Author Archives: Deb Lovci
These warm spring days are the perfect time to get some great turns, then kick back and work on your goggle tan in the sunshine. And if that’s part of your on-mountain game, there’s no better spot to be than the deck outside The Shack – our spot for burritos and street style tacos at the bottom of 3 Kings Lift and the Eagle Superpipe.
Whether you’re into the Kings Crown burrito’s carne asada, the 3 Kings’ carne asada and grilled chicken, the Green King’s black beans or you want to make your own with the Park Builder burrito, the Shack has what you need to fill your belly after a day of lapping the mountain (eat like a local and order yours with the Shack’s signature King Sauce). Wash it down with an ice-cold soda or a frosty beer on the deck while watching the goings-on in the superpipe and you’ve got yourself the perfect spring afternoon!
If you’re coming out to the mini park for this weekend’s TransWorld TransAm finals, there’s no better spot to hang Come out for Saturday’s TransWorld TransAm tour finals at the mini park just below the Eagle Superpipe, and enjoy a perfect lunch spot outdoors on the Shack’s deck, or on a seat in one of the old PCMR gondola cars steps away from the pick-up window.
Bowfire – Eccles Center for the Performing Arts
Spring Concert: Trezz Hombres – Canyons Resort
Marvel’s Super Heros – Eccles Center for the Performing Arts
Spring Concert: The Drunken Hearts – Canyons Resort
National Ability Center Ski Challenge – Park City Mtn. Resort, Eagle Race Arena
Spring Gruv Pond Skimming & Concert: North Mississippi Allstars – Canyons Resort
Vox Lumiere, Peter Pan – Eccles Center for the Performing Arts
Spring Gruv Concert: Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band – Canyons Resort
Spring Gruv Concert: Toots and the Maytals – Canyons Resort
Easter Egg Hunt – Park City Mtn. Resort – Kids Korral 9 AM
Easter Bunny visits Deer Valley – Snow Park Lodge 11 AM
Easter Egg Hunt – Canyons Resort Village 11 AM
Spring Gruv Concert: Euforquestra – Canyons Resort
13th Annual Park City Follies – Egyptian Theatre
ETHEL with Todd Rundgren – Eccles Center for the Performing Arts
Spring Chamber Music Festival
Wild and Scenic Film Festival – Jim Santy Auditorium
Park City Mountain, Canyons and Deer Valley Resorts – Closing Day
*Subject to change based on conditions.
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.