Hitting the Road for Spring Break


Ahhh. Spring Break in Park City. Will there be sun, or will there be snow? Unlike our ever-unpredictable weather, options for Spring Break getaways seem to dwindle the longer you have kids going through the system. What was exciting and new for the first born becomes “been there, done that” by the youngest.

To help alleviate Spring Break ennui, we’ve put together a few last-minute road trip ideas to help make this year’s Spring Break one for the books!

National Parks in Record Time

Capitol Reef - Cassidy Arch

Capitol Reef – Cassidy Arch (Photo credit: Utah.com)

 

Deciding which of Utah’s five National Parks to tackle can be daunting, so why not do all of them in one week! Busy, yes, but imagine the reward of your kiddos going back to school after earning Junior Ranger pins from all five parks in one fell swoop!

This “5 Utah National Parks in 5 Days” article from Utah.com maps it all out for you. Starting with Zion on day one, and ending with Arches on day five, the simple bragging rights of saying you did all in one week should be incentive enough. And the benefit of having a Spring Break that lands after other Utah schools districts’ should mean the parks are slightly less crowded than usual.

Vegas Revisited

For many Utahns, Vegas is merely a rest stop on the way to Southern Calif. And though Vegas went through a bit of a schizophrenic phrase (transitioning from a “family-friendly” message, to the iconic “What Happens in Vegas” campaign), you can always count on new attractions coming on line in Sin City.

Whether you’re passing through or staying for a few days, fans of Virtual Reality (VR) should head to The Void, located at the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian Hotel. Opportunities to “step inside The Void” include “Ralph Breaks VR,” “Ghostbusters Dimension” and “Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire.” Each experience is immersive and tackled as a team, which makes it sound like an escape room on steroids. There are some restrictions – guests must be 48 inches and the recommended minimum age is 10, so take the younger kids on a gondola ride or indulge in the French pastries at Thomas Keller’s Bouchon. Ironically, The Void is based in Lindon, Utah, but their Beehive State location is not open to the public, so Vegas is the closest opportunity to experience this homegrown technical achievement in entertainment.

FLY LINQ zipline over the Las Vegas Strip (Photo credit: FLY LINQ)

 

Thrill-seekers will enjoy the new FLY LINQ zipline, which allows up to 10 riders to zip along over the Vegas strip side-by-side. This $20-million attraction launches riders from a 114-foot tower (approx. 14 stories) along a 1,121 foot-line to a 54-foot landing tower. The trip lasts 35-45 seconds and sends guests rocketing at speeds averaging 35 mph. To fly this high, you must weigh at least 60 pounds, with seated daytime passengers costing $25 (you pay $35 if you want to take the trip lying down), and nighttime adventurers will pay $30-$40. For more info, click here.

Though Cirque du Soleil’s traveling productions visit Utah regularly, their sets really don’t hold a candle to those enjoyed at the company’s Vegas installations. With six shows presently in residence, including the more family-friendly “KÀ,” “The Beatles LOVE,” “O” and “Mystère,” seeing Cirque du Soleil in Vegas is an unmatched theatrical experience. The bonus: The shows have been running for so many years, that ticket specials are often available. Check them out by clicking here.

If the Strip is too frenetic for you and your kids, consider staying at one of the resorts on the outskirts of town in Henderson. A few local faves include Green Valley Ranch and the casino-free Westin Lake Las Vegas. 

A Ghostly Getaway

While evidence of Utah’s frontier heritage is abundant, our neighbors in Idaho also boast many boomtowns turned ghost towns within a day’s drive.

Most boomtowns were built solely around mining enterprises, and were abandoned as quickly as they were settled. Throughout Idaho, 100 ghost towns harken back to the Gem State’s mining heritage, and quite a few are worth the trek to help little history buffs take a step back in time.

Yankee Fork gold dredge

Yankee Fork gold dredge in Custer (Photo credit: Atlas Obscura)

 

The following suggested route hits the highlights, while also allowing for overnights in areas where lodging is plentiful and opportunities for recreation to enhance your historic trek are abundant.

First on the stop is Chesterfield Historic Town, located between Lava Hot Springs & Soda Springs, a three-hour drive from Park City. The Chesterfield Foundation is working to preserve many of the sites, but 11 buildings currently exist to help tell the town’s pioneer heritage. From Chesterfield, either drive to Pocatello to spend the night, or go on to Stanley, swinging through Bayhorse and Mackay on the way.

After a night in Stanley, check out nearby Custer Ghost Town. Founded in the 1870s, Custer’s historic site designation in 1981 preserved the town’s buildings and artifacts, many of which have been restored and can be visited via docent-led tours. Nearby, a few buildings remain in the town of Bonanza, but most burned in a fire in 1889, sending the majority of residents to nearby Custer.

Head north from Custer for an overnight in Missoula, Mont. While in Missoula, check out Unseen Missoula’s “Basements & Back Alleys” tour, which gives visitors a glimpse into secret spaces few tourists get to see. To continue the ghost town tour, drive just 30 miles from Missoula to find Garnet, which was named after the semi-precious stone found there, and boasts more than 30 preserved historic buildings. Also nearby is Coloma, where mining shafts and railroad artifacts can still be found.

