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Tour of Utah!!

Epic climb makes Leipheimer emperor for a day

Defending champ ends with a bang, but Tschopp wins Tour of Utah GC

(Grayson West/Park Record) The peloton of the sixth and final stage of the 2012 Larry H. Miller…


Fans fought for the perfect view. Cowbells rang raucously, spectators screamed into megaphones, making sure the sixth and final stage of the 2012 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah would be remembered for its liveliness. Enthusiasts snapped countless photos with their smartphones and children decorated Lower Main Street with chalk art.For one day, Park City’s Main Street was the focal point of the cycling world.

“I don’t know how you can say it’s not enjoyable,” said Rory Sutherland, a New Zealander riding for the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team, who won the Tour’s first stage on Aug. 7 and won the Most Aggressive Rider jersey Sunday. “It’s obviously a very painful experience, but at the same time, I don’t think there was a rider out there today who didn’t enjoy parts of the climb and seeing the people of Utah come out and support us.”

Pain is an understatement. Stage 6 of this year’s Tour of Utah punished without compromise.

For the first time ever, the Tour of Utah — dubbed America’s toughest stage race — finished in Park City and the 76.73-mile ride did not disappoint. The peloton set out from Lower Main Street around noon Sunday and trekked to the east side of Summit County, past Oakley and Kamas and into the Wolf Creek Pass area. From there, the riders set out for Wasatch County where they rode through Heber City, into Midway and eventually faced the demoralizing climb up Empire Pass.

A day after nabbing the yellow jersey from Christian Vande Velde of team Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda, Swiss rider Johann Tschopp made sure he wouldn’t relinquish it on the Tour’s biggest stage. The BMC Racing Team rider kept the leader’s jersey on the final day, securing his 2012 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah victory, finishing first overall in the individual general classification race in front of a roaring crowd on Lower Main Street. Matthew Busche of Team Radioshack-Nissan Trek finished second, while Leopold Koenig of Team NetApp finished third.

“We have a lot of similar routes in Europe as here in Utah,” said a smiling Tschopp through an interpreter. “There have been a lot here that are quite large.

“My strategy was to perform at my maximum. It was quite difficult from time to time, but I did what I needed to do — and from time to time, it was risky.”

Risky, indeed.

Having already trekked close to 470 miles in Northern Utah’s grueling mountainous terrain, the riders were presented with a challenge that tested some riders to their very core. Cyclists huffed and puffed as they crossed the finish line. Some just plopped their bodies on their handlebars.

The final eight miles took no prisoners. However, two-time defending Tour of Utah champion Levi Leipheimer, a graduate of the Rowland Hall Academy in Salt Lake City, made sure he wouldn’t fall victim to the altitude gains. After all, Leipheimer, who recently competed in the 2012 Tour de France, spends much of his summer training along the Wasatch Back and actually suggested the Empire Pass climb to Tour of Utah organizers.

The 38-year-old veteran made a crucial push past the peloton on the way up Empire Pass and eventually took a staggering lead. Leipheimer won the final stage as he shot down Deer Valley Drive and made one final, yet brief climb up Lower Main Street as the crowd shouted his name.

“I definitely felt the pressure today, having been the one who pushed for that climb, and in a way discovered it,” he said, shaking his head. “They actually put it in and I didn’t think they would. It turned out to be a good thing.”

With the way he performed on the Tour of Utah’s final day, Leipheimer was asked if he wished the climb would have been longer.

“No, no,” he said. “I was suffering — I was suffering a lot. When I saw ‘5K to go,’ I thought, ‘Oh my God, what did I do to myself?’ It’s horrible to be out there pushing yourself that hard and under the pressure of ‘I’ve got the stage win in my hands.’ At the same time, that’s why I think we all race our bikes, because suffering like that is actually a beautiful thing. It’s not pretty. I felt ugly on the bike, but I won the stage. I’ve ridden that exact course about 20 times, and every time I come over the top of that hill, I’ve come down that exact same downhill and I imagined myself in that scenario. That’s really why I do this.”

In total, the riders who finished all six stages rode 545 miles and climbed close to 38,500 feet in the six-day event. They touched cities such as Ogden, Lehi and Midway and participated in the team trial at the Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele.

With the Tour of Utah continuing to grow in stature — both nationally and internationally — the story of this year’s stage race will be the taxing 22-percent climbs presented to the already-gassed riders on event’s final day.

“I think it’s a testament to how much the Tour of Utah has grown, and the level of competition is so high, if you make a mistake or two, like we did in the team time trial, then your race is over,” Leipheimer said. “I never figured I would be able to win. I was hoping to get a stage win out of these last couple days, and I was very happy to be able to do that.”



A fun walking tour to do this Saturday!

Historic Main Street Walking Tour-Special Saturday Tour!

