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Get Off the Slopes in Park City
Sundance and skiing are still the main draws, but a rising restaurant scene and a host of other winter sport options are among the newest reasons to visit Utah’s most popular resort town now.
The Waldorf Astoria Park City opened in 2009 and offers some of the top accommodations in town.
(Photo: Courtesy of Waldorf Astoria Park City)
Head from the bustle of historic Main Street to a homey room at Old Town Guest House (from $169), a cozy bed and breakfast where you’ll find a back deck with lounge chairs and an outdoor hot tub. Like many B&Bs, this one has a country-cabin feel, but it stands out thanks to the local innkeeper with decades of experience who can advise you on everything from the best ski classes to where to get a much-needed massage.
Opt for convenience at the Canyons Grand Summit Hotel (from $199), adjacent to the Resort Village’s impressive selection of restaurants and shops, where you’ll also have easy access to Canyons’ 182 ski runs as well as activities like zip-lining and heli-skiing. The property makes an impressive first impression with a triple-high entry hall featuring a huge stone fireplace, but the wide availability of comfortably furnished multi-bedroom units also makes it a great choice for families.
Splurge like a Sundance celebrity at the luxurious Waldorf Astoria Park City (from $600), where the sumptuously appointed lobby features Oriental rugs and lamps fashioned from Ming Dynasty vases blended with rustic touches like a metal deer sculpture. The aesthetic carries over to the sophisticated rooms, many of which have fireplaces, balconies, and full kitchens, while the amenities are all about pampering: ready-to-cook meals (part of the newly launched Be Your Own Chef program), Pilates facilities, and a private gondola to the Resort Village.
Snow is on the ground, but that’s no reason to pass up a dip in Utah’s natural waters—especially if it’s nice and steamy.
The Crater at the Homestead Resort in Midway is a geothermal spring hidden in a 55-foot-tall beehive shaped hill with a hole at the top, which formed over 10,000 years as melting snow from the Wasatch seeped into the ground and heated by the earth’s interior, made its way to the surface. And going into these waters is essential for any Utahn.
The resort created a tunnel through the hill for easy access to the crater’s water, which is 90–96 degrees. Guests swim, snorkel or just enjoy a therapeutic dip. You can even get your scuba diving certification at The Crater.
12–8 p.m., Monday–Thursday 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sunday
Call 435-657-3840 for reservations. Guests are asked to check in at the Homestead’s Acitivity Center about 15 minutes prior to the activity.
The Big Mountain Battle is back, and it’s bigger than ever!
Well, the mountain is the same size. But the race is new, improved and challenging for adults and kids alike! The Big Mountain Battle, sponsored by Helly Hansen, is a series of battles across the continent, giving guests the opportunity to participate in an on-mountain scavenger hunt.
Here at Park City Mountain Resort, we have an advanced and an intermediate course, and three different categories for participation: Advanced, Intermediate or 12 and under. The event is simple: grab a partner, register in your category, get your course planned out, compete on March 2, and make it back the fastest. It seems simple, until you see the checkpoints. Starting at the Loren Larsen Park at 10:30 a.m. and finishing at the Environmental Kiosk, this thing covers a whole lot of mountain!
Check out the video below with Tim, my ski patroller friend who designed the course. Get excited, and get registered at bigmountainbattle.com.
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!!
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.
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.
Feb 18, 2013 11:00 am
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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!