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Mountain Bike Paradise: Park City, Utah

Mountain Bike Paradise: Park City, Utah

Photo by Zach Mahone

Summer is still in full swing in Park City, Utah, even while a monumental mountain resort connection is underway for the winter ski season, there’s still time to get rolling on the area’s top-notch mountain bike terrain.

With over 400 miles of singletrack trails, Park City is the first and only International Mountain Biking Association gold-level ride center in the world. Since 1992, Park City’s Mountain Trails Foundationhas been maintaining all the trails, carving out new ones every year. Uphill riding is readily available, and lift-served mountain biking is also easily accessed at Deer Valley Resort, Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort.

You can bring your own gear, but full-service bike shops in town like White Pine Touring offer road and mountain bike repairs, rentals and retail goods. White Pine also offers guided rides, as well as weekly, free guided group rides for all ages and abilities.

“There’s an atmosphere of encouragement in Park City — encouragement to get on a bike for the first time, and to experience our trails with the support of people who ride them every day,” says Charlie Sturgis, director of Mountain Trails Foundation.

Deer Valley

If you’re looking for lift-accessed flow trails, and some of the most technical downhill trails in the area, Deer Valley is the resort to ride. The area offers 40 maintained trails totaling nearly 70 miles, including interconnects with other trails that leave the resort. Lift-served access is available across three peaks: Bald Eagle, Bald and Flagstaff, and non-lift served access is available on three additional peaks: Little Baldly, Empire and Lady Morgan.

This summer, Deer Valley has been adding more machine-built trails with the expertise of Gravity Logic, known for their crew that designs and implements wide trails, intelligently sloped with berms, rollers and jumps.

When I visited Park City in June, the top portion of the Tidal Wave trail was complete and ride-ready as a big, new flow section put in by Gravity Logic, accessed from the top of the Sterling Express chairlift and on the way to the recently re-carved, Naildriver trail.

It was my first time riding large, machine-built berms, and it was easier to find the “flow” than I imagined it would be. Each corner was certainly the size of a large wave, but the intimidating section proved to be fun, and only as much of a ride as I wanted to make it. Even beginners will have a great time on these trails. Once a rider finds his or her rhythm, the longer trails like Naildriver can take on that same, seamless flow.

In addition to Deer Valley’s collaboration with Gravity Logic, the resort has also been working with Mountain Trails Foundation to create an extension of Park City’s well-known Mid-Mountain Trail, which traverses the area for 25 miles, at an elevation of about 8,000 feet. The new connection at Deer Valley crosses Silver Lake Village to connect with the Deer Crest trail.

For beginner riders and those two want to tighten up their skills, Deer Valley offers Mountain Bike School for all ages and abilities.

Photo by Zach Mahone

Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort

Our day of riding at Park City Mountain Resort definitely had a more cross-country feel than Deer Valley, and there’s plenty of flow to be found. The area has more than 70 miles of biking trails, with three lifts running for mountain bikers in the summer: Crescent, Pay Day and Town Lift.

Riders can start at Park City Mountain Resort if they want to hit access points of the Mid-Mountain Trail. This resort sits in the heart of Park City, so it’s easy to get on the Town Lift, or stop for lunch on Historic Main Street.

“A lot of the original singletrack in Park City was built on Park City Mountain Resort, so there are a lot of narrow and hand-cut trails for the purists out there,” explains Scott House with White Pine Touring.

I loved hitting the intermediate downhill on the Spiro trail, right into a delicious lunch and a cold beer, enjoyed on the outdoor patio of the Silver Star Cafe.

Head over to Canyons Resort for the only lift-served gravity mountain bike park, with flow trails and both dirt and man-made features. There are two lifts to the bike park — High Meadow and Short Cut, and the park offers lessons by certified Professional Mountain Bike Instructors, with Bike 101 and 201 clinics to help riders develop their skills. For access to cross-country trails, mountain bikers can take the gondola up to the top of Canyons.

“There are some great trail rides from Canyons Resort, but I would say it has really pushed its downhill and bike park program in the last couple of years,” says House.

Beyond The Resorts

Take a break from lift-served access and check out the Round Valley and Glenwild trail systems, set on high-desert singletrack through sage and scrub oak. Hit the Lost Prospector trail for a ride through low oak and aspen tree groves, and head to the Trailside Bike Park for skill-work — it’s free to use, and open to the public from dawn until dusk.

