Remember and honor our country’s leaders, and have fun doing it with these seven ideas
This Presidents Day in Park City you can have M.A.G.A in your life – More Alpine Games and Activities. Remember and honor our country’s leaders, and have fun doing it with these seven ideas:
President Dwight David Eisenhower – “Ike” – served as the 34th president from 1953 to 1961. He was a five-star general and enjoyed skeet shooting, so much so that he installed a skeet shooting range at Camp David to practice his marksmanship. While we don’t know if he ever tried the sport of biathlon himself, we’re pretty certain he would enjoy the 2019 BMW Biathlon World Cup at Soldier Hollow Nordic Center, and so would you. Held February 14 – 17, this exciting international event features over 180 athletes from 28 nations. Arguably the most popular winter sport in Europe, biathlon combines cross country skiing and shooting skills. Spectator crowds are typically animated, sometimes costumed, sometimes raucous. Soldier Hollow, the 2002 Olympic Winter Games Nordic venue, is rising to the occasion, hosting the Legacy Winter Fest – Free admission (and hot chocolate!) to enjoy activities such as tubing, live ice sculpting, a mechanical bull and a petting zoo, food trucks, beer garden, vendor and sponsor village and live music. Come on out and party like Ike!
Gerald R. Ford is the only person to have served as both vice president and president without being elected to either office. Known for his athleticism, having been a standout center, linebacker and long snapper for the University of Michigan, he was also an avid skier, spending a lot of time with his family in Vail, Colorado. We know he really would have appreciated the Ski Utah Interconnect Tour. Designed for expert to advanced skiers, the tour “is not designed for the timid”. Two professional guides go with every tour and groups are limited to 12 or fewer people, so you can be confident and safe as you experience Deer Valley, Park City Mountain Resort, Solitude, Brighton, Alta, Snowbird and the backcountry terrain between these resorts. This tour covers an average of 25 miles, requires good physical condition and the ability to ski variable conditions.
Presidents have to eat, and everyone has their favorite foods. Park City offers a wide variety of options where you can “eat like a president”. While we can’t point you in the direction of restaurants serving Martin Van Buren’s favorite boar’s head, or James Garfield’s beloved squirrel soup, William McKinley just might be able to find his special hot lobster salad at Deer Valley’s Seafood Buffet. William Howard Taft reportedly favored steak, and more steak – he’d be a happy camper at Grub Steak. Bill Clinton and Harry Truman could split and share variations of their fave chicken enchiladas and fried chicken at Chimayo. George W. Bush also had a fondness for Mexican food, specifically huevos rancheros – if that sounds good to you, too, head on over to Squatters. Known for “carousing”, our seventh president, Andrew Jackson a.k.a. Old Hickory, would enjoy the spirits and the food at High West Distillery. Somebody get that man a drink!
Some presidents are very artistic – drawing, writing poetry, painting. President Jimmy Carter, a painter, established the Carter Center at Emory University, which regularly hosts auctions to benefit the foundation advancing human rights. One of Mr. Carter’s paintings brought in $250,000. We’re certain he would enjoy the film Leaning into the Wind – Andy Goldsworthy showing at Park City Film Series. Creating community through film, Park City Film Series is “art house cinema”, screening thought-provoking and engaging films that you might not find at your local Cineplex. Leaning into the Wind profiles artist Andy Goldsworthy’s distinctive life and medium.
Theodore Roosevelt was well known for his appreciation for animals, and his vast collection of pets including lizards, ponies, dogs, rabbits, an owl and a one-legged rooster. Surely he’d be fascinated with the Nature’s Ninjas exhibit at Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter. The exhibit includes live animal shows with some of nature’s most misunderstood animals including geckos, porcupines and others known for their wild defensive adaptations. The exhibit runs from February 1 – April 28, 2019.
