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2016 DEER VALLEY® MUSIC FEST LINEUP ANNOUNCED

Here is the official line up!!!   Book your lodging at Old Town Guest House….   Park City’s only Bed & Breakfast!  Space is limited…  make your reservations soon.

Utah Symphony | Utah Opera today announced its first batch of concerts for the 2016 Deer Valley® Music Festival in Park City, Utah. Highlights of the six-week music festival, which begins on July 2, 2016 and runs through August 6, 2016, include Utah Symphony performances with high-energy, new wave rock band, The B-52s; Matthew Morrison, who starred as teacher Will Schuster on TV’s “Glee”; DreamWorks Animation in Concert with scenes from favorite movies including “Home,” “Shrek,” “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Kung Fu Panda,” “Madagascar;” a tribute to the music of late rock legend David Bowie, and violinist Robert McDuffie performing Philip Glass’ The American Four Seasons.

“With the exponential growth of the Deer Valley® Music Festival each season, Park City really feels like the summer home of Utah Symphony,” said Interim President and CEO Patricia A. Richards. “We are excited to return for a 13th season to that spectacular mountain community and share the fantastic live music experience with fellow Utahns and visitors alike at the various venues throughout Summit County, including on the hillside at the incredible Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheatre, inside the intimate venue at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, and at salon events in private homes around Park City.”

Deer Valley® Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater Performances
The thirteenth annual Deer Valley® Music Festival in Park City will launch on July 2, 2016 with a Patriotic Celebration conducted by Festival-favorite, Jerry Steichen, and featuring Broadway singer Doug LeBrecque, who has portrayed The Phantom and Raul in “The Phantom of the Opera.” It will continue for six weekends with a dozen pops, rock, country and classical concerts on the main stage at Deer Valley® Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater and four chamber concerts at the intimate venue of St. Mary’s Church.

The second weekend of performances at Deer Valley Resort will start on Friday, July 9, 2016 with Randall Craig Fleischer conducting the Utah Symphony in Rock On! featuring hit songs from the 70s and 80s including music from Bruce Springsteen, Cindi Lauper, the Eagles, Whitney Houston, Dusty Springfield, Chicago, Aretha Franklin, Heart, Diana Ross, Queen, the Bee Gees, Donna Summer, Led Zeppelin, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Aerosmith, Journey, and Elton John. The following evening, Saturday, July 9, 2016, The B-52s, the world’s greatest party band, performs their hit music with the Utah Symphony.

The Festival continues on Friday, July 15, 2016, when Under the Streetlamp, featuring lead cast members from the Tony Award-winning sensation “Jersey Boys,” performs with the Utah Symphony and brings their unique blend of tight harmonies and slick dance moves to favorite Doo-Wop, Motown and old time Rock-n-Roll hits. On Saturday, July 16, 2016, Emmy, Tony and Golden Globe-nominated actor and singer Matthew Morrison, who starred as Will Schuester on TV’s “Glee,” performs an evening of Broadway standards including “Luck be a Lady,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing” and “Singin’ in the Rain” with the Utah Symphony and conductor Jerry Steichen.

The fourth weekend of performances includes Jerry Steichen conducing a Rodgers and Hammerstein celebration and sing-a-long concert on Friday, July 22, 2016 with Broadway stars Christiane Noll, William Michals and John Cudia performing classics from “Showboat,” “The Sound of Music,” “South Pacific,” “The King and I,” “Carousel,” and “Oklahoma.” On Saturday, July 23, 2016, the Utah Symphony performs The Music of David Bowie with conductor Brent Havens and a full rock band in a symphonic tribute that explores the incredible range of David Bowie’s music.

On Friday, July 29, 2016, the Utah Symphony will entertain the entire family with music from “Home,” “Shrek,” “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Kung Fu Panda,” “Madagascar” and more in DreamWorks Animation in Concert. Then, on Saturday, July 30, 2016, Grammy Award-winning Steep Canyon Rangers, the Bluegrass band known to be just as at home taking the stage at Carnegie Hall as they are fly fishing knee-deep in a mountain brook, returns to the Festival to perform with the Utah Symphony.

