8 Kid- and Parent-Approved Eateries in Park City

By ParkCityIs.com
Feb 13, 2019

Kid-friendly menus, fast service, and a casual atmosphere prevail at these family-friendly restaurants.

By Michaela Wagner 12/17/2018 at 4:21pm

Casual atmosphere, a menu with lots of variety, and craft beer make Wasatch a winner for the whole family. IMAGE: AUSTEN DIAMOND

Baja Cantina

It might not be the most authentic Mexican food, but Baja Cantina (1355 Lowell Ave) is a no-brainer for après-ski munchies or dinner, particularly if you’re looking for a convenient location near Park City Mountain’s base area. Load up on generous portions of chips, salsa, tacos, and other Tex-Mex specials—and for the adults, margaritas, of course.

The Corner Store Pub & Grill

Unwind after a day on the slopes at a longtime local fixture. You’ll always find a mix of visitors and local regulars partaking in the après scene at The Corner Store (1325 Lowell Ave) thanks to $3 PBRs and tasty, reasonably-priced grub. During their round of renovations this summer, the eatery installed two new pizza ovens meaning those $6 slices ($4 for locals) are being served faster than ever. The joint also gets bonus points for prime people-watching patio seating, perfect for those sunnier winter days.

Davanza’s

If you’ve got a mind to skip out on the pricey fare of the mountain and you’re at least an intermediate skier or rider, cruise down Quit-N-Time run at Park City Mountain and pop into Davanza’s (690 Park Ave, 435.649.222). With walls lined with hundreds of beer cans, this down-to-earth Park City hangout serves up burgers, subs, street tacos, and pizza on the cheap. Hop back on Town Lift and you’re ready for more action.

Red Tail Grill

Just steps from Park City Mountain’s Orange Bubble Express, the Red Tail Grill(4000 Canyons Resort Dr) offers fantastic views of the slopes with your lunch or dinner. Their special kid’s menu includes no-fuss cheese burgers, spaghetti, and chicken fingers, while adults can choose from a more sophisticated selection of entrées, hand-crafted cocktails, and draft beers.

Wasatch Brew Pub

Most restaurants on Main Street do their best to accommodate families with kids. But, if we have to pick the best place for a family outing, Wasatch Brew Pub (250 Main St) is it. With a long list of award-winning beers and a food menu that covers everything from tater-tots and loaded mac-n-cheese to seared ahi tuna, superfood salads, and savory burgers, this restaurant has something to tickle everyone’s fancy.

Squatters Roadhouse & Grill

Another excellent choice (just ask our editor’s kids!) for a laid-back dining experience is Squatters Roadhouse & Grill (1900 Park Avenue). Serving breakfast, lunch, or dinner, Squatters expansive menu offers a little bit of everything, from biscuits and gravy to tacos, curry, pizza, burgers, and beyond.

Daly’s Pub & Rec

Located inside the Montage Deer Valley, Daly’s Pub & Rec (9100 Marsac Ave) is a winner for all ages. This upscale-pub-meets-tricked-out-game-room offers guests a little competition with their meal through vintage arcade games, shuffleboard, bowling, and darts. Menu items range from kid-pleasers like chicken tenders and mac-n-cheese to artisanal pizzas, Wagyu steak, wild mushroom risotto, and salads.

Champions Club

Part of this summer’s $14 million property enhancements, Stein Eriksen Lodge (7700 Stein Way) recently unveiled the shiny new 3,500-square foot Champions Club. The entertainment center—with high-tech interactive games as well as retro arcade favorites—offers a casual, family-friendly place to grab a bite and beverage. Best of all, you can ski in and ski out easily from the adjacent Champions Club Plaza. Parents may opt for sidling up to the plaza’s fire pits with a glass of vino, while the rest of the clan heads into the club for billiards or, perhaps, Pac-Man.

Selling your home this winter?

By ParkCityIs.com
Feb 11, 2019

Don’t forget these 5 tips.

Posted on Dec 21 2017 - 12:45pm by Housecall

By Dixie Somers

Can’t wait until spring to sell your home? Winter can be a tough time to attract buyers, particularly if you live in a region where there’s going to be ice and snow all around. Your home may not show as well in bad weather; however, it is possible. Here are some winter real estate facts to keep in mind:

People Like an Orderly Property 

In the winter, all visitors may see is a blanket of snow (depending on where you live). Do your best to keep the driveway and walkways neatly cleared and free of ice. Even if there’s just a light dusting of snow, sweep it away. Spread some sand over walkways to avoid slips and falls. Try to keep the roof clear of snow, as well, as a good roof is important to selling any home. You can always call in a roofing company if yours isn’t up to par.

Bright Light Is Cheery

There's nothing that makes a house cheerier than sunlight. Wash the windows inside and out so they sparkle. Pull up the blinds and throw back the drapes for some warming illumination. In darker corners and niches where the sun won’t reach, place a lamp and keep it on. You could also use spotlighting to illuminate major features of the kitchen, living room or bathroom.

Warmth Is Comfort

People coming in from the cold will be pleased to find your home is warm and toasty. As a retreat from winter cold, your buyers will have more of a reason to feel comfortable and take their time. You might consider lighting a small fire in the fireplace or wood stove to keep things toasty. Try to keep indoor humidity between 40-60 percent to avoid that dry, stuffy feeling.

Everyone Appreciates Mood

Create a cozy feel by adding extra pillows or afghans to the sofa and beds, or some plush throw rugs on the floor. Leave the dining room table set for dinner, along with a champagne bucket and a couple of glasses. Add some extra-fluffy towels or robes in the bathrooms. In short, make everything look comfortable and inviting.

Winter Can Be the Ideal Season

You’re more likely to get bids faster in the wintertime because you’re dealing with motivated buyers. They need to move, and soon, or they’d be waiting for the balmier temperatures of spring. You may get fewer visitors, but they’ll be serious buyers, not just frivolous house-shoppers. Stage your home well for the season and you may very well sell faster, and for a higher price, than you expected.

