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Here’s of list of Memorial Weekend Activities in Park City for you and your family to enjoy.

Utah Olympic Park
  • The Utah Olympic Park is open Memorial weekends only – May 17 – 26, from 10 am to 6 pm. Utah Olympic Park offers year-round adventure; from learning about the Park’s unique Olympic heritage on a guided tour to reaching nearly 80mph on the Comet Bobsled Ride, the Park offers activities for all ages and abilities. Zip, climb, slide, hike and explore Olympic history!
  • PCMR logoPark City Mountain Resort kicks off the summer season Friday, May 23, just in time for Memorial Day weekend, with a variety of adventures for guests of virtually any age. Hold on for the drops and turns of the Alpine Coaster or watch your family reach new heights in the Adventure Zone. Escape to the mountains and enjoy summer like only Park City Mountain Resort can do it.  Plan to spend the day or the weekend, summer rates are more affordable than ever
  • Mountain TrailsMountaintrails.org has been working hard to prepare our over 400 miles of trails for everyone to enjoy this weekend.  With the exception of high mountain, there are plenty of trails open for hiking and biking.  Be sure to check out their Park City Trail Map for an update on conditions and open trails. Don’t miss the Cole Sport/Mountain Trails Bike and SUP swap May 24 from 9-5 and Sunday, May 25, from 9am to 3pm at Cole Sport.
  • Shopping Park City is perfect year-round; everything from handmade furniture, books and sportswear to art collectibles and Western antiques. Historic Main Street is lined with quaint shops and galleries. Take advantage of the Tanger Outlet sidewalk sales and really save.
  • Park City Film SeriesCatch a film over the weekend.  The Park City Film Series is featuring “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” the much anticipated, colorful, and eccentric delight from the director of Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson. The stellar cast makes this imaginative confection a must-see.
  • The Egyptian Theatre presents – Driving Miss Daisy.  Winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and an Academy Award-winning film. Presented by The Neil Simon Festival.
  • Historic Park CitySpring into Historic Park City - Sunday, May 25, is the perfect time to visit Historic Park City and enjoy the charm and sophistication of our local mountain town. Shop for bargains at the sidewalk sales and enjoy free live Music on Main Street in Miner’s Park with free entertainment and family fun with AM Bump Trio 2 -4 pm.

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Ski Resorts that are still open!!

The sun is shining, temps are increasing and we’re all working on some glorious goggle tans.

As the temps begin to rise and our goggle tans become more distinct, we start to think about closing dates for the ski season. Below you will find an up to date list of closing dates for all 14 Utah resorts. As you get your last month or so of skiing in, use #utahneversummer on Instagram and Twitter. One winner will be announced at the end of April and will win a Dakine bag!

  • Alta – Open for the weekends of April 25-27 and May 2-4
    1. Kids ski free April 14-17. Up to two kids, 18 and under, ski for free with the purchase of a full price Area Day Pass.
    2. Adults ski for $50 per day and Children (12 & Under) ski for $25 per day the last two weekends. For the last two 3-day weekends, April 25-27 and May 2-4, Gold and Copper Card discounts will be applied to this late season pricing.
  • Snowbird – Open daily until May 11, 2014, then Fri-Sun through May 26, 2014 (conditions permitting)
  • Beaver Mountain – Closed
  • Brian Head – Closed
  • Brighton – Closed
  • Canyons – Closed
  • Deer Valley Resort - Closed
  • Eagle Point - Closed
  • Park City Mountain Resort - Closed
  • Powder Mountain – Closed
  • Snowbasin – Closed
  • Solitude -Closed
  • Sundance – Closed
  • Wolf Mountain – Closed

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Spring Reflections ONE Wasatch

The big news last week was an announcement by Ski Utah that the long proposed ski interconnect is back alive under the name of “ONE Wasatch.” This is an ambitious proposal to connect all seven Central Wasatch Resorts, Alta, Snowbird, Brighton, Solitude, Canyons, Park City and Deer Valley by ski lifts and ski runs with one pass. When, and the big if, this occurs we would offer over 18,000 acres, 100 lifts and more than 750 ski runs on one ski pass. It would then be possible to ski from Deer Valley to Snowbird and back by lifts and runs. While there will be many environmental reports to file and opposition from back country skiers to overcome, the physical process is not very difficult. As we currently stand, the seven resorts could be connected with 5-6 lifts as many of the resorts are already connected or share common boundaries. This would give Utah the largest amount and most variety of terrain of any resort in North America and put us on par with the European resorts who have embraced this for many years (decades). Stay tuned as this will be very interesting, but the concept does seem to have gathered momentum.

