Main Street Park City.
Readers of The New York Times might have caught a glimpse of Park City’s newest restaurant last week when the paper featured a true-to-Utah dessert by Handle chef Briar Handley in a Thanksgiving feature — but the Main Street restaurant isn’t the only new experience in Park City this winter.
From live performance art to recreational adventures, Park City has enough new action on and off the slopes to give even longstanding visitors something novel to try. Here are our favorite new experiences for 2015:
For Powder Hounds: Ski-Away Day
Thanks to Resorts West partner Cooper’s Cabin, skiers staying in Park City can now enjoy the slopes of Solitude, Alta, Snowbasin and more with a private ride to the resort, a personal guide and even breakfast on the road. Ask your Resorts West concierge how to reserve a Ski-Away Day to explore more of the Greatest Snow on Earth™. (Experience is open to a minimum of four guests.)
For Adventurers: Crater Yoga
A natural (and unexpected) wonder located just outside Park City, the Midway Crater is a literal winter hot spot, drawing swimmers, scuba divers and yoga enthusiasts with its mineral-rich waters. Fully enclosed by a natural 55-foot-high wall, save for a natural skylight, the crater serves as a sheltered hot spring with water temperatures remaining between 90 and 95 degrees year-round. The pleasant environment makes for a perfect setting to try paddleboard yoga — although once falling in, it’s hard not to want to stay in the hot-tub-like water. Your concierge can help you plan this up-and-coming Park City adventure.
For the Epicurious: Handle
Handle, a homey spot filling the void left by Jean Louis on the corner of Heber Ave. and Swede Alley near Lower Main Street, serves locally sourced dishes with a hint of the Wild West. (Rattlesnake cocktail, anyone?) In addition to its inviting atmosphere and the reputably warm staff, Handle gives Park City visitors who have tried every spot from Grappa to Zoom a place to sample smoked trout sausage and bacon mussels.
For Arts Enthusiasts: Park City Institute
The Park City Performing Arts Foundation is now Park City Institute, and this year promises a lineup fit for any major city in the world, with performances from Jane Lynch to the Parsons Dance Company. See www.ecclescenter.org for the full schedule, and ask your concierge for recommendations based on your dates. You’ll likely also get suggestions nearby restaurant, transportation options and your concierge’s favorite spots for grabbing a post-show cocktail.
For Fashionistas: Farasha
The best souvenirs are the kind you can wear, and no truly great vacation is complete without a new find from a local boutique. Featuring apparel, handbags, accessories and jewelry, Main Street newcomer Farasha is the perfect place to spend an afternoon recovering from a morning of powder turns. Choose accommodations from Resorts West’s Main Street Collection, and you can shop to your heart’s content without worrying about transportation.
Where to Stay
With so many new activities to try in Park City, 2015 is also the perfect year to experience new accommodations. Never stayed ski-in/ski-out? Let us tell you about our favorite slope-side properties. Only ever dreamed of a stadium-seat theater? This year, see a movie on your own big screen. Our vacation specialists can help you find the perfect lodging for trying something new. Browse all luxury Park City lodging.
Call us at 1-877-773-1117 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for even more recommendations to make your Park City ski vacation unforgettable.
Park City Mountain Resort will open on Saturday with fresh snow, marking the official start of the ski season. Canyons Resort will follow on Nov. 28 after even more predicted snowfall next week.
The great early-season conditions aren’t just a boon to local skiers. Alpine enthusiasts from Los Angeles to New York can also take advantage of the early season snow thanks to Park City’s close proximity to the Salt Lake International Airport, inexpensive flights and low-season rates at luxury lodging. Here is our guide for sneaking in more early-season runs this winter:
Consider a Saturday-Tuesday getaway for a less expensive flight. Saturday flights are often less less expensive than those leaving on Friday, and for an added bonus, they’re also less crowded. With a 5-hour direct flight from New York and an even shorter airtime from other major cities, you can be the first in your office to sport a goggle tan after three full days of skiing.
