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Discounted lift tickets for skiing Park City, Utah!!

The snow is falling - purchase lift tickets now!

A Snowy Week for Utah

For all my guests staying at Old Town Guest House, Bed & Breakfast…  here is some info on discounted lift tickets!! 

The skiing is amazing!!  If you haven’t booked your lodging reservations, book now!!  Things are really filling up.

last minute gift idea

Give the Gift of Ski

This year, we’re making it easy to give your family and friends something they’ll actually enjoy. When you give the Gift of Ski, you’re also giving adventure, fresh mountain air, and powder days. A perfect last minute gift! Give the Gift! 

from the blog

Utah’s New Cherry Peak Resort

Brand-new ski resorts are rare commodities these days. The opening of Cherry Peak Resort this ski season marks the first such unveiling in Utah since Deer Valley in 1981. Read More 

Give the Gift of Ski | Gift cards available online.

The Dos and Don’ts of Après Ski

Like any social situation, there are a few dos and don’ts to the après ski scene. While most skiers and riders seek to enjoy warmth, conversation, and spirits after a day on the mountain, some people unfortunately don’t instinctively know how to hang nicely with others. Read More 

5 Reasons to Hit The Slopes On Christmas & New Year’s Day

Christmas morning is a magical thing. It’s one special day of the year that’s ALL about family, fun, love, and a whole lot of presents. This year, why not add white, fluffy powder and fresh mountain air to the mix? Read More 

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Utah and Old Town Guest House make Fodor’s list!

Fodor’s Go List 2016



Fodor’s #1 destination for 2016 promises exceptional scenery, unforgettable adventures, and something for everyone—hikers, skiers, solo travelers, and families.

Utah defies expectations: Salt Lake City, best known as the capital of the conservative LDS Church, recently elected the first openly gay mayor in the state’s history, and despite what you may have heard, alcohol is legal and easy to find—there’s even a ski-in whiskey distillery. Home to both desert and mountains, Utah is also the place to get outdoors in 2016. With the historic creation ofPark City, the largest single ski and snowboard resort in the country (there’s more than 7,300 skiable acres and 300 trails to choose from), there’s no better time to experience Utah’s legendary powder. Not a skier? No problem. Hiking the red-rock canyons of southern Utah’s “Mighty Five” national parks—Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Capitol Reef, and Canyonlands—may change your life, and there are special celebrations planned throughout 2016 for the National Park Service’s centennial. Of course, Utah’s adventures don’t end at the national park borders: Scenic drives, dinosaur fossils, mountain biking on slickrock trails, and white-water rafting are all part of the fun. Best of all, Utah comes with an affordable price tag, with average daily room rates of $96 and average airfares into Salt Lake City of $361.

Where to Stay: Staying in Park City can be pricey; if you want a mid-range hotel, opt for Salt Lake City’s Hilton—Salt Lake City Center or Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City and ski at the seven resorts within a 30–40 minute drive from downtown. The affordable Bryce Canyon Lodge is a memorable place to stay in one of America’s best-loved national parks. Numerous reviewers have extolled the virtues of the Amangiri, which has received our own Fodor’s 100 Hotels Award, and with good reason. If you can afford the hefty price tag, this desert resort offers unparalleled luxury and privacy in Canyon Point, Utah, and includes adventure experiences to the national parks and beyond. I am adding  Old Town Guest House B&B in Park City!  You won’t find a better deal or location.  www.oldtownguesthouse.com

Insider Tip: For the truly unique experience of red rock canyon views while skiing, head to Brian Head resort in southern Utah.

When to Go: Utah ski season can start as early as November and last as late as July 4, and Utah’s resorts often see warm, sunny days. The best time to visit the national parks is in spring and fall to avoid high summer temperatures and peak tourist season.

Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor’s Utah Guide

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Christmas Holiday Spirit in Park City

For all of you coming out to enjoy Christmas at Old Town Guest House, Bed & Breakfast in Park City, here is some holiday information.

There’s something magical about being nestled in Park City during the holidays. Surrounded by snowcapped mountains, twinkling lights, cheery residents and cozy fires, you might find yourself on the lookout for a certain red-nosed reindeer.

