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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 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
Park City is expecting another foot of snow this week, trading the April showers expected to hit New York, San Francisco and Chicago for fresh, ready-to-ski powder. So although you could spend next weekend logging miles on the treadmill to avoid sloshing through the rain – you could just as easily be making powder turns all day and relaxing at a luxury condo in the evening.
Resorts West’s signature Private Concierge service makes planning a last-minute ski vacation seamless. We’ll arrange your ground transportation, luggage shipment, gear rentals and lift tickets, and even make your dinner reservations. With direct flights from most major cities and a 40-minute drive from the airport, you could hit the slopes the same day you arrive.
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With live music, wine tastings, an Olympic homecoming and new snow aplenty, April might just be the best month to ski Park City all season. Treat yourself to one last getaway to the slopes and enjoy a complimentary 4th night at select luxury condos as you enjoy the top 10 reasons to hit the slopes in Utah this April:
1. New snow! April might mean spring at sea level, but in the mountains it often means more powder.
2. Exceptional value. Enjoy blue-bird days and great skiing at late season rates.
3. Park City Olympic & Paralympic Homecoming Celebration. Join the excitement on April 5 and honor more than 20 Olympic athletes.
4. Live music. Dance to live bands at Canyons Resort and Park City Mountain Resort every Saturday afternoon through the end of the season.
5. Live performing arts. See the New York-based Jessica Lang Dance Company live at the Eccles Center on April 5.
6. Slope-side BBQ. Rent a luxury ski home with a BBQ grill and turn après-ski into an American spring-time tradition.
7. Fox School of Wine. Sip wine, learn to tell the difference between good and great vintages, and make new friends in the process.
8. Sneak in a game of golf. Ski a few runs in the morning, then play a round in the afternoon. Ask your Resorts West concierge how to do it.
9. Park City Mountain Resort’s Bartenders’ Cup. This must-attend event on April 8 combines mixology talent with balance and dexterity to create one entertaining event. Read more.
10. Experience Park City like a local. As the ”season finale” nears, locals emerge and community events liven the town in a way that shows off Park City at its most authentic. See the legendary Park City Follies, celebrate “Clown Day” and ask for locals’ specials at restaurants. In April, you’re likely to get them.
Call 1-877-773-1117 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to start planning your spring Park City vacation.
New snow, live events and family-friendly activities make Park City an ideal destination for spring skiing. Here are our Top 5 reasons to visit this March:
1. Freestyle USA Championships at Deer Valley (March 28-30)
See past Olympians and promising newcomers compete for national titles in aerials, moguls and duel moguls. All events, held at Deer Valley Resort, are free and open to the public. See full schedule.
Recommended Lodging: Stay slope-side at the 6-bedroom Great Escape home and ski right to the action.
2. Canyons Spring Concert Series (Every Saturday)
Catch live family-friendly bands at Canyons Resort every Saturday through March, starting at 3 p.m. These concerts are free and open to the public. There’s no need to ski to enjoy these concerts, but we highly recommend it!
Recommended Lodging: Sky ski-in/ski-out at the 6-bedroom Sky Villa, then continue to apres-ski on your heated outdoor deck.
3. My Fair Lady at The Egyptian Theater (March 14-30)
See this professionally cast musical in the heart of Old Town Park City for big-city talent in a mountain-town atmosphere. Follow up the show with dancing next door at The Spur, or if it’s a family affair, with ice cream at the Java Cow.
Recommended Lodging: Stay at Snowflake House and walk to the theater, shops and fine dining on Main Street.
4. Spring Gruv (March 21-30)
Ski beaches, live music, snowboard races and pond skimming — Spring Gruv is back at Canyons with something for everyone.
Recommended Lodging: Stay at Red Pine Villa and follow up the action with a movie in your private theater.
5. Snowasis at Park City Mountain Resort (March 25-31)
Back for a second year, Park City Mountain Resort’s Snowasis event will liven the resort base area with kids’ activities and live music.
Recommended Lodging: The ski-in/ski-out community of Silver Star offers an on-site lift and easy access to the base for all the apre-ski activity.
Need more ideas? Call us at 1-877-773-1117 or e-mail email@example.com to start planning your spring ski trip to Park City.