March 22nd is World Water Day

World Water Day is an annual and global event that happens every year on March 22nd.  This is a day dedicated to focusing on overcoming the effects of our earth’s water crisis. Billions of people living on this planet today lack access to a safely managed drinking supply. In many cases, people are forced to spend countless hours trekking to distant sources and even still are regularly having to cope with the negative health impacts of consuming contaminated water. The earth’s global water demand, combined with diminishing water quality and availability, and the increasingly detrimental effects on our environment only heightens the need for greater awareness of this global issue.  The theme for this year’s World Water Day is “Nature for Water” and the campaign is called “the answer is in nature” with a focus on exploring nature-based solutions to this rising, global crisis.

World Water Day is a great time to think about all of the small but impactful steps that we as a world, a community, and as individuals can take to live more harmoniously with the natural world. In a ski town where the economy is majorly reliant upon the water cycle and maintaining a healthy supply, it’s the responsibility of the members of our community to invariably endeavor to find opportunities for enhancing conservation efforts.

In January 2017, Park City Lodging was honored to receive the coveted “Green Business of the Year Award”  and we are proud of our innovative water saving initiatives. Our main office is home to an organic rooftop garden; a large portion being dedicated to native plants which are naturally drought resistant, require less water and provide a sanctuary and food for bees and butterflies.  Looking forward, we are excited to install a rainwater harvesting system this summer to help sustain the water needs of our rooftop garden and we are exploring the potential bio-remediation effects of mushroom species on contaminated soils.

It is our intent to leave the smallest footprint possible, helping to lessen the burden on our changing world. From innovative approaches with water conservation, installing solar panels and planting a rooftop garden on the roof of our office building to giving away reusable grocery bags, we aim to do what is right for the generations to come.

“We strive to progress our earth stewardship toward more actionable and educational areas of sustainability by continually exploring methods that raise the bar and have the potential to inspire other business’ to follow suite.” -Rhonda Sideris

 

Thin Air Festival – Park City

Thin Air Innovation Festival returns to Park City, Utah April 5-7, 2018 with diverse speakers, meaningful and fun outdoor experiences and ski town-inspired celebrations. This cross-industry leadership forum and Spring-ski-season festival is designed to inspire ideas and spark new relationships amongst leaders who drive change and performance in their work.

“Thin Air helps individuals and organizations push their limits and discover pathways to break through to be the best in their industries or in their personal lives,” says Co-Chair Ben Rifkin.

The third annual summit taps into the talents of creative thinkers and determined doers for three days of high altitude experience, including keynote talks, break-out-sessions, outdoor adventures and parties to celebrate and explore how individuals, teams and organizations perform at the highest levels. This cross-industry mash-up brings together diverse perspectives and leaders from retail, tech, sports and recreation, entertainment, healthcare, finance and beyond to share experiences and launch new ideas.

Past speakers at Thin Air have included business luminaries such as Under Armour CEO and founder Kevin Plank, former CEO of Charles Schwab David Pottruck and more than 75 leaders from companies such as Red Bull, Intermountain Healthcare, Zions Bank, HBO, Airbnb, Bank of America, Salesforce, Modsy and Deloitte.

The 2018 program will cover a cross-section of topics that have wide applications across diverse industries to inspire creativity and innovation. Session highlights include an Opening Night keynote on the Future of Commerce and breakouts covering The Circle of Product / Brand / Distribution and Customer Relationships and The Place of Place, a comparison of retail channels with brick and mortar, social selling and traditional direct-to-consumer representatives.

One of the highlights of Thin Air 2018 will be a free-to-the-public Main Street concert and homecoming parade for the 100-plus, Utah-based athletes returning from the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, presented in partnership with Youth Sports Alliance.  Bill Malone, president and CEO of the Park City Chamber and founding organization of Thin Air notes, “Some of these 2018 Olympians watched the 2002 Games here in Park City while perched on their parents’ shoulders. We like to think Park City is a meaningful part of their successful Olympic journeys.”

The festival caters to both individuals and corporate groups of all shapes and sizes and this year, Snowsports Industries America (SIA), the trade group of winter sport manufacturers and retailers, will join Thin Air 2018 as a partner, offering think tanks, panels and entertainment throughout the festival. They will also offer a consumer demo for an on-snow sampling of 2019 gear.

“By partnering with Thin Air, we’re looking to expose our industry players to an array of new thinkers and discussions in hopes of inspiring greater innovation within our industry,” says SIA president Nick Sargent. “We also want to make this event inclusive as opposed to exclusive; to build a much larger gathering.”

