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Opening day plans for Park City Mountain Resort!

The snow is here, the groomers are making their rounds and the lift line mazes are ready to get put in place. Just a few finishing touches before we turn the lifts on for Opening Day this Saturday!

Here’s the plan for the big day: PayDay, First Time, 3 Kings and the two conveyor lifts located in the “Learner Zone” will begin turning promptly at 9 a.m Saturday. PayDay lift will service beginner and intermediate terrain on Homerun and Treasure Hollow runs. 3 Kings will access Quicksilver with over 10 jibs and a jump. First Time and the two conveyor lifts will service beginner terrain.

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But that’s just the beginning: at noon, our friends with the Northern Ute Tribe perform a traditional snow blessing in the Resort Plaza. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend! After you’re gotten your first runs of the season, local Park City band, Muddpuddle, plays an apres concert in the Plaza from 1-3 p.m. Feel like washing down your day with a bev outside with the band? We’ll have a beer garden set up by the stage for you to unwind and celebrate the new season.

We’ve also got some perks for you early birds: free donuts, coffee and hot chocolate will be served in the Resort Plaza Opening Day morning, and the first chairs to depart each of the three running lifts can wear their pride all day with our limited edition “First Chair 2012-13” t-shirts.

We’ll also have the Alpine Coaster and the Flying Eagle Zip Line running. Legacy Sports will be open and stocked with great new gear for the season; and Kristi’s Coffee Cafe, Legacy Cafe, and Legends Bar & Grill will also be open to serve guests.

Need gear or want professional help brushing off the rust? Park City Mountain Rentals will be up and running, and all our ski and snowboard school services will be offered (with the exception of Ladies Club).

One final reminder: Friday, November 16 is the last chance for guests to purchase Benefit Days lift tickets: these specially priced $25 lift tickets are valid beginning Opening Day through December 16. Proceeds benefit the Park City Mountain Resort Legacy Fund, supporting nonprofit organizations in Summit County, Utah. Tickets must be purchased in-person at the Resort’s ticket office, maximum of four to a person, and will not be sold after Friday, November 16.

We’ve got our plans in place. All we need is you to come and celebrate another winter season with us!

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4 Feet of Snow has fallen!

Greetings Friends, Well it seems mother nature is hiking up her skirt and kicking some serious butt. While the East cries “uncle”, out west the mood was lighter. Winter enthusiasts cheered when a huge wet system swept into the western states. Almost four feet of snow has fallen in the mountains of Utah. The outdoor community dusted off skis, snowboards and snowshoes in anticipation of a better winter season than last year. As I write, the sound of explosives are echoing across the mountains as the ski patrols do their avalanche mitigation. Lets keep our fingers crossed and hope the pacific storms keep churning.

Old Town Guest House offers the most affordable lodging in Park City!!  Book your reservation online before Nov 21st, 2012 and save 10% OFF your lodging total.  You won’t find a Bed and Breakfast for skiing and riding!!  We are Park City’s #1 B&B!!

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Utah Resort Opening dates!

1-2 feet of snow is expected above 7,000 ft in the mountains this weekend. With this snowfall, many Utah resort openings are just around the corner:  Book your reservations now!!  Mention this post and receive 10% off your lodging total!  Park City’s best for affordable lodging!!

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AltaNov. 16Beaver MntTBA
Brian HeadNov. 16BrightonTBA
CanyonsNov. 23Deer ValleyDec. 8
Eagle PointDec. 21Park CityNov. 17
Powder MntNov. 21SnowbasinNov. 22
SnowbirdNov. 17SolitudeNov. 15
SundanceDec. 7Wolf MntNov.23

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Best Cities for Christmas Vacation!! Park City made the list!!

Park City, Utah

Park City sees up to 40 inches of snowfall every holiday season, so you’re sure to experience a white Christmas there. If skiing and snowboarding are your thing, check out one of the three resorts in town: Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley, and the Canyons. If you’d rather watch, grab tickets to the Sprint U.S. Snowboarding and Freeskiing Grand Prix which takes place at Park City Mountain Resort Dec. 21-22. If shopping is more your speed, take a stroll down the hip-and-funky Main Street, which houses more than 100 unique shops and is lit up with multicolored Christmas lights. For a unique take on A Christmas Carol, head to the Egyptian Theatre, which has a live radio broadcast of the story!

For a cozy, rustic Christmas stay, check into the Old Town Guest House!!  With a few rooms still available this is the best deal in town.  Rooms start at $199/night and include breakfast. Grab your Christmas Eve or day meal at Chimayo, a Park City favorite. The ambiance is cozy and festive with wreaths and candles, and they serve classic Christmas fare like London broil.

