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Park City is amazing for those who don’t ski!!!

 

Random acts of kindness happen all throughout a typical Utah day. A stranger may let you break in front of him in the store line. A posted sign in a parking lot might remind you to smile. Locals probably call these instances common courtesy, but we prefer to refer to them as “Utah moments.” And around Park City, you don’t have to go very far to experience them.

One clear instance is how a ski town of 8,000 full-time residents that welcomes winter guests from all over the world to ski also makes sure that those who have no intention of hitting the slopes have a great time, too.

For the budget vacationer

There are so many luxurious lodging possibilities.  But…  If you are a budget minded traveler, Old Town Guest House….  Park City’s only B&B is your place. There are four rooms to choose from.  Each with a queen bed.  Rate are about 1/2 of what you will find in this otherwise high priced area of old town.  Walk to Main Street, shops and lifts.  Rates include breakfast!  You can book online at www.oldtownguesthouse.com.

 

For the culture-thirsty visitor

Two of the city’s busiest times of year are mid-January (Sundance Film Festival, January 19 to 29, 2017) and early August (Kimball Arts Festival, August 4 to 6, 2017). If you’re not in town while either event is going on, you can still get your fill of film and fine arts in other ways.

With regards to cinema, the Park City Film Series keeps the reels rolling at the Jim Santy Auditorium with a schedule that includes crowd favorites (The Iron Giant, November 5), international treats (Asterix and Obelix: The Mansions of the Gods, November 12) and independent features (Aspen Extreme, December 7).

As for the visual arts, stops along Main Street (the central thoroughfare during Sundance and Kimball) like Prewitt Gallery, Mountain Trails Gallery and Gallery Mar have long established themselves as fine exhibitors for locally, regionally and world-renowned artists. Pop into these addresses and others during Park City’s monthly gallery stroll (November 25, December 30).

Of course, if you ever feel inspired to grab a brush yourself, one-day classes on clay painting, portrait drawing and other disciplines occur throughout winter at Kimball Art Center.

Dog Sledding (Credit: Hilton Worldwide)

Dog Sledding (Credit: Hilton Worldwide)

If you are interested in trying the outdoors

Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort merged in 2015, creating a 7,300-acre playground that is now the largest ski resort in America. It would be a shame to trek so close to it and not play around a little. We won’t ask you to grab your poles and goggles, but if you’re willing to at least try your hand at zip-lining or hopping aboard the 4,000-foot, twist-filled Alpine Coaster, we promise you won’t be disappointed. (We’ll just call it a bonus if you catch a glimpse of a moose below while riding the gondola up to the zip.)

At Deer Valley Resort, activities range from hot-air balloon tours to sleigh rides. If you’re already thinking about the great Instagram shots you’ll take then, just imagine the cool snaps you’ll get watching some of the planet’s top winter athletes during the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup on February 1 to 4, 2017.

Your Innkeepers will be glad to help you plan non skiing activities. From snowshoeing and dog sledding to a host of other non-skiing adventures in between, if there’s excitement to be had anywhere on the Wasatch Mountains.

There you have it!!  Park City is amazing!!  Book your lodging at Old Town Guest House!!

 

 

 

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The Top 10 Things to Do in Historic Park City This Fall

And that’s a good thing. Residents and tourists are out enjoying the last of the warm weather before the snow starts falling. The restaurants stay open year-round and there is something going on almost every weekend from Labor Day through Thanksgiving. Here’s our take on the top 10 things to do this fall in Park City.

 

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    Park City Dine About (Oct. 1-9) – Calling all foodies! Check out the list of participating restaurants and when you go in for lunch or dinner ask for a “Dina About” menu and eat up!

