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Park City Mountain Resort The West’s Most Sustainable Resort!!

 

One of my favorite things about living in a mountain resort is being surrounded by people who care about the outdoors and part of a team that respects and preserves the beautiful surroundings that we not only work in, but enjoy spending our free time in as well.

So it’s gratifying that the Ski Area Citizens Coalition has named Park City Mountain Resort the West’s Most Sustainable resort for 2013 in its annual Environmental Scorecard – giving PCMR an “A” grade and the top overall score of 93 out of 100.

Mention this ad when booking your reservations for Old Town Guest House and save 20% off your lodging total!!  We love saving Mother Earth!!

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Ditch the guys!!

I ski with a lot of guys.

Not necessarily a bad thing, but they’re all really GOOD skiers. I’m not a terrible skier or anything, and I don’t usually have any real problems keeping up, even though I am the slowest out of them. And occasionally I feel a little bit like I’m holding them back, especially when they get more aggressive and decide to hike the peak and I’m not really feeling it that day.

Point of my anecdote: I wish I had more women to ski with.

So on that subject, I decided to try out Ladies Club this past weekend. I figured it would kill two birds with one stone, as I’d get to ski with women and I’d get to take a lesson, which is something I’ve been meaning to do this entire season. I had a blast.

Ladies Club, built for women who ski blue-black terrain, is part ski lesson, part social time, and really puts an emphasis on how skiing is different for women.

My classmates and I brought up our issues of balance with our instructor, Vicki, when the lesson started. We all seemed to have our slightly off days, where our stance isn’t exactly comfortable and we felt dangerously close to wiping out when barely moving. Vicki had a quick and simple answer: our center of mass isn’t in the same spot as the men’s who have been teaching us, so we need to adjust where we position ourselves over our feet.

Vicki led us through a few demonstrations, and took us around all sorts of terrain to allow us to work through these issues of balance and where we need to put our center of gravity. I’m fairly certain it’s the most I’ve learned in two hours about my skiing technique just because of how female-specific the lesson was. My only complaint is that the lesson was only two hours. I wanted to have the opportunity to dive into my balance more and learn more ways to correct myself and get more comfortable on the snow.

This is the main reason I’m really excited about our Women’s Camps running March 1-3. They are three days of women-specific lessons and social opportunities, for both skiers and snowboarders. I developed a great start to my new friendships with the ladies I met in Ladies Club, so I can’t imagine the great bond that will happen during Women’s Camp, especially with that après function at the end!

I strongly recommend signing up, ditching the boys and having a great time with women who want to improve on their skiing, but who are mostly looking to have a whole lot of fun.

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Watch Ted Shred!!

 

If you haven’t kept up with US Ski Team racer Ted Ligety at this week’s World Championships in Austria we can’t blame you – because no one there has either.

Friday morning, the Park City native, and longtime Park City Mountain Resort shredder, won gold in the Giant Slalom, his third win already at this year’s world championships – making Ted the first man to win that many golds at a single world championships since Jean-Claude Killy did it 45 years ago. Ted, who won the Super-G and Super-Combined earlier this week, held a lead of more than 1.3 seconds after the GS’s first run – prompting Italian racing legend Alberto Tomba to joke that Ted had time for coffee during the second leg.

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Family Snowshoe Tour

Event Date/Time

Feb 18, 2013 11:00 am

Description

Bring out the family for a special tour given by the Swaner staff on the Preserve. The staff will share their knowledge about the history of the Preserve, past historical land uses, current conservation projects and insight into the local fauna and habits. Topics about animal tracking and snow science will be discussed. This event is open to all ages. It is free for members and $5 for nonmembers Hot chocolate and cookies will be provided after the tour. For more information, please call 435-649-1767 x 0 or swanerecocenter@usu.edu

Location     Swaner Eco Center                                                       UT
Additional Information
Website http://swanerecocenter.org

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Park City Mountain Resort on the TODAY show!

Park City Mountain Resort on NBC’s TODAY Show

Posted: 05 Feb 2013 09:00 AM PST

It’s been a crazy few weeks at Park City Mountain Resort. Last week we hosted the US Sprint Grand Prix, where international super stars like Shaun White and Scotty Lago, battled for the gold in our Eagle Superpipe. The competition ended on Saturday and first thing Sunday morning, Jeremy Cooper, our terrain park manager, and two of his park guys hit the road for New York City with a 20 foot “I Ride Park City” rail strapped to the truck. It took them two and half days to get to New York.

To help NBC’s TODAY show countdown to the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. February 6, 2013 is the one-year mark to the start of the 2014 games. To help celebrate, we are building a slopestyle course in New York City’s iconic Rockefeller Center, outside Studio 1A. U.S. Freestyle skiing team athletes, including Park City All Star Tom Wallisch and Bobby Brown and Keri Herrman will hit the course live on the TODAY show Wednesday morning beginning at 7 a.m. Ski Slopestyle makes its Olympic debut in next year’s Sochi Winter Games, which runs February 6-23, 2014. Park City Mountain Resort will host the 2014 Olympic Freeskiing Slopestyle and Halfpipe team naming event in January 2014.