“No matter where you are at in Park City, your garage, condo or hotel is your trailhead,” House says. “I think that’s really unique when you look at mountain bike destinations. There are very few places, if any, where you can access 450-plus miles of trails without having to get in a car.”

House does recommend, however, heading just a little bit farther outside of Park City to find great wilderness-style rides and some “killer” alpine singletrack.

It’s not the mileage that makes Park City a special place to bike, he adds, but the quality of trail, the connectivity, signage, maintenance, trail development and community support that “make Park City a truly amazing cycling destination.”

To make your stay better, contact the Old Town Guest House www.oldtownguesthouse.com to stay with Innkeeper Deb Lovci.  Deb is an avid mountain biker and would love to share her passion for the sport with you.  Old Town Guest House B&B is in the perfect location for riding to the trails.  You won’t find a better location.

Photo by Zach Mahone

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Extreme tubing at Olympic Park

EXTREME TUBING AT OLYMPIC PARK

Utah Olympic Park announces the addition of a new adventure activity, Extreme Tubing, opening to the public starting Thursday, August 20. Participants will have the opportunity to slide down the landing hills of the iconic K64 and K90 Nordic ski jumps while riding in a specially designed inner tube featuring a hard plastic bottom. Guests can expect to reach speeds up to 50 mph.

The K90 Nordic ski jump was used by competitors during the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Today, Nordic Combined and Nordic ski jumping athletes train at the Utah Olympic Park year-round. In the winter, the ski jumps are covered in snow whereas in the summer season, athletes train on a synthetic surface that mimics movement on snow when wet. The plastic matting is designed by a Finnish company, EverSlide, and used by over 300 ski jumps worldwide.

“The Utah Olympic Park strives to bring Olympic-level sport experiences to all ages and abilities,” said Marc Norman, Vice President of Sport and Venues. “For our guests, Extreme Tubing will bring to life the thrill of Nordic ski jumping.”

Extreme Tubing will be available daily from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. from August 30 to September 7; and, Friday to Sunday from September 11 to October 25. The cost for the activity is $20 and includes two runs. Participants must be age 10 and older to ride on the K64 and age 13 and older to ride on the K90. Extreme Tubing is also included in the Gold Pass which includes unlimited rides on two zip lines, three ropes courses, Alpine Slide, Drop Tower, and scenic chairlift rides for the day.

The Utah Olympic Park is open daily for summer adventure activities from thru Monday, September 7. Starting Friday, September 11, the venue moves to a fall season schedule and adventure activities will be available from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through October 25. The Utah Olympic Park adventure activities will also be open on Thursday, October 16 as part of Utah Education Association’s fall break (UEA).

The summer Comet bobsled rides are available daily through September 7 and also changes to a fall schedule, operating Friday to Sunday from September 11 to 27. The Alf Engen Ski Museum and Eccles 2002 Olympic Winter Games Museum are open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and admission is free.

The Olympic Park is located just a few miles from Old Town Guest House, Bed & Breakfast.  Come on out and stay at one of Utah Olympic Parks favorites places to stay!!

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Altitude Adjustment: Park City, Utah

Park City is known for its powdery, perfect skiing conditions. But here’s a secret: For outdoorsy types, summer is as—if not more—divine on this mountain top retreat. Not only can you hike and bike every moment of the day, you can also visit natural wonders like the Homestead Crater, a 10,000-year-old geothermal basin filled with 96 degree mineral water, in which you can swim, scuba dive, snorkel, enjoy a therapeutic soak, or even take a paddleboard yoga class.

This historic mining town is now world-renowned for skiing and snowboarding. Three major ski areas and the Utah Olympic Parks surround the city while the stunningly beautiful Wasatch Mountains provide a backdrop for an array of other winter activities as well. Enjoy a romantic weekend getaway at one of our many fine lodging establishments, dine at dozens of acclaimed restaurants, visit the galleries and boutique shops, or enjoy snowmobiling, fishing, snowshoe adventures, bobsled, luge, horseback, or sleigh rides.

Tired of riding the same runs over and over again? Park City offers snowmobiling to get you out of that rut. This exhilarating experience will be nothing like you have ever experienced. With views and scenes only accessible by snowmobile, this one of a kind tour will leave you breathless. Snowshoeing is also available. Get a work-out like no other while following trails on the Rocky Mountains. Snowshoeing is great for every member of the family to get out and experience Park City in a new way. Don’t forget to go snow tubing. Sit in a tube and coast down the side of a hill and repeat. Sounds simple, but the thrill is unlike anything else.