The latest on the ongoing battle between Talisker/Vail and Park City Mountain Resort is that Vail has made PCMR an offer to purchase the resorts base area and water rights for fair market value. PCMR has replied that they have no intention of ever selling to Vail and are ready to take their chance in court. This one is heating up fast as there are several important court decisions about to come down in the next couple of months.

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Park City Calendar of Events

 

Mar 28
Gallery Stroll

Mar 28-30
Park City Film Series presents
The Invisible Woman

Mar 29
Trey McIntyre Project at the Eccles Center

Mar 29 & Apr 5
Park City Mountain Resort’s 
Miller Lite Apres Music Series

Thru Mar 30
Egyptian Theatre presents
My Fair Lady

Apr 3
Garrison Keillor at the
Eccles Center

Apr 4
Artique’s First Friday: Charlie Lansche Artist Opening

Apr 4-6
Egyptian Theatre presents
Park City Follies

Apr 4-6
Park City Film Series presents “The Best Offer”

Apr 5
Olympic Athlete Homecoming
Parade 
and Celebration on Main Street

Apr 5
Mark Sexton Band at the Canyons
Resort’s 
Spring Concert Series 

Apr 5
Jessica Lang Dance at the Eccles Center

Apr 5
Park City Film Series presents
“The Secret Life of Arrietty”

Apr 5, 6, and 7
Beethoven Festival Spring Concerts

Thru Apr 6
Kimball Art Center exhibit
“Art of the Timepiece”

Apr 10
Park City Film Series presents
“GMO OMG”

Apr 11-13
Park City Film Series presents
Slow Food Park City Food and
Film Weekend

Apr 13
Nigel and the Metal Dogs at the Canyons Resort’s Spring Concert Series 

Apr 13
Egyptian Theatre presents
Karla Bonoff

Apr 18-19
Egyptian Theatre presents
Peter Yarrow

Apr 18-20
Park City Film Series presents
“Tim’s Vermeer”

Apr 24
Park City Film Series presents
Wild and Scenic Film Festival

Apr 24-25
Egyptian Theatre presents
Restless Heart

Apr 25
Gallery Stroll

Apr 26
Egyptian Theatre presents
Brewer & Shipley

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Interconnect helps you navigate Utah’s best ski resorts and your Innkeeper is the Lead Guide

Interconnect helps you navigate Utah’s best ski resorts

To ski six of Utah’s best resorts in one day, you can navigate the route on a guided tour on the Interconnect: Deer Valley, Park City Mountain Resort, Solitude, Brighton, Alta and Snowbird.

Utah's 'Interconnect' ski packageSkiers on an Interconnect tour head into Utah’s Solitude Mountain Resort after having descended more than 2,000 vertical feet. (Brian E. Clark)
By Brian E. ClarkMarch 7, 2014, 4:36 p.m.

DEER VALLEY, Utah — Carving turns through light, puffy powder at just one of the resorts in Utah’s Wasatch Range is plenty to write home about for most skiers. But to ski six of the state’s premier areas in one day — linked by way of the backcountry — is a true coup, especially when the sky is a cloudless deep blue and untouched snow lines the bowls.

You don’t have to be an experienced mountaineer to pull this off. Schussers can navigate the route on a guided tour on the Interconnect, which starts at Deer Valley and weaves through Park City Mountain Resort, Solitude, Brighton and Alta — with dips out of bounds — before finishing at Snowbird.

I’ve skied this day-long, 25-mile route several times over the last decade, and although it wears me out, I would recommend it to any advanced-to-expert skier who likes to get off the beaten track.

