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Here are a few of our favorite things…. from the girls at Old Town Guest House!! Park City’s only B&B!!
We come for the powder, but we stay for the après ski, the town, and the beautiful views. Park City is full of stylish bars, romantic settings, and upscale shopping. Enjoy your mountain-town vacation by checking out a few of my go-to spots when you’re off the slopes.
Dinner at The Farm
The Farm is my favorite restaurant to take friends or family to when they come to visit Park City. The Farm is always so accommodating and the service is excellent.
The local charcuterie board is an easy pleaser for the table and the dinner plants range from Steelhead Trout to the Rack of Lamb. Plus, if you’re a wine person, they have a 500+ bottled wine list.
It’s nice to be able to walk around the Canyons Village after dinner. I like to sip on an after dinner coffee while looking into the shop windows in the plaza.
Whether it’s just you, on a date, or with a group of friends, you’ll want to head to The Farm.
Sunset Sleigh Rides
A unique and memorable night in Park City is by horse drawn sleigh ride. After hours, when all of the skiers have gone home and the sun is setting behind the mountains, Park City Mountain offers sleigh rides around the slopes.
Perfect for date night, they have heavy wool blankets to put over the two of you. The way the hills turn light blue in the sunset is simply beautiful. Keep your eyes out for porcupines, eagles, and even moose!
Apres Ski at High West
One of my favorite ways to spend a ski day with my friends or my family is to ski to lunch or après ski at High West Distillery. The ski-in, ski-out factor is all too convenient and so rewarding.
Powder day? Grab a hot toddy with the American Prairie Bourbon. Bluebird? Definitely the Dead Man’s Boots cocktail. If you’re looking for something to share, I would go for 5-cheese fondue.
Even if you’re a local, going to High West still feels like vacation. The delicious whiskey, the outdoor fire pits, and the western saloons are good ‘ol fashioned fun.
Ride the Quicksilver Gondola
Whether you’re out to make a cool GoPro video of your vacation or skiing to any of the on-mountain restaurants, any reason is a good excuse to ride the Quicksilver Gondola. The Gondola crosses over Pinecone Ridge and shows some of the most scenic views of the Park City valley.
Cloud Dine, at the top of Dreamcatcher and Dreamscape lifts, and Miners Camp, at the bottom of Silverlode Express, are the restaurants that sit closest to either side of the Gondola and serve freshly made dishes like gourmet pizzas, Mediterranean gyros, and artisan salads.
Brunch at Silver Star Cafe
What’s the opposite of après? If youThe Quicksilver Gondola connecting America’s largest ski resort is now a staple of Park City and a must-ride.
Brunch at Silver Star Café’re going for a late start into your ski day, you’ll love the Silver Star Café that sits at the base of Silver Star lift. Brunch is served every weekend from 9:00am to 3:00pm.
The atmosphere is quaint and relaxing and the good service matches the décor. The brunch menu offers light breakfast meals and filling lunch items, but the best part is the brunch cocktails. The Cranberry-Spiced Collins uses a local gin and the Palo-mosa is a grapefruit twist on the classic.
Afterwards, hop on the lift for your afternoon delight turns on the mountain.
Thanks Jennifer for this great article about Utah. Old Town Guest House, B&B and the owner Deb Lovci appreciate it!!
UTAH-How’s this for a brazen claim? Utah has the greatest snow on earth.
Utahn skiers and other outdoorsy types slip that bold statement into casual conversation. Drivers get it emblazoned on licence plates. It’s a marketing slogan, admittedly, but one that had tourism officials endure an epic trademark battle up to the U.S. Supreme Court with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey (“The Greatest Show on Earth” folks) in order to keep using.
Snow hyperbole aside, here is an actual fact: Ten of Utah’s 14 ski hills are within 30 minutes of Salt Lake City so people can tackle a new resort each day, if desired, plus have “Ski City” to play in every night.
You can even ski four to six hills in one day. Deb Lovci, lead guide for the Ski Utah Interconnect Tour, calls this experience “pretty unique. You’re not jumping in a van. You’re not jumping in a helicopter. It’s muscle power. It’s for that adventurous skier.”
