With many of last fall’s family activities scrapped or downsized due to the pandemic, this year’s slate of festive happenings is robust, and rightly so!
Get a head start on dressing up at the Egyptian Theatre’s “Halloween Spooktacular!” by YouTheatre, bringing the classic stories of Dracula and Frankenstein to life on the Egyptian Studios’ stage. Billed as “a little bit spooky, a little bit silly,” the event is held Oct. 29 – 31, with tickets available by clicking here. The Egyptian is also hosting an “Evil Dead Film Fest,” hosted by “Evil Dead” star, Bruce Campbell. From Oct. 29-31, the Festival will feature the films, “Evil Dead,” “Evil Dead II,” “Army of Darkness,” and “My Name is Bruce.”
Basin Recreation’s “Celebrate the Spirits” event will be on Saturday, Oct. 30 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. For $15 per individual or $40 per family, revelers of all ages can enjoy trick-or-treating, costume contests, festive activities, and local vendors. Click here to learn more and purchase tickets.
The DeJoria Center in Kamas is hosting a Trunk or Treat on Oct. 30 from 3:30 – 6 p.m., with free admission and food/drinks available from the State Road Food Wagon. Families are invited to participate with their vehicle and enough treats to go around!
And it’s official! One of the most beloved locals’ events in Park City is back – Halloween on Main Street will be held on Oct. 31 from 3-5 p.m. This popular and highly anticipated event features storefronts up and down Main offering goodies to local ghouls and goblins, capped off at 5 p.m. with the Dog Parade on Lower Main Street. Leashed, costumed dogs and their owners should meet at 4:45 below the Lower Main Street Pedestrian Bridge, from which they will march to Heber Avenue. As with all Old Town events, everyone is encouraged to walk, bike, carpool or take Park City Transit to Main Street, with doggies welcome on the busses with their owners. For more information, click here.
Nothing says “fall” quite like visiting a pumpkin patch on a mission to find the most fitting candidate for your family’s front porch jack-o’-lanterns!
As part of the ongoing transformation of the former Park City Nursery into the expanded Park City Gardens, a Pumpkin Patch and Haunted Forest has opened for the month of October. Admission is free, but a donation to the Utah Food Bank is encouraged. Hours are Monday – Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and on Sundays from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Park City Municipal is inviting everyone to show off their spooky pumpkin creations at the inaugural community Pumpkin Stroll, scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 28, at the Bonanza Art Park (corner of Munchkin Road and Bonanza Drive). Participants can drop-off an already-carved pumpkin at the Art Park between 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Oct. 28, then all submitted jack-o’-lanterns will be lit and placed around the park for community viewing from 4 – 7 p.m. Costumes are encouraged, with planned activities including pumpkin painting, piñata making, face painting and spooky tunes with DJ Funky Boss, lawn games, and beer garden.
In Wasatch County, Kohler Creamery hosts is Hay Maze and Pumpkin Patch, featuring a maze constructed from more than 100 straw bales on this working dairy farm, and the opportunity to select that perfect pumpkin to take home. Prices are $8.99 per person for the maze and pumpkin, or $11.99 for a VIP experience when you add on some yummy Aggies Ice Cream. Heber Valley Artisan Cheese curds, soups and grilled cheese sandwiches are also available for purchase. This attraction operates through Oct. 30 from Monday through Saturday during business hours (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.).
With more than 55 attractions in one location, Cornbelly’s in Lehi at Thanksgiving Point offers up a massive corn maze, apple blasters, duck races, a giant slide, a ropes course, hayrides, farm golf, and a cow train, among other family-friendly activities. Activities such as paintball, face painting, a u-pick pumpkin patch and a carousel are available for an extra fee. Cornbelly’s is open Monday-Saturday through Oct. 30, with extended hours until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.
If you’re up for driving to bucolic Cache County (70 miles north of Salt Lake City), the American West Heritage Center holds activities throughout October, earning it Reader’s Digest’s “Best Pumpkin Patch” honors for Utah. While the Fall Harvest Festival is held Oct. 15 & 16, and includes opportunities to press fresh apple cider, make candles and take a turn in the BB shooting range, the Center’s daily activities also include pony and train rides, a seven-acre corn maze (closed Sundays) and “Haunted Hollow” on Friday and Saturday nights.
Fun and festive community celebrations are one of the many reasons so many people Choose Park City. Connect with Christine Grenney at 435-640-4238, or visiting her website by clicking here to learn about the many mountain properties providing easy access to each of the state’s resort communities.
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With the final colors of fall clinging to the trees in and around Park City, thoughts naturally turn toward the very season that brought so many of us here: Winter!
As we all begin to pray for snow, it’s time to decide where to lock or strap in for the upcoming ski season.
But first, if you’re looking to score a sweet deal on gear, be sure to check out one of the many “swaps” happening locally. The locals’ favorite is the Park City Ski Swap, an event that benefits and is run by Park City Ski & Snowboard (PCSS). Held at Basin Recreation from November 5-7, the Park City Ski Swap is the single largest fundraiser for PCSS, supporting the nonprofit program’s mission of developing young athletes in Park City and the surrounding communities. Friday night is considered to be the best night for deals and steals, so purchase your tickets ASAP! The ever-resourceful Ski Utah has culled a list of all swaps at the following link: https://www.skiutah.com/resources/utah-ski-swap
Deer Valley Resort generally serves as home base for my family, as their reputation for world-class customer service is matched only by their acres of skiable terrain, with everything from bowls to groomers offering that famed “Deer Valley Difference.”
Regarding COVID-19 guidelines, DVR is following CDC recommendations and requires all visitors to wear a facial covering indoors unless eating or drinking in a designated area, and must social distance when possible. Outside, vaccinated guests are not required to wear a face covering, while unvaccinated guests must wear one if unable to social distance.