  2. Gallery Stroll (last Friday of each month) – With over 20 galleries, you will definitely be able to find the perfect piece to fit that blank space on a mantle or wall. The galleries are open during normal business hours, but if you go during the last Friday gallery stroll, you can enjoy light refreshments and be surrounded by other art collectors.
  3. Halloween on Main Street – Any event where there are dogs in costumes is a winner in my book! The shops lining Main Street welcome trick-or-treaters and there is a dog costume parade, so dress up your kids and pets for a fun afternoon downtown where you’ll get to see some real local flair!
  4. Thriller at the Egyptian Theater (Sep. 23-Oct. 9) – Odyssey Dance Company puts on this annual show described as a “ghoulish dance of monsters and maniacs, creeps and clowns.” Sounds like the perfect way to spend an evening in the fall!
  5. Whiskey Wednesdays at High West Distillery – If you’re not in town for Live PC, Give PC day, but you still want to a fun excuse to have a whiskey tasting (not that you really need one), High West hosts tastings every Wednesday night. (Consider taking public transportation or an Uber there and back home so your whole group can enjoy the entire lineup.)
  6. World’s Longest Shot Ski with Wasatch Brew Pub (Oct. 22) – If you’re in town on Oct. 22, don’t miss your chance to be part of a world record and the 30th anniversary celebration of one of Utah’s favorite microbreweries. The goal is to gather 1,000 people on Main Street for the longest shot ski ever recorded! There will also be a beer garden with live music before and after.
  7. Park City Museum – We don’t just throw around the term “historic” lightly. Park City truly is an historic town and there is a lot to learn about the many different stages of our small town’s past. If you are a Park City local, bookmark Oct. 18 and visit the museum for free.
  8. Escape Room – You may not guess it (I certainly didn’t) but apparently being locked in a room and trying to figure out how to get out can be fun. Seriously, everyone who has actually gone to an Escape Room goes on and on about how much they love it. I haven’t tried it myself but I’m excited to go to the Park City version since it features “The Mine Trap” tying it into the local history.
  9. Shopping Spree – When all else fails, there’s always shopping. Main Street literally has something for everyone. When you’re planning your vacation, allot one day to walking up and down the street, grab your meals on Main Street and take your time enjoying the old town charm. If you live in Park City, when was the last time you went shopping downtown? Chances are a lot has changed since then. Start your holiday shopping early and use it as an excuse to see what’s new on the street.
  10. Spa Day – There’s a pretty good chance you like Park City’s scenery, right? You probably even like getting up close and personal with it by hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, fly fishing, skiing, and snowboarding. All fun stuff. Fun stuff that leaves your feet begging for a break! Give yourself a chance to recoup every once in awhile with a trip to the spa.

 

The weather is perfect and the scenery is breathtaking. But there’s too much to do to just sit around and ogle the Wasatch Mountains. Make the most of the season…after all, winter’s coming! For a complete calendar of events visit www.historicparkcityutah.com.

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Meet One of Park City’s Few Remaining Innkeepers

Hospitality reigns supreme at the Old Town Guest House.

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The windows glow warmly as you pull up to the cheery red-and-white house. It’s all very over-the-river-and-through-the-woods, and Old Town Guest House innkeeper Deb Lovci wouldn’t have it any other way. Lovci moved here from Colorado 25 years ago and purchased the 100-plus-year-old miner’s shack that became her B&B. “I had always wanted to renovate a place—I think of it as one of those bucket-list things everyone should do,” she says. “My idea was to create a place to stay where the focus is on being in the mountains.”

The floors are creaky, the rooms small, and the bed linens far from Italian, but Lovci’s clientele doesn’t care about Forbes rankings and bell service. They come for the homemade and oh-so-ample breakfasts; the easy access to both Main Street and the mountains; and the way the proprietor makes every guest feel like they’ve been given the keys to the city.

Some of the ready wisdom Lovci shares with her guests includes which runs to ski at which times of day, the best on-mountain lunch spots, and her favorite Main Street haunts (Atticus and Dolly’s Bookstore).

Oh, and Lovci also happens to be a Ski Utah Interconnect Tour guide. “I think of myself as one-half ski guide, one-half den mother,” she says of the nurturing hand she brings to both Interconnect clients and overnight guests. It’s an approach that has won her fans both far and wide: in its March 2015 issue, Outside magazine dubbed Lovci its “Guide of the Year.”

Old Town Guest House, 1011 Empire Ave, 435.649.2642, oldtownguesthouse.com

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2 reasons to come to ski in Park City, Utah!!

Number 1 reason!!

Stay at Old Town Guest House.  Walk to the slopes, Main Street with it’s restaurants and shops.  You won’t find a better deal or location.  We are Park City’s best for comfort, convenience and affordability.  To see up to the minute availability and book go to: www.oldtownguesthouse.com

Second reason:

It is so easy to get here!!  Easy peasy to fly into Salt Lake City and come to Park City!  40 minutes from the airport = more time on the slopes.

There are 330 direct flights daily to Salt Lake City International Airport. With Park City only 35 minutes from the Airport we are the most easily accessible destination resort anywhere. Where else can you ski the day you arrive as well as on the day you leave?!