As if the idyllic scenery of two iconic resorts coming together to form the largest resort in the U.S. wasn’t enough, Park City’s many festivities add an extra touch of whimsy and holiday romance to the yuletide. Carolers, illuminated parades and a Main Street straight out of the North Pole will wake even the sleepiest holiday spirit. If you happen to find yourself in this majestic town during the month of December, make sure to check out these town-favorite places and events to get the most out of your holiday.

Shop And Stroll Down Historic Main Street
During the month of December, Old Town’s historic Main Street comes alive with holiday magic – hosting a number of free events, classes and activities to celebrate the festive season. If you still need to do some holiday shopping, be  sure to explore the hundreds of unique shops, boutiques, art galleries and specialty stores. Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find it on historic Main Street. Start your shopping early: https://www.visitparkcity.com/things-to-do/shopping/

The Park City Singers
Nothing ushers in the holidays more poetically than a chorus of carolers. The Park City Singers have become a staple in the community over the last nineteen years, and their Christmas concerts are nothing short of spectacular. Starting December 19th, concerts will be held at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. You’ll find yourself swaying along to a beautiful mix of holiday favorites and interesting arrangements of classical tunes – making it hard not to sing along.

Buy your tickets at: www.parkcitysingers.com

Kick off your holidays with Park City’s DecemberFest, a new sixteen-day festival including morning and après musical acts, village entertainers, a Resort Lighting Ceremony and more. The festival runs from December 19th to January 3rd and comes packed with on and off mountain activities. No matter how diverse your holiday spirit, you’re sure to find something worth grinning about.

Start planning your DecemberFest: http://www.parkcitymountain.com/events/event-detail.aspx?year=2015&month=12&eventview=calendarview&eventName=DecemberFest

Santa Comes Down The Town Lift
Forget chimneys, when Santa and his magical sleigh come to Park City, he uses the ski lift. This magical Park City tradition takes place in the Town Lift Plaza and will occur on December 19th. Make sure to get there early – starting at 5 P.M. cookies, hot chocolate and plenty of merriment will be available to prepare for Santa’s arrival. Once he and Rudolph have made their way down the mountain and into the plaza, make sure to get your picture with the big guy – EpixMix will be snapping photos of families during the exciting event.

Find out more about when Santa skis into town: http://www.parkcitymountain.com/events/event-detail.aspx?year=2015&month=12&eventview=calendarview&eventName=Santa-Town-Lift

53rd Annual Torchlight Parade
Park City’s Annual Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade is a tradition as old as the resort itself. It also happens to be the longest-running tradition and a village favorite. Just after sunset on Christmas Eve, make your way to Park City Base and warm up with hot cocoa, holiday music, cookies and cheer. Try and spot Santa skiing as he leads more than one hundred ski and snowboard instructors down the trails before he takes off for his epic journey. Afterward, catch up with St. Nick for photos and any last minute requests. It’s no wonder families continue to travel back for this event.

Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade (photo credit- Park City Mountain Resort)

Don’t miss out on the fun: http://www.parkcitymountain.com/events/event-detail.aspx?year=2015&month=12&eventview=calendarview&eventName=TorchlightParade

Santa’s Shredding The Slopes
Did you know that skiing is one of Santa’s favorite extracurricular activities? It makes sense, considering his affinity for arctic culture. And from December 23rd to December 25th, Santa’s getting one last fix before heading to work. He’ll be shredding the slopes at   Greg,  It seems like the Cactus team is just copying and pasting from the Park City Chamber site here FYI. Flight of The Canyons Gondola is called the Red Pine Gondola.

Find out more about Santa on the slopes at: https://www.visitparkcity.com/events/annual-special-events/dec-celebrate-holidays/

Ring In The New Year “Park City” Style
When you celebrate New Year’s Eve in Park City it’s sure to be a memorable night. Canyons Village starts the celebration off in the afternoon with free concerts on the Ski Beach. Then head over to The Cabin for a family dinner from 5-7 P.M. Once you’ve got your fill, head back outside to watch the free fireworks show at 7:30 P.M.

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If you’re looking to continue the night’s festivities, put on your best disco gear and get ready to boogie. Starting at 7:30 P.M., the Kokopelli Ballroom turns into a New Year’s disco party and lasts until 1:30 A.M., Stay until the little ones get tired or put them to bed and head back to ring in the New Year, disco style. If disco isn’t your thing, head up to historic Main Street and hit up the hundreds of restaurants and bars for more ways to ring in the New Year.

