How Park City’s Schools Continue to Rise Above the Ordinary

As our students settle in to learn from home for the remainder of the school year, education continues to be a hot-button topic locally and across the U.S. Some parents and students are struggling with the online instruction model, while others are thriving. What we do know is every student in the U.S. is in the same situation right now, but because all of the schools in Park City provide access to digital devices for all students, kids in area public, private and charter schools were weeks ahead of its peers in other states, once again giving our students a leg up due to local educational leadership and foresight.

I’ve put together an overview of Park City School District, along with three additional school options in Park City, or available to Park City residents, including Park City Day School, Weilenmann School of Discovery and Silver Summit Academy.

Park City School District

It’s widely known that Park City’s schools are head and shoulders among others across the state, and funding for its many innovative programs is one of the reasons why. For the public and charter schools, property taxes from second homes, which are taxed at 100-percent of value vs. 55-percent for primary residents, fill the PCSD coffers at a rate unmatched in any of Utah’s other Districts. At Park City School District, per-pupil spending of $15,320 surpasses the national average of $12,201, while the average of all Utah school districts falls far below at $9,251.

PCSD is comprised of seven schools, in addition to a Child Care Center and a Learning Center:

Elementary schools (Preschool through 5th grade)
Jeremy Ranch
Parley’s Park

Ecker Hill Middle School (grades 6 & 7)
Treasure Mountain Junior High (grades 8 & 9)
Park City High School

There are currently 4,780 students enrolled in PCSD, down from its highest enrollment of 4,891 two years ago. The Utah State Board of Education provides a Utah School Report Card for each public school and district based on assessments, and has given PCSD the following marks:

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Park City was the first district to have all of its elementary schools participating in the Dual Language Immersion (DLI) program, and elected to have French DLI at Jeremy Ranch and Trailside, and Spanish at McPolin and Parley’s Park. McPolin is has a full-school DLI program, wherein every student enrolled is placed into the program, while the other three schools have just two classes per grade, and engage in a lottery system each spring to determine which interested students will be placed into one of the available spots. It’s a program that’s been a feather in the cap of the Park City School District

Students in the program spend half the day with a teacher instructing math, science and social studies in the target language, and the other half with a teacher instructing language arts in English. Proficiency goals are set for each grade, with the presumption that students will take the AP exam in their target language in ninth grade, and university-level courses in grades 10-12.

If you’re considering entering your child in Dual Language Immersion, check out the state’s DLI video by clicking here, or ask to sit in on a class at the school your child will be attending in the fall. Initial meetings for incoming first graders are usually held in January, so visit Park City School District’s DLI page throughout the winter for updates.

In April, U.S. News and World Report’s 2020 Best High School report ranked Park City High 19th among Utah’s 429 high schools, and ranked “Best School District in Utah” by Niche in its 2020 Best Schools in America rankings and grades.

Other PCSD highlights include:

  • Ecker Hill Middle School was re-designated in 2019 as a national School to Watch. The honor is bestowed upon the administration and faculty for their exemplary work with young adolescents. Only 11 schools in Utah have received this distinction.
  • The Park City High School Class of 2019 graduates attend prestigious universities that include Auburn, Baylor, Cal Poly, Cornell, Dartmouth, Georgetown, Loyola Marymount, Pepperdine, Stanford, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Villanova, and Washington & Lee.
  • A top Advanced Placement district in Utah with a 75% student participation rate and a 70% pass rate.
  • Park City Center for Advanced Professional Studies (PCCAPS) offers courses in digital design, business strategy, engineering, software development, and teacher education. Instructors develop real-world, project-based learning strategies through collaboration with business and community partners.

Park City Day School

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Located in Quarry Village in the Pinebrook neighborhood (south of the Jeremy Ranch I-80 interchange), Park City Day School (PCDS) is an independent, non-sectarian school focusing on a dynamic liberal arts education for students in grades Preschool through 8th.

PCDS’s instructional model includes inquiry, place-based experiences via outdoor education, service learning and leadership through courses that include the Arts (music, performing and visual), Science, Mathematics, English/Language Arts, Social Studies, Wellness and Foreign Language Studies.