The 13th annual Festival closes on Saturday, August 6, 2016 as the Cannoneers of the Wasatch join the Utah Symphony for its traditional performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture with live cannon. Additional performances at Deer Valley Resort for the final week of the Festival will be announced at a later date.

Chamber Orchestra Series at St. Mary’s Church
The Utah Symphony will present four concerts at the intimate venue, St. Mary’s Church, as part of its chamber orchestra series. On July 6, 2016, conductor Jayce Ogren, former assistant conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra, and soprano Simone Osborne, winner of the 2008 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, will make their Utah Symphony debuts on a program that includes Barber’s Adagio for Strings and Knoxville, Summer of 1915, Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate and Schubert’s Symphony No. 5.

On July 13, 2016, Jeannette Sorrell, founder of Apollo’s Fire (the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra), conducts a program featuring selections from Handel’s Water Music and Terpsichore, Haydn’s Overture to The Uninhabited Island and Mozart’s Ballet Music from Idomeneo.

The series continues on July 20, 2016 with Utah Symphony’s Associate Conductor Rei Hotoda conducting a program with Mussorgsky’s “Dawn over the Moscow River” from Khovantchina, Tchaikovsky’s Suite No. 4 “Mozartiana” and Grammy Award-nominated violinist Robert McDuffie performing and conducting Philip Glass’ Violin Concerto No. 3, “The American Four Seasons.”

It concludes on July 27, 2016 with conductor Pierre Bleuse leading Mozart’s Overture to “Cosi fan tutti” and Sinfonia concertante for solo Violin, solo Viola and Orchestra, Handel’s (arr. Halversen) Passacaglia and Haydn’s Symphony No. 92 “Oxford.” Utah Symphony Associate Concertmaster Kathryn Eberle and Principal Viola Brant Bayless will be soloists on the program.

Concert Ticket Information

Subscription, group, and VIP tickets for the Deer Valley® Music Festival are on sale now. A local sale for residents of Summit and Wasatch Counties will take place on April 2, 2016 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Park City Utah Visitor Information Center (1794 Olympic Parkway, Park City, Utah). Concert tickets for the general public will go on sale on April 5, 2016 at 10 a.m. Lodging packages including tickets to performances will be available through lodging partners starting in May. Performance tickets and lodging information are available by calling (801) 533-6683 or online at deervalleymusicfestival.org.

VIP packages for both Friday and Saturday performances will continue at this year’s festival and can include VIP parking, pre-concert gourmet dinner at the resort, premium reserved seating and access to the intermission reception. VIP package pricing includes a charitable contribution built into the various package options. Salon Events will also continue, featuring intimate performances in luxurious private residences by festival artists. Cost for the Salon Events will be $125 per person. For more information regarding VIP packages and our Salon Events schedule please call (801) 869-9010 or email vipevents@usuo.org.

