New Year’s Eve in Park City

There’s always a party in Park City, and New Year’s Eve is no exception. With great skiing, outstanding restaurants and fun activities, Park City is the perfect place to ring in the New Year. Here are our five tips on how to have the perfect Park City New Year’s Eve.

  1. Breakfast at The Eating Establishment Nothing starts off your day better than a visit to the Eating Establishment, Park City’s oldest full service restaurant in town. Opened back in 1972 when Park City was just a budding tourist destination, the eatery has established itself as a local institution. While getting toasty by the fire dive into the famous hungry miner, a hearty amount of seasoned potatoes, cheddar cheese, ham, green peppers, sautéed onions, and mushrooms topped with basted eggs and wheat toast. With large portions and small prices the eating establishment is an easy choice. Centrally located near the top of Main Street, it’s easy to move on with the rest of your day.
  1. Spend the Day Skiing or Riding With only a handful of hours left in 2015 to ski or ride, make sure you use your time wisely. Locate your favorite runs at either Deer Valley Resort or Park City and stake your claim on your share of powder. If you are up for a challenge and have a pass to Park City Mountain try to ski edge to edge of the new resort. Start from Town Lift, ride the new Quicksilver Gondola, and finish at Super Condor.
  1. Fireworks at Canyons Village The New Year’s Eve Celebration at Canyons Village is fun for the entire family! Family-friendly activities include live entertainment, sleigh rides, music and one of the best firework displays in all of Utah. Activities start at 3:00 pm and fireworks at 8:00 pm leaving you more than enough time to boogie over to Main Street for world class dining.
  1. Dine on Main StreetNo Park City New Year’s Eve is complete without dinner on Main Street. With over 100 restaurants and bars lining the bustling street it’s easy to see why Park City is climbing the ranks as a foodie destination. For a festive night out we recommend Zoom, High West Distillery, River Horse, Tupelo, Café Terigo, or Grappa. Many restaurants include preset menus with wine pairings. Make sure to call ahead and make a reservation. If you are a Park City Lodging, Inc. guest and need help making a reservation, call our concierge staff today at 866-966-5713.
  1. Find a Party on Main Street- Like most years Main Street is the center of the action for New Year’s Eve. Bounce from bar to bar and experience Park City’s nightlife. A handful of bars and clubs sell tickets in advance that include New Years favors, champagne toast and light hors d’oeuvres. Contact our concierge staff for more information and find the perfect place to spend your Park City New Year’s Eve. Call 866-966-5713.

As you plan your Park City New Year’s Eve, visit ParkCityLodging.com to find the perfect place to stay. We have options available at both resorts and in the Main Street area. We look forward to having you join us for a fun Park City New Year’s Eve celebration!

Park City Holiday Traditions

Every family has their own traditions when it comes to the holidays. For many Park City locals traditions usually revolve around skiing, dining, and annual events. Below are some of our favorite family holiday traditions.

Tradition #1: Ski Opening Day- It’s not the ski conditions that matter. It’s the fact that winter is here and you’re back on the snow. Round up your posse and ski a couple runs and kick back and enjoy live music at Park City’s Legacy Lodge or grab a quick drink and fries at the Pig Pen or Corner Store. If you’re dedicated enough try and get the first chair.

November 21, 2015

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Tradition #2: Ski On Thanksgiving- Forget the Turkey Bowl and go skiing. Take a few runs and work up an appetite for the Annual Thanksgiving Harvest Buffet at Canyons Grand Summit Hotel in the Kokopelli Ballroom. Stuff your belly with Molasses Brined Roast Turkey, High-West Whisky and Maple Glazed Ham, and Herb and Garlic “Emberred” Prime Rib. Try to keep your jaw off the table and give thanks for the opportunity to share a great experience with family and friends.

November 26, 2015

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Tradition #3: Attend the Park City Electric Light Parade- Now that Thanksgiving is over, the turkey has been roasted and left overs devoured, the holiday season has begun. The Electric Light Parade signals the start of winter and is a great excuse to decorate your car and have a fun night out on the town. Park City comes alive and offers a great excuse to dine on Main Street. For a great view and a comfortable atmosphere try to get a table near the street level windows at Shabu, Bandits Bar & Grill, or Flanagans.

