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Fun night!!

Do, re, mi, fa, sooooooo much fun!!!

The final show of the 2012 St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights series is the international phenomenon Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music bringing our local hills alive on Saturday, September 1. “One of the funniest and most extraordinary evenings of my life.” The Independent (London) – Nuns, lederhosen-ed whippersnappers, even a goatherd or two will gather slope-side at Deer Valley Resort’s Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater for an irresistibly fun evening of film, singing and costume contest bedecked fabulousness. Of note: This event begins early with a 6 p.m. start time. For tickets and information: 435-655-3114

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Another new trail. Hike it from the Inn.

You might remember that a few months ago, Park City was named the world’s first Gold Level Ride Center by the International Mountain Biking Association. That basically translates to, “Park City has a killer trail system.” Of course us Parkites have always thought that, but it’s great to be recognized by outsiders.

One of the best characteristics of our trail system is that every year, it is constantly improving with new trails. To contribute to this ever-diversifying trail system, Park City Mountain Resort has been working on cutting a new trail that will allow hikers and bikers to easily trek from the top of PayDay to the base area (or vice versa!), without needing to use an access road.

So without further ado, I present Jenni’s Trail!

Trail: Jenni’s Trail Duration: 4.7 miles total, but we only hiked the first 2.5 miles to PayDay Mid Station Difficulty: Intermediate Don’t forget: Water, camera and a ticket for the ZipRiderTM

Jennis Trail Map

Jenni’s Trail starts off of the path under the Flying Eagle and ZipRiderTM. It’s pretty difficult to miss once you get to First Time face, since it is a newly cut trail. From here, the trail winds up the mountain, through the aspens and across ski runs. You’ll hit Crescent Mine Grade, where you’ll continue straight through that intersection. Turning left or right will put you on CMG. (Bad idea. Trek CMG some other time!)

Scenic

On our way up, we ran into these guys, just hanging out in the middle of the trail, munching on the shrubbery.

Moose

As we stood there for 20 minutes, trying to remember our moose safety lessons as we waited for the moose to leave the trail, we were able to take a nice, short water break and soak up the scenery.

All in all, it took us about 1:30 to reach Mid Station of PayDay, including our moose hold. You can continue up Jenni’s Trail if you want, catching PayDay Lift down from the top. We decided it would be more fun to take a zip ride.

 

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Yeah!! Park City Film Series is back!

Sept 7th is just around the corner! PC Film Series will kick off its season with MOONRISE KINGDOM. Check out the trailer and other upcoming films at www.parkcityfilmseries.org    Also we will be at Park Silly Sunday Market on Sep 2nd. Stop by our nonprofit booth for a chance to win some great prizes  Walk the the theater from the Inn!!  It only takes about 3 minutes.  This is so much fun for a weekend evening.

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The  weather is beautiful!! – warm in the daytime with the nights cooling off. As a matter of fact, we are already starting to slip into the fall, we have even seen a few leaves starting to change! Fall in Park City is amazing with sunny skies, and perfect temperature for hiking and biking.  Come out and mountain bike, trail run or just relax!  Mention this blog post for 20% off your lodging total for any new reservation booked between September 5th – Nov. 5th 2012.

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Park City Silly Market

Utah’s zero waste street festival and open air market on Park City’s Historic Main Street. Vendors, artisans, kids’ activities, gourmet food, music, performers and so much more! Unique every week and free for all.

Located on lower Main Street an easy walk from the Inn!!

Every Sunday until Sept. 23rd, 2012

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Guided Hike Aug. 25th, 2012 10:30 am

Join Basin Recreation, as we guide you through our vast trail system.  All hikes will last approximately 1-2 hours, depending on the trail selected.  We are asking that you leave the dogs at home for this function.  Although we allow leashed pets on our trails, we ask that they stay home for this group setting.

Meet at Gorgoza Parking Lot

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Tour of Utah!!

