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Ski & Snowboard Championships

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Nov 14, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Favorite Ski Town

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Nov 07, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November Events:

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

11/13: Twenty One Pilots, Salt Lake City

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11/29: Andrea Bocelli, Salt Lake City

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

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

12/1: Santa Pub Crawl, Park City

Thanksgiving Events

11/22: 2018 Thanksgiving Day Races, Bountiful

11/22: Thanksgiving at Snowbird, Snowbird

11/22: Grand Ballroom Thanksgiving Buffet, Salt Lake

11/22: 2018 Pilgrim 5K, Thanksgiving Point

11/22: Provo Turkey Trot, Provo

Happy Halloween!

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Oct 30, 2018

The Park City’s 2018 Halloween on Main Street continues a spooktacular tradition starting today at 3 pm on Wednesday, October 31st. Come to Historic Main Street to enjoy in Trick-Or-Treating and the Howl-O-Ween Parade at 5 pm on Lower Main Street (please keep all dogs on leashes). Visit historicparkcity.com for more information.

To accommodate the event, the street will close to traffic at 2 p.m., and anyone who has parked on Main Street will have to move their cars. Since there will be fewer parking areas, the organization encourages people without dogs to use public transit. Free parking is available at Park City Mountain, Deer Valley and the Park City School District. Parking for $10 is available at the China Bridge garage in Old Town. See you there!

Ski Utah has released a list of projected opening dates for resorts in the Beehive State. While several resorts list their opening dates TBD, the earliest expected opening is at Brian Head November 16 and the latest is Eagle Point on December 21. See below for a reproduction of the full list as provided by Ski Utah. Updates will be posted on their website as the season draws nearer.

Alta Ski Area: November 23

Beaver Mountain: TBD

Brian Head: November 16

Deer Valley Resort: December 8

Eagle Point: December 21

Nordic Valley: TBD

Park City Mountain Resort: November 21

Powder Mountain: TBD

Snowbasin Resort: November 21

Snowbird: November 30

Solitude Mountain Resort: December 1

Sundance Mountain Resort: December 7

A Guide to Early Ski Season in Park City by Park City Magazine - The air is getting nippy, the mountains are tipped in snow, and you keep glancing at your skis, wondering when you’ll first get to strap in. If you can’t wait to get back on the mountain, you’re probably looking at booking a ski/snowboard trip as soon as the resorts open, knowing full well early season can be hit-or-miss if your primary goal is getting in those turns on the slopes. Sometimes Mother Nature sends us foot after foot of fresh powder and, other times, the resort snowmaking teams have to pick up the slack. Although the weather looks promising, if you’re planning on coming to Park City for early season skiing and snowboarding, it’s best to expect a limited number of runs to be open and variable conditions. That said, there are still dozens of ways to fill your days while in town and we guarantee you’ll have a great time, even if you aren’t knee deep in powder. Here’s what you need to know about early season in Park City. 

Advantages of Early Season

Sure, you won’t have the maximum amount of terrain available on the mountain, but you also won’t have to deal with exorbitant lodging rates or crowded lift lines. For beginner level skiers and riders, early season is as good a time as any to learn because you’d be spending most of your time on beginner runs regardless of how much snow is on the mountain. Plus, if you start practicing early season, you can come back for more! Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a newbie, the first 30 days is also the perfect opportunity to get your legs back in shape. Unless you’ve been doing some pre-season, dry land training, don’t be surprised if you need a post-ski massage or extra long soak in the hot tub!

Reservations are a must during the holiday season and busy weekends for anyone wishing to experience Park City’s world class dining scene. It’s far easier to snag a table at popular joints around town and at the resorts when you come during the mellower early season. So you’re free to sample all of Park City’s most iconic dishes no problem. 

Opening dates for the 2018-2019 season are November 21 for Park City Mountain and December 8 for Deer Valley ResortNote: opening dates are subject to change depending on snow/weather conditions. 

Off-Slope Activities for Early Season

Once you’ve gotten a few runs in on the mountain, here are few other ideas to get you started on planning the ultimate early season vacation. 

Explore the Extensive Trail System

Park City is home to an extensive trail system, including over 50 kms of groomed winter trails. Depending on the weather and trail conditions, you may choose to go hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or fat tire biking. Before heading out, make sure you check out the current conditions. Great sources for up-to-date trail information include Mountain Trails Foundation and Basin Recreation.

Family Adventure Time at Utah Olympic Park

No matter the time of year, the Utah Olympic Park is a great place to spend a full or half-day if you’re looking for something interesting for all ages. Spend the day exploring their adventure courses, the Drop-Tower, and museum. Throughout the winter season, the UOP typically hosts a number of sporting events that are open to the public. Already on the docket for this year is the IBSF North American Cup (Nov. 18-21) and FIL Junior Luge World Cup (Dec. 5-8).

Horse Play

A number of local outfitters (Red Pine Adventures, Rocky Mountain Outfitters, Blue Sky Ranch) let you add a little western flair to you visit by saddling up for a cozy winter ride in the dazzling natural surroundings. But trail rides aren’t the only way to get in some horse play, you can also tap into a number of unique equine adventures with Park City Horse Experience, from horse meditation circles to family activities. 

Namaste in a geothermal crater

Ditch the yoga studio and find your center with Park City Yoga Adventures. While there are a number of options to choose from, including hiking and snowshoeing paired with yoga sessions, the most interesting experience is paddleboard yoga inside the Homestead Crater, where the turquoise blue waters stay a balmy 95-degrees year round. 

Rock On

Peak climbing season in Utah, which boasts some truly epic routes for craggers, is the summer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a taste even in winter. Test your skills at the local climbing gym, The Mine Bouldering Gym (1764 Uinta Way, Suite G1), or bring your kids to the Swaner EcoCenter where they can scramble up the indoor climbing wall. 

Improve your angling skills with fly fishing

Fly fishing is one of the few activities that can be enjoyed year round in Park City and, during winters, it’s a peaceful way to enjoy a bit of solitude in the mountains. We recommend booking a trip with a local guide (All Seasons Adventures or Park City Fly Fishing), who can show you where the fish bite best. 

Check Out Local Exhibits 

While Park City isn’t home to any major museums, there’s a little something to suite everyone’s taste. Take the kids out to the Swaner EcoCenter to explore the Art and Science of Arachnids (through Dec. 9) or experience ski-flying in the new interactive exhibit at the Alf Engen Museum. Art enthusiasts will find galleries galore to choose from and, if you’re in town at the right time you can join in the monthly Park City Gallery Association’s Last Friday Gallery Stroll (Nov. 30). 

Channel Your Creative Side 

If you want to do more than just admire art, you can get your hands dirty with classes at the Kimball Art Center with everything from abstract painting to creating holiday platters (course catalog here). Another great option for budding artists is the Paint Mixer where you can choose from fun classes appropriate for all ages and adult-only evenings paired with alcoholic beverages.  

Explore Old Town and Main Street

A must for any visitor to town, Main Street is quintessential quaint. A mix of big brands and local shops, art galleries, and world-class dining, it is perfect for a casual afternoon stroll. Pop into the Park City Museum to learn more about the rough and tumble mining days, satisfy your sweet tooth with a treat Java Cow or Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, and treat yourself to shopping therapy. 

Get a Head Start on Your Holiday Shopping

Speaking of shopping, if you’re in town ahead of the Christmas rush, we recommend checking out some of the local holiday markets. Park Silly Sunday Market, held weekly during the summers, returns for the Silly Holiday Bazaar (Dec. 7-9) with local arts, crafts, and food. Another holiday “shoppertunity” for those on the hunt for unique gifts is the Art Elevated Local Artisan Market (Dec. 14-16) hosted by the Swaner EcoCenter. 

Rest and Relaxation

Vacation is all about pampering yourself and disconnecting from your hectic life, so make sure to pencil in a spa appointment. While you can’t go wrong with a booking at The Spa at Stein Eriksen Lodge or Spa Montage, a massage isn’t the only way to relax in Park City. For something a bit more exotic, try floating in a sensory deprivation tank at Sync Float or go sub-zero with a cryotherapy session.  

Mark Your Calendar - Special Events 

As soon as the ski resorts open, Park City is buzzing and you’ll find plenty of events to fill your evenings. Snow might be an unsure thing early in the season, but the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Park City Mountain (Nov. 23) is guaranteed to be magical. Festivities continue with Main Street lighting up the following day during the annual Electric Parade (Nov. 24), complete with an early visit from Santa Claus and carolers. 

Performing arts non-profit Park City Institute kicks off its 2018-2019 season at the Eccles Center Thanksgiving weekend with a performance by the Grammy Award-nominated a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock (Nov. 24). Other early season highlights include a National Geographic Live “Point of No Return” with Hilaree O’Neil, who led a team of alpinists on the first ascent up a remote peak in Myanmar (Nov. 30) and contemporary dance group Bodytraffic (Dec. 8). 