Leaving Missoula, head northeast toward Coeur d’Alene and the town of Wallace, once known as the “Silver Capital of the World.” The Wallace Area features the Sierra Silver Mine Tour, which takes you into the main drift of the actual silver mine. Though the area has produced more than a billion ounces of silver in its 100-year history, it’s now a draw for outdoor recreationists, especially bicyclists, thanks to the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes – a paved bike path under I-90 – that passes above Wallace as it follows the South Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River through the Silver Valley.

Sierra Silver Mine Tour

Visitors enjoying the Sierra Silver Mine Tour (Photo credit: Sierra Silver Mine Tour)

 

Just seven miles north of Wallace is Burke Ghost Town, built in a canyon so narrow, the train went right through the hotel lobby. Head from Burke up to Coeur d’Alene, where a night at The Coeur d’Alene Resort should help kick off the dust in luxury.

After a good night’s rest, drive south to Boise, stopping by Placerville, where the original Boise Basin Mercantile building from the 1860s has been converted into one of the town’s museums.

Once in Boise, take a few days to check out the rich history of Idaho’s capitol city, including the Old Idaho Penitentiary, which is included in one of the Boise Township Tours that takes visitors to a variety of historic spots via trolley.

The trip from Boise back to Park City can be a haul, so plan to stop by Shoshone Falls – a 212-foot waterfall that’s actually taller than Niagara Falls. There, you’ll find playgrounds, picnic areas and hiking trails. It might be too brisk for a swim, but the beauty of the falls makes for a nice break on the way home.

Bonus: While driving between ghost towns, play a little Idaho Bingo with these nifty cards designed by the Idaho Department of Commerce – Tourism Development.

Whether hitting the road, or opting for a staycation, the destinations above will be waiting for you next time you’re bitten by the last-minute wanderlust bug!

Want to learn more about planting roots in amid the natural beauty and historic neighborhoods of Park City and surrounding towns? You can Choose Park City by calling Christine Grenney at 435-640-4238, or visiting her website by clicking here.

Business Spotlight: Hugo Coffee Roasters


Photo Credit: Hugo Coffee Roasters

 

Hugo Coffee Roasters is a start up, Park City-based coffee roaster that aims to please their customers and better the lives of animals. Now that’s a mission us Parkites can get behind! Hugo Coffee’s goal is to support dog rescue by roasting superior fair trade organic coffee for their online, retail and wholesale customers. Their vision is to become the go-to coffee choice for animal lovers everywhere. A customer service centric environment accompanies Hugo Coffee’s fantastic products.

I chatted with Claudia McMullin—owner of Hugo Coffee, and visionary behind the dog-loving, good deed-doing company—to learn more about the business’ story and future.

What is Hugo Coffee’s origin story: why did you decide to open a coffee shop, how did you come up with the idea, who’s part of your team?

I opened the shop in 2013 after purchasing it from Silver Bean Coffee, who would remain our primary supplier. My previous life may surprise many of you who have not yet heard my story. Years of trial and error in terms of finding a fulfilling career that I loved, led to opening day six years ago. I had been an attorney for 25 years and when I moved to Park City in 1999, I continued to practice law. In my quest to find a different career path, I dabbled in several different things. First, I ran for County Council in 2008 and was elected. Simultaneously, I ran Friends of Animals (now known as Nuzzles & Co) for 2 years. It was after being re-elected as County Councilor in 2012 that the opportunity to open the shop presented itself and I immediately took advantage.

After a year in business, I decided to start a roasting company (Hugo Coffee Roasters) because I wanted to be able to control our own product and its quality while also having the option to wholesale our creations. Most importantly, I wanted to find a way to save dogs by selling my coffee. As I began to build my team, I hired John Lynn, former employee of Silver Bean Coffee, who became my head roasting talent. John is the true talent behind my company while I like to think of myself as the dog-loving visionary.

Photo Credit: Hugo Coffee Roasters

Which varieties does Hugo Coffee offer? And what is the inspiration behind them?

Hugo Coffee offers a range of specially blended and roasted coffees designed to appeal to a broad palette. Each blend is created by our master roaster, John. He chooses the importer, country of origin, and farm from which to purchase the organic fair trade green beans. He then skillfully creates the consistent roasts and flavor notes of each Hugo signature roasts.

Each roast is intentionally named with a nod towards dogs. Specifically, from darkest to lightest roast, Hugo Coffee offers Black Paw (French Roast), Bonafido (Med-Dark Roast), Rollover Breakfast Blend (Medium Roast), Howler Espresso (Medium Roast) and New Trick (Light Roast). In addition, Hugo Coffee offers Downward Dog Decaf (Medium Roast), Dog Daze Cold Brew (Med-Dark Roast) and our Rotating Roasters’ Choice which is a rotating single source bean from various countries and farms picked by John every 4 to 6 weeks.

Tell us about your mantra “Drink Coffee, Save Dogs” as well as your Giveback Program.

