For over 25 years the Adopt-A-Native-Elder Annual Rug Show has called Park City home. As the leaves begin to fall and the air tinges with the winter chill, we wait in anticipation and excitement to view the year’s offerings of hand woven Navajo rugs, craft jewelry, traditional baskets, and mostly the smiling and welcoming faces of the various Dine’ (or Navajo) families. The elders travel from their traditional tribal lands in Southern Utah and Northern Arizona up to the (often snowy) mountains of Park City. Park City Lodging is a proud supporter of the Adopt-A-Native-Elder program. Each year we provide lodging for some of the Elders and their families who undertake the long trek.
Each year the show celebrates a different style of rug weaving. This November the event will showcase the Teec Nos Pos style of weaving, known to be the most intricate of all weaves. Remarkably, each rug is meticulously woven by hand, they say you can feel the hands of the individual weaver in each rug. To give an idea of what an incredible task this is, a typical 4’x6’ rug takes an average weaver up to three months to create (working full time), while the more intricate styles can take up to six months!
The Adopt-A-Native-Elder program started in the 1980’s as a way to support the traditional lifestyle of the Native populations that live in Southern Utah and Northern Arizona. Today the program supports over 500 Native elders with food, simple medicines, clothing, fabric, and yarns. 100% of all proceeds made at the annual Rug Show go directly to the families. It’s quite an experience to fall in love with a rug, meet the weaver, and know that every cent of your purchase is going to support their traditional lifestyle.
This year’s event marks the 28th year and will be held at Deer Valley Resort’s Snow Park Lodge from November 10-12. In addition to viewing the rugs, jewelry, and woven baskets, you can enjoy weaving demonstrations, Navajo children’s dances, and the unforgettable – and absolutely hilarious – Native American Grandma and Grandpa Idol contest! Visit www.AnElder.org for more information.
Since 2002, Summit Land Conservancy has been protecting the open spaces in Park City and Summit County. Park City Lodging has been a long time contributor to Summit Land Conservancy’s 1% for Open Space. We are proud to help protect the places we play.
As a major winter storm blows into our fabulous Wasatch Mountains this weekend, we are getting out skis and boards, cleaning and waxing, checking gear and clothing…. oh, and enjoying some day dreams of last year’s fabulous powder with this video, courtesy of Ski Utah and Ride Utah. It’s November, it’s snowing hard, and it’s time for another great 6 month season of powder paradise!
The Sydney Morning Herald is a prominent newspaper in Australia. While some North Americans may not know it, Australia is home to large numbers of snow sport enthusiasts. Since their southern hemisphere ski season occurs during our summer, many Aussies love to travel to North America during their own “summer” vacations to try the great snowy slopes here. So we were pleased but not really surprised when the SMH dispatched their #1 travel writer to explore the on and off slope delights at the #1 ski resort in North America, Deer Valley! We were also pleased but not surprised that said travel writer was delighted to lodge in two different properties with Park City Lodging, Inc. (splitting the week to experience different locations and types of properties).
The resulting article is linked below. Park City Lodging, Inc. is recommended near the end of the article as the source for vacation rental selection in this area. While the snowboarders among us cannot endorse the praise of ski slopes without shredders (at Deer Valley), we do know that some timid skiers do not like to be outclassed on the slopes by hot shredders (a joke folks, we were bullied into adding that little remark to add some “balance” to the subject when Deer Valley’s no-boarding policy is mentioned). Here is the article singing the praises of Deer Valley and the entire Park City area:
Our blog is written by the staff and friends of ParkCityLodging.com (formerly R&R Properties). We simply offer some of our experiences of Utah: our perspectives on local events, life in these mountains, skiing and boarding our favorite resorts, and how to get the most out of your Utah vacation. When you’re really lucky we’ll write about all of our favorite restaurants, clubs, off-slope diversions, and maybe even a few secret powder stashes. Ooh, if we’re not careful we may get ourselves in trouble with fellow locals! Warning: any secrets revealed here are for you and you alone…. not to be shared with another soul. Well maybe just a few of your nearest and dearest….
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