2016 DEER VALLEY® MUSIC FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

MAIN STAGE – DEER VALLEY® SNOW PARK OUTDOOR AMPHITHEATER 2250 Deer Valley Dr. S, Park City, UT
Patriotic Celebration with Broadway’s Doug LeBrecque and the Utah Symphony
July 2, 2016 (Saturday) | 7:30 p.m.
Jerry Steichen, conductor Doug LeBrecque, vocalist
Utah Symphony Orchestra
Rock On! Hits from the 70s and 80s with the Utah Symphony
July 8, 2016 (Friday) | 7:30 p.m. Randall Craig Fleischer, conductor Morgan James, vocalist LaKisha Jones, vocalist Rob Evan, vocalist Utah Symphony Orchestra
The B-52s live with the Utah Symphony
July 9, 2016 (Saturday) | 7:30 p.m. The B-52s, guest artist Utah Symphony Orchestra
Under the Streetlamp with the Utah Symphony
July 15, 2016 (Friday) | 7:30 p.m. Jerry Steichen, conductor Michael Ingersoll, vocalist Christopher Kale Jones, vocalist Brandon Wardell, vocalist Shonn Wiley, vocalist Utah Symphony Orchestra
Matthew Morrison with the Utah Symphony
July 16, 2016 (Saturday) | 7:30 p.m.
Jerry Steichen, conductor Matthew Morrison, guest artist
Utah Symphony Orchestra
A Rodgers & Hammerstein Celebration & Singalong with the Utah Symphony July 22, 2016 (Friday) | 7:30 p.m.
Jerry Steichen, conductor
Christiane Noll, vocalist
John Cudia, vocalist
William Michals, vocalist
Utah Symphony Orchestra
The Music of David Bowie with the Utah Symphony
July 23, 2016 (Saturday) | 7:30 p.m.
Brent Havens, conductor
Utah Symphony Orchestra
DreamWorks Animation in Concert with the Utah Symphony July 29, 2016 (Friday) | 7:30 p.m. Utah Symphony Orchestra
Steep Canyon Rangers with the Utah Symphony
July 30, 2016 (Saturday) | 7:30 p.m.
Rei Hotoda, conductor Steep Canyon Rangers, guest artist Utah Symphony Orchestra
1812 Overture!
August 6, 2016 (Saturday) | 7:30 p.m.
Cannoneers of the Wasatch, cannons
Utah Symphony Orchestra

CHAMBER ORCHESTRA SERIES – ST. MARY’S CHURCH

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Schubert’s Symphony No. 5 July 6, 2016 (Wednesday) | 8 p.m.
Utah Symphony Orchestra
Jayce Ogren, conductor Simone Osborne, soprano
BARBER Adagio for strings
MOZART Exsultate, jubilate BARBER Knoxville, Summer of 1915 SCHUBERT Symphony No. 5 in B-flat, D.485
Handel’s Water Music July 13, 2016 (Wednesday) | 8 p.m.
Jeannette Sorrell, conductor Utah Symphony Orchestra
HANDEL Water Music, selections from Suites in D, F, and G HANDEL Selections from Terpsichore
HAYDN Overture to L’Isola disabitata (The Uninhabited Island)
MOZART Ballet Music from Idomeneo
McDuffie plays The American Four Seasons July 20, 2016 (Wednesday) | 8 p.m.
Rei Hotoda, conductor Robert McDuffie, solo violin and conductor
Utah Symphony Orchestra
MUSSORGSKY Dawn over the Moscow River from Khovantchina
TCHAIKOVSKY Suite No. 4 in G, Mozartiana
PHILIP GLASS Violin Concerto No. 2 “The American Four Seasons”
Haydn’s “Oxford” Symphony July 27, 2016 (Wednesday) | 8 p.m.
Pierre Bleuse, conductor
Kathryn Eberle, Utah Symphony associate concertmaster
Brant Bayless, Utah Symphony principal viola
MOZART Overture to Così fan tutte, K.588
MOZART Sinfonia concertante, for Solo Violin, Solo Viola and Orchestra, K.364 Kathryn Eberle, violin and Brant Bayless, viola
HANDEL/HALVORSEN Passacaglia
Kathryn Eberle, violin and Brant Bayless, viola
HAYDN Symphony No. 92 in G, (Oxford)

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Gluten Free at Park City

Gluten Free Dining Options

 

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On any given day at the resort, we encounter people from all walks of life. Whether you are from 300 or 3000 miles away, our culinary team does its best to offer something for everyone.  One thing we focused on this season is providing gluten free options at each mountain dining location.

Below is a list of our Gluten Free options across our mountain dining locations, however please be aware that we CANNOT guarantee against any sort of cross contamination as we have items containing gluten across our kitchens and dining rooms, so there is always the possibility of crumbs of flour in the air.