In May 2018, we rebranded our company to include an animal rescue giveback component to our mission. Rebranding involved all newly designed bags with fresh messaging. Our collateral changed to include the animal rescue giveback component that had always been a dream of mine. Whenever a consumer purchases one of our beautiful, delicious-tasting, colorful bags, we give back to animal rescues. To date, Hugo Coffee has donated to Nuzzles & Co, Best Friends Animal Society, Canines with a Cause, Utah Animal Adoption Center and several others.

Who is the famous Hugo?

Hugo is my handsome rescue dog. I was a foster failure due to the fact that after receiving him at 3 weeks, I failed to ever give him up. He is now 10 years old and happier than ever!

Photo Credit: Hugo Coffee Roasters

Hugo Coffee is much bigger than your flagship café. As you mentioned you have a roastery. Where can Parkites find your product?

Hugo Coffee Roasters completely supplies the coffee at Hugo Coffee Shop. We also sell our blends wholesale to several coffee shops and restaurants in the area. You can find Hugo Coffee, of course, at our flagship shop located in the Visitor Information Center at Kimball Junction. You can also find our coffee sold at other retailers including Whole Foods, Park City Market, Deer Valley Grocery Café, Gorsuch, The Store, and Jade Market. Our coffee is served locally at many restaurants & hotels including, St. Regis Deer Valley, Deer Valley, Marriott Sidewinder, High West Distillery, Fletchers, Twisted Fern, Harvest, Blind Dog, Eating Establishment, Pig & A Jelly Jar, and Provisions.

Photo Credit: Hugo Coffee Roasters

How do we stay updated about upcoming events and new product releases?

We have a robust Instagram and Facebook following, so our event and product updates are largely shared through our social media. Our website is also a great source of information. We recently held a customer appreciation event called ‘Puppy Love Lounge’ with Tyke James, a beloved contestant on the Voice. The event was such a success that we will be holding another event in April where Tyke will once again sing to an audience of adoring fans surrounded by adorable puppies. We had amazing support as Nuzzles was on hand with puppies up for adoption, Wasatch Creamery Ice Cream Co provided delicious ice cream treats and Drool sent everyone home with yummy treats for their furry companions!

So… we hear you have something top secret but very exciting in the works. Can you give us any insider info?

That’s right. A really exciting, brand-new product will be launched on our e-commerce site on April 1st. With this new product, you will have access to our first ever E-recipe book. Local chefs and mixologists are coming up with recipes to include and we will be highlighting five local businesses. We are also in the midst of revising our menu at Hugo Coffee shop, and will have a revamped menu starting in April. Along with fresh new food items on the menu, customers will also be able to get scoops of Wasatch Creamery Ice Cream at the shop. We are currently the only brick and mortar to have that opportunity. And last but not least, we will be launching a retail area which will host the products of like-minded, socially-conscious companies.

At Hugo Coffee we love two things: coffee and dogs… and not necessarily in that order. Stop by Hugo Coffee shop at the Visitor Information Center today and redeem your coupon for a great cup of coffee!

If you subscribe to my newsletter, you can take advantage of a special promo that I partnered with Hugo Coffee Roasters to offer in March. Not a subscriber? Contact me and I’ll be happy to send you the promo code.

SSIR 2019 Resort Report


Announcing the 2019 Resort Report. This annual Resort Report analyzes year-over-year data from 12 prominent resort areas throughout the western half of the United States to inform consumers about the resorts’ performances, and what makes each one unique. This report is a snapshot of the resort market conditions provided by Sotheby’s International Realty affiliates throughout Utah, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, New Mexico and California.

The Park City resort market remains very complex and segmented by micro-location and price point. Buying and selling real estate in resort communities is unlike most transactions, which is why we at Summit Sotheby’s International Realty collaborate with LIV Sotheby’s International Realty, along with the help of other Sotheby’s International Realty affiliates, to compile a Resort Report focused on these one-of-a-kind communities. View the report for yourself!

Local Luxuries: Park City-Made Treats


I’m always searching for well-crafted, delightful products for any number of occasions, from birthday presents for friends to unique “little somethings” for client gift baskets. And with Valentine’s Day looming, I’m also searching for modest indulgences to give to the people I love. Luckily for me, the maxim “Shop Local” is easy to abide here in Park City. There are so many talented makers of everything from spirits and chocolate to beef jerky. Here’s a round-up of edible and/or drinkable Park City-made products that I love to treat myself and others to when gift o’clock strikes.

Ritual chocolate

Photo Credit: Ritual Chocolate

Ritual Chocolate

Owned by native Robbie Stout and his partner Annie Davies, Ritual Chocolate is aptly named. Once you buy a bar and take a bite, I dare you to resist buying another within a day or two. This award-winning chocolate leans on selective sourcing that goes above and beyond Fair Trade, as well as nuanced flavors like dark cherry chile. They also produce drinking chocolate that will have you re-evaluating whether coffee is indeed your hot beverage of choice. Find bars at their café in the Iron Mountain district, at their hub inside Whole Foods, or online. A bar of Ritual is, of course, a Valentine’s Day no-brainer.