More than a typical talk-fest, Thin Air gets attendees out of the conference room, onto the ski runs and into the mountains to put ideas into action. At Thin Air 2017, Hoby Darling, President of Logitech Sports and High Performance and former Nike executive, delivered a breakout session on how to maintain performance under pressure. The next day, Green Beret Brian Sudler ran a simulated high-pressure mission at Utah Olympic Park with participants from the prior day’s session. This notion of putting concepts into action threads through the event as participants connect on the slopes, at core content sessions and beyond.

“Thin Air came about as a way to connect visitors with local innovators and high-performers at a time of year that suits a ‘what’s next’ attitude,” says Thin Air executive director Richard Bezemer. “And Park City’s blue skies, sunshine, live music and spring skiing definitely help set that upbeat tone.” As the home of two world-class ski resorts, numerous high-growth technology and outdoor sport companies and a factory of winter Olympic athletes from all over the world, Park City offers a unique setting that inspires performance-minded people and organizations.

Thin Air takes place April 5, 6 and 7, 2018 in Park City, Utah.

Program and ticket information for the 2018 Thin Air Innovation Festival are available at www.thinairparkcity.com. Discounts are available for groups. Contact info@thinairparkcity.com for more information.

Let Park City Lodging, Inc. host your team during this event. We offer large, spacious homes, ideal for a corporate retreat, condominiums adjacent to the action on Main Street and locations at the mountain resort bases: www.parkcitylodging.com.

Sundance Film Festival- Egyptian Theater

7 Tips To “Sundance Like A Local”

Park City locals have coined their own term for enjoying the Sundance Film Festival, it’s a verb: “Sundancing.” As in “Where are you Sundancing this year?” We’ve put together a few suggestions for maximizing the Sundance experience, like locals do.

Enjoy the second week. Sure you may miss some star-gazing, but honestly, there are less crowds and the vibe is more casual during the second half of this event. And you’ll still find cast members and production crews that stick around to do the post-show audience Q&As. During the dates January 27 – 31, you’ll see some great movies and avoid the mad rush.

Waitlist for movies. Avoid the lines and register to waitlist for Sundance movies. Two hours before the scheduled screening for your selected film, check-in to receive your waitlist number. Then arrive 30 minutes before the movie starts to line up in numerical order. You can even adjust your account settings to “waitlist with a friend.” It’s just $15 cash for empty seats and there are typically a fair allotment of them, particularly during the second week.

Enjoy early morning shows (and afternoon slopes). Stop by a Sundance box office and try to score tickets for morning shows. The party crowd will still be in bed during the 8 AM viewings, so your chances are pretty good to score tickets for these lower demand showtimes. Then after lunch, take a few turns on the ski slopes while the rest of the Sundancers are just starting to migrate to their venues. The ski resorts are refreshingly less crowded during this event.

Participate without participating. There are so many other fun events taking place during Sundance that you can be part of the action without even seeing a movie. An evening stroll on Main Street is bound to reveal a “wanna-be star” or two. The people watching is phenomenal. There are lots of film panels, concerts, sponsor lounges and artistic installations, not to mention the offshoot events, like Slamdance Film Festival. Simply wander around Main Street and pop in to explore all the cool activities. Or, check out the daily Live@Sundance streaming events, from the comfort of your vacation rental.

Split lodging costs. Share a condo or private home with friends and your costs come down dramatically. Stay on the free town shuttle bus route so you don’t need a car and can avoid the parking fees. Dine in at your condo with goods purchased at the grocery stores, also on the free shuttle route. Park City Lodging, Inc. offers accommodations to suit every size group.

Pick up some hand and boot warmers. Fresh Market sells hand and boot warmers at the check-out stands. Pick up a supply of these before you queue up for your movie. Layers are also important. As well as water. There can be moderate winter temperatures during the day, but at night, be prepared for some cold temps. And be sure to stay hydrated at our higher, dryer elevation.

Take your food to go. Nosh in line to make the time pass quickly. Enjoy a tasty treat from these quick and delicious purveyors: if your viewing is in Prospector, check out El Chubasco for authentic Mexican food from their new take-out window; Java Cow & Ice Cream is handy for Main Street venues and they open before the first viewings in the morning. Kimball Junction show-goers can grab a quick panini at Cortona Italian Cafe.

Enjoy the fun of Sundance with these local’s tips. And to experience Park City like a local, stay in a vacation rental home from Park City Lodging, Inc.