Cloud Dine–  Thai Salad, Tuna Nicoise Salad, Bison Chili and most of the soups

Legacy- Gluten free personal pizza, Most items on the salad bar, most of the soups

Legends- The charcuterie plate minus the baguette, Brussel Sprout and Cauliflower with Tallegio Cheese appetizer, Bison Chili, Beet Salad, Local Pork Chop

Lookout Cabin- Fondue minus the bread, Pork Belly appetizer, Bison Chili, Chicken Souvlaki Salad minus the cracker, Salmon Salad, and the vegetarian quinoa stuffed bell pepper.

Mid Mountain lodge- Bison Chili, Superfood Salad, and Spinach Salad

Miners Camp- Hobo Stew minus fried onions, Miner’s Potatoes, Chicken Souvlaki minus the Naan, Gyro minus the Naan, Beet Salad, Wintergreen and Asian Pear Salad

Red Pine Lodge- The Vietnamese Salad, Quinoa Salad, Thai Chicken and Coconut Soup, Bison Chili

Sun lodge– Posole soup, Corn tortillas offered to make all tacos GF

Summit House- Gluten free pizza, all the salads minus the croutons, Bison Chili

 

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Park City Date Night!

Park City Date Night

Whether setting off for a romantic vacation in the mountains or you’ve found yourself lucky enough to find love in a ski town, Park City has all the tools to make any night on the town a romantic getaway.  I’m one of the lucky ones who found that special needle in a haystack in this town and I’m delighted to share some secrets to making your significant other the upmost priority while visiting town. On assignment for this blog, I’ve covered a few of my favorite date spots, or Go-To’s as I call them. Take these tips of advice gentlemen and women take note!

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1) Après at High West Distillery:
Taking your date skiing could be a challenge, no doubt about it. I lost a girlfriend or two up at the top of the mountain…. I was young and put the pow before the gal if you know what I mean. Don’t make the same mistake my friends. Instead, get on board with something everybody gets down for. Whiskey. Park City has Utah’s first legal Whiskey distillery and only Ski-In, Ski-Out gastro-distillery in the world. High West Distillery is located right off the Town Run/Town Lift and is perfect for a romantic après ski date. With a variety of whiskey and a decorative western building right in the heart of historic old town, High West has become a staple in this community. Great whiskey lives here so be sure to sample with a Whiskey Flight. As you unbuckle your boots for the day, test out the menu! One of our favorite burgers in town is here, but the rest of the options are delicious as well. On your way out, stop by the gift shop and pick up a bottle of whiskey for the rest of your trip, you may want to bring it along for your next adventure.

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2) Horse Drawn Sleigh Ride
After a few core warming cocktails, my guy and I headed back to Canyons Village for our scheduled Horse Drawn Sleigh Ride. Underneath a starry night, we cozied up for a journey through the snow covered aspens. We were wrapped tight in the heavy wool blankets provided and had the whiskey stirring in our bellies for easy warmth. The scenery was breathtaking the entire ride. but the best moment was when we stopped short due to a moose trying to mingle with our horses.  Romance truly is everywhere folks!

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3) Dinner at The Farm
After a magical ride through the forest in our horse drawn sleigh, our appetites were built up and it was time for dinner. Now, I don’t know about you, but when I take my guy out, I want simply the best.  In my opinion, The Farm delivers on this request. Locally sourced ingredients allow a seamlessly fresh, Farm-to-Table quality that is missed at many other local restaurants. Pair this with a 500+ bottle wine list and you’ve set your taste buds up for the perfect dinner.

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Ready for you’re romantic getaway in the mountain?    Look no further than Old Town Guest House Bed & Breakfast.  This small B&B has been around for 25 years and is Park City’s only Bed and Breakfast.

To book, you must go online to www.oldtownguesthouse.com.

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Park City and Canyon’s are now connected!!

Quicksilver Gondola Grand Opening

 

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Today, Park City celebrated the grand opening of the new Quicksilver Gondola and Miners Camp Restaurant, making history as the largest ski resort in the United States.

 

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Access to 7,300 acres begins now!  Walk from Old Town Guest House B&B in Park City to the lifts at Park City and ski to Canyons!!