“So many people feel they might not be good enough and they show up tentative and anxious,” says Lovci over a Mexican feast at Red Iguana in Salt Lake City. “I wish I had that magic wand to tell them (a) you’re going to be safe and (b) you’re going to have fun.”
Lovci, a Coloradoan, is a staunch “greatest snow on earth” believer. “The snow stays drier because we’re a high mountain desert and we have such little moisture in our air. You can’t make a snowball — we just don’t have the moisture.”
The way University of Utah atmospheric scientist Jim Steenburgh, author of Secrets of the Greatest Snow on Earth, explains it, is that specific climate conditions that brew over the Wasatch Range resorts in the Cottonwood Canyons create light, dry snow. Light snow falls on heavier snow and creates “flotation.” Meanwhile, the right number and strength of “Goldilocks storms” also help produce “just right” snow conditions.
What’s unique here is that this resort is home to the National Ability Center, so you’ll share the slopes with people with physical and mental challenges using adaptive and customized equipment.
What Parker really loves — besides the way you can have kosher meals in Silverado lodge or take the Town Lift or Quittin’ Time run to the town of Park City for lunch — is the fact that historic silver mining buildings are scattered throughout the resort, bearing plaques for history buffs.
The other thing Parker loves is Vail’s EpicMix app that tells you lift line times and tracks your movement with RFID-enabled lift tickets. We did five runs and accomplished 4,256 vertical feet in a couple of hours. He achieved 1 million vertical feet last season.
Over at the five-star Deer Valley Ski Resort (which as the name suggests is a ski-only mountain), my ski legs are too shaky to continue so I unwind over tea with Ryan Mayfield, content and social media manager. If I’d known All Seasons Adventures was on-site and offering winter fly-fishing excursions, I would have rallied.
Instead we chatted about Deer Valley’s ski valets, free ski storage and limited lift tickets to reduce crowds. The big draw here is apparently the food. The luxury resort flies in seafood daily for an evening buffet at the Snow Park Village base area that includes a poke station. At night, Empire Canyon Lodge turns out four-course meals served from stone fireplaces.
Don’t get the wrong impression — Utah’s resorts aren’t all posh. Go to a “locals mountain,” such as Alta Ski Area,which is actually another rare, skier-only zone. “We allow snowboarders here, but they have to have skis on,” quips marketing and public relations director Connie Marshall over lunch at Alta Lodge.
The area’s five, family-run lodges have a tradition of providing breakfast and dinner since the town of Alta has just 232-odd residents. Word is you can even join the après-ski scene in your bathrobe. What Marshall really likes, though, is the fact this former silver-mining area has stayed alive with skiing. “I think it’s neat to think these canyons and mountains have several lives.”
Back in Salt Lake City, I meet Yeti, the mythical snow creature who searched the planet for “the Greatest Snow on Earth” and settled in Utah. OK, technically it was the inflatable Yeti since the “real” Yeti was at an out-of-town wedding, but it was a fitting end to the ski side of my Utah time.
I had just met with Jerry Jensen, one of the lawyers who successfully defended Utah in that “trademark dilution suit” with Ringling so it could keep using the promotional phrase, “The Greatest Snow on Earth.” The state actually started using the phrase in 1962 but the legal battle ran from 1988 to 1997 and was settled before Salt Lake City hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics (something that comes up in most conversations about snow).
“I think that was a great victory for the state, and I felt like I was doing something for the state of Utah,” Jensen reminisces. “Thanks for letting me relive one of my victories.”
So does Jensen believe Utah’s snow is the greatest? “It’s a great advertising slogan, but I don’t know how you prove it.” He skis with his grandsons, loves Snowbird and takes an annual ski trip to one of Utah’s best-kept secrets —Beaver Mountain.
After posing for pictures with Yeti, Jensen drives away in a car bearing — you guessed it — a “Greatest Snow on Earth” licence plate.
