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Living The Life In Park City

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Aug 22, 2018

Park City is a great place to live, work, play and visit. This week we wanted to share Park City Magazine's Dig into Park City’s Past with 5 Unique Tours. If you’ve ever wandered the streets or slopes of Park City, you’ve probably stumbled across a historic relic or two. From abandoned mines and tram towers to commemorative statues, history is alive and well in Park City. What can we say? We really love celebrating our past and we’ve found plenty of ways to do it, including an annual Miner’s Day celebration that takes place every Labor Day. Whether you’re a longtime local or an out-of-towner, one of the best ways to delve into Park City’s mining past is via a tour. Forget a dull lecture, these five historic adventure-tours offer fun, interesting, and unique ways to explore Park City. Check out the complete article to find out about the Mines and Wines tours, guided historical hikes at Deer Valley, the Park City Ghost tours, the historical Glenwood Cemetery tour and the Silver to Slopes Mining tour. Park City Magazine

Forbes recently shared 10 Reasons To Live (The Dream) In Park City, Utah and it starts with “Quality of life.” Why would someone want to move to Park City, Utah? The answer to this should be self evident. But since you asked, here are 10 good reasons:

1. Some of the Best Ski Resorts in the World: At 7,000 feet above sea level, Park City has a year-round population of about 25,000 and is home to two ski resorts: Deer Valley Resort and Park City Mountain Resort. The former was voted the #1 ski resort in North America by SKI Magazine (2018) and is exclusive to skiers. The latter has the most skiable terrain (7,300 acres) in the United States and is open to snowboarders.

2. More Amazing Ski Resorts: There are many more world-class ski resorts within an hour’s drive: Alta, Snowbird, Brighton, Solitude, Snowbasin, and Powder Mountain to name a few. Not to mention Powderbird Helicopter Skiing, which picks up in town.

3. Education: The public school system is the best in the state, and Park City High School ranks in the top 2% nationally. Park City public schools let out at 12:30pm on Fridays so students can go skiing or participate in other sports. There is also Winter Sports School, a charter high school that operates on a reverse schedule to accommodate winter competition and travel. If private school is preferred, Park City Day School goes from kindergarten to eighth grade and has been under the leadership of Ian Crossland for the past year.

4. Convenience: Salt Lake City International Airport is a 30- to 45-minute drive from town (no traffic), from where a flight to LA or San Francisco is about 1.5 hours. To accommodate growth, the Utah Department of Transportation has been widening highways, resurfacing roads and expanding traffic circles on a huge scale this year, all of which is well ahead of any congestion issues.

5. Business Opportunities: The Beehive state is booming. The Salt Lake/Provo/Park City triangle, dubbed Silicon Slopes, is an emerging tech powerhouse. This is supported by two universities (the University of Utah and BYU) as well as big tech companies (Adobe, Microsoft) and several startup unicorns (Banjo, Domo, Qualtrics).

6. All Four Seasons: Summers are actually better than winters. High temperatures average about 80 degrees F with low humidity. In early June, the aspen trees and wild flowers explode into bloom. Soon the mountainous landscape becomes a tapestry of rich greens that seem to glow as the sun sets after 9:00 pm on the summer solstice. Just 25 minutes away is the Jordanelle Reservoir, which supports boating, paddleboarding, wake surfing, fishing or just relaxing on a pontoon boat for the day. Lest I forget, Park City is home to seven golf courses.

7. Mountain Biking: Park City holds the distinction of being the very first Gold Level Ride Center, deemed as such by the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA). “It all stems from a commitment to master planning,” says IMBA’s VP of Programs, James Clark. “The sheer miles of trails are fantastic, but what’s important is that they function as a cohesive network, with signage and trail connections that create a model riding area.” That network includes nearly 500 miles of singletrack trails that appeal to all ability levels. Plus, Deer Valley runs the lifts for mountain biking and is continually building trails to expand its world-class bike park.

8. Cost of Living: Moving from high-tax states like New York and California can reduce living costs substantially, especially given new tax laws. According to TaxFoundation.org, Utah ranks middle of the pack nationally (25th) for state income taxes with a maximum rate of 5%. For combined sales tax, Utah is 29th at 6.77%. As for property taxes, the Beehive State is 40th at an average of 0.65%. However, the property tax rate in Summit County (Park City) is only 0.463%. According to some back-of-the-napkin math, you’ll get three- to four-times as much house for the money compared to LA’s West Side. And property values appreciated 9.9% annually as of Q1, which ranks fifth in the country according to the FHFA.

9. The State of Utah: Park City is one of many gems in a state full of natural riches. Utah is home to five of the premier National Parks: Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Canyonlands, and Capital Reef — all within a few hours drive time. Renowned mountain biking and off-roading destination, Moab, Utah, is a five-hour drive and also offers access to rafting on the Colorado River. A little further and you can be in The Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, and Yellowstone National Parks.