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“On this historic day for our company, the debut of the Quicksilver Gondola connecting the two mountains and Miners Camp restaurant brings to life one of the most ambitious capital projects undertaken at any resort in industry history,” said Rob Katz, chairman and CEO of Vail Resorts. “Bill Rock and his team have delivered on their promise to create an experience of a lifetime at Park City and we hope all of our guests enjoy everything that this world-class mountain and iconic mountain town have to offer.”

Construction on Quicksilver and Miners Camp began in the summer of 2015 as part of a $50 million improvements campaign to connect Park City and neighboring Canyons Resort. Now, a quick, 8 ½ minute ride on Quicksilver is all that separates guests from experiencing hundreds of trails across Park City and Canyons Village

“Park City is one of the most spectacular places on Earth and now, for the first time ever, our guests will have unprecedented access to over 300 trails, 41 lifts and 7,300 acres of skiable terrain.

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Ribbon cutting at Miners Camp

Miners Camp, located at the base of the Silverlode Lift, replaces the old Snow Hut and offers guests a cozy retreat from the slopes. The new on-mountain restaurant features 500 indoor seats and a fresh menu highlighted by local ingredients, daily specials, handmade flatbread pizzas, Mediterranean dishes and local drafts on tap.

In addition to Quicksilver and Miners Camp, guests will also find additional snowmaking across the resort, two new trails off of Pinecone Ridge and major upgrades to the King Con and Motherlode lifts.

 

Top 5: Mountain Dining Like Never Before

Posted: 09 Dec 2015 09:00 AM PST

Over just a few short years, mountain dining has changed significantly at our resort. It began when Vail first began managing Canyons, remodeling the popular Cloud Dine restaurant and upgrading various menus at other location on-mountain. After merging our resorts to become one, the same commitment to the on-mountain dining experience has been expanded across the entire resort with the introduction of the brand new Miners Camp restaurant, upgraded menus and the remodeled Red Pine Lodge. The day of soggy french fries and thin hamburger patties are over, Park City’s goal is to keep you fueled and healthy to ski all 7,300 acres without a mid-day slump.

For one day, I teamed up with Executive Chef Alex Malmburg to explore the various mountain restaurants. We’ve stuffed our faces and skied off the calories to provide you with our top recommendations for this winter. Enjoy.

1. Miners Camp
Feature Menu Item: Miner’s Pie

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Walking in the door for my first time in the newly built 500 seat Miners Camp restaurant, I instantly felt like it was chow down hour back in the mining days. The Camp is beautifully decorated with a rustic yet state of the art dining facility, featuring historic decorations from the old mining days. The menu is decorated by dishes like the house made Artisan Focaccia Pizza, and a hearty Hobo Stew with braised beef and winter root vegetables amongst other gut-warming dishes.  My recommendation:  Miner’s Pie. With the first bite, I was taken back to my childhood when only my mother was able to make something so comforting on a cold winter day. Miner’s Pie includes peas, corn, fresh herbs Yukon Gold mashed potatoes and the most important ingredient, local braised lamb. How local? Well, one of the ranches is located right here on the property. During the summer, bike with caution, you may encounter the free-range lamb grazing on the mountain.

2. Red Pine Lodge
Feature Menu Item: Sweet Chili Pork Bahn Mi Sandwich

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I’ve always loved Red Pine Lodge specifically for their lesser known breakfast options. If not blitzing off the Red Pine Gondola for powder turns, stop in a try the breakfast, their biscuits and gravy won’t let you down. Previously, Red Pine was a traditional lodge with variety mouth-watering options. Over the summer they’ve made their appearance match their taste by adding an additional 250 seats, a huge upstairs deck, and added a variety of other menu options. As soon as I unbuckled my boots, Chef Alex presented me one of the new options at Red Pine, a simple, made-to-order deli sandwich at their new deli counter.  As an east coaster, I feel I have a pretty good grasp on what a deli sandwhich should taste like and up until this day, I haven’t found a shop in town that delievered the goods until bit into the   Sweet Chili Pork Banh Mi Sandwhich. The Sweet Chili Pork Bahh Mi is made up of Sriracha Aoili, Vietnamese pickled vegetables, Thai basil, mint cilantro, chili peppers, and cucumber all served on a French baguette. While I’m still searching for the east coast style Bacon, Egg and, Cheese on a hard roll, I am very pleased with my newfound sandwich spot.