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Skiing Park City


Opening Day is finally upon us! Join us  Nov. 21st  at our Park City Base Area as we create history with the opening of the new largest resort in the country. No question about it, we’ve been very busy at the resort the past few months. Over the summer, we’ve completed a $50 million improvement plan to connect Canyons Resort and Park City as one, unified resort – Park City, along with various other mountain improvements all to enhance the guest experience.  As we all can’t wait to be sliding on snow again, get the low down on our Opening Day Celebration, Opening Day terrain selection and more!

Opening Day Festivities, Saturday, November 21: Park City Base Area

8:00 a.m.
Live music, giveaways, and complimentary hot chocolate and coffee at the Park City Base Area
8:45 a.m.
Welcome to the season from Park City COO Bill Rock
9:00 a.m.
First Chair – 3 Kings, PayDay, First Time
PayDay Banner Breaking
Live Music Continues
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Live après music on PayDay Deck by Parlour Hounds

Opening Day Terrain: Park City Base Area

Pay Day Lift – Lower Homerun, Treasure Hollow.
First Time  – Turtle Trail.
3 Kings  –    Quicksilver, lower 3 Kings, Silver Hollow.

3 Kings Park—Top to bottom Park
*Will update Friday Night with feature count.



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We are excited to announce that all of our $50 million in mountain improvement projects for this historic season will be ready for Christmas week, weather conditions permitting. This includes the new Quicksilver Gondola that connects Park City and Canyons creating America’s largest ski resort with 7,300 skiable acres and more! Read on to see what to expect and when.

Nov. 21, 2015:
Opening Day at Park City Base

Nov. 27, 2015:
Opening Day at Canyons Village
Red Pine Lodge Ribbon Cutting
Summit House Ribbon Cutting

Dec. 5, 2015:
Miners Camp Opening

Dec. 11, 2015:
Quicksilver Gondola Opening
Motherlode Ribbon Cutting

Dec. 18, 2015:
There Is Only One. GRAND OPENING event

Dec. 19, 2015:
Demo Day and EpicMix Activation Event
Santa Comes Down Town Lift
King Con Ribbon Cutting 


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Park City Ski College Lodging Special!!!

Park City’s Ski College is so much fun!!  Come out and improve your skiing by leaps and bounds!!  Book your lodging at Old Town Guest House for a Ski College Special….   $199/night!!  Four night minimum stay!

5 Day Ski College



A tradition at Park City, the Ski College includes five days of lessons with one of our pros. During this time, you’ll make permanent changes in your technique. Best of all, Ski College is fun! Our instructors have the skills and experience to help you reach your full potential. Space is limited, so make your reservation early.


This program is for level 5 skiers and up (parallel turns on all green, and gentle blue runs) and all adults ages 21 and up. Participants will be placed in groups to match your ability level.


Lessons run from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm with a lunch break at the on-mountain restaurant of the groups choosing.

2015-16 Reservations Available NOW!

Dates Price
Ski College #1 Mon. Nov. 30 – Fri. Dec. 4, 2015 $500 (lesson only) or $615 with lift ticket Book Ski College #1
Ski College #2 Mon. Dec. 7 – Fri. Dec. 11, 2015 $560 (lesson only) or $675 with lift ticket Book Ski College #2

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6 Tips for Planning A Budget Friendly Ski Vacation

As I write this, it’s DUMPING snow on the mountains. Over a foot at last check! If you’re planning a ski vacation, this is the time to book dates. But let’s face it, skiing and riding can be hard on the budget if you have to travel.

Luckily, I have six tips that will save you from pawning grandma’s silver to fund your turns:

Travel with a crew

One of the best ways to save money is to split expense with friends. This way you get to share the cost of lodging, transportation. Remember that college roommate who skied all winter but you haven’t heard from in years? Reach out! Not only will you save money, but it will be a fun chance to catch up. You could also agree that the goal is to save money and each do your own thing once on the slopes.