Full Season Passes are outlined in the table below:
OCTOBER 14 RATE
OCTOBER 15 RATE
Adult (23-64 years)
Senior (65+ years)
Young Adult (13-22 years)
Child (5-12 years)
Military Season Pass
Tot Season Pass (4 and under)
New this year, Deer Valley is offering “First Tracks” on specified days, providing early lift access to season pass holders on Jan. 28, Feb. 11, and March 25, 2022, with three additional First Tracks days for both Deer Valley and IKON season pass holders on Jan. 12, Feb. 16 and March 2, 2022.
Season Pass holders also receive discounts on Friends & Family passes, a Monday-Friday complimentary day ticket at Alta, Brighton, and Snowbird, discounts at Deer Valley-owned restaurants and retail outlets, and a complimentary 2022 Summer Season Pass if a 21/22 Full Season Pass is purchased before the October 14 deadline.
Another option is the Mid-Week Season Pass, with access Monday through Friday (excluding 12/26/2021 – 1/2/2021) for just $1,395 before the October deadline, with the price increasing to $1,510 afterward.
The Ikon Pass also offers days of skiing at Deer Valley, along with other local resorts like Snowbasin, Snowbird and Alta, with more info available at ikonpass.com.
Heading into the upcoming ski season, Park City Mountain has eliminated the skier reservation system it put into place last year in response to COVID-19 and is offering a 20% discount on season passes until October 14. This means the full Epic Pass, with no holiday blackout dates and access to all Vail Resorts-owned properties, is just $799 for ages 13 and older, and $407 for children. The Epic Local Pass, which excludes holidays (though half-price day passes are available for blacked-out dates), is $599 for ages 19 and older, $479 for teens ages 13-18, and $311 for children. The Park City Youth Pass – with no black-out dates, but good only at Park City Mountain and not at other Vail Resorts – is $319 for kids ages 5-12. Kids four and younger are eligible for a free Epic pass. With prices increasing on October 14, now is the time to lock in the above prices.
Park City also offers multi-day Epic Passes, ranging from one to seven days, which are good at most Vail resorts in the U.S. and at Whistler/Blackcomb, and start at $89 for one day for skiers ages 13 and older, and $47 for one day for children ages 5-13. For every day added, the price per day decreases, with the daily price for the seven-day pass just $77 ($533 total), and holidays are excluded.
There will still be COVID-19 mitigation protocols in place, including face coverings required in indoor settings, such as restaurants, lodging properties, restrooms, busses, retail and rental locations. Face coverings will not be required outdoors, in lift lines, or on lifts or gondolas. They are still requiring reservations to eat at many of the on-mountain restaurants, and guests aged 12 and older will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccinations to dine at indoor or on-mountain cafeteria-style restaurants.
Benefitting active duty and retired military who served at least 20 years, the Epic Military Pass is just $151, and includes all dependents.
All passes offer 20% discounts on food, retail, lessons, and rentals, plus seven days of unrestricted skiing or snowboarding at both Snowbasin and Sun Valley for full Epic Pass holders (Epic Local Pass holders receive two days with restricted dates).
Located along I-80 between Kimball Junction and Summit Park, Woodward offers a small-mountain experience for skiers and snowboarders, with half-pipe and park access, plus lessons that typically cost less than at the larger resorts. While they haven’t yet included their 2021-22 winter operations info online, keep an eye on their site for info coming out soon!
Snowbird Dec. 1, 2021 – May (or even July, depending on the snowpack …)
A short drive (depending on the day) to Little Cottonwood Canyon brings you to the mecca of the most serious of skiers and snowboarders: Snowbird (though there is accessible terrain for all levels).
Snowbird offers a variety of pass products, including the all-in Summit Pass with no blackout dates (see prices below), the Ten-2-Share Pass with 10 days of unlimited access to the Tram and chairlifts for $699 (can be shared with family and friends), the Flex-4 Tix for four days of unlimited skiing/riding for $349 (perfect for trying out the mountain), or the Mountain Collective Pass for 46 days of access to 23 destinations for $589 for adults.
Much to the chagrin (and surprise) of many parents, the Ski Utah 5th & 6th Grade Passport was only valid on weekdays last season, but that restriction has been lifted for the upcoming season, and at an all-in cost of just $45, 5th Graders can ski or ride three times at EACH of Utah’s resorts for possibly the best value on the planet! The 6th Grade Passport is a little more modest with just one ticket at each mountain, but that’s still 15 days of skiing for just $15. You can make this year one to remember by also getting the Ski Utah Yeti Pass for $649 for yourself, which provides one ticket at each of Utah’s 15 resorts to accompany your little shredder. Talk about Bucket-List-level of parenting!
Other easily accessible resorts in Northern Utah include the budget-friendly Brighton, easy-to-navigate Solitude, charming Sundance and expansive Snowbasin. A great rundown of all pass products, courtesy of Ski Utah, can be found here.
Utah’s fabled “Greatest Snow on Earth” is one of the many reasons so many people Choose Park City. Connect with Christine Grenney at 435-640-4238, or visit her website by clicking here to learn about the many mountain properties providing easy access to each of the state’s resort communities.
Summertime is always a glorious time all along the Wasatch Back, but this summer, locals and visitors will be doubling up on the fun and experiences to truly celebrate our transition back to whatever looks like normal post-COVID-19. This means reintroducing the events that make our community so unique after last summer’s hiatus. We’ve compiled a list of those that have confirmed their 2021 return below.
This beloved Park City tradition is celebrating 20 years this year, and even opened two weeks early to make up for starting two weeks late last year due to the pandemic. Patrons can expect to find seasonal produce, locally-crafted goods (oils, breads, cheeses, jewelry and clothing), and prepared foods. Mask wearing will not be enforced, but the organizers encourage attendees to be respectful of other patrons and the vendors, keep safe distances, and are able to acquire a free mask upon request.
