With few crowds and great value, December can be the perfect time for your family ski trip.
The lifts are running at Park City Mountain Resort, and we have already seen a white autumn in the mountains — with more snow expected this week! Aside from the fantastic early conditions and a whole new experience to enjoy with 7,500 acres now available between Park City and Canyons, here are our top three reasons to ski Park City this December:
Elevate Your Accommodations
For families looking to get more value out of their ski vacations, the difference between mid-December and Christmas week can mean the difference between driving to the slopes and staying at a ski-in/ski-out chalet. The value often extends to lift tickets, gear rentals and even transportation, giving skiers an elevated experience without the holiday crowds. We recommend arriving before Dec. 18 for the best value.
Never Wait in Line
The availability of everything from top-notch ski instructors at Deer Valley Resort to reservations at Park City’s best restaurants is much better in early and mid-December than during the holidays, giving you the chance to kick off your year with an expert refresher course on how to tackle steep terrain, a greater abundance of untracked powder, and a gourmet dinner on Main Street without a wait.
Celebrate the Best Holiday Events
The holiday season starts well before Christmas Day, and in Park City the official kick-off involves street-side carols, live family-friendly shows and Santa Claus flying in on a brightly lit sleigh. St. Nick comes down the Town Lift on Dec. 12, while the Holiday Spectacular Sing-Along at the Egyptian Theater starts on Dec. 18. You can also catch World Cup sledding events and other special events at both resorts. E-mail email@example.com for a calendar of our favorite events!
Featured Ski Homes
Cloud 90 – This stunning ski-in/ski-out chalet now offers out-the-door access to more than 7,500 skiable acres — not to mention a fitness suite, theater, wet bar and hot tub.
Harmony Haus – This 5-bedroom Deer Valley ski home is now ski-in/ski-out, thanks to a newly constructed gondola connecting the property to the resort’s Deer Crest area. The luxury villa also features a theater, private hot tub, gourmet kitchen and stunning views of Lake Jordanelle.
Paintbrush Home – This ski-in/ski-out home in Empire Pass features a custom elevator, kids’ bunk room, a private outdoor hot tub and entertainment room. Complimentary shuttle service makes exploring the shopping, dining and special holiday events on Main Street easy.
Park Avenue Villa – Walk to Main Street, the Town Lift and Park City’s central transit center from this 4-bedroom villa, which comfortably sleeps 14 guests with nine separate beds.
To start planning your family’s holiday ski vacation, call 1-877-773-1117 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The best accommodations for every type of family.
1. For Peace and Quiet: The Cottage at Canyons
Bedrooms: 2 + Loft | Sleeps: 10
Ski-in/ski-out, wood-burning fireplace, gourmet kitchen.
2. For Stunning Views: Eagle’s Nest at Sundance Resort
Bedrooms: 5 | Sleeps: 10
Hot tub, game room, outdoor fireplace, stunning views.
3. For Luxury Lodge Amenities: Silver Strike Lodge – Deer Valley
Bedrooms: 2-4 | Sleeps: 4-8
Ski-in/ski-out, luxury fitness room, over-sized hot tub, lounge, outdoor fire pits
4. For Convenience: Arrowleaf Lodge
Bedrooms: 2 | Sleeps: 5
Ski-in/ski-out, lodge hot tub, lounge with pool table
5. For Big Families: Peak 72 at Canyons
Bedrooms: 7 | Sleeps: 16
Ski-in/ski-out, grotto-style hot tub, fitness room, pool table, library
Call us at 1-877-773-1117 or e-mail email@example.com to start planning your Park City ski vacation for the holidays!
Every Resorts West property includes our signature Private Concierge service, complimentary shuttle service and daily towel and trash service. Experience the convenience of stepping out your door and skiing Park City powder this winter.
Offering unparalleled access, the ski-in/ski-out Cloud 90 is the best place to ski in the New Year.
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With just two more months until ski season, we’re already thinking of powder days and apres-ski s’mores. As you plan your holiday vacation, here are 5 reasons to get your ski legs back with a long weekend in Park City:
Let’s do this!
1. Empty Slopes, Perfect Snow
One benefit of snow-making is consistent snow quality, with smooth corduroy to welcome you back to the slopes. Take a few “scenery laps” at Park City or Deer Valley Resort and enjoy the serene pre-holidays atmosphere in town with a quiet dinner on Main Street. We’d love to tell you some of our favorite hidden gems!
2. The Deer Valley Celebrity Skifest
You don’t need to be a corporate sponsor — or watch on CBS — to see film and television stars test their gate-clearing skills at the Deer Valley Celebrity Skifest. Stay at Black Bear Lodge over Deer Valley Resort’s opening weekend, and you can walk to the action course-side. You may even ride up Sterling Lift with one of your favorite actors. Cheryl Hines, Larry David and Gwen Stefani have participated in the past.