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Arts and Culture Calendar for Park City

Coming out for any of these events!!  Book your room at Old Town Guest House for $99/night!!

October 31 Howl-O-Ween on Main Historic Main Street presents the annual dog parade and more.
October 31Happy Halloween at Kimball Art Center.
November 1 – The Linnie Brown exhibit opens in the Garage Gallery at the Kimball Art Center.
November 2 – The Park City Performing Arts Foundation presents dance phenomena Ailey II.
November 2 – The Starving Artists Exchange presents the works of Sharon Sams.
November 2-3 Park City Giving a Bleep at The Yard.
November 2-3Stand Up Like an Egyptian at the Egyptian Theatre.
November 2-4 Adopt-a-Native-Elder presents their annual Navajo Rug Show and Sale.
November 2-4 –  The Park City Film Series presents the Salty Horror International Film Festival.
November 3 – The Park City Film Series presents a free screening of The Twilight Series: Breaking Dawn Part I at 3pm as part of their Books 2 Movies Series.
November 4 – The Swaner EcoCenter presents Past, Present and Future featuring the USU Piano Program.
November 8-11 – The Egyptian Theatre presents Forbidden Broadway.
November 9-11 – The Park City Film Series presents The Queen of Versailles.
November 10 – The Park City Performing Arts Foundation presents Paula Poundstone.
Until November 10Locals can register to buy 2013 Sundance Film Festival tickets.
Through November 11 – The Kimball Art Center presents their annual Members’ Pin-Up Show.
November 15 – The Kimball Art Center presents Art Talk with Linda Tay’nahza’: Speaking of Glass
November 16LIVE PC GIVE PC — 24 hours of giving!!!
November 16-18 – The Park City Film Series presents Arbitrage.
November 16 – A solo show of Shannon Troxler’s work opens in the Badami Gallery at the Kimball Art Center.
November 17 – The Egyptian Theatre presents two workshops by Paul Draper at 12noon and 2pm: Magical Illusions and Mysteries of the Mind.
November 17 – The Egyptian Theatre presents Michael Kelsey.
November 17 – The 2nd Edition of Park City Witness published by Summit Land Conservancy becomes available at various locations around town.
November 17Grand Opening of the McMillen Gallery of Fine Art Photography in Redstone.
November 18 The Park City Film Series presents Kid Flix Mix as part of the Utah Film Center Tumbleweeds Program.
November 23 – 25 – The Park City Film Series presents Sleepwalk with Me.
November 23-25 – The Egyptian Theatre presents Jackson Cash – Live.
November 29 – The Egyptian Theatre presents Stand Up Utah! a night of stand up comedy.
November 30 – December 2 – The Park City Film Series presents The Untouchables.
November 30 – December 1 – The Egyptian Theatre presents Park City Shows…Our Talents! –  a night to celebrate Park City locals’ talents.
December 1 – The Park City Film Series presents a free screening of Mr. Popper’s Penguins at 3pm as part of their Books 2 Movies Series.
December 1-2 Park Silly Sunday Market presents their second annual Silly Holiday Bazaar. December 15 – The Park City Performing Arts Foundation presents Parsons Dance Company.
December 22 – The Park City Performing Arts Foundation presents Quixotic Fusion.
Through January 6 – The Kimball Art Center presents Chihuly Venetians, The George R. Stroemple Collection A Stroemple/Stirek Collaboration in the Main Gallery.

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Get ready for the ski swap!!!

Check-in is open and Swap begins tomorrow 8pm at the Basin Recreation Fieldhouse. Check www.parkcityskiswap.com for details

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Want to come out and snowshoe??

Maybe you want to try something instead of skiing?  Canyons Resort is one of the Top 10 Snowshoeing Resorts.  Easy to get to from Old Town Guest House.  Let us know if we can help you book a tour.

In the heart of the Wasatch mountain range above Park City, Utah sits Canyons Resort, offering a variety of guided snowshoe tour options that last from an hour and a half, to longer “black diamond” three-hour tours. You can set your own pace and choose your own path, perhaps to ‘shoe up to the Lookout Cabin for a gourmet lunch experience topped off with spectacular views.

“Canyons Resort has a very diverse network of snowshoe trails…. Each tour or trail was created with a unique destination, experience, or exploration in mind…. Our family snowshoe trails are gentle and easy to access,” Luker noted. “We want parents and their children to be able to slow down and bask in the simple solitude snowshoeing together affords.”

“…Moderate trails …elevate the heart rate while weaving through aspen and pine forests leading guests up to our Alpine Lake with spectacular views of the Wasatch and Uinta Mountain Ranges.