You always want to keep your home clean and in good repair, but the trick to selling in winter is creating the effect of a warm, sunny retreat from the elements.

The Top 4 Design Trends For 2019

By ParkCityIs.com
Feb 10, 2019

An important benefit of homeownership is that you can design and decorate your home to your tastes, but sometimes you need a few ideas to get started. Should you paint or wallpaper? Should you stay safe with neutrals or go wild with color? The answers may lie in these top trends for 2019.

Color Over Neutrals

This is the year to embrace color – reds, blues, greens, and yellows look terrific against a backdrop of black and white. Meanwhile, grays as neutrals have had their day.

Patterns

The global look of Ikat, Morrocan Trellis, and Shibori is giving way to large classical florals with a modern edge, including bohemian abstracts. Consider the lush wallpaper and fabric patterns of Timorous Beasties.

Style-Mixing

Mid-century modern and minimalistic decor have been hugely popular over the last few years, but now the styles are looking dated. One reason why is that to be most effective, they’re rarely mixed with other styles making a home look more like a museum. Feel free to mix furniture and accessories of compatible eras.  

Comfort

While metal, acrylics, and wood furniture look great, don’t be afraid to soften the edges. You’ll see sumptuous fabrics overlaying stuffed chairs and sofas.  Make your bedding inviting with plush duvets filled with lightweight down.

Other trends include one-of-a-kind artisan goods such as bronze sculpture, oil, acrylic, and mixed media paintings; lighter than darker wood floors, and accents of brass, pewter, and chrome. 

Whatever you choose, it’s your home, so enjoy!

Year End 2018 Market Overview

By ParkCityIs.com
Feb 08, 2019

 

The 2018 Year End Wasatch Back Market Overview is here. For the digital online version, go to https://joom.ag/FRga

20+ Things To Do In Park City This Winter ...

By ParkCityIs.com
Feb 07, 2019

20+ Things To Do In Park City This Winter That Have Nothing To Do With Skiing or Snowboarding

The slopes might be Park City’s calling card, but you don’t need to strap on a pair of skis or a snowboard to have a great time here.By Michaela Wagner  1/15/2018 at 8:32pm

 

IF YOU THINK Park City winters aren’t for you because you aren’t a skier or snowboarder, think again! Not only are there plenty of other ways to enjoy the snow, our little mountain town also offers a plethora of options for foodies, art connoisseurs, and anyone who just wants a bit of rest and relaxation. Don’t believe us? Just check out all these fun activities waiting for you.

Outdoors

Time-honored trail travel

There’s no better way to see Park City’s winter wonderland than by strapping into a pair of snowshoes. It’s a fun, easy, and economical winter sport to get into. You can rent a snowshoe set up (plus trekking poles) for as low as $18 a day from local retailers (Cole Sport, JANS Mountain Outfitters, and White Pine Touring) and strike out on the surrounding trails. If you don’t want to do the planning, no worries. Multiple outfitters offer tours with guides, including excursions across the local wetlands with the Swaner Preserve & EcoCenter. You’ll be surprised with what a good workout this almost 6,000-year old form of winter travel, so dress in light layers and don’t forget sunscreen and sunglasses on bluebird days.
Salchow sojourn 
No ski town would be complete without ice skating options. Gliding across the ice is an activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. For a dreamy outdoor experience, check out the cozy Resort Center Ice Rink (1415 Lowell Ave) in the middle of Park City Mountain’s base area or if you’d prefer to skate indoors, head over to larger sheet of ice at the Park City Ice Arena and Sports Complex (600 Gillmor Way, Quinn’s Junction). Other options include Basin Recreation’s neighborhood ice rink at Willow Creek Park and the city ice rink in the cute Swiss-inspired hamlet of Midway. Click here for details.

Bonspiel, Baby!

Unless you follow winter sports avidly, you may never even have heard of curling. This relatively obscure winter sport, first played in Scotland during the 16th century, is surprisingly entertaining. Curling teams consist of four players who take turns sliding 42-pound stones across a sheet of ice to try to score points (a bit like a giant shuffleboard). If you’re keen to learn, check out the latest information from the Park City Curling Club and book yourself a time to throw some rocks at the Park City Ice Arena (600 Gillmor Way). Curling is also available at the Olympic Oval and Ogden Curling Club.

Over the river and through the woods

Live out your own version of jingle bells in a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the wintry wonderland of Park City. You could hardly ask for a more romantic outing or escort to dinner. Whether you’re looking for a one-horse open sleigh or one large enough to accommodate the entire family, local sleighing companies have your back. This is just one of those unique activities you really can’t get back in the city.

Fido-fueled fun

Horses don’t have a monopoly on pulling sleighs; by way of a team of dogs and a musher, aka dogsledding, is another exhilarating way to experience winter. On your trip, you’ll not only be zipping along the snowy trails, you’ll also get to meet the dogs, usually huskies, and learn about the art of dogsledding from the sleigh handler, a.k.a. musher. This is a perfect excursion, especially for families with kids (ages 3+) and we guarantee you’ll leave with a smile on your face.

Giggle and glide

If you lived somewhere cold as a kid, chances are high that you remember sleddingon a local hill. In Park City, you have the chance to relive those childhood days sans the exhausting trudge uphill when you hit up lSoldier Hollow. Both locations offer lower lanes for the younger kiddos and longer runs that are thrilling even for adults.

Start your engines

Shredding powder isn’t exclusively for skiers and snowboarders. For adrenaline-pumping fun without breaking a sweat, hop on a snowmobile and go full throttle. Even if you’ve never been on a snowmobile before, or even considered the possibility, you might just find yourself an enthusiast after one go. Head 45 minutes out of town to Daniels Summit Lodge for a snowmobile retreat, or check out a few of the outfitters in town like Destination Sports and AdventuresRed Pine AdventuresSummit Meadows AdventuresThousand Peaks, and Wasatch Adventure Guides.

