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With powder-perfect snow, out-the-door ski access, award-winning chefs and a live music scene on par with any in the world, Park City offers enough reason to visit all winter long without the added benefit of international sporting events and the world’s largest independent film festival. In January, however, these are exactly what make Park City a can’t-miss destination for powder hounds and culturists alike.
Here are our top 5 reasons to start planning your Park City vacation:
1. Freestyle World Cup: Jan 7-10
Catch athletes from the last Olympics and rising stars sure to appear in the next at the 16th annual FIS World Cup, hosted by Deer Valley Resort. The 3-day international competition kicks off with a live outdoor concert on Main Street before showcasing the world’s best aerial and mogul skiers in dual and individual competition. Spectating is open to the public on the White Owl ski run (no skiing required), with fireworks concluding each night. Where to stay: Belle Arbor Home.
2. Aoife O’Donovan: Jan. 17
The Boston-born, Ireland-bred singer has earned praise from The Guardian, NPR and The Wall Street Journal for her “low, feathery” voice and gentle way of captivating audiences with her original melodies. The globally touring singer, who has collaborated with the Grammy-winning Chris Thile and Yo-Yo Ma, will play at the Eccles Center as part of the Park City Institute lineup. Where to Stay: 159 Woodside Home.
3. USASA King of the Wasatch: Jan. 15-18
A half-pipe fit for Olympians, Park City Mountain Resort’s Eagle Superpipe is a site worth seeing all on its own. The 3-day King of the Wasatch competition adds Instagram-able entertainment with up-and-coming talent in both half-pipe and slopestyle. All events are spectator-friendly to skiers and non-skiers alike. Where to stay: Silver Star
4. Sundance Film Festival: Jan. 22-Feb. 1
The most famous of Sundance Institute’s year-round programs, the Sundance Film Festival is a 10-day celebration of the independent spirit, featuring feature-length, short and experimental film, music, art installations and interactive panels. See our guide to exploring the Festival like a local. Where to stay: 816 Woodside Ave
5. Super Bowl on the Slopes: Jan. 29-Feb. 2
Football fans who missed their chance to see the game live need not resign themselves to their own couches. Resorts West’s “Super Bowl on the Slopes” package lets you combine football with your other favorite winter pastime — skiing — in an unforgettable weekend of powder, gourmet fare, local brews and big-screen TVs. Where to stay: Sky Villa.
Call 1-877-773-1117 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to start planning your Park City ski vacation this January.
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 email@example.com for even more recommendations to make your Park City ski vacation unforgettable.
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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ski trips are more fun when your home has its own fire pit.
Whether you intend to slay Utah’s famous powder or hope to attempt your first double-blue run, there’s no better reward after a day on the slopes than imbibing by the fire pit with friends and victuals. Park City’s culinary enthusiasts have worked hard this year to bring skiers new morning brews, soul-reviving comfort food and even soothing teas.
A few of our favorites:
If you need caffeine to board a chairlift — and prefer that it be delicious — we recommend Park City’s newest coffee company, Publik. The carefully brewed, locally crafted and globally sourced blends preserve the flavor of the beans’ country of origin, making this java as soul-awakening it is eye-opening.
Where to get find it: 638 Park Ave.
Where to stay: Woodside Villa
Comfort in Food
There’s something classically alpine about a good Stroganoff, and The Silver Star Cafe has created a version that even vegetarians can enjoy. Using Portabella, wild and domestic mushrooms, the award-winning cafe (recently featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives) pairs the European-style dish with spatzle.
Where to find it: Silver Star at Park City (the cafe is conveniently on-site)
Where to stay: Choose from 2-bedroom condos to 5-bedroom cottages
Straight from the Brick Oven
From shrimp skillets to tandoori-rubbed quail, Deer Valley’s newest restaurant, The Brass Tag, has expanded the resort’s gourmet comfort food options to the base. Signature dishes include house-cured duck and parma prosciutto flatbread, cheddar truffle chive spätzle and oven-fired chimichurri chips.
Where to find it: 2900 Deer Valley Drive
Where to stay: Racer’s Roost
With a local whiskey distillery, beer maker and now coffee maker, it seemed the only thing Park City lacked was a signature tea blender. Wasatch Tea Company took care of that, offering custom-blended, loose-leaf teas from places like India, Sri Lanka and Japan.
Where to find it: in the comfort of your ski home! Your concierge can deliver it before you even arrive.
Where to stay: Mountain Glade at Deer Valley Resort
Contact our local vacation specialists at 1-877-773-1117 or email@example.com for even more recommendations.