3. Lookout Cabin
Feature Menu Item: Moroccan Spiced Meatballs

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For those searching for a sit-down, dine-in type of meal, look no further than Lookout Cabin located off the Orange Bubble Express.  Unfortunately, we weren’t unable to sit on the outdoor deck due to the weather, but when the sun shines and those mountain peaks show themselves, don’t be surprised if one cocktail turns into four as Lookout is our only on-mountain restaurant with a fully stocked bar.  Lookout is a bit more upscale than our other lodges and after the first taste of food, you’ll be perfectly fine with it. Chef Alex brought me out the Moroccan spiced meatballs as an appetizer.  The savory, sweet, slightly addictive meatballs melt in your mouth with an African spiced tomato tagine sauce. To balance out the burst of flavor and spice, the meatballs come prepare on a crisp, fresh, watercress salad.

4. Cloud Dine
Feature Menu Item: Kobe Pretzel Dog

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Cloud Dine has been my favorite on-restaurant ever since its remodel two years ago. Here again, the views are spectacular with 360 degrees of mountain peaks.  Stuffed from the day’s tastings, I settled with the Kobe Pretzel Dog.  A gourmet hot dog wrapped and baked in house pretzel dough, cheddar cheese dipping sauce and an assortment of toppings. I have a soft spot for this dish as it’s usually my mid-day snack while skiing. I’ll buy one, ski down, and eat it on the lift. Simple, fast, clean and easy.  If looking for a meal, try one of the freshly made salads. The Stratocumulus is a great recommendation served with sushi-grade seared tuna, baby tomatoes, fingerling potatoes, French green beans, hardboiled egg, olives, shaved red onion, Bibb lettuce, all coated with red wine mustard vinaigrette.

5. Mid-Mountain Lodge
Feature Menu Item: Prime Rib French Dip

Chef Alex and I had one more stop to go, but we had to make room in our stomachs first.  We began lapping the Bonanza Express debating how we would attack our next menu at the Mid-Mountain Lodge.  On the chairlift, Chef Alex described the menu at Mid-Mountain lodge as a twist on traditional lodge food with menu items like a Grilled Cheese featuring Bacon & Heirloom Tomato, house made salads, and a grill with popular items like the Buffalo Bratwurst and Mid-Mountain Burger.  Somehow my appetite caught up to itself when Chef Alex began talking about the Prime Rib French Dip. Before I knew it, I was ready to eat again. Thinly sliced prime rib coated with melted Swiss, horse radish cream and drizzled with a house made Au Jus made this dish melted in my mouth every bite.  I was surprised to have finished the dish with 30 pounds of food resting in my stomach from the days tour, but I couldn’t stop. It was too good not to finish.

With a nap looming on the horizon, there were a few conclusions to gather from my foodie tour. 1) Quality is of upmost importance. All of the mountain restaurants use fresh, high quality ingredients in all their dishes. It’s amazing when most of those ingredients are delivered via a Snowcat during the night. 2) Prices can be expensive when dealing with fresh, local ingredients so don’t be afraid to opt out from a meal and bring your own food. Park City has done a great job creating a certain atmosphere within each lodge, if not tasting the delicious food; interact with the beautiful scenery and settings. Lastly, I must thank Chef Alex and the Food & Beverage team for allowing me to participate in this personal foodie tour. Chef Alex has created the best on-mountain dining menus ever witnessed and I look forward to enjoying more and more menu items each time I’m out skiing.

 

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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.

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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! 

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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

 

UTAH: OUR TOP PICK

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/
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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

DecemberFest
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

 

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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:
DecemberFest
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!

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