According to Private School Review, Park City Day School has an enrollment of just 163 students, with a teacher:student ratio of 5:1 and average class size of 14 students. Parents interested in enrolling their students at PCDS should contact the Admissions Director to learn more and to schedule at tour at 435-649-2791, or by emailing [email protected].

Weilenmann School of Discovery

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Weilenmann School of Discovery (WSD), located on Kilby Road west of the Jeremy Ranch interchange by Woodward Park City, is a public charter school serving grades K-8 with a focus on exceeding Utah core standards by integrating visual and performing arts, outdoor education, lab science, physical education and an off-campus Adventure P.E. program. Technology- and project-based learning experiences help students engage in their own learning and success, while gaining and applying deeper subject knowledge.

Daily learning incorporates small and flex groups, enrichment programs, tiered learning assistance and a comprehensive Special Education program. With approximately 600 students, WSD promotes a close-knit school community by focusing on character education. One of the hallmarks of the school is their Outdoor and Environmental Education coursework, which allows students to spend meaningful time in nature on a regular basis, using the outdoor classroom as a learning space.

New student enrollment is currently open for the 2020-21 school year, and can be started by clicking here and clicking the “Apply Now” button.

Silver Summit Academy

Silver Summit Academy
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Silver Summit Academy is a K-12 school operated by the South Summit School District in Kamas, but is located near the western boundary of the Park City School District in the Silver Creek Business Park (Silver Summit Exit off Hwy 40, north of Home Depot). Students within the South Summit School District (SSSD) boundaries are given enrollment priority, with students from other district considered after SSSD students have been enrolled.

Silver Summit offers students a blended learning environment combining digital content with in-person instruction. Some classes are delivered mostly online, but there are teachers readily available to teach and assist students onside. With a focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics), AP and Honors courses are offered, but extracurricular activities should be sought in the school district from which the student originates (i.e. students in the South Summit School District will engage in their clubs and athletics, while student in from other district will engage in extracurriculars in their home district’s schools).  

The school notes that their curriculum works well for student athletes whose training and travel demands require flexibility, and they count quite a few competitive athletes among their student body.

To inquire about enrollment, click here.

The varied, yet all outstanding, education opportunities for students in preschool through 12th grade are just a part of what inspires so many families to people Choose Park City. To learn more Christine’s experiences with her school-age daughters, call her at 435-640-4238, or visit her website by clicking here.

Helping PCEF Continue Mission-Critical Services During COVID-19

As the weather warms and our community begins to slowly and carefully emerge from its Shelter in Place, we must remember that this pandemic is likely to continue to impact some of the most vulnerable members of community for the next few months, including our local students.

For nonprofits on the frontlines, the fiscal implication of COVID-19 has been significant, as none of their annual budgets could have taken into consideration the possibility of a global pandemic and the economic damage it could bring.

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Among those nonprofits, Park City Education Foundation (PCEF) is no exception. As I shared last month, I’ve served as co-chair of PCEF’s Running with Ed (RWE) fundraising event, and am heartbroken it had to be canceled for later this month. Based on last year’s RWE record fundraising total, PCEF stands to lose $280,000 in critical funding for the 2020-2021 school year – a significant percentage of the $1.5-million they invest in Park City School District annually in programs like preschool, art and STEM.

While I’m disappointed we can’t celebrate our students as a community this month through Running with Ed, I’m encouraging everyone who has already paid their registration fee for this year to consider, if able, to change their runner registration into a runner donation, or log on to the RWE site to purchase a fun “Gap Year” t-shirt to show your support.

I asked my friend, Jennifer Billow, PCEF’s Associate Director of Communications and Development, to share the best ways that Parkites can help bridge the funding gap to serve the immediate needs of teachers and students throughout the District.

Jen said PCEF is focusing on two critical areas: Express Grants for teachers, and support for Bright Futures students.

With the governor shuttering schools through the end of the year, teachers had to quickly adjust their method of instruction to accommodate at-home learning, which meant some found themselves without the necessary tools to efficiently teach their students.