“We’ve [also] created experiences for [our] really adventurous guests…[that] deliver a challenging workout,” Luker continued, and there is always “a good possibility of spotting a moose… a moonlight snowshoe tour [offers] exclusive access to our mountain after the resort trails close for the day.”

Après-snowshoe opportunities in a Olympic class resort town are abundant, from zip line tours to a western barbeque to horse drawn sleigh rides and dog sledding tours, and of course the ubiquitous cross-country and downhill skiing and snowboarding. Fly fishing in winter is not out of the question either. Snowmobile tours, corporate games and trap shooting round out winter offerings if you get tired of snowshoeing.

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Skiing the Canyons!

My delicately paper-wrapped muffin and vanilla latte look so good I’m tempted to snap a photo and post it to Bragbook. Instead I train my phone’s camera on the stuff that will really make my friends back home drool: the seven inches of new snow piling up outside the funky oval windows at Cloud Dine. Then I not-so-delicately unwrap my cinnamon swirl muffin and snarf it. Attempting to ski 4,000 acres in a single day causes one to lose her manners.

It’s midafternoon at Utah’s Canyons Resort and it’s been hurling snow since the night before. We’re taking a breather at Cloud Dine, a smallish café at the intersection of the Dreamcatcher and Dreamscape lifts that, despite its cheesy name, serves some pretty delicious food. (It’s also a few turns away from where the controversial SkiLink gondola—proposed to connect Canyons with neighboring Solitude—could be built.)

Cloud Dine is best described as space-station-chic, with its Deco-esque rounded windows and bold orange-and-blue color scheme. It opened in January 2011 to provide more skier services on a mountain that’s currently Utah’s largest. When Toronto-based real estate firm Talisker bought Canyons in 2008, there were 3,700 acres and only five places to grab a bite on the slopes. “We had our work cut out for us,” says Canyons managing director Mike Goar. “There was all this potential, so we just dove in.”

Today there are 4,000 acres and 18 dining options on-slope and in the village. Talisker also added a new terrain pod—300-acre Iron Mountain—plus four chairlifts, including the continent’s first heated chair, the Orange Bubble Express.

With a.m. temps in the mid-teens on our second day on the hill, a ride on the toasty Orange Bubble is welcome. It’s one of two feeder lifts that ferry skiers out of the village. (The other is Red Pine gondola.) It also accesses the original bones of the resort: the old Park West terrain that opened in 1968 with 1,400 acres, three chairs, and $4.50 lift tickets.

We head there first and it pays off. This is one of the best—and most overlooked—areas of the mountain. The pitchy groomers beneath the Sun Peak Express ride like banked roller coasters. Off Super Condor, short, staccato double blacks spit down through the trees—Lone Pine, Yard Sale, After Shock—some bumpy, some just steep. We lap the Super Condor until our ski legs are no longer eager. Lunchtime.

Perhaps inspired by the breadth of dining options at neighboring Deer Valley, Canyons seems out to prove that food is more than just fuel. The resort’s 18 food outlets are overseen by head chef Zeke Wray, a recent replacement for locavore rock star John Murcko, who left last summer to take the culinary helm at Sun Valley. Wray is no newbie, though. He’s been with Talisker for six years and is the brainpower behind the resort’s newest gustatory standout, The Bistro, ski country’s only Kosher restaurant, which opened to excited reviews last season.

But we’re hitting Lookout Cabin for lunch. Lookout is the only building from the Park West era still standing, but the menu belies its modest facade. Smoked Utah trout salad with avocado-citrus vinaigrette is light but satisfying. And the Wagyu beef burger, locally raised, topped with crispy onions, peppered bacon, and creamy smoked gouda, totally nails it.

We eat, ski, then eat some more, sliding up to Bruges Waffles about 2 p.m. for some flaky, crunchy goodness drizzled with crème fraîche or warm Belgian chocolate sauce. Fuel in the tank, we continue to Iron Mountain’s otherworldly tapestry of blues and blacks, where tame but fun cruisers spill down the brush-covered mountainside. Our final runs are fast, carefree, and completely empty. The benefits of being big. Spent, we snag a few chairs on the deck of the Euro-style Umbrella Bar in the village and peruse the menu of snacks (specialty hot dogs, burgers, homemade chili, seasoned fries) and list of local microbrews.

Did we ski 4,000 acres over the past two days? Pretty close. Did we eat 4,000 calories? For sure. Tomorrow we’ll hit the blacks and double blacks off Ninety-Nine 90, where there’s guaranteed to be fresh hiding in the glades off Charlie Brown and Red Pine Chutes. That’s the easy part. Where to eat lunch? Now that’s a far tougher decision.