One of the Park City summertime stalwarts is Park Silly Sunday Market, returning to its home on Main Street on Sunday, June 6. This free, zero-waste, open-air market transforms lower Main into a walkable experience featuring vendor booths, entertainment, kids activities, nonprofits, food and adult beverages. Some beloved PC businesses helped build their devoted followings at the Silly Market, including Freshies Lobster Co., and an untold number of pets have been adopted through Nuzzles & Co.’s presence each Sunday. But for many, it’s the beer garden, ginormous Bloody Marys and tasty food options that keep so many locals pedaling or walking their way up to Main Street each week.
While booths on Lower Main tend to feature jewelry, hats, clothing, art, soaps and other creative goods, farm stands are situated midway up Main on 5th Street by the Post Office, offering fresh fruits and vegetables.
As with all Main Street events, folks are encouraged to keep their dogs at home, since the heat of the asphalt and jam-packed street are not conducive to keeping Rover happy and safe.
New this year, Silly Market will recreate itself in two other Utah towns, with Park Silly Saturday Market at the Shops in South Town on the 3rd Saturday of each month, and via Helper Saturday Vibes in Historic Helper Main Street Park on select Saturdays throughout the summer – both great options if you find yourself in the Salt Lake Valley, or traveling to/from Moab, on a Saturday.
There are few events that embody the definition of “Americana” quite like the Oakley Independence Day Rodeo. Oakley is one of Summit County’s most picturesque small towns, incorporated in 1903 and comprised of just 1,500 residents. Originally named “Oak Creek,” the town has stuck to its agrarian roots of dairy farming, cattle ranching and hay production, though outdoor enthusiasts have discovered its proximity to the Mirror Lake Highway/Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Rockport Reservoir and Weber River make it an ideal basecamp for water sports, fly fishing, mountain biking and camping.
This year, in addition to the traditional rodeo events like saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping and barrel racing, this year’s event will feature bullfighting and trick roping. Tickets for this iconic Eastern Summit County event are currently on-sale, and tickets for last year’s event will be honored on specific dates for 2021 (Please see link above).
This summer marks the return of the in-person Annual Park City Kimball Arts Festival, which is a relief to not only the locals who love the event, but also the restaurants and lodging properties who have long relied on visitors during the Arts Festival to help boost their summertime numbers. Last year’s, the Kimball Art Center accomplished an impressive feat by presenting a virtual event, but I think I speak for art enthusiasts everyone when I say, “Welcome back to Main Street!”
The decades-old event began in 1969 when group of local artists held an open-air arts festival on Main Street to provide a cultural offering during the summer months. Inspired by their efforts, local philanthropist, Bill Kimball, donated the former Kimball’s Garage to become the original Kimball Arts Center at its former 638 Park Avenue location, solidifying Park City as a destination for visual arts for the next half-century.
The Arts Festival has since grown to include 200+ professional visual artists, and brings 50,000 visitors to town annually. The caliber of artists who are juried into the event each year make it one of the premier festivals of its kind, with offerings ranging from fine jewelry and photography, to woodworking, textiles and sculpture. The Arts Festival also provides a culinary and entertainment experience that gives everyone something to enjoy, regardless of their propensity toward visual art.
The schedule and other specifics about this year’s event are still forthcoming, so keep an eye on their site at ParkCityKimballArtsFestival.org for updates and ticket information!
The annual Summit County Fair is back with its down-home demolition derby and rodeo as cornerstone events, but you’ll also find traditional county fair happenings like the Junior Livestock Sale, Little Buckaroo Rodeo, carnival rides, Miss Summit County Scholarship Pageant, food booths, beer garden, plus Home Arts, Horticulture and 4H exhibitions.
In homage to its Swiss heritage, the Town of Midway in Wasatch County holds its annual Swiss Days event each Labor Day weekend, offering arts, crafts and culinary delights you won’t readily find at any other outdoor fair in our region
Each year’s event starts with a parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning through the heart of town, followed by food booths offering delicacies like Swiss Tacos (a version of fry bread), bratzeli cookies and zopf – braided swiss bread. Swiss-inspired entertainment in past years has included master yodelers, the Edelweiss Swiss Chorus and the much-anticipated (by Midway residents, especially) Swiss Miss Royalty pageant. And the craftsmanship of the artisans displaying their wares is awe-inspiring, and a great opportunity to get a jump start on your holiday shopping
A few tips for firstimers include leaving the stroller at home and opting for a carrier, parking in one of the outlying lots and taking the shuttle, and scheduling in time to check out the annual Soldier Hollow Classic Sheepdog Championship, held just a few miles away from September 3 – 6, featuring the world’s top sheepdogs and herders.
Making its return this fall, the Park City Wine Festival allows an opportunity for winemakers, culinary greats and guests to “gather, wine, play and dine” during this mountainside event takes place in classrooms, restaurants, around town and right on the mountainside, in some instances
Events include the “Grand Tasting” on Friday and Saturday, featuring hundreds of domestic and international wines, in addition to premium beers and spirits, located at the Canyons Village at Park City Mountain, and the “Best of Fest” at Montage Deer Valley, where the standout vintages of the participating wineries’ portfolios are presented, with limited tickets available. There will also be a variety of wine dinners and pairings, plus lifestyle and educational seminars. All events are for adults aged 21 and older, and can be found by clicking here.
Often referred to simply as “Cowboy Poetry,” the Heber Valley Western Music and Cowboy Poetry Gathering has evolved over the years to become one of the nation’s largest gatherings of its kind. The event includes both local musicians and national headlining acts, but the true stars are the cowboy poets who pay tribute to Western Culture, often evoking both laughter and tears within the same reading. The event also includes a Buckaroo Fair with arts, crafts, cowboy gear, a Mountain Man camp and cowboy church. It’s a singular event that reminds us all why we chose to make our homes here in the Rocky Mountains.