We are offering our popular Historic Main Street Walking this Saturday, Aug 11th at 2:00pm! Meet here at the Museum, and come explore our history.

Put on your walking shoes and explore Park City’s Historic Main Street! The Park City Museum’s popular Historic Main Street Walking Tours begin June 4th and run through August 31st. Weather-permitting, the tours leave the Park City Museum (528 Main Street) Monday-Friday at 2:00pm. Cost is $5 per person. Groups of more than seven people need to make reservations at least three weeks in advance. Please arrive 10 minutes early, bring water and wear sun protection. The tour lasts for about one hour. There is no tour on July 4th or Aug 3rd. For more information, call 435-649-7457 or email education@parkcityhistory.org .


How do you spend your Wednesdays?

How do you spend your Wednesdays? We’ve been spending ours riding down the mountain at Deer Valley. The majority of Park City mountain bikers choose to ride uphill, then downhill, but it’s been a long, hot summer, so last Wednesday we decided to treat ourselves. Instead of enduring the brutal workout of climbing uphill, we decied to purchase a Deer Valley lift pass for the day. A full day pass costs $36 and can be purchased at Snow Park, Silver Lake or Empire Lodge. More often than not, during the summer months we are working on building up our endurance so we can go on longer rides, but this type of riding really helps to build more technical riding confidence. Deer Valley offers tons of trails where you can take your cross country bikes, however trails such as Homeward Bound and Nail Driver over features that are technical and better suited to a downhill bike.  My cross country bike and I can only handle so much, so the next time I step up to the lifts the plan is to rent a downhill bike. Downhill bikes can also be rented at Silver Lake and Snow Park.

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Need a great picnic!!

Gourmet Picnic Baskets and Bags

Don’t worry about preparing and packing a picnic for one of our many outdoor concerts this summer – order a Deer Valley Gourmet Picnic Basket or Bag.

The Deer Valley Gourmet Picnic Basket offers:

  • A choice of: ~ lightly smoked salmon, marinated cucumber ribbons, dill caper aioli                  or ~ chilled filet of beef, carmelized onions, horseradish cream
  • Our delicious antipasto of steamed artichokes, homemade aioli, imported olives, Creminelli truffle salami and pear tomatoes
  • Double cream French Brie with a freshly baked baguette, apple and grapes
  • Lemon pound cake, chocolate raspberry truffle tartlets

Deer Valley Picnic Bag includes:

  • Gourmet wraps ~ one of each, totaling two wraps per person: ~ Garden tomatoes, fresh basil, mozzarella, aged balsamic aioli ~ Roasted breast of turkey, French brie, Copper Moose Farm field greens, fig chutney and tarragon aioli
  • Local Beehive cheese, homemade flatbread and apple
  • Caesar salad ~ crisp romaine, shaved parmesan cheese, lemon garlic dressing
  • Homemade trio of chips ~ Idaho, yam and purple Hawaiian potatoes
  • A Deer Valley jumbo chocolate chip cookie


  • A single Deer Valley Gourmet Basket is $42 and a basket for two is $78
  • A single Picnic Bag is $28 and a Bag for two is $52.  The Picnic Bag is served in a recycled, reusable insulated bag
  • Assorted beverages, including wine and beer, are available for purchase
  • Vegetarian options are available, please call to inquire further or to place an order
  • Tax is in addition

For more information or to place an order, please call 435-645-6613. Pre-payment and 72-hour advance notice are required.

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Great Hike from the Inn

This is a great hike to do from the front door of the Inn.  Don’t forget water and a pack….  we have both for you.

Trails: Sweeny’s Switchbacks, Flat Cable, South Sweeny’s

Duration: 1 hour

Length: 2.25 miles

Difficulty: Advanced

I accessed this trail from Upper Norfolk Avenue in the neighborhood south of Town Lift. Norfolk runs directly into Sweeny’s Switchbacks as you walk toward the Town runs. Another option is accessing it from the trails leading up the mountain from the Town Lift Plaza and following the trail as it leads to the right.

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This trail is initially a bit rocky, but don’t worry. Eventually, the trail leads into a beautifully forested area that is a bit reminiscent of Little Red Riding Hood. Don’t worry, though, you won’t come across any huntsmen or wolves!

At the first fork you come to, stay left! This fork isn’t labeled on the map.  Follow any sign that you see to continue on Sweeny’s!

The second fork you come to is where you will take a right onto Flat Cable. You’ll spend about a mile on Flat Cable as it switchbacks up the mountain, through trees and up King’s Crown run. Make sure you keep your eyes peeled for some wildlife!

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Dine Like an Olympic Champion at the Resort This Weekend


Or at least a Londoner cheering on this summer’s Olympic champions!

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Torn about whether to get out on the mountain or get in front of a TV and cheer Team USA? Do both!