Take a trip to gain insight into one of Japan’s greatest artists during a special cinema event when the Park City Film Series and the British Museum present Hokusai: Beyond the Great Wave (Nov. 28). A truly groundbreaking documentary, the film features experts at the forefront of digital art history and pioneering 8K Ultra HD video technology that brings audiences closer to Hokusai’s work than ever before. 

No need to wait till Christmas to get in the holiday spirit, just join the annual Santa Pub Crawl (Dec. 1) and have a jolly time at Main Street’s most popular watering holes. Make sure you dress in your favorite holiday-inspired costume and bring an unwrapped toy to donate. 

For a family-friendly show, visit the historic Egyptian Theatre during their run of James and the Giant Peach Jr. (Dec. 7-9). Along with a collection of singing insect friends, James heads out on a musical adventure of courage and self-discovery. 

For a full listing of up-to-date happenings around town, check out our events calendar

Explore Out of Town

One of the perks of skiing in Park City is the proximity to Salt Lake City and the surrounding resorts. If you run out of things to do, don’t hesitate to take a trip down the canyon to explore what the city has to offer. Take a drive out to the Spiral Jetty, catch a show at the Eccles Theatre, or hit the slopes at one of the resorts in the the Cottonwood Canyons.  

For a more quaint feel, check out neighboring Kamas and the Heber Valley. Home to one of the leading concert venues in the area, the DeJoria Center, Kamas also provides easy access to the scenic Mirror Lake Highway and the nearby Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. Another mini-getaway from town, the picturesque Heber Valley hosts a number of family-friendly events, like the 90-minute train on the North Pole Express complete with hot cocoa, elves, and Santa, three state parks (Wasatch Mountain, Jordanelle, and Deer Creek), plus the famous Homestead Crater, and 2002 Olympic venue Soldier Hollow

If you don’t mind the distance, Utah’s incredible national parks are also temptingly close!

Park City Adventures

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Oct 23, 2018

It is a beautiful time to be outside in Park City. Today is the last Park City Farmers' Market of the season at the Silver King Resort Parking Lot. The Park City Farmers' Market is offering food trucks, fresh produce, fresh baked bread and arts and crafts from local vendors. More info here.

This week there are quite a lot of events around town, so we wanted to share some fun activities happening through this weekend. The New Chinese Acrobats perform on October 26th at the Eccles Center Theater. Created in association with the world-famous Cirque Eloize company, The New Chinese Acrobats represent the next step in the evolution of acrobatic companies from the East. Mixing new techniques and acts with ancient traditions, The New Chinese Acrobats present the opportunity to view the best of China's ancient folk art, mixed with the style and virtuosity of today's generation. With performers selected from across China for their high-level acrobatic skills and innovative staging, the show includes award-winning acts from prestigious circus festivals such as Monte Carlo Circus Festival and World Circus Festival of Paris. For more info click here.

We are lucky to have the Park City Film Series in the Jim Santy Auditorium/Park City Library Building. The Park City Film Series is a nonprofit organization presenting the best of independent feature, documentary, world and local cinema. Upcoming films include the following:

Frankenweenie: October 27

Paddington 2: November 3

13th Annual Filmmakers Showcase: November 8

Viva Kid Flicks!: November 10

The Mask You Live In: November 15

The Nightmare Before Christmas: November 21

The Wizard of Oz: November 23

For more info on the Park City Film Series click here.

If you haven't been to Midway in a while check out the Sleepy Hollow Haunted Wagon Rides throughout October in Soldier Hollow. Enjoy an authentic horsedrawn wagon ride through the woods of Soldier Hollow in Midway as you listen to a colorful narration of Washington Irving's original short story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow". Be careful as the woods are rumored to be haunted and frequented by the apparition of the Headless Horseman! For more info click here.

Looking for something a little less scary, the Pumpkin Train at the Heber Valley Railroad is running now through October 29th. Your ticket includes a short 40 minute train ride where you will be entertained on board by costumed characters. You'll also get to try a delicious pumpkin cookie. At the depot you can take a trip through our (family friendly) haunted car, and get a Halloween sticker. And of course you also get to select a pumpkin from their Pumpkin Patch and take it home with you! Additional food and snacks will be available for purchase at the depot. For more info click here.

Remember Halloween on Historic Park City's Main Street was named one of the top Halloween celebrations in the country by Travel and Leisure magazine and for good reason! When you combine two and four-legged costumed creatures with gourmet treats and maybe a few tricks you have a one-of-a-kind celebration. More details in next week's blog.

OCTOBER EVENTS

Now - 11/24: Utah Utes Football, Salt Lake City

Now - 11/24: BYU Cougar Football, Provo

Now - 10/30: Lagoon's Frightmares, Farmington

Now - 10/29: The Pumpkin Train, Heber City

Now - 11/3: Halloween Activities, Thanksgiving Point

Now - 4/29: Utah Jazz, Salt Lake City

Now - 4/7: Utah Grizzlies, West Valley City

10/29: Josh Groban with Idina Menzel, Salt Lake City

10/31: 2018 Halloween and Dog Parade, Park City

Seasonal Maintenance And Safety

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Oct 08, 2018

It's hard to believe, but autumn is here, which means it's time once again to think about seasonal maintenance for your home or rental property. With temperatures cooling down, now is the perfect time to visit those tasks that were on the back burner during the busy summer months. Fall is the ideal season to check for inexpensive maintenance issues, such as areas that need caulking, gutters that need debris removed or vegetation that needs trimming, to prevent future damage. It's also the perfect time to check the roof for loose or missing shingles. The key is to fix the little things before they cause big, expensive problems. RISMedia's House Call has put together a great one pager for autumn maintenance called Fall Maintenance Tasks for Your Property:

As the snow begins to cover the mountains there is still time to get out on your bike before you need to put on new tires. On The Snow recently published Top 10 Mountain Biking Trails in North America and Park City makes the cut. Good skiers make good mountain bikers. So, it's no wonder that North America's best ski towns turn into the best mountain biking towns each summer. Mountain biking isn’t only good for your legs and core, but also for your heart and lungs, which will help you on those top-to-bottom burners when ski season rolls around again. Mountain biking is also great for your balance, coordination and reaction time. .  here are the top 10 (even though it snowed all night and is still snowing now):

1. Rim Trail - Lake Tahoe, California and Nevada

2. Phil’s Trail - Mt. Bachelor, Oregon

3. Fisher Creek Sun Valley, Idaho 4. Lower Rock Creek Trail Mammoth, California

5. Flying Dog Park City, Utah - Flying Dog is a scenic, fairly non-technical IMBA-designated Epic Ride. It’s perfect for groups with intermediate mountain bikers, as well as experts, who can enjoy cruising down the fast, buffed out dirt and over bridges that cross ponds and streams. The shortest route is a 10-mile ride with a 1,500 vertical feet elevation change, so be prepared. Options include a 10-mile easier ride, a 16-mile moderate ride and a 23-mile ride with 3,000 feet of climbing.

6. Hermosa Creek Durango, Colorado

5. 401 Crested Butte, Colorado

8. A-Line Whistler, British Columbia

9. Powerline Snowshoe Mountain, West Virginia

10. Kimmer’s Trail Stowe, Vermont

We will wrap up this week's blog with something very important - Moose Safety. Park City Magazine shares Trail Safety 101: When You Meet a Moose - How to avoid angering one of Park City’s most frequently seen wild animals. Moose are frequently spotted in and around Park City, but they’re not likely to be friendly if you get too close.

If You Meet a Moose

  • Give the moose plenty of space and DO NOT approach it. Keep at least 50 feet between yourself and the moose while you walk past slowly. From a distance, a moose may simply be content to watch you warily or move away, but if you get closer, your presence might agitate it.
  • Make sure your dog is leashed and under control. The moose will likely decide you and/or your dog is a threat if your pup is running around and barking. Moose will not hesitate to kick a dog, which can be lethal.
  • Don’t get between a mama moose and her calves. If you happen upon a female, be extra careful to assess the scene in case she has little ones nearby. Baby moose are vulnerable to a number of predators, including cougars and bears, so mothers won’t hesitate to aggressively defend their young.
Reasons a Moose Might Charge & Signs of Aggression - Just like other animals, moose have their way of telling you they’re feeling threatened. An angry moose will likely pin its ears back, lower its head, or raise the hackles along its shoulders. If the moose starts moving towards you, it’s a crystal clear message for you to run and get under cover if possible. Usually, if you stay well away from them, moose will simply run away or eye you suspiciously as you pass. A stressed, cornered, or harassed moose, however, might decide to charge. Bull moose are more aggressive and particularly dangerous in September and October during the mating season while cows get prickly during the late spring during calving season.

