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.

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Canyons Residential Developments

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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)

Property Film Alert: A Glimpse into 3099 Mountain Ridge Court


Completed in 2014, this unparalleled design by Clive Bridgwater comes alive when paired with the discerning design aesthetic of the owner. This home was intentionally constructed to maximize the 180-degree views spanning from the Uintas, across the Park Meadows golf course, to Deer Valley Resort’s Bald Mountain. Museum-quality finishes, a refined attention to detail, exclusive brands and globally-sourced fixtures create a luxe environment previously unseen in Park City. Built on a premier parcel backing a large residential lot, birds and wildlife are routine visitors. Strategically placed windows create sun or moonlight-drenched living spaces. At once inviting and sophisticated, this home is as comfortable hosting two, as it is 100, guests. A four-car heated garage and 840 square feet of storage will feed the soul of any gear enthusiast. The architecture and design, combined with smart home technology and convenience to trails and amenities, make this property like no other.

10 Ways Locals Can Sundance in 2019


Egyptian Marquee during Sundance

Photo Credit: Historic Park City Alliance

The annual Sundance Film Festival can be a love-it-or-hate-it event. Originally called the Utah/US Film Festival, Sundance first struck Park City in August of 1978 and was in part spearheaded by Robert Redford. Today, it’s one of the biggest events in Utah and draws film industry members and filmgoers from all over the world—well over 100,000 of them to be exact.

If you count yourself among the Sundance haters, my advice to you is simple: stock up and lay low—or, get out of town altogether. But if you’re a Sundance fan or Sundance-curious, there are many ways to experience the festival as a local that don’t involve dropping a couple grand on a pass and spending every waking moment of the fest with your eyes glued to a screen. I’ve rounded up 10 ways locals can get a taste of Sundance 2019 (January 24-February 3) without dropping everything.

1. Catch a screening during the second half of the festival

Sundance is not just one weekend. While most of the action does happen during the first few days (January 24-27), the fun continues for a full 10. Planning to go to a screening during the latter half of the festival means fewer crowds and shorter lines.

2. See a show outside of Park City

Another common Sundance myth is that it only takes place in Park City. While the Sundance HQ is, of course, Historic Main Street and the Egyptian Theatre, screenings are also held in Kimball Junction, Salt Lake City, and Sundance Resort as well. Attending screenings off Main Street means the same thing as Sundancing after the first weekend: fewer crowds, shorter lines.

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3. Catch a matinee

Inevitably, matinees are less popular than evening and nighttime shows. Screenings start as early as 8:30am, meaning you can catch a riveting documentary while you sip your morning coffee, then spend the rest of the day skiing. While matinees are always less popular, keep in mind that during the first weekend, they will still sell out.

4. Get a Grand Theatre Pass

If your primary goal is purely to see a lot of high-quality premieres, I suggest springing for the Grand Theatre Pass. It’s only valid during Sundance weekends (Friday through Sunday) and for screenings held at the Grand Theatre in Salt Lake. However, you’ll beat the hubbub and get to see a lot of great movies. Make a staycation out of it and stay at the Grand America Hotel for the weekend so you’re not driving back and forth.

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5. Be a Box Office opportunist

Don’t want to deal with the crazy online queues? Don’t really care what movie you see, but just want to catch a show? Head to the box office at 8 AM to see what’s available. Hours for the Park City box office are pictured above, but there are also box offices in Salt Lake City and at Sundance Resort itself.

6. Head to the Best of Fest (February 4)

If you’d like to see Sundance films, but don’t want to deal with the insanity, consider Best of Fest. This annual event is put on for locals only and, better yet, is totally free! The screening consists of a couple solid hours of award-winning films. This year, Best of Fest will take place on the Monday after Sundance (2/4) with showtimes at 6pm and 9pm in Park City, at Sundance Resort, and in Salt Lake. The catch: the only way to get in is to join an online waitlist two hours before the screening, so Best of Fest-goers must be agile.

Robert Redford

The handsome man behind the madness (Photo Credit: BJ Alias)

7. Townie Tuesdays (January 29)

The other free screening opportunity for locals (Park City, only) is the Townie Tuesday. The screenings will air at 7pm at the Redstone Cinemas and at 9pm at the PC Library. Like the Best of Fest, tickets may only be procured via an online waitlist that doesn’t open up until two hours before the screening time. (Dear Sundance, is this really the only way??) Patience and dedication will pay off.