For more information on the events and happenings that inspire so many to Choose Park City, connect with Christine Grenney at 435-640-4238, or visit her website by clicking here to learn more about the area.
Voted “Park City’s Favorite Fundraiser and Sporting Event” seven years in a row, Running With Ed (RWE) is a relay-race fundraiser that benefits the amazing work of the Park City Education Foundation. PCEF’s been supporting Park City’s teachers, students and schools since 1986, and RWE is a fun and healthy way to contribute to their efforts, so I’m proud to once again co-chair the event on May 22, this year with parent volunteer extraordinaire and real estate wingwoman, Annie Cashiola.
The success of this year’s RWE is more critical than ever, as last year’s event was canceled due to the pandemic. Which meant the Foundation lost critical fundraising dollars they were counting on from the event just as they were stepping up to provide expanded community support for those affected by COVID-19. That support took the form of basic needs assistance, an Educator Wellness Initiative and Emergency Express Grants – all areas of focus that demonstrated the ability of this beloved nonprofit to pivot on a dime.
The seeming frivolity of RWE (did I mention the costumes?) belies the impact it’s had on our schools over the past decade, raising $2-million for PCEF programs, including STEM project materials, teacher grants, college prep materials for at-risk students, afterschool programs, art supplies and reading materials. It’s frequently noted that Utah consistently places dead last in the nation for class size, teacher salaries and per-pupil spending, so the Park City School District relies on the programs provided at no cost by PCEF to help keep our kids competitive with their peers in other states.
What makes RWE unique is the way the fundraiser rewards individual school communities for their participation in the form of $5,000, $3,000 or $2,000 school grants, sponsored by Park City Mountain/EpicPromise (every school with 50% or greater participation receives a $1,000 grant).
Because of the pandemic, a new course had to be mapped out, with a few changes to help mitigate any health or safety concerns, including no single designated start and finish line. Instead, captains will select which of the six legs to start with, and runners will all begin running at the exact same time, based on their assigned start time. This year’s course is designed to focus solely on each of the District’s seven schools, and is as follows:
Leg 1 – 1.63 Miles – Jeremy Ranch Elementary to Ecker Hill Middle School Leg 2 – 4.66 Miles – Ecker Hill Middle School to Parley’s Park Elementary Leg 3 – 4.49 Miles – Parley’s Park Elementary to McPolin Elementary Leg 4 – 1.22 Miles – McPolin Elementary to Treasure Mountain Jr High Leg 5 – 4.28 Miles – Treasure Mountain Jr High to Trailside Elementary Leg 6 – 5.22 Miles – Trailside Elementary to Jeremy Ranch Elementary
You can also click here for an interactive course map.
Registration from now through May 7 is $125, with Last Chance Registration kicking in May 8 – 14, so don’t delay! And you can pay it forward by scholar-shipping a student or teacher by contributing an additional $50 at check-out. Teacher and student registration is just $50 through May 14.
To register, please click here, and reach out to me if you have any questions – I’m here to help!
If you want to participate, but don’t have the time to run or volunteer, you can donate to one of the many teams by clicking here (and if you’re feeling it, please choose my fundraiser under “Christine Grenney” – I’d be much obliged …). You can also click here if you’d prefer to directly support PCEF’s efforts by donating to a Classroom Grant ($2,500); Express Grant ($1,000); Preschool, Elementary Art & Afterschool ($500); PCCAPS, Bright Futures or STEM ($250); or to Support our Students, Teachers & Schools ($50).
However you choose to support RWE, whether by cheering on runners you see in the street, joining a team or making a donation, the support for nonprofits like PCEF is one of the many reasons so many Choose Park City as their current or future home. You can connect with Christine today at 435-640-4238 to learn more about the amazing place where so many parents have decided to raise their children!
Nothing beats sitting under the star-filled sky in the cool mountain air with family and friends, listening to live music courtesy of some of the biggest names in the business. This summer, local promoters have worked tireless to bring the best and the brightest back to the Beehive State. To help you map out your summer listening tour, I’ve put together a list of concerts scheduled both indoors and outside throughout the Wasatch Back, and at the larger venues in Salt Lake, so get our your calendar and fill in the gaps left by last year’s eventless summer!
Deer Valley® Music Festival, the long-running series from the venerable Utah Symphony | Utah Opera (USUO), is the cornerstone of summer concerts at Deer Valley’s Snow Park Lodge, and this year’s lineup is sure to impress.
To comply with possible COVID-19 issues, USUO has posted the following disclaimer:
Please note: all programs are subject to change given the ongoing uncertainty around the COVID-19 health crisis. Though USUO is planning for a revised season of performances and hopes to proceed without interruption, the organization is prepared to respond to recommendations from the state of Utah, health officials, and Summit County. Should USUO need to cancel or change elements of the season, ticket holders would be notified about options for ticket donations or exchanges into alternate programs. USUO continues to prioritize the health and well-being of its audience, musicians, staff, guest artists, and the entire community.
Tickets are either lawn or reserved, with low-slung (9” or lower) chairs allowed within the lawn seating area, and concert-goers provided the option to bring in their own food and drink. This series also offers discounted tickets for youth ages 4-18. And, while individual tickets are available for each show, you can also build your own package with the Design-A-Series and receive up to 20% off.
VIP packages that include special parking and admission to the Intermission Reception start at $1,000 (tickets not included), and since the USUO is a nonprofit, a portion of your purchase supports the arts and is tax-deductible.
Make it a carefree night by taking free public transit from Park City Mountain, where there is plenty of free parking and a convenient transit stop. The Red and Lime busses will take you directly to the concert venue.