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How to stretch your Ski Vacation Dollar 2012-13

How to Stretch Your Ski Vacation Dollar

Save on Lodging, AirFare and More
As ski season get’s closer, I  have included a few ways to stretch your ski vacation dollars as you prepare for the coming ski season. Below is a breakdown of the expenses for a typical ski vacation for a family of 4 skiing for 5 days and staying somewhere in Deer Valley or Park City.
Not surprisingly airfare, lodging and ski lift tickets/ski school were the three largest expenses on the vacation. These three expenses combined make up almost 75% of a typical ski vacation. I have outlined some tips on how to help cut costs on each of these aspects of your ski trip.

Lodging:
I encourage you to look around at lodging!!  You won’t find a better deal than Old Town Guest House!!  You can walk to skiing, shops and resturants.  Rates include breakfast and afternoon snacks.  Look around…  you won’t find a better deal.
Airfare: 
The key to finding the best fares is flexibility. Below is a sample of the best fares we were able to find from different geographic locations to Salt Lake City around the key holiday periods in December and January:

Bay Area to Salt Lake City – $325 Delta/United

Los Angeles to Salt Lake City – $179 Delta (out of Long Beach)

Chicago to Salt Lake City – $335 Southwest (out of Midway)

New York to Salt Lake City – $332 Delta

 Here found a few tools that were very helpful in finding the best fares based on airport selection and departure/arrival dates.

On Southwest.com,try using their “Low Fare Calendar” tool. Click on the Southwest link to the left to see the best fares by location in a given month. It is a quick and easy tool to search pricing while looking at different dates of travel.
We looked at Travelocity, Orbitz and several other travel sites for the best airfare deals in and out of Salt Lake on all other airlines.
A great tool we found was on
Travelocity.com where it prices out the best fare         +/- 3 days from your departure and arrival dates. It’s a simple way to see the best airfare values across a range of carriers and dates.  Click on the link to left to take you to the Travelocity tool.
Lift Tickets/Ski School:
Unfortunately, there really aren’t a lot of ways to save on lift tickets and ski school. If you have time before driving up to Park City, try stopping at the Costco in Salt Lake  PCMR City. Historically, Costco has sold adult single day lift tickets with a $7-10 discount for resorts in Park City and Deer Valley. Also, look for package deals with lodging companies that may include lift tickets with certain properties. Ski   school savings are tough to find. The most cost effective way to save on ski school is to do a group lesson; make sure that they cap the number of students in the class at 3 or 4. This will ensure your child is getting the individual attention they need to progress to the next level of skiing.

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Park City Film Series Schedule… walk the the theater from the Inn.

Upcoming Films
Oct 11, 2012 7 PMOne Day on EarthReel Community SeriesFree Screening
Oct 12 – Oct 14, 2012 8 pm Fri/Sat, 6 pm SunSearching for Sugar ManRegular Weekend Screening
Oct 19 – Oct 21, 2012 8 pm Fri/Sat, 6 pm SunBeasts of the Southern WildRegular Weekend Screening
Oct 25, 2012 7:30 PMReel Rock Film TourSpecial Screening
Oct 26 – Oct 28, 2012 8 pm Fri/Sat, 6 pm SunRobot and FrankRegular Weekend Screening
Nov 2 – Nov 4, 2012 See Belo wSalty Horror International Film FestivalSpecial Screening
Nov 3, 2012 3 PMThe Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1Free Screening
Nov 8, 2012 7 PM7th Annual Filmmakers ShowcaseReel Community SeriesFree Screening
Nov 9 – Nov 11, 2012 8 pm Fri/Sat, 6 pm SunThe Queen of VersaillesRegular Weekend Screening
Nov 16 – Nov 18, 2012 8 pm Fri/Sat, 6 pm SunArbitrageRegular Weekend Screening
Nov 23 – Nov 25, 2012 8 pm Fri/Sat, 6 pm SunSleepwalk with MeRegular Weekend Screening
Nov 30 – Dec 2, 2012 8 pm Fri/Sat, 6 pm SunThe IntouchablesRegular Weekend Screening
Dec 1, 2012 3 PMMr. Popper’s Penguins Free Screening
Dec 7 – Dec 9, 2012 8 pm Fri/Sat, 6 pm SunKumaréRegular Weekend Screening
Dec 14 – Dec 16, 2012 8 pm Fri/Sat, 6 pm SunLiberal ArtsRegular Weekend Screening
Dec 21 – Dec 23, 2012 8 pm Fri/Sat, 6 pm SunThe MasterRegular Weekend Screening
Dec 28 – Dec 30, 2012 8 pm Fri/Sat, 6 pm SunChasing IceRegular Weekend Screening