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A Functional and Fashionable Sundance

01/22/16

A Functional and Fashionable Sundance

Take heed: The weather forecast calls for cold temps and snow during at least five of the Sundance Film Festival’s 10-day run, possibly breaking a multi-year streak of mostly sunny and relatively balmy weather during Utah’s annual celebration of independent film. But just because the climate may approach something akin to normal, there’s no need to compromise your style. Read on for fashion forward wintertime essentials, courtesy of a few of Park City’s finest retailers.       Our first must-have is one of these hand-made, wool felt fedoras. Crafted in Brooklyn, New York, these chic chapeaus are as warm as a beanie, but thanks to the jaunty brim, shield your face from both the sudden (or persistent) mountain snow flurry and our...

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Navigating Park City’s Big Show

01/20/16

Navigating Park City’s Big Show

Starting today, things will get pretty cozy here in Park City. More than 50,000 will join our berg’s 8,000 year-round residents to attend film screenings, stalk celebrities, and generally take part in the hubbub surrounding the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. And whether you’re visiting Park City for the first time or a veteran attendee, figuring out the lay of the land during these busy days takes a little effort. Following are a few of my tips and tricks for making the most of your festival experience, regardless of how you choose to spend it.   Getting Around If you live or are staying in Park City, walking and using the free city-wide bus system are, far and away, the best options for getting from point A to point B. Figure out the details with this handy map:...

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A Match Made

12/21/15

A Match Made

Though plenty of muckety-mucks, both from Park City and across the state, milled about the crowd, Friday’s grand opening of Park City Mountain Resort’s Quicksilver gondola felt less like the typical photo-op ribbon cutting and more like a party. Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz stepped up to the microphone to kick off the event and encapsulated what I think many in attendance were feeling. “This is an amazing example of everyone at both resorts and everyone in the community coming together to create this moment, to actually bring these two resorts together and create an incredible, true world class experience found nowhere else,” Katz said. Following Katz’s remarks and a few words from resort COO Bill Rock, the gondola was appropriately christened with a...

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Tracie and Chris Vlaun’s fun and innovative take on group fitness

08/25/15

Tracie and Chris Vlaun’s fun and innovative take on group fitness

Lunges, squats, mountain climbers, and jumps. Sounds like the components of your typical boot camp/circuit/beg-for-mercy group class, right? Well, yes and no. Combined with yoga poses, rocking music, and a stunning outdoor setting and you have Aeroga®, an exercise hybrid providing a group workout that’s a far cry from your typical fitness class. Last weekend I had the opportunity to take an Aeroga class at the St. Regis Deer Valley led by Tracie Wright-Vlaun, Aeroga creator, and her husband Chris Vlaun, partners in life and in the Miami-based V Art of Wellness. The invitation was for a wellness retreat and, along those lines; I pictured lots of breathing exercises, downward facing dogs, and maybe even an Om or two. I practice yoga regularly, but usually only after...

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24 Hours of Park City

06/26/15

24 Hours of Park City

Though Park City’s main claim to fame—snow—takes a brief hiatus in June, July, and August, calling summer the “off-season” simply no longer applies. You could spend a week up here and still not make a dent in all the things to do, eat, and see. But since weeklong vacations are rare, following is an idyllic 24 hours in Utah’s most famous mountain town; an itinerary that, while nowhere near comprehensive, hits many of the highlights, both well known and more obscure. 4 p.m. Check in to the Washington School House Hotel (washingtonschoolhouse.com) Built in 1889 as working school to service families flocking to Park City during the 19th century’s silver mining boom, this historic building has been meticulously restored and luxuriously appointed...

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Freestyle’s Big Show

01/08/15

Freestyle’s Big Show

“As long as I get to stay at the Silver Baron Lodge and ski Champion [ski run] I may never retire,” joked Hannah Kearney at the opening press conference for the Deer Valley Resort’s annual FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup. Kearney—a Vermont native, two-time Olympic medalist, and the most decorated freestyle skiing World Cup athlete of all time—announced in November that the 2014-15 season would be her last. But like may of the mogul and aerials athletes gathered in Park City from around the globe for this weekend’s World Cup, Kearney maintains that the only event that tops Deer Valley’s signature after-dark event is the Olympics. “There is no larger spectator contingent for our sport anywhere in the world,” Kearney said. It’s an...

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Canyons on the Green

10/07/14

Canyons on the Green

Canyons new links live up (and then some) to the moniker “mountain play”

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It's Rocket Science

10/01/14

It's Rocket Science

The Waldorf Astoria “Driving Experience” program rolled off the lot yesterday and I was invited to be among the first group.  So, essentially, I got to drive a McLaren MP4-12C, a Porsche 911Turbo, and a Ferrari 458 Italia (Spider).  Over the course of two hours, me and two other lucky kids (well, we felt like kids) took turns driving the three vehicles through a course of country highways, eventually winding up into the Uintah Mountains and back.   And what an experience it was!  Personally, I have always bought sensible vehicles.  I currently own a Prius, which I drive most of the time for its fuel efficiency and environmental impact, and a Subaru which I drive when the weather is bad or I am going camping.  I have only driven one legitimate...

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Autumn Is For Skiing (Movies)

09/24/14

Autumn Is For Skiing (Movies)

Every fall, the weather pattern invariably predicts a storm of winter sport films to move through Utah.  This year is shaping up to include a record number of such events, and the forecast is for localized surges of fun and incredulity that are expected to pop up throughout the season. Preparation is key and skiers and snowboarders are urged to get their tickets in advance, break out their cold weather gear, and get excited about winter. Last week I saw one of the first films to arrive - TGR’s “Almost Ablaze” - which played outdoors at the Red Butte Garden amphitheater.  This was the most enjoyable ski movie event I have ever been to!  The weather was perfect, the a/v was top notch and the movie was really, really, I mean it was really good.  One...

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The Good Life at a Good Price

06/11/14

The Good Life at a Good Price

Though some may still refer to summer as Park City’s “off season,” after just one glance at June, July, and August’s jam-packed events calendars you’ll see that much like hard-tail mountain bikes and tanning oil, labeling the warm weather months the off-season is, at a minimum, obsolete.                That said, to destination visitors a Wasatch Mountains’ summer still isn’t quite as popular as winter. To fill the gap, area luxury lodging properties like the Waldorf Astoria, Stein Eriksen Lodge, and the Montage Deer Valley offer rates as low as half (and sometimes lower) of what they charge when it’s snowing. Many also sweeten the pot by throwing in event tickets, gear rentals, dining...

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