Mountain Town Olive Oil

A fabulous olive oil can make all the difference between a mediocre dish and one that shines. Plus, everyone loves receiving a bottle of good oil or vinegar. Unlike chocolate or booze, which might not be for everyone, the variety of olive oils and vinegars Mountain Town produces can be put to use by just about anyone. Conveniently, you can buy ready-made gift baskets at Mountain Town Olive Oil Col. on Main Street–while sampling diligently, of course—or pull together your own unique mix of product. Caprese salad, anyone?

Old Town Cellars Wine

In case you hadn’t heard the good news, Old Town Cellars (OTC) wines recently obtained a license to sell its bottles on SUNDAY. So, if you’re reading this on Sunday, and forgot to buy a bottle of wine for the dinner you’re going to tonight, fret not. Head to OTC on Main Street and consider the Mountain Town Red or Townie Rosè. Self-dubbed the official wine of après, OTC makes locally tailored, affordable bottles that I love to gift to fellow locals and newcomers alike, particularly to congratulate them on an exciting close.

Photo Credit: Park City Brewery

Park City Brewery Ales

I’ve sung the praises of Park City Brewery many times before on the blog, but I’ll namedrop them again here. Got a beer lover in the mix? Bestow them with a fine six-pack of the good stuff: Imperial Pilsner or the Hooker Blonde Ale. These beers scream Park City, from flavor profiles pure as snow and colorful can design reminiscent of the local outdoor brands we sport, to the name itself. You can find the brewery off Rasmussen Road in between Park City and Jeremy Ranch, or pick up a six-pack at just about any beer store in town.

Samak Smoke House Jerky

This one’s a little off the beaten path, but is open daily and year-round. Drive through Kamas and head toward the Uintas on Mirror Lake Highway. Just a few miles out of town on your left, you’ll see an adorable little log cabin: behold, the Samak Smoke House. The building itself was originally a cantina for miners. After our local mining operations drew to a close, the building was relocated from the Deer Valley area to the town of Samak. Today, it operates as an adorable general store selling specialty food items (including those smoked in house) and souvenirs. Don’t leave without some cherrywood-smoked jerky for you and yours. Samak Smoke House has been been making jerky for a quarter of a century from hand-cut beef, turkey, and even trout, and it shows. Don’t feel like making the trip? You can also buy online or at The Market at Park City.

High West

Photo Credit: High West Distillery

High West Whiskey, Candles, and Barware

Few who live in Park City or have even been here once are unfamiliar with the name High West. Setting the record straight on the relationship between Utah and booze since 2006, Park City’s favorite distillery is just as good for dinner as it is for at-home sipping. What you may not know is that both the High West Saloon off Main Street and the distillery in Wanship have gift shops stocked with not only bottles of its whiskey and vodka, but also bourbon-scented candles, and beautiful hand-blown glass barware. You can rest assured that if you gift anything with the High West name on it, your recipient will be immensely grateful.

Windy Ridge Granola

I should start by saying that when I need food for an open house, my absolute first pick is Windy Ridge Bakery. Sister concept to Windy Ridge Café and part of Bill White’s locally loved restaurant group, this bakery churns out quiches that I swear sell houses, as well as pies that make memories and cookies that satisfy cravings. But one of my favorite things available at Windy Ridge Bakery is its bags of granola. Enjoy it with Greek yogurt and fruit for breakfast, or make dessert out of it with a little dark chocolate and a few spoonfuls of coconut Noosa. This makes a great gift to pair with coffee or local fruit from the farmers’ market come summer for a breakfast-themed basket.

Pink Elephant

Photo Credit: Pink Elephant

Pink Elephant Coffee Roasters

Park City is lucky to be blessed with many fine coffee roasters and purveyors. Yet one of my favorites is Pink Elephant, which like many good things, is a little hard to find. The roastery is located on Main Street upstairs from Billy’s Barbershop. Step inside with confidence, head up the stairs, and the strong coffee aromas will let you know you’re in the right place. In your cup (or bag) will be single-origin coffee beans of the utmost quality, lovingly roasted in small batches. I assure you, you and your recipient will taste the difference. And it’s what they are serving up at my favorite caffeine-fix drive-through, Silver King Coffee.

Deer Valley Turkey Chili and Cookie Mix

One of the underdogs of the local restaurant scene? Deer Valley Grocery Café. Nope, it’s not on Main Street, and it ain’t ski-in/ski-out either. But it’s soooo worth it. One taste of their turkey chili (also famous at Deer Valley Resort ski lodges) on a chilly day and I’m sure you’ll agree. In the meantime, if you’ve got a friend who likes to cook and bake—but only sort of, then I’ve got the perfect gift for them. You know, the pal who’s dipped their toes in one of those meal prep delivery services, and likes to assemble, but not to go through the hassle of from-scratch cooking. Enter the Turkey Chili mix, a bag of beans and seasoning with a recipe, that makes preparing a big batch of the good stuff at home a cinch. Oh, and if you’re a fan of the café’s jumbo cookies, the cookie mix produces similar results from the comfort of home.