“We knew there was going to be this giant shift in the direction of education because of distance learning,” Jen explained. “Teachers were finding that just talking to their kids via Zoom (online meetings) is super boring, so they’re asking for tools like iPads and other technology to amplify what their students are doing on a laptop to make a lesson more interesting.”

To quickly provide funding to teachers, PCEF ramped up its Express Grant program, which typically has a budget of $10,000 and awards grants of $1,000 or less. Recognizing the urgent need to support teachers instructing at-home, once RWE was cancelled, PCEF asked supporters to donate to the Express Grant program instead. Within the first 10 days, nearly $25,000 was raised.

PCEF Express Grants help fund classroom supplies for low income families during at-home learning. (Photo credit: Park City Education Foundation)

The Express Grant fundraising goal is now $50,000, with funding earmarked for emergency requests, such as personal hygiene products and over-the-counter medicines for low-income families, classroom supplies some families are unable to provide for themselves at home, or new ed-tech resources for teachers (i.e. laptop compatible whiteboards, video/audio components, apps to enhance online learning). Jen noted these needs are likely to continue into the summer months, especially if summer school or bridge programs are put into place to support students who require additional instruction following the at-home learning period. To contribute to the Express Grant fund, please click here.

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Also in need of urgent funding is Bright Futures, a program that mentors first-generation, low-income college students to help them from 10th grade through college graduation. This is accomplished by assisting students in choosing the right school, filling out financial aid forms and accessing critical resources to help them success in higher education. PCEF donors help bridge the gap between college expenses and what’s covered by scholarships and financial aid.

However, with most businesses closing or reducing services over the past few months and into the summer, the economic impact of COVID-19 has affected seniors and college students who relied on part-time jobs to help supplement their tuition.

“These kids are expected to contribute to their college costs by working part time, but their jobs dried up overnight,” Jen explained, adding, “Losing three to five months of income jeopardizes their ability to contribute.”

That’s why PCEF is seeking donations to support the 12 Bright Futures students currently in college and the 16 Park City High School seniors ready to start college in the fall. Ensuring these students are able to start and complete college through a life-changing contribution can be done by clicking here.

I encourage everyone to support PCEF – or any nonprofit near and dear to them – to the extent they are able, as supporting one another during these uncertain times can have benefits for both the recipient and the giver.

Park City Education Foundation and other frontline nonprofits are a few of the many reasons so many people Choose Park City for their new home or vacation property. To learn more about the variety of charitable organizations across Summit County that make the area so special, connect with Christine Grenney at 435-640-4238, or visit her website by clicking here.

Supporting the Community by Supporting Each Other

As one of the hardest hit communities in the nation by COVID-19 – and following the shelter-in-place order by Summit County – we’re all a little shaken by what our present and future holds for ourselves and our beloved ski town. Birthday parties, Spring Break plans and weddings have been cancelled. Prom and graduation are still up in the air, and the stress of homeschooling kids for the first time is taking a mental and physical toll on many. And while it’s easy to think of the personal toll the pandemic is having in your household, it’s more important than ever to support the residents and businesses in our community for which the effects of COVID-19 in Park City are proving to be catastrophic physically, emotionally and financially.

Help for our Workers

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Immediately upon learning that local restaurants would have to close their doors to dine-in customers, and that ski resorts would be closing for the rest of the season, Park City Community Foundation and its philanthropic, government and business partners initiated a Community Response Fund. The fund was created to assist area residents most directly impacted by COVID-19 in Park City by awarding emergency grants to organizations providing critical services in the areas of healthcare, food and housing to those individuals. It does not offer grants or financial support directly to individuals, rather, it funds high-impact nonprofits that already have systems in place to support individuals efficiently. As of March 27, $330,000 has been raised, and they’ve awarded the following initial grants:

  • $25,000 to the Christian Center of Park City for food programs and basic needs
  • $20,000 to People’s Health Clinic to help manage patient flow and provide critical supplies
  • $5,000 to EATS Park City to support the weekend backpack program in its growth during the crisis from 350 to 800 recipients
  • $10,000 to Connect Summit County to cover an increase in staff coverage and other supports for individuals struggling with mental health
  • $10,000 to Jewish Family Service to help provide financial assistance to families that have recently lost their income, based on a needs assessment and coordinated with CCPC
  • $10,000 for Peace House for support services addressing an increased risk for domestic violence victims during these stressful times

I’ve included links to the donation pages for each nonprofit listed above in case you’d like to provide much-needed direct support to these organizations.