Cold weather spin

Park City is well-known for its stellar mountain biking scene, but for winter excursions on two wheels fat tire bikes are the way to go. Some of the best areas to hit up include Round Valley, McLeod and Willow Creek, Glenwild, and the Historic Rail Trail. Just keep in mind, many of Park City’s trails are multi-use so make sure to stay clear of classic skiing tracks and review the trail conditions before heading out. For rentals, check local outfitters All Season Adventures, Storm Cycles, Jans Mountain Outfitters, and White Pine Touring.

Stretch, bend, and om

Have you ever done yoga on a paddle board inside a geothermal crater? Well, now’s your chance yogis because Park City Yoga Adventures offers sessions at the Homestead Crater, a geothermal spring with Caribbean-clear blue water that’s a balmy 95 degrees--go ahead and fall in! You can also pair your yoga session with snowshoeing or sunrise/sunset hikes. We dare you to find a more unique yoga class out there!

In the footsteps of greatness

A trip up to the Utah Olympic Park is worth an entire day for many. They offer a number of winter activities, including rock climbing, zip lining, adventure courses, and the unforgettable bobsled experience where you zoom down the 2002 Olympic sliding track. While you’re there, you can also visit their free museums chronicling the Salt Lake Winter Games and the Alf Engen Ski Museum to learn about the skiing history in the area through interactive displays, games, and a virtual reality ski theater.

Up, up, and away

You can’t beat the spectacular bird’s eye view of the Wasatch mountains from a hot air balloon. Pop a bottle of champagne with your sweetie over a romantic breakfast for two above the world or bring the whole family along for an unforgettable ride. Two companies in town offer balloon rides, Skywalker Ballooning Company and Park City Balloon Adventures.

Horse Play

Traditional horseback riding and sleigh rides are both readily available in the area, but there are far more ways to enjoy horses than just saddling up. Park City Horseoffers a number of unique experiences--from horse meditation circles and reiki to family adventures and corporate team building--that allow you to connect with horses and yourself while exploring self-awareness, intention, and communication. Or, check out Wild Heart Sanctuary where you can practice yoga and experience the healing powers of rescued wild horses.

Arts & Culture

Park City isn’t just an outdoors mecca, this quaint mountain town also embraces arts and culture in a major way, too. For two weeks every January, the film industry pours into Park City for the iconic Sundance Film Festival. But that’s really just the tip of the iceberg, er, mountain.

Stroll and sip

Park City’s historic Main Street has a higher density of art galleries than most places. Walking up and down the street, you can pop into more than a dozen. While you can pop into the galleries any time, we recommend joining in on the Last Friday Gallery Stroll when local gallerists throw open their doors and ply passersby with refreshments from 6 to 9 p.m. on the last Friday of each month.

Indie cinema, anytime

For a dose of independent film, check out the exquisitely curated program from the Park City Film (PCF). Almost every week of the year, PCF screens films ranging from artful child-inspired sagas to thought-provoking documentaries and features. They also have some pretty amazing popcorn toppings (everything from Parmesan cheese to chile sauce).

Live jams

If music is more your thing, you don’t have to look far because even if you don’t ski the après concerts at Park City Mountain and Deer Valley are free and open to everyone. You can also hit up popular live music venues on Main Street, including Park City Live and O.P. Rockwell or see what’s on Park City Institute’s line-up.

Up, up, and away

You can’t beat the spectacular bird’s eye view of the Wasatch mountains from a hot air balloon. Pop a bottle of champagne with your sweetie over a romantic breakfast for two above the world or bring the whole family along for an unforgettable ride. Two companies in town offer balloon rides, Skywalker Ballooning Company and Park City Balloon Adventures.

Horse Play

Traditional horseback riding and sleigh rides are both readily available in the area, but there are far more ways to enjoy horses than just saddling up. Park City Horseoffers a number of unique experiences--from horse meditation circles and reiki to family adventures and corporate team building--that allow you to connect with horses and yourself while exploring self-awareness, intention, and communication. Or, check out Wild Heart Sanctuary where you can practice yoga and experience the healing powers of rescued wild horses.

Stage of many players

While the cultural program at the Eccles Center, the home of the Park City Institute, includes its fair share of concerts, there’s much more available on the line-up. This venerable organization, which celebrated its 20th birthday in 2018, also prides itself on bringing in unique dance groups and a variety of entertainers, authors, and public figures.

Step back in time

Find out the nitty, gritty history of our mountain town by visiting Park City Museum. This isn’t some small, outdated town museum smelling of moth balls and mildew either. Inside you’ll find interactive, attention-grabbing displays that will immerse you in the by-gone days of Park City’s formative silver mining era. The museum even houses its own dungeon, a.k.a. the town’s old jailhouse, which is supposedly haunted.

Homage to King Tut and much more

This historic Egyptian Theatre may have changed names over the years, but its been a constant in Park City’s cultural map since the late 1800s. Today this landmark venue hosts a variety of music performances, theater productions, comedy acts, film, and community events, and more.

Up, up, and away

You can’t beat the spectacular bird’s eye view of the Wasatch mountains from a hot air balloon. Pop a bottle of champagne with your sweetie over a romantic breakfast for two above the world or bring the whole family along for an unforgettable ride. Two companies in town offer balloon rides, Skywalker Ballooning Company and Park City Balloon Adventures.

Horse Play

Traditional horseback riding and sleigh rides are both readily available in the area, but there are far more ways to enjoy horses than just saddling up. Park City Horseoffers a number of unique experiences--from horse meditation circles and reiki to family adventures and corporate team building--that allow you to connect with horses and yourself while exploring self-awareness, intention, and communication. Or, check out Wild Heart Sanctuary where you can practice yoga and experience the healing powers of rescued wild horses.

