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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.

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.

A Perfect Day in Park City

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Feb 18, 2016

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Park City is an amazing place, whether you are just in for the day or you live here full-time there are endless things to do. Melanie Lieberman of Travel and Leisure Magazine published 12 Perfect Hours in Park City, Utah  and this gave us an idea for our own version of a perfect Park City day...

A perfect day in Park City could start by checking out some of the local real estate with our team; our website allows you access to preview all the properties on the market in the Park City area. Next, enjoy an outdoor activity like skiing, hiking, snow shoeing, sledding, touring our Olympic Park for a luge or bobsled experience or walking on Main Street - the possibilities are endless. When it is time for lunch check out Silver Star Cafe, it was just named Park City's Best-kept Dining Secret by USA TODAY. If you are downtown and looking for a good bar, No Name Saloon and High West Distillery  were both recently listed in the Top 5 of the 10 Best Apres-ski Bar Winners As Chosen by the Readers of USA Today for 2016.

Another place to visit during your afternoon adventure would be one of Park City's newest businesses, Park City Brewery, which Business Insider posted as one of  The 10 best breweries in American ski towns . Park City Brewery was started by a few locals who love the outdoors and beer, of course.   Their Tap Room menu boasts a cheese inspired collection of plates and their Megamind Pub Quiz Trivia Night is popular with locals and tourists.

As the sun starts to set, wrap up your day with one of the upcoming music events here in town or check out the lively nightlife on Main Street.

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And when you are ready to turn in for the evening and reflect on a great day, take a moment to peruse the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties 2015 Market Report and feel free to ask us any questions about your next home here in Park City.

Ski Season Starts This Weekend

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Nov 19, 2015

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Park City Mountain Resort opens on Saturday, November 21st and Deer Valley opens on Saturday, December 5th for the winter season. For those who live in Park City we have the option for Local Passes at both Deer Valley and Park City Mountain Resorts, but time is running out for the discounted prices.

Here are some upcoming events around Park City for the rest of November:

Young Frankenstein is playing at the Egyptian Theatre November 20-29th                        Park City Film Series  - 5Point Film Festival November 19th at 7:00 pm                                  IBSF Para World Cup at the Utah Olympic Park November 19-22nd                                   Future in Review Speaker Series - Mark Anderson at 7:30 pm November 20th                        Nature Walk/Snowshoe Tours 8:30 am - 10 am  November 21 - February 27th

When you are not on the slopes or participating in the activities mentioned, we have a wide variety of homes and lots on the market for you to tour as well as years of experience to help you find your next or even second home.  Check out our website or give us a call (435) 640-0590 as The Gomez Team is here to help.

 
 
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