Oil & Vinegar Junction Salt

I know, I know—we already talked about olive oil and balsamic vinegar that makes tomatoes next-level. But there’s another outpost of oil and vinegar in town, and they offer something you and all the foodies in your life need: salt. A good salt is worth its weight in gold and Oil & Vinegar Junction, located right by Smith’s in Kimball Junction offers several different varieties. From lemon sea salt to Himalayan lava salt—as well as pepper—all of O&V’s goods make great gifts. Use as a finishing salt on roasted meats or veggies, or sprinkle some on chocolate chip cookies before baking for the win.

postscript: a shout out to locally-owned grocer, The Market at Park City, where they carry an abundance of the products mentioned above plus many more.

Business Spotlight: Oak + Willow Yoga + Wellness Studio


Photo Credit: Oak + Willow

Photo Credit: Oak + Willow

Did you know that 36 million Americans practice yoga? Indeed, yoga is more popular than ever. From 2012-2016, the number of yogis in the U.S. doubled, and there are some 6,000 studios across the U.S. Here in Park City, we have several different yoga studios, plus yoga classes offered at numerous gyms.

I think it’s safe to say, however, that yoga isn’t just about working out. It’s a way to psych yourself up for the day, or unwind after a long one. It’s how many of us keep our bodies healthy and our muscles happy after big ski days or mountain bike rides. And yoga also gives us a little peace of mind—exercise and meditation in one fell swoop.

Oak + Willow is one of the newest places in the Park City area to practice yoga, and it’s also one of my favorite. Why? Because O+W keenly understands that when people seek out yoga, they’re probably also seeking out physical and mental health. This is why O+W doesn’t just offer your standard flow, but also locally tailored classes (pair a yoga class with a Park City beer after skiing), workshops (like prenatal yoga) and programs oriented around goals like a better diet or pesky injuries.

We chatted with founder and owner Nikki Glandon to learn more about O+W, which is also offering Choose Park City subscribers a special promo this month. It’s worth mentioning that Nikki is a true fitness maven, with more certifications than you can list in one breath.

Note: While O+W’s address is in Kamas (1200 W. Lori Lane, Kamas), this studio is really only about a mile past Hwy 40 on 248, well before you even reach the Jordanelle Reservoir (meaning, it’s a super short drive from Park City).

Choose Park City: When exactly did you open Oak + Willow?

Nikki Glandon: I opened July 1, 2018.

Was your background before O+W yoga/wellness-related?

Yes. I have been teaching and studying the mind and body for the last 10 years. I love learning about the mind and body, and I love being able to provide this knowledge and passion for others. These are the trainings I’ve done: Level 1 and 2 Baptiste Yoga Institute (200 hours), Art of Assisting Hatha Vinyasa Training (200 hours), The Yoga Farm, ISSA – Personal Trainer, Schwinn Bike-Certified Instructor, TRX Certified, Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Yoga Medicine Trainings + Hip Module (200 hours), Chinese Medicine, and Myofascial Release – Spine Module.

Nikki Glandon has a lot to smile about (Photo Credit: Oak + Willow)

What was your path to deciding to open your own studio?

I wanted to follow my passion for healing and helping others. I felt like it was time to take the leap and provide a space where people could grow, learn, and enhance their daily lives and activities.

Tell me the story behind the name. Favorite trees?

I am from Knoxville in East Tennessee and wanted something from my Southern roots like the Southern Oak Tree. I also think nature is healing and magical, so I got stuck on tree names. The Oak is strong and powerful; the roots grow deep and they weather the storm. The Willow tree is more malleable; it moves with the storm so it doesn’t break. You need both to be able to stand tall and firm, as well as move with the storm. It’s the Yin and the Yang. The masculine and feminine. As they say, “strong roots make it easier to bend.”

When and why did you move to Park City?

I have been here for a little over 10 years now. I went to college in Colorado, then came to Utah on a family vacation and loved it. I moved here about a month later. I love the mountains and the country and this area provides both.

What O+W offering are you most excited about right now?

This summer, we will be offering Yoga and Horse Trail Rides and I am so excited to bring those two together. More information will be on our website soon!

Photo Credit: Oak + Willow

What sets you apart from other area yoga studios?

We are smaller and I love that! I cap the classes at 10 so that students always feel comfortable and we can give more personalized instruction. We are like Cheers—everyone knows your name. I believe keeping it small makes it feel comfy, cozy, and personal.

The Uplift Series—themed educational opportunities—is a really unique offering. How does Uplift work?

The Uplift Series is a new series I am launching online. It includes online yoga videos, guided meditation, recipes, how to shop for groceries, tips for your kiddos, and soul food. It is a monthly or yearly membership. The Uplift Series will also provide one-on-one or group coaching sessions. Having a mind and body coach is the best thing I have ever done for myself, and I love that now I get to coach others.

Nikki would love to know what sort of yoga and wellness offerings people are looking for in a studio. If you have questions or desired classes, please email her at nikki@oakandwillowstudio.com.