See how quick and easy it is to get to Park City from Los Angeles:

Flying Travel Time and Distance to Salt Lake City International Airport

From City Flying Time (hr:min) Distance
Los Angeles, CA 1:25 585 miles
New York, NY 4:33 1,973 miles
Miami, FL 4:41 2,089 miles
Houston, TX 2:47 1,200 miles
San Francisco, CA 1:21 600 miles
Chicago, IL 3:02 1,260 miles

 

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24 Amazing hours in Park City, Utah

24 hours in Park City

There’s so much to love about Park City. A mere 30 minutes Uber drive from Salt Lake City International Airport, the mountain town is home to both Deer Valley and Park City Mountain ski resorts and Alta, Snowbird, Solitude and Brighton just down the road. Add the Sundance Film Festival and the FIS Freestyle International plus a Main Street filled with bars and restaurants and this may just be the best mountain town going.

Try our 24 hour guide.

8.00am

Coffee and breakfast at Atticus books and coffee store [738 Main Street]. Locals go for the Goblet of Fire Latte, Australians order a single shot 6 oz latte and call it a flat white. Everyone loves the Boo Radley peanut butter house made bars so fill your ski jacket pockets for a protein boost once you hit the slopes. Order a Buddha Bowl oatmeal mash up for breakie and use the free wifi to post pre slope selfies.

9.00am

Wander over to the Town Lift (chairlift goes directly from downtown) and ride the lift to the Park City Mountain slopes, the largest ski resort in the USA with 7300 acres of skiable terrain. Free ski, take a three day Ski Academy program to improve your technique, hit the terrain parks, hike the bowls of The Canyons or head out to Jupiters Bowl at Park City.

11.00am

Ski in to The Miners Camp next to the Quicksilver Gondola and indulge in a hot chocolate on the sun deck.

12.30pm

Ski in to Park City’s best kept dining secret, the Silver Star Cafe, for lunch at the base of the Silver Star lift. Choose from artisan pizzas, gourmet burgers, hearty chilli, house made soups and more. This is one of your Innkeepers favorites!

1.30pm

Continue skiing or boarding and enjoy some of our famous Utah powder.

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4.00pm

End up at the base area of Canyons.  There is always so much going on!!

6.00pm

Head back to your accommodation for a hot tub and to change for more aprés or better still, drop into the town’s local boutiques Cake, Prospect, Panache, Lululemon or Gorsuch and grab some mountain style fashion. Better yet, swing by the best consignment store in all the land – The Exchange Consignment [1250 Iron Horse Drive]. But be warned, you’ll lose yourself in the vintage cowboy boot room.

7.00pm

Time for a cocktail at the only ski in ski out whiskey distillery, High West, in the world [703 Park Avenue].

8.00pm

Make yourself comfortable at one of the many places to eat on Main Street.

10.00pm

Time for a beverage on the rooftop bar at No Names Saloon on Main Street. Don’t forget to look up as you pass through the bar of this iconic Park City destination, expect moose heads, memorabilia and even a motorbike.

11.00pm

Step outside then back in again next door into Oh Shucks where peanuts are complimentary and shells are left on the floor.

Midnight

Downstairs for a DJ. No, really, Downstairs. This basement bar on Main Street is owned by that guy from That Seventies Show and regularly hosts global DJs.

1.00am

Take the Karaoke Cab ride home and sing yourself to sleep.

7.00am

Wake up. Do it all over again.

The Best Deal in Park City for Lodging!!

Stay at Park City’s only B&B!  Old Town Guest House.  1011 Empire Ave

Winter special!!  Book 4 nights and get the 5th night FREE.

Book at www.oldtownguesthouse.com

435 649-2642

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Five Things you must do at the Utah State Fair

Here are the five things we think you will love at the Utah State Fair!

Book your lodging reservations to stay at

Old Town Guest House,

Park City, Utah. 

We are Park’s City’s affordable lodging option.

 

1. Enjoy The Dairy Council’s Ice Cream Festival

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If the vast selection of fried foods does not appeal to you, consider buying a ticket to the Dairy Council’s Ice Cream Festival. With vendors from across the state, a $3 ticket for adults and a $2 ticket for children buys you all the ice cream you can eat. Revel in sweet treats from Aggie Ice Cream, BYU Creamery, Creamies, and more. The 35th year of the event also features music and dairy trivia to entertain fair-goers as they satisfy their sweet tooth. Stop by on Monday, September 12 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. for the coolest part of the Utah State Fair.