If A Moose Charges - Should a moose decide to charge you, your only option is to run and take cover. Moose can reach speeds of 30+ m.p.h. so you probably won’t outrun it for long, but at least you’re not going to trigger a predatory response. Your best bet is to try find some kind of cover or climb up a tree if you have time. If the moose catches up and knocks you down, curl into a ball, cover your head as much as you can, and don’t move until the moose leaves. Getting up might make the moose think you’re a renewed threat.

Remember, if you provoke a moose, you’re setting yourself up for a loss since they’re much bigger and more dangerous than you. Best to make some noise, stay away, and let it go about its day.

Keep warm and be safe on the roads.

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The Coolest Town In America

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Oct 03, 2018

Park City was named top 20 cities by Matador Network in The Coolest Towns in America 2018. With a population of 8,299 Park City’s 1800s western aesthetic attests to the town’s roots as a major mining center. Park City Resort opened in 1963 with a gondola running right from the town. Another big change came in 1981 when the Sundance Film Festival, started a couple years earlier in Salt Lake City, moved its location to Park City.

A few decades later, Park City has evolved into the coolest town in Utah, offering plenty of world-class restaurants and shops to meet the demand of skiers and the thousands of annual Sundance attendees. Even after the festival ends in early February, Park City has plenty to do. In winter, the Park City Mountain resort is now much larger while the upscale Deer Valley Resort is a five-minute drive up the road. Summer activities include everything from whitewater rafting to horseback riding, with much fairer temperatures than the desert landscape a few hours south.

Looking for some dining options - Park City Dine Around Brings High-Brow Fare at Low Prices by Salt Lake Magazine. Take advantage of Park City’s decadent food culture without the associated resort town pricing. The Park City Area Restaurant Association (PCARA) is hosting the sixth annual “Dine About” from Monday, October 1 through Sunday, October 14, so locals and fall visitors alike can experience some of the best cuisine Park City has to offer.

Two dozen participating restaurants will be offering diners seasonal menus with two-course lunches and three-course dinners at a great value: lunches are either $10 or $15, and dinners are $20 or $40. Dine Around restaurants include everything from fine Main Street’s fine dining establishments to resort après institutions to the town’s brew pubs. Café Terigo, Café Trio Park City, Chimayo, Deer Valley Grocery Café, Element Kitchen & Bakery, Firewood on Main, Flanagan’s on Main, Fletcher’s Park City, Grappa, Handle, Purple Sage, Red Rock Junction, Red Tail Grill, Riverhorse on Main, Riverhorse Provisions, Shabu, Silver Star Café, Squatters, Sushi Blue, The Brass Tag, tupelo, Twisted Fern, Versante and Wasatch Brew Pub will all be serving up special menus for Dine About. Visit the PCARA website for full event details, and use the special Dine Around code “STAYPC” for lodging discounts during the event when you visit the Stay Park City website.

Utah Business recently shared, Utah Is The Best State For Doing Business. Utah ranks number one in the US for job growth, enjoys consistently low unemployment rates, and a strong workforce. What’s at the heart of this success? Small business. The US Small Business Administration reports that Utah is home to over 277,000 small businesses that make up 99.3 percent of Utah companies and 57.3 percent of total employees in the state. Here are four areas that have been fundamental to Utah’s economic success:

A Strong & Educated Workforce - “Nothing is more important to businesses than having access to a qualified workforce,” says Val Hale, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. “That is why so many companies choose to invest in education.” Utah’s public education systems, both K-12 and higher education, have a strong partnership with our business community.

Taxes & Regulation - Utah’s economy continues to benefit from our flat five percent personal and corporate tax rate, which is one of the lowest in the nation. Low taxes are important to small business but equally important is a stable tax rate. Utah small businesses have benefited from the predictability of the state’s flat tax throughout the 20 years since the rate was established. Additionally, the Governor’s office, state legislature, and the Salt Lake Chamber are always looking at ways to evaluate and eliminate unnecessary regulations.

Incentives - Incentivizing business creation and sustainable growth is key to Utah’s thriving small business ecosystem. Several state programs assist new and existing businesses: one is the business expansion and retention (BEAR) grants for small businesses in rural parts of the state. The Utah Science, Technology and Research (USTAR) initiative specifically assists start-up and early-stage tech companies, as well. The state also offers financial incentives for business relocation and expansion. This incentive program is built on three pillars that make it both effective and sustainable: 1) the business expansion must be competitive, 2) the incentives must be post-performance, and 3) the incentive must be a tax rebate once the jobs have been created and the corporate taxes are paid.

International Trade - You may have read recent headlines that trade is killing the US, that is not the case in Utah. Utah is a trade surplus state to the tune of $4 billion annually and has doubled its exports over the past decade with a goal to double exports again over the next ten years. This is a credit to the 3,500 plus companies that export, nearly 85 percent of which are small businesses.

Hiking & Shot Skis

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Sep 26, 2018

As the air becomes crisp and the cool mornings roll in we have a wonderful couple of weeks to take in the magnificent colors happening in the mountains. Park City Magazine has a great article this week that we wanted to share as there is only a short window for watching the leaves change in the Best Hikes for Leaf Peeping in Park City. The shortest, most colorful season of the year is upon us. Early autumn reds and oranges are popping up on the slopes and soon the hillsides will be covered in gold. In between the rain and snow, we recommend you get out on the trail to catch the magnificent display. Here are our top picks for leaf peeping this season. 

Summit Park’s Over Easy Trail - Nestled up in the forest along the I-80 between Park City and Salt Lake City, the entire Summit Park trail system is a great place for leaf peeping. If you’re on foot, hop onto the 2.5-mile, out-and-back Over Easy neighborhood walking trail, where you can meander through shady pine forest and alpine meadows. This hike is easy and perfect for the whole family. Dog owners take note: the north section of the trail sits in Salt Lake County where dogs aren’t allowed.

McLeod Creek Trail - Want to take in a view of all the area surroundings? The all ages–friendly McLeod Creek Trail runs all the way from Park City proper to Kimball Junction. You can bike the whole paved and crushed-gravel path over bridges and along the creek (and even connect to the Millennium Trail which runs all the way to Summit Park) or just walk a smaller section.

Iron Canyon Trail - For a short, moderately steep hike with a great pay-off, head up Iron Canyon Trail. The trailhead can be accessed at the top of Iron Canyon Drive, the road turns into dead end and the trail is right in the middle (exit Hwy 224 on Meadows Drive). Lush aspens and pine groves drop you in the midst of a dazzling display of yellow and deep green while the overlook at the top offers a wider view of the colorful ski slopes of Park City Mountain Resort. The hike is roughly 2.25 miles out-and-back.

Fantasy Ridge - Not one for the faint of heart, Fantasy Ridge is a grueling hike up to the 9,990-foot summit we all love to race to on powder days. Before even getting to Fantasy Ridge, you’ll need to take the 1.6 mile Tombstone trail from the Red Pine Lodge. Once you reach Tombstone Peak, you can hop onto Fantasy Ridge where sweeping views of Park City await.

Crescent Lift Trail Loops - Once you head up Crescent Lift (open through Oct. 22) at the Park City Base Area, you have the option to create multiple loops of varying lengths. After hopping off the lift, take Crescent Ridge Road to Three Candles and take a right onto Keystone. At the end of Keystone Trail, the woods break into the open meadow of Shadow Lake. Take a loop around the lake and keep your eyes peeled for moose, but don’t get too close. You can return to the Crescent lift via the Jupiter Access Road to the Apex trail, which hooks back into Keystone, Three Candles, the Crescent Ridge Road, and then, finally, the top of the Crescent lift.

Silver Lake Trail - Start your journey at Deer Valley’s Silver Lake Lodge and alternatively traverse dense forest and open ski runs. Along the way and from the 9,346-foot summit, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to bask in the glorious vistas of the Jordanelle Reservoir, framed by foliage. Unfortunately, summer lift operations have ended at Deer Valley, so plan to hike back on your own.

Clayton Peak - Guardsman Pass gets so decked out in fall colors (before most of a lowlands), you may be tempted just to drive all the way back down through Big Cottonwood Canyon. There are plenty of hikes in the area to choose from, but if you’re looking for something relatively short with views from a summit, check out Clayton Peak. It’s moderately steep, but relatively short (2.5-3 miles out and back) and has some excellent 360-degree views of the area, including Deer Creek and the Jordanelle Reservoirs, Brighton Resort, and Mt. Timpanogos. Chances are you’ll even run into a bit of snow up there. You can access the trail from the same parking lot as Bloods Lake, just head up along the ridge rather than down to the lake. See you on the trails!

Don't forget to mark your calendars as the 3rd Annual Park City Shot Ski Event is coming up on October 13, 2018 at 2pm on Main Street. This year, the event invites 1,275 shot-takers to break Breckenridge’s record set in January 2018 of 1,266 participants and 425 skis. A $25 ticket includes a spot on the shot-ski, one souvenir shot glass and a token to enjoy a High West specialty drink at one of several after-party locations. All proceeds will go to Park City Sunrise Rotary Club’s Grant Program for 20 community organizations. For more info click here.