Speaking of animals, it’s a well-known fact that Ronald Reagan really loved horses and enjoyed spending time on his ranch in California. Those who knew him well disclosed that he always rode English until he (or his campaign manager…) decided that his image needed to be more “rugged cowboy”, so he switched to western. Regardless, his famous quote, “I’ve often said there’s nothing better for the inside of a man than the outside of a horse” leads us to believe he’d really love Park City Horse Experience. Park City Horse Experience guides you through partnering with a horse to explore self-awareness and gain new perspectives on life.
Presidents don’t really shop, since they have other people to do their shopping for them. Did you know the White House operates like a luxury hotel in this regard? They get the bills sent to them at the end of each month for their food and incidental expenses, like clothing. But if they did shop like the rest of us, chances are they’d really love Tanger Outlets at Park City. While winter isn’t nearly over, the shops at Tanger Outlets will be clearing the racks for spring and summer merchandise, so you can take advantage of fantastic sales.
Make the Most of Your Sundance Experience
It’s that time of year again – Sundance season! Falling later in January than usual – January 24 – Feb 3, 2019 – it’s time to choreograph your Sun-“dance”. We’ve put together a few steps for making the most of the Sundance experience, like locals do.
Tickets – Passes, Packages, Individual Tickets… The schedules and descriptions of the films and events have been announced and passes and packages are on sale now. While many packages are sold out, flexible Passes are still available. Advance purchase individual tickets go on sale to members (become a member by January 13) on January 15; to Locals (Utah I.D. required) on January 17; and to the Public on January 22. Go online to see what’s showing where and when and make your plan.
…and the eWaitlist The new, mobile-enabled check-in system for the eWaitlist system helps to make sure that every seat in the theater is filled, and that festivalgoers have the chance to get into previously sold-out films. With your internet-capable device and an internet connection you can reserve a spot on the waitlist line, without having to wait outside in the cold! The system also makes it possible for you the view and manage your check-in and see the likelihood of getting in to the screening. Since nearly 15% of each audience is waitlist tickets, it’s worth a shot! You can even link to your friend’s account, so you can waitlist and see the film together. Go to ewaitlist.sundance.org to get started.
Enjoy the second week. The first weekend of the festival is always frantic. Town is packed with premiers, celebrities, parties, crowded streets, sidewalks, restaurants and bars. It’s fun for sure, but so is the second half of the Festival. Yes, you may miss some star-gazing, but honestly, the crowds are smaller and the vibe is more casual and events are more accessible during the second half. You’ll still find cast members and production crews that stick around to do the post-show audience Q&As. During the dates January 29 – February 3, you’ll see the films everyone is buzzing about, and avoid the crazy crush.
Enjoy early morning shows (and afternoon slopes). Stop by a Sundance box office and try to get 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 show times. 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, and ski conditions are typically perfect.
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. A stroll on Main Street is bound to reveal a “star” or two – be on the lookout for reporters with cameras and microphones to see who they’re interviewing! The people watching is phenomenal. Many of the pop-up activations are open to the public, as well, with samples of their products, interactive activities (think VR shorts) and comfy places to warm up or charge your phone. 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.
Tips for Sundance on a Budget – There are lots of ways to save money, and also increase the fun, such as:
And some practical advice – BOOTS! Seriously, your life will be so much better if you have warm, dry feet, and you stay on them. Make sure you have well-fitting, waterproof boots with good tread, for navigating the snowy/slushy/muddy streets in comfort, stability and style. You can find lots of options when you’re here at Jans and Tanger Outlets. Grocery Stores sell hand and boot warmers at the check-out stands; pick up a supply before you queue up for your movie. Dress in layers – theaters are generally kept at temperatures where you’ll be comfortable in shirtsleeves, and outside there can be moderate winter temperatures during the day, but at night, best to be prepared for some cold temps. And be sure to drink lots of water at our higher, dryer elevation – if you find yourself thirsty you’re on your way to dehydration. Bring a reusable water bottle – water stations are readily available for refills, and our Park City tap water tastes pretty good, too. And as always, wear sunscreen on exposed skin.