If you subscribe to my newsletter, you can take advantage of a special promo that I partnered with Oak + Willow to offer in February. Not a subscriber? Contact me and I’ll be happy to send you the promo code.

SSIR 2018 Year End Market Report for Summit County


View the Summit Sotheby’s International Realty’s Market Report for Summit County 2018, comparing 2018 with 2017.

This report covers the Number of Sales, Sold Volume, Average Sales Price, Average Sales Price Per Sq. Ft., List Price to Sales Price Ratio, Average DOM, Active Listings and Months of Inventory for 30+ distinct Park City market areas and is broken out by Single Family Homes, Condominiums and Vacant Land.

PCMLS areas include: Greater Park City – Park City Proper – Park City Extended – Summit County – Wasatch County – Aerie – Old Ranch Road – Old Town – Lower Deer Valley Resort – Upper Deer Valley Resort – Park Meadows – Thaynes Canyon – Trailside Park – Quinn’s Junction – Prospector – Deer Crest – Empire Pass – Glenwild – Silver Creek Estates – Promontory – Canyons Village – Silver Springs – Kimball – Sun Peak / Bear Hollow – Jeremy Ranch – Pinebrook – Summit Park – Jordanelle Park – South Jordanelle – Tuhaye / Hideout – Deer Mountain – Peoa & Browns Canyon – Kamas & Marion – Oakley & Weber Canyon – Wanship, Hoytsville, Coalville, Rockport – Woodland & Francis.

Our market continues to be highly segmented with micro-markets dividing product by price, property type, and demand, so it is best to contact your Summit Sotheby’s International Realty sales associate for information on what is happening in your neighborhood.

SSIR 2018 Year End Market Report for Wasatch County


View the Summit Sotheby’s International Realty’s Market Report for Wasatch County 2018, comparing 2018 with 2017.

This report covers the Number of Sales, Sold Volume, Average Sales Price, Average Sales Price Per Sq. Ft., List Price to Sales Price Ratio, Average DOM, Active Listings and Months of Inventory for 15 distinct Park City market areas and is broken out by Single Family Homes and Vacant Land.

PCMLS areas include: Greater Park City – Park City Proper – Park City Extended – Summit County – Wasatch County – Heber – Heber East – Heber North – Red Ledges – South Fields – Charleston – Daniel – Midway – Sundance & Provo Canyon.

Our market continues to be highly segmented with micro-markets dividing product by price, property type, and demand, so it is best to contact your Summit Sotheby’s International Realty sales associate for information on what is happening in your neighborhood.

Update: New Developments at the Canyons base of Park City Mountain


In a few years, the Canyons base as we know it may be unrecognizable—hopefully, in a good way. The amount of new residential and commercial developments are dizzying, not to mention a facelift underway for the whole base area. We’ve done some detective work to find out what’s going up and what changes you can expect. Unfortunately, mum’s sort of the word as far as projected completion dates for some of these projects, thought it is a little refreshing to have honesty in this regard, rather than unrealistic horizons we all know won’t be met.

The theme of many of these developments is ski-in/ski-out (obviously), or proximity to the Frostwood Gondola, plus easy access to the Canyons Golf Course. The name of the game is convenience with a touch of mountain luxury. The Hotel Ascent, for example, innovates with condo-style rooms—a smart move in the AirBnb age. Meanwhile, many of the other townhomes and condos are destined to become investment properties and short-term rentals. Below are some highlights of all the new builds in the Canyons area.

YOTELPAD

YOTELPAD

Canyons Residential Developments

YotelPAD

We’ve covered this playful space-efficient residential development on the blog before. These modestly sized condos, inspired by European living, are affordable, chic, and the perfect skiing pied-à-terre. They’ll go up right next to the red ski patrol shack and clinic, in the apron of the Westgate hotel. Construction should begin in the spring of 2019 and wrap up by next winter.

Apex Residences

Think of this development as the Colony’s very little sister. And since the former development is pretty much maxed out, Apex is great for those who want to live in the midst of skiing, and be able to hop on a run right from home. These high-elevation homes range from three to four bedrooms and include posh amenities at a Clubhouse, including a lounge, sauna, and firepit.

Lift

Lift Park City

These 61 residences, ranging from one to five bedrooms, are already under construction. Located right in Canyons Village, Lift units will come fully furnished and move-in ready. After a day of skiing, residents will be able to take a dip in the hot tub or enjoy a warm drink in the outdoor living room. Only a few units remain, so if you’re interested, act now.

Canyons Village Workforce Housing

Of course, we need places for tourists to stay and second homeowners to perch when they come to ski Park City. But we also need homes for all the people who make Park City Mountain, our fabulous restaurants, and even our amazing transportation system happen. Enter Canyons Village Workforce Housing, located in between the Cabriolet lift and the transit center. This project is set to begin later this year (2019), and has a sunset of end-2023 (everyone’s crossing their fingers for sooner). The residences will be able to house over 1,100 employees. If you’re a local employee who might be interested in the housing, take the developer’s survey to help inform better design.