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Park City’s Autumn Aloft festival will feature 15 invited balloonists.
A once-iconic hot air balloon festival will return to Park City this fall after a 20-year hiatus – adding one more reason to visit the mountains at their most scenic. Last held in 1994, “Autumn Aloft” will take place from September 19-21, featuring 15 expert balloonists and a three-balloon “Main Street glow.”
Use this guide to plan your fall getaway to Park City:
Where to Stay
Ontario Villa: Stay in the heart of Main Street Park City and walk to the complimentary city shuttle for all balloon festivities. The restaurants, shops and entertainment of downtown Park City are a two-minute walk away.
Stay near Main Street and walk to restaurants, shops and entertainment.
Silver Star at Park City: All the Autumn Aloft excitement is a cruiser bike ride away from this on-mountain community, and you’ll have a front-row seat to the stunning fall foliage. An on-site bike rental shop makes two-wheeled adventures easy. And if that wasn’t enough, this family-friendly resort also features a heated swimming pool, café and fire pits.
Bike to Autumn Aloft from the Silver Star community.
Harmony Haus: For the most awe-inspiring views, stay in the gated community of Deer Crest in Deer Valley Resort. Perched high on the mountain, this 5-bedroom home affords views of both the colorful foliage and Lake Jordanelle at its most breathtaking. Drive 10 minutes to the festivities, and return home to a private hot tub, theater and deck.
Park City’s most stunning views are from this home.
Where to Eat
Check out our local-approved dining guide. Your concierge can give you personalized suggestions and will even make your reservations for you.
How to Get Around
Although a complimentary city shuttle will take you from Main Street to the balloon festival, we recommend renting a car for getting around town. Park City offers plenty of parking and endless options for scenic drives throughout the Wasatch mountain range. For all your options, including getting to and from the airport, visit our transportation guide.
Plan Your Trip
Call 1-877-773-1117 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to start planning your fall getaway to Park City!
Whether you’re looking to escape the sweltering city heat or just want to make the most of your last few weeks with the family, these stunning vacation homes will make this summer unforgettable. Call 1-877-773-1117 or e-mail email@example.com to start planning your August escape:
Mountain Glade - Explore the Great Outdoors
For access to mountain biking, hiking and even boating, we recommend this 6-bedroom home in the Deer Crest community at Deer Valley. Spend all day playing outside on Lake Jordanelle or on the nearby trails, then BBQ on the deck or watch movies in the theater.
Woodside Villa - Walk Everywhere
Whether you’re visiting the Park Silly Sunday Market on Main Street or hiking the Sweeney Switchbacks, this 5-bedroom villa is ideally situated in the heart of all that Park City has to offer – no car necessary.
Silver Star at Park City - Bike, Swim, Play
An on-site pool, open-air plaza, fire pits and hiking trails just outside your door make this mountain-side resort ideal for a week-long or even month-long family retreat. Most condos offer private hot tubs, and all feature gourmet kitchens and private baths.
The Cottage at Canyons Resort – Get Away from it All
Perfect for two families traveling together, this mountain cottage will delight kids with a loft that lets everyone sleep together, while parents enjoy two finely appointed bedrooms with private baths. You’ll have hiking and biking trails, resort activities and even, on occasion, a neighborhood deer or moose outside your door.
What’s To Do in Park City this August
Whether you’re traveling with friends or family, take advantage of these unique events coming to Park City this August:
Aug. 4 – Movie Night on the Mountain - Despicable Me
Aug. 6 – Deer Valley Music Festival – Mozart on the Mountain
Aug. 9 - Park City SUP – Paddle Peddle Paddle
Aug. 15 - Sundance Outdoor Summer Series – Big Night
Aug. 16 - Bon Apetit Grub Crawl
Aug. 20 - Community Concert Series – Wasatch Jazz Project
While the heavy June air signals a long, hot summer ahead for many cities, Park City is just beginning to see temperatures that feel like spring. With sunny skies, cool evenings and almost no humidity, the easily accessible mountain town — just 40 minutes from the Salt Lake International Airport — offers a pleasant reprieve with endless adventure. Whether you’re planning an escape with friends or a family vacation, here are five reasons (aside from perfect weather) to visit Park City this July:
Rugby & Rodeo
The Fourth of July is one of Park City’s biggest festivals, starting with an all-ages 5k and ending with fireworks over Park City Mountain Resort. A signature event of the area, the Oakley Rodeo adds extra excitement as one of the few chances nationwide to see authentic bull riding, calf roping and barrel racing. A traditional rugby game in Park City’s City Park offers entertainment as locals and visitors alike enjoy food vendors, kids’ games, a beer garden and live music. Book your trip.
