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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.
On Thursday, Dec. 4, an exciting new free concert series kicks off. The Park City Free Winter Concerts are presented by The Canyons and will be on Thursday evenings at local club Harry O’s through the winter months. Doors open at 7:30, concert runs from 8 to 10 p.m. The first concert will be featuring Tim Wray and Fat Paw. You can be sure that this event will continue to host amazing artists and bands, as Park City attracts the best in entertainment along with dining, comfort and, of course, outdoor activities!
Speaking of outdoor fun, the 17th annual Celebrity Skifest at Deer Valley is this weekend! If you haven’t heard about this huge event, it’s a weekend of training, skiing, eating, dancing and entertainment with Celebrities from TV, Music and Film as well as Olympians. All the funds raised are given to the environmentalist organization the Waterkeeper Alliance and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team. It’s a lot of exciting fun that is benefiting athletes and helping keep our planet clean and our water safe! You can check out pictures from last year’s event at: http://www.dvskifest.com/main.html.
Whenever you come visit us at Old Town Guest House, there’s lots to do and see, so come enjoy yourself! Have some great food (any ethnicity your little mouth desires), see a band you love, smell the pine-scented mountain air and see the sun shining off the snowy peaks while you glide down the mountain!
We’re proud to share with you the news that Old Town Guest House is now a member of the Green Hotel Association. This organization is made up of members who are completely committed to practices and tactics that help PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT! The ideas behind being a member of Green Hotels aren’t new to us. We’ve always been passionate about being responsible and kind to our planet and have been part of Leave No Trace for a long time as well.
A few of the things that we do to be truly green at Old Town Guest House are offsetting electricity use by purchasing wind power credits, using incandescent bulbs, cooking seasonally, expansive recycling and showing our guests how to enjoy the outdoors with as little impact as possible.
When you stay at our Inn you can feel great about going on a vacation and not impacting the environment. So, come on out and have some fun and planet-friendly R&R!
If you’ve never been in Park City for the Sundance Film Festival, you’re missing out! The amazing snow, mountains and abundance of outdoor activities aren’t the only thing Park City has to appreciate. The 2009 Festival is coming up January 15-25. The Sundance Institute is a non-profit organization that aims to discover and develop independent artists and audiences of Independent film. The festival, started in 1981 by Robert Redford and a group of his friends and colleagues fills Park City each year with new films, music, art, film makers and celebrities from around the world! Sundance is an internationally renowned event that introduces the world to the newest and best in Independent film and theatre.
The collections of short films are a favorite at the festival each year, with something for everyone to enjoy and if you have time to really dig in and see several festival films, you’ll love the unique approaches and the opportunity to listen to the film-makers discuss their work. After the films, head to main street for some of the hottest musical acts of the year. And if you’re looking to brush shoulders with your favorite film star, Sundance is the place to be! Check out http://www.sundance.org for more information.