Food, Drink, & Dining

While Park City’s food scene is certainly inspired by our surroundings, skiing is certainly not a prerequisite for indulging in the dining scene. We couldn’t possibly name all the options out there, but here are a few to get you started.

An aperitif, or two, or three

Despite the significant (and sober) Mormon population, the craft distilling and brewing scene are blossoming in Utah these days, including right here in Park City where High West Distillery reigns supreme. Stop by their saloon for a tour and finish off with a meal and craft cocktails featuring their whiskeys or take the short drive out to Wanship to visit their new distillery on the Blue Sky Ranch. But don’t stop there, you’ll want to hit all the stops on our roadmap to beers, wine, and spiritsin town.

Drink wine and know things

If wine is your thing, then check out one of the many tours and classes offered by the Fox School of Wine. This is “educational happy hour,” meaning in addition to tasting several wines, you’ll also learn about their characteristics and add to your wine vocabulary.

Night time sleigh and dinner

You can make dinner into an event when you book a table at the Snowed Inn. Your evening begins with a horse drawn sleigh ride up to the Snowed Inn (located on the mountain at Park City Resort) followed by a gourmet western dinner, entertainment, and finally a sleigh ride back down the mountain.

Relax

If you came to get away from it all, these ones are for you.

TLC time

There’s nothing quite like a spa day to make your feel like you can take on the world. Pamper yourself with full body treatments, facials, waxing, and, of course, massages of all kinds. You’ll find no lack of options in town with hotels/resorts ready to cater to all your wellness needs, including the Spa Montage, Knead A Message, Remède Spa at the St. Regis Deer Valley, the Spa at Hotel Park City, and more.

Float away all your worries and fears

Channel Eleven from Stranger Things and lose yourself in a sensory deprivation tank at the new Sync Float (1200 W Lori Lane). The tanks are loaded with nine hundred pounds of Epsom salt to you can float effortlessly and forget the world. As the name implies, sensory deprivation removes external inputs like light, sound, and gravity so your body can heal physically and mentally. Just don’t open a door to the upside down!

Get chilly with cryotherapy

Another new therapy trending in Park City is cryotherapy, or exposing your body to sub-zero temps for a fraction of time. The practice is particularly popular with elite athletes and proponents claim it can help with pain relief, inflammation reduction, improved endurance, and better sleep. You can try it for yourself at two locations in Park City: Cryo Lodge (1351 Kearns Blvd) and Stone Cold Cryotherapy (1748 Redstone Center Dr).

Cheers to winter fun everyone!

February events in and around Park City, UT

By ParkCityIs.com
Feb 06, 2019

February Events

2/1 - 2/10: FIS World Championship, Deer Valley Resort, Park City Mountain, and Solitude

2/4: Adam Sandler, Salt Lake City

2/9: It Gets Better Project with San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, Park City

2/14 - 2/17: Legacy Winter Festival, Midway

2/15 - 2/17: Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour, Ogden

2/20: Wasatch Speaker Series: Steve Wozniak, Salt Lake City

2/23 - 4/7: Spring Grüv, Park City Mountain

2/28: MUSE Stimulation Theory Tour, Salt Lake City

FIS World Championships-Park City, Utah

By ParkCityIs.com
Feb 06, 2019

https://youtu.be/oRCDS1X-OuY

From February 1st through the 10th, approximately 1,400 athletes from 40 countries will converge on Utah to compete in the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships, presented by Toyota—the biggest winter sports event to be held in Utah since the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Contests held as part of this elite event will include snowboardcross and skicross; freeski and snowboard big air, slopestyle and halfpipe; snowboard parallel slalom and parallel giant slalom; and freestyle moguls, dual moguls and aerials.

HOW TO WATCH

There are two ways spectators can get in on the excitement of the 2019 FIS World Championships: watching the events from the comfort of home via the NBC television broadcast or online live stream at nbcsports.com (see complete schedule below) or live, in real time at the venues.

VENUE ACCESS

Solitude kicks off the 2019 FIS World Championships competition schedule with what are likely to be some of the most easily accessible—and perhaps most exciting—events of the entire 10 days: the snowboard and skicross competitions on Feb. 1 to 3. It is highly recommended that spectators take the Utah Transit Authority bus as parking on site at Solitude is limited and will be available to the public at the Moonbeam base area only.

Plan on plenty of time to get to and from the Park City venues—Deer Valley® and Park City Mountain--particularly if you plan to attend the 2019 FIS World Championships opening ceremonies, featuring the freeski big air finals, a free concert with Main Squeeze and fireworks, at Canyons Village on Saturday, Feb. 2, which also happens to be the last night of Park City’s Sundance Film Festival. Deer Valley® Resort’s evening freestyle aerials and moguls events on Feb. 6-9 are also expected to draw high attendance and it is highly recommended that spectators park at Park City High School and take the free bus to Snow Park Lodge.

Get the latest on 2019 FIS World Championships competition, road conditions, weather updates and more by visiting 2019worldchamps

9 Off-Slope Adventures the Whole Family Will Love

By ParkCityIs.com
Feb 06, 2019

What to do with that day off from the ski hill? Look no further than these fun, cross-generational activities.

By Tamerin Smith  12/8/2018 at 12:00pm  Published in the Winter/Spring 2018-19 issue of Park City Magazine

While it’s not easy to beat the gravity-induced fun of a day on the slopes, even the toughest little rippers need an occasional change of scenery. Here’s your guide to the best in off-piste family adventure.