10. All About the Community: When you move to Park City and meet someone who lives in Park City, it’s something very powerful you have in common. More than likely you’re both here for these 10 reasons and many others. There’s an immediate bond. Our next-door neighbors hosted a welcome-to-Park-City party three days after we arrived and invited the surrounding neighbors. I can send a group text to locate my kids in the neighborhood and have them sent home. My wife has made lifelong friends at Park City’s premier workout studio/social club, Beau Collective, through a shared passion for fitness. This is partly because the majority of Park City residents are transplants from California, Ohio, Michigan, Texas, Washington and all parts Back East. And since we all moved here for about the same reasons, it creates a community fabric that is woven together with a combination of Lycra, Gore-Tex, carbon fiber and a profound sense of joy and gratitude.

Chief's Choice Award

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Jan 10, 2018

Thank you to the Park City Police Department as it was very humbling to be presented with the 2017 Chief’s Choice Award on January 4th for years of service in working with Shop With A Cop and other communities services. It is a joy to be a part of the Park City community and I look forward to many more years of involvement and service.

Park City and the state of Utah are always popping up in the news. This week we have linked articles from Forbes, Money Magazine, USA Today, Apartment Therapy, Houselogic and The Nerdist.

State News - Forbes has listed the Top 10 cities Where Employees Are Happiest and Utah made the list!

Trips - Money Magazine has listed the top 10 Budget Friendly Trips In 2018 - try Salt Lake City!

Local - as posted in last week's blog - Park City High School has been named best public high school in Utah by USA Today!

Film - Here are the 13 most anticipated movies at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival from The Nerdist.

Style/Design - Here are the 2017 decor trends that will likely stick around for 2018 from Apartment Therapy.

Homeownership - Houselogic has 5 Tasks Every Homeowner Should Do In January.

If you haven't seen the latest video from Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties Park City - here it is Welcome to Utah! Our stunning state is known for its world-class skiing and snowboarding resorts, spectacular red rock deserts, and as one of the nation’s best states for business. Host of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, Utah boasts a panorama of recreation and culture. From professional sports teams such as the Utah Jazz and Real Salt Lake, performance powerhouses such as the Utah Symphony, Ballet West, and Utah Opera, exceptional art galleries and concert venues, to award-winning restaurants and a lively nightlife scene… Utah showcases a limitless variety of activities and entertainment.
Salt Lake City International Airport is Utah’s gateway to the world. Ranked as one of the nation’s best for on time departures and arrivals and one of the lowest in percentage of flights cancelled. Salt Lake City’s airport is just 15 minutes from most Salt Lake neighborhoods and 40 minutes from Park City.

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

From the Wasatch Front cities of Ogden, Bountiful, Salt Lake, and South Jordan, to the Wasatch Back communities of Park City, Heber, and Kamas, there is a place for everyone in Utah. Live here, work here, play here.

Holiday Fun In Park City

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Dec 13, 2017

As the snow begins to accumulate in Park City we wanted to share some great ideas and fun activities that are going on this month in our beautiful mountain town.

Park City is filled with cheer during the holiday season! Explore the many ways you, your family, and friends can celebrate: (Article by Visit Park City)

PARK CITY HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR SING-A-LONG! - December 14, 15, 16, 17, 7:30 PM at Egyptian Theatre An annual holiday variety show at the Egyptian Theatre, the Park City Holiday Spectacular and Sing-A-Long! is a perfect way to get you and your family in the holiday spirit. The show features a choir-led sing-a-long with local talent. More information and tickets available on the Egyptian Theatre website.

SANTA COMES DOWN TOWN LIFT - December 16, 5:30 PM at Town Lift Plaza An annual holiday tradition in Park City, join the merriment as Santa and his magical sleigh come down Town Lift. It’s a sight to be seen and a fun way to celebrate with family, friends, as well as the community. Once Santa lands his sleigh, he will be available for photos by EpicMix.

KAMAS VALLEY CHRISTMAS CONCERT - December 16, 7:00 PM at Dejoria Center A free Christmas concert hosted at the Dejoria Center in Kamas, features the Wasatch Back Choir and Orchestra, Caribbean recording artist, Marj Desius, Shrink the Giant, and more.  Doors open at 6:30 PM. All ages are welcome.

SNOWFEST - December 16-31 at Park City Mountain Park City Mountain’s 16-day winter festival, Snowfest, includes a variety of live music, village entertainment and other festivities daily. Explore specifics on Park City Mountain’s event calendar.