Juniper Landing

The lay of Juniper Landing

Frostwood Area Projects

Juniper Landing: This townhome development is almost complete and will include easy ski and golf access. Townhomes range from two to five bedrooms and also include a suite of amenities.

Viridian: This contemporary golf-oriented townhome development will consist of 24 two-five bedroom residences. Golf course views will delight in the summer and make for great fairway spectating.

Fairway Springs: For those who want to be a little less in the thick of it all, this luxury ski/golf development is a bit more secluded than Viridian and Juniper Landing. All 46 units are as cozy as they are conveniently located.

Frostwood Ski & Golf Villas: This multi-phase project is already partially complete and located at the Canyons base. The first phase has already sold out, and only three units remain in Phase II, so carpe diem if Frostwood appeals to you. Want to check out one of these homey units? You can any day of the week between noon and 4pm. Might as well stop in on your way to the Orange Bubble to see what it’s all about.

Pendry Park City

Rendering of the future Pendry Park City

Canyons Hotels

Pendry Park City

The ski-in/ski-out Pendry Hotel will break ground in spring, and should be complete and in action by the winter of 2021. The gist is modern meets alpine, with epic views and pristine design. Want a better hint? Pendry comes from the same folks behind the Montage in Deer Valley, so expect the same caliber of service and design. Floorplans and pricing have yet to be finalized and reservations are not yet available. The Pendry also includes residential space, designed for part-time residents, including those with kids. Amenities for both lodging and residences will include a spa and a rooftop bar and pool.

Hotel Ascent

Like Pendry, much of the details about Hotel Ascent remain to be worked out, with a redesign underway that will yield new renderings and pricing. We do know that this is a condo hotel, meaning that the units are equipped with kitchenettes, washer/dryer, and pull-out beds, and range in size from studios to four-bedrooms. This Hilton hotel will be located on the Canyons Golf Course (golf-in/golf-out, anyone?) and a short stroll from the Frostwood Gondola. Construction is expected to begin in spring.

Other Canyons Amenities

  • New Bunny Area: Oriented around the new High Meadow lift, this family fun zone makes a ski outing with kids (or beginners!) that much more doable and enjoyable for all involved.
  • Aquatic Center: Sometimes our legs need a break. Enter the new Aquatic Center, which will operate year-round.
  • Conference Center: A new hub for meetings and conferences is also on its way to the Canyons base.
  • Free On-Demand Rides: Need a lift? Canyons Village Connect offers free ride services as needed around the Canyons area. This service is currently in pilot mode.

You may notice other small upgrades as well, from shorter lines at the Frostwood Gondola (thanks to a few extra cars) to renovated parking lots that make ski transit a little less hectic. We’re excited to see the changes big and small as they manifest in the Canyons.

Want to check out some of the happenings yourself? If you don’t normally ski Park City Mountain from Canyons base, head there on the evenings of February 1-10 to check out the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle & Freeski World Championships. The events are open to public viewing, and will kick off with the Opening Ceremony and Big Air Skiing on Saturday, February 2, followed by and Big Air Snowboarding on Tuesday, February 5. Look for Anika and Lila Grenney as flag bearers in the Opening Ceremonies!

Business Spotlight: Storm Cycles


About five years ago, Storm Cycles became the first year-round bike shop in Kimball Junction. The locals behind the shop include Todd Henneman, fresh off a 25-year tenure at JANS, and husband-and-wife team Juan Patterson and Lauri Bilawa. Juan also comes from a lifelong career working with bikes, and originally moved to Park City with Lauri for the skiing.

Storm Cycles is known for its friendly, approachable service techs, and carrying Pivot, Yeti, and Trek bikes. Since 2014, it’s also been voted one of the top three bike shops in Park City by Park City’s Best. And this spring (the owners are aiming for end-March), Storm Cycles will move to a bigger retail space in Newpark by the new Hearth & Hill restaurant. We chatted with co-owner Lauri to learn more about Storm Cycles.

The Storm Cycles Service Department gearing up for a ride (Photo Credit: Storm Cycles)

Choose Park City: Which bikes are you most excited about right now?

Lauri Bilawa: You know, the electric bikes are really taking off right now. Trek makes every kind of electric bike you can think of—even electric townies. We alo offer electric bike demos.

What are your favorite trails to ride in Park City?

We love Wasatch Crest Trail. Other shop favorites include Flying Dog, Jenni’s on Park City Mountain, and Flagstaff Loop.

Photo Credit: Storm Cycles

What’s one thing about Storm Cycles that people might not know?

We rent fat bikes in the winter. Every year, fat biking gets a little more popular. Also, we’ll apply two days worth of demos toward your purchase of the bike.

What about this summer? Anything happening besides the big move?

We do vendor bike demos. You get to ride the bikes free! Check in with us at the shop, online, or on Facebook to find out when we’ll be doing these demos.

If you subscribe to my newsletter, you can take advantage of a special promo that I partnered with Storm Cycles to offer in January and February. Not a subscriber? Contact me and I’ll be happy to send you the promo code.