Outdoor Wonders

If your legs are done with the slopes but you’re still craving some downhill speed, Soldier Hollow Nordic Center has 1,200 feet of tubing lanes, all accessible by the magic carpet—it’s all the downhill fun, none of the uphill work. 2002 Soldier Hollow Lane, Midway, 435.654.2002

Discover activities for all ages and curiosities at the 1,200-acre Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter. Kids can test their vertical skills on the indoor climbing wall, track wildlife on a snowshoeing adventure, or color their way through Craft Sunday. 1258 Center Dr, 435.649.1767

The ice-blue wonderland of the Midway Ice Castle is not to be missed. Explore an acre of rooms, tunnels, and slides made entirely of ice and illuminated by a kaleidoscope of LED lights. Dress for the chilly night air and wander through a crystalline fairyland. Located near the Homestead Resort in Midway. Advance tickets only. 866.435.2850

Spin a little mountain-town vacation magic at the Park City Resort Ice Rink. Twinkle lights, hot cocoa, and music set the stage for making memories gliding (or falling) together. Complimentary skate walkers make it easy for the littlest skaters. 1415 Lowell Ave, 435.615.8165

Grow Your Budding Artist

Stoke your artistic flame at Red Flower Studios, where kids from 2 to 99 years old use breath and fire to make hand-blown glass creations. From abstract trinkets to a new favorite smoothie cup, here the transformative power of fire lights imaginations. 1755 Bonanza Dr, Unit C, 435.602.1949

At Paint Fusion, kids of all ages can choose from several hundred ceramic objects and paint them however they like. Decorate animals, fantasy creatures, platters, mugs, or even candy bowls. The work is kiln-fired for a professional finish, so plan on a couple days before picking up your masterwork. You can also up the artistic ante with a custom glass fusion piece. 1635 Redstone Center Dr, #115, 435.575.6463

Think you can’t paint? Think again. At the Paint Mixer, professionals lead you and your crew, step-by-step, in the creation of your own masterpiece. Your house will be the perfect showcase of the talent you didn’t know you had. 738 Main St, 435.604.0820

Keep the Good Times Rolling

Bowling, billiards, and video games at Jupiter Bowl provide hours of family fun. While you’re there, call dinner done by ordering a round of gourmet burgers or a hand-tossed pizza; and grown-ups can top off the high-octane revelry with a cocktail from the bar. 1090 Center Dr, 435.658.2695

Part intimate arcade, part upscale tavern, Daly’s Pub & Rec at the Montage is as much geared toward your inner foodie as it is the kid in you. Play video games or tabletop shuffleboard, and don’t miss the main attraction, the four-lane bowling alley—right next to the gourmet kitchen. Call ahead for availability. 9100 Marsac Ave, 435.604.1532 

Meet the man behind most of the ski maps in America

By ParkCityIs.com
Jan 09, 2019

The ski trail map at your local mountain was probably painted by James Niehues. Now you can see his life's work in one beautiful book.

There’s good chance that any time you slide off the top of a chairlift, you’ll be faced with James Niehues’s work. The 72-year-old Coloradan has hand-painted the maps used by more than 200 ski resorts. But skiing’s most prolific artist says he stumbled into it by luck. In 1987, Niehues had just moved to Denver from Grand Junction, Colorado. He had a couple of kids, and he was looking for work as a graphic designer after his work at an auto-parts manufacturer dried up. He reached out to local artist Bill Brown, who gave him a one-off job working on the trail map for Winter Park’s Mary Jane Mountain. Brown, who was the only resort-map artist at the time, was looking to retire, and he passed the ski-map mantle on to Niehues.

Aside from ideal timing, Niehues says he thinks he has an innate ability to see a whole mountain in one shot. We’d have to agree—his maps are incredibly accurate, down to the parking lots, but with a nostalgic wash of pastel color that’s instantly recognizable.

Thanks to a Kickstarter campaign that runs until January 3 (and has far exceeded its goal), he plans to release a book this summer showcasing three decades’ worth of work. Niehues told us about his book project, the mountains he’s always wanted to draw, why you can’t beat a hand-painted trail map, and how technology has changed his job for the better.

On His Process: “I always fly over the mountain and photograph it. Today I can go in deep on Google, but aerial photography gives me an idea of what it looks like that I can quote from. Then the first step is to go into a small pencil sketch. If it’s a complicated mountain, and I see different ways to illustrate it, I’ll send different thumbnails to clients. Then I’ll go into a comprehensive sketch that will be as big as the map. Once it’s approved, I’ll project the image onto my painting surface, trace every detail, and then airbrush. I start with the sky and work from the top down filling in details.”

On the Details: “It’s a puzzle to put together. I struggled early on getting the back sides of mountains right. I’m constantly trying to get all the flow lines correct and running down the page. Resorts know what they want and need, but sometimes they want to show their mountain bigger than it is. My job is to bring it back to reality. My favorite mountains are the ones where I can paint cliffs or rugged peaks and the mountains beyond. But I really like to do the mountains in New Zealand, because there are no trees there.”

On Skiing: “I learned in ski in Europe when I was in the Army. A couple of us guys took leave and went to down to Switzerland. Mine was the fastest time down, so I thought I was pretty good. When I tried to ski again at Powderhorn, outside Grand Junction, after I came back in 1969, I walked off the mountain because I couldn’t turn. On the job, I became an intermediate skier. It’s important, because I understand what other skiers go through in navigating the mountain.”

On the History of Ski Maps: “There are artists that have drawn a few maps, but there are really only two others who have done what I do. In the 1970s, Hal Shelton pioneered it here in the States. He was the first to paint trail maps, and he did it with an airbrush, because you can create subtle surfaces and lots of backlight. Bill Brown did it in the eighties, and then I took over for him. In the late nineties, everyone was looking at new technology because they thought computers could do a better job of mapping, but a lot of them have come back to my style. Now with the internet, it’s so important to have a good image. You’ve got a mountain that’s beautiful and challenging, and you’ve got to show that, and the computer images just aren’t as beautiful. This is one thing that is better done the way it was done 50 years ago.”

On Anthologizing: “Way back in the mid-nineties I started thinking that maybe I’d have enough illustrations for a book, so I started working book rights into my contract. Didn’t pursue it heavily, but then I started realizing, I’m 72 now, so it’s time to get it going.”