November 28, 2015

Time: 6:00 pm – dusk

Tradition #4: Santa Rides the Town Lift– It’s always a good time when Santa comes to town. In Park City, he enters with style. Join the locals as we greet Santa Claus before Christmas and eat warm cookies and milk. Take a photo with Santa and let him know how good you’ve been this year. The event takes place on Saturday, December 19th on the Town Lift Plaza. Beginning at 5 pm there will be plenty of cookies, hot chocolate and holiday cheer to pass around.

December 19, 2015

Time: 5:00 pm – dusk

Tradition #5: The 53rd Annual Torchlight Parade & Christmas Eve Celebration– One of Park City’s oldest and most treasured traditions is the Annual Torchlight Parade at Park City Mountain. This year the tradition is turning 53. Bring your family and friends together for a night of music, dancing, cookies, hot cocoa and holiday cheer at the Park City Base Area. Watch hundreds of skiers and snowboarders serpentine down Home Run as they create a beautiful torchlight performance.

December 24, 2015

Time: 5:30 pm – dusk

Tradition #6: Deer Valley’s annual Torchlight Parade– Each year Deer Valley Resort puts on an amazing torchlight parade on Big Stick ski run on Bald Eagle Mountain, behind the Snow Park Lodge. Traditionally Deer Valley’s famous hot cider and cookies are served at the Snow Park Plaza during the event. Bundle up your family and join us for one of our favorite family traditions of the year.

December 30, 2015

Time: 5:45 – dusk

Tradition #7: New Year’s Eve Celebration– With one of the best firework shows in all of Utah, the New Year’s Eve Celebration at Canyons Village is a must. Bundle up your family and enjoy family friendly activities like music, dancing, sleigh rides, and a huge firework display. Bring in the New Year with your loved ones and reflect on a great year and holiday season.

December 31, 2015

Time 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

What are some of your family traditions? From our family to yours, have a great holiday season. The holiday season offers a great opportunity to experience over 9,300 skiable acres of “The Greatest Snow on Earth®”.  As you begin planning your winter getaway to Park City, check out www.ParkCityLodging.com for the best selection of vacation rentals near Park City Mountain’s base area and Canyons Village, Deer Valley® Resort, and historic Main Street.

Ski Park City MLK weekend!

We’ll let you in on one of Park City’s local secrets… One of the best times to ski in Park City is during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend,  January 15-18, 2016. Park City is welcoming skiers and riders during a weekend that didn’t used to be available to the general public.

Historically, Sundance Film Festival used to straddle this weekend, but visitors no longer have to worry about sold out accommodations and traffic gridlock. In 2013, Park City Municipal Corp. and Sundance agreed to shift the event dates to avoid this schedule conflict during a weekend that many families wish to get away on ski holidays.  For the foreseeable future, the Sundance Film Festival has moved its event dates to later in the month (January 21 – 31, 2016).

The MLK holiday weekend offers a great opportunity to experience over 9,300 skiable acres of “the greatest snow on earth©”.  As you begin planning your winter getaway to Park City, check out www.ParkCityLodging.com for the best selection of vacation rentals near Park City Mountain’s base area and Canyons Village, Deer Valley® Resort, and historic Main Street.

Top Five Ways to Prep for Ski Season

Soon Park City will be covered in snow, ski lifts will be turning, and visitors will have high hopes of shredding deep pow. But how do you best prepare for ski season?

For me, ski season preparation rarely has anything to do with exercise; rather it’s more mental and emotional. I hate going to the gym and I know for a fact that nothing can get your legs ready for ski season except skiing. No matter how hard you cross fit or suspension train, your legs will still burn after your first turns of the season. If you do exercise make sure it’s fun and you actually enjoy it. Ride a bike, walk your dog, or go hiking.