Legends Bar & Grill is getting into the Olympic spirit for the next couple weeks with London-themed menu specialties throughout the Games – and the first two specials are available this weekend only!

*Traditional Fish & Chips served with malt vinegar and house-made jalapeno tartar sauce *English Stilton Blue Cheese Burger with sauteed onions and mushrooms




All St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights concerts take place at Deer Valley Resort’s Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater. Tickets for Aaron Neville, Dwight Yoakam and Roger Hodgson are currently on sale for Park City Performing Arts Foundation members (PCPAF memberships start at $25). Lawn and reserved tickets as well as summer season punch cards are available at the Box Office at The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Center for the Performing Arts (1750 Kearns Blvd., Park City) or via phone at 435-655-3114. Tickets will be available to the general public on May 2 through the box office; patrons may purchase tickets online at www.ecclescenter.org starting on May 3. Discounted tickets are available for children (under age 16) as well as seniors (age 62 and older). Gates open 90-minutes before show time. Coolers are permitted and a nine-inch chair height restriction (i.e. you shouldn’t be able to roll a basketball under the seat) is enforced. Concerts will be held rain or shine.


The Line-Up* Aaron Neville and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band July 13, 2012 – 7 p.m. Lawn seating: $35 Reserved seating: $45, $55 and $65 Dwight Yoakam July 29, 2012 – 7 p.m. Lawn seating: $40 Reserved seating: $55, $65 and $75 Roger Hodgson, Legendary Voice of Supertramp Aug. 5, 2012 – 7 p.m. Lawn seating: $35 Reserved seating: $45, $55 and $65



Can’t say enough about the new Pinecone Ridge Trail

Rumor has it, people have been LOVING the new Pinecone Ridge connector trail, which connects Crest to Mid-Mountain near the Armstrong intersection (no directional restrictions, FYI). A new one-way (uphill), bike-only trail has yet to begin construction, but will provide a new climbing option to Mid-Mountain from the base of Park City Mountain Resort, perhaps by next year (near Crescent Mine Grade, for reference). If you’re at all directionally challenged, you may have noticed that getting lost at trail intersections is a little harder this summer. Marking the trails with better signage has been one of Mountain Trails’ biggest priorities.

Oh, and Mountain Trails made a pretty sweet website update a while back: you can now plan your route online and get distance and elevation stats for your ride. I might be late to the game here, but it’s a rad option when you don’t have a paper map handy. Check it out at www.mountaintrails.org/map

Trails, Trails, Trails.... 

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Awesome new trail!!!

So by now (if you are an avid trail user), it should be no secret that a new trail has opened in the Park City Trail System. Not just any trail, but a bar-setting, blow-your-mind, instant classic kind of trail.  Mountain Trails Director, Charlie Sturgis, believes that combining last years Armstrong Trail with the new Pinecone Trail creates what could be the best trail in the Western United States!  Is he jaded?  Sure, he’s a Park City Resident, but if you’ve ridden or hiked the trails together there is certainly truth to be found in his statement.

Building of the nearly 4 miles of trail started last fall (2011) and continued as soon as the snow melted off this spring.  As you can image, progress was slow due to the forest that the trail moves through.  Troy Duffin and his crew at Alpine Trails did a tremendous job of weaving this trail in and out of the trees and keeping the grade at a premium pitch for pleasurable climbing (say that three times fast).

Often times many of us in Park City are unaware of the effort that goes into developing one of these new trails, it seems new trails just pop-up out of nowhere every summer, kind of like the spring wildflowers.  However, there’s a lot of effort that goes into every single trail that’s added to our system, and this one is no different. Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District managed this project and the contractor for the design and build, as mentioned earlier, was Alpine Trails.

In the midst of the Pinecone Trail of the land being private, this was a big project.  The multiple easements that needed to be negotiated were with Talisker, The Colony/Iron Mountain Associates, and private land owner Jack Gallivan – all of whom stepped up huge and granted the easements with no monetary exchange!  Additionally, both Talisker and Iron Mountain Associates contributed funding to the completion of this project, and if you couple those funds with the $29,000 grant received from the Summit County Restaurant Tax, this project was completed at nearly no cost to the public!

I’ve personally had the pleasure of riding Pinecone twice now, and I can honestly say in my mind it’s the “Gem of the Wasatch.”  Huge thanks to all the wonderful trail advocates and supporters that made this project happen.

Trail Details TRAIL NAME:  Pinecone Trail TRAIL LENGTH:  4 Miles PROJECT MANAGED BY:  Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District CONTRACTOR (DESIGN/BUILD):  Alpine Trails LAND CONTRIBUTIONS:  Jack Gallivan, Talisker, and The Colony/Iron Mountain Associates FUNDING CONTRIBUTIONS:  Summit County Restaurant Tax Grant, Talisker, and The Colony/Iron Mountain Associates