If you live in the NYC area, come join us at Rockefeller Center and be a part of the action. Plus, you can meet some of the Olympic hopefuls and get pictures taken in a chairlift. The event is free and open to the public. Tweet your excitement using hashtag #Olympics2014. I hope to see you tomorrow in Rockefeller Center!

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8″ of new snow overnight and “Big Air” in Park City this week!!

 
Catch the world’s best athletes in aerials, moguls and dual moguls at the FIS Freestyle World Ski Cup at Deer Valley Resort and witness the pipe event of the season at the Sprint US Snowboarding & Freeskiing Grand Prix at Park City Mountain Resort. The week kicks off on Wednesday, January 30, at 5pm with Paul Mitchell Progression Session Big Air event at PCMR followed up at 7 p.m. with a free live concert on lower Main Street, including a fireworks extravaganza.  Events are free to the public.  You’ll run out of time on your vacation long before we’ll run out of winter events.

 

Speaking of which: If you haven’t yet made the short, easy trek to Park City, maybe it’s time you introduced yourself.  You can ski free with our Quick START Vacation* where you can convert your boarding pass for a free, same-day lift ticket at any of our three resorts.  *blackout dates and restrictions apply.

Mention this post and save 20% off your lodging total!!

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FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup

Event Date/Time

Jan 30, 2013 to Feb 2, 2013 7:00 pm

This event occurs daily, every 1 day(s).

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FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup

Join thousands of spectators as the best freestyle skiers from around the globe compete in mogul, dual moguls and aerials. It’s an event not to be missed!

To kick off the 2013 FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup on Wednesday, January 30, at 7 p.m., a free live concert will take place on lower Main Street in Park City. The celebration continues immediately after the concert with a spectacular fireworks show. All events are free to the public.

Gain special access to the on-hill events with Freestyle Feast VIP tickets. Here, you’ll mingle with athletes in the VIP tent, which includes a gourmet buffet and beverages. VIP tickets are available for purchase beginning on Monday, November 26, 2012.

Location     Deer Valley Resort                                                       UT
Additional Information
Website http://deervalleyresort.com

We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and other information.

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Special Sundance Lift Ticket Deal!!

Want to hear a locals’ secret? Right around the third week of January every year is a great time to get out on the mountain. We’ve had a good couple months of snow, you can count on virtually the entire mountain being open and – best of all – lift lines are way short! So what gives? The Sundance Film Festival is in town!

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Every year during that third week of January, Park City turns into a sort of Tinsel Town on a Tundra. Film actors, directors, writers and critics flood into town for 10 days of movie screenings and parties – some are premiering their latest release in a funky ski town setting while others are hoping to catch their big break and land a deal for their previously unknown film. But while bus stop lines swell and hotels & condos fill with visitors here for the screenings and nightlife, the slopes and lift lines are relatively empty!

That’s why we’re rolling out the white carpet during Sundance with a special lift ticket deal: two-day lift tickets, valid January 17 – 27, 2013, are now available in our online store for $125 – that’s 39% off our regular rates! And no, you don’t have to have just won a Golden Globe to be eligible for this deal – it’s available to anyone.

So grab your gear, check out our lift ticket deal HERE and come join us for some great mid-season turns at a great rate! Oh and keep your eyes open, ’cause you never know who you’ll see on the mountain.

 

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Where to eat during Sundance Film Festival

Folks taking in the Sundance Film Festival at Salt Lake City and Ogden venues have a wide array of affordable dining options available to them between screenings. In Park City, however? Not so much. There, reservations are hard to come by during the festival, and finding bargain meals is an even bigger challenge. Well, I can help. If you want to dine in the same glitzy eatery as Brangelina and Lady Gaga, you already know where to go. There is no shortage of high-end restaurants peppering Park City—especially on Main Street—and they’ll no doubt be star-studded. However, if you’re looking to escape the paparazzi or just trying to find a quiet meal that doesn’t require a movie-mogul budget, here are some suggestions—places with A-list cuisine at (mostly) B-list prices.

In the Prospector section of Park City, there are a handful of restaurants that most Sundance goers aren’t hip to. Good Karma(1782 Prospector Ave., 435-658-0958, GoodKarmaRestaurants.com) is an eclectic eatery with food ranging from pancakes breakfasts and burgers for lunch, to Persian and Indian fare like shrimp vindaloo and salmon parsi. At El Chubasco Mexican Grill (1890 Bonanza Drive, 435-645-9114), you’ll find authentic Mexican food—everything from street-style tacos and big burritos to pozole, menudo, machaca and more, not to mention a rockin’ salsa bar. Fuego Pizza Bistro & Pizzeria (2001 Sidewinder Drive, 435-645-8646,FuegoPizzeria.com) is the place for Italian-influenced bistro fare in an appealing setting, with a fully stocked bar and great beer and wine selection. The gourmet 12-inch pizzas are terrific, but so are entrees like chicken piccata and ravioli diablo.

