelution at Park City Live

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Happy New Year

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Jan 04, 2017

IMG_1126It's snowing in Park City! Yesterday the Park City schools were closed for the first time in many years as kids and adults spent most of their day outside enjoying winter activities. It is snowing again this morning and if you have not been on the mountain yet, now is the time. Not a mountain skier or snow boarder like me? Well, this town is full of other activities for you like - snow shoeing, fat-tire biking, skate skiing, cross-country skiing, hiking, sledding, ice skating, and the list goes on.

Sundance is around the corner with the 2017 competition lineup including sixty-six provocative films from 22 countries running January 19th - 29th right here in Park City. The five main categories include: The U.S. DRAMATIC COMPETITION - presents the world premieres of 16 narrative feature films, the Dramatic Competition offers Festivalgoers a first look at groundbreaking new voices in American independent film. U.S. DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION Sixteen world-premiere American documentaries that illuminate the ideas, people and events that shape the present day. WORLD CINEMA DRAMATIC COMPETITION - Twelve films from emerging filmmaking talents around the world offer fresh perspectives and inventive styles. WORLD CINEMA DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION - Twelve documentaries by some of the most courageous and extraordinary international filmmakers working today. NEXT - Pure, bold works distinguished by an innovative, forward-thinking approach to storytelling populate this program. Digital technology paired with unfettered creativity promises that the films in this section will shape a “greater” next wave in American cinema - Presented by Adobe. Read the full article at The Park Record.

Individual tickets for Sundance will go on sale to Park City and Salt Lake City from January 11th -13th after which sales will open to the general public. For more information click here.

Travel+Leisure loves our little town. In this month's edition the latest article The Best Places To Travel In January adds Park City, Utah to the list. If you prefer to take advantage of the snowy winter while you still can, nothing beats the slopes of Whistler and Park City. America’s largest ski destination is now under new ownership by Vail Resorts. The mining village still maintains much of its charm—the boutiques on Main Street, the ski-in, ski-out distillery—but now has all the perks of a major resort, like ultra-speedy lifts and great restaurants. Best of all, the snow is as great as ever. 

Park City Happenings:

All Month Park City Film Festival

All Month Man of La Mancha at Utah Opera

All Month Midway Ice Castle at Homestead Resort

January 4-8 Village People at the Egyptian Theatre

January 7 Criminal Justice Reform with Van Jones at the Eccles Center

January 13 Jessica Lang Dance at the Eccles Center

January 14 BT at Park City Live

January 19-29 Sundance Film Festival

January 20-26 Slamdance Festival

January 27 Kathy Griffin at the Eccles Center Salt Lake

January 30 - February 5 FIS Nordic Junior Championships

Holiday In Park City

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Dec 28, 2016

fullsizeoutput_356dWe would like to kick off this week's blog with a "Happy Holidays" greeting from our family to yours - Judy and I love living in Park City and being part of this wonderful community. No blog is complete without sharing about some great facts about Park City and in this case the state of Utah. Forbes ranks Utah as the best state for business ... again! Forbes ranked Utah so high for a number of reasons, such as the state's high growth aspects and the number of new businesses that open every year. The state's government is also dedicated to helping new businesses, making the legal aspects of starting a business relatively friendly in Utah.

We hope your holiday season has been full of cheer and we wanted to share some of the fun events going on between now and the end of the year here in Park City! One of the big events in town is Park City Snowfest, a 16-day winter festival including après musical acts, village entertainers going on now through Sunday, January 1st, 2017.

Today: December 28th: 2:30 - 4:30 Bookends (Acoustic Duo) Après Music at the Park City Base Area, 2:30 - 4:30 Courtney Spaulding (Piano): at the Park City Base Area Transit Center, 2:30 - 4:30 DJ Velvet at the Umbrella Bar in the Canyons Village, 3:00 - 5:00 Kids Après: Face Painting at PayDay Pizza, 2nd Floor of Legacy Lodge in the Park City Base Area, 4:30 Meet the Avalanche Dogs: Canyons Village Ski Beach

Thursday, December 29th: 2:30 - 4:30 BD Howes Duo (Blues): Après Live Music at the Park City Base Area, 2:30 - 4:30 Wyatt Pike (Acoustic): Live Music at the Park City Base Area Transit Center, 2:30 - 4:30 Michelle Moonshine (Country): Après Music on the Canyons Village Stage, 3:00 - 4:00 Kids Après: at PayDay Pizza, 2nd Floor of Legacy Lodge in the Park City Base Area