Beg, borrow, and steal gear

Of course I’m not being literal about the “steal” bit, that’s my code for raid used gear shops like 2nd Tracks in Salt Lake or Switch Back in Park City. You can also score deals at local rental shops and on sites like GetOutfitted. Do this in advance because many of them give better deals online than in person. Look all over town as well, because the lowest prices may be just off the hill. For example, See N’ Ski has 12 locations. Chances are one of them is between the airport and the mountain. Even better, they sell discounted lift tickets too!

Don’t forget to ask friends if they have gear and clothes you could borrow as well, especially if they are local. I suggest acquiring skis and poles after you arrive if you are flying commercial to avoid checked baggage fees.

Stay at a Bed & Breakfast

Book your lodging at Old Town Guest House, Bed & Breakfast in Park City!  www.oldtownguesthouse.com.  Breakfast is included in the price of lodging!  This saves you up to $25/per person!   If you do plan to eat out, search for “Cheap Eats” on Yelp. It works!

Of course splurging on a good meal is sometimes part of the vacation experience. For a list of scrumptious mountainside meals in Utah, check out this list of 12 Must Eats.

Book early and off-peak

Secure the best deals by booking early. Often there are only so many rooms, airline tickets etcetera, available at discount rates, so you need to grab them quick. Also plan to visit early or late season, avoid holidays, and shoot for weekdays. An average of 6.7 feet of snow falls in April, making it a great time to get a deal on spring turns!

Hunt for deals on lift tickets

There are a number of ways to save on lift tickets, but you’ll have to do some looking. First, check this site for deals because we gather them up in one spot for you and have a few o our own available. If you’re traveling with a 5th or 6th grader, don’t miss the Passport deal. Yes, you can use it even if you live outside Utah. Tip: Allow two weeks for processing. Additionally, check sites like Liftopia.com, local gear rental shops, and individual resort websites. Some offer discounts during the week, late in the day, or at night (night skiing is so much fun!).

A well-kept secret is that the Salt Lake City Costco carries discount lift tickets. They can’t be found online, so you’ll have to call for details (ask for the membership desk). When I checked today they had Sundance tickets plus Ski N’ See rental discounts. More may be added by opening day.

I’m going to go wax my skis now… See you on the slopes!

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Bigger and better: Park City expands into USA’s largest ski resort

A skier in Jupiter Bowl – one of 14 bowls at the new

Every fall around this time, ski resorts across North America start to roll out annual upgrades, hoping to woo travelers and outdo their competition. This season is an especially rich one in American skiing, with Jackson Hole, Wyo., adding a new lift, restaurant and trails, Sun Valley, Idaho, completely revamping its flagship Lodge, and Vermont’s Burke opening an entirely new hotel, along with many other improvements from coast to coast. But all of it pales beside what is going on in Park City, Utah — the opening of the largest ski resort in the nation’s history.

Skiing in Utah has been on the uptick ever since the 2002 Winter Olympic Games were held in and around Salt Lake City. While the Olympics have proved to be a double-edged sword for many cities that have hosted them, leaving a wake of unpaid bills and empty facilities, Utah was a rare exception. The number of skiers and snowboarders visiting the state has increased dramatically, up about 40% since the Games, while hotels and base lodges built for the event are still going strong.

No place benefitted more than Park City, a historic former silver mining town just 40 minutes from downtown Salt Lake and home to many skiing and non-skiing events (as well as the famous Sundance Film Festival). Park City has continued to grow and is more popular than ever, with two museums, the ski jumps, recently added attractions such as zip lines, hiking trails, high ropes courses, and the bobsled run — open for public rides summer and winter.

Now Park City is enjoying yet another renaissance, one that may well make it the top ski destination in the country. When the new Quicksilver gondola is fired up this December, it will carry skiers and snowboarders from one end of giant Park City ski resort to the other — except that the other end is what used to be the neighboring Canyons, which was already the largest ski mountain in Utah. Operating under the more recognizable Park City name, this new behemoth is a combination of the existing Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons, plus several new trails on the ridge that once separated them. The gondola and new trails are just the most visible highlights of the $50 million that operator Vail Resorts has spent fashioning the nation’s largest ski resort.