It’s August. Labor Day looms like clouds ushering in a new cycle of Real Life—school lunches, schlepping to activities, homework, routine. Though your lazy summer days are numbered, cheer up: You have three full weeks to plan and execute a killer last-minute jaunt (or think ahead for your next getaway). We’ve rounded up ten fabulous destinations that will help you and the whole family grab that last stretch of summer fun, no matter what your vacation preferences. Some may surprise you—but all promise an unforgettable end-of-summer send-off.

Stay: Stay at Old Town Guest House bed and breakfast.  Located within walking distance to Main Street, skiing and everything else you would like to do.  This affordable B&B offers breakfast and ton’s of local knowledge.  With the new Vail added and connecting Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons, this is the perfect place to stay so you can ski or snowboard all the terrain.

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Time to start planning your ski vacation!!

While it is only August, it is amazing how quickly the ski season comes upon us. The first leaves are already turning and we have seen high elevation snow. The forecast is for a strong El Nino, which tends to be very good for California and Southern Utah, but is less certain for Northern Utah. Our greatest snow years have been El Nino years, so time will tell.

Our availability is loaded for the 2015-2016 ski season.  Some of you plan ahead and already have your reservations!!  You won’t find a better location or price than Old Town Guest House in Park City, Utah!  Walk to skiing/boarding, walk to Main Street.  No need to rent a car.

Come out and see what it is like to stay in an amazing Bed and Breakfast!!

See you on the mountain!

Yes, this is AUGUST in the ski capital of the world – the Utah mountains!

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Park City and Canyons… there is only one!

For all of my guests at Old Town Guest House, bed & breakfast, I am happy to let you know, you can now ski this huge resort within walking distance to the B&B.  
Nestled high in the Wasatch Mountains, the historic mining town of Park City, Utah is unlike any other ski town in the world. It’s home to two world class ski resorts, four-season recreation , sophisticated dining, and year-round events – all just 32-miles from Salt Lake City International Airport.

Park City Mountain Resort is the only resort with lift access directly to the town’s historic Main Street. You can ski or ride down the Quit ‘N Time or Creole runs to the multitude of shops, restaurants, bars and galleries that give Park City it’s authentic mining town look and feel. And, with ski in/out access to the Resort you can  access the largest ski resort in North America directly from Main Street Park City!

Super excited to have you experience this.
THERE IS ONLY ONE. PARK CITY

How will you discover America’s largest ski resort?

 

 

Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort have combined to create the largest single ski and snowboard resort in the United States. A new 8 passenger gondola connection, along with the new King Con Express six-pack and Motherlode Express Quad make up just some of the improvements totaling over $50 million for the 2015-16 season. With over 7,300 acres, 300+ trails, 38 lifts, seven terrain parks, six natural half pipes, one super pipe and one mini pipe, plus many diverse ski-in/ski-out and village adjacent lodging properties, Park City is an easily accessible, world-class mountain destination located in an authentic and historic western town.

There is only one largest resort in the United States

There is only one mountain uniting 17 peaks of unmatched possibility.

There is only one legendary ski town.

There is only one place you are meant to be.

There is only one. Park City.

Here are some facts:

Did you know that if you rode every single lift, the distance traveled would be the equivalent of traveling from Main Street Park City to Salt Lake City?   Or the total vertical rise of all the lifts combined is 34,400 feet?

PLANNED IMPROVEMENTS:

The Interconnect Gondola

An eight-passenger, high-speed gondola running from the base of Silverlode Lift at Park City to Canyons’ Flatiron Lift. When conditions allow, gondola passengers will be able to unload at the top of Pine Cone Ridge and ski or ride directly down to Park City’s Thaynes Canyon trail. This gondola connection will create the single largest ski resort in the United States.

Upgrades to Park City’s King Con and Motherlode Lifts

King Con will be upgraded from a 4-person to 6-person high-speed detachable chair, meaning increased lift capacity. Motherlode will switch from a fixed-grip triple to a 4-person high-speed detachable, similarly improving the number of guests it can carry.