3. Same Skiing, Great Value
Another benefit to the early off-season is greater availability for private ski homes, which often fill up quickly during the holidays. Consider staying in the first two weeks of December for great snow conditions and value on ski-in/ski-out or Main Street villas with amenities like hot tubs, game rooms, fitness suites and even private theaters.
4. Exciting Entertainment
See fiddler Eileen Ivers or even Edward Snowden — live from Russia — as Park City kicks off its entertainment season. Catch stand-up comedy on Main Street at the Egyptian Theater and live music ranging from bluegrass to classic mountain rock at Park City’s many mountain bars.
5. No Lost Vacation Days
Finding the time off to sneak in a ski vacation can seem tricky, especially if you’re coming from the East Coast, but with out-the-door skiing in Park City just 45 minutes from Salt Lake International Airport, you can ski a full weekend leaving on Friday. We’ll even ship your luggage for you.
Call us at 1-877-773-1117 or e-mail us firstname.lastname@example.org to start your ski season in Park City!
Park City and Canyons join to become USA’s largest ski resort as Solitude welcomes the Deer Valley Difference.
Park City has unveiled a new identity this year, which means thousands more acres under one pass for skiers who have loved Park City Mountain and Canyons Resort on their own. The newly combined area, named simply Park City, will feature 7,300 skiable acres, giving it the largest amount of lift-served terrain in the United States. The resort-connecting Quicksilver Gondola (pictured) will whisk skiers between the two mountains, making slope-side homes in the gated Colony area, like Sky Villa, particularly fun this year!
The gondola is part of $50 million in improvements at the resort, which also include a new on-hill dining option called Miners Camp, located at the base of Silverlode where guests will offload from Flatiron Lift. With 500 indoor seats, the restaurant ensures that no turns shall be made in hunger. If you’d rather sit outside, we suggest the open-air Silver Star plaza for gourmet fare from the Silver Star Cafe. You may even catch live music!
Where to stay in Park City:
Main Street Park City | Park City Slope-Side | Canyons Village at Park City
Meanwhile, Deer Valley Resort’s biggest announcement takes place outside Park City. The resort’s purchase of Solitude Mountain earlier this year means that guests can now experience the Deer Valley Difference in Big Cottonwood Canyon, the ‘other side’ of the mountain less than an hour from Park City. Solitude will enjoy a new high-speed chairlift and ski run this season thanks to the acquisition. Ask your Private Concierge about how to arrange a Solitude ski day! One of the greatest benefits of staying in Park City is the chance to easily experience Utah’s other resorts.
Where to Stay in Deer Valley:
Deer Valley Private Homes | Silver Strike Lodge | More Lodge Condos
With El Nino promising to bring a season of powdery snowfall, Park City is prepared to make it a great year!
Call us at 1-877-773-1117 or e-mail email@example.com to start planning this season’s ski trip.
Explore Park City like a local.
Whether in the height of ski season or the calm, breezy months of summer, Park City’s Main Street is a hub of activity with year-round live music, nightlife, culinary events and family-friendly activities.
Here is our guide to exploring Main Street Park City like a local:
Where to eat.
With so many renowned chefs in Park City (more per capita than Paris, according to the Park City Chamber), it’s hard to choose a bad restaurant, particularly on Main Street. You’ll often find visitors and locals elbow-to-elbow at the eclectic eateries that line the sloping street, which is a testament to how good even ‘touristy’ places are. If you want a truly authentic experience, we recommend stopping by these Resorts West staff favorites:
Karleen’s Uptown Fare – Don’t expect this little hole in the wall to be open (Karleen doesn’t believe in regular hours), but consider yourself lucky if it is. This longstanding sandwich & soup shop is a staple with just the right amount of kitsch.
Grappa – If you find Karleen’s closed, just head up the street to Grappa, where you might just feel you’re in Italy. Eat outside for views of the mountains and Old Town.
Butcher’s Chop House – Across from the much-hyped High West Distillery & Saloon (which we also love to no end), you’ll find Butcher’s, a spacious steakhouse underneath Town Lift that serves food until midnight, making it a top choice for arrival night meals. For post-dinner drinks, head to the rooftop of its famous cousin up the street, the No Name Saloon.
Where to stay.
Although you’ll find plenty of free covered parking near Main Street, nothing quite beats the convenience of staying within walking distance. Our Main Street Collection gives you the freedom to explore Park City’s nightlife without the hassle of a cab. (And if that wasn’t enough, you’ll have Town Lift at the base of Park Avenue for easy ski access.)