Jennifer Bain was hosted by the Utah Office of Tourism and its partners, which didn’t review or approve this story.
When you go
Get there: I flew Delta from Toronto to Salt Lake City.
Get around: I took the All Resort Express shuttle from the airport to Park City. Canyon Transportation is another option, and it also has camper Jeep rentals. You can get from the airport to downtown Salt Lake City by public transit on the TRAX/light rail for $2.50 (U.S.) Car rentals are another option.
Interconnect Tour: The Ski Utah Interconnect Tour costs $395 and runs daily for up to 12 advanced to expert skiers with two guides. You’ll ski four to six areas in resort and backcountry terrain. You must be 16 to ski with a parent or 18 to come without one.
Ski deals: The Ski City Super Pass lets you visit Alta, Brighton, Snowbird and Solitude, and get a free ride out there from Salt Lake City on TRAX light rail and UTA ski buses.
Eat: In Park City, I ate at Burgers & Bourbon in the Montage (get a bourbon cocktail), Legends Bar & Grill at the Park City Mountain Resort’s base area (get the gnocchi), and High West Saloon in Park City (get the chicken schnitzel).
And of course: Old Town Guest House, Park City’s only Bed & Breakfast. www.oldtownguesthouse.com
Historic Main Street cheerfully lit up with Christmas lights, snowy mountains in the background, and days of holiday music and activities planned by the local resorts make Park City one of the most magical places to spend the season. To make sure you get the most out of your time here, we’ve made this handy guide for how to celebrate the holidays at Deer Valley and Park City Mountain Resort this year.
The holiday season officially begins in Park City this weekend when Park City Mountain Resort kicks off their annual Snowfest (previously Decemberfest) on December 17th. The festival runs through the end of the year, culminating in a New Year’s Eve Fireworks Celebration at Canyons Village. Every day of Snowfest features a wide range of après musical acts, village entertainers, and more. Here’s what’s on the schedule for this year.
Live Après Music at Park City Mountain
Undoubtedly, the biggest feature of Snowfest is the amazing line-up of live performances scheduled throughout the festival. Beginning everyday at 2:30 p.m., you can rock out while enjoying your favorite beverage as artists playing all styles of music take to stages at Park City Base Area, Park City Base Transit Station, and Canyons Village. Acts include Park City’s resident DJ Velvet, the 7-piece cover band Metro Music Club, rock outfit Downright Citizens, Triggers and Slips, Fabulous Lumberjacks, and many other groups.
Gingerbread Display at the Stein Eriksen Lodge
Every year the Stein Eriksen Lodge’s Executive Pastry Chef creates a unique gingerbread structure in the spirit of the holidays. This year, they’ve put up an enormous AT-AT walker in celebration of the new Star Wars film. Reaching 11 feet in height and measuring 12 feet in length, this display took more than 50 pounds of molasses, 40 dozen eggs, 250 pounds of sugar and 4 pounds of pure spices for the gingerbread alone! Pop into the Stein Eriksen Lodge for a chance to admire this impressive display.
Santa Comes Down Town Lift
We all know Santa traditionally comes rolling into town on a sleigh pulled by reindeer. But here in Park City, Santa arrives on the slopes via Town Lift on a chair decorated as a sleigh and lit up with Christmas lights. Since he’ll be busy getting presents ready later in the year, he’ll be making his annual mid-December ride down to Town Lift Plaza on the 17th at 5:30 p.m. Bring out the kiddos and have your EpicPass on hand so you can get your photo taken by the Epic photographers.
One of the most magical nights of Snowfest takes place on Christmas Eve with the 54th Annual Torchlight Parade at Park City Base Area. The tradition is as old as the resort itself and one of the longest-running in town. After the sun drops behind the mountains, the resort lights up as resort staff ski down the mountain with torches, creating a wave of fire across the slopes, setting a special holiday atmosphere. Holiday music and activities begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Park City Base Area.