New Snow Hut Restaurant and Summit House Restaurant Upgrades at Park City, Red Pine Lodge Expansion at Canyons

A completely new Snow Hut restaurant, replacing the current Snow Hut, next to the base of Park City’s Silverlode Lift and the Park City terminal for the Interconnect Gondola, will include 500 indoor seats and a top-of-the-line kitchen and culinary experience. Meanwhile, upgrades to Summit House will improve the flow of diners and increase seating. At Canyons, Red Pine Restaurant will be renovated to the tune of 250 more indoor seats. To whet your appetite, here’s a conceptual rendering of what the Park City gondola terminal, next to the brand new Snow Hut restaurant, could look like.

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Walk to Egyptian Theatre from Old Town Guest House

Egyptian Theatre  
Always Entertaining

Tonight, tonight, won’t be just any night…
these will be the LAST nights to catch

FINAL SHOWS:  July 23-26  Thursday-Sunday

Don’t Wait – Get Tickets Now for Final Weekend

TICKET OPTIONS: 
Thursday:   $35 House / $43 F-O-H / Cabaret $55
Friday-Sunday: $39 House / $49 F-O-H / $65 Cabaret
Y outh (12 & under): $29 / $35  F-O-H

 

Evening Arts & Entertainment after

Park City Kimball Arts Festival
July 31-August 1
Headliners Sean Peabody and Nick Cobb will showcase their expressive, verbal, and comedic art with a great night of
dual-headliner Stand-Up Comedy.
Sean Peabody    Nik Cobb
Suggested for Mature Audiences.
Friday & saturday @ 8pm
Tickets $19 and up

Summer Shows You’re Going to LOVE
 Get Tickets!
 
 

 

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Park City Resort and Canyons Resort Unveiled.

 

For all Old Town Guest House, Bed & Breakfast blog followers, here is the new look for Park City and Canyons Resort.

I am excited for this new resort!!  American’s largest ski resort.  Book now for winter 2015-2016!!   Old Town Guest House is walking distance to skiing and Main Street.  Plus…  we are Park City’s most affordable lodging.

Old Town Guest House Bed and Breakfast is the perfect Park City inn for active skiers, hikers, and mountain bikers. Enjoy the convenience of our location in Old Town Park City while staying in a beautifully renovated historic ski resort bed & breakfast. Let us show you why Park City, Utah is a fabulous vacation destination.  Visit us soon at our affordable, eco-friendly Park City bed and breakfast!  –

We have three world class winter resorts within minutes of each other, over 8,825 acres of skiable terrain and 350 inches of the lightest, driest powder on earth. Add to these a great Inn located in an ideal location and an Innkeeper that can help you with plans to make the most of your stay. You can walk from the Inn to Park City Mountain Resort or to a bus stop to catch a free 5 minute bus ride to another resort. There is no need for a car! –

Go to www.oldtownguesthouse.com for up to the minute availability.  Book your reservation online.

 

 

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Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort are combining in the 2015-16 winter season to create the largest ski resort in the United States! Join us for a celebration in Legacy Lodge at Park City Mountain Resort on Wednesday, July 29 as we reveal the new brand to the community!

Bill Rock, COO of Park City, along with other community leaders, will present our new logo, brand and trail map to the public for the first time! We’ll also reveal the names of the new Interconnect Gondola and Snow Hut Restaurant and you’ll have the chance to sample signature menu items from several of our on-mountain and base area restaurants, such as Legends Bar & Grill, Red Tail Grill, Cloud Dine, the Farm and more!

Don’t miss the celebration! Live music and food sampling will begin at 3:00 pm and the main presentation begins at 3:30 pm

We are in the middle of $50 million in capital improvements to connect Park City and Canyons Resorts, including installing a new gondola to bring the two resorts together. This project is one of the most ambitious and impactful capital programs in U.S. ski industry history and will create one resort with 7,300 acres of skiable terrain.

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Visitor Information Center on Park City’s Historic Main Street

Attention all Old Town Guest House guests.  Here is some great information for your arrival into Park City.  

Visitor Information Centers – Where It All Begins

Are you looking for a real, live expert to help you plan your trip to Park City?  How about just getting some information on fun Park City activities to do during your stay?  Then, take a little time to drop into one of our two visitor information centers in Park City.

Park City Kimball Junction – Visitor Information Center

1794 Olympic Parkway, Park City, UT 84098
(435) 658-9616

When you arrive in park City come into our main visitor center located just off I-80 in Kimball Junction. In addition to getting staff recommendations, exclusive offers, and free wi-fi you can grab a cup of coffee and light meal.