2. Make new farm-raised and high flying friends

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From cows and pigs groomed to win top prizes to acrobatic dogs, the fair is bustling with furry creatures. Little Hands on the Farm, an opportunity for children and their families to partake in the duties of farm life, allows city-dwellers the hands-on experience of milking a cow. If you are searching for the dog lover’s haven, The Canine Stars are set to perform their gravity-defying stunts every night of the fair for those who cannot get enough of man’s best friend. The fisherman, the farmer and the dog lover are all invited to enjoy the company of country critters

3. Participate in the year-end butterfly release

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Over 200 butterflies will be spreading their wings and flying to California during one of the fair’s most popular traditions. An exhibit showcasing the life cycle of the Monarch butterfly and live Monarch chrysalises will be on display to teach those interested about their transformation for the duration of the fair. Attendees will also be able to watch and participate in their release on Saturday, September 17 at 4:15 p.m. This is your last chance to see Monarch butterflies before they migrate to California for the winter, so be there with your camera ready.

 

4. Get tickets for The Big Top Circus Spectacular

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The candy-cane stripped tents are set up and are already producing the exciting rhythms of the circus. For a nostalgic experience you cannot find anywhere else, the Utah State Fair has brought back The Big Top Circus Spectacular. This year is star-studded with performances from “America’s Got Talent” contestants The Sensational Zeman Duo and Cirque du Soleil’s Pedro Carillos and Partners. The show is held three times a day and free seating tickets are distributed at select locations beginning two hours before the event.

 

5. Visit the annual cow-themed butter sculpture

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Perhaps Utah State Fair’s most talked about feature is their creative sculptures made entirely of butter. Commissioned sculptor Debbie Brown is set to reveal a new design this year, and it is surely cow-themed. Past years have featured a cow wedding, a super hero-themed Bat Cow, and, last year, a cow punk band. Starting in 2011, the Dairy Council decided to begin a contest among Utah schools where students across the state submit sculpture ideas. If their design is chosen, the student receives tickets to the fair and ice cream festival as well as Dairy Council swag. The sculptures are located in a display refrigerator located in the Creative Arts building and is a must-see for any Utah State Fair first-timers.

 


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Best Hikes in Park City, Utah

Your Innkeepers at Old Town Guest House, Park City’s only B&B love to hike!!  Here are a few of our favorites hikes.    For more details on the hikes, go to Hikingproject.com.  This is a great website with details on the hikes.

Book Your Lodging at Old Town Guest House at www.oldtownguesthouse.com.

Park City Base Area Trails
Canyons Village at Park City offers some of the finest hiking trails in the Park City area. Take a scenic gondola ride to access the Mid-Mountain Trail. The Red Pine Nature Trail and Lookout Ridge Trails are great for families or for hikers looking for shorter hikes with great views. The Condor Trail is recommended for those looking for a longer more strenuous hike. Fantasy Ridge Trail is for advanced trekkers looking to reach the highest peak at Canyons Village.

Round Valley Trail System (Easy to Moderate, 30 miles of trails)
Round Valley trail system sits on nearly 700 acres of open space, hovering at about 6,500 feet. The 30 miles of trails can be accessed from several trail-heads including Quinn’s Junction and Old Ranch Road. Check out a map of the entire trail system.

Lost Prospector Trail, Park City (Easy to Moderate, 7.8 mile loop hike)
This loop hike offers incredible vistas of Park City and the surrounding ski areas that are perfect for viewing fall colors. This trail is also popular for mountain biking.  For more info on this trail click here.

Silver Lake Trail, Deer Valley (Moderate, 2.25 miles one way)
The hike begins just off the ski lift at the Silver Lake Lodge in Deer Valley, and takes hikers over a steep and diverse trail with clear views of the valley below. The trail  winds through forest and the adjacent ski trails and eventually opens up for panoramic views of Jordanelle and the surrounding foliage as it changes colors. For more info on this trail click here.

Jenni’s Trail, Park City Resort (Moderate, 5.1 miles one way)
This trail starts from the Resort and ascends 1,300 feet to panoramic views from the top of Payday Lift. The trail is wide and smooth and it is easy to create a shorter, family-friendly hike that is about five miles by turning around at the Payday mid-station. For more info on this trail click here.

Desolation Lake, Big Cottonwood Canyon (Moderate, 7.4 miles out and back)
This trail begins at the Mill D North Trailhead and takes hikers through a stream corridor,  aspen groves, stands of pine and ends at Desolation Lake. This hike includes outstanding views of the surrounding Wasatch Mountains that you won’t soon forget! For more info on this trail click here.

