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Where to eat during Sundance Film Festival

Folks taking in the Sundance Film Festival at Salt Lake City and Ogden venues have a wide array of affordable dining options available to them between screenings. In Park City, however? Not so much. There, reservations are hard to come by during the festival, and finding bargain meals is an even bigger challenge. Well, I can help. If you want to dine in the same glitzy eatery as Brangelina and Lady Gaga, you already know where to go. There is no shortage of high-end restaurants peppering Park City—especially on Main Street—and they’ll no doubt be star-studded. However, if you’re looking to escape the paparazzi or just trying to find a quiet meal that doesn’t require a movie-mogul budget, here are some suggestions—places with A-list cuisine at (mostly) B-list prices.

In the Prospector section of Park City, there are a handful of restaurants that most Sundance goers aren’t hip to. Good Karma(1782 Prospector Ave., 435-658-0958, GoodKarmaRestaurants.com) is an eclectic eatery with food ranging from pancakes breakfasts and burgers for lunch, to Persian and Indian fare like shrimp vindaloo and salmon parsi. At El Chubasco Mexican Grill (1890 Bonanza Drive, 435-645-9114), you’ll find authentic Mexican food—everything from street-style tacos and big burritos to pozole, menudo, machaca and more, not to mention a rockin’ salsa bar. Fuego Pizza Bistro & Pizzeria (2001 Sidewinder Drive, 435-645-8646,FuegoPizzeria.com) is the place for Italian-influenced bistro fare in an appealing setting, with a fully stocked bar and great beer and wine selection. The gourmet 12-inch pizzas are terrific, but so are entrees like chicken piccata and ravioli diablo.

I can guarantee that a seat at a Bill White restaurant (Grappa, Chimayo, Wahso, Sushi Blue, Ghidotti’s) during Sundance will be a tough ticket. However, White’s Windy Ridge Cafe & Bakery(1250 Iron Horse Drive, 435-647-0880,BillWhiteRestaurantGroup.com) flies a little under most Sundancers’ radar, serving up pastry chef Stephanie Krizman’s delectable baked goods for breakfast and lunch in the bakery, and lunch and dinner at the cafe, where you’ll find upscale American comfort food like meatloaf, hot turkey and mashed potatoes, and almond-crusted Utah red trout. Park City locals also know that they can escape the Sundance hoi polloi at Hans Fuegi’s Grub Steak Restaurant(2093 Sidewinder Drive, 435-649-8060, GrubSteakRestaurant.com), where you can enjoy items like elk sirloin or a center-cut baseball steak without having to sell the Escalade. One last Prospector area eatery to scout out is Blind Dog Restaurant & Sushi Bar (1251 Kearns Blvd., 435-655-0800, BlindDogPC.com), where they’ll be open for lunch during the Sundance Film Festival, serving their award-winning sushi, seafood, steaks and much more. Blind Dog also just happens to be one of the best bars in town.

A trio of off-the-beaten-Sundance-path restaurants can provide a respite from the festival frenzy, as well as darned good, inexpensive meals. First, you can get your Greek on at Nick’s Greek Cafe (1600 Snow Creek Drive, 435-658-2267, NicksGreekCafe.com) in Snow Creek Plaza. The wide-ranging menu features not only Greek classics like dolmades, moussaka, souvlaki, gyros and such, but also Vietnamese sandwiches, Chicago dogs and even noodle and rice bowls. Just down the road a bit is Squatters Roadhouse Grill(1900 Park Ave., 435-649-9868, Squatters.com), where you’ll find award-winning craft-brewed beers alongside quality pub fare. The chili-rubbed ahi tacos and charbroiled organic tofu with Thai yellow curry are just two items not to be missed. And then, way off the beaten path is a nifty little eatery with spectacular views: Silver Star Café (1825 Three Kings Drive, 435-655-3456), where live music on weekends provides an ambient backdrop to Chef Dave Bible’s rib-sticking dishes like duck cassoulet, pork osso bucco, vegetarian mushroom stroganoff, a killer Reuben and perfect pizzas.