Ship Your Luggage. Let us help you ship your ski gear ahead of your trip, and you’ll walk right on the plane — then straight to your ground transfer. You’ll find your luggage waiting for you when you arrive at your ski home, saving you the hassle of waiting at the baggage claim carousel. In the art of the weekend ski trip, every hour counts.
Stay Strategically. To get the most out of every ski day in the early season, we recommend staying near mid-mountain areas like Silver Lake at Deer Valley Resort (opening Dec. 6), which allow for walking access to multiple chairlifts. Stay at a Main Street Collection home for easy access to dining and nightlife, as well as skiing and snowboarding from the Town Lift.
Make it a Work Trip. With complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access, office support and projector-screen theater rooms in select properties for presentations, taking a few days to revitalize your work team before 2015 has never been easier. Call us for options and available corporate group packages.
Whether you plan to celebrate the first runs of the season with friends or the end of the year with your work colleagues, Resorts West’s signature Private Concierge service can make planning a weekend escape seamless. Call us at 1-877-773-1117 or e-mail email@example.com to start planning your December getaway.
Nothing quite beats a White Christmas in the mountains, particularly when those mountains hold some of the world’s best skiing. Between carolers on Main Street, snow-covered treetops and cozy traditions like Park City Mountain Resort’s torchlight parade, Christmas in Park City is nearly film-like in its holiday charm. Let your Resorts West concierge decorate your ski home before you arrive, complete with the tree, and Christmas can feel more homey in Park City than your own home.
Whether you’re traveling with the kids or or your full extended family, we have the perfect chalet for your White Christmas:
True to its name, Sky Villa sits atop the mountains of Canyons Resort, offering ski-in/ski-out access, stunning views and the seclusion of a pristine wooded lot. Ideal for large families, the 6-bedroom chalet features a kids’ bunk room, game room, grotto-style hot tub and heated deck overlooking the slopes. Available through Dec. 27.
An exceptional value (see rates), this 6-bedroom ski home is nestled at the end of a quiet cul de sac near the base of Deer Valley Resort, making it the perfect villa for families looking to be near ski school as well as Main Street. Featuring spacious living areas and an entertainment room, Racer’s Roost also boasts a snowman-worthy backyard and wrap-around deck. Available through Dec. 26.
The cheerful Paintbrush Home embodies the holiday spirit inside and out, featuring colorful decor, open ceilings and beautiful views from Deer Valley Resort’s mid-mountain Empire Pass area. A custom elevator and out-the-door ski access make this 5-bedroom home ideal for multi-generational families. With eight separate beds and en-suite baths in each bedroom, this home comfortably accommodates 12 guests. Available through Dec. 26.
For a true White Christmas filled with cozy charm, experience Mountain Chalet at Sundance Resort, located less than an hour from Salt Lake International Airport. This 3-bedroom abode features an outdoor fireplace, gourmet kitchen and rustic atmosphere for an unforgettable family getaway at one of North America’s best-kept secrets for great skiing and stunning scenery. Available through Dec. 27.
Black Bear Lodge
Lying within walking distance of beginner and intermediate slopes at Silver Lake Village (as well as the Silver Lake chairlift to ski school), Black Bear is the perfect place to introduce your kids to skiing. The rustic lodge features 2-bedroom condos sleeping up to 6 guests, a heated outdoor swimming pool, private hot tubs, gourmet kitchens and stone fireplaces for a picture-perfect family holiday.
Need help planning your family’s holiday vacation? Call us at 1-877-773-1117 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to help make your family’s Christmas unforgettable.
Sundance Institute has yet to reveal the films screening at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival (taking place from Jan. 22 to Feb. 1), but with popular passes and ticket packages having already sold out and downtown Park City lodging diminishing quickly, the window for making plans to attend is closing early this year. Fortunately, film-goers still have many options for enjoying the Festival and can secure luxury lodging near both film venues and the slopes.
Whether you plan to spend your week soaking up the spirit of independent film, star-gazing on Main Street or hitting the empty slopes, here are our locals’ tips for planning your trip to Park City.