Epic climb makes Leipheimer emperor for a day

Defending champ ends with a bang, but Tschopp wins Tour of Utah GC

(Grayson West/Park Record) The peloton of the sixth and final stage of the 2012 Larry H. Miller…

 

Fans fought for the perfect view. Cowbells rang raucously, spectators screamed into megaphones, making sure the sixth and final stage of the 2012 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah would be remembered for its liveliness. Enthusiasts snapped countless photos with their smartphones and children decorated Lower Main Street with chalk art.For one day, Park City’s Main Street was the focal point of the cycling world.

“I don’t know how you can say it’s not enjoyable,” said Rory Sutherland, a New Zealander riding for the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team, who won the Tour’s first stage on Aug. 7 and won the Most Aggressive Rider jersey Sunday. “It’s obviously a very painful experience, but at the same time, I don’t think there was a rider out there today who didn’t enjoy parts of the climb and seeing the people of Utah come out and support us.”

Pain is an understatement. Stage 6 of this year’s Tour of Utah punished without compromise.

For the first time ever, the Tour of Utah — dubbed America’s toughest stage race — finished in Park City and the 76.73-mile ride did not disappoint. The peloton set out from Lower Main Street around noon Sunday and trekked to the east side of Summit County, past Oakley and Kamas and into the Wolf Creek Pass area. From there, the riders set out for Wasatch County where they rode through Heber City, into Midway and eventually faced the demoralizing climb up Empire Pass.

A day after nabbing the yellow jersey from Christian Vande Velde of team Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda, Swiss rider Johann Tschopp made sure he wouldn’t relinquish it on the Tour’s biggest stage. The BMC Racing Team rider kept the leader’s jersey on the final day, securing his 2012 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah victory, finishing first overall in the individual general classification race in front of a roaring crowd on Lower Main Street. Matthew Busche of Team Radioshack-Nissan Trek finished second, while Leopold Koenig of Team NetApp finished third.

“We have a lot of similar routes in Europe as here in Utah,” said a smiling Tschopp through an interpreter. “There have been a lot here that are quite large.

“My strategy was to perform at my maximum. It was quite difficult from time to time, but I did what I needed to do — and from time to time, it was risky.”

Risky, indeed.

Having already trekked close to 470 miles in Northern Utah’s grueling mountainous terrain, the riders were presented with a challenge that tested some riders to their very core. Cyclists huffed and puffed as they crossed the finish line. Some just plopped their bodies on their handlebars.

The final eight miles took no prisoners. However, two-time defending Tour of Utah champion Levi Leipheimer, a graduate of the Rowland Hall Academy in Salt Lake City, made sure he wouldn’t fall victim to the altitude gains. After all, Leipheimer, who recently competed in the 2012 Tour de France, spends much of his summer training along the Wasatch Back and actually suggested the Empire Pass climb to Tour of Utah organizers.

The 38-year-old veteran made a crucial push past the peloton on the way up Empire Pass and eventually took a staggering lead. Leipheimer won the final stage as he shot down Deer Valley Drive and made one final, yet brief climb up Lower Main Street as the crowd shouted his name.

“I definitely felt the pressure today, having been the one who pushed for that climb, and in a way discovered it,” he said, shaking his head. “They actually put it in and I didn’t think they would. It turned out to be a good thing.”

With the way he performed on the Tour of Utah’s final day, Leipheimer was asked if he wished the climb would have been longer.

“No, no,” he said. “I was suffering — I was suffering a lot. When I saw ‘5K to go,’ I thought, ‘Oh my God, what did I do to myself?’ It’s horrible to be out there pushing yourself that hard and under the pressure of ‘I’ve got the stage win in my hands.’ At the same time, that’s why I think we all race our bikes, because suffering like that is actually a beautiful thing. It’s not pretty. I felt ugly on the bike, but I won the stage. I’ve ridden that exact course about 20 times, and every time I come over the top of that hill, I’ve come down that exact same downhill and I imagined myself in that scenario. That’s really why I do this.”

In total, the riders who finished all six stages rode 545 miles and climbed close to 38,500 feet in the six-day event. They touched cities such as Ogden, Lehi and Midway and participated in the team trial at the Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele.