The resort’s other concert series, presented by the folks who run The State Room in SLC and aptly named the Deer Valley Concert Series, has also announced its shows at the Snow Park Amphitheatre, and are as follows …
COVID has placed Park City’s historic Egyptian Theatre on hiatus, and though they’re going forward with summertime Youtheatre offerings and the beloved Park City Follies, they haven’t announced a line-up for Summer 2021, as yet. I would encourage all Egyptian fans to consider supporting the theatre and help to get them back open by joining The Pharaoh Club or making a donation by clicking here.
Park City Institute is once again hosting its summertime Big Stars Bright Nights series, which will be held indoors at the Eccles Center, and includes seven shows, including the swingin’ style of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and concluding with county music legend Marty Stewart on Aug. 21. Click on any show below to purchase tickets for that performance.
Concerts at Salt Lake’s beloved summer music venue, Red Butte Garden, are blessedly returning after being placed on-hold pending Salt Lake City’s COVID status. While some shows are sold-out (as noted below), you can enter your email at the link provided and they’ll let you know if tickets become available (consider purchasing a Garden membership now so that you’re all set when the 2022 shows go on sale)!
USANA Amphitheatre, located on the western edge of Salt Lake County, is one of the state’s largest concert venues and has announced its full line-up of performances, all of which are shows rescheduled from summer of 2020. The venue is notorious for providing a rocking good time, and offers both reserved and lawn seating. Tickets for all shows can be purchased by clicking here.
Located at the south end of the Salt Lake Valley, the Sandy Amphitheater is a 2,750-seat venue with both lawn and reserved seating. Their current lineup is included below, and includes a few shows that were rescheduled from last summer.
Calendar of Dates: June 24: The Wyld July 1: Cactus Cola July 7: Big Blue Ox July 15: The Hardy Brothers July 22: Starvin’ Heart July 29: Troubadour77
Mountain Town Music will also present free shows at Canyons Village, Deer Valley’s Snow Park Amphiteatre, Park Silly Sunday Market, Miner’s Park on Main Street and Woodenshoe Park in Peoa. Shows at Canyons Village and DVR are included below, but please visit their site here for more information on additional venues and for the full summer calendar.
While Park City has long been a popular destination for primary and second homeowners, it is PC’s neighbors to the south in Wasatch County who have seen an unprecedented level of growth in both population and housing options. Most unexpectedly, The New York Times recently listed Heber City as 5th among all metro areas for the biggest change in net in-migration (people moving in from other areas). While folks have been moving from Park City to the Heber Valley for years in search of less expensive housing options, wealthier homeowners have also staked their claim in a community where nearly every home boasts a view of majestic Mount Timpanogos, and the historically rural lifestyle is still accessible for many.
A sister city to Trubschachen, Switzerland, Midway City is a picturesque hamlet within Wasatch County that takes pride in the Swiss heritage reflected in many of its buildings. For many, Midway represents a tonier area of the Heber Valley, but you’ll also find generations-old farms and ranches dotted throughout the community. Midway residents enjoy proximity to the Homestead Crater hot spring, Wasatch Mountain State Park, golf courses and the famed Ice Castles in the winter.
A few developments are currently being built in Midway, including Remund Farms, a neighborhood of new mountain and country homes located on 50-acres that were formerly the farm of the Remund family. This planned community features 175 miles of trails, parks, 30 acres of open space, a children’s discovery barn, neighborhood pool, clubhouse and fitness center, three spring-fed ponds and streams, gardens and playgrounds. Homes feature SmartHome climate control and security systems, high-performance dual-page low-E glass windows, water conserving toilets, faucets and shower heads, and energy-efficient LED lighting, among other green technology. Prices start at $765,000, with more floor plan information available here. Phases 1 and 2 have sold out, but the reservation period for Phase 3A will be May 17-23, with construction starting September of this year. Visit their site here for more information on future phases.
Also located in Midway, The Reserve encompasses 83 acres and features 48 custom estate homesites surrounded by 30 acres of open space. Amenities include walking trails, waterfalls, a sports court and pool, with panoramic views of Snake Creek Canyon, Deer Creek Reservoir and Mount Timpanogos. Currently, seven homesites are still available – click here for more info.
Nearby, Saint Prex, located on Swiss Alpine Road (down the street from the Zermatt Resort), features two acres of open space and a trail system, and offers homes starting at $850,000.
Developments within Heber City offer the convenience of nearby dining and shopping, along with easy access to Highway 40 for those commuting to the Wasatch Front. Heber City includes a few more moderately-priced options, such as Stone Creek, located near Red Ledges at 830 North 1310 East and featuring 32 homes starting at $676,000, and Christensen Farms, conveniently located in the heart of Heber at 2400 Wild Mare Way, with custom-homes on large lots starting at $850,000.
The OG of luxury private communities in the Heber Valley is Red Ledges, located on 2,000 acres with 300 homes completed and 100 more in process. Boasting a private Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course and exclusive Deer Valley Resort ski access, Red Ledges is a four-season community providing club activities that include golf, tennis, horseback riding, swimming, fitness classes, hiking, biking, boating and fishing. The community features custom luxury mountain homes, cabins and cottages, and the opportunity to either buy an existing home, or build with the help of Red Ledges Homebuilding (RLHB). Homesites start as low as $195,000, and available properties starting at $1,575,000 for a cottage, or $1,900,000 for a home.
Whether it’s Park City real estate, or home buying opportunities in surrounding communities, the ability to match buyers with their ideal properties is one of the many reasons to Choose Park City for your Park City Real Estate investment. Be sure to connect with Christine today at 435-640-4238 to explore future adventures of your own!