Before the merger, these were the state’s two biggest in terms of skiable in-bounds acreage, and the combined numbers are staggering: 7,300-acres of skiable terrain with 14 bowls, over 300 trails, and 17 on-mountain restaurants, linked by a 22-mile network of 38 lifts. The acreage is three to four times that of several major destination resorts in the West, such as Breckenridge, Colo., and more than seven times the size of the largest resort in the East, Sugarloaf, Maine.

The new giant will offer an unrivaled wealth of skiing and riding for all abilities, with more than enough trails, glades and bowls to easily occupy a trip — or season. But beyond its sheer size, the new resort will also greatly change the visitor experience to Park City. In the past, travelers have had to choose between staying in the charming town, filled with shops, restaurants, galleries and bars, or out at the base of Canyons, the largest of the area’s three resorts, for better access to the slopes. Now they can do either and still ski all the interconnected terrain.

Because the lifts and trails of the former Park City Mountain Resort come right down to Main Street, the sea change effectively transforms the entire town into a ski-in/ski-out base for America’s largest resort. Similar to the interconnected village model of Europe’s mega-resorts, visitors can start their day at one of three base areas, ski to another for lunch or finish up at the opposite end for dinner and après and then ride back, using the town’s extensive free bus system or the complimentary shuttles many area hotels operate.

“I think the new gondola will really open up town for people who want to ski a lot of terrain,” said David Perkins, proprietor of High West Distillery & Saloon. Immediately adjacent to the Town Lift, it lays claim to being the  world’s only ski-in/ski-out distillery. “You now can buy a lift ticket or Epic (season) Pass and instead of being locked into five days over at Canyons, you can mix it up and ski both sides. It’s a really big deal,” Perkins adds.

The new eight-passenger high-speed gondola is unusual in that it runs in both directions, with a mid-station atop the ridge between the resorts, linking three stops both ways like a subway for skiers. While most gondolas start at the base, this is up on the mountain, and riders can ski down from all three stations, none more than four and half minutes apart, while the end-to-end ride is less than nine minutes.

The mid-station sits atop Pine Cone Ridge, which used to divide the two resorts. On the old Park City side, the mid-station accesses an experts-only area called Thaynes Canyon, which used to require a lengthy hike. On the old Canyons side, three new trails have been cut down from the mid-station in Iron Canyon, with a mix of advanced and intermediate terrain, plus new snowmaking to ensure reliable access. A large new lodge, the 500-seat Miner’s Camp, was constructed for the gondola, while the existing Red Pine Restaurant added 250 seats.

With the new lifts, trails and snowmaking, Vail’s $50 million investment is most obvious on the slopes, but this summer the resort also opened a brand new 18-hole golf course at the Canyons base area, and is building an extensive new summer mountain bike park.

“As a local, I am certain our town will change, and slightly concerned that we will lose some of its character, but for tourists it is all positive,” said Eric Kent, a software executive and full-time resident who moved here from San Francisco seven years ago with his family for enhanced quality of life. “This will up the game for the entire on-mountain experience, lifts, food, lodges, après, and terrain.”

The resort now sprawls uninterrupted between the separate Canyons base area and town, with three entry points for visitors, and a wealth of lodging and dining options at all price points. The old base of Park City Mountain Resort sits just a few blocks above Main Street, with limited parking but lots of shuttle bus access, anchored by a pedestrian mall with shops and eateries. The Canyons gateway is a modern, purpose-built ski resort base area, with a gondola-style people mover connecting a large parking lot to the lifts, and several ski-in/ski-out hotels. A pedestrian village at the base of the slopes was completely redone just a few years ago, and is flanked with shops, restaurants, bars and a sunny, outdoor “ski beach” area.

The third option is the Town Lift, which serves the hotels and rental properties in historic downtown Park City. “We are extremely excited to (offer guests) walk-in, walk-out access to the largest resort in the U.S.,” said Michael Gregory, general manager of Washington School House Hotel, an upscale boutique hotel near the Town Lift.

One of the biggest appeals of skiing in the greater Salt Lake City area is ease of access. Six major resorts in the Wasatch mountain range are less than an hour from the airport, which is reliable even in winter. While on a map these seem split into three separate clusters in Park City (Deer Valley, Park City), Big Cottonwood (Solitude, Brighton) and Little Cottonwood Canyon (Alta, Snowbird), in reality they almost all neighbor each other, mostly separated by ridgelines just as Canyons and Park City Mountain Resort were until this winter. For this reason, there has been a long-term plan in the works to interconnect all seven — now six — resorts into an enormous European-style ski network, a project dubbed ONE Wasatch.