Photo Credit: Sundance Film Fest

8. Head to the New Frontier

If you’re a technology fiend and an art hound, the New Frontier is for you. This annual exhibition showcases New Frontier Sundance residents, who are artists working with cutting-edge media and tech. You do need an actual pass to get in, however, so no specific tickets are available.

9. Partake in the Sundance Off Season

If all this talk of eWaitlists and crowds has you rethinking your interest in Sundance, consider Sundancing in the off season. The Sundance off season runs from February 4 until the first day of Sundance in 2020 (sometime in late-January!). What does it consist of? Screenings throughout the Wasatch Back and Front of Sundance movies at places like the Park City Library theatre and Red Butte Garden. All the great movies, none of the hustle.

10. People-watch on Main Street

If the hustle is what you’re looking for during Sundance, take the bus or a Lyft to Main Street (do not drive) on Friday or Saturday night of opening weekend. Dress warmly and wear waterproof boots with tread if it’s snowy out. Then, pace up and down Main Street, camera phone at the ready, observing the chaos. Who knows? You may spy Dennis from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia hanging out at the entrance to The Spur, or 1 of the 2 Dope Queens drinking a glass of red wine at a Main Street eatery. And if you happen to find a bar without a long line, pop in for a drink.

Want more beta on Sundance? Here’s some of my past coverage:

12 Things to Do in Park City Over the Holidays (Besides Skiing)


School’s out for the holidays! And some parents have time off work. How do we fill the time? Of course, there’s skiing. But this time of year, the slopes can be crowded, and some of us with the Epic Local Pass may have blackout dates from December 26-31. But fear not! There are plenty of things to do besides skiing during the holidays in Park City. Here are a dozen activities for the 12 days of Christmas to keep your days full and festive, and make sure your holiday guests are sufficiently entertained.

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1. Snowshoeing in the Uintas

Skis are not the only way to travel through majestic snowy landscapes come winter. While snowshoes may not be as sexy or thrilling as skis, per se, they do offer a peaceful way to explore in the snow. The Uinta Mountains are a great snowshoeing destination, with several packed cross-country trails and abundant serenity. Stop at the Kamas Ranger Station office to get a free map; Yellow Pine and Beaver Creek trails are both only about 15 minutes from Kamas and easily accessible. If you don’t own snowshoes, most ski rental shops, like White Pine Touring or JANS, stock them.

2. Take a dogsledding tour

Love dogs? Love snow? Then mushing is a must-try bucket list experience in the winter. Imagine bounding through powder in a cozy sled pulled by adorable blue-eyed huskies. Sounds like the stuff of dreams, doesn’t it? Luna Lobos up Browns Canyon and All Seasons Adventures both guide dogsledding tours in the Park City area. You do not need any technical knowledge or equipment to go. If you’re taking your kids, I promise they will be riding a dogsledding high for at least a week to come.

3. Discover the Midway Ice Castles

If you’ve got a Frozen-obsessed aspiring Elsa in your household, then the Midway Ice Castles are a key destination for holiday fun. These artificial waterfalls glow with colorful lighting and demand to be photographed and Instagrammed. While you’re in that part of the Wasatch, stay for dinner: enjoy tasty thin-crust pizza at Café Galleria or the hearth-to-table cuisine at Midway Mercantile.  The castles are open in the evening from Monday through Saturday (hours vary from day to day). Check out the Facebook page for the most up to date info and to buy tickets.

North Pole Express

Photo Credit: Heber Valley Railroad

4. Ride a train to the North Pole

Another fun Wasatch Back activity is the Heber Valley Railroad. During the holidays, the rail runs a special 90-minute North Pole Express ride that includes Christmas songs, hot cocoa, chocolate chip cookies, and a gift from Mrs. Claus herself. While the North Pole Express isn’t open on Christmas Eve or Christmas itself, it does chug along through the 22nd, resuming on the 26th. There are usually a few rides available everyday. All aboard!

5. Take an arts class at Kimball Art Center

Always wanted to try making a clay mug or painting the view from your backyard? The Kimball Art Center offers a variety of classes for all ages. From figure drawing to a free class that blends reading and an art project for 3-5 year-olds, there’s something for everyone with a creative bone in their body. A particular class of interest this time of year: Artful Thank You Cards! This is a great way to cultivate the art of gratitude in your kids at an early age.