Looking to add some more excitement to your calendar, here are the upcoming Egyptian Theatre Events:

An Evening with Judy Collins: October 11th-13th

Jesse Colin Young: October 18th-20th

The SteelDrivers: October 25th-27th

Foghat: November 1st-4th

Melissa Manchester: November 9th-11th

For more info click here.

Buying In Fall

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Sep 18, 2018

Fall’s arrival presents opportunities for homebuyers, in part due to a “back-to-school mentality,” according to a survey by ERA Real Estate. If you’re a prospective homebuyer, tap into that renewed sense of motivation – and consider the following perks – while hunting for a home this fall.

You can enjoy year-end tax breaks. Buying before the year’s out allows fall homebuyers to take advantage of tax breaks such as the mortgage interest and property tax deductions. You can sidestep the multiple-bid minefield. Bidding wars dominated low inventory markets this summer, but competition tends to wane as activity slows in the fall. With fewer folks searching for homes, fall homebuyers can spend less time chasing supply and more time finding – and getting – the perfect home. You may have more bargaining power. Aside from less competition, fall homebuyers may have the opportunity to purchase their home of choice at a reduced price, especially when negotiating with sellers who had hoped to unload their homes over the summer. You’ll be home for the holidays – literally. As ERA reports in their survey, fall homebuying activity is also fueled by emotional motivation. “As vacations wind down after Labor Day and people become more focused, the desire to be in a new home for the holidays is a historically strong driver of fall home sales,” says ERA President and CEO Charlie Young.

Looking to move to Park City, well check out How To Make The Move To Park City, Utah recently posted in Forbes. Of course, uprooting your family and moving from an urban center, where you probably have family roots and a career or business network built over many years, is no easy decision. But, if you value the mountain lifestyle, though, it's well worth the effort to explore the idea. Here is their three-step guide to making it happen.

1. Take Some Vacations - Before you even broach the topic with your family, plan a couple vacations to Park City. See what it's like to live there for a week or so, while you ski, bike, golf or just relax by the pool. (Include both winter and summer trips)

2. Live in Park City for One Year - Plan to rent a house for a year, starting and ending in the summer.

3. Buy a Vacation Property - If you can't swing a full move, then a vacation property gets you part way there. Eventually, the vacation home becomes permanent.

IN THE NEWS - Utah named 2nd happiest state in U.S. Happiness can come from a number of different sources, and those sources can vary between each person. According to a recent study by the National Academy of Sciences of the United States, one thing that does not create happiness is money. Happiness will only increase with wealth up to an annual income of $75,000. But, happiness can increase depending on where a person decides to live.

In a study by WalletHub, Utah is named as the second happiest state in the country. This placement was determined by a number of factors, including: Suicide rate, sports participation, employment, work hours, growth, income, divorce rate and more. Utah ranked No. 1 in sports participation and volunteer hours. The Beehive State placed in the bottom 10 for suicide rates. It also has the lowest divorce rate and has work hours compared to the other 49 states of America. Utah ranked fourth in safety and fifth in highest income growth.

Based on these rankings, Utah was placed second, just behind Hawaii, as the happiest state in the United States.

List of happiest states in America:

  1. Hawaii
  2. Utah
  3. Minnesota
  4. North Dakota
  5. California
  6. Idaho
  7. Maryland
  8. Iowa
  9. South Dakota
  10. Nebraska
  11. Wisconsin
  12. Connecticut
  13. New Jersey
  14. New York
  15. Virginia
  16. Massachusetts
  17. Washington
  18. Colorado
  19. Georgia
  20. North Carolina
  21. Arizona
  22. Texas
  23. Illinois
  24. New Hampshire
  25. Kansas
  26. Nevada
  27. Delaware
  28. Montana
  29. Florida
  30. Pennsylvania
  31. Rhode Island
  32. Indiana
  33. Maine
  34. Michigan
  35. Wyoming
  36. South Carolina
  37. Ohio
  38. Vermont
  39. Oregon
  40. Tennessee
  41. New Mexico
  42. Missouri
  43. Mississippi
  44. Kentucky
  45. Alabama
  46. Oklahoma
  47. Alaska
  48. Louisiana
  49. Arkansas
  50. West Virginia

Autumn Aloft

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Sep 12, 2018

The wife and I always enjoy the Autumn Aloft balloon festival each year in Park City. Now in its fifth year, it will be held this weekend from September 15 to16. This event first launched in the former silver mining town more than 30 years ago and was recently resurrected as a way for visitors and residents of all ages to celebrate Park City and embrace autumn. Spectators can view up to 24 hot air balloons inflating and launching from locations throughout Park City. Park City residents and visitors often see hot air balloons from afar, but nothing compares to experiencing the magnitude of the aircraft until you are truly among them.

Schedule of Events:

Saturday, September 15 approximately 8:00 a.m. Main Launch at the North 40 Fields at 2530 Kearns Blvd

8:30 to 9:00 p.m. Historic Park City Candlestick Event – Main Street: a beautiful family-friendly event and a fun way to gather with other locals,

Sunday, September 16 approximately 8:00 a.m. Main Launch at the North 40 Fields at 2530 Kearns Blvd

The event festivities are free to spectators and are scheduled to take place at multiple locations around the Park City area. Autumn Aloft is a visual delight for spectators rather than an opportunity for balloon rides for event attendees. But, tethered rides may be available on a first come, first serve basis but are not guaranteed. Saturday and Sunday's launch events will take place on the North 40 Playing Fields directly behind Park City's Treasure Mountain Middle school.

Ample parking is provided at the Eccles and Park City High School parking facilities. Additional off-site parking will be available at the China Bridge parking lots in Historic Park City with free public transportation available. A map of the event venue can be viewed here and a map of parking areas can be found here.

Looking for something to do today - the Park City Farmer’s Market, located by the Silver King Resort parking lot, is free to the public and runs each Wednesday through November 1st. More information can be found HERE.

The Kimball Arts Center also has until September 16th one of the foremost women artists of the twentieth-century, Niki de Saint Phalle worked as a sculptor, painter, and filmmaker between the late 1950s and early 2000s. During her distinguished career, she developed a self-taught and very personal aesthetic in pieces that ranged from intimate to monumental, while also notably collaborating with Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and Jean Tinguely, among others. This exhibition brings visibility to an artist’s oeuvre that is not yet well known in Utah, but was recently celebrated in retrospectives at Paris’ Le Grand Palais and the Guggenheim Bilbao. Her work demonstrates remarkable fight and determination, accomplishing things unlike any other female artist of her generation. The Kimball Art Center opens daily at 10 am.

Shoulder Season Fun

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Sep 04, 2018

If you missed the Running of the Balls on Miner's Day, no worries as Park City’s sleepy season is brimming with delicious events:

Salt Lake Food & Wine Fest September 11-16: Sip Japanese whiskeys (Sept. 12), dig into brunch and a cooking class at the Park City Culinary Institute (Sept. 15), or pair your beer with fresh seafood as the Bucket O’ Crawfish takes over Shades of Pale Brewery (Sept. 16). The full schedule of events is here.

Harvest Dinner - Saturday, September 15 @ 6 - 10 p.m. Join the family-owned and operated Mountain Song Farms for a special evening celebrating the season with a rustic meal paired with music and gorgeous scenery. Featuring ingredients sourced from the farm and other local food purveyors, the meal will be created by Park City restaurant Tupelo. In addition to dinner, tickets to the event also include locally sourced wine, beer, and craft cocktails provided by Top Shelf, Alpine Distilling, Old Town Cellars, and Park City Brewery. Check out the Mountain Song Farms website for tickets and details.

Brunch at Altitude  - Saturday, September 22 @ 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Come savor delectable bites, grab a drink and cheer on local mixologists as they go head-to-head in the Bloody Mary Smackdown. The entire clan can partake in family-friendly activities, yard games, music, and more! Don’t forget to bid on an item during the silent auction to support the Peace House, a local non-profit dedicated to fighting domestic violence. Grab VIP tickets for extra special gifts, swag, and promotions. More details and tickets here.

Hoppy Hour - Saturday, September 29 @ 6 - 10 p.m. Throughout the summer, the Summit Land Conservancy leads guided hikes in Park City’s preserved open spaces to collect the hops. Even if you didn’t tag along for hops hunting, you can still reap the benefits at the annual Hoppy Hour party at Wasatch Brew Pub as they release the “Clothing Hoptional” brew made from the harvest. The $20 entry fee gets you appetizers, two drinks, and entry into an opportunity drawing. Get your tickets here.

3rd Annual World’s Longest Shot Ski - Saturday, October 13 @ 2 p.m. Park City’s rivalry with Breckenridge, CO continues as the competition heats up, yet again, for the glory of holding the world’s longest shot ski record. Grab your friends and join in on the party while working (okay, reveling) for a good cause; all proceeds go to Sunrise Rotary Club’s Grant Program benefitting 20 community organizations. The shot ski tends to sell out, so get your tickets early and be a part of history.