If you really want to avoid Main Street during Sundance in Park City, I recommend heading west. A number of really good, not-too-pricey eateries have sprouted in Kimball Junction and Redstone Center, including Red Rock Brewery (1640 W. Redstone Center, 435-575-0295, RedRockBrewing.com), with handcrafted microbrews and root beer and excellent food to go with it. Try the perfectly cooked, oh-so-tender rotisserie chicken or macadamia-crusted wild salmon; you can’t go wrong with either. At Good Thymes (1456 New Park Blvd., 435-615-7090, Facebook.com/GoodThymesBistro), you’ll find comfort food at its best: chicken potpie, meatloaf, shrimp & grits, Philly cheesesteaks, fish & chips and a lot more, including a full bar. Close by is the best East Coast-style pizza around: Fat Kid Pizza atMaxwell’s (1456 Newpark Blvd., 435-647-0304,MaxwellsECE.com). And just around the corner is yet another place for awesome pizza: Park City Pizza Company (1612 Ute Blvd., Suite 111, 435-649-1591, www.ParkCityPizzaCo.com), where they’ve been keeping Park City pizza lovers happy for 26 years. For south-of-the-border flavors, hit up Loco Lizard (1612 Ute Blvd., Suite 101, 435-645-7000, LocoLizardCantina.com) for a marvelous Margarita and authentic Mexican fare like tacos al pastor, carnitas, mole poblano, pozole, ceviche and such.

Well, OK. You’re bound to stroll Main Street at some point during Sundance, right? Here are a few dining spots that maybe won’t be mobbed. Reef’s Restaurant & Gallery (710 Main, 435-658-0323,ReefsRestaurant.com) is one of Park City’s best restaurants, a combination art gallery and Mediterranean restaurant. Temptations like Jerusalem shish kebab, Moroccan salmon and fantastic falafel keep me coming back again and again. Meanwhile, Al Dente Trattoria e Bar (136 Heber Ave., 435-200-0260,AlDenteParkCity.com) is the newest of the Soo Chyung Restaurant Group, which also includes Yuki Arashi and A Wok Away. At Al Dente, you encounter beautiful décor and beautiful flavors to go with it. The duck-confit ravioli is out of this world, but the good old spaghetti & meatballs is also magnificent. I’d also try to score a table or bar seat at Shabu (442 Main, 435-645-7253,ShabuParkCity.com), which now offers a new gluten-free menu to customers. Enjoy the saketini bar while savoring some of the best sushi and other contemporary Asian cuisine, like the namesake shabu shabu, coconut-crusted tofu, moo shu duck and the killer Kobe beef pyramid. Finally, The Bridge Cafe & Grill (825 Main, 435-658-5451, TheBridgeCafeAndGrill.com), located right at the base of the Old Town Lift, combines traditional American comfort fare like burgers, cheesesteaks, chili and chicken wings with Brazilian dishes such as joqueca Baiana, camarão a brazuca, and filé com fritas.


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Quick START Free Skiing Offer

Quick START Free Skiing Offer


Before you can register for Quick START you need to book your flight.  If your travel plans aren’t yet complete, please bookmark this page so that you can return to finish your registration.  After registering, you’ll receive your redemption voucher via email.

IMPORTANT:  You must bring a paper copy of your voucher, a paper copy of your same-day boarding pass (printed, not electronic) and out-of-state photo ID to the resort ticket window to receive your complimentary same-day lift ticket.


  1. The date of redemption and the date on your airline boarding pass must be the same.
  2. Your printed Quick START email Voucher + Paper printed Board Pass + Out-of-State ID must be presented at the resort ticket window.  You must register for Quick START at least 24 hours prior to your flight departure, no exceptions.
  3. Quick START free skiing passes are only available from: Opening Day – 12/22/2012 * 1/6/13 – 2/15/13 * 4/1/13 – Resort Closing Daysquickstart
  4. Valid only at Deer Valley Resort, Canyons Resort and Park City Mountain Resort.