The Mine bouldering

Photo Credit: The Mine

6. Go bouldering at The Mine

On the coldest of days, sometimes recreating indoors is the best bet. But sometimes motivation to run on the treadmill in a sweaty gym during the holiday season can be rather low. Enter bouldering! A fun way to get in some exercise and an upper body workout, all while getting stoked on climbing. Kids will love The Mine, too, and it’s an affordable daytime activity. The Mine even offers winter camps for kids and yoga classes for adults who’d rather stretch it out than pump it up.

7. Go for the gold at Utah Olympic Park

Speaking of adrenaline rushes, how about hurdling down a bobsledding track at 80mph? The Winter Bobsled Experience at Utah Olympic Park may only last about a minute, but it will revolutionize your frame of mind for the whole day. Bobsledding is available throughout the holiday season, except on Christmas itself. The slightly less daring might consider brushing up on Olympic History at the museum or figure skating.

8. Tubing at Soldier Hollow

Lift-serviced tubing? Yes please. The tubing hills at Soldier Hollow Nordic Center in Midway are basically like more exciting winter versions of lazy rivers. As if barreling down a groomed run in an inflatable object isn’t exciting enough, you can also go tubing at night since Soldier Hollow stays open until 8pm. And this is not a kids-only situation! For those who have friends or family visiting who don’t ski, tubing is a great, no-skills-required alternative to get out, go fast, and have fun.

9. Sledding—pick your PC hill

If you prefer a more ungroomed sledding/tubing experience, pack up your toboggans and head to one of several different hills amenable to sledding in the Park City area. Park City Magazine has rounded up a few suggestions, including the Iron Mountain Trail off Hwy 224, Mountain Dell by the cross country skiing area, and the FCD Hill behind the Tanger Outlets. Pro tip: Bring hot cocoa in thermoses to keep everyone in merry spirits.

horse drawn carriage ride

Photo Credit: Boulder Mountain Ranch

10. Horse-drawn sleigh ride at Deer Valley

Throw it back to the 1800s this Christmas with a sleigh ride pulled by two handsome horses through snow-covered Deer Valley. Boulder Mountain Ranch, a year-long local outfitter, offers this service every winter. This activity is perfect for hosting grandparents or older relatives in town who want to take in the Park City holiday milieu at a more leisurely pace. The sleigh rides run nightly and are available by private booking only. The rides can depart from Stein Eriksen Lodge or Silver Lake Lodge in Deer Valley.

11. S’mores at the Montage Deer Valley

Who says s’mores have to be a summer thing? A treat as ooey-gooey and fun to eat as s’mores ought to be enjoyed year-round. The Montage at Deer Valley totally agrees, which is why they serve s’mores every.single.day of the year. Did we mention we love the Montage? During the winter, it’s s’mores o’clock from 4-5pm at the fire pit just outside the Vista Lounge. Adults may want to get in on the fun, too, considering the Montage serves a medley of marshmallow flavors and offers milk and dark chocolate.

torchlight parade

Photo Credit: Deer Valley Ski Resort

12. Deer Valley’s Annual Torchlight Parade

Once a year, Deer Valley is lit—like, literally lit. The annual Torchlight Parade takes place on December 30 around 6pm. The show descends Bald Eagle Mountain via the Big Stick run. To watch, gather at the Snow Park Plaza, where free hot cider and cookies will be waiting for you. Arrive a few minutes early to secure a choice viewing spot.

Business Spotlight: Element Park City


Old Town Cellars, OTC, wine dinner, Element Park City
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Where’s all the healthy, gluten-free, organic food in Park City? That’s the question Lucy Block asked herself when she moved to Utah from California eight years ago. In her former home of Encinitas, she says there were at least five gluten-free and organic restaurants she could frequent, plus a highly selective grocery store. “I could close my eyes and know that nothing had Red 40, Yellow 20, or hydrogenated oils,” Block recalls. “There were no GMOs in the entire grocery store.” While she found what she liked at Fair Weather Natural Foods, she felt the concept was limited by its space.

Then, through a mutual friend, she met Sebastian Silbereis, who had been operating a private chef service for about a year. Sebastian had a globetrotting resume and a preference for local, sustainably produced food, like Lucy. They soon formed a business partnership and expanded to become what Lucy describes as a “culinary concierge.” Meaning, “you need it, we can make it happen,” as she puts it.