“The merger of Park City Mountain and Canyons, making the biggest resort in the United States, is not only an unprecedented project in the history of skiing, it is one step closer to the completion of ONE Wasatch,” said Nathan Rafferty, president and CEO of Ski Utah.

The plan requires just three new connections — one of which is the Quicksilver gondola.

If you go

The town of Park City is less than 40 miles from the Salt Lake City Airport, and there are numerous shuttles, car services and shared-ride vans available. It is home to two large ski resorts, the newly formed Park City (merging former Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons, parkcitymountain.com) and Deer Valley (Note: Deer Valley does not allow snowboarding, deervalley.com). Both Deer Valley and the Canyons base area at Park City have significant ski-in/ski-out lodging with hotels and rental homes and condos.

The town of Park City also has extensive lodging in both hotel and vacation rentals, as well as direct access to the Park City resort from both its Main Street and the Park City.  Old Town Guest House, a Bed & Breakfast in Park City offers reasonable lodging with lot’s of amenities.  Plus, the location is great.  Book online at www.oldtownguesthouse.com.

The new Park City resort utilizes Vail’s Epic Pass, the nation’s bestselling season pass, priced to pay for itself in just five to six days of skiing and good at a dozen resorts in six states and two countries. For visitors coming from home resorts that use the Epic Pass, such as those in California, Michigan or Minnesota, trips to other participating resorts are essentially free.

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5 Tips to Get Ready for Ski Season

Snow is  here!!  Time to get in shape and book your lodging reservations at Park City’s only Bed & Breakfast.  Old Town Guest House.



Skier getting ready to come and stay at Old Town Guest House, Park City.



A winter filled with schussing, shredding the Gnar or just plain having fun on The Greatest Snow on Earth requires a healthy body. Back in early October, Ski Utah turned to social, and asked what ski questions you’ve always wanted to ask a ski doctor. We’ve teamed up with the experts at the University of Utah Health Care to answer your questions. And of course, squats do a body good, but you might want to save the boots and skis for the snow:)



Question #1 – Brendan Davis asks: “What is the best training regimen to prepare for the season for 20+ ski days?”
Cardiovascular fitness including endurance: Try a form of cardiovascular exercise: hiking, running, cycling, or indoor cardio gym equipment every day if not most days of the week for a minimum of 30-60 min.
Strength training: Gaining strength in your core and legs take priority, however not enough strength in your upper body, might leave your shoulder at risk for injury.  For core work: work to hold a plank on your elbows and either toes or knees for 60-90 seconds for 3 repetitions.  Lower extremity strengthening through body weight exercises such as lunges, bridges or squats with both or one leg, is a must for any downhill skiing. Using a weight machine to work on the hamstrings, quads and buttocks are best to not over-look!  Using the extra resistance, increase the load overtime to gain the strength needed for the demands put on skiers!
Flexibility: Snow sports can put us into physically demanding positions and our bodies need to be able to bend, we might get pulled more than we want.  being flexible in our hamstrings, quads and trunk is one way to help prevent injury!

Impact training: Without a doubt, downhill snow sports is like a controlling a fall down a hill. In order to prepare our bodies for this type of work (eccentric muscle contraction) we need to practice it!  running hills, stairs or practicing jumping will help us prepare for the impact of skiing.

Question #2 – Stefanie Schulz asks: “How can I keep my knees stable and strong to prevent knee injuries?”

Dr. Stuart Willick, Sports Medice physician says: “Stefanie, this is a great question. Your skiing will be better and more fun if you train well in preparation for the ski season.  Balance exercises and strengthening exercises for the core, hip and thigh muscles are one important part of keeping your knees stable and preventing knee injuries.  Another important part of preventing knee injuries is proper skiing technique. Research has shown that maintaining good balance on your skis and avoiding getting “in the back seat” with your weight too far backward, can decrease your risk of knee injuries during skiing.”

Question #3 – Many, many people asked: “What’s the best way to avoid being really sore after the first couple of days of skiing?”