Dining at Home While Dining Out

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Though many restaurants have closed their dining rooms as a necessary measure to help minimize further community spread of COVID-19 in Park City, approximately 50 have adjusted their operations to offer curbside and delivery services. Park City’s vibrant restaurant scene is part of what defines Park City as a world-class destination. By supporting these local eateries now, you can help them pay their staff now and stay afloat in the future. The Park City Area Restaurant Association has compiled this comprehensive list of restaurants participating in curbside pickup and delivery, which includes links to their individual sites, contact info and operating hours. You might also consider purchasing gift certificates online for future use at restaurants that are not set-up to facilitate curbside dining. To assist in doing so, a list of area restaurants can be found here, though not all offer gift cards online.

Supporting the Service Industry

Align Spa is one of many service providers offering certificates and products online.

Purchasing gift cards at service providers who have been shuttered during the shelter-in-place is a great way to directly support local businesses. Gyms, salons, groomers, galleries, hotels, museums, transportation companies and live entertainment venues are just a few of the types of businesses that could really use our community to rally around them and purchase goods or gift certificates online. You can access a list of local businesses at the Park City Chamber | Convention and Visitors Bureau website by clicking here. Doing so just might help your mental state by giving you something to look forward to doing in a few months (when we begin to return to life as we once knew it).

Propping up Nonprofits

The current situation has been particularly hard on nonprofits, as many operate on thin margins to begin with, and are now losing the critical admissions and donation revenue they counted upon for March and April. It was heartening to learn 42 cats and dogs at Nuzzles & Co. found emergency foster homes within one day of the animal rescue group taking to social media with a plea for placements, after Summit County issued its shelter-in-place order and they were required to cease operations at their outlet mall and Rescue Ranch locations. This has always been the way Park City has responded in times of dire need, and I’m confident it’s just one of many ways we are each doing our part.

While the human services nonprofits are receiving support to assist with essential needs, many nonprofits that enhance our local quality of life can also use your help. I challenge you to think of at least one nonprofit that has had a direct impact on you or your family. For me, the Park City Education Foundation comes to mind. In addition to providing funding for critical programs during the school year, they’ve increased their Express Grant Fund by $50,000 to support immediate teacher and student at-home schooling needs. I serve as co-chair of their Running with Ed fundraising event, and am heartbroken that it is, necessarily, canceled for this May, as that means PCEF stands to lose $280,000 in funding. I’m encouraging everyone who has already paid their registration fee for this year to consider, if able, to change their runner registration into a runner donation. I know this isn’t financially possible for everyone, but for those who can without a significant impact to themselves or their family, I am grateful. Stay tuned for how and when to give to bolster our 2020 funding needs. We’ll see everyone for the biggest and best Running with Ed on May 22, 2021!   

If you’ve already made a purchase for performances or classes in April at arts organizations like the Egyptian Theatre Company or Kimball Art Center, consider letting them keep your payment as a donation.

Make sure you’re signed up to support your child’s school through Smith’s Inspiring Donations, Amazon Smile and Box Tops for Education, which now utilizes a mobile app for scanning your receipt instead of having to cut out the coupon and bring it to the school.

The Park City Community Foundation maintains a list of all area nonprofits. Check it out by clicking here, and see if there’s one that inspires you to show your support.

Going Beyond Neighborly

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These days, it’s easy to live in a neighborhood while not exactly being “neighborly.” This is a great time to find ways to connect with the folks living on your street or in your building, so I’ve compiled the following ways you can safely support your neighbors during this time:

  • Offer to shop or make a pharmacy run for someone who is within the high-risk categories (over 60, immunocompromised, asthmatic)
  • Share your extra supplies; reach out on Facebook or Nextdoor to see who might be in need and initiate a porch drop-off
  • Organize a virtual block party using Zoom, Google Hangouts or Houseparty
  • Call or FaceTime someone who lives alone; you could be the one person who reaches out
  • Make care packages for first responders; call in advance to find out what is most needed, whether its hygiene supplies or pizzas from a designated restaurant

We’ve often heard that “in helping others, you help yourself.” No truer words have been spoken when it comes to lifting up our own community in this, its greatest time of need.