SANTA CLAUS VISITS DEER VALLEY - December 24, 9:00 AM-1:30 PM at Deer Valley Resort Spend time Christmas Eve visiting with Santa Claus at Deer Valley Resort. Santa will visit with guests from 9:00-11:00 AM in the Snow Park Lodge area before heading to Silver Lake from 12:00-1:30 PM. Bring your camera along for a photo op!

TORCHLIGHT PARADE AT PARK CITY MOUNTAIN - December 24, 5:30 PM at Park City Base Area - A 55-year-old tradition, the Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade returns to the slopes to help ignite the holiday spirit. Bring your friends and family for holiday music at the Park City Base Area at 5:30 PM, before the parade kicks off at 6:00 PM.

CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEARS DINNER SPECIALS - Choose from a variety of Park City area restaurants to celebrate the holidays with. From black-tie soirees to 4, 5, and 7-course prix-fixe menus, you will leave with a full heart and full stomach. Explore the full list of specials on the Park City Area Restaurant’s website.

ROBERT RANDOLPH AND THE FAMILY BAND - December 28, 9:00 PM at O.P. Rockwell What better way to enjoy Christmas week than with a little Robert Randolph and the Family Band at O.P. Rockwell? Recently nominated for a 2018 Grammy Award for the Best Contemporary Blues Album, Robert Randolph and the Family Band is a show you don’t want to miss! Door opens at 8:00 PM and show starts at 9:00 PM. Tickets may be purchased in advance.

DEER VALLEY’S ANNUAL TORCHLIGHT PARADE December 30, 6:00 PM at Deer Valley Resort Held on the resort’s Big Stick ski run on Bald Eagle Mountain, Deer Valley Resort’s annual Torchlight Parade is a don’t-miss Christmas Eve event. The parade begins at dusk, around 6:00 PM, with complimentary cookies and hot cider served in Snow Park Plaza.

PARK CITY MOUNTAIN’S NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION December 31, 3:00-8:00 PM at Canyons Village Fireworks, fire pits, hot cocoa, and live music – we can’t think of a better way to kick off your New Year’s Eve celebrations. Held at Park City Mountain’s Canyons Village, the event is fun for all ages. Park at the Cabriolet Lot, or utilize Park City’s free transportation system.

NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION WITH BADFEATHER December 31, 9:00 PM at O.P. Rockwell Join Badfeather, a five-piece local band from Salt Lake City, as they help kick off the New Year at O.P. Rockwell. Badfeather blends classic rock with soul, funk, and a little country-folk boogie. Show starts at 9:00 PM and tickets may be purchased in advance.

BLACK & WHITE MASQUERADE December 31, 8:00 PM at Park City Live Ring in the New Year with Park City Live’s Black & White Masquerade. An annual event, this year’s bash features DJ Ross One from New York City.  Party kicks off at 8:00 PM and tickets may be purchased in advance.

 

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

The Great Outdoors of Park City

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
May 04, 2016

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Zorro and I took to the trails the other day and explored the Deer Vista community. Deer Vista consists of 103 estate homesites located on more than 400 acres overlooking the Jordanelle Lake recreational area with a panoramic view of the Wasatch front, including vistas of Deer Valley, Park City, and Canyon Ski Resort.

Soaring Hawk at Hideout Canyon is one of the newest developments around the Park City area.  Located in the town of Hideout, about 10 minutes from town, Soaring Hawk is a single family home neighborhood with spectacular views. With 2 phases paved, lots are for sale encompassing the range of lot types: uphill, downhill, north and south views.  The developer is currently offering 3 home plans, and a buyer can choose the lot, and have a home built, or if they wish, just purchase the lot and have your own builder construct a home.

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The Wife and I have lived in Park City for almost 15 years and we still love to be tourists. Our dear friend, Chris McLaws, owns a company called Gourmand Tours that offers food tasting tours on Historic Main Street in Park City (Ranked #1 Thing To Do In Park City by Trip Advisor). Chris McLaw hosts an intimate insiders tour combining years of culinary experience and historic research to offer the Best Food Tour in Town. We had an amazing time the other night and met a great group of people on our tour as we learned things about Park City we never knew. Contact Chris McLaws at chris@gourmandtours.com to book your Park City Food Tour.

Till next week - here are some of the upcoming events in Park City: All Month Ritual Chocolate Factory Tours All Month Geothermal Standup Paddleboard Yoga in the Homestead Crater All Month Park City Film Series 5/5 Peace House Annual Spring Luncheon 5/11 Summit Land Conservancy 2016 Breakfast 5/13-5/14 Egyptian YouTheatre presents Junie B. Jones 5/20-5/22 Egyptian Theatre presents Peter Yarrow 5/20-5/21 Heber Valley Horse Sale, Rodeo, and Tack Auction 5/26 Latino Art Festival 5/27 Park City Gallery Stroll 5/28 Wasatch 360 MTB race

 
 
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