With March often comes the first preemptive pangs of Spring. These brief respites from mid-winter snow and cold are just enough to get a taste of spring skiing and après t-shirt weather, only for snow and mid-winter conditions to quickly return. Based on annual averages March is the snowiest month each season, and while the jury is still out on this season (fingers crossed for some BIG spring storms!) there is no mistaking that March in the real estate world is as busy as ever. Just the other week our Summit Sotheby’s Park City offices placed over $114,000,000 in real estate under contract, while another $75,000,000 in transactions closed. Despite record low inventory, we’re still finding ways to get deals done. A powerful and connected network, proactive prospecting, and localized marketing are the lynchpins to servicing our clients in such a competitive market.
And believe me, it’s not just Park City. The Salt Lake market has been even hotter with massive buyer demand and just not enough listings to go around. Nearly everything is selling in multiple offers, with 15-20 offers becoming borderline routine in coveted areas of the valley. The Heber Valley housing market – where we will focus attention today – has also been very active, so much so that many of the areas new developments are pausing sales so that they can catch up to the construction demand. Enough with the intro, let’s dive into this month’s numbers.
Park City Real Estate
In order to get to our primary focus in this month’s update which is looking at stats in the Heber Valley housing market, I will keep the Park City portion of the update fairly general and brief. Lumping together single family homes and condos, it’s no surprise that active inventory continues to decrease, down 19% from January, and decreasing a whopping 62% from February 2020. New contracts in February were down 11% from January – not surprising due to a steadily decreasing inventory – but more than doubled up 132% from February 2020. This is due in large part to the fact that pretty much everything being listed (and even homes not listed) is going under contract as soon as it is listed. Average sales prices continue upwards with a 28% increase from January, and a 56% increase from February 2020 to a current average sold price of $2,200,000. More details below.
Median sold price increased 16.1% from January 2021 and decreased by 17.1% from February 2020 to a current price of $612,450
Median number of days on the market for February improved to a more “normal” sellers market at 28 days, surprisingly up from 11 DOM in February 2020, and up from 1 day on market in January 2021
Active inventory decreased 29.3% from January 2021, and is down 62.7% from February 2020, finishing the month of February 2021 with only 106 Park City condos and homes on the market, only 2 of which are single family homes
Median sold price dropped 12.9% from January 2021, and is down 5.1% from February 2020 to a current median sold price of $3,700,000
Median number of days on market for February 2021 are 11 which is down 70.3% from 37 days on market in January 2021, and down substantially by 94.8% from 213 days in February 2020
Active inventory continues to drop even at the higher prices, with February 2021 registering 114 actives, down 8.1% from January 2021, and decreased by 49.3% from February 2020 a year ago
Heber Valley Real Estate
Drawing many parallels to the Park City real estate market over the last year, the Heber Valley area (including Heber, Midway, and surrounding areas) has also seen large increases in average price with large decreases in homes for sale. In May of 2020, active inventory for single family homes at at 156 units, well within the average range for spring time inventory over the previous 5-6 years. June 2020 began the slide into a steadily decreasing amount of inventory, to what is currently only 34 actively listed single family homes in the entire area.
While inventory has drastically decreased, median sales prices for single family homes have drastically increased. From $459,000 in April 2020, to a $1,071,601 median sales price in February 2021, the Heber Valley housing market has seen a massive shift. While the area is still considered an “affordable” alternative to Park City, there is no doubt the pricing accessibility is shifting dramatically. The same can be said for new construction developments in the area, of which there are many. As construction costs increase, so do the prices of new home builds. Some developers are even halting sales and adding monthly sales limits, as opposed to ordinarily trying to hit sales goals, so that they have an opportunity to catch up on construction for new builds that are already under contract. More details on this months pricing below.
Median sold price is unchanged from January 2021, and is up 51.0% from February 2020 to a current median sold price of $2,295,000
Median number of days on market for February 2021 are 53 which is down 37.1% from 84 days on market in January 2021, and down by 9.5% from February 2020
Active inventory bumped up slightly month over month, with February 2021 registering 20 actives, up 11.1% from January 2021, however still down by a margin of 51.2% from February 2020 a year ago
Choose Park City Real Estate Sales for February 2021
We put 5 properties under contract and have $7,800,000 in pending sales
3 transaction were finalized and we closed $6,400,000 in sales volume
3 of our buyers had their offers accepted despite competing against multiple offers
2 properties went under contract before coming to market, making a total of 6 pre-market sales that we have been a part of so far in 2021
We have 27 properties and over $39 million in sales volume pending and closed year to date in 2021
Thanks for reading this months market update, and as always, reach out to us if you have questions on how these numbers will affect you and your situation. Whether you are a possible Park Meadows home buyer, potential Deer Valley home seller, or an interested property investor, we can put the stats and our Park City and Heber Valley housing market knowledge to work for you no matter what your needs and interests are. Everyone’s situations are different, so knowing how to apply the data is integral to making wise real estate decisions.
As Park City and the surrounding areas continue to gain more full-time and part-time residents, many buyers are looking beyond PC’s sprawl to find their own version of Nirvana in newly-minted, planned resort communities due north in Weber and Morgan counties – including Powder Mountain homes.
Located in Eden, Utah, approximately one hour north of Salt Lake, and boasting 8,464 skiable acres, Summit Powder Mountain is a master-planned, environmentally-friendly ski community at Powder Mountain Resort, one of Utah’s last “local” ski areas, where ticket prices are half of those at larger resorts and lift lines are nonexistent. Summit Powder Mountain is the brainchild of the creators of the Summit Series – an invitation-only event series for entrepreneurs and creative-types, where Jeff Bezos and Bill Clinton have presented. When Summit purchased the resort in 2013, they unveiled a master plan intended to protect the mountain from overdevelopment, while preserving its history, ecosystem, and authentic character. In 2016, they broke ground on Summit Powder Mountain homes, featuring a future Village core, interconnected trail system, 500 residences, hotels, shops and event spaces, all thoughtfully and sustainably mapped out to provide a year-round community where innovation meets environmental conservation.