5 Weekend Ski Getaways from Park City


There are so many reasons to take a weekend ski trip. One is that many of our passes—from the Epic to the Ikon—include days at other resorts, and sometimes even lodging discounts. Another is that sometimes, we need to get out of town when insanity (aka Sundance) strikes our grocery stores and roads. And doesn’t the powder always seem deeper on the other side? I don’t know about you, but I get serious FOMO when I learn that Breckenridge, for example, has gotten 178 inches this year, while Jackson has pulled down nearly 200.

2018/2019 Winter Snowfall Totals to Date (from Jackson Hole)

So, where to go? Here are 5 weekend ski getaways from Park City that are doable as long weekend road trips. Of course, you could also fly to maximize your turn time.

crested butte

Photo Credit: CBMR

1. Crested Butte, CO

Crested, what? There’s a reason this little outpost in the West Elk Mountains is known colloquially as the last great ski town and is unfamiliar to many. It’s so far away from everything, that it’s still an authentic little town and a well-kept secret—think the opposite of Vail, as ironic as that now is.
Why go: Crested Butte is a family-friendly town with big personality. The community jumps at every chance to stage a festival or hold a party. Surrounded by not much of anything besides mountains, the views are truly sublime. The resort itself offers terrain for everyone, but is an expert skier’s dream, with tons of steep bowls and gullies only accessible through some upward travel.
Pass compatibility: Epic Pass (unlimited days)
Drive time from Park City: 7.5 hours
Stay at: The Ruby B&B if you can score a room, or the Elevation on the mountain
Eat at: The Last Steep for its weekend Bloody Mary bar, and The Secret Stash for pizzas like the Notorious F.I.G. (hello, figs and bacon)

sun valley

Photo Credit: Sun Valley

2. Sun Valley, ID

Idaho is not known for being—how shall we say it—very luxurious. But Sun Valley is as posh a ski destination as it gets. It also has a great arts community for those who like a side of culture with their snow.
Why go: Put on the map by none other than Ernest Hemingway, the Sun Valley/Ketchum area is a relatively close destination and a beautiful drive. The mountain is well-rounded and a great fit for all skier types, meaning it’s family-friendly.
Pass compatibility: 2 days with the Mountain Collective Pass
Drive time: 5 hours
Stay at: Sun Valley Lodge
Eat at: Pioneer Saloon and Trail Creek Cabin win with their Wild West-chic ambience

big sky

Photo Credit: Big Sky

3. Big Sky, MT

If you think bigger is better, than this Montana skiing spot is the way to go. They claim to be home to the biggest skiing in America. While we all know that the biggest ski resort is right here at home, the Montanans are most likely referring to the sky, not the acreage. Montana’s notoriously large sky makes for panoramic views and a choice backdrop for on-mountain selfies.
Why go: Swap crowds for views. Plus, it’s just a short drive to the charming town of Bozeman. Big Sky also borders Yellowstone National Park, which is uncrowded and serene when explored in winter.
Pass compatibility: The Ikon Pass offers 7 days at Big Sky
Drive time: 6 hours
Stay at: One of Big Sky’s Cowboy Heaven Cabins
Eat at: The Montana Dinner Yurt (if yurts are your thing). If you’re staying in Bozeman, grab a delicious sandwich from the Community Food Co-op and head to Plonk for dinner.

tetons

The mighty Tetons

4. Jackson Hole, WY

I’m goin’ to Jackson, and that’s a fact. Yeah, I’m goin’ to Jackson, ain’t never comin’ back. While I believe Johnny Cash was referring to Jackson in Tennessee not Wyoming, we definitely agree with the sentiment when it comes to Jackson Hole. Bonus? An hour’s drive through Teton Pass is Grand Targhee… I got engaged on the Dreamcatcher chairlift there and love their throwback slogan “Snow made from heaven, not hoses.”
Why go: With over 16 feet of snow piling up, a lively downtown, and the jagged Teton Range to ogle, there’s a lot to love about this ski destination. And of course, you’ll want to queue up the song “Jackson” for your road trip playlist.
Pass compatibility: 7 days with the Ikon Pass; 2 days with Mountain Collective
Drive time: 4.5 hours
Stay at: The Lodge at Jackson Hole
Eat at: Snake River Brewing; be sure to grab pastries at the buzzy Persephone Bakery to stuff into your ski jacket pockets for chairlift snacks

5. Solitude, UT

For those who want to get away without the hassle, there are plenty of ski staycation options right here in Utah. Head up to one of the resorts in the Cottonwood Canyons, book a room, schedule on-mountain childcare, and click into full vaca mode.
Why go: While Snowbird and Alta also make great options, I’m recommending Solitude because it’s so aptly named. Peace and quiet abound not only on the slopes, but also at the Solitude Mountain Spa.
Pass compatibility: Deer Valley passholders get 2 days at Solitude; Ikon passholders have unlimited days at Solitude
Drive time: 54 minutes 🙂
Stay at: The Inn at Solitude
Eat at: Silver Fork Lodge and Restaurant (a historic spot just a couple minutes from Solitude)