If you don’t make it the PCMR one, have no fear, Deer Valley also hosts an annual Torchlight Parade. On December 30th at dusk, you can watch the lights trickle down the Big Stick ski run on Bald Eagle Mountain behind the Snow Park Lodge while sipping on complimentary hot cider and nibbling on cookies in the Snow Park Plaza from 5:45-6 p.m. The Seafood Buffet remains open during the event so you’ll also have time to a cozy meal with the family.
Christmas Eve Santa Visit @ Deer Valley
Even on his busiest night of the year Santa is still making the time to visit Park City. Bring out the kiddos from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Snow Park Lodge or 1:30 p.m. at the Silver Lake Lodge for your chance to take a slope side picture with Santa. Don’t forget your cameras!
Ring in the New Year with celebrations at Canyons Village with a variety of celebratory events. The evening begins with the special Cabin Family Dinner from 5-7 p.m. at the Grand Summit Hotel. This multi-course meal, features a variety of options, ranging from Utah trout to crispy pork chops, charbroiled beef tenderloin, and more (full menu here). The cost is $69 for adults and $39 for children and you must make a reservation ahead of time.
The New Year’s Fireworks Show starts at 7:30 p.m. in Canyons Village. Red, golds, and greens burst up over the ski slopes, in a picturesque display worthy of many “oohs and aahs.” After the fireworks, head over to the Kokopelli Ballroom dressed in your best holiday mask and attire for the Masquerade Ball which runs from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. DJ Jake Russell will be spinning tunes so you can dance the night away. Cost of the event is $169 and includes dinner (served from 7:30-9:30 p.m.). Space is limited.
All this makes Park City one of the most idyllic settings for the holidays. We hope we’ll see you there!
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Of my 10+ years of coming to Park City, I have gone skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, snowmobiling, sledding, and cross-country skiing. Today, I knew by our ride up the Red Pine Gondola that I picked the perfect day to add snowshoeing to my list!
The part that was most impressive about our snowshoe adventure (besides the breathtaking views) was how stress-free our guides made the tour. From the gondola, our guides, Maizy and Sam, fitted us into our snowshoes and trekking poles and off we went! No rental shops, no lines, and no hassle.
Although we were at the resort with other skiers and snowboarders, once we hit the snowshoe trail, it felt like we were on our own private mountain. The snowshoe trail twists and turns through trees, crosses over bridges and creeks, through untouched powder, and up to some of the best views of Park City.
During the trek, our guides taught us about the surrounding area and the wildlife on the mountain. Maizy even found the tiniest animal tracks in the fresh snow on the trail!
By far, the best part of the trail was coming out of the trees onto the ridgeline and seeing the mountain tops expand for miles! On a bluebird day like today, you’ll definitely want your sunglasses, sunscreen, and, of course, your camera!
Park City Mountain’s snowshoe tour is perfect for a day off skis with the whole family. Our guides kept a great pace for our group and let us catch our breath when we needed. By the time we were done, I was ready to grab a bowl of chili at Red Pine Lodge and relax on the patio outside.
Park City Mountain has a reason to celebrate almost every day of the holiday season! SnowFest is a 16-day winter festival with free daily après concerts, festive activities, and holiday cheer. These are just a few of our favorite SnowFest events:
Santa Comes to Town Lift
Saturday, December 17th – Town Lift Plaza
In typical Park City fashion, Santa comes to town on a ski lift! Sip on complimentary hot chocolate and sing along with the carolers while we wait for his arrival. Once Saint Nick lands in Town Lift Plaza, EpicMix will be there to take pictures that are available within the free EpicMix app. The merriment will begin at 5:30pm!
54th Annual Torchlight Parade
Saturday, December 24th – Park City Base Area
Park City Mountain’s longest-running tradition is turning 54! Music, complimentary hot chocolate, and holiday cheer start at 5:30pm. After sunset, Santa Claus leads a lightshow down the hill with Park City Mountain’s own ski and snowboard instructors.
Cabin Family Dinner
Saturday, December 31st – Grand Summit Hotel
Before the night’s fireworks, enjoy a special holiday dinner at The Cabin in Grand Summit Hotel. Treat your family members to a salad option, any of the 11 delicious main course dishes, and a decadent dessert. The New Year’s Eve dinner is $69 for adults and $39 for children.