How to get tickets:
1. For Film Lovers: Although the official registration window has passed, Express B passes are still available for immediate purchase, offering access to all screenings during the second half of the Festival as well as official entertainment venues, including the ASCAP Music Cafe, Sundance House and Filmmaker Lodge. A pass is the surest way to see the films you most want to see at the times that suit your schedule. True independent film lovers can become members of Patron Circle for full Festival passes (depending on membership level) and additional insider perks ranging from cocktails with Festival Director John Cooper to brunch with founder Robert Redford.
2. For Flexibility Enthusiasts: For film-goers who would rather wait to peruse the program, open tickets are available starting on Jan. 20. Purchase tickets online and retrieve them a day in advance from the box office near Main Street. Of course, for many spontaneous Sundancers, the waitlist tradition is the only way to see a film. Read more about all available options here.
How to score lodging:
1. For Easy Film Access: To find any remaining availability near Main Street or other film venues, we recommend calling us at 1-877-773-1117 to see if your desired dates work with any openings. We also recommend attending during the second half of the Festival, which often offers greater availability. If you still seek accommodations during the popular first five nights, luxury lodging less than a mile from Main Street is still available at Silver Star at Park City, an on-mountain community of 2- to 5-bedroom condos.
2. For Value: If you hope to experience all that the Sundance Film Festival has to offer at the greatest value, consider taking advantage of Resorts West’s complimentary shuttle service (along with the extensive complimentary city transportation options), and stay at Deer Valley Resort. A hidden gem of peace and quiet just two miles from Main Street, Deer Valley also offers an overwhelming amount of ski-in/ski-out lodging for Sundancers who also plan to hit the slopes. We recommend the 2-bedroom condos, complete with private hot tub, at Black Bear Lodge, or a private villa in Silver Lake Village.
3. For True Sundancers: To experience the Sundance Film Festival the way Robert Redford envisioned it, enjoy film, skiing, scenery and solitude at Sundance Resort. An official Festival venue, Sundance also features fine dining options and a bar befitting of the alpine setting. We recommend the Eagle’s Nest and Mountain Chalet.
Sneak Peek: Eagle’s Nest Great Room
How to make it easy:
One of the perks of joining the Patron Circle at the $50,000 level is a private concierge to assist you with dinner reservations, transportation, Festival logistics and your itinerary. Of course, you could enjoy all of these benefits simply by staying with Resorts West. We can also arrange to have your ski gear shipped in advance and waiting for you when you arrive, a private chef for you and your friends, on in-home spa treatments.
Call us at 1-877-773-1117 or e-mail email@example.com to start planning your trip to the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
Whether you’re traveling with friends or family, choosing the right ski lodge or private chalet can take some research and coordination. Consider these five factors to find the perfect lodging in Park City at each of its three world-class resorts:
1. Do you have different types of skiers?
If you plan to spend most of your time on the slopes, claiming as much fresh powder as you can until ski patrol advises you to call it a day — but your friends are just as happy calling it quits after lunch — you may want to strongly consider staying ski-in/ski-out. The flexibility of slope-side accommodations means you can start and stop at different times without requiring everyone to shuttle together to the base and back — a life-saving convenience when traveling with grandparents, kids or late-sleeping teenagers.
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2. How do you feel about driving?
For some, the idea of driving in a ski town sounds like fun. For others, driving on vacation at all sounds like, well, not a vacation. Thankfully, Park City offers accommodations to suit both tastes. For a scenic route and heated driveway (not to mention stunning views and ski-in/ski-out access to the slopes), we recommend the private gated communities of Deer Crest at Deer Valley Resort or The Colony at Canyons Resort. If you’d rather walk everywhere — from the slopes to dinner and live entertainment — we recommend our Main Street Collection. Deer Valley’s Empire Pass area is another recommended option for guests who prefer to vacation sans vehicle, offering complimentary shuttle service to Main Street until midnight. Of course, all guests of Resorts West enjoy complimentary car service based on availability, making any home a comfortable option whether you drive or not.
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3. Are you traveling with children?