Our history of supporting each other through good and bad times is one of many reasons so many people Choose Park City for their new home or vacation property. To learn more about the variety of schooling options across Summit County that make the area so special, connect with Christine Grenney at 435-640-4238, or visit her website by clicking here.

Ways to Stay Sane While Homeschooling

My daughters engrossed in their at-home work.

If you’re like many parents across the globe, you’ve suddenly been thrust into the world of homeschooling your students, yet with very little time to prep, mentally or organizationally. Trying to find the balance between continuing important instruction during the next five weeks (minus one week for Spring Break – yay!) while maintaining a positive and nurturing household environment can be challenging for even the most Zen parents. That’s why I’ve compiled my favorite homeschooling tips for the coronavirus shutdown, from tackling the schoolwork itself, to ensuring mental and physical health are prioritized above all else. Bottom line: We’re all in this together, albeit, from the confines of our individual homes and yards.

Assess the Situation

At-home learning will look different for each family, so try taking a step back to breathe and determine the priorities for your situation. For families with older students, their kids are often already on autopilot and can navigate online learning seamlessly from home, though it’s still important to check in with them to hold them accountable and ensure they’re getting their work done.

It’s the families with elementary-aged children who are discovering the need for guided instruction throughout the day to be more than they think they can handle. Start by creating a learning area, if you don’t already have one, and assure your children that you’re in this together. Experts agree that children thrive off structure, so review the materials and expectations shared by your child’s teacher and be honest with yourself as to what part of each day can be dedicated to instruction. If you’re a working parent, your day is likely built around meetings and deadlines, so fold those into the schedule as times for your child to read, draw or just relax. During a typical elementary school day, there are multiple opportunities for your kids to take a break, so make those the times when you do the work that cannot wait.

Don’t beat yourself up about your student possibly falling behind or not meeting educational benchmarks, as every parent across the U.S. is in the same boat as you. However, it’s also not necessarily the time to just give up and say you “can’t do this,” because you CAN if you map out a plan.

“No one is expecting you to magically have a master’s in education overnight,” Oona Hanson, an educator and parenting coach, recently told POPSUGAR. “So many elements of a successful at-home learning experience require skills you already have as a parent.”

Find Projects That Interest and Excite

Budding bakers can try their skills during this extended time at home.

For many students, doing lesson after lesson online or in a workbook is torture without the promise of an upcoming class period where they get to do something they love, be it P.E., band or art. Take a tip from Ana Homayoun, a Bay Area educational coach, who told NPR she advises parents to find things for their kids to pursue that they haven’t had time for previously. If you have a budding Cake Boss, break out the pans and give them permission to experiment (baking is all about chemistry, right?). For a promising Picasso, find an area to set up the paints you’ve discouraged them from using in the past because – admit it – you didn’t have time previously to even thing about getting acrylic out of your rugs. Maybe take this time to train as a family for the Park City 4th of July 5K, or investigate the many, no-cost online exercise options, such as HIIT, with exercise boards and playlists offered by the local Beau Collective. This is the time to find a common interest you might not have discovered without the advantage of spending so much time together.

Take Virtual Field Trips

Utah’s Hogle Zoo offers Facebook Fieldtrips daily!

School fieldtrips tend to be one of the things many of us remember most fondly about childhoods. Trips to the science center or the zoo were often the highlight of a school year, and this year should be no exception for your children, even while learning from home. Check out some local nonprofits who are providing educational and engaging opportunities, including Utah’s Hogle Zoo, which is holding a live Facebook Fieldtrip every day at 11:30 a.m. that’s posted to their YouTube channel afterward. The National Parks Service also offers virtual tours of their locations across the country, so take advantage of the opportunity to “visit” areas that feature Natural Science or U.S. History, such as Denali National Park or the Erie Canal.