Get ready for beers, beards, and lederhosen because Snowbird’s Oktoberfest is under way. The tremendously popular German culture festival, which draws tens of thousands of visitors, runs every weekend from noon to 6:30 p.m., August 18 to October 21. While the beer is undoubtedly the undisputed king of the fest, its sidekicks -- food, live music, a craft market and on-mountain activities -- round out the family-friendly event. The biergarten boasts more than 50 varieties of beer, including both traditional German-style brews and Utah suds from Moab Brewery, Bohemian, Uinta, and Squatters.

Every weekend of the festival will include live music from a number of traditional acts in the large food tent (see full schedule here) and, of course, the daily serenade (3:15 p.m.) of the Alphorns at the top of Hidden Peak. Don’t forget to take advantage of the festival’s market, where more than 25 regional and local artisans sell crafts in the plaza. While the adults mix and mingle over libations, the kids can get their fill of favorite Snowbird summer activities, including climbing, ropes courses, the Woodward WreckTangle, alpine slide, and tubing.

This week Park City Magazine shares 5 Pooch-Friendly Patios Around Park City - Bring your doggy to dinner at these Park City eateries where canine companions—and not just service animals—are allowed.

Collie’s Sports Bar & Grill - 738 Main St, 435.649.0888, colliesbarandgrill.com

Deer Valley Grocery Café - 1375 Deer Valley Dr S, 435.615.2300, deervalley.com

Lespri Prime Steak Sushi Bar - 1765 Sidewinder Dr, 435.649.5900, lespriprime.com

Silver Star Café - 1825 Three Kings Dr, 435.655.3456, thesilverstarcafe.com

Twisted Fern - 1300 Snow Creek Dr, 435.731.8238, twistedfern.com

Our Park City Gin Adventure

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Aug 29, 2018

As Summer comes to a close the wife and I have gotten out as much as possible and wanted to share some of the fun things happening in Park City. We always like to get out on the water and hike with our dog Zorro, but last week we visited our friends at Alpine Distilling and made our own Gin right on Main Street in Park City. We had an amazing time and wanted to share Visit Park City's Gin Making Experience article to give the inside scoop on the coolest event in town.

Park City businesses Alpine Distilling and 350 Main Brasserie have partnered together to give adults the ultimate educational experience: gin making. While kids are preparing for days back in the classroom, visitors and locals 21+ can reserve a spot to spend an evening learning about and making their very own bottle of gin with a team from Alpine Distilling while dining on a 4-course gourmet dinner prepared by 350 Main's Executive Chef Matthew Safranek.

Upon arrival to 350 Main- an upscale mountain dining restaurant serving contemporary American cuisine- located on Historic Main Street, guests of the gin making experience work their way downstairs to the private Vintage Room. Newly renovated to include a distilling laboratory, this cozy environment is arranged with a private dining table for the group, each place holder equipped with a flight of four unnamed gin samples.

To kick off the night, Founder of Alpine Distilling, Rob Sergent, highlights the bar topped with glass jars full of botanicals. These are the tools to create aroma notes and flavor profiles of the desired taste. Upon explanation that gin is, in short, plain vodka infused with botanicals- fifty percent of which must be Juniper- and diffused, or “cut” with fifty percent water, the group of guests pick out the botanicals of their choice by creating and weighing out their own ratios. Depending on the number of stills set up in the lab compared to the party size, guests may need to pair up with a friend to concoct one bottle of gin to share. Currently Alpine Distilling is able to provide one 750 ml-size bottle per still. Here is a sample of botanicals that may be found in gin: Herbal mint, rose hips, cinnamon, cucumber, lavender flower, licorice root, carnation, ginger root, coriander, pepper, rye, orris root (from an iris plant), malted barley, orange peel, celery, anise, carrot, grapefruit peel, chamomile, corn and, of course, juniper. Note that the options are pretty endless, and botanicals can include floral, spicy, grainy and fruity components. Alpine Distilling has set up a nice assortment to provide a range of flavor preferences.

Once each person or pair has established their flavor profiles in a copper bowl, the experts step in to set up the stills while guests enjoy a two-hour gin tasting and dinner experience- enough time to allow the distillation process to turn plain Alpine Distilling vodka into a personalized gin creation so that, by the end of dinner, guests can take home their personalized bottles. Distillers work behind a glass door to set up each guest or pair’s unique “recipe” while Rob treats guests to scent sticks of aromatic notes and has the group continually taste each unidentified glass of gin in front of them to appreciate how dominant, binding, and accent notes bring out different qualities and flavor appreciations.

Throughout the evening, Executive Chef Matthew Safranek brings out four-courses of his own creation to highlight impeccable flavor pairings, aligning with the key takeaway of the evening: that having fun with flavor and creativity mean a lot for not only gin, but for delectable menu items. By the end of the meal, guests will have experience approximately 10 different aromatic scents, surprising themselves with how much those aromas can change their appreciation for the different gin sample. The evening is an opportunity to learn more about an often times lesser-known alcohol, and leave with a personalized bottle of delicious liquor.

To reserve your space for the Gin Experience, please call 350 Main Brasserie at 435-649-3140 and ask about availability. Bottles of Alpine Distilling’s gin, whiskey, bourbon, liqueur and vodka are on display at the restaurant and can be purchased onsite.

Though this glorious Park City summer is coming to a close and the area’s main claim to fame—snow—is still on its brief hiatus, calling fall the “off-season” is simply a misnomer. But since weeklong vacations are a rarity for most of us, Park City Magazine has put together a itinerary for an idyllic 48 hours in Utah’s most famous mountain town; one that, while nowhere near comprehensive, hits many of the highlights, both well-known and more obscure in Celebrating Summer’s Last Hurrah with a Jam-packed 48 Hours in Park City by Park City Magazine.

Friday - 5 p.m. - Check in to the Washington School House Hotel - Built in 1889 as a working school to service families flocking to Park City during the 19thcentury’s silver mining boom, this historic building has been meticulously restored and luxuriously appointed in a way that’s anything but old fashioned.

7 p.m. - Take in a live show - Mosey down to Main Street for a cocktail and soak up some wicked riffs and vocals at The Spur Bar & Grill (live music nightly). Big name acts also make their way to these here hills. So, if that autumn sojourn happens to align perfectly with, for example, Jason Mraz’s September 3 show at Deer Valley’s Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater, pack a picnic and hop a free city bus to the gorgeous on-slope setting. The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Center for the Performing Arts and The Mary G. Steiner Egyptian Theatre also host shows of note this fall: the Egyptian’s classic Charles Dickens tale Oliver!, September 7–16; and The New Chinese Acrobats’ circus spectacular on October 26 (The Eccles Center).

9 p.m. -Late supper at Shabu - More than 200 eateries dot the Park City landscape but few offer the attention to detail, knowledgeable staff, consistently fantastic fare, and funky vibe found at the Asian-fusion Shabu.

11 p.m. -Sip a nightcap at Butcher’s Chop House & Bar

Saturday

8 a.m. - Breakfast is served at the Washington School House Hotel

9 a.m. - Hit the trail - In case you’ve been living under a rock, Park City, riddled with more than 400 miles of trails, has emerged as a nationally recognized mountain biking mecca.

1 p.m. - Refuel at the Red Tail Grill

3 p.m. -Poolside chill time - Head back to the Washington School House Hotel, slip on your swim suit and retire to the upper-level pool and hot tub where the friendly and attentive staff will deliver wine, cocktails, and beer at your request.

5:30 p.m. - Cocktails and dinner at The Nelson Cottage

Sunday

9 a.m. -Play nine holes at Park City’s newest course, Canyons Golf

Though most of the holes here are par 3s, don’t underestimate the lack of yardage for less-than-challenging play. Winding fairways and angled greens provide plenty of difficulty on Park City’s newest track. And don’t worry about being too tired after your ride to walk this mountainous course—carts are required with all rounds of play.

Noon -Brunch at Tupelo Park City for ethereal chicken and biscuits

2 p.m. -Gallery hop on Historic Main Street - A stroll through Park City’s historic Main Street is just what the doctor ordered after an action packed fall weekend in the mountains. More than 200 shops, galleries, and restaurants pack this quaint and appealing thoroughfare.

Not bad for a weekend getaway, click here for the entire article from Park City Magazine.

In Utah News - Utah County ranks #2 among nation’s large counties for job growth! Click here for the entire article.

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.

Real Estate Statistical Report

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Aug 22, 2018

This week we are sharing the Park City Board of REALTORS®' Year-over-Year Statistical Report - The Voice for Real Estate® in the Wasatch Back. The recent housing statistics for Summit and Wasatch Counties, as reported by the Park City Board of REALTORS®, revealed continued demand and increase in median sales price.