Although all Resorts West homes are child-friendly, some villas and lodge condos offer a little extra fun for kids, from bunk rooms to game rooms, and even real theaters. Many Resorts West properties also offer ski-in/ski-out access to beginner and easy intermediate trails, allowing everyone to enjoy the slope-side location. As many skiing parents have found, when it comes to traveling with kids, the more services you have available, the easier your vacation. Ask your private concierge about pack’n'play rentals, child care and other equipment to make your vacation more seamless.
More services for kids.
4. What are your dream amenities?
Forget practicality for a moment and consider what amenities will make your vacation unforgettable. Whether it’s a private hot tub on a heated deck, a fireplace in your master suite, a wine cellar or unobstructed mountain views, these are the little things that often add up to an unforgettable vacation. Chances are, Resorts West has a home that suits every dream amenity in your group.
Find inspiration in our Reserve Collection.
5. How important is value to you?
A few questions can help you find the best lodging at the greatest possible value. Off-peak dates can make one of the biggest differences in getting more amenities for your vacation budget. If you have the flexibility, ask what weeks will yield the best rates when making your reservation. If traveling with a group, consider a property with fewer bedrooms and more individual bedding. Your length of stay can also make a big difference when searching for the best value for your lodging. If staying for longer than a week, ask about homes that might offer special pricing for longer stays. Your kids will thank you for the extra week after they’ve mastered their first double-blue run!
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To find the perfect Park City lodging for your family or group, call us at 1-877-773-1117 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call it icing on an already attractive cake.
Harmony Haus, a 5-bedroom luxury townhome in the exclusive gated community of Deer Crest at Deer Valley Resort, now offers ski-in/ski-out access. The out-the-door convenience adds to an already stunning in-home experience, including a stadium-seat theater, private hot tub, ski locker room, gourmet kitchen and luxurious en-suite baths. Of course, the home’s real appeal may simply be its views. An expansive balcony overlooks the Jordanelle Reservoir with views extending all the way to the Uinta mountain range.
To reserve Harmony Haus for ski-in/ski-out access to Deer Valley Resort and for even more options for your Park City ski vacation, call us at 1-877-773-1117 or e-mail email@example.com.
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Deciding when to take your ski vacation requires some artful planning. Juggling kids’ calendars, your own office schedule, crowd expectations and snow conditions, you scour the calendar for a week you hope will deliver a powder fix, while sneaking in fun events for the kids. Although New Year’s Eve and spring break have traditionally lured most families, there’s a case to be made for starting your season early. From visits by Santa Claus to empty lift lines, here are 5 reasons the pre-holiday weeks of December may just be the best time for your family ski vacation:
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.
The availability of everything from top-notch ski instructors to reservations at Park City’s best restaurants is also greater in mid-December than during peak season, giving you the chance to kick off your year with an expert refresher course and a greater abundance of untracked powder.
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. 13 in a free family-friendly affair, 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 each resort. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for a full calendar.
Featured Ski Homes
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 email@example.com.
There’s no place like home for the holidays — particularly when that home sits on the slope of a world-class ski resort. This year, spend the Hannukah or Christmas season making breakfast in your gourmet kitchen, skiing power-perfect snow just outside your door, or lazily watching movies in your entertainment room. With Resorts West’s concierge service to take care of everything from ski rentals to shopping, gift wrapping and delivery, your holidays will feel more effortless on vacation than at home.
Whether you’re traveling with your kids or the full extended family, the perfect family ski home awaits you in Park City:
Ideal for multiple families traveling together, this ski-in/ski-out villa features 6 bedrooms and 8 separate beds, including a bunk room. A kids’ play room features a pool table, drum set and project-screen theater, while an expansive heated deck offers a grotto-style hot tub and expansive deck with stunning views. Arrive to a fully decorated home, complete with a tree – and presents underneath. Our concierge team lives to make holiday wishes come alive.
This deceptively large bungalow sits 30 yards from the Quit’n time run at Park City Mountain Resort and a block from the best restaurants and boutiques of downtown Park City. The 5-bedroom villa features eight separate beds, a private hot tub, heated garage and elevator.