Dino fans will love the online learning opportunities offered by the American Museum of Natural History, which offers science classes and quizzes to sharpen minds of all ages. To support arts education, the Metropolitan Museum of Art provides dozens of resources, including art-making classes, audio guides and 360-degree videos of its collections. And for those whose goals take them to infinity and beyond, the Kennedy Space Center is providing free, online distance learning videos focused on space-related science, technology, engineering and math using Facebook Live, with presentations in both English and Spanish – an excellent opportunity for kids in Spanish Dual Immersion to receive instruction in their target language. Meanwhile, French Dual Immersion kids can take advantage of online tours of the Louvre en français.  

Adjust Your Expectations

I was going to write, “lower your expectations,” but for many of the hyper-driven types I know, this would be impossible. Instead, take stock of what is critical – maintaining a sleep schedule, reading and checking in with your child’s teacher to let them know you’re dialed in and doing your best, talking with your child to see how they feel homeschooling is going, or if there are other concerns they’re harboring related to the pandemic. And reach out to your “village” – there’s a reason “virtual happy hours” have become so popular as of late. It’s a great time to get support from other parents facing the same challenges, while other virtual get togethers can offer your kids a chance to see and chat with family members across the country and around the globe.

The close-knit community and excellent educational opportunities are one of many reasons so many people Choose Park City for their new home or vacation property. To learn more about the variety of schooling options across Summit County that make the area so special, connect with Christine Grenney at 435-640-4238, or visit her website by clicking here.

Summertime Options Abound

It’s barely March, but spring is known to zoom by for parents and visitors gearing up for summertime kid activities in Park City! Summer camp options abound, and mapping out a summer that’s equal parts action and education will make even the most persnickety camper smile! Many camps sell out of certain sessions early on, so if you missed an opportunity last year, be sure to get upcoming registration dates on your calendar! (Reminder: Park City School District breaks for summer on June 2 and resumes on Aug. 20, 2020.)

Full-Summer Solutions

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Basin Recreation Summer Blast Day Camp

Starts at Trailside Park and Ends at Ecker Hill daily
(435) 655-0999

Basin Recreation offers a full-summer option with their Summer Blast Youth Day Camp. Beginning on June 8 and finishing on August 19, this camp welcomes kids ages 6-12 and features themed weeks filled with games, arts and crafts, weekly visits from the Kimball Art Center and swimming. Registration is offered by the day, week or entire summer, and starts at $40/day. Hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., with early drop off at 8 a.m. and late pick up at 5 p.m.; registration opens at midnight on April 1. In addition to their Day Camp, Basin Rec also offers weekly camps, including “Basketball Camp,” “Mountain Bike Camp,” “Introduction to Lacrosse Camp,” “H20 Adventure Camp,” “Tennis Camp,” “Pickleball Camp,” “Indoor Volleyball Camp,” and “Preseason Soccer Camp.” For more information, visit the Basin Recreation site by clicking here, or call the Field House at 435-655-0999.  (Photo credit: Basin Recreation)

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Park City Recreation Summer Day Camp

1354 Park Avenue (City Park)
Park City, UT  84060
435-615-5401 (435-615-5440 when camp is in-session)

Park City Recreation offers a summer-long day camp, headquartered out of its City Park building (by the Miner’s Hospital). New this year is an early, priority registration starting on March 15 for residents living or working in the 84060 zip code, or for any full-summer campers returning from last year. Regular registration for all others begins on April 1. Camp is held daily from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., and includes arts and crafts, sports, games, fields trips every Friday, and Wednesday trips to the outdoor pool at the MARC. Full-summer cost is $1,975, beginning on June 8 and ending on August 14. Daily campers pay $53 per day, and there are no longer weekly options available. 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 focusses 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 4th, and can be found here.

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Deer Valley Resort Summer Adventure Camp

2250 Deer Valley Drive South (Snow Park Lodge)
Park City, UT  84060

Deer Valley Resort’s Summer Adventure Camp takes full advantage of its location at the base of the ski area, with headquarters at Snow Park Lodge. Hiking, mountain biking and SUP are complemented by games, puzzles, arts and crafts, and field trips. As a state-licensed center, infants as young as two months are welcome, with options available for kids up to 12 years of age. Camp begins on June 8 and runs five days per week throughout the summer. Prices for 2020 have not yet been posted, but a full-summer camper in 2019 was $2,793 for Explorers (ages 5 & 6) and Mountaineers (ages 7-12) and Explorers (ages 5-6), and $3,038 for ages 2 months – 4 years. Visit Deer Valley’s website for more info.

