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ADVENTURING IN PARK CITY
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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Making The Wasatch One

03/21/14

Making The Wasatch One

“I was part of one of the first public discussions about connecting the Wasatch resorts with then Governor Bangerter in 1985,” said Mike Goar, General Manager at Canyons. “Of course, I was only six at the time.” Goar’s comments (joking and otherwise) were part of a gathering of seven Wasatch Mountains ski resort general managers and Ski Utah to roll out One Wasatch, a concept (that’s obviously not new) to create a seamless chairlift interconnection between Alta, Brighton, Canyons, Deer Valley Resort, Park City Mountain Resort (PCMR), Snowbird, and Solitude. An idea, stressed Ski Utah President Rafferty, that exists for now as just that. “Think of One Wasatch as the moment the cover comes off a concept car at an auto show,” said Nathan...

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Inbounders

03/02/14

Inbounders

    Standing atop the summit of one of Utah’s many beautiful resorts, you can see fields of uncut powder in every direction. The eye wanders from peak to peak and the imagination runs wild. In any expert skier or snowboarder, it is a powerful temptation to ride under the orange rope and cut some fresh turns in deep snow. All of us have been tempted to create a “war story” of our own on how we went backcountry and experienced the greatest powder of our lives. However, the reality of this is that while some live to tell the tale, there untold dangers beyond those thin ropes. Each year multiple people in Utah are either seriously injured or killed in backcountry avalanches. Utah remains one of the pioneers in avalanche control. Teams of...

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And Then There Were Three

01/22/14

And Then There Were Three

USSA names its US Olympic Women’s Ski Jumping Team   If you didn’t know the backstory, you’d think today would be the best day of Lindsey Van’s, Jessica Jerome’s and Sarah Hendrickson’s lives. This afternoon the three were named to the US Women’s Ski Jumping Olympic Team. They along with 27 other women ski jumpers from around the world will, thanks to their event’s long-overdue addition to the Winter Olympics program, get to compete next month in Sochi, Russia. But if you know anything about the all-Park City native Visa US Women’s Ski Jumping Team, you know that today is more than a little bittersweet. Absent from the Sochi roster were Alissa Johnson and Abby Hughes, women whom Van, Jerome and Hendrickson have...

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