This 5-bedroom luxury chalet is now ski-in/ski-out, thanks to a newly constructed funicular connecting the Deer Crest townhome to the slopes. Ideal for families, this villa features two kid-friendly bedrooms, a stadium-seat theater, family room and private hot tub.
To start planning a seamless family vacation for the holidays to Park City, call us at 1-877-773-1117 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. We can’t wait to share our favorite events, activities and homes for the holidays.
View from 159 Woodside Villa.
For guests who seek an authentic Park City experience, nothing beats staying above Main Street in a charming, mining-inspired bungalow. With views of Deer Valley Resort, Park City Mountain Resort and the brightly lit downtown area, the homes in Park City’s most historic neighborhood offer a chance to enjoy all that Park City has to offer — from fine dining to live entertainment — while remaining within five minutes of world-class skiing.
159 Woodside Master Bedroom. Click for full gallery.
Resorts West’s newest villa, 159 Woodside, features all the charm of an Old Town home with modern conveniences, including a fully equipped kitchen with premium appliances, radiant heat, a private outdoor hot tub and a skiers’ lounge with HD TV. Each bedroom suite features a private bath. With four separate beds and two additional queen sleeper sofas, the 3-bedroom villa easily accommodates 10 guests. Main Street Park City is a 3-minute walk away, offering easy access to the city’s best restaurants, boutiques, galleries and live music venues. Resorts West’s complimentary shuttle service is available to reach Deer Valley Resort or Park City Mountain Resort.
159 Woodside Villa Great Room. Click for full photo gallery.
To secure 159 Woodside for your Park City ski trip, call us at 1-877-773-1117 or e-mail email@example.com.
Photo by Eric Schramm for Deer Valley Celebrity Skifest
Deer Valley Resort will open on Dec. 6 with perfectly groomed slopes, past Olympians, television stars and big-screen actors in friendly competition to benefit international charity Waterkeeper Alliance. Now in its 23rd year, the 3-day Deer Valley Celebrity Skifest draws celebs from Larry David to Neil Patrick Harris, showcasing the stars’ surprising racing talents.
With exceptional snowmaking capabilities, Deer Valley opens with much of the resort ready-to-ski, making the early December weekend a perfect opportunity to get your ski legs back while enjoying a celebratory weekend. Use this guide to join the festivities!
Where to Stay
Bellemont: These ski-in/ski-out homes are nestled on friendly green and wide-open blue runs for easy access to Silver Lake Village, where the action takes place. You can also take advantage of Resorts West’s complimentary shuttle service to start your day from the mid-mountain Silver Lake base area.
Black Bear Lodge: Walk to the Skifest from these charming 2-bedroom accommodations, complete with a private hot tub and cozy stone fireplace. You’ll also have access to dining, shopping and a lift ticket window at Silver Lake Village.
Racer’s Roost: Get into the Skifest by staying at this 6-bedroom villa near the base of Deer Valley Resort. You’ll enjoy easy access to both the mid-mountain action and Main Street, located less than two miles away.
Where to Watch
All of the Skifest action takes place at the mid-mountain Silver Lake Village, allowing skiers and non-skiers alike to catch the races. Enjoy a cup of hot cocoa and walk to the sideline, or lounge at the Deer Valley ski beach. Skiers can best catch the races from the intermedia Nabob and Little Reb runs, although beginners can ride the same lift as the celebs to the top of Bald Mountain, taking the green Homeward Bound run back to the Silver Lake base.
Where to Dine
Silver Lake Village offers numerous lunch, apres-ski and dinner options, from the family-friendly Cena restaurant to the fine dining Glitretind. You can also take advantage of Resorts West’s complimentary shuttle service to enjoy dozens of options on Main Street, including French, eclectic, classic American and Asian fusion. Your concierge will be delighted to offer recommendations, make your reservations and arrange transportation in the process.
To start planning your Deer Valley ski vacation, call us at 1-877-773-1117 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.