Friday, Dec. 30th: 2:30 - 4:30 Bruce Music (Acoustic Covers) in the Park City Base Area, 2:30 - 4:30 Cameron Mercer (Acoustic): Live Music at the Park City Base Area Transit Center, 2:30 - 4:30 DJ Velvet at the Umbrella Bar in the Canyons Village, 3:00 - 5:00  Kids Après: Face Painting at PayDay Pizza, 2nd Floor of Legacy Lodge in the Park City Base Area, 4:30 Meet the Avalanche Dogs: Canyons Village Ski Beach

Saturday, Dec. 31st: 1:00 Meet the Avalanche Dogs: Summit Patrol, 2:30 - 4:30 Lumberjack Fabulous (Acoustic Retro Covers): Après Music at the Park City Base Area, 2:30 - 4:30  Cade Mower (Acoustic): Live Music at the Park City Base Area Transit Center, 3:00 - 5:00  Kids Après: at PayDay Pizza, 2nd Floor of Legacy Lodge in the Park City Base Area, 3:00 - 5:00 DJ Velvet on the Canyons Village Stage, 3:00 Saturday S'mores: at the Umbrella Bar in Canyons Village, 5:30 - 7:30 New Year's Eve Celebration in the Canyons Village, 5:30 - 7:30  Metro Music Club (Dance Music): Live Music on the Canyons Village Stage Metro Music Club and at 7:30 New Year's Eve Celebration Fireworks: at Canyons Village

Other events around town include:

Queen Nation December 28th - 29th at the Egyptian Theatre

Pimps Of Joytime on December 29th Park City Live

The Fabulous Thunderbirds on December 29th at The George S. & Dolores Dore` Eccles Center for the Performing Arts

Last Friday Gallery Stroll on December 30th on Historic Main Street

Imagine-Remembering the Fab Four December 30 - December 31st at the Egyptian Theatre

Torchlight Parade at Deer Valley Resort December 30th at Deer Valley Resort

NYE 2017 : The Annual Black & White Masquerade Ball on December 31st

Judy and I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year!

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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

Snow Is Coming

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Nov 16, 2016

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Park City Mountain Resort has pushed back its opening day for ski season to Saturday, November 26th due to warm weather. Deer Valley is keeping its opening day for the ski season of December 3rd, 2016. With snow on the horizon Forbes Travel Guide - A Non-Skier's Guide to Park City shares activities in and around our fine town outside of skiing. The article gives ideas for the vacation-starved hotel lover, curious epicureans, the culture-thirsty visitor and the reluctant outdoorsman. This article partners nicely with the fact that Conde Nast Traveler rated Park City as the 2nd friendliest city in the United States for 2016. Their readers raved about Park City—"the friendlier and more casual" mountain town, where even at the height of winter ski season or the Sundance Film Festival in January, "the locals were extremely friendly and welcoming." Service is also a top priority at the resorts: One guest of the Montage Deer Valley told a story about how her children were greeted by name on arrival, given a stuffed animal, and found hot chocolate and cookies waiting for them in the room.

The Wife and I enjoy the many restaurants of Park City and our friend Chris McLaws and her company Gourmand Tours is in the news again - this time in a new article by the Chicago Tribune regarding the Park City food scene. Peggy Wolff of the Tribune says "Park City is undergoing a restaurant renaissance, which is good news for hungry skiers about to flock to this mountain town that's home to Deer Valley and Park City resorts". Trip Advisor listed its top 10 rated restaurants in Park City with Riverhorse on Main topping the list and with over 100 restaurants to choose from in the area - there is never a shortage for food around town.

Looking for something to do this week...

Endangered Landscapes: America's National Lands November 16 - November 24, 2016 at Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter

IBSF Para Bobsled and Skeleton World Cup - November 16 - November 19, 2016 at the Utah Olympic Park

Cooking Classes - Active, Hands On - November 17 - November 17, 2016

Park City Film Series - Audrie & Daisy - November 17, 2016 with the Park City Film Series

Giving Tree Festival Parade of Trees - November 18 - December 2, 2016 at local businesses throughout Park City

Kimball Clay Studio Holiday Ceramics Sale -November 18 - November 20, 2016 at the Kimball Art Center

Little Shop of Horrors - November 18 - November 26, 2016 at the Egyptian Theatre

Climbing Wall - November 20 - December 31, 2017 at the Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter

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.

 
 
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