Sundance Resort Trails
Sundance Resort’s location just south west of Midway at the foot of majestic Mt. Timpanogos offers a wonderful selection of easy and strenuous hikes to waterfalls and the last vestiges of last season’s snow. The views across the Heber Valley and Deer Creek are spectacular.  It is a treat to hike at Sundance and enjoy a nice lunch in one of the great resturants!!

For more information on hiking in Sundance, click here.

There is no shortage of other great hikes in the Park City area to get out and enjoy the autumn colors.

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Old Town Guest House B&B bring you the 2016 list of best ski swaps!!!

2016 Ski Swaps

Ski Swap

Each year Ski Utah compiles of a list of the best ski swaps in Utah. Ski swaps are a great way to get the whole family geared up for winter at an affordable price. Most ski swaps consist of a variety of gear, from brand new to used skis and snowboards to skis; from poles to boots to bindings & clothes.

SEPTEMBER

Milosport

September 3
Location:
Milosport
3119 e 3300 s
Salt Lake City, Ut 84109

9am – approx 12noon (Line starts at 5am)

Snowbird Sports Education Foundation Ski and Snowboard Swap

September 30 – October 2
Location:
Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, Snowbird Center 2nd level

Friday, September 30: 12noon – 8pm
Saturday, October 1: 10am-6pm
Sunday, October 2: 10am-6pm

*25% of sales will benefit the Snowbird Sports Education Foundation. Gear older than 10 years is NOT accepted.  FREE admission and NO fees.

OCTOBER

Sports Den

October 6-9
Location: 1350 Foothill Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Thursday, October 6: 9am-9pm
Friday, October 7: 9am-9pm
Saturday, October 8: 9am-7pm
Sunday, October 9: 11am-5pm

 

2nd Tracks

October 7-9
Location: Salt Lake
2927 East 3300 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84109
801.466.9880

Friday, October 7:  9am-8pm
Saturday, October 8: 9am-8pm
Sunday, October 9: 10am-5pm

October 21-23
Location: Ogden
1273 Canyon Road
Ogden, UT 84404
801.621.2003

Friday, October 21: 9am-8pm
Saturday, October 22: 9am-8pm
Sunday, October 23: 10am-5pm

October 28-29
Location: Orem
644 North State St
Orem, UT 84057

Friday, October 28: 10am-8pm
Saturday, October 29: 10am-8pm

Weber State Gear Sale and Swap

October 14
Location: Weber State
Lower Bell Tower Plaza, Directly outside the N. entrance of the Student Union Building

Friday, October 14: 8am-3pm

Black Diamond

October 22
Location:
Black Diamond
2092 East 3900 South
Salt Lake City, UT

Ogden Ski Swap

October TBD
Location: Weber County Fair Grounds

1000 N 1200 W
Ogden, UT 84404

Snowbasin Ski Swap

October 27-29
Location:
 Legacy Events Center
151 South 1100 W
Farmington, UT 84025

Thursday, October 27: 5pm-9pm, (12 and under free)
Friday October 28: 10am-10pm, (12 and under free)
Saturday, October 29: 8am-4pm, Free admission

*A percentage of proceeds will benefit the Ogden Valley Winter Sports Foundation. Please no gear more than 5 years old unless it is an antique/collectible.

NOVEMBER

43nd Annual Park City Ski and Snowboard Swap

November 5-7
Location: Basin Recreation Field House in Kimball Junction
1388 New Main St.
Park City, UT

Friday, November 5: 8pm-1am, $10 admission fee, (12 & under free)
Saturday, November 6: 10am-6pm, $5 admission fee, (12 & under free)
Sunday, November 7: 10am-2pm, $2 admission fee, (12 & under free)

Equipment Check-in
Early Check-in: Jans & Cole Sport Nov 2-5
November 6 – Basin Recreation Field House 3pm-7pm
Pick-up: Sunday, November 8 3:30-5pm

*30% sales commission benefits the Park City Ski Team. Please, no ski equipment over 5 years old and no used hats, gloves, goggles, sunglasses or other accessory items.

The Utah Nordic Alliance (TUNA) Ski Swap

November TBD
Location: McGillis School
668 South 1300 East
Salt Lake City, UT

* Nordic ski equipment only – 10% of sales benefit TUNA Junior Programs

Beaver Mountain Ski Swap

November 10-12
Location: Bridgerland Applied Technology College
1410 N 1000 W
Logan, UT

Thursday, November 10 – 5pm-9pm
Friday, November 11 – 9am-9pm
Saturday, November 12 – 9am-4pm

St. Lawrence Thrift Store

November TBD
Location: Zermatt Resort
784 Resort Dr, Midway, UT 84049

Friday, November  – 9am-6pm
Saturday, November  – 9am-4pm

*No entry fee. Re-stocked daily.

