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|This weekend marks the official start to summer–join us for Memorial Day Weekend in Park City, Utah! We’re opening for summer activities on Friday, May 22 from 1 to 6 p.m.
Have you been dreaming of riding the Alpine Slide since we closed last summer? Want to fly through the Aspens, 110 feet above the ground, on our Zip Rider? Head up to Park City this weekend and kick off your summer the right way.
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August 3rd – 9th
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The Chickens are Salt Lake City’s premiere all-instrumental groove factory. A no-frills combination of improvisational creativity and rhythmic bad-assitude, they have quickly developed into one of the most dynamic groups on the SLC music scene. The band is comprised of …read more…
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Local Ski Utah guide forges her own path
Deb Lovci was named Best Skiing Guide by Outside Magazine
At least once a day in the winter, Deb Lovci pauses and takes a moment and a breath to admire the panoramic view from what she calls her office — stunning mountain terrain glistening with untouched snow as far as she can see. To her, it feels like the top of the world.
Lovci is the lead guide for Ski Utah’s Interconnect Tour, which takes skiers through Wasatch Mountain Range backcountry and terrain on as many as six ski resorts in one day. She was recently named Best Skiing Guide by Outside Magazine.
Lovci said she was grateful for the recognition. But for her, earning a living showing off Utah’s world-class slopes to guests is its own reward.
“We’re basically showcasing the great ski resorts of Utah and the backcountry in between,” she said. “We get to show people how unique this is. I mean, there’s nowhere else like this, short of going to Europe. And even Europe, you’re not going to get what we get here, as far as the amazing conditions.”
While Lovci relishes shredding through deep powder, even more enjoyable are the moments she spends with guests on ski lifts or during breaks for lunch. Many of her guests come from big cities, where they have corporate jobs, and she finds connecting with them intriguing.
“That’s the best part of my job,” Lovci said. “Just to hear what people’s lives are like is incredible. I love meeting my guests.”
But as fascinating as she finds them, they are equally captivated by the life she leads.
They are blown away by the ski experience and the fact she gets to spend her days in the powder of the Wasatch Mountains.”We all kind of take it for granted that it’s easy to go and ski out of bounds, but we get a lot of people from high-rises in Chicago or New York,” she said. “When they come out here, it’s beautiful, untracked powder, and they’re just like, ‘Oh my.’ I love to hear that from them because I never want a day to go by that I’m not thankful for what I do, because it’s pretty amazing.
“I would love to hear the stories they tell when they go back to their world. I’m sure it’s like, ‘Why let the truth get in the way of a good story.’ I’m sure they’re saying, ‘It was this steep and this deep, and we hiked for hours.'”
While her interest in the people she serves has not changed throughout her more than two decades as a Ski Utah tour guide, other aspects of the job have. For instance, ski gear has become much more refined and lighter, for an easier backcountry experience.
Additionally, advances in backcountry safety technology — along with cooperation from the resorts the Interconnect Tour visits — have ensured she is keeping guests as safe as possible.
“It’s fun because I love change,” she said. “We all adapt to it, and that has been so fun. It’s been a blast and I look forward to even more changes. There will probably be even more changes ahead than I’ve had behind me. I’m excited about it.”
But Lovci’s job as a ski guide is only part of who she is. She also owns the Old Town Guest House, at 1011 Empire Ave. She bought the house when she first moved to Park City and turned it into a bed and breakfast.
“I had always wanted to renovate an old building,” she said. “I always thought it was, like, the ultimate in recycling. And this place was just a wreck.
“People don’t know this about me, but my inn is equally as fun and important to me as being a guide.”
She typically caters to younger guests who are searching for a true “locals” Park City experience and knowledge of the best areas for outdoor activity. Even in the summer, the bed and breakfast thrives, with guests coming from all over to recreate.
“I love the summers with young bike riders,” she said. “It’s fun because so many of those people have grown up now and are coming back.”
Coming to Park City for the race?? Book your room at Old Town Guest House for $169/night!! Walk to the start of the race.
Park City offers trails that stretch as far as the eye can see and stunning views that will take your breath away. It’s no wonder that Park City Mountain Resort is considered a mecca for endurance athletes of all disciplines. Trail running is one of the sports that thrives in this environment and we are pleased to announce that The North Face Endurance Challenge Utah event will be taking place just steps from our resort this September 26th and 27th.
When discussing the premiere trail running events across the globe, The North Face Endurance Challenge Series is always in the conversation. The Endurance Challenge Series is a two day running event and festival, featuring seven trail racing events: 50 Mile, 50K, Marathon and Marathon Relay races on Saturday and Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K races on Sunday. Hosted by Ultra Marathon Man Dean Karnazes, the ECS boasts the most competitive fields in trail running, while also offering distances for athletes of all abilities.
The GORE-TEX 50 Mile race has the most elevation gain of any race in our series! Join The North Face team on the trails of Park City Mountain Resort this fall! Whether you’re an ultra running veteran or running your first trail race, you’ll find the perfect race for your skill level.
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About Utah: Of all the ski guides, in all the mountains.
