Monthly Archives: January 2009
As Sundance comes to a close there’s a new crowd coming into Park City. Thursday through Saturday the Visa Freestyle World Cup will be hosted at Deer Valley Resort and Park City Mountain Resort, with three days of high-flying, and awe-inspiring tricks on the snow, a free concert, fireworks and lots of other fun stuff. And all the events are free!
The U.S. Ski Team VP of communications Tom Kelly says the annual Park City extravaganza is one of the biggest ski events in the U.S. It’s fan-friendly and the athletes love it too. The World Cup gets bigger and better every year. This year they’ve added a skiing halfpipe at PCMR! We’ll also have the usual competitions including aerials, moguls and dual moguls!
Michael Franti and Spearhead will be playing a show the first night on Main Street and there promises to be amazing races and dazzling tricks so come check it out!
For a complete schedule see www.usskiteam.com
Here are a few excepts from an article in the NYTimes about Deer Valley and Old Town Guest House.
“If a ski resort ever epitomized white-glove service, it’s Deer Valley. Its founder, Edgar Stern, opened the resort in 1981 to provide a ski experience rich in all aspects: beautifully maintained slopes, gourmet food and exceptional amenities. Since then, Deer Valley has had a trickle-down effect on every other high-end resort in the country.
Pull up to the base, and a skier valet helps unload your gear and puts it aside while you park, eliminating the classic schlep from the parking lot. To avoid overcrowding on the slopes, which sprawl across six peaks, sales of lift tickets are limited to 6,500 a day. The food at the 10 resort-operated restaurants draws as many raves as do the days of the deepest powder. Snowboarders? Well, they’re still not allowed. Stein Eriksen, the legendary 1952 Olympic gold and silver medalist from Norway, is the director of skiing, and his image — sailing down the slopes on skis and in perfect form, not a hair out of place — personifies Deer Valley.
The resort has done almost too good a job of solidifying its stylish reputation, and in recent years has worked to roughen up its image a bit. Where many resorts are adding intermediate terrain to try to appeal to a wider audience, Deer Valley is trying to do the same by adding more expert terrain. The Lady Morgan Express chairlift ( MAP) was added last year, serving 200 acres of mostly black-diamond runs and complementing the area’s already excellent tree skiing. Though the resort is justifiably known for nightly grooming that buffs runs as smooth as the Italian granite in the base-lodge restrooms, many runs do escape the snowcat’s swath. Since 2001, Deer Valley has annually hosted a World Cup competition for freestyle moguls and aerials (including the 2002 Olympics) and will be the site of the 2011 World Freestyle Championships. The current approach seems to be working: Ski magazine readers have voted Deer Valley the best ski resort in North America for the past two years.”
The hotels and condos at the resort are all high-end (or, at least, billed as such), with prices to match. For lower-priced accommodations, try the Old Town Guest House in downtown Park City (1011 Empire Avenue, 435-649-2642; www.oldtownguesthouse.com), which has four homey rooms (one’s a suite) in a historic Victorian and an innkeeper who is also a backcountry ski guide. The free shuttle to Deer Valley is three short blocks away. Rooms range from $189 to $249 a night.”
Read the full article!
Sundance Institute announced a few days ago the lineup of films chosen to screen in the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions for the 25th Sundance Film Festival. In addition to the four Competition categories, the Festival presents films in five out-of-competition sections. In case you forgot, The 2009 Sundance Film Festival runs January 15-25 in Park City.
According to Geoffrey Gilmore, the Director of Sundance Film Festival, this year’s films are crossing boundaries and blurring genres, creating an emotion-laced and energetic Festival that brings a whole lot of new ideas. John Cooper, the Director of Programming indicates that independent film is moving in the direction of purposeful and inclusive storytelling.
118 feature-length films are selected to premiere, representing 21 countries and 42 brand new filmmakers. To see the list of what will be playing visit the Sundance website at: www.festival.sundance.org/2009/
We’ve been getting lots of beautiful new snow. Here’s an update on the snow at our three closest resorts as of December 26.
At Park City Mountain Resort there are 14 lifts open, servicing 69 runs, with 31 groomed runs. There are three parks, one pipe and two bowls open. The base depth is 40 inches. Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Go to www.parkcitymountain.com for more info.
The Canyons Resort has 14 lifts open, servicing 92 runs, 40 groomed. There are two bowls and six natural halfpipes open. The mid-mountain base depth is 49 inches. Open 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Go to www.thecanyons.com for more information.
Deer Valley has 21 lifts open, servicing 82 runs. There are six bowls open and the base depth is 44 inches. Open 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Visit www.deervalley.com for more info.
Another great destination when you come visit us at Old Town Guest House is Utah Olympic Park! It’s open 9-6 daily and with lots of things to do for all ages. You can ride on the Winter Comet Bobsled Tuesday through Friday 5:30-6:30 p.m. or Saturday 5-7 p.m. The Xtreme Zipline, Snowzone and rides on the K120 Chairlift are open Tuesday through Friday noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Expert guided tours are available daily at the top of the hour 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Olympic Tours are offered Wednesday through Saturday 2-4 p.m., starting January 7, 2009. Free admission to the Park includes self guided tours of competition sites, the Alf Engen Ski Museum and the 2002 Olympic Winter Games Museum. Go see where some of the excitement of the 2002 Winter Games happened!
Check it out and visit Go to www.olyparks.com for more info.