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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.
Blue-bird days aren’t the only reason to visit Park City in March.
Park City comes alive this spring with more than just great skiing. Discover theater, live music and family-friendly events with these top reasons to visit Park City this March:
1. March 1: Booker T. Jones at the Egyptian Theater - In between powder runs and apres-ski drinks, catch this Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee live on Main Street in a rare chance to see the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award-winning artist. Where to Stay: Park Avenue Home.
2. March 1: U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix – Catch the end of the best showcase of American freeskiing and snowboard talent at Park City Mountain Resort, as past Olympians and future stars take on the Super Eagle half-pipe and King’s Crown slopesytle course. Where to Stay: Little Empire Home.
3. March 5-7: Red, White & Snow - The National Ability Center’s biggest fundraiser is also one of Park City’s biggest social spotlights. The three-day event features vintners, chefs, a gala and silent auction. Where to Stay: King’s Estate
4. March 7: “In the Heat of the Night” - Park City Institute presents LA Theater’s thriller based on the 1965 John Bell novel. Stop at Adolph’s Swiss Restaurant before you go for a raclette and Steak Diane before you go. Where to Stay: Flight at Canyons Resort
5. March 11: Backcountry Film Festival - Now in its 10th year, the Backcountry Film Festival celebrates the “human-powered winter experience” through film. See some of the best powder runs world-wide while helping to raise funds for Winter Wildlands. Where to Stay: Canyons Cottage.
6. March 14: Fox School of Wine Weekend Wine Series – Heading back to school has never been so much fun — particularly when tastings are included. See why Kirsten Fox makes learning about your favorite wines, and discovering new ones, a must-try experience on your spring ski vacation. Where to Stay: Silver Star at Park City
7. March 17: Greensky Bluegrass at Park City Live – This five-piece American bluegrass band will liven St. Patrick’s day with a Main Street show after a performance by Rayland Baxter. Where to Stay: 159 Woodside Home.
8. March 20-29: Spring Gruv – This lighthearted festival features live music, scavenger hunts and costumed competitions, led by the legendary pond-skimming contest. We recommend staying ski-in/ski-out for a front-row seat to all the events as well as the late spring powder. Where to Stay: Sky Villa
9. March 21: Suzanne Vega - If the name Suzanne Vega doesn’t ring a bell, her hit “Tom’s Diner” certainly does. Park City Institute will showcase a brand new album from the singer-songwriter. Where to stay: Great Escape
10. March 28: Snowasis – Park City Mountain Resort’s family-friendly outdoor festival will return with apres-ski activities for all ages. Where to Stay: Woodside Haven
Call us at 1-877-773-1117 or e-mail email@example.com to start planning your spring vacation to Park City.
Photo courtesy of Pawsatch Snow Dogs.
You already know you can ski out your back door, watch world-class bobsled athletes tackle the same track used in the Olympics, and unleash your inner Shaun White on a World Cup-quality half-pipe (or, if you’re newer to the slopes, ease into black-diamond territory with smooth-as-silk groomed trails).
But did you also know you can perfect your warrior pose in a natural hot-spring crater, try your hand at dog mushing or see Sam Bush in concert?Here are five reasons to visit Park City this February that have nothing to do with its abundant powder, but may just help you cross a few items off your bucket list:
1. Mardi Gras on the Mountain
This year, take your beads for a spin on the slopes before joining Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience at the Egyptian Theater. An eighth generation Louisiana Creole, the Grammy Award-winning Simien makes Mardi Gras an authentic experience with his American roots music. The show plays Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening the weekend of February 6. Your concierge can help you secure tickets — and dinner reservations before the show.
Where to stay: Park Avenue Villa. Walk to the theater and the slopes from this Old Town home.
2.Go Sledding — With the Dogs
Few towns let you experience authentic dog mushing, and Park City has some of the best guides in the world. Combine the town’s stunning scenery with expert mushers and friendly dogs, and you’ll leave with an unforgettable adventure for the whole family. Your Resorts West concierge can help you plan the perfect experience.
Where to stay: Red Pine Villa. This 6-bedroom home is within easy driving distance of Park City’s best mushing guides. You can warm up after your outdoor excursion with a dip in the private hot tub or a cup of cocoa in the theater.
3. Crater Yoga
Paddleboard yoga had become an increasingly popular summertime activity, but done in the winter — in a thousands-year-old covered hot spring? It’s not an experience encountered everyday. Park City Yoga Adventures offers a class that combines the healing powers of the hot spring with a playful yoga class that will heal powder-weary muscles and leave you rejuvenated before heading back home. Resorts West can gladly arrange your private class (based on availability).
Where to Stay: Great Escape at Deer Valley Resort. Enjoy a Zen-like neighborhood at this ski-in/ski-out Deer Valley home, which also features plenty of room for a girls’ trip. The 6-bedroom villa comfortably sleeps 12.
4. Weekend Wine Series - Test your knowledge of fine wines and learn about new ones with the Fox School of Wine Weekend series. Miss Fox makes class a lively, interactive experience that even the most novice (and most expert) pupil will enjoy. Reserve your spot in the next class directly online.
Where to stay: Racer’s Roost. This 5-bedroom ski home is near the base of Deer Valley Resort — and your classroom! Your concierge can arrange a professional babysitter during your grown-up evening, and secure dinner reservations after class to test your skills.
5. U.S. Snowboarding & Freeskiing Slopestyle & Halfpipe Competition - Watch the best athletes in the USA, including Sochi gold medalists Sage Kotsenburg and Joss Christansen, compete at Park City Mountain Resort’s Olympic-quality Super Eagle Half-Pipe and King’s Crown slopestyle course. Admission is open to the public; no lift ticket required.
Where to Stay: Woodside Avenue Villa. This 5-bedroom home is 30 yards from Park City Mountain’s Creole run, allowing you to ski nearly right from your door over to the base for all the action. You’ll also enjoy a private hot tub, wet bar and elevator.
To start planning your adventure to Park City this February, call us at 1-877-773-1117 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. 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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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