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Make Sure to Stop By the Kimball Art Center

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Kimball Art CenterA hub for art and culture in Park City since 1976, the Kimball Art Center provides visitors with a wide array of exhibits, as well as classes and events. During your trip to Park City, pay a visit to the Kimball Art Center and enjoy their free admission, seven days a week.

Kimball Art Center Exhibits

The exhibits at the Kimball Art Center change frequently, and have recently ranged from paintings of the Wasatch Mountains to an exhibition of street graffiti art.

Currently, the Kimball Art Center is featuring three exhibitions of pieces by women artists as part of “100% Women.” Below is a brief summary of each exhibition.

  • Out of Sight / In the Mind: Artists Bonnie Sucec and Susan Beck do collaborative paintings and drawings. One describes her work to the other over the phone and then the two each do their own version of the painting.
  • Susan Cofer: Drawings from 1977-2006: Susan Cofer draws layer after layer of vertical lines on paper that eventually build up to create abstract patterns.
  • Lost in Translation: Artist Sandra Doore explores “texting” and how the sending of messages affects the sense of self.

Visiting the Kimball Art Center

The Kimball Art Center is located in downtown Park City at 638 Park Ave. Admission is free to the public.

Monday – Thursday, 10:00am – 5:00pm
Friday, 10:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday, 12:00pm – 7:00pm
Sunday, 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Park City Kimball Arts Festival

Every summer the Park City Kimball Arts Festival takes over downtown Main Street for a weekend of art, music, food and fun.

More than 200 artists from all over North America set up booths displaying their works, competing for awards in 12 different artistic categories. The festival also features live music all weekend and showcases dozens of Park City’s best restaurants.

The 2015 Park City Kimball Arts Festival will take place from July 31-August 2. Make plans to visit and enjoy this cultural gem!

As you prepare your visit to Park City, make sure to include the Kimball Art Center in your plans. Park City Lodging is pleased to offer a number of properties within walking distance of the Kimball Art Center, as well as options at all three resorts. Let us help you find a convenient place to stay!

High West Distillery Tours – Delight Your Taste Buds!

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High West Distillery ToursUtah might be an unexpected place to find one of the best craft distilleries in the country, but High West Distillery, located in the heart of downtown Park City, has made its mark nationwide with its exceptional array of high-quality spirits. During your stay,

enjoy this throwback to Old West times by taking one of the High West Distillery tours and then grabbing a delicious meal at their on-site saloon and restaurant.

High West History

Utah was home to an abundance of distilleries in the 1800s, many of them owned by Mormons including Brigham Young, but by 1870, all of them had closed their doors, leaving the Beehive State without a legal distillery for over a century.

That all changed in 2007 when distiller David Perkins opened High West in Park City, with the goal of creating the perfect Rocky Mountain whiskey. Hundreds of people visit its location in the historic Beggs House and National Garage on Park Avenue every year to take the High West Distillery tours and get a taste of Park City’s signature spirits.

High West Distillery Tours

Go behind the scenes at Utah’s only legal distillery with one of the High West Distillery tours. The tours, which are offered at 12:00, 1:15 and 2:30 daily, give visitors a chance to see how High West’s small batch spirits are made, including a look at their 250 gallon copper still and a sample of some of their offerings.

Space on the High West Distillery tours is extremely limited, and reservations are highly recommended. For availability, call 435-649-8300.

High West Spirits

High West offers more than a dozen of its famous whiskeys, each one with a slightly different flavor. Ranging from their Rendezvous Rye blend to their Campfire Whiskey – possibly the world’s only blend of Scotch, bourbon and rye whiskeys – there is something to fit every palate. For those with a preference for lighter spirits, High West also offers its 7000’ Vodka, named for the exact elevation of the bar in their saloon.

High West Saloon and Restaurant

There’s more than just spirits at High West Distillery as the attached saloon and restaurant provide a tasty Western inspired gastropub experience. Try their cottage pie, made with bison, or their three bean and bourbon chili. You waiter will be happy to suggest a perfect whiskey pairing for your meal.