LInda Scholl, Physical Therapist at University of Utah Orthopedic Center, says: “These three specific exercises are your best place to start. Run/walk stairs, any hamstring exercise and squats. If you are sore the next day, walk/hike it out! Stiff/sore muscles will remain stiff/sore if not given a way to increase the blood supply through gentle exercise/motion.

Question #4 – Mike Kemp asks: “What are your general thoughts about the efficacy of a 58 year old man with dual full hip replacements returning to the slopes?”

Dr. Stuart Willick, Sports Medice physician says: “Mike, most joint replacement surgeons allow their patients with hip replacements to ski, once they have completed a successful course of rehabilitation after their surgery. However, everybody is a little bit different so each individual has to discuss their activities with their surgeon.”

Question #5 – Jeremy Hadley asks: “I’m unable to do some activities because of left knee pain. Any secrets to deal with tendonitis? And any special exercises to strengthen Ski legs?”


Dr. Stuart Willick, Sports Medice physician says: “Jeremy, the first step in getting you ready for ski season is to establish a firm diagnosis of your knee pain.  The sports medicine specialists at the University of Utah can help provide you with a clear diagnosis and a treatment plan that will get your knee ready for the slopes.  If your knee pain is indeed from tendonitis, then strengthening exercises focused on the thigh and hip muscles are the first line of treatment.  Consider taking a ski conditioning class such as the one offered at the University of Utah Orthopaedic Center.”

Bonus Question – Mason Jewkes asks: “What are the best (day of) pre-ski and post-ski exercises?”

LInda Scholl, Physical Therapist at University of Utah Orthopedic Center says:
Pre-ski warm up: Don’t count on walking your snow equipment from the car to the base of the lift as a “warm up”!  Be your best on the slopes, especially on those beautiful “gotta-be-first-in-line” powder days, take time to prepare your body! Swing one leg forward/back to loosen hips.   Keep your leg relaxed with the big movements warming the body.  Total lower body stretch: place one leg behind you, knee straight and heel flat.  lunge onto forward leg keeping trunk upright, stretching the calf & hip flexor.  after 30 sec, bend back knee to stretch the quad.  Trunk: standing, feet firmly planted slightly more than hip width apart, twist trunk using arms side to side, loosening the spine.  Shoulders: Big sweeping arm circles on each side.

Post-ski stretches: Be sure to get your quads and trunk as described above! Add in, hamstring: sit tall, place one foot in front of you with the knee straight.  Bend forward from the hips until  you feel a gentle pull behind the thigh. Deep hip rotators: Sitting, cross one ankle over the other knee and sit up slightly bend forward for deep hip rotators. Foam roll your buttocks, front, side and back of legs and stretch in the hot tub apres ski!  just keep your head above water!

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Win a Pow trip to Utah!!

A foot of pow falls in Utah every five days in the winter. Thanks to our friends at Ski Utah, you can get in on that action. One randomly-selected entrant is going to win a three-day pow trip for two to Salt Lake City. In addition to airfare, lift tickets and cash toward a rental car, the winner will also get set up with his or her own professional photographer for a day, meaning you’ll head home with proof of all the pow you slayed.

To recap, here’s what’s included in the prize:

  • Delta airfare for two (2) to Salt Lake City
  • Three (3) nights lodging
  • Three (3) days of lift tickets for two (2)
  • $100 Hertz Certificate
  • Your own ski photographer for a day

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Top 10 reasons to ski Park City and stay at Old Town Guest House B&B… Park City.

The Top 10 Reasons to Ski Park City and stay at Old Town Guest House Bed & Breakfast

We are excited to announce that all of our $50 million in mountain improvemnet projects for this historic season will be ready for Christmas week, weather conditions permitting. This includes the new Quicksilver Gondola that connects Park City and Canyons creating America’s largest ski resort with 7,300 skiable acres. The brand new Miners Camp restaurant. Renovations of Summit House and Red Pine restaurants. Increased snowmaking on Iron Mountain and trail widening on Chicane. And of course the upgraded Motherlode detachable high-speed 4-pack and the upgraded high-speed King-Con 6-pack.