Summit Powder Mountain offers a variety of real estate options delineated by neighborhoods with individual attributes that should appeal to a full spectrum of buyers.
Beginning at the highest elevation, the Overlook Neighborhood offers ski-in/ski-out homesites at 9,000 feet, with premier views of the Wasatch and Uintah mountain ranges. Located within walking distance from the Village core, more than 30 miles of trails adjoin the neighborhood, which is surrounded on all sides by ski slope views and an abundance of wildflowers in the summer.
The Horizon Neighborhood is comprised of a clustering of heritage modern cabins designed by Nova Scotian award-winning architect, Brian Mackay-Lyons. Offered in four distinct models, the cabins pay homage to community, ecology and creativity in their elegant simplicity. The Horizon neighborhood amenities are designed to foster social engagement, including a community kitchen, gym, fire pit and ski lockers at the Pioneer Cabin.
Located adjacent to the future Village, Copper Crest West is comprised of ski-in/ski-out heritage modern townhomes featuring authentically-rustic reclaimed wood siding and metal roofs to reinforce the natural setting in which they’re situated.
Another option for buyers seeking the increasingly-scarce wide-open spaces of the Intermountain West is the private residential community of Sanctuary Ranch, where homesites of 40+ acres each featuring geothermal energy are located just 12 minutes from the world-class Snowbasin Resort. Sanctuary Ranch encompasses 527 acres of preserved wildlife habitat enveloped by 12,000 acres of open space, providing year-round recreation, from water and wheeled sports in the summer sports via the owners-only High Altitude Recreation Club, to Nordic and alpine skiing in the winter. The environmentally-friendly luxury residences, designed by James Carroll, include whole- and deeded monthly-ownership options, with zero waste water systems and zero-scaped yards.
Also located mere minutes from Snowbasin in Morgan County is Wasatch Peaks Ranch. Situated on more than 12,000 acres of pristine alpine terrain, Wasatch Peaks Ranch is a private mountain resort development encompassing 11 miles of continuous ridgeline inclusive of 24 peaks, 15 bowls and cirque, and a 4,500-foot vertical rise. Ski access will be facilitated initially by two high-speed quad lifts, ultimately followed by seven additional lifts. Plans include 750 homes in a 10-15-year phased development, with access to fly-fishing, hiking, mountain biking, ATV and equestrian trails. The community also features a private wildlife preserve providing big game hunting with permits for mule deer, elk and moose.
Whether it’s Park City real estate, or home buying opportunities in surrounding communities, the ability to match buyers with their ideal properties is one of the many reasons to Choose Park City for your Park City Real Estate investment. Be sure to connect with Christine today at 435-640-4238 to explore future adventures of your own!
While the snow (thankfully!) keeps coming, it’s easy to get caught up in daydreams of warmer weather, which means planning and plotting ways to get our kiddos into the myriad of day camps available all across the Wasatch Back! Check out our annual list below, and – though some camps have not yet published their 2021 information – we encourage you to be proactive in following your faves, as many sell out quickly after registration begins!
Basin Recreation offers a full-summer option with their Summer Blast Day Camp, beginning Monday, June 7, with registration opening on Wednesdsay, April 14 at midnight. The Summer Blast Camp separates groups into ages 6-7, 8-9, and 10-12, and features themed weeks filled with games, arts and crafts, weekly visits from the Kimball Art Center and EATS, plus sports and swimming. For more information, visit the Basin Recreation site by clicking here, check out their Facebook page here, or call the Field House at 435-655-0999.
Park City Recreation has been running their summer-long day camp for years, and is headquartered out of the City Park building (by the Miner’s Hospital). Starting on March 15 at 9 a.m., they will once again offered early priority registration for residents living or working in the 84060 zip code, or for any full-summer campers returning from last year. Proof of residency or employment must be sent to Spencer Madanay at [email protected], or dropped by the PC MARC to his attention to qualify for early registration. Registration for full-summer camp and single days opens for all others on April 1. Camp is held daily from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., and includes arts and crafts, sports and games. Field trips and visits to the pool are still uncertain for 2021. Add-on activities include four-day golf lessons, swimming lessons and skateboarding. Park City Recreation also offers a Counselor in Training (CIT) program for teens ages 13-15. The program focuses on leadership and job skills while working side-by-side with Summer Day Camp staff and campers. Applications for CIT are due on Monday, May 3rd, and can be found here. For additional info, call 435-615-5401, visit their Facebook page here, or visit them online by clicking here.
Plans for Deer Valley Resort’s beloved Summer Adventure Camp are currently under review, but in years past, they headquartered out of Snow Park Lodge and featured hiking, mountain biking and SUP, along with games, puzzles, arts & crafts, and field trips. As a state-licensed center, infants as young as two months were welcome, with options available for kids up to 12 years of age. Stay up-to-speed by bookmarking their website here, or checking out their Facebook page regularly.
Plans for YMCA’s Park City Summer Day Camp are rolling full steam ahead, with registration already open and 10 weeks of exciting themes mapped out to begin on June 7. Headquartered out of Park City Community Church (behind Park City Nursery on S.R. 224), this YMCA day camp offers outings that leverage proximity to local Park City venues, along with trips to the Uinta Mountains to visit YMCA Camp Roger for archery and hiking. The camp is for ages 5-12, and runs from 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Some of this year’s weekly themes include “Artspress Yourself,” “FULL STEAM Ahead,” “Super Heroes,” “Mad Scientist,” and “The Olympics.” Click here to learn more, or call 801-839-3379.