Park City Mountain Resort HD Cam’s

Our live, controllable PTZ (pan, tilt and zoom) cameras have been one of the most popular features on parkcitymountain.com for as long as I have been working here. Over, the past several years, we have moved cameras around to find the most interesting vantage points and more recently we have even added an HD Cam up at the top of Crescent Lift. Now we just turned on the newly upgraded Resort Plaza HD Cam with an updated HD cam interface that is also now available on the Crescent HD cam. Plus the existing standard definition Summit and 3 Kings Cams are both still providing fantastic live streaming images.

The new HD cam interface is quite intuitive, but in case you have any questions, here’s a quick run through on how to use it:

  1. Browse to either the new Resort Plaza HD cam or Crescent HD cam pages.
  2. Click on the “Click to Play Live Video” box in the center of the cam image.
  3. Check out the live video feed, or click “Control Camera” to steer the cam around.
  4. If there is nobody else controlling the cam, you will then seen controls allowing you to pan, tilt or zoom the camera, or select from one of many preset views, you can even click the “expand” button to make the viewer fill your entire screen.
  5. Be sure to move the cam to what you want to see quickly as we do have the cam control set to move the next person in line and you can see how long that might might in the timer section.


Utah Lift Ticket Deals at Costco!!

 Do you have a Costco close to home?  Are you a Costco Member??  Get your lift tickets before you arrive!!

Plan ahead and get a hot deal on Utah area lift tickets. Make a stop at the Costco in Salt Lake City (1818 S 300 W, Salt Lake City, UT – (801) 483-1881) on your way to the resort.

A 5-pack to Park City Mountain Resort – $259.99 (or $51.99/tix)

Two adult tickets to The Canyons – $109.99 (two youth or senior tickets – $64.99)

Two tickets to Snowbird – $98.99 ($49,49/tix)




Calender of Events for January


January 4 – The Meyer Gallery presents an artists reception for Heather Campbell and  Fatima Ronquillo.
January 4-5 – The Egyptian Theatre presents Stand Up Comedy.
January 4-6 – The Park City Film Series presents Samsara.
January 5 – The Park City Performing Arts Foundation presents Sara Watkins and Ruth Moody.
January 5 – The Park City Film Series presents a free screening of Winnie the Pooh at 3pm in their Books 2 Movies series.
Through January 6 – The Kimball Art Center presents Chihuly Venetians, The George R. Stroemple Collection A Stroemple/Stirek Collaboration in the Main Gallery.
January 10 – The Park City Film Series presents a free screening of Clean Bin Project in their Reel Community Series.
January 11-12 – The Egyptian Theatre presents Shemekia Copeland.
January 11-13 – The Park City Film Series presents The Sessions.
January 12 – The Park City Performing Arts Foundation presents Anna Deavere Smith.
January 17-27Sundance Film Festival arrives in Park City and other venues throughout Summit County.
January 18 – Artist reception for Amy Ringholz at Gallery MAR.
February 1-3 – The Park City Film Series presents Made in Utah Film Weekend.
February 2 – The Park City Performing Arts Foundation presents Delta Rae.
February 2 – The Park City Film Series presents a free screening of George 2: Follow that Monkey in their Book 2 Movie Series.


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Get 1st Tracks with the Powder Club


Count on two things when talking to ski town locals: they’ll remind you “there’re no friends on a powder day” and they’ll button up when you ask where their favorite powder stash is.

Park City Mountain Resort’s new Powder Club, however, breaks both of those rules: putting you in a fun group led by an instructor who shows you the best spots to hit on the mountain – all before the lifts are open to the public. No membership is required – just sign yourself up for a Powder Club session between 8-8:30 any morning after the Resort has received more than six inches of snow overnight. I tagged along with the Powder Club recently, after 13″ of snow fell the night before, and enjoyed by far my best ski day so far of the young season!

powder-club-blog-1 Powder Club grabs first tracks through 13 inches of brand new snow on Newport

The Powder Club jumps on PayDay lift promptly at 8:30 a.m. and gets around the mountain to enjoy first tracks before the lifts open to the public at 9. Whether you’re a seasoned powderhound just looking to be pointed in the right direction, a pow novice looking for some tips on turning in the deep stuff, or somewhere in between, this special 3-hour tour of the mountain is designed with you in mind.

imgp8226 Enjoying my reward for getting an early start with the Powder Club

There’s nothing like getting first tracks on a powder day and feeling like you have the whole mountain to yourself. But if you think I’m wrapping up this blog post by sharing my own favorite stash, you’ve got another thing coming. You’ll just have to get out with the Powder Club and discover your own.