Woodside Villa – This unassuming luxury ski home is deceptively spacious with 5 bedrooms, 3 levels, an elevator and private underground parking. The slopes of Park City Resort are just 30 yards away, and the bustle of Main Street is just below.
Park Avenue Villa – Central located across from the center of Main Street, this charming 4-bedroom home offers accommodations for 12, a private hot tub and wood-burning fireplace. Town Lift is a short walk away, but for even greater ease, use our on-demand complimentary shuttle service (based on availability).
Empire Villa – Accommodations for design-conscious travelers, this 4-bedroom modern home is more than just a place to rest your head. If you appreciate artwork and thoughtful furnishings and well-placed windows, you’ll love Empire Villa. Of course, its location within walking distance of Main Street isn’t bad, either.
What to do.
Before you leave Park City, we suggest crossing these quintessential experiences off your bucket list:
Get cozy with the ‘Main Street Bear.’ Park City is full of friendly locals, but perhaps none so patient as the ever-photo-ready Main Street Bear. Take your photo with him and tag @resortswest on Instagram for a chance to see your image featured on our own social media!
Hear the Wednesday siren. If you’re staying in Deer Valley or further from Main Street, you may not hear the 10 p.m. siren that has been a part of Park City tradition since its mining days. Once a signal that all was well after a day at the silver mines, the siren now serves as a reminder of the town’s roots.
Catch live outdoor music. Visit during the summer to see multiple live acts via the free, open-air Park Silly Sunday Market, or catch impromptu music throughout the winter as carolers, violinists and guitarists play on the street for visitors’ enjoyment. For a true dance-worthy experience, we recommend visiting during the FIS Freestyle World Cup, held this year from Feb. 4-6, 2016.
Want more ideas for exploring Park City? Call us at 1-877-773-1117 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to tell you more of our favorite activities, hot spots and eateries.
This 5-bedroom villa sits directly on the private slopes of Deer Valley’s gated Deer Crest community
We are thrilled to introduce a new place to call home at Deer Valley Resort this winter, with what might just be the best views in Park City. Joining the Resorts West Ski Dream Home in the gated community of Deer Crest this year is Stonewood Villa, a 5-bedroom luxury residence with out-the-door access, a game room, hot tub, fire pit and views overlooking Lake Jordanelle.
The perfect home for powder hounds, groomer lovers and beginners alike, Stonewood Villa is situated on a wide intermediate run with easy access to beginner trails (a green run takes skiers right to the base from the top of the Jordanelle Gondola) and expert terrain just a couple of lifts away at Daly Chutes.
Call us at 1-877-773-1117 or e-mail email@example.com to make Stonewood Villa yours this winter.
With hundreds of miles of trails to explore in Park City, it’s not a matter of knowing where to find one — it’s deciding which route to take. Whether you seek a challenge, views, wildlife or simply an easy place to take the kids, use this guide to pick the perfect hiking trail:
For a Challenge: Jupiter Peak
Hardcore skiers know Jupiter for its seemingly endless powder and steep slopes. In the summer Park City’s highest point offers a different kind of thrill. Your trek to the top of “Jupe” will involve a blessedly great deal of shade if you head out early enough (highly recommended), winding switchbacks and a birds-eye view of Park City proper. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a fox on the way up, and you’ll have the unique perspective of walking across many popular ski runs while they’re covered in wildflowers. If that wasn’t enough to get you packing a few sandwiches, you’ll also encounter many old mining structures from Park City’s silver heyday. If you’re really adventurous and up to the challenge, you can enter the Jupiter Peak Steeplechase, a 15-mile run to the top and back, ending at the Silver Star at Park City community. Read about the race on Gear Junkie here.
Where to Stay: Woodside Villa | Silver Star at Park City
For Families: Round Valley
The wide, open trails of Round Valley are perfect for families looking to hike or even to introduce the kids to mountain biking. With a good mix of shade and sunshine, the extensive trail system allows for everything from short loops for a stretch of the legs to all-day treks. A trailhead with a public restroom makes this system particularly family-friendly, although you can access the network from many points. Ask your concierge for a recommendation and directions.
Where to Stay: Park Avenue Home | Red Pine Villa
For Wildlife: Mount Timpanogos
There are many reasons “Timp” is one of Utah’s most popular hikes (the views, accessibility and general loveliness of Sundance Resort among them), but wildlife is right at the top for many who tackle this lengthy hike — which requires a full day if you want to take a selfie in the tin-roofed hut at the summit. And the cliff-clinging Billy Goats top an already
Where to Stay: Eagle’s Nest | Sundance Chalet
To Have it All : Canyons Resort
With a new golf course, downhill biking trails, outdoor concerts and a farmers’ market, Canyons Resort is an ideal place to get away — and still have plenty to explore. Choose from stunning villas with even more entertainment, including stadium-seat theaters, game rooms and hot tubs.