If conditions are right, skiers will get thousands of vertical feet of untracked powder, a good workout and enough stunning views of craggy peaks to overload their brains. On one of my adventures, we were blessed with 10 inches of light, fluffy snow that billowed over our knees as we linked turns down the slopes. Alas, snowboarders aren’t allowed on these trips because they’re not permitted at Deer Valley and Alta resorts.

I met Dan Griffith, who has guided for Ski Utah on the Interconnect for three years, and fellow guide Bob Merrell at Deer Valley’s Snow Park Lodge, where they reviewed our route and briefed us on how to use avalanche transceivers. Then our small group, which included five other skiers, headed for warm-up runs off Bald Mountain and Flagstaff Mountain.

Though Deer Valley and Park City are contiguous, the resorts don’t share lift tickets, which means you can’t duck under the boundary rope unless you’re on the Interconnect. Griffith checked in with the ski patrol as we left Deer Valley, something he did several times that day with various ski patrols. Once inside the Park City boundary, we jumped onto a trail called Tycoon, followed by a tree run in the Black Forest area.

Primed for the backcountry, we skied to the Jupiter lift and rode it to the top of Park City, elevation 10,026 feet. There, we waited while Griffith told the ski patrol we’d be heading out the so-called Back Door into Mill F Canyon.

Once we were through the trees that hid our escape from Park City’s groomed runs and chairlifts, the terrain opened up into a vast glade of untracked snow, surrounded by tall peaks. We double-checked our avalanche beacons and set off down the slope, carving broad arcs in the powder. Then we were into the trees for more whoops, hollers and big-time fun.

We descended more than 2,000 vertical feet, ending at Big Cottonwood Canyon Road. We clicked out of our ski bindings, hoisted our skis to our shoulders and walked across the highway into the classy little Solitude Mountain Resort. After a quick break, we stepped back into our skis and skated over to the Sunrise lift.

Once on Solitude’s slopes, we got in a few runs on Paradise and Paradise Lost, as well as a few turns in the trees off Queen Bess. At the top of the Summit chair, we skied onto the Sol/Bright Trail that connects Solitude with the Brighton Ski Resort, also in Big Cottonwood Canyon.

By that time, our stomachs were beginning to growl, so we did only a few turns off Brighton’s Milly Express lift before returning to Solitude for lunch at the Last Chance Sunrise Grill. With all those runs under our belts, the tomato bisque and chicken fajitas hit the spot. We also shared stories about ski adventures in Latin America, Europe and North Africa.

Then, bellies full, we rode the Summit lift back to the top of Solitude, paid our respects to the ski patrol and began the seemingly long trudge on the out-of-bounds Highway to Heaven, which leads to the Alta resort, also in Little Cottonwood Canyon. Though the avalanche risk was low that day, we stayed about 50 feet apart just in case.

It’s not that far — only a quarter-mile or so as the crow flies — from Solitude to Alta. Trouble is, crossing the Highway to Heaven — which some wags call the Highway to Hell — means sidestepping and traversing up about 200 vertical feet (the rough equivalent of a 20-story building) across a relatively steep and exposed bowl. Add to that, you have about 12 pounds of gear (boots and skis) attached to each foot. And you’re at an elevation of 10,035 feet.

Though I’m in pretty good shape, I had to stop every few minutes to catch my breath, wipe the sweat from my brow and enjoy the view. But it was well worth the effort.

Depending on the snow and the physical condition of the individual skiers, Griffith said it can take 15 to 40 minutes to do the traverse. (My group’s time was about 25 minutes.)

When we’d regrouped on the far side of the Highway to Heaven, Griffith had a glimmer in his eye.

“Want to climb some more?” he asked.

Suckers for punishment and always on the lookout for untracked powder, we tossed our skis on our shoulders and marched up an additional several hundred feet above Twin Lakes Pass.

We found some of what Griffith called “hidden lines” in a north-facing glade of trees and set off, dropping about 1,800 vertical feet through the powder and ending at Alta’s Albion base area. Because time was starting to run short, we did only a single run in the Secret Saddle area.

Then we rode the Sugarloaf lift to the top of Alta and crossed into Snowbird, the last ski resort on the Interconnect, as the daylight was beginning to fade. One by one, we dropped into Mineral Basin and headed down the Bassanova run — named for Snowbird founder Dick Bass — going off-piste a few times when the powder called.