“We thought we would spend a couple of hours visiting the historic district of Park City.  After spending fifteen minutes at the visitor center, we knew that we needed to book a room and stay much longer.  Our three day adventure in Park City was one of the most memorable trips we’ve ever taken.  Thank you!  — Judy and Richard Cunningham, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Visitor Information Center on Park City’s Historic Main Street

528 Main Street, Park City, UT 84060
(435) 649-7457
Museum KidsOur second visitor information center is located in Park City’s historic district in the Park City Museum on Historic Main Street.  After touring the interactive museum and buying a historic souvenir, remember to get tips and other guest information from one of the visitor information specialists in the museum store.  With over 35 years of collective experience, our staff either knows the answers to your visitor questions or they know how to find it fast online.

“We had no idea that there were so many things our kids could do in Park City and at the Park City Museum.  But after talking with the nice guy at the museum, we took his advice and our kids had a blast.”  — Sheri, Greg, Nathan and Jessie Thomas, Hailey, Idaho.

– See more at: http://www.visitparkcity.com/visitors/visitor-centers/#sthash.NWlIs80J.dpuf

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CANYONS RESORT’S NEW MENUS AT RED TAIL GRILL

Heads up everyone staying at Old Town Guest House!!  Here is a great dinner option.  Located at Canyons, this is a great restaurant.  End you mountain bike ride or hike on the plaza and have dinner.  Easy free shuttle ride from the Bed & Breakfast.

 

Canyons Resort has re-conceptualized the menus for Red Tail Grill with a new tap house-style menu. Located mountainside at the Grand Summit Hotel overlooking the famed Ski Beach in the Resort Village, the rustic setting is complemented by well-crafted, yet simple, pub-style food with bold flavors.

“Through market analysis and speaking with our guests, we focused on creating a new dining concept with innovative pub-style cuisine and expanded menus,” said Christopher Moore, general manager of Red Tail Grill. “We are excited to introduce the next chapter at Red Tail Grill to locals and guests alike.”

Focusing on bold flavors and favorite tap house-style bites, the new menu includes dishes created with local and sustainable products from purveyors such as Wasatch Meats, Stone Ground Bakery and Gold Creek Farms. Standout starters include Ale Battered Onion Rings served with buttermilk Gorgonzola and spicy mustard and Chili Rubbed Wings served alongside BBQ ranch, carrots and celery. Signature entrée dishes include Beer Brats served with sauerkraut, Brussels sprouts, mashed potato and mustard aioli and Beef Tenderloin with tobacco onion and smoked cherry puree.

An equally impressive cocktail menu includes craft beverages such as the summery Basil Smash with High West peach, basil, lime and honey or the Mountain Paradise with bourbon, Campari, lemon and grapefruit.

“Reconceiving the menu for Red Tail Grill has been something we’ve been working on for the past couple of months. We’re excited for guests to try our unique twist on new and favorite dishes, which we’ve hand crafted using the best of local, sustainable products,” said Scott Lewis, senior executive chef for village dining.

Red Tail Grill is open daily for breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., lunch from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and dinner from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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Big Stars, Bright Nights Concert Series at Deer Valley

 

 

For all of you staying at Old Town Guest House, Bed & Breakfast in Park City, here is a great concert series.

Sit out on the grass and enjoy some amazing music.

Walk, jog or ride your bike to the concert from the Bed and Breakfast!!

Concert discount is 10% off your lodging at Old Town Guest House if you book for two or more nights.  Don’t miss this great deal.

Jammin’ Rock and a little
Old-School Country line up to make
your Summer nights magical.

Tickets at BigStarsBrightNightsConcerts.org

or call 435-655-3114.
Summer Box Office
Mega-Genius Supply Store,  435 Swede Alley, Park City
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Esperanza Spalding
Presents:
Emily’s D+ Evolution
Anna Wilson,  Perla Batalla
Thursday, July 30

Grace Potter
Tuesday, August 4

Chris Botti
Joshua Bell
Saturday, August 15

Gipsy Kings
featuring Nicolas Reyes
and Tonino Ballardo
Saturday, August 22
or call 435-655-3114.
Summer Box Office
Mega-Genius Supply Store,  435 Swede Alley, Park City
Lawn tickets also available at:
Hugo Coffee 435-655-5015
The King’s English Bookshop 801-484-9100
Deer Valley® Signatures or Etc. 435-649-1000
Mega-Genius Supply Store / Newpark 435-649-3553
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