As you prepare for your trip to Park City and make plans to go on one of the High West Distillery tours, use Park City Lodging to find a convenient place to stay. We offer properties in downtown Park City, within walking distance of the High West Distillery tours, as well as at all three resorts. Let us help you plan a great vacation!

Meet the Park City Avalanche Rescue Dogs

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Avalanche Rescue DogsThose dogs you see on chairlifts and at ski patrol huts around Park City aren’t just cute – they could save your life one day. All three Park City resorts have dedicated and expertly trained avalanche rescue dogs that are ready to jump into action if needed. When you see one, say hi, and know that your safety is in good hands – err, paws – under their care.

Avalanche Rescue Dogs Training

Avalanche rescue dogs begin their training as puppies with most starting the process at only seven to 10 weeks of age! During training, which takes two years, avalanche rescue dogs are trained on a wide variety of things, including recognizing human scents and learning to ride on ski lifts, snowmobiles and helicopters.

When fully trained, avalanche rescue dogs can detect a human scent through layers of snow and alert their handlers. An avalanche rescue dog can search an area up to eight times as fast as a human rescuer.

Before getting their final certification, avalanche rescue dogs have to pass a test that involves locating two buried volunteers in an area the size of a football field in less than 30 minutes. After passing, they are cleared to go to work, but still undergo ongoing training throughout their working career, which usually lasts eight to 10 years.

Avalanche Rescue Dogs in Park City

Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley and Canyons each have their own team of avalanche rescue dogs that keep watch over their slopes. PCMR currently has five dogs, Canyons has seven dogs and Deer Valley has three dogs. When not hard at work, avalanche rescue dogs are usually happy to meet guests – stop by a ski patrol station for more information about meeting the dogs.

If you’re not in Park City yet, check out PCMR’s Avalanche Rescue Dogs Facebook page for great photos!

Wasatch Backcountry Rescue

Wasatch Backcountry Rescue is a non-profit organization that is the initial responder to many winter accidents in the Wasatch Range backcountry. Avalanche rescue dogs and handlers from all three Park City resorts, as well as the other resorts in the Cottonwoods and around the area participate in the program to provide a professional rescue response. WBR also works to raise public awareness of the dangers of the backcountry and how to enjoy it safely.

As you plan your trip to Park City to meet our avalanche rescue dogs, use Park City Lodging to find a convenient place to stay. We offer properties at all three resorts and on downtown Main Street. Let us help you put together a great vacation!

Photo credit: Kameraschwein

7 Reasons to Take a Park City Vacation

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Park City VacationWith three world-class resorts, awe-inspiring landscape and a bustling town center, Park City has all of the elements of a perfect getaway spot. Every year millions of visitors come to Utah to enjoy our mountain utopia; why not join them? Here are seven reasons why you should take a Park City vacation this year.

 1. Ski and Ride The Greatest Snow on Earth

It’s no mistake that Utah’s license plates proudly proclaim the state as home to the “Greatest Snow on Earth”. Park City receives an average of more than 350 inches of the heavenly powder every year at its three award-winning resorts Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley and Canyons. With almost 10,000 skiable acres between the three of them, you will always be able to find some great snow during your Park City vacation.

2. Get There Easily

Wake up in your own bed, hop on a plane and be on the slopes by noon! Park City is located only 30 miles of interstate highway away from the Salt Lake City airport, making it one of the most accessible winter resort towns in the world. With more than 600 flights per day to 80 non-stop destinations, it’s never been easier to take a Park City vacation!

3. Stroll Charming Downtown Main Street

Once the center of a 19th-century mining town, Park City’s historic Main Street has become a tourist destination with shops, galleries, restaurants and more occupying the restored buildings. The perfect spot for some window shopping or a romantic stroll, Main Street is a must-see during your Park City vacation.

4. Relive the 2002 Winter Olympics

In 2002, the world descended on Utah for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, with Park City hosting medal events in alpine skiing, freestyle skiing, bobsled, luge, skeleton and ski jumping. Today you can ski and snowboard on the same runs that the Olympians did at Deer Valley and PCMR or visit nearby Utah Olympic Park to explore the 2002 Olympic Winter Games Museum or take a ride down the bobsled track. In addition, you can often see current or up-and-coming Olympians training year-round in Park City.