At the close of the second quarter of 2018, the number of single-family home sales in the Greater Park City Area increased by 6%, vacant land by 5%, while the condominium sector was slightly down compared to last year’s sales. Demand continued to rise on a gradual level, with single-family homes accounting for 49% of the total dollar volume, condominium sales for 40%, and vacant land for 11% of the market share.

Single-Family Home Sales - Year-over-year, the number of single-family home sales within the City Limits was up 9%, while the median price of $1.93 M remained flat to last year. By neighborhood, Old Town had the highest number of sales – up 36%, while there were 20% fewer sales in Park Meadows.

Snyderville Basin reported more than twice the number of home sales as the City Limits – a 4% increase over last year – with the median price climbing to $1.13 M – up 17%. In Silver Creek sales were up 40% and 37% in median sales price reaching $1.16 M. By neighborhood, Promontory had the highest number of sales in the Basin with 77 sold homes in the last 12 months.Activity in the Jordanelle area had a sizable increase in sales with a 14% median price increase reaching $1.73 M.

Sales in the Heber Valley continued at a strong pace, with nearly one sale a day, and a 28% median price increase to $506,000. There were 20 more homes sold in Red Ledges compared to last year, with a median sales price of $1.16 M – up 8%. Midway continued to thrive with 96 closed sales and 17% median price increase reaching $544,000.

“There are many factors contributing to the numbers we are seeing in the Heber Valley. Despite the sharp increase in construction costs, single-family homes are still well below Park City prices. With new amenities in the Heber Valley and excellent schools, buyers are weighing their options,” said Park City Board of REALTORS® President, Todd Anderson.

In the Kamas Valley, the number of sales decreased 15%, though the median price climbed 10% to $412,000. Sales numbers in the Wanship, Hoytsville, Coalville, Echo, & Henefer areas remained the same with a median price of $359,000.

Condominium & Townhome Sales - Year over year, the number of condo sales within the City Limits was up 8% and up 15% in median price to $787,000. The Snyderville Basin reported essentially the same number sales as last year with 308 units and median price of $503,000.

Anderson explained, “The difference between these two areas may be attributed to the completion of developments in Empire Pass versus the reserved or pending status of to-be-built product in Canyons Resort Village.” The Kimball Junction area, which can offer primary residence condominiums, saw flat sales but a 15% median price increase to $385,500.

The number of closed sales dropped 20% in the Jordanelle area possibly due to lack of inventory as new construction projects have been absorbed, but there was a 12% increase in median price reaching $528,000.

Vacant Land Sales - Park City Limits saw 14 more lot sales than last year and a 15% median price increase reaching $820,000. By neighborhood, Promontory had the highest number of land sales in the Basin with 72, and the median price continued its upward tick reaching $405,000. Canyons Village saw increased sales activity and a 22% median price increase to $2.28 M.

Conclusion - Historically, July and August are the months with the highest level of inventory for homes and condos in the Wasatch Back – and Q2 of 2018 was just below Q2 of 2017. In some of the most desirable neighborhoods, a shortfall of for-sale properties have placed an upward pressure on the median prices. With the demand for all that the Wasatch Back lifestyle has to offer, listed properties have been selling at a faster pace. In the last 12 months, the average length for a home to sell was less than 6 months in the Basin and less than 11 months in the City Limits.

The complexity of individual neighborhoods and micro-markets in the Greater Park City Area are reasons that buyers and sellers should be advised to contact a Park City Board of REALTORS® professional for the most accurate, detailed, and current information.

August Events

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Aug 08, 2018

This week we have 4 Super-Easy Curb Appeal Projects to Max Out Your Home’s Value. The yard of your dreams just might be more achievable than you thought - even in the mountains. You can also check out the Remodeling Impact Report: Outdoor Features from the National Association of REALTORS® it has some interesting data on how landscaping affects home value, especially those with tons of curb appeal.

AUGUST EVENTS

Now - 10/21: Real Salt Lake, Sandy

Now - 9/3: Salt Lake Bees, Salt Lake City

Sundays, 6/3 - 9/23: Park Silly Sunday Market, Park City

Wednesdays, 6/6 - 10/10: Park City Farmers Market, Park City

8/4 - 8/11: Summit County Fair 2018, Coalville

8/6 - 8/12: Tour of Utah, All Over Utah

8/9: Deer Valley Music Festival 15th Anniversary Celebration at Blue Sky, Coalville

8/11: Chris Stapleton, West Valley City

8/8 - 8/11: 2018 Weber County Fair, Ogden

8/15: Zoo Brew, Salt Lake City

8/15: Yappy Hour, Salt Lake City

8/15 - 8/18: 2018 Utah County Fair, Spanish Fork

8/17 - 8/19: Ogden Valley Balloon & Artists Festival, Ogden

8/18: Mid Mountain Marathon, Park City

8/18 - 8/19: Utah Beer Festival 2018, Salt Lake City

8/18 - 10/14: 2018 Oktoberfest , Snowbird

8/24 - 8/25: 2018 Utah Renaissance Faire, Thanksgiving Point

8/25: Made in Utah Festival 2018, Salt Lake City

8/30 - 11/24: Utah Utes Football, Salt Lake City

8/31 - 9/1: 2018 Midway Swiss Days, Midway

8/31 - 9/3: Soldier Hollow Classic Sheepdog Championship & Festival, Midway

9/1 - 11/24: BYU Cougar Football, Provo

9/3: Deer Valley Concert Series - Jason Mraz, Park City

Neighborhood Spotlight - East Summit County: Located below the majestic peaks of the Uintas, the mountain communities of Peoa, Kamas, Oakley, Woodland, Francis, Hoytsville, and Coalville boast stunning views and wild natural beauty. Popular with outdoor enthusiasts and ranchers, these townships offer a wide range of real estate options including farmstead estates, large lots to build your dream home on, and small subdivisons with a quiet neighborhood feel.

Just a short distance to Park City and Salt Lake City, these towns have a preserved sense of nature and community without the hustle and bustle of a larger city. From fishing, horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, and camping these areas provide a range of outdoor pursuits. In addition to their scenic charm, each town offers its own array of community activities including the Oakley Rodeo, Summit County Fair, outdoor summer concert series, and Kamas’ Fiesta Days.

Development Spotlight: Talisker Club: Inspired four-season lifestyle in Park City, Utah offers the best in Rocky Mountain living, featuring an exclusive one-of-a-kind private club membership with distinctive amenities and outdoor adventures. All highlighted by an incomparable collection of venues – landmark ski-in/ski-out at Empire Pass in Deer Valley® and award-winning golf and more at Tuhaye. It’s an unparalleled mountain experience for creating a cherished family legacy. For more information click here.

The Best City For Retirement

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Aug 01, 2018

According to Business Insider, Salt Lake City is one of the top three places in the country to retire in which makes Park City also very attractive. Retirement doesn't have to mean moving away from a city you love or giving up the cultural opportunities bigger metros provide that can make your retirement years golden. Aging in place is a growing phenomenon, as many seniors plan to stay in their own homes and remain active members of their communities rather than move elsewhere. But other retirees may still feel the urge for new scenery and a new zip code, whether to lower their cost of living as they adjust to life on a fixed income, or to find a new home that better fits their lifestyle or health care needs.

MagnifyMoney decided to look at which of the 50 largest metros offer the best opportunities for senior citizens in terms of lifestyle, cost of living, medical care and — when the time comes — both in-home and residential assisted care.

Salt Lake City seems to have the most engaged senior community, with 40.3% of people over the age of 55 volunteering, far in excess of the 24.7% average among the 50 metros we reviewed. Residents in the metro are also a bit more active than many other places, and at 27.6%, the metro has the lowest rate of preventable hospital stays. That may explain why, at $8,914, the average healthcare cost per Medicare patient is lower than the $9,627 average for the 50 metros. The metro could use a boost in their assisted care and quality availability, earning a score of 35.4, which is lower than the average of all metros we reviewed. Interestingly, Salt Lake City does not appear to be a draw for seniors, as only 1.5% of them moved there from elsewhere. To read the entire article click here.

Not retiring yet, well Salt Lake City is also one of the top 5 Cities Millennials are Flocking To - There are several places in the U.S. where millennials can be found due to the high employment rates and beautiful settings. For adults who are in their 20s and 30s, there are several places where it's smart to invest. When you're looking to move, these are a few cities that millennials are flocking to throughout the country. Salt Lake City takes spot #1! The high job growth in Salt Lake City makes it a desirable place for young adults to live as they look to obtain steady employment. The city is affordable to live in and has a median home price of $233,000 with job growth of 2.4 percent. Salt Lake City also has a lower unemployment rate compared to other markets throughout the U.S. with 2.9 percent, which is below the national average by a few points.

Now, switching gears - do you enjoy beer? Park City Magazine has a great article about the upcoming beer events happening in our area.