Click HERE for Powder Club details, registration is in-person only at the Resort Services Office ticket windows in the Resort Plaza between 8-8:30 a.m. For the inside

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Why Utah has The Greatest Snow on Earth

          Posted by            Ski Utah Yeti           on December 18, 2012


Utah’s snowfall is legendary, and the Wasatch mountain’s 14 ski resorts draw powderhounds from across the globe. As told by Utah’s license plate marked with a skier and the slogan The Greatest Snow on Earth®, Utah is passionate about its skiing. Truly, snow is the epicenter of the Utah ski industry, responsible for endless smiles and high-fives after experiencing a Utah powder day. For those of you who dream in powder, Ski Utah presents to you this graphic that illustrates Utah’s consistent and abundant snow in a way that has never before been depicted. Did you know that Utah averages 18 blizzards each winter or that Utah’s 1,200 ski runs strung together would reach from Salt Lake to Vegas?

Greatest Snow On Earth® InfoGraphic



More Terrain scheduled to open!!


11 inches of new snow have fallen since Saturday morning, and we’ve been making additional storms around the mountain with our snowguns. Thanks to that great weather – and our talented crew of snowmakers, groomers and mountain patrol – we’re scheduled to open two more lifts, 11 more runs and another bowl tomorrow morning!

See the gameplan below.


Scheduled to open Wednesday:

Pioneer Lift

Comstock Red Fox

Mid-Mountain Meadows Mid-Mountain run

Mid-Mountain Cutoff

Lucky Boy

Pioneer Blue Slip Bowl

Thaynes Lift Thaynes

Hoist Double Jack Keystone

Work around the mountain continues, with more terrain on track to open later this week. We’ll keep you updated!

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Here comes Santa Claus at Park City Mountain Resort

Here Comes Santa Claus, Here Comes Santa Claus, Right Down the Town Lift Line

I’ve written about how much I love this event several times, but this year I feel that it is important to share a few behind the scenes heroes with you.

How many times have your kids asked you how Santa does it all? You have to give credit where credit is due and we all know, Santa would be lost without his elves.  Here at Park City Mountain Resort, Santa’s elves are the key players in pulling off many of the miracles we see every day, but some of the most important elves are the ones that help Santa get ready to ride down the Town Lift.

Once Town Lift finishes carrying skiers and riders up and down the mountain for the day, our Lift Maintenance team arrives at the lift to begin putting the pieces together for the event. It is a very detailed project, and a project this team doesn’t take lightly. Just like Santa’s elves on Christmas Eve, this event couldn’t happen without the dedicated work of these guys.

Last January, one of these elves came to me with a problem.  You see, Santa’s sleigh losing its luster. As you can imagine, this was unacceptable to both Santa and me, so we had to fix it.  Now, this elf had lots of things on his plate, but he decided that this project was so important that he continued to remind me that we had work to do until he received the ok.

Saturday, December 15 when Santa comes down the Town Lift you may notice Rudolf and his friends shining a little brighter, a little more spring in Santa’s sleigh and well, we have Elf Jason to thank.  Jason has since been called to assist Santa in Portland, so he’ll miss the event this year. I’m confident that our other elves will be able to get Santa set up for a successful departure and would like to send a little shout out to these unseen heroes!  I anticipate this year’s Santa Coming Down the Town Lift will be one of the best, brightest events yet. It is certainly something, you don’t want to miss.

Saturday, December 15 Town Lift Plaza

5:30 – 6:00 p.m.        Free hot chocolate, cookies and holiday cheer

6:15 p.m.                   Santa’s elves send Santa on his way

6:30 p.m.                   Pictures with Santa by Sharpshooters Photography