Where to Stay: Sky Villa | Red Pine Villa
To start planning your Park City summer getaway, contact us at 1-877-773-1117 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay at 159 Woodside Ave. within walking distance of Main Street for stunning views and no need to find parking!
Although it’s easy to feel the post-winter blues once the ski season ends in Park City, the silver lining of a gloriously temperate summer is always just around the corner — one filled with live concerts, outdoor markets and gourmet social events on par with major cities. If Park City isn’t in your summer plans yet, here are 5 reasons we think you should visit this June:
The Foreigner at the Egyptian Theater (June 11-14)
Discover what theater enthusiasts already know about Park City at the historic Egyptian Theater, which is that you need not head to the Big Apple for a Broadway-caliber show. This professional production of The Foreigner, a play the NY Post called devilishly clever, will run for three days on Main Street Park City — the perfect opportunity to take advantage of special fine dining offers at surrounding gourmet restaurants. Your Resorts West concierge would be delighted to make a recommendations.
Savor the Summit (June 20)
Park City’s longest dinner party isn’t just about celebrated chefs and wine pairings, although with more than 20 restaurants in a dozen different types of cuisine, there’s certainly enough to celebrate. This Main Street tradition is also about enjoying Park City’s mountain setting while bringing together old friends and new to rehash the best moments of the last ski season and make plans for new summer adventures, from paddle-boarding to mountain biking. Reserve a Main Street Collection home, and you won’t even need to worry about parking.
Deer Valley Music Festival (Ongoing)
Indulge your inner classical music enthusiast in the stunning setting of Deer Valley’s natural Snow Park amphitheater. No matter your favorite genre (Broadway Pops? Mozart and Mendelssohn?), Deer Valley’s lineup features something for everyone. Your concierge can help you arrange the perfect evening, complete with a bottle of your favorite wine and a picnic. Stay at select luxury Deer Valley properties, and you’ll also enjoy a complimentary 4th night.
Park Silly Sunday Marketing (Ongoing)
This open-air, eco-friendly market is a hidden gem of summer — and not just for art enthusiasts. Although you may indeed find the perfect piece for your entryway, you’re just as likely to remember the buttery kettle corn, live music and street performers. Walking to this free community event is encouraged, an easy feat with city-wide complimentary bus service and plenty of Main Street accommodations.
Olympic Day at Utah Olympic Park (June 27)
Celebrate Utah’s Olympic tradition with food, complimentary kids’ events, Olympian appearances and autographs. We recommend staying near the Utah Olympic Park at a scenic Canyons Resort home.
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We’d love to help you plan your summer trip to Park City.
For families looking to sneak in one last trip to the slopes, Spring Gruv at Canyons Resort offers much more than skiing to celebrate spring. Between live outdoor concerts, sporting events, kids’ activities and the famous televised pond skimming contest, the 10-day event will leave you with memories on the mountain and off. Use our guide to enjoy all that Spring Gruv has to offer, or call us at 1-877-773-1117 for personalized advice. You can also e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We recommend staying ski-in/ski-out at this lofted cottage.
Dates: March 20 – 29, 2015
Where: Canyons Resort
Stay Ski-In/Ski-Out: Sky Villa (6-bedroom), The Cottage at Canyons Resort (4-bedroom)
Stay Near the Base: Red Pine Home (6-bedroom), Juniper Landing (2-bedroom)
Where to Dine: See our recommendations.
Jibbin’ for Juniors: This mini-park setup on the Ski Beach in the Resort Village is open to any mini shredders looking to work on their rail skills.
Meet Ripperoo: Pose for photos with Ripperoo, the Canyons ski school mascot, at the Resort Village.
Snow Play: Canyons invites kids to get creative with snowmen, snow graffiti and even sledding at this complimentary event.
Hired Guns: Our favorite cowboys will entertain you with rope tricks, quick draw demonstrations, and lots of audience participation. Come and enjoy with lots of audience participation and a surprise or two!
MAKE IT EASY
Have your ski gear delivered right your door, a high chair waiting in your gourmet kitchen and groceries waiting in the cupboards. A few recommended services to make your trip seamless:
Grocery Delivery - Order in advance; find your favorite snacks, breakfast food and more upon your arrival.
Child Care - Whether you need a play pack, high chair or even a babysitter, you can arrange it all in advance.
Luggage Shipment – Avoid crowds at the airport and time wasted at baggage claim; let your concierge arrange delivery right to your home.