Hops on the Hill - Nothing quite says summer like Hops on the Hill at the Stein Eriksen Lodge. This annual 7-week series pairs scrumptious bites conjured up by Chef Zane Holmquist and his team together with favorite beers from a variety of Utah craft breweries. Add a the magnificent view from the deck of the Stein and an outdoor concert from a local band and you’ve just created the perfect summer evening. This year’s series kicked off on July 17 and will continue every Tuesday through August 28. Pairings are $20 for food, $20 for beer and will be served on the deck from 6-7:30 p.m. Additional a la carte grill and beverages available for purchase.

The local breweries and bands remaining in this year's series include:

  • Aug 7: Melvin Brewing & 2 Row Brewery; Band: Fastback
  • Aug 14: Red Rock Brewing & Proper Brewing Co.; Band: The Lazlos
  • Aug 21: Wasatch Brewery & Bonneville Brewery; Band: Utah County Swillers
  • Aug 28: Mad Fritz Beer & Mountain West Cidery
 

Oktoberfest at Snowbird - So you couldn’t make it to Munich for the granddaddy of all beer festivals? Not to worry, grab your lederhosen head over the canyon from Park City to Snowbird for one of the best Oktoberfests this side of the Mississippi. Featuring alp horns, live music, a beard contest, music, games, food, and, of course, a never-ending flow of beer, this celebration of German culture is a perfect weekend outing the whole family can enjoy. This year’s festival kicks off on August 18 and will be held every Saturday and Sunday through October 21, 2018, including Labor Day Monday.

World’s Longest Shot Ski - For the last couple of years Park City and Breckenridge, CO have been competing to hold the record for the world’s longest shot ski. Creating a shot ski that takes up the greater part of Main Street is no small task, but it’s well worth it considering all the proceeds from ticket sales go to charity. The lively affair, hosted by the local rotary club, takes place in October (this year’s date TBA).

Last week we shared the 2018 Second Quarter Wasatch Back Overview. In case you missed it click here for the digital online version https://joom.ag/ujUY

Have a great week!

Golf & Second Quarter Market Review

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Jul 25, 2018

This week we wanted to share links to each of the amazing golf courses in the Park City area as well as the 2018 Second Quarter Market Review. Click on each of the images below for a larger, full page view.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now on to golf, one of my favorite past times.

PUBLIC COURSES

Park City Golf Club

The Canyons Resort Golf Club 

Wasatch Golf – Mountain Course (Midway)

Wasatch Golf – Lake Course (Midway)

Soldier Hollow – Gold Course(Midway

Soldier Hollow – SIlver Course (Midway)

PRIVATE COURSES

Glenwild Golf Club

Jeremy Golf & Country Club

Park Meadows Golf Club

Promontory Club – Jack Nicklaus Painted Valley Course

Promontory Club – Pete Dye Canyon Course

Red Ledges Golf Club

Tuhaye Golf Club

Victory Ranch Golf Club

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Outdoor Bike Adventures

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Jul 18, 2018

Mens Journal Magazine recently wrote about Park City, which topped their list of the "20 Best Mountain Towns in America" : The outside world may associate Park City with glitz – the Sundance Film Festival, luxe ski resorts, restaurants helmed by big name chefs – but ask locals what they love most and it's sure to be the trails. The hills that surround town hold an unprecedented 400 miles of loops, networks, and connector trails for hiking, trail running, or biking. Best of all, the easy-to-access trails virtually bring the Wasatch Range to you and then drop you off back by quirky Main Street. For more information on Park City's extensive trails network visit mountaintrails.org and mountainbikingparkcity.com.

Here are some of the other outdoor adventures coming up in Park City as well as a hand full of amazing bike trails.

Park City Trail Series August 11 • September 15 |  Round Valley Trails, Park City -The Park City Trail Series is a 4-race series designed to introduce new trail runners to the sport. The series is a 5k, 10k, 15k, and 13.1. All of the events are on the Round Valley Trails in Park City, Utah. Due to the ease of terrain, these trail runs are designed with beginner users in mind. However, with well marked courses and the regularly placed aid stations, these races are also great speed training for more advanced trail users. Series is limited to 500 runners. For more info click here.

Free Women's Only Road Bike Ride - Every Monday through Labor Day (Weather permitting) | Jans - Join fellow female cyclists every Monday night after Memorial Day to Labor Day for free women's-only road bike rides as you head out from Jans flagship store on Park Avenue and lasts about two hours. Bike rentals for this event are just $15 (based on availability.) For more information click here.

Tour of Utah August 6-12 |  Assorted Venues, Statewide - The Tour of Utah returns to Park City! This event attracts worldwide attention as the top international cycling event that follows the Tour de France. The Tour of Utah stands shoulder to shoulder with the most prestigious professional bicycle stage race events as our answer to the greatest cycling challenges the world has to offer. For more info click here.

Mid Mountain Marathon - August 18 |  Deer Valley Resort - Silver Lake - The Mid Mountain Marathon is trail running with intermittent technical sections and voted best trail marathon in Utah. For more info click here.

Paddle, Pedal, Paddle - August 25 | Rock Cliff entrance of the Jordanelle State Park. It is 5 miles of standup paddle boarding, followed by 10 miles of mountain biking, finished with 5 miles of standup paddle boarding. For more info click here.

Park City Point 2 Point Bike Race September 1 |  Park City Point Area - Every year, the country's strongest endurance mountain bike racers drop in on some of the best trails Park City has to offer. For more info click here.

High Star Trail Open daily Now - Sept 3rd | Weekends thru Sept 30th - The 12-mile trail traverses the base of the Uinta Mountain Range and Kamas Wildlife Management Area on the 1,100 acre nature conservancy located on High Star Ranch. The route goes through beautiful wooded glades, open awe-inspiring meadows, and challenging rocky terrain. For more info click here.

Deer Valley Resort Mountain Biking Daily June 15th - Sept 3rd | Weekends until Sept 16th - Lift-served mountain biking/hiking and scenic rides are offered from the Silver Lake Express chairlift at Snow Park Lodge, Sterling Express Chairlift mid-mountain and Ruby Express chairlift at Empire Canyon. For more info click here.

Park City Resort Mountain Biking Open daily Now - Sept 3rd | Weekends until Sept 30th - With over 20 miles of cross-country trails throughout the resort, bikers of all levels can access trails from atop the Red Pine Gondola. Gondola bike haul tickets can be purchased at the Activities Center in Canyons Village. For more info click here.

Wasatch Mountain State Park Open 8am - 5pm Daily | Midway - Wasatch Mountain State Park is a wonderful spot that has a variety of trails, with the new WOW (Wasatch Over Wasatch) trail being especially popular. For more info click here.

Riverview Trail (aka Sorenson Trail) Heber - The Riverview Trail is located on the mountainside northeast of Heber at an average altitude of 6200 feet. It's 5.2 miles in length and is best done as a 10.4 mile out-and-back. This ride will have a total 600 feet of gradual up-and-down climbing. For more info click here.

Park City Bike Shuttle Open 8am - 5pm Daily | Midway - Owned and Operated by Jack Fenton, a 35 year Park City area resident, Park City Bike Shuttle offers shuttles to the Wasatch Crest, WOW Trails, Millcreek Canyon and more. For more info click here or call Jack at 435.640.1380.

Women’s Tuesday Night Mountain Bike Ride Every Tuesday, June - August | 1790 Bonanza Drive, Park City - Led by Team Sugar women’s mountain bike team, these rides are grouped by ability level. This two-hour ride is a great chance to work on your skills and endurance while meeting new friends and riding partners along the way. For more information click here.

Farmers Markets

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Jul 13, 2018

The Park City area is a great place to visit local farms, farm stands and markets. This week we wanted to share some great places to pickup up local eats. Read on for upcoming events like Summit County Fair, Swiss Days, the Sheepdog Championship and the Kimball Arts Festival.

The Park City Farmers Market is open Wednesdays, now through October 31 from 12-5pm at the Silver King Parking Lot. Stop by for fresh produce, baked bread and arts and crafts from local vendors. For more information click here.

The Park Silly Sunday Market is on Sundays, now through Sept 23 (except Aug 5, 12, & 19) on Historic Main Street from 10am-5pm. This is a eco-friendly open air market, street festival and community forum where neighbors and friends come together to celebrate our community of fun and funky Park Sillians. For more information click here.
Park City is home to many local farms, here are a few to visit and pick up locally grown and made items and food.

Copper Moose Farm

Summit Community Gardens

Bill White Farms

Looking for some fun activities, the Summit County Fair is August 4-11 at 202 E Park Road in Coalville. It's a traditional small town county fair with cowboys and bucking broncos, a carnival midway, beauty queens, home-canned goods, flowers, vegetables, and more. Events are held throughout Summit County and home base is in quiet, scenic Coalville.  For more information click here.

