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LIFE IN PARK CITY
Long Time Coming

12/23/14

Long Time Coming

The fate of the Gambel Oak open space has been a part of the public discourse in Park City since I moved to Utah 18 years ago. My then boyfriend (and now husband) and I often rode the Gambel Oak trails at the early stages of our relationship; it’s easy access from Old Town made it then—as it is now—an idea venue for a short but strenuous work out and a quick dose of nature. I attended my first Park City Council meeting when I heard that the Federal Government was considering letting the Air Force build a hotel on the sylvan landscape there, and over the years have observed with trepidation the myriad of other proposed uses for this precious in-town open space.      Now, however, my worries are over. Thanks to a public-private partnership between...

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What I Love About Fall in Park City

09/02/14

What I Love About Fall in Park City

We all know that Park City is a winter paradise for anyone who likes to ski or snowboard, or just enjoy gorgeous winter weather. However, one of my favorite times of year in the area is fall. Why? Oh, there are so many reasons. First, the weather becomes mild, with that crispness in the air. The mornings are getting a little colder, and sometimes I’ll need a jacket on that morning run. Speaking of running, the fall makes hiking in the area spectacular as well because the colors are creating a gorgeous backdrop. There are so many areas where you can go see the fall colors including the Mid-Mountain Trail where you can hike at 8,000 feet between Deer Valley and the Canyons Resort. Along with the popular Mid-Mountain Trail, I love that there’s more than 400 miles...

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Shoulder Season Respite

04/03/14

Shoulder Season Respite

If you haven’t gotten out skiing in the last couple of weeks, then you definitely should make the effort. Now. The conditions are better than they’ve been all winter and snow remains in the forecast through the weekend. But then high pressure returns next week, and the resorts begin to close shortly thereafter. Deer Valley and Canyons’ last day is April 13; Park City Mountain Resort calls it on April 20. Before you make plans to head to the desert, however, be sure to put one of the spring’s most anticipated events on your mud season calendar: the Summit Land Conservancy’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour, held at the Jim Santy Auditorium on Thursday, April 24 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. This very cool event features 13 films from the annual...

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Apres For All

02/03/14

Apres For All

  I don't often ski first chair to last, but last Saturday at PCMR my husband and two kids and I did just that. The snow gods smiled on Utah after a 10-day dry spell dropping almost a foot of the white stuff on Park City, freshening the slopes and making everyone smile. We skied run after run, from one corner of the mountain to the other, hitting terrain parks, groomers, trees and bumps runs. The weather was blustery and cold, a welcome reprieve after almost two weeks of high pressure.    At the end of the day as we lugged our skis past the bottom of the PayDay lift to the parking lot, I happened to glimpse a sign on the door of the Legacy Lodge for a kids apres ski party and magic show up on the lodge's second floor from 3 to 5 p.m. Since it was just...

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Park City's Luxurious Little Austria

12/16/13

Park City's Luxurious Little Austria

Last weekend the stars aligned and my husband and I found ourselves with a rare childless 24 hours. But instead of hitting the Red Box, we decided to treat each other to an early Christmas present and booked dinner and a night’s stay at Deer Valley’s Goldener Hirsch Inn (goldenerhirshinn.com). As soon as I was handed our room key, I knew I was somewhere very different. “We don’t use electronic keycards in any of our rooms,” said the front desk concierge in impeccable English peppered with what I guessed was a thick German accent. Constructed in the early 1990s as a replica of the original Goldener Hirsch Inn in Salzburg, Austria, all 20 of the charming hotel’s rooms are affixed with antique iron closet bar latches on solid wood doors....

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Vail Resorts Extends a Hand to Park City

10/10/13

Vail Resorts Extends a Hand to Park City

Good will—along with a little slate-wiping—was the focus of an event hosted by Vail Resorts at the Kimball Art Center Wednesday evening. A cocktail party packed with Park City movers and shakers, partaking in the open bar, heavy appetizers, and ice cream cones began the evening. The main event was the Park City launch of Vail Resorts’ Echo, a sustainability program contributing $6 million and 15,000 employee volunteer hours annually to nonprofit organizations in communities where Vail operates its mountain resorts. Canyons Managing Director Mike Goar handed out checks totaling $500,000 to some of Park City’s most well known and beloved non-profits including Mountain Trails Foundation, People’s Health Clinic, Park City Education Foundation, Park City...