PARK CITY — Ever since Ski Utah began offering its Interconnect tours in 1989, Deb Lovci has been guiding skiers through the backcountry to the Wasatch Mountain resorts of Deer Valley, Park City, Brighton, Solitude, Alta and Snowbird.
Which means she’s been doing it now for 26 straight years.
Which means she’s guided at least 15,000 ski tourists, eight to 12 at a time, along the same 25-mile route from Park City to Big Cottonwood Canyon to Little Cottonwood Canyon.
Year after year after year.
Which puts her way past the burnout stage, right?
Right. She’s so burned out that Outside Magazine just named her Best Skiing Guide in the world.
You can look it up in the magazine’s “Best of” April issue that is already on the newsstands — or at Outsideonline.com.
Out of all the ski guides, in all the mountains, in all the world, they picked her.
Deb — your basic overnight sensation 26 years in the making — is both honored and surprised by the news.
“I’m not exactly sure why they picked me,” she said last week as she sat in the kitchen of the Old Town Guest House, the bed-and-breakfast she has owned and managed in Park City for as many years as she’s been guiding the Interconnect. “I do bring a lot of enthusiasm and energy to it. You can tell it’s my passion. I love being outside ….
She kept thinking.
“… and I bring a lot of chocolate.
“Maybe that’s it!”
What she takes the most pride in, she freely concedes, is the Interconnect’s 100 percent safety record over the more than quarter-century she’s been guiding.
“I guess if I was going to pat my back on anything, it would be that,” she says.
She disabuses the notion that repeating the same route so many times is conducive to boredom or anything even close to it.
“Every group’s different, every tour’s different,” she says with such energy that an exclamation point should go at the end of each statement. “I have the greatest job on Earth, in the greatest place. You could blindfold me, spin me around in the Wasatch, and ask me ‘where are you?’ and I could probably tell you.
“I love standing on top of a peak and saying, ‘Welcome to my office.’ ”
She can’t believe she’s spent almost half her life here. She moved to Utah when she was 27, fresh off several years working as a dive instructor on cruise ships in the Caribbean. Before that, she earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise sport science at the University of Colorado in her hometown of Boulder.
“I’ve just always loved being active in sports, especially in the outdoors,” she says. She comes from a family of four brothers and a sister — “my dad was an engineer, my mom was a mom” — and first learned to ski at Lake Eldora, the resort closest to Boulder, when she was 5.
She bolted from the cruise ships — and her major — when she handpicked Park City as the town she wanted to move to in the late 1980s so she could renew her relationship with the mountains.
“I don’t mean anything against Colorado,” she says. “But what appealed to me is I could see there were less skiers, less private property, less rules in general in the backcountry.”
She bought her bed-and-breakfast — her year-round, full-time job — when it was an abandoned shack about to fall over onto Empire Avenue. She acquired a historic grant and restored the building to beyond its former luster — it once belonged to the mayor of Park City — and started advertising for clients.
About the same time, she and Ski Utah recruited each other for the brand new Interconnect tours. They saw her as one of the knowledgeable backcountry skiers they needed to consult about the feasibility of such a thing. She saw them as a way to get paid to do what she loves.
Twenty-six years later, the marriage is as rock solid as ever.
“I hope I can do this for another 25-plus years,” says Deb.
Her Academy Award speech doesn’t end there.
“Ski Utah really deserves this honor,” she says. “They’ve always been so great at doing things outside the box. And none of it happens without the tremendous people at all six resorts that are involved. Ski patrol, ski safety, the resort operators, everybody. And I gotta really thank the guides I guide with. They’re the ones who make it happen. They’re the greatest.”
Bet she gives them chocolate too.
Best Skiing Guide: Deb Lovci
Cred: Fellow guides joke that Lovci’s pack is bigger than she is. (She’s five foot five and 115 pounds.) But the 53-year-old competitive Nordic skier, ski-mountaineering racer, mountain biker, and angler is no pushover when it comes to the 26-mile daylong backcountry Wasatch tour linking Deer Valley to Snowbird via four to six other resorts. “If someone will be a safety risk, I have no problem telling them this isn’t the tour for them,” she says. “As much as I want to make every day a holiday, safety is my number-one concern. But I have the greatest job on earth. I love standing on top of a peak and saying, ‘Welcome to my office.’ ”
Best known for: Twenty-five years of skiing the Wasatch backcountry and finding powder stashes; unstoppable energy.
Never leaves home without: Snickers, an Ortovox shovel and probe, a multitool, and duct tape.
Book her: skiutah.com
I’m always pumped when someone buckles in for the first time and realizes how easy our top-notch instructors make skiing or snowboarding to learn and how much fun it is after getting the basics. Naturally, January is one of my favorite months because it’s Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month! We have a range of introductory lesson programs for adults, kids or teens.
The family that skis and rides together has a whole lot of fun.
If you’re reading this, you’re likely already drinking the ski/snowboard Kool-Aid. But everyone knows someone who’s never experienced the thrill of linking turns together for the first time. So get ’em out on the mountain and have them try a lesson! Oh if they need gear for a day, we can help with that at Park City Mountain Rentals!
Who is the one person you’d like to introduce to skiing or snowboarding? Let us know in the comments!