Call to make a reservation: (844) 234-2970
New Year’s Eve Fireworks
Saturday, December 31st – Canyons Village
Ring in the New Year with Park City Mountain at Canyons Village! Live après concerts start the party at Canyons Village Stage and keep the music going until fireworks at 7:30pm. Celebrate an unforgettable night by watching fireworks burst over the mountain!
New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball
Saturday, December 31st – Sunday, January 1st
Kokopelli Ballroom – Grand Summit Hotel
The party continues in the Kokopelli Ballroom at Grand Summit Hotel. The Masquerade Ball will have live entertainment and a dance floor to bring in the New Year. Dinner is served from 7:30pm-9:30pm and DJ Jake Russell will play until 1:00am. Don’t forget to wear your best mask and dancing shoes!
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We announced today that our opening day, originally planned for Friday, November 18, will be rescheduled to Saturday, November 26. “Park City Mountain is dedicated to providing our guests the best early-season ski and ride experience,” said Park City Mountain’s chief operating officer, Bill Rock. “While unseasonably warm weather has not made it possible for recent snowmaking operations, our team is ready to fire up the snow guns at every opportunity as weather gets cooler. We look forward to opening as soon as we feel we can provide our guests with good quality snow conditions.”
According to Open Snow forecaster Evan Thayer, the forecast looks to shift in favor of skiers and snowboarders, including a cold storm later this week that leaves us with “decent accumulations possible in the mountains”. He adds, “We finally have a long-range outlook that features good news. Additional storms are possible through the end of the month.”
“It’s important to remember that during the 2008-09 season, Park City Mountain rescheduled opening day to after Thanksgiving and ended up with 444 inches at the Jupiter snow stake. The average at that stake is 357 inches,” Rock added.
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Thanks Ski Utah for all this great info on our ski resorts. All of us at Old Town Guest House, Park City’s only Bed & Breakfast… love to ski/ride both Park City Mountain and Powder Mountain.
Although there are many more than 3 Reasons to Ski Utah, one of our favorite reasons is how soon you can be off the plane and on the slopes. Book your lodging at Old Town Guest House, Park City, Utah and we will be glad to help you make the most of your Utah ski vacation!! We live, love and play in Park City. Let us show you how.
Each winter, Utah’s Wasatch mountains and 14 resorts attract skiers and snowboarders from across the globe, wanting a taste of The Greatest Snow on Earth as well as the lickety-split access of 10 world-class ski resorts within one hour of Salt Lake International Airport.
Each of these two impressively massive resorts arrived at current day by very different routes. And now the question that everyone wants answered: Which resort is the largest in the U.S.? We’ll let the numbers do the talking, but rest assured that Powder Mountain is very proud of the fact that by limiting season pass sale and daily lift tickets, while expanding terrain—now boasts the lowest skier-density of any major resort in North America. And Park City Mountain is proud of the fact that almost every nook and cranny of their 6.5 mile-wide resort can be reached by chairlifts.
It’s important to clarify that “Lift Served” means that terrain is accessible via chairlfit. Simply put, you can ride a chair to the top, ski/snowboard down to a chairlift and repeat until your legs tell you it’s time for a lunch break. On the other hand, “Lift Accessible” means that terrain is accessible via chairlift but requires a small hike or a bus/cat ride to return to the chairlift. And finally, “Adventure Terrain” is terrain accessed with a guide and/or cat.
Here’s another look at the numbers.
For those of you still hungry for more stats, Park City Mountain boasts 19 restaurants across the resort. Not to worry, as you’ll never be far from food. Ten of these dining options are located on-mountain and nine restaurants are accessible from the base areas. You’ll also find 15 separate lodging properties located across Park City Mountain’s base areas. While Powder Mountain only has a few on-mountain dining options, they have nachos and authentic street tacos covered, with the latter representing a unique offering within the ski world.