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VIVA VINTO!

02/28/13

VIVA VINTO!

A profile of new Park City restaurant, Vinto Pizzeria.

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You Win Some, You Lose Some

01/29/13

You Win Some, You Lose Some

“Congratulations, boys, you have just experienced your first Sundance Stinker! And the world premiere of a Sundance Stinker at that!” I whisper this to my 16-year old son and his 16-year old buddy as we do our best to walk, not run, out of a film that constituted 91 minutes of the most strange, boring, confusing time these boys have thus far experienced in their lives. The infamous Sundance stinker. You peruse the Sundance film catalog, you read the descriptions, you envision in your mind what the film will be like, and then … it’s not. It’s not even close. And you start thinking about the wasted $15, and the wasted time, and how contemplating navel lint might have been a better choice of activity for the day. Each year I take my sons and...

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Reasons  We Know That Sundance Is Here

01/21/13

Reasons We Know That Sundance Is Here

It’s the only time, all year long, that there are yellow cabs going up and down Parley’s Canyon and driving around town. Like real yellow cabs. From the “big” city down in the valley. The local newspaper, The Park Record, is uber fat with ads and a special real estate section chock full of dream-fulfillment for all of those people from L.A. and New York City who are out this week seeing the gorgeous sunshine, blue skies, white snowy mountains and realizing they want to have a place here. There is pretty much no parking, anywhere. (Take the bus).   Whole Foods is absolutely packed with people wearing Sundance credentials, the staff is constantly whispering and speculating about who’s who, and there’s more than one lady shopping...

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Sundance Report: Traffic Jam

01/27/12

Sundance Report: Traffic Jam

  When I say traffic jam, I’m not talking about the cars on the road during the first few days of Sundance. I’m talking about how when you’re on the press list for the Sundance Film Festival, suddenly, you get 100 emails a day (literally), from not only the Sundance office itself reporting on the official business of press conferences and awards, but from an outpouring of public relations agents representing everything from the films, to the event sponsors, to the non-event sponsor guerilla gift lounges and other off-shoot events that attach themselves to the Festival, to the “official cookie of Slamdance ” to some guy who goes by “Healing Drummer.”   It’s always a shock when during the first week of January my...

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Selected Local Events

Sundance Film Festival

Sundance Film Festival

2015.01.22 to 2015.02.01

The Sundance Film Festival brings the most original storytellers together with the most adventurous audiences for its annual program of dramatic...

Slamdance Film Festival

Slamdance Film Festival

2015.01.23 to 2015.01.29

By filmmakers. For filmmakers. It all began when a group of cheerful, subversive filmmakers weren’t accepted into the Sundance Film...

Echoes of Hope Luc Robittaille Celebrity Shoot Out

Echoes of Hope Luc Robittaille Celebrity Shoot Out

2015.01.25

Echoes of Hope is committed to inspiring and empowering motivated foster youth through compassion, integrity, advocacy, and individual holistic...

FIBT Bobsled North America's Cup

FIBT Bobsled North America's Cup

2015.01.29 to 2015.02.01

The FIBT Bobsled North America's Cup circuit returns for the final two bobsled races of the season. The 2-man and women's bobsled races...

Kahtoola Bigfoot Snowshoe Festival 5K, 10K, 25K Marathon and 50K

Kahtoola Bigfoot Snowshoe Festival 5K, 10K, 25K Marathon and 50K

2015.01.31

Snowshoe distance for the entire family. From beginner to experienced marathon and ultra runners. Consists of loop on a groomed course on the golf...

Michael Franti Live at Park City Live

Michael Franti Live at Park City Live

2015.01.31

Musician, humanitarian, and children's book author, Michael Franti, is recognized as a pioneering force using music as a vehicle for positive...

FIBT Bobsled North American Cup

FIBT Bobsled North American Cup

2015.02.02 to 2015.02.08

The FIBT Bobsled North American Cup circuit returns to the Utah Olympic Park February 2nd - 8th. Watch athletes from all over the world race down...