Last summer, Woodward Park City raised the summer camp stakes for kids of all ability levels, offering a fun and mostly fitness-focused array of weeklong activities. This year’s camps are open to kids ages 7-17, and include mountain biking, skateboarding, BMX, scooter, cheer, parkour and multisport, with limited prior experience required for all activities except multisport. Camps are available the weeks of June 7 through August 16, and each session includes recreational games and activities, positive relationship building, arts and crafts, and will be held rain or shine, with instruction from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily, plus 8:30 a.m. early drop off and 5:30 p.m. late pick up. Reservations are open now, and they’re offering $200 off one week of camp if booked by March 31. Visit the Woodward website here for more details and to register.
The Young Riders Youth Cycling program offers weeklong camps from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. beginning June 7, and provides opportunities for riders ages 5 – 14. Nineteen camps are available throughout the summer for every level of rider, including Pee Wee (ages 5 – 7), Beginner Youth (ages 7 – 9), Beginner Junior (ages 10 – 13), Intermediate (ages 9 – 13) and Advanced (ages 10 – 14). Registration opens on Wednesday, March 24 at 7 a.m., and camps are limited to 10 riders, so they fill up quickly. Be sure to click here to pre-register and get your kiddos ready to pedal!
The popular Summit Community Gardens’ enriching summer camps offer five-day camps fro grades 1st through 6th, featuring an immersed-in-nature experience and a different gardening theme each week, such as, “Building a Garden,” “Art in the Garden,” Chopped Garden” and “Week in the life of a Farmer.” These hands-on activities involve partner organizations EATS and Recycle Utah. Registration for members begins on March 25th at 9 a.m., while all others can register beginning April 1st at 9 a.m. To learn more, click here.
This year’s Summit Land Conservancy Outdoor Explorers Summer Camps feature seven week-long camps for kids who love to be outside! Camps are for kids ages 7 – 12 years old, run from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. daily, and are scheduled for June 14-18, June 21-25, July 12-16, July 19-23, July 26-30, August 2-6 and August 9-13. Each week features “Mountain Bike Monday,” “Trail Trekking Tuesday,” “Water Adventure Wednesday,” “Treasure Hunt Thursday” and “Farmer Friday.” Summit Land Conservancy is offering a Summer Camp Lottery for those agreeing to support the organization in a number of ways throughout the year. Lottery forms must be received no later than March 15, and can be found by clicking here. General registration opens on March 31 at 12 p.m., but with the lottery option, many spots might be filled before general registration opens. For more information, contact Caitlin at 435-640-9884 or [email protected].
Swaner Preserve & EcoCenter 1258 Center Drive Park City, UT 84098 435-649-1767
Swaner Preserve & EcoCenter offers popular weeklong camps beginning June 14, and include both half-day and full-day options. Because camps sell out quickly, they offer early registration on March 22 for Sandhill Society members and March 24 for Swaner Family-level members, with general registration opening on March 31. Camps are offered for kids in kindergarten through 7th grade, with a Counselors in Training program for kids in grades 7 & 8. Some of the weekly themes include “Nature Sensation,” “Rhythms of Nature,” “Nitty Gritty Nature,” “Down to a Science” and “Junior Naturalist.” Click here to check them out in advance of the registration date. They’re also hiring camp counselors right now, so click here to learn more about how kids entering grades 9-12 next fall can apply.
After more than five years, Kimball Art Center will finally move from its temporary location to a new home at the Yard (1251 Kearns Boulevard). And, while this year’s offerings are not yet published, past summer camps were taught by professional, practicing artists with teaching experience, featuring a curriculum vetted to inspire, educate and foster an appreciation for art in all of its forms. Visit their website by clicking here to check for updated information, or visit their Facebook page here.
Park City School District offers a full summer of courses through their Leisure Learning department, with opportunities ranging from arts and crafts, to coding and babysitter training. The full catalog and class details usually go online at the end of March, and can be found by clicking here, or by emailing Jane Toly at [email protected].
Natural History Museum of Utah’s (NHMU) weekly camps open for registration to Copper Club Members on March 11, Museum Members at the Family level and above on March 15, and all others on March 22. Held at the impressive NHMU facility on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City, camps run every week between June 7 and August 9 (except for the week of July 5 & 19 due to holidays), and include days at nearby locations (past partners include Red Butte Garden, This is the Place, Utah’s Hogle Zoo and Tracy Aviary). They’re also offering a [email protected] option that provides supplies and expert facilitation in the comfort and safety of your home, which is a half-day format running Mondays – Thursdays, only. To get a sneak peak of this year’s camps as soon as they’re published, register for NHMU emails by clicking here.
Utah’s Hogle Zoo 2600 Sunnyside Avenue (840 South) Salt Lake City, UT. 84108 801-584-1700
Utah’s Hogle Zoo presents weekly onsite and virtual summer camp options for kids entering grades 1st through 8th, with themes like “Marine Mammal Mania,” “Animal Superheroes,” “Radical Reptiles” and “We Built A Zoo – Exhibit Design.” A few camps have already sold out, but most are still available for registration, so be sure to visit their site by clicking here soon!
Highly-revered overnight camps are available close by through the YMCA’s Camp Roger (on Mirror Lake Highway just past Kamas) and the Girl Scouts’ Camp Cloud Rim (above the Montage in upper Deer Valley). Camp Roger offers week-long camps throughout the summer for ages 6-15, featuring mountain biking, hiking, archery, arts and crafts, and horseback riding beginning June 6. Camp Cloud Rim offers an idyllic, lakeside setting at 9,200 feet, where girls entering grades 1-12 can experience week-long, themed camps, such as “Adventure Takers and Art Makers,” “Hard Hats and Horse Sense” and “Into the Woods.” Registration is now open for both camps, which have a long and respected tradition of providing kids with a sleepaway outdoor experience that is super close to home!
The amazing array of summer camp options is just one of the many reasons to Choose Park City for your Park City Real Estate investment. Be sure to connect with Christine today at 435-640-4238 to explore future adventures of your own!