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The U.S. Ski Team had an incredible season in 2009. Bill Demong won a gold medal in the 2009 World Championships. His team mate Nordic combiner Todd Lodwick returned to the sport this year after a short hiatus to win two World Championship gold medals. Women’s ski jumper Lindsey Van won gold in the first World Championship women’s competition. On the cross-country side, Kikkan Randle won a silver medal in Liberec and Andy Newell took fourth. They are now training and looking forward to the Olympics in Vancouver, heading to Whistler this week for end-of-season training at the Olympic venue.
On Feb. 12, 2010, the opening ceremonies will commence two weeks of competition on the world’s stage from Vancouver, where battles will be won and lost, but everyone will walk away an Olympian. The year-out date will find top U.S. Ski Team and U.S. Snowboarding athletes competing from Vancouver to Moscow, battling for this year’s World Cup titles, but thinking, too, about Olympic medals 12 months from now. If you can’t wait till then come to Park City and hear about it from some of the athletes themselves, or visit the Olympic Park and revisit some of the moments from the Winter Games in 2002.
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.
If you want to experience some of the best skiing in Utah, you should know about the Ski Utah Interconnect Tour. Led by Old Town Inn’s own Deb Llovci and Pat Reddish, this 25 mile tour includes hitting four or six (depending on where you start) of Utah’s resorts in one day, skiing backcountry terrain that most locals never see. The experience is one-of-a-kind and truly a must for anyone who loves a challenging ski adventure! And it’s a tour you might want to go on several times as it’s always a new and awesome experience! Skinet.com’s article featuring the Interconnect Tour says “Think of it as the ultimate winter weekend: fly in, ski four of the West’s marquee resorts and two of its soulful family spots, fly out with a shiny pin labeling you an official Interconnect conqueror.”
Read the whole article at Skinet.com!
Old Town Guest House is getting lots of snow! We have fresh powder and beautiful blue skies waiting for your visit. Christmas here in Park City is going to be a most wonderful time for skiing and so much other winter fun, with lots of beautifully fluffy new snow!
On December 20th people gather at Town Lift Plaza, waiting for Santa to arrive. There will be holiday activities from noon until after 7 p.m. Caroling and other entertainment will be going on from 6-7, and hot chocolate and cookies will be provided. Between 6:30 and 7:30, you can get pictures taken with Santa on Town Lift Plaza.
More Christmas entertainment can be had on Friday the 19th at “A Christmas Carol, The Musical” on Main Street in Midway. The famous Christmas story is even better set to music! Visit www.midwayarts.org for more info.
Also, if you are in the holiday spirit, Santa skis free at the Canyons on Dec. 20th. So dress up as Santa (a full costume, of course!) and come spread cheer on the slopes! Ho Ho Ho!
It’s been snowing here at Old Town Guest House. Woohoo! And so we thought we’d tell you about a handful of the other great Park City activities to do in the fluffy white stuff that you might not hear so much about!
Gorgoza Park offers the most fun you’ve ever had tubing with seven lighted, lift-served tubing lanes for an adventure for all ages!
Sleigh Rides are truly the most romantic way to enjoy a tour around the mountains. Enjoy the cozy, traditional horse-drawn sleigh ride while taking in the beautiful views!
The Alpine Coaster will give you a thrill as you whiz down the white slopes on toboggan cars, through the gorgeous Wasatch scenery and up and down thousands of feet of exciting curves!
And don’t forget to take a ring or two around the ice-skating rink at the Park City Resort Center. Bring the kids for an afternoon of family fun or go after dark for a romantic evening on the ice.