The Expendables @ Park City Live

The Expendables @ Park City Live

2015.02.03 to 2015.02.04

The Expendables enjoyed a laid-back lifestyle growing up in Santa Cruz, California. They skated, surfed, partied and played music whenever...

Indigenous Live at O.P. Rockwell

Indigenous Live at O.P. Rockwell

2015.02.03

Indigenous wins 2 Native American Music Awards! Born and raised on the Yankton Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, Indigenous front man Mato...

Master Gardener Class

Master Gardener Class

2015.02.05

Class topics: soils, plant selection, fruit and vegetable gardening, weed control, plant care, plant pests, greenhouses--and much more.

FIS Aerial NorAM

FIS Aerial NorAM

2015.02.05 to 2015.02.07

The NorAm tour is conducted for the top U.S. and Canadian development skiers with additional positions for other foreign competitors. U.S. athletes...

Phantom of the Night: The Jaguars of Brazil

Phantom of the Night: The Jaguars of Brazil

2015.02.06

Join us to learn more about the big cats of the world in conjunction with our Mountain Lion! exhibit currently on display at the Swaner EcoCenter....

G. Love & Special Sauce

G. Love & Special Sauce

2015.02.06 to 2015.02.07

Garret Dutton, better known as G. Love and his comrades Jeffrey Clemens (Houseman) and Jim Prescott (Jimi Jazz) from Special Sauce, bring their...

Park City Pioneers Hockey Game

Park City Pioneers Hockey Game

2015.02.06 to 2015.02.07

Founded in 2009, the Park City Pioneers are based in Park City, Utah and are competing as members of USA hockey’s Sr. Elite division. The...

Vigor Winter Run

Vigor Winter Run

2015.02.07

Picture this: The sound of the snow crunching under your running shoes, as you breathe in the crisp mountain air. You and your closest friends are...

Momix

Momix "Dreamcatcher"

2015.02.07

A celebration of movement – unpredictable, magical and fun – the MOMIX brand of dance and theater is notoriously out of this world...

Valentine's Day Sweets Cooking Class

Valentine's Day Sweets Cooking Class

2015.02.08 to 2015.02.10

With award-winning pastry chef and cookbook author, Mary Cech.

MarchFourth Marching Band Live at O.P. Rockwell

MarchFourth Marching Band Live at O.P. Rockwell

2015.02.08

MarchFourth Marching Band (M4 to its fans) is a kaleidoscope of musical and visual energy that inspires dancing in an atmosphere of...

Lettuce @ Park City Live

Lettuce @ Park City Live

2015.02.11 to 2015.02.12

After celebrating their 20th anniversary as modern day rulers of old school funk, the Brooklyn-based juggemaut Lettuce is not...

Wolfgang Gartner @ Park City Live

Wolfgang Gartner @ Park City Live

2015.02.13 to 2015.02.14

American DJ & producer, Wolfgang Gartner is well known for his progressively more maximilist take on electro-house, and has gained respect...

Round Valley Roundup Nordic Ski Race

Round Valley Roundup Nordic Ski Race

2015.02.14

The Roundup is a 5K, 20K (Ski & Fat-Bike) and 40K community based event designed to encourage skiers of all levels. New This Year we have...

Marcia Ball and Elvin Bishop

Marcia Ball and Elvin Bishop

2015.02.14

It’s a double billing of blues… rich, Crescent City-seasoned blues. Ball and Bishop share the love and the stage with iconic voices...

Leftover Salmon

Leftover Salmon

2015.02.14 to 2015.02.15

Looking back over the past 25 years of rootsy, string-based music, the impact of Leftover Salmon is impossible to deny. Formed in Boulder...

Winter Classics Music Festival

Winter Classics Music Festival

2015.02.14 to 2015.02.16

Presented by Park City Music Festival, at various venues throughout the Park City area.

Chocolate Tempering, Truffles, and Bonbons Cooking Class

Chocolate Tempering, Truffles, and Bonbons Cooking Class

2015.02.14 to 2015.02.16

With award winning pastry chef and cookbook author, Mary Cech at the Park City Culinary Institute.

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