With the Tour of Utah continuing to grow in stature — both nationally and internationally — the story of this year’s stage race will be the taxing 22-percent climbs presented to the already-gassed riders on event’s final day.

“I think it’s a testament to how much the Tour of Utah has grown, and the level of competition is so high, if you make a mistake or two, like we did in the team time trial, then your race is over,” Leipheimer said. “I never figured I would be able to win. I was hoping to get a stage win out of these last couple days, and I was very happy to be able to do that.”

 


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A fun walking tour to do this Saturday!

Historic Main Street Walking Tour-Special Saturday Tour!

We are offering our popular Historic Main Street Walking this Saturday, Aug 11th at 2:00pm! Meet here at the Museum, and come explore our history.

Put on your walking shoes and explore Park City’s Historic Main Street! The Park City Museum’s popular Historic Main Street Walking Tours begin June 4th and run through August 31st. Weather-permitting, the tours leave the Park City Museum (528 Main Street) Monday-Friday at 2:00pm. Cost is $5 per person. Groups of more than seven people need to make reservations at least three weeks in advance. Please arrive 10 minutes early, bring water and wear sun protection. The tour lasts for about one hour. There is no tour on July 4th or Aug 3rd. For more information, call 435-649-7457 or email education@parkcityhistory.org .

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How do you spend your Wednesdays?

How do you spend your Wednesdays? We’ve been spending ours riding down the mountain at Deer Valley. The majority of Park City mountain bikers choose to ride uphill, then downhill, but it’s been a long, hot summer, so last Wednesday we decided to treat ourselves. Instead of enduring the brutal workout of climbing uphill, we decied to purchase a Deer Valley lift pass for the day. A full day pass costs $36 and can be purchased at Snow Park, Silver Lake or Empire Lodge. More often than not, during the summer months we are working on building up our endurance so we can go on longer rides, but this type of riding really helps to build more technical riding confidence. Deer Valley offers tons of trails where you can take your cross country bikes, however trails such as Homeward Bound and Nail Driver over features that are technical and better suited to a downhill bike.  My cross country bike and I can only handle so much, so the next time I step up to the lifts the plan is to rent a downhill bike. Downhill bikes can also be rented at Silver Lake and Snow Park.

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Need a great picnic!!

Gourmet Picnic Baskets and Bags

Don’t worry about preparing and packing a picnic for one of our many outdoor concerts this summer – order a Deer Valley Gourmet Picnic Basket or Bag.

The Deer Valley Gourmet Picnic Basket offers:

  • A choice of: ~ lightly smoked salmon, marinated cucumber ribbons, dill caper aioli                  or ~ chilled filet of beef, carmelized onions, horseradish cream
  • Our delicious antipasto of steamed artichokes, homemade aioli, imported olives, Creminelli truffle salami and pear tomatoes
  • Double cream French Brie with a freshly baked baguette, apple and grapes
  • Lemon pound cake, chocolate raspberry truffle tartlets

Deer Valley Picnic Bag includes:

  • Gourmet wraps ~ one of each, totaling two wraps per person: ~ Garden tomatoes, fresh basil, mozzarella, aged balsamic aioli ~ Roasted breast of turkey, French brie, Copper Moose Farm field greens, fig chutney and tarragon aioli
  • Local Beehive cheese, homemade flatbread and apple
  • Caesar salad ~ crisp romaine, shaved parmesan cheese, lemon garlic dressing
  • Homemade trio of chips ~ Idaho, yam and purple Hawaiian potatoes
  • A Deer Valley jumbo chocolate chip cookie

Pricing

  • A single Deer Valley Gourmet Basket is $42 and a basket for two is $78
  • A single Picnic Bag is $28 and a Bag for two is $52.  The Picnic Bag is served in a recycled, reusable insulated bag
  • Assorted beverages, including wine and beer, are available for purchase
  • Vegetarian options are available, please call to inquire further or to place an order
  • Tax is in addition

For more information or to place an order, please call 435-645-6613. Pre-payment and 72-hour advance notice are required.