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.
Park City is a winter wonderland. While many come to Park City for the “Greatest Snow on Earth,” Park City Lodging understands that not everyone wants to ski or snowboard. We have compiled a list of some our favorite Park City winter activities that aren’t skiing or snowboarding.
1) Snowshoe Tours: Get the heart rate up and enjoy some aerobic exercise. Take in the scenic snowscapes of the backountry. Enjoy the quieter side of Park City’s mountains.
2) Winter Fly Fishing: For the avid angler who wants it all, why not add a day on the fly to your ski vacation? Explore one of Utah’s many blue ribbon fisheries and enjoy the sanctuary of uncrowded banks on a peaceful winter day.
3) Trap Shooting: Just 20 minutes from Park City, enjoy an afternoon of shooting clay pigeons from a rustic trap.
4) Dogsledding: A once in a lifetime experience for the whole family. Learn the ropes of dog sledding, meet the friendly (and furry) sled team, and take in the stunning mountain landscape. Hurry and book today, this highly sought after activity will sell out soon!
5) Sleigh Rides: Complete your mountain vacation with a classic horse-drawn sleigh ride.
6) Snowmobiling: Experience snowmobiling at its best in the Uinta National Forest. Explore on your own or take advantage of a guided tour on an almost unlimited amount of trails and meadows.
Utah Olympic Park was built in 2002 for the Olympics. It is still being used today to train future Olympians. Utah Olympic Park offers year-round adventure. From learning about the Park’s unique Olympic heritage on a guided tour to taking a ride of a lifetime on the Comet Bobsled Ride, Utah Olympic Park offers activities for all. 7) Bobsledding: Experience the thrill of a lifetime in a bobsled on the 2002 Olympics Sliding Track. A professional pilot will take three passengers on a thrilling ride down the track.
Utah Olympic Park was built in 2002 for the Olympics. It is still being used today to train future Olympians. Utah Olympic Park offers year-round adventure. From learning about the Park’s unique Olympic heritage on a guided tour to taking a ride of a lifetime on the Comet Bobsled Ride, Utah Olympic Park offers activities for all.
7) Bobsledding: Experience the thrill of a lifetime in a bobsled on the 2002 Olympics Sliding Track. A professional pilot will take three passengers on a thrilling ride down the track.
8) Ropes Course: Utah Olympic Park offers several ropes courses. Test your abilities across the traverses that include swinging elements, wire, logs, and other problem-solving features. Their advanced course will have participants 55 feet in air!
9) Zip Lining: Ever wondered what it was like to be an Olympic ski jumper? Strap in to the Extreme Zipline and go for an exhilarating ride above the K120 nordic jump. Take a friend or family member and fly alongside. This is one of the steepest ziplines in the world!
11) The Paint Mixer: The Paint Mixer is the newest venue for art entertainment and wine instruction located on lower Main Street. Bring your friends and family to follow step-by-step instruction to recreate a featured painting. It’s stress-free and absolutely no experience is necessary! Park City Lodging guests enjoy $5 off using code “PCLODGE”
12) Shop ‘Till You Drop:
13) Gorgoza Tubing Park: Offering seven lift-served tubing lanes; kid-friendly mini-snowmobiles; and the Fort Frosty play area, Gorgoza helps provide family adventures and memories that will last a lifetime.
14) Park City Film Series: Enjoy Park City’s only Art House Theater, presenting the best of independent feature, documentary, world, and local cinema.
Our Concierge Service team would love to help customize your stay here in Park City, Utah. We have partnered with the best in Park City to offer our guests fantastic activities, services and discounts.
From ski rentals and snowshoe tours to grocery delivery and dining reservations, we can help ensure you don’t miss a single exciting moment during your Park City vacation. For more concierge opportunities explore our website or mobile app. With so many possibilities let our experienced concierge team help make your vacation unforgettable!
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