On Retirement: “I’ve tried to retire, but then someone will call me and I’ve always wanted to do their mountain, so I end up jumping back in. I’m doing a sketch of Mount Bachelor right now; they have 180 degrees of skiing, and I’ve always wanted to do that. An artist named Rad Smith, who is in Bozeman, Montana, is working as a protégé. He used to make maps with computers but realized he couldn’t do it as well, so he went back to painting. There don’t seem to be any others who are jumping into it. It’s a small market. It was a small market for me.”

On Art: “I think of the paintings as art instead of trail maps. In the early days, it was really about the map, but the values have shifted. Hal and Bill realized it was important to get the beauty and to give people something they could look at and dream about. I think a computer-generated map is a reflection of the office—it’s rigid. A hand-painted map reflects the outdoors. You ski to get into that environment.”

The Midway Ice Castles are officially open for the season

By ParkCityIs.com
Jan 07, 2019

JAN 3, 2019

Since 2011, Utahns have visited a winter wonderland in Midway. This Saturday, Ice Castles opens for the season. KPCW’s Emily Means has this report.

Icy fortresses, slippery slides and frozen waterfalls decorate an acre of land at Ice Castles at the Homestead Resort in Midway.

Visitors are drawn in by interactive light and music displays. The design of the castles changes year to year, with 20 to 40 ice artisans tasked with creating structures formed from thousands of icicles. Construction on the castles began in November, and Ice Castles typically opens between Christmas and early January, depending on how many warm days there are during the building process.

With six locations—five throughout the U.S. and one in Canada—Ice Castles CEO Ryan Davis explains how the structures, comprised of more than 20 million pounds of ice, come to life each year.

“All of our ingredients come out of a fire hydrant. We make about five to ten thousand icicles in a day," Davis said. "Then we place them, we fuse them to ice and we spray them with water, and when they’re sprayed with water they thicken and they grow in mass. So, it’s basically we just hand place the framework that we freeze the ice on, and everything’s made out of ice.”

After a good snow, snowmen and forts can often be seen decorating front yards in Utah. Ice Castles similarly sprung up from the ground, when Davis says his business partner, Brent Christensen, got creative one cold day in Utah.

“He’d moved from California to Utah, so the cold weather was a novelty for [Christensen]. He just started freezing things in his front yard and figured out that he could use icicles and build—fairly quickly—really tall ice formations," Davis said. "The first place he did it was in 2010 in Zermatt Resort up in Midway at a larger scale, and then I teamed up with him about then, and we just keep growing bigger and bigger.”

If last year’s warm, dry winter is any indication of what to expect in years to come, though, Ice Castles’ cold-reliant operations might require some adjustment. Davis says he’s not sure what has led to the number of warm days, but the more mild weather is something Ice Castles is particularly sensitive to.

“The weather’s always unpredictable, and we noticed that the Midwest seems to be warmer than it has been in the past," Davis said. "You imagine Minneapolis being really cold, and sometimes it is, but a lot of times it’s been pretty warm in the winter there. Every now and then you’ll have a week with three or four days in the 40s, and then the next week it’s five degrees. The average is still pretty cold, but it seems like there’s more warm days than there has been in the past.”

Ice Castles remains open until the weather warms up, usually around late February or early March. Guests are advised to dress appropriately—wear boots to keep your feet dry during the warmer times of day. You can visit icecastles.com for hours of operation and ticketing information.

Don’t miss Park City’s Snowfest!

By ParkCityIs.com
Dec 23, 2018

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, unless you’re stuck in a dreadful airport in Denver or Newark, or course. The moral is to skip the year-end airfare surcharge and enjoy the holiday season in Park City where the eponymous mountain resort brings two weeks of festivities during Snowfest.

Every day from December 22, 2018 to January 6, 2019 Park City Mountain will host Après music and entertainment at both Park City base area and Canyons Village along with special events including an avalanche dog meet and greet, live ice sculpting, pub trivia and more. Get the party started daily without even changing out of your ski boots while listening live music at Umbrella Bar and Legends featuring a variety of performers from One Man Funk Band Simply B to bluegrass duo The Proper Way to local rock ensemble Snyderville Electric BandFor full article and calendar: https://www.saltlakemagazine.com/park-city-snowfest/

Deciding where to eat for the holidays in Park City, check out these amazing feasts

By ParkCityIs.com
Dec 22, 2018

Five Feasts Worthy of Holiday Indulgence

Eat, drink, and be merry with these truly sumptuous Christmas and New Year’s spreads.

By Michaela Wagner 12/14/2018 at 3:37pm

Whipping up a feast—a must during the holidays—may not be at the top of your list this season. After all, Park City’s snow-capped mountains and hoppin’ town tend to draw us away from the kitchen as we time spent on the slopes... or the trails...or at the theater... or the local après shindig or... Thankfully, Park City restaurants have it covered.  Following is just a sampling of the smorgasbord of options for festive dining specials from Christmas to New Year’s Day. (For a complete rundown of dining options in and around Park City, visit our Restaurant Guide here.)

 

Escala Provisions Restaurant at Hyatt Centric Park City

Christmas Eve: Buffet, $55 per person, $27.50 for children ages 6-12 New Year’s Eve: Buffet, $65 per person, $32.50 for children

A great option for families staying in Canyons Village, Escala brings classic fare to diners on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. The dinners will feature selections such as mustard-crusted prime rib, cranberry glazed ham, Mary’s chicken with a sour cherry reduction, and herb-crusted salmon, plus an array of sides and starters such as bacon mac and cheese, corn pudding, celery root and pear soup, salads, breads, and a host of pies and cakes for dessert. New Year’s Eve features special desserts including chocolate fondue and fig-bread pudding with eggnog sauce.