Pan-Roasted Sirloin Bavette with Cauliflower Rice and Brussels Sprouts (Photo by Element)

Just over a year ago, Sebastian and Lucy opened up a brick-and-mortar shop in Snow Creek Plaza. Element Kitchen & Bakery serves gourmet dishes in a relaxed café setting, from baked goods to soups. Customers can enjoy food at one of the dozen tables onsite, or take their food home to-go. Yet Element also serves as the hub for chef services wherein the sky (or perhaps something like a wedding cake) is just about the limit. Element Park City can throw together gluten-free baked goods for a baby shower, cater a large event, or deliver an organic and gluten-free holiday meal.

The backbone of Element is, of course, the discerning criteria that all menu items must meet—after all, this is the raison d’être for the business. Everything is gluten-free, but, Lucy jokes, “If it tastes gluten-free, we can’t sell it!” Chef Sebastian also avoids GMOs and never uses refined sugars, hydrogenated oils, artificial colors or flavorings, preservatives, and several other taboo ingredients. Element also caters to other dietary preferences such as vegan, dairy-free, paleo, and keto. The menu items are all marked with the diet they adhere to, and Chef Sebastian is always willing to work with customers on their needs.

Mallard Duck Confit with Roasted Broccolini and Sweet Potatoes (Photo by Element)

A dream service? Stock your fridge, wherein Element fills up your kitchen with a variety of take-and-bake items, from barbecue ribs to soup and baked goods. This is perfect for tourists staying for a week and busy families who don’t want to resort to pizza delivery every night.

Right now, Lucy’s favorite item is the keto-friendly lasagna with local grass-finished beef and eggplant. She’s also digging the coconut almond gooey butter cake, with caramelized coconut on the bottom. My not-to-be-missed? Their brussel sprouts with bacon or pumpkin donut with spiced maple cream cheese frosting. Get one (or two) of the latter to share. As the season of holiday eating winds down, Element is an excellent place to turn to reset healthy eating habits this winter.

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Winter is Coming: Get Your Home Ready for the Cold


Ski passes? Check. Snow tires? Quadruple check. Winterizing your home? We often forget that our houses also require some pre-winter love. A few simple steps can make your home safer, more durable, and warmer as the cold approaches. Nobody wants to head into 10-degree overnight lows with a heating system that’s on the fritz!

I checked in with Todd R. Marsh, my neighbor who happens to be the co-founder of property management company Property Alliance, to find out what he recommends we all do to winterize our home. Here’s what’s on his list, plus some helpful links as needed:

Photo by Alex Perz

Check & Prep Your Heating System

  • If you have an older furnace, consider scheduling a tune-up.
  • Change out or clean your filters if needed. Generally, filters last anywhere from a couple months to a year depending on how big they are and whether you have pets (I have a recurring reminder in my calendar).
  • If you have an A/C system or a swamp cooler, winterize it and install covers.
  • Check that floor heating vents are open to allow for proper air flow.

Prep the Exterior

  • Remove leaves and debris from gutters and ensure downspouts are draining away from the home.
  • Check that tree branches are not rubbing roofs, siding or windows. If needed, trim branches.
  • Visually inspect roof and eves for damage.

Photo by Kirsten Marie Ebbesen

Prevent Frozen Pipes

  • Winterize your irrigation system (you’ll probably want to hire someone to do this).
  • Detach garden hoses from spigots.
  • During cold snaps, leave cabinet doors open in problem spots (think below your sink) to encourage warm air flow in the vicinity of water lines.
  • Install insulation around pipes in problem areas (like utility closets or crawlspaces).

Fire Safety

  • Schedule servicing for gas, wood, and/or pellet stoves.
  • Get your chimney inspected and cleaned to prevent chimney fires.
  • Replace the batteries for your CO2 and smoke detectors and clean off any dust that has accumulated on them.

Snowblower Maintenance

  • Take your snowblower in to Park City Power Products and get it serviced. Rod has been taking care of snowblowers and other such useful tools for over two decades.
  • Stock up on ethanol-free gas, which is better for your snowblower. Here’s a list of ethanol-free gas stations in Utah, the nearest of which to Park City might be in Heber or Kamas.

Leaving Town

  • Keep thermostats set to at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit. If your vacation property is for sale, ask your Realtor to check the heat.
  • Consider turning off the main water line.
  • If it will be more than a few days, make sure someone will stop by and check on your property.

Last box to check? Do your snow dance and hope to hear the familiar sound of avalanche bombs going off in the morning.


Questions on the tips above? Don’t want to take on winterization solo? Reach out to Todd with Property Alliance at 435.631.2527 or [email protected]