I can guarantee that a seat at a Bill White restaurant (Grappa, Chimayo, Wahso, Sushi Blue, Ghidotti’s) during Sundance will be a tough ticket. However, White’s Windy Ridge Cafe & Bakery(1250 Iron Horse Drive, 435-647-0880,BillWhiteRestaurantGroup.com) flies a little under most Sundancers’ radar, serving up pastry chef Stephanie Krizman’s delectable baked goods for breakfast and lunch in the bakery, and lunch and dinner at the cafe, where you’ll find upscale American comfort food like meatloaf, hot turkey and mashed potatoes, and almond-crusted Utah red trout. Park City locals also know that they can escape the Sundance hoi polloi at Hans Fuegi’s Grub Steak Restaurant(2093 Sidewinder Drive, 435-649-8060, GrubSteakRestaurant.com), where you can enjoy items like elk sirloin or a center-cut baseball steak without having to sell the Escalade. One last Prospector area eatery to scout out is Blind Dog Restaurant & Sushi Bar (1251 Kearns Blvd., 435-655-0800, BlindDogPC.com), where they’ll be open for lunch during the Sundance Film Festival, serving their award-winning sushi, seafood, steaks and much more. Blind Dog also just happens to be one of the best bars in town.

A trio of off-the-beaten-Sundance-path restaurants can provide a respite from the festival frenzy, as well as darned good, inexpensive meals. First, you can get your Greek on at Nick’s Greek Cafe (1600 Snow Creek Drive, 435-658-2267, NicksGreekCafe.com) in Snow Creek Plaza. The wide-ranging menu features not only Greek classics like dolmades, moussaka, souvlaki, gyros and such, but also Vietnamese sandwiches, Chicago dogs and even noodle and rice bowls. Just down the road a bit is Squatters Roadhouse Grill(1900 Park Ave., 435-649-9868, Squatters.com), where you’ll find award-winning craft-brewed beers alongside quality pub fare. The chili-rubbed ahi tacos and charbroiled organic tofu with Thai yellow curry are just two items not to be missed. And then, way off the beaten path is a nifty little eatery with spectacular views: Silver Star Café (1825 Three Kings Drive, 435-655-3456), where live music on weekends provides an ambient backdrop to Chef Dave Bible’s rib-sticking dishes like duck cassoulet, pork osso bucco, vegetarian mushroom stroganoff, a killer Reuben and perfect pizzas.

If you really want to avoid Main Street during Sundance in Park City, I recommend heading west. A number of really good, not-too-pricey eateries have sprouted in Kimball Junction and Redstone Center, including Red Rock Brewery (1640 W. Redstone Center, 435-575-0295, RedRockBrewing.com), with handcrafted microbrews and root beer and excellent food to go with it. Try the perfectly cooked, oh-so-tender rotisserie chicken or macadamia-crusted wild salmon; you can’t go wrong with either. At Good Thymes (1456 New Park Blvd., 435-615-7090, Facebook.com/GoodThymesBistro), you’ll find comfort food at its best: chicken potpie, meatloaf, shrimp & grits, Philly cheesesteaks, fish & chips and a lot more, including a full bar. Close by is the best East Coast-style pizza around: Fat Kid Pizza atMaxwell’s (1456 Newpark Blvd., 435-647-0304,MaxwellsECE.com). And just around the corner is yet another place for awesome pizza: Park City Pizza Company (1612 Ute Blvd., Suite 111, 435-649-1591, www.ParkCityPizzaCo.com), where they’ve been keeping Park City pizza lovers happy for 26 years. For south-of-the-border flavors, hit up Loco Lizard (1612 Ute Blvd., Suite 101, 435-645-7000, LocoLizardCantina.com) for a marvelous Margarita and authentic Mexican fare like tacos al pastor, carnitas, mole poblano, pozole, ceviche and such.

Well, OK. You’re bound to stroll Main Street at some point during Sundance, right? Here are a few dining spots that maybe won’t be mobbed. Reef’s Restaurant & Gallery (710 Main, 435-658-0323,ReefsRestaurant.com) is one of Park City’s best restaurants, a combination art gallery and Mediterranean restaurant. Temptations like Jerusalem shish kebab, Moroccan salmon and fantastic falafel keep me coming back again and again. Meanwhile, Al Dente Trattoria e Bar (136 Heber Ave., 435-200-0260,AlDenteParkCity.com) is the newest of the Soo Chyung Restaurant Group, which also includes Yuki Arashi and A Wok Away. At Al Dente, you encounter beautiful décor and beautiful flavors to go with it. The duck-confit ravioli is out of this world, but the good old spaghetti & meatballs is also magnificent. I’d also try to score a table or bar seat at Shabu (442 Main, 435-645-7253,ShabuParkCity.com), which now offers a new gluten-free menu to customers. Enjoy the saketini bar while savoring some of the best sushi and other contemporary Asian cuisine, like the namesake shabu shabu, coconut-crusted tofu, moo shu duck and the killer Kobe beef pyramid. Finally, The Bridge Cafe & Grill (825 Main, 435-658-5451, TheBridgeCafeAndGrill.com), located right at the base of the Old Town Lift, combines traditional American comfort fare like burgers, cheesesteaks, chili and chicken wings with Brazilian dishes such as joqueca Baiana, camarão a brazuca, and filé com fritas.