Powder at Waldorf Astoria Park City

Christmas Eve: Family-style prix fixe; $69 per person, $34 for children ages 4-12 Christmas Day: Three-course prix fixe; $55 per person, $35 for children New Year’s Eve: Five-course prix fixe, $95 per person

Also set in Canyons Village, Waldorf Astoria’s Powder is offering three special family prix fixe experiences.  Christmas Eve features a modern mountain menu driven by the holiday season and the finest ingredients, including lobster-tuna salad, Niman Ranch roasted lamb loin, and five spiced-roasted butternut squash soup, followed by seared diver scallops, duck two ways (breast and confit), wagyu bavette, and dessert of Vienna-style cheese cake.

Tuck into a Christmas Day lunch full of inspired selections, starting with a choice of lobster lemon grass soup or roasted brussels sprout salad, followed by a choice of rack of lamb, salmon filet, roasted organic chicken breast or mushroom ragu. For dessert, choose between praline white chocolate mouse, raspberry mascarpone or flourless chocolate terrine.

Powder’s famed New Year’s Eve celebration opens with caviar blini and oyster, followed by a choice of yellowfin tuna and scallop tartare or beets and goat cheese. Enjoy porcini mushroom consommé and a champagne intermezzo, then an entrée of either venison and veal loin or Chilean sea bass, followed by New Year’s Surprise for dessert featuring Tahitian vanilla, fromage blanc and raspberries.

For article and more dining options: Five Feasts worthy of Holiday Indulgence

Here’s everything you need to know about spending the holidays skiing in Utah

By ParkCityIs.com
Dec 21, 2018

Ski Utah | BY TRAVEL TIPS AND DEALS \ DECEMBER 3 2018

Utah ski resorts and towns don’t hold back when it comes to festivities! In fact, Park City Mountainhas been named one of the top ski areas to spend Christmas by Liftopia.com and Curbed.

If snow conditions are your priority, Alta Ski Area is considered one of the most reliable destinations for holiday turns (Ski.com, Zrankings.com, Snowpak.com). “On Christmas day, an average of 96% of Alta's terrain is open for business,” explains Christopher Steiner on Zrankings.com.

Spending the holidays skiing in Utah will deliver lots of powder, cheer, and fun, for the whole family, but a pinch of planning can make your stay even more enjoyable.

Snow Play Off the Slopes

Don’t limit your snow play to skiing and riding. Try something new or different! Sneak out with the kids to build a snowman or ride a sled. Snowshoeing is super fun, especially early or late in the day when the light is low and wildlife is browsing about. Many ski reposts offer guided snowshoe tours and rentals so you don’t even need to travel.

As odd as it may sound, another fantastic activity is riding fat-bikes. Their huge tires float across the snowy trails, a perfect mix of exercise and adventure. The first time I rode one I couldn’t stop smiling. They are available to rent at Jans Mountain Outfitters, White Pine Touring, and several other locations across the state.

While all of these ideas sound fun, one of my favorite things to do on a snowy day is curl up by the fire with hot tea and good book. Now there’s a tradition I’ll keep!

Food is a central theme throughout holidays across the world. Luckily, Utah has some of the most progressive food scenes in the country. During the holidays, local chefs unleash their creativity.

For my first Thanksgiving in Utah, I made reservations for the Lodge Bistro at Snowbird. The menu was a perfect balance between creative and warmly familiar…nostalgic flavors of warm squash and tart cranberry, without grandma’s fruitcake and green Jell-O mold.

Holiday meal reservations book up early, so make yours as soon as possible.

Traditions and Faith on Snow

Holiday travel doesn’t mean giving up fun traditions or observation of faith, but it does provide a new setting. From Santa to Christmas Eve Service, Carols to Shabbat, there’s no need to forsake either.

For example, Deer Valley Resort offers ski-in/ski-out Shabbat services on Fridays and Non-Denominational church services on Sundays. Snowbird offers Hanukkah Candle Lighting December 2nd to 9th, a Christmas Eve Parade and Candlelight Service, plus Mr. and Mrs. Clause “Ride the Bird” on Christmas Day.

At Park City Mountain you can see Santa ride down the town lift on December 15 and a Christmas eve torchlight parade on December 24.

The key is planning ahead so you are in the right place at the right time. Visit our events calendar or holiday events post for more information.

Gifting on the Go

Traveling may complicate gift-giving depending on the size. A great way to gift large items without complicating travel is to wrap a picture of the surprise waiting at home. Our family did this and it’s still super exciting.

Naturally, this strategy works best with older children and adults. For the younger set, you may want to pack a few small gifts and save the rest for a “mini-Christmas” after returning home.

Celebrating with Family and Friends

Okay, I saved the toughest one for last. What about family and friends who can’t travel with you? I’m going to answer with a brief story.

I was a firefighter before moving to Utah. My 24/48 shifts lined up such that I worked nearly every major holiday. But we didn’t let that dampen the celebration; we simply looked forward to a different date than most. Our whole family still shared big meals, opened gifts, and made beautiful memories.

You can do the same thing. Plan an early or late celebration with family and friends on a date that works for you.

And Don’t Forget…

If you’re staying near Salt Lake City, take a break from the slopes to see the lights at Temple Square. With easily a million lights, the display is spectacular beyond words. Dress warm and plan to grab a bite while downtown. Some of our best restaurants are in the area.

Find you home in Park City, Utah

By ParkCityIs.com
Dec 20, 2018

The Winter 2019 Living Mountain Real Estate Guide is now available.