DECEMBER

ACE (Alta Community Enrichment) Gear Swap

December TBD
Location: Alta
Our Lady of the Snows Center
10189 Utah 210
Alta, UT 84092

Sunday, December  – AM Gear drop off 7:30amm – 8:30am
SWAP hours are 8:15am – 6pm
*Last chance for gear drop off 8am-9:30am
*Pick-up unsold gear and/or get your money for sold gear from 4pm-7pm

Cost:
-$1 per item entered into the SWAP
-FREE entrance to BUY!
-20% of sale price goes to Alta Community Enrichment

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Best 4 ways to experience mountain biking in Park City, Utah.. Brought to you by the girls at Old Town Guest House

4 Ways to Experience Park City Mountain Biking

Or how to squeeze as much Park City mountain biking as possible into four days

Go to www.oldtownguesthouse.com and book your lodging at Park City’s only B&B.  Old Town Guest House.  Your Innkeepers love to mountain bike and will get you headed in the right direction.

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Very few summer destinations offer as much range as Park City. The year-round mountain resorts of Deer Valley and Park City Mountain Resort are amazing.   Most importantly for me, it’s at the center of a 450-mile singletrack network (and counting), for which the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) has bestowed its highest Gold rating.  Old Town Guest House is located smack dab in the middle of it all.

Friday, Day 1: Deer Valley Mountain Bike Park

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Deer Valley Resort is one of the more posh ski destinations. In many ways it’s the Gstaad of the United States i.e. the choice of European royalty when taking US ski holiday. The mountain biking crowd at Deer Valley in the summer is quite different. Let’s just say we’re slightly less polished. Among the first to embrace lift-served mountain biking and trail building, Deer Valley has made significant investments over the past couple years to update its 70-mile trail system. In 2015, the resort debuted Tidal Wave, a purpose-built “flow” trail. Designed by Gravity Logic, the company that built its reputation with Whistler’s world-renowned bike park, Tidal Wave is built for speed and air. It features more than a dozen table-top jumps, which can be aired or rolled, and every turn has a high berm to maintain your momentum or flow. It’s the mountain biking equivalent of a rollercoaster. Tidal Wave is rated intermediate (blue). For the 2016 season, Deer Valley is opening a beginner flow trail (green) called Holy Roller, also designed by Gravity Logic.

Saturday, Day 2: Park City Point-to-Point

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After a warmup at Deer Valley, I show up the next morning to one of the most challenging one-day mountain bike races in the world. The Park City Point-to-Point is 80 miles of singletrack with more than 10,000 feet of climbing. It takes me more than nine-and-a-half hours to complete and is the toughest ride I’ve ever done. But it enables me to ride some of Park City’s classic trails: Ramble On, Lost Prospector, Deer Crest, Team Big Bear, John’s 99, CMG, Mid-Mountain, Armstrong, and Goldfinger…to name a few. More than anything else, my knuckles were incapacitated from the 10,000 feet of descending. And I was quite thankful to return to The Montage for my recovery.

Sunday, Day 3: Wasatch Crest Trail

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Although this ride was on my schedule, I wasn’t sure I’d make it until I woke up the next morning and found I could actually get out of bed. Motivating me was the legendary status of the Wasatch Crest Trail. This is bucket-list material for any mountain biker. Fortunately, it’s also a popular shuttle ride, which means we parked at The Canyons Base Area, the ride’s terminus, and got a lift up to Guardsman Pass (9,700′). This singeltrack trail features 4,000 feet of descending over 14 miles with 1,000 feet of climbing to keep you honest. Perched on the ridgeline between Park City and Big Cottonwood Canyon, you’re treated to epic views of Solitude and Brighton Ski Resorts to the left and Park City Mountain Resort to the right. Although there is an option to descend all the way into Salt Lake City, we stay to the right and end up in The Canyons Bike Park for the final descent.

Monday, Day 4: Park City Bike Park at Canyons Village

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Park City’s bike park, located at the Canyons Village and served by the Red Mountain Gondola, is a very focused experience. Virtually all of the bike park trails are designed for modern, bike-park riding with burms, jumps, drops, and man-made features. Indeed, several of the trails in the 20-mile network were designed by Gravity Logic.

There you have it!!  Amazing Mountain biking while staying in Park City, Utah!!

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Here is what’s up for Miner’s Day.. from your Innkeepers at Old Town Guest House