5. Delight Your Taste Buds

With more than 100 restaurants, Park City offers something to fit every taste. From a wide variety of fine dining spots to local microbreweries and even a distillery, you’ll always be able to find a good meal. Check out our restaurant picks and make plans to let your taste buds run wild during your Park City vacation.

6. Enjoy World Class Hiking and Biking

There is still plenty to do in Park City when the snow melts, led by the more than 400 miles of trails and 8,000 acres of preserved open space. Mountain bikers and hikers flock to Park City every summer to enjoy the same mountains occupied by skiers and snowboarders in the winter. You don’t need to be a world class athlete to explore the mountains – all three resorts run chair lifts in the summer that offer easy access to the top of the peaks.

7. Soak Up the History

Built in the mid-19th-century, the discovery of silver and gold in the mountains surrounding Park City sparked a mining boom that turned the town into a destination for those hoping to strike it rich. While the ore has dried up, its legacy lives on with a number of remnants from the mining era still remaining in Park City. While skiing or snowboarding at Park City Mountain Resort, you’ll be able to explore old mining structures and equipment that still dot the landscape. Away from the slopes, the Park City Museum on Main Street has exhibits that will take you through the mining times to the formation of Park City’s famous ski slopes. Mix some culture into you Park City vacation by exploring its history.

As you plan your Park City vacation, use Park City Lodging to find a place to stay that fits your needs. We have properties at all three resorts as well as on Main Street. Let us help you put together a perfect trip!

Canyons Spring Gruv and PCMR Snoasis are Must Sees

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Canyons Spring GruvThe arrival of spring in Park City brings warmer temperatures, beautiful bluebird days at our three award-winning resorts, and the fun – and sometimes quirky – festivals of Spring Gruv at Canyons and Snoasis at Park City Mountain.

These week-long celebrations, which this year will take place back-to-back, offer vacationers and locals alike the opportunity to enjoy free activities, concerts and more in addition to the world class skiing and riding offered throughout the season.

If you’re looking to head out West this spring, make sure to sync up your trip with Spring Gruv or Snoasis and enjoy all that these must see events have to offer.

Canyons Spring Gruv (March 20-29, 2015)

Running from March 20-29, Canyons Spring Gruv mixes live music and family fun with the infamous Pond Skimming contest that sees creatively costumed “daredevils” put on a show for the assembled crowd.

In the pond skimming event, skiers and snowboarders launch themselves off of a jump into a 100-foot long pond, attempting to “skim” all the way across to the other side, usually unsuccessfully. For a preview of what to expect with these endless splashes and crashes, check out highlights from last year’s event below.

For those more interested in music, there are a number of free concerts at the Canyons base area during Canyons Spring Gruv. This year will see self-anointed “acoustic dance music” performer Keller Williams playing on March 20, Nahko and Medicine for the People playing on March 21 and Colorado funk band The Motet putting on a show on March 27. There’s no better way to unwind after a day on the slopes than with some slopeside live music.

Click here to see a full schedule of Spring Gruv events

PMCR Snoasis (March 28-April 5, 2015)

The party doesn’t stop at the end of Canyons Spring Gruv as PCMR follows it up with their own version of a spring festival – Snoasis.

During Snoasis, PCMR will host two free après ski concerts on the PayDay Deck with rock and soul band Son of Ian playing on March 28 and folksy local cover group Motherlode Canyon Band performing on April 4.

The full schedule for Snoasis 2015 is now out with events including a scavenger hunt, carnival, movie night, and more. Make plans to enjoy this mountain party only a few blocks from Park City’s historic Main Street.

As you plan your spring trip to Park City, use Park City Lodging to find a place to stay that fits your needs. We have properties at all three resorts and on Main Street, putting you in the perfect location to enjoy Canyons Spring Gruv and PCMR’s Snoasis. Let us help you plan a great vacation!

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