Click here for the digital flip book: https://joom.ag/Yx6a

Local Neighborhood Guide is Here

By ParkCityIs.com
Dec 18, 2018

The Winter 2019 Local Neighborhood Guide is now available. Check it out at https://joom.ag/3x6a

Salt Lake City gets the greenlight for Winter Olympics bid

By ParkCityIs.com
Dec 17, 2018

PARK CITY, UNITED STATES: This 14 January, 1999, photo shows a boy training with the Rocky Mountain Luge Club making a run down the luge track at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City, Utah, where the luge and bob sleigh skeleton runs for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City will be held. The Olympics are scheduled for February 2002. AFP PHOTO GEORGE FREY (Photo credit should read GEORGE FREY/AFP/Getty Images)

By EDDIE PELLS AND BRADY MCCOMBS

December 15, 2018

Salt Lake City got the green light to bid for the Winter Olympics — most likely for 2030 — in an attempt to bring the Games back to the city that hosted in 2002 and provided the backdrop for the U.S. winter team’s ascendance into an international powerhouse.

The U.S. Olympic Committee said Friday it was selecting Utah’s capital, which stood out as a predictable, slam-dunk pick in a process that also included Denver and Reno, Nevada.

With venues still in place — some of them upgraded — from the 2002 Games, Salt Lake claims it can host again at a lower cost than other candidates, which aligns with the International Olympic Committee’s new blueprint for the Games.

It’s almost a certain bet the bid will be for 2030, though the USOC left open the possibility of other dates. There are only two bidders for 2026: from Sweden and Italy, after voters in Calgary, Alberta, rejected a proposed bid.

Read full article: http://time.com/5480789/salt-lake-city-bid-winter-olympics/

"Canyons Village Connect" On-Demand Ride Service has started

By ParkCityIs.com
Nov 26, 2018

"Canyons Village Connect" On-Demand Ride Service to Debut on November 21

Canyons Village Connect The Canyons Village Connect is a new, complimentary on-demand ride service that will begin on Wednesday, November 21, the opening day at Park City Mountain. From November 21 through closing day on April 7, 2019, this app-based pilot program will be available to guests daily within Canyons Village at Park City Mountain.

The on-demand service will be available daily from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. This service will include stops at Canyons Village Transit Hub and the existing bus stop between the Grand Summit hotel and Westgate Park City hotel, coupled with on-demand, door-to-door service throughout the Frostwood area (Waldorf Astoria, Miners Club, Wyndham Park City, Juniper Landing, Fairway Springs and Frostwood Ski & Golf Villas). Park City / Summit County Bus Transit Info There have been some bus route changes to the free transit system this year, including the Pink and Lime lines that are so important to our Canyons Village guests and employees; Pink is the only line that now services the Grand Summit / Westgate stop and Canyons Resort Drive above Canyons Village Transit Hub.

  • Guests looking to go to Historic Main Street: Pink to Electric Xpress
  • Guests looking to get to Park City Mountain Village: Pink to Lime
  • Guests looking to get to Kimball Junction: Pink, Lime or Electric Xpress
Please visit Park City Municipal’s transit page or see attached for details and messaging from Park City and Summit County

 

Gorgoza Park is transforming to Woodward Park City

By ParkCityIs.com
Nov 23, 2018

Gorgoza Park is transforming to Woodward Park City Woodward Park City recently broke ground at the former Gorgoza Park location. Woodward Park City will bring a world class facility that connects sport, community, and culture with youth inspired programming in one of the greatest outdoor regions in the world.

Woodward Park City will offer a playground for progressive sports experiences for residents of the Wasatch and destination visitors. Programming will provide sports and recreation opportunities including year round daily sessions, seasonal options, and multi-day camps.

The 125-acre campus will include day and night lift serviced snowboarding and skiing, terrain and skate parks, biking trails, tubing, and an indoor training facility for a dozen plus sports, including skateboarding, BMX, mountain biking, cheer, snowboard, and ski. The indoor training facility will be roughly 52,000 sq. ft. and built with a dedication to protecting where we love to play through sustainable investments in solar energy, a green roof, and the use of recycled materials.

Sourced from Ski Utah

Opening Day at Park City Mountain

By ParkCityIs.com
Nov 21, 2018

Park City Mountain is officially open for the season! Get out there for the first turns, hopefully we’ll get some more SNOW this weekend!

Winter Fireworks // Canyons Village at Park City Mountain

By ParkCityIs.com
Nov 21, 2018

Winter Fireworks // Canyons Village at Park City Mountain

Park City Mountain and Canyons Village have exciting new firework shows for the upcoming season. Beginning with the Holiday Tree Lighting and Fireworks event this Friday, November 23, there will be nine free fireworks displays this winter. There will be a new series entitled “First Friday Fireworks” that will take place on the first Friday of each month; additionally, there will be fireworks displays on New Year’s Eve, Presidents’ Weekend and two during the 2019 FIS World Championships. All fireworks will take place on Willow Draw Road as they have in the past.

Friday, November 23: Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

  • Live holiday music, crafts, hot cocoa, photos with Santa, lighting of Christmas tree
  • Fireworks: 5:55pm, approximately 5 minutes long
Friday, December 7: First Friday Fireworks
  • Fireworks: 5:00pm, approximately 5 minutes long
Monday, December 31: New Year’s Eve Celebration
  • Annual party with live music on Village Stage
  • Fireworks: 7:30pm, approximately 10 minutes long
Friday, January 4: First Friday Fireworks
  • Fireworks: 5:30pm, approximately 5 minutes long
Friday, February 1: First Friday Fireworks
  • Fireworks: 6:00pm, approximately 5 minutes long
Saturday, February 2: 2019 FIS World Championships // Opening Ceremonies + Big Air Skiing
  • Parade of Nations, live music, activities, Big Air Skiing (night)
  • Fireworks: 9:45pm, approximately 6-8 minutes long
Tuesday, February 5: 2019 FIS World Championships // Big Air Snowboarding
  • Live music, activities, Big Air Snowboarding (night)
  • Fireworks: 9:00pm, approximately 6-8 minutes long
Saturday, February 16: Presidents’ Weekend
  • Fireworks: 6:00pm, approximately 5 minutes long
Friday, March 1: First Friday Fireworks
  • Fireworks: 6:30pm, approximately 5 minutes long

 
 
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