We had one last chairlift to catch. At the bottom of Mineral Basin, we hopped on the Mineral Basin Express and rode it to the top of Hidden Peak, elevation 11,000 feet.

Then we began our descent, heading down by way of the Middle Cirque and Silver Fox runs. At the bottom of the mountain, my legs felt like jelly as we grabbed some libations and snacks at the General Gritts store and settled into our van for the 40-minute shuttle back to Deer Valley.

Within five minutes, I was asleep.

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Win an Interconnect Tour

March 11, 2014 View Online | Forward To a Friend
FS EXCLUSIVE

Book an Interconnect Tour with Ski Utah and enter to win a pair of Rossignol skis.

The Ski Utah Interconnect Adventure Tour links up to six of Utah’s world class ski resorts, and provides advanced and expert skiers the chance to experience the epic backcountry of the Wasatch Mountain Range. Book an Interconnect Adventure Tour today, starting at $295, and be entered to win a pair of Rossignol skis using the code “MyRossignols” at checkout.

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Cornoa Ski Beach at Park City Mountain Resort

EVENT DATE/TIME

Mar 8, 2014
12:00 pm

DESCRIPTION  

Corona Ski Beach at Park City Mountain Resort

An on-mountain experience for the whole family, with games, food and drinks for all ages!

Located in the meadow at the mid-station of PayDay Lift, we’ll be grilling, gaming and having an all-out good time! Look for the fenced in area between PayDay and Heckler Runs.

 

LOCATION Park City Mountain Resort
UT
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
WEBSITE http://parkcitymountain.com

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Park City Lift Ticket Deals for Spring Skiing

Lock in the best deal on lift tickets for your spring ski and snowboard vacation to Park City Mountain Resort!

For our best lift ticket deals, head over our online lift ticket store, where you’ll find discounted lift tickets at up to 35% off when you buy at least 2 days in advance. The deals vary by day and also by product, so although some products are a bit limited on some days, there are still plenty of great deals available. To help you out, are a few quick tips to navigate your way to the best discount on your lift tickets:

  • Look for different combination of tickets like two 2 of 7 day tickets instead of one 4 of 7 day ticket
  • Add a ski or snowboard rental to your ticket purhcase and you’ll get a great deal on the rentals in addition to your lift ticket
  • Select the product you want to search for without a start date to see a calendar listing of all the rates for that particular product, depending upon inventories it might be cheaper the day before or after, the day you are searching
  • As you search, please be aware that our lift ticket inventory is based upon availability, if a particular product is running low, we will note “only XX left“, if someone else books those products before you, unfortunately that pricing will no longer be available to you

Once you make your purchase, we’ll send you an email with barcodes to bring to any of the ticket windows here at Park City Mountain Resort – please remember to bring this confirmation with you.

Tickets purchased from our online lift tick store come a few restircitions – all sales are final, non-transferrable, must be used for the dates selected and payment will be required in full on all purchases.

Park City Mountain Resort discount lift ticket calendar

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4 feet of snow the Last 7 days!!

We’re all taking a deep breath after a week of beautiful Park City Mountain Resort snow that rivaled any similar stretch of the last few seasons. How about exactly 4 feet in the last 7 days?

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I wasn’t even trying to hide a smile getting fresh tracks on Red Fox, off Pioneer Lift, Saturday Feb 8

Around the middle of last week, models started coming together, powder fanatics were sharing weather map images across Facebook and Twitter, and the Pineapple Express was being whispered about by optimistic powderhounds who didn’t want to jinx anything.

And then it happened. 4 inches Thursday of last week. 14 inches Friday. 12 inches Saturday. 6 inches Sunday. And then a little sun before another 10 inches Wednesday and Thursday! Lift tide after lift ride, I was hearing people hooting and hollering all over the mountain, and I was having so much fun I didn’t even feel my legs getting shredded ’til I got home.

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Some of my funnest turns of the season in the Black Forest Sunday February 9

And one of the best things about skiing in Utah: we’re never that far from our next storm cycle. Keep up with the latest Park City snow report 24/7 right HERE, and we’ll see you out here as we get ready for a great spring season!