With Opening Day just a few weeks away (Nov. 21), here are the Top Ten Reasons To Ski Park City:


1. The New 8-passenger Quicksilver Gondola– Perhaps the most talked about addition of our $50 Million improvement plan, The 8-Passenger Quicksilver Gondola connects former Canyons Resort to Park City Mountain Resort. The Quicksilver Gondola travel time takes approximitely 8 minutes to get from terminal to terminal. The gondola features a mid-station on the top of Pinecone Ridge where skier’s and riders can exit and ski or ride directly to Thaynes Canyon or the Flat Iron lift. The signifigance of this new gondola is that it connects over 7,300 skiable acres making it….

2. The Largest Ski Resort in the Country– 7,300 skiable acres is HUGE! Just take a look for yourself (Trail Map). Lets look at some notable “large” resorts in the country to see how Park City’s 7,300 acres stacks up. Aspen Snowmass- 3,332, Vail-5,289, Big Sky- 5,800. No question we’re the biggest in the country, however what does that mean for the typical skier/rider? For one, it means you have a massive amount of terrain to select from, steeps, greens, moguls, secret powder stashes, you name it, Park City has it. With so much terrain, any skier or rider can stay entertrained for days on end within our boundarys. The question now is who will be the first to ride all 41 lifts in one day?

3. Accessibility– Plan to ski an extra day on this vacation. With our close accessiblity to Salt Lake International Airport – 40 minutes, you can afford to spend that extra travel day on the slopes. Not many ski destinations allow you to get off your plane and hop right into your ski boots.

4. Resort Improvements-Aside from the Quicksilver Gondola, several other Resort Improvements have been made over the summer to enhance the guest experience. 50 Million Dollars worth to be exact. These improvements include our new on-mountain restaurant “Miners Hut” and new lifts replacing King Con and Motherlode for better uphill capacity. Red Pine Lodge also expands to hold an additional 250 seats. The improvement plan rounds out with an additional two trails in the Iron Mountain area, a widening of the Chicane trail and lastly another $5 million into other various maintenance projects around Park City.

5. Shopping– When finished skiing after catching the last chair of the day, kick off those stiff ski boots and go find yourself a new pair of dancing boots (you’ll need them later anyways!). With a strong local economy, small botiques gracefully line historic Main Street, many visitors dedicate a whole day exploring and browsing the small shops, galleries and more.

6. Dining– Resort food has changed tremendously over the past decade and Park City is leading the cause, with high quality food to keep you fueled all day. With over 16 on-mountain dining locations there’s something for every taste. Dinner plans? Hard to go astray with any Park City restaurant, but we can point you to a few local favorites including Handle, Riverhorse on Main, or Cafe Terigo. If your legs are still burning after skiing across 7,300 acres, stay close to your lodging with The Farm, ranked one of Utah’s top ten restaurants, mountainside at Canyons Village.

7. Nightlife– Remember those dancing boots? You will need them for this town’s vibrant nightlife. With a healthy mix of locals and visitors, guests can expect a variety of nightlife in Park City. Start your night off with a buffalo burger and beer at the No Name Saloon than work your way up the street to The Spur for a night full of dancing.

8. Terrain Parks– Historically known for having the most innovative and progressive terrain parks, “I Ride Park City” only looks to continue their park excellence across our 7,300 acres. Progression is key to Park City’s terrain park program with 7 terrain parks aimed at every skill level. From sliding your first box, to standing on the podium at the Olympics (Sage Kotsenburg, Joss Christensen) , “I Ride Park City” is there with you every jib of the way.

9. Ski into Town– Did we mention you don’t even have to click out of your ski’s or unstrap from your board to head into town? Take a break from the slopes and ski into town where our town lift will bring you back up to the top. A popular run down the town lift usually includes a stop at High West Distillery, the only ski-in/ski-out gastro distillery in the world.

10. The History of Park City– Park City has relics of it’s past scattered throughout town and our mountain. Once a booming mining town hit hard by mine collapses and other economical downfall, Park City’s re-emergence came when locals began using the mine shafts as ski lifts! Take a free mountain tour and visit old structures such as ore’s, mills and more, all while on your ski’s or board!

Walk to ski lifts from Old Town Guest House.  Park City’s only B&B.  No need to rent a car.  You will not find a better deal.  This is great budget lodging!!!