The Soldier Hollow Classic Sheepdog Championship is Labor Day Weekend in Soldier Hollow, Midway. The Soldier Hollow Classic features the world's best border collies in a competition that will fascinate and amaze you. This is the world's largest Sheepdog Championship and includes Splash Dogs, dog acrobats and much, much more! For more info click here.

The Midway Swiss Days is Labor Day Weekend. Swiss Days offers a wide variety of handmade items, antiques, fine art, and great Swiss food. Between 80,000 to 100,000 people descend on Midway during this weekend to relish Swiss Days, a tradition here since the 1940s. For more information click here.

And, the Kimball Arts Festival is August 3rd - 5th on Historic Main St. The 49th Annual Park City Kimball Arts Festival takes place on Historic Main Street and serves as the primary fundraiser for the Kimball Art Center. Each year this event hosts over 50,000 guests, 220+ jury-selected artists from over 30 states in 12 categories, 30 live musical acts, and an array of cuisine offerings. Come visit for one of Park City’s biggest and best events! For more info click here.

 

Activities For 4th of July

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Jun 27, 2018

The 4th of July celebrations in Park City are just around the corner and we wanted to share what will be happening in town and the surrounding area.

Historic Main Street, City Park, PCMR - Enjoy a full day of activities, including a pancake breakfast at City Park, Cole Sport 5k Fun Run (preregistration required), parade down Main St. at 11 am, kids' activities, rugby games, volleyball tournament, live music and refreshments at noon at City Park. At Park City Mountain Base area, enjoy family fun, live music and barbeque, and fireworks at dusk! For more information click here.

Park City Mountain Resort July 3 & 4 | Canyons Village at Park City, Park City Resort Center - At Park City Mountain, a one day celebration of America isn’t enough- that’s why we are starting the festivities a day early with our 3rd of July Celebration at Canyons Village! Enjoy free live music, kid-friendly activities, and a marvelous fireworks show at Canyons Village to kick off the Independence Day festivities. Fireworks will shoot off at dusk, approximately 9:30pm. Come check out the 4th of July Celebration, ending with Park City’s annual fireworks presentation!

  • 11:00am – 4th of July Parade: Historic Main Street
  • 3:00pm – Complimentary Village Activities & Mountain BBQ: Park City Mountain Village
  • 5:00pm – Live Music on the Green Stage
  • 7:30pm – Live Music by The Soulistics: The Green, Park City Mountain Village
  • 9:30pm – 4th of July Fireworks
More info here.

83rd Annual Oakley Rodeo & 4th of July Celebrations July 4-7, 8pm Nightly | Oakley Rodeo Grounds - The 4th of July wouldn’t be complete without a visit to our local rodeo, with cowboys, clowns and bucking broncos and bulls. Yee Haw! Get tickets early as they well sell out. For more information click here.

Another great way to spend the day in Park City is at the Utah Olympic which offers year-round adventure. From learning about the Park's unique Olympic heritage on a guided tour to taking the ride of a lifetime on the Comet Bobsled Ride, Utah Olympic Park offers activities for all, including:

  • extreme summer tubing
  • summer comet bobsled
  • alpine slide
  • extreme zipline
  • freestyle zipline
  • drop tower
  • discovery adventure course
  • canyon adventure course
  • summit adventure course
  • climbing wall
Activities are open on a daily basis through September 3rd, and continue on weekends in fall until October 21st. For more info click here.

Music In Park City

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Jun 19, 2018

Summer is here and so are the music lines up for the local resorts and the surrounding area. The Deer Valley Music Festival occurs at both the Deer Valley Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater & St. Mary’s Church. Enjoy breathtaking views accompanied by the world-class talent of the Utah Symphony as they perform with renowned guest artists and conductors for the fifteenth annual Deer Valley Music Festival.

June 30 - Patriotic Celebration Starring Rachel Potter

July 6 - Disney in Concert: A Silly Symphony Celebration

July 7 - Broadway Hits By Stephen Sondheim & Andrew Lloyd Webber

July 11 - Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5

July 13 - Abba the Concert: A Tribute to Abba With The Utah Symphony

July 14 - Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder With The Utah Symphony

July 18 - Mozart's "Jupiter Symphony"

July 20 - Rick Springfield With The Utah Symphony

July 21 - Sutton Foster With The Utah Symphony

July 25 - Beethoven's Symphony No. 1

July 27 - Amos Lee With The Utah Symphony

July 28 - The Music Of John Williams

August 1 - Fremont String Quartet

August 3 - The '70s vs The '80s

August 4 - Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

August 9 - Deer Valley Music Festival 15th Anniversary Celebration

August 10 - Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture And Violin Concerto

August 11 - The Utah Symphony Performs The Music Of Pink Floyd

For more info click here.

Deer Valley also has a Concert Series this year - the inaugural Deer Valley Concert Series, presented by Deer Valley Resort in conjunction with The State Room Presents. This vibrant and energizing five show series will welcome new artists to the stage of the Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater, bringing the mountains to life.

August 2 - The Decemberists with special guest Whitney

August 9 - Gavin DeGraw | Phillip Phillips

August 18 - Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real | M.Ward

August 31 - Gov't Mule with special guest The Magpie Salute

September 3 - Jason Mraz

For more info click here.

The Canyons Village at Park City will host free weekly concerts featuring a diverse array of musical acts from across the country. These concerts will take place on Thursday and Saturday evenings throughout the summer at 6:00 pm on the Canyons Village stage.

July 5 - Johnny Neel & Bryon Friedman

July 7 - Wild Belle

July 12 - Arthur Leland Trio

July 14 - TBD

July 21 - Polyrhythmics

July 26 - The Coffis Brothers

July 28 - Old Salt Union

August 2 - Electrik Voodoo

August 4 - TBD

August 11 - Aaron Lee Tasjan

August 16 - Charley Crockett

August 18 - Magic Giant

August 23 - Zander

August 30 - Big Blue Ox

September 1 - Marc Broussard

For more info, click here.

The Grand Valley Bank Community Concert Series will happen at Deer Valley's Snowpark Amphitheater on the following dates:

June 20 - Triggers & Slips

June 27 - Sammy Brue

July 11 - Take 5

July 18 - Smiling Souls

July 25 - Troubadour 77

August 1 - AIKO

August 8 - The Breakfast Klub

August 15 - Yolanda Arrey

August 22 - Live PC Give PC Community Jam Session

The Mountain Town Music at Woodenshoe Park in Peoa has become a vital part of the Peoa community. Each summer, music in Woodenshoe Park brings the community of Peoa and the surrounding areas together on Friday nights for BBQ and live music.

June 29 - Stacey Board

July 13 - You Knew Me When

July 20 - Red Desert Ramblers

For more information click  here 

The Sundance Mountain Music at Sundance Resort: 

June 20 – Belle and Sebastian

The Sounds of Summer Concert Series at Sundance Resort:

July 8 – Michelle Moonshine & Co

July 15 – The Hardy Brothers

July 22 – Matthew & the Hope

July 29 – Red Desert Ramblers

August 5 – Candy’s River House

August 12 – G Brown Quintet

August 19 – Nate Robinson Trio

August 26 – Tony Holiday & the Velvetones

September 2 – Triggers & Slips

September 9 – Joy & Eric with special guest Basil Katz

The Bluebird Cafe Concert Series:

July 6 - Liz Rose, Phil Barton, Billy Montana

July 13 - Jessi Alexander, Deric Rutta, Jonathan Singleton

August 17 - Eric Paslay, Michael Tyler, Emily Weisband

August 24 & 25 - Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne, Matt Jenkins

For more information on Sundance Resort Concerts, click here.

Snowbasin Resort presents BLUES, BREWS & BBQ every Sunday starting on June 24th.

June 24 - Kris Lager Band / Sophistafunk / Pinetop Inferno

July 1 - Cris Jacobs / Luke Winslow King / The Johnny Utahs

July 8 - The Flobots / The Lique / TBA

July 15 - Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds / Sam Ravenna / Frogleg

July 22 - ‘FroFest’ - Andy Frasco / Wild Adriatic / Funk You / Talia Keys

July 29 - The Ballroom Thieves / Old Salt Union / Michelle Moonshine

August 5 - Dirty Revival / Jordan Matthew Young / King Cardinal

August 12 - Red Molly / Jeff Crosby & the Refugees / Useful Jenkins

August 19 - Jon Wayne and the Pain / Groovement/ Folk Hogan

August 26 - Jelly Bread / The Battlefield / Slings & Arrows

September 2 - Left Over Salmon / Amy Helm / Dead Winter Carpenters / Michelle Moonshine

September 9 - The Johnny Utahs / The Gringos

September 16 - Folk Hogan / TBA

September 23 - Night Marcher / TBA

September 30 - Tony Holiday and the Velvetones / Penrose!

For more information click here.

Enjoy the summer of music!

 

 
 
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