Bikes & Boats
A premier mountain biking destination, Park City offers trails for every ability. Take a leisurely ride on the historic rail trail, test yourself on wide intermediate terrain, or challenge yourself on black diamond trails through stunning mountain scenery. To cool off after a ride, head to Lake Jordanelle for paddleboarding, boating or water skiing. See more Park City summer recreation.
Food & Wine
Tastemakers and wine lovers could spend the entire month of July in Park City and experience something new every week — from the Park City Food & Wine Classic to the Fox School of Wine Weekend Wine Series. Several restaurants offer summer menus with outdoor seating and live music. Ask for recommendations.
Every Sunday Park City’s Main Street becomes a carnival of street performers, artists, live music and kids’ activities. The complimentary Park Silly Sunday Market is a summer staple in town, drawing visitors with its lighthearted spirit and unique vendors. You may just find the perfect piece of art for your living room. Stay until Wednesday and enjoy the farmers’ market at Canyons Resort to try locally sourced fruit, vegetables and cheese. Where to stay.
Movies in the Mountains
There’s something about seeing a movie on the big screen outside — and Park City elevates that experience even further with clear, starry skies and stunning scenery. This July see Ping Pong Summer, a coming of age film presented by Sundance Institute, and get nostalgic with Back to the Future at Park City Mountain Resort. Ask about a home with its own theater.
To start planning your July summer vacation, call 1-877-773-1117 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
A delicious spread at The Silver Star Café.
From lively culinary events to local farmer’s markets, Park City offers more than a few delicious ways to indulge your inner foodie. Here are five of our favorite reasons to visit this June:
Savor the Summit
Park City’s largest dinner party will return on June 21, bringing together more than 20 of Park City’s top restaurants for an outdoor feast stretching the full length of Main Street. Combining food, drink and live music, Savor the Summit brings together old friends and new for a night of fine food and wine. Ask your concierge for recommendations.
Park City Farmer’s Market
A summertime staple, the weekly Wednesday farmer’s market at Canyons Resort showcases the best of local produce, fruit, cheese and bread. Work up an appetite first by taking the cabriolet to Canyons’ many hiking trails, then create your own locally sourced feast at your mountain vacation residence.
Park Silly Sunday Market
Fresh lobster? Thai iced tea? Park City’s eco-friendly open-air market is a hidden gem of culinary specialties unexpected in a mountain town. Of course, you’ll also find traditional favorites like corn on the cob and freshly baked bread with local cheeses. Celebrate a new summer season of Silliness on June 8.
High West Distillery Tours
Taking place seven days a week, the High West Distillery & Saloon distillery tours show whiskey enthusiasts how each batch is made, ending with a flight of High West’s finest spirits. We heartily recommend following up with a pot of whiskey cheese fondue and an order of parmesan-dusted fries.
Silver Star Café
Stay at the luxurious Silver Star at Park City community and enjoy on-site dining at one of Park City’s best kept secrets. (Although that status may not hold up for long after the café’s recent appearance on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.) Enjoy an après-hike Silver Star burger on the open-air plaza, or try the refreshing watermelon gazpacho.
Looking for more culinary ideas for your summer vacation? Call 1-877-773-1117 or e-mail email@example.com.
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It may be another few weeks before school lets out for the summer, but savvy parents know to plan family vacations before soccer practice, band camp and birthday parties interfere. Thankfully, with a destination that offers everything from alpine slides to wakeboarding, planning a family week away is now easier than getting the kids out the door.
Not sure where to take the kids to cool off? Try one of these five adventure-filled ideas, all in the mountains of Park City:
Xtreme Ziprider - Let the kids fly on the Utah Olympic Park’s zipline ride. They’ll love that it sounds extreme — you’ll love that it will keep them talking about your family vacation all summer long.
Kid-Friendly Mountain Biking - Park City didn’t earn the first-ever gold standard from the International Mountain Bike Association for nothing. You’ll find trails for every level, including never-evers, all with a stunning mountain backdrop.
Wakeboarding and Waterskiing – Who know you could find water sports in a ski town? Park City’s Lake Jordanelle is a hidden gem for water skiing, wakeboarding and stand-up paddle boarding.
Horseback Riding – No summer trip to the mountains is complete without a trek on horseback. As your concierge about the best trails and guides.
Fly Fishing - No family vacation is complete without a (slightly exaggerated) tale of blue-ribbon river fishing.
Call us at 1-877-773-1117 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to get a head start on your family’s summer vacation.
Featured Summer Homes: Main Street Collection | Silver Star at Park City | Sky Villa