All that aside, there are some things I do to prepare for ski season. Here are my top five ways to prep for the ski season:

  • Attend ski premieres– Go to every ski film that comes through your town. Get your friends together and imagine yourself on the big screen. Luckily for Park City ski premiers roll through town all season long. We’ll add more dates as they are confirmed. View a schedule of ski premiers here.
  • Read Powder Magazine & Ski Utah Magazine– There’s something magical about the first issue of Powder for the new season. It’s captivating. And Ski Utah’s annual guide is a “must read” for anyone planning a trip to Utah (www.skiutah.com). If you can spend less than 3 days reading, dreaming and imagining yourself heli-skiing I applaud you.
  • Pay homage to Ullr– If you’re lucky enough to live in a ski town you understand just how important Ullr Fest is and the consequences if you don’t. Named for the Norse god of snow, Ullr Fest is a celebration of snow and to bless the upcoming ski season. Ullr Fest can range from a personal celebration to a huge town wide event. Another cool event is The BAMBOOZLE, a night dedicated to promoting local artwork constructed out of upcycled ski scraps. RAMP honors Ullr with an annual Yeti rail jam. Sponsored athletes ski and ride down the arm of a 30 foot yeti sculpture and slide a 15 foot rail. Food, libations, and live music are provided all night long. If you missed these October events, pencil them in to attend next year. Or better, yet, find your own fun and funky community celebrations to get yourself in the mood. For more information check out RAMP’s event page here.
  • Ski Swap– It’s more than just the gear. It’s the comradery amongst skiers and snowboarders. It’s a space to share stories and general stoke for the upcoming season. There’s a buzz in the air that makes your heart beat a little faster and hair stand a little straighter. The annual Park City Ski Swap happens each November at the Basin Recreation Fieldhouse. Known as one of the largest and oldest ski swaps in the USA it’s an event locals don’t want to miss. Most large cities have ski sales and events to gear up for the season. For more information on Park City’s Ski Swap click here.
  • Prep your gear– It’s a good idea to shake out your jacket and remove your googles and gloves from your ski box to make sure nothing is lost or torn. Take your skis into the shop or better yet hot wax your skis at home. Hopefully P-Tex isn’t necessary but after last season no one would blame you for filling at least one core shot.

Relax. Skip the gym, and enjoy the fall. Spend your days outside or in, biking or reading books, relaxing or having fun. As you begin planning your winter vacation to Park City remember to check out www.ParkCityLodging.com for the best selection of vacation rentals near Deer Valley® Resort and Park City base areas.

Park City Autumn Aloft

Park City’s Autumn Aloft

Come enjoy “Autumn Aloft”, a colorful and whimsical launch festival of hot air balloons, amid a canvas of fall trees dotting Park City’s mountainsides. You’ll have the opportunity to get close to the balloons, so plan on snapping some amazing photos or chatting with the pilots about this unique activity. Local resident Gene Moser, along with a group of hot air balloon pilots, first conceived of this event 30 years ago, and Saturday’s launch will be dedicated to his memory. The event takes place September 18 – 20 at multiple launch locations. Fill in the weekend between launch events with our favorite fall activities. Here’s a sample itinerary to make the most of this upcoming autumn weekend:

Friday, Sept 18:

8:00 pm – Newpark Glow at Newpark Town Center – A Baloon Glow will light up the outdoor amphitheater to kick off Autumn Aloft

8:00 pm – Check out “Famous & Infamous” at the Egyptian Theatre (link: http://www.egyptiantheatrecompany.org/)

 

Saturday, Sept 19:

8:00 am – Autumn Aloft launch at North 40  Fields at Park City High School, 1750 Kearns Blvd.

10:00 am – Hike or bike one of our amazing trails, featuring a colorful fall palette of foliage (link www.mountaintrails.org)

1:00 pm – Climb a wetland-themed climbing wall at Swaner EcoCenter, 1258 Center Drive

8:00 pm – Candlestick on Main at historic Main Street between 4th and 5th streets

 

Sunday, Sept 20:

8:00 am – Autumn Aloft launch at North 40 Fields at Park City High School, 1750 Kearns Blvd.

10:00 am – Head to the Park Silly Sunday Market on Main Street for their season finale!

11:00 am – Tour de Suds bike race participants will stream onto Main Street, dressed in costume, and will congregate at Town Lift Plaza

 

If you plan on staying for the weekend, book your vacation rental at www.ParkCityLodging.com or speak with our destination specialists at 435-649-6175. (don’t we have blog navis number?) For more details on these events and locations, check out our Events Calendar (link http://www.parkcitylodging.com/experience-park-city/events-calendar/)