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YMCA’s Park City Summer Day Camp

4501 UT-224
Park City, UT  84098
Headquartered out of Park City Community Church (behind Park City Nursery on S.R. 224), this YMCA day camp offers a new adventure every day, with outings that include local Park City venues, Salt Lake field trips and explorations in the Uinta Mountains. The camp is for ages 5-12, with a special quiet room for the five-year-olds and a staff-to-child ratio of no more than 1:6. Beginning on June 8 and running through August 14, some of the weekly themes include “Wild Animals,” “World Explorers,” “Ancient Adventures,” “Olympics,” and “Don’t Try This at Home.” Daily hours are 8:30 – 4:30 p.m. for $225 per week, with optional extended care starting at 8 a.m. and ending at 5:30 p.m. for an additional $15 per week (financial assistance is available). Registration is now open – click here to learn more.

Sports & Outdoors

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Woodward Park City

3863 Kilby Road
Park City, UT  84098
Heading into its first summer open for business, Woodward is elevating the action sports game for kids ages six and older of all ability levels, with an offering that includes mountain biking, skateboard, BMX, scooter, cheer, parkour, multisport and digital media. Camps are offered beginning the week of June 8 in groups of five or 10 sessions, and can run either Monday-Friday, or on the same day each week for five or 10 weeks. Sessions include lunch, 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. Visit the Woodward website here for more details and to register.

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Young Riders Camps

(Locations throughout Park City)
The Young Riders Youth Cycling program offers weeklong camps from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. beginning June 8, and provides opportunities for riders ages 5 – 14. 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 25 at 7 a.m., and camps fill up quickly, so be sure to click here to pre-register and ensure your biker is ready to roll!

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Utah Olympic Park

3419 Olympic Parkway
Park City, UT  84098
The UOP’s Fundamentals Sport Camp is for kids ages 7 – 10, and features activities such as golf, sailing, swimming, tennis, karate, gymnastics, skateboarding and art. Each of the six sessions are held Tuesday – Friday, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (early drop off at 8:30 a.m. is available), and include an opportunity to try freestyle skiing skills in the park’s famous pool. Cost is $335 per week, and registration opens on Monday, March 16. Click here for more details, or reach out to Matthew Terwillegar, 435-602-9401/[email protected].

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Summit Community Gardens

4056 Shadow Mountain Drive (off Old Ranch Road)
Park City, UT  84098
[email protected]
Each year, Summit Community Gardens’ offers enriching summer camps to give kids a chance to spend time outdoors while learning about nature, gardening and growing healthy food. Each week features a different gardening theme with hands-on activities with partner organizations EATS, Recycle Utah and Kimball Art Center.  While this year’s schedule is not yet posted, last year’s camps were $180 per week and ran Monday – Thursday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Registration will open on April 1. Click here for more info and to sign up for a reminder email.

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Summit Land Conservancy Outdoor Explorers and Little Explorers Camp

1650 Park Avenue, Ste. 200
Park City, UT  84060
Summit Land Conservancy offers adventure camps for kids who just love to be in the great outdoors! Children will learn about ecology, botany, biology, wildlife identification, local history, and the importance of land stewardship while acting as a junior conservator. Themes set for Outdoor Explorers (ages 7-12) include “Mountain Bike Monday,” “Trail Trekking Tuesday,” “Weber River Wednesday,” “Thrill Seeker Thursday” and “Farmer Friday.” Outdoor Explorers costs $375 per week, with dates beginning June 15 and ending August 14. This year, Summit Land Conservancy is offering a Summer Camp Lottery for those agreeing to support the organization 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 30, but with the lottery, many spots might be filled before general registration opens.  For more information, contact Caitlin at 435-640-9884 or [email protected]. (Photo credit: Summit Land Conservancy)

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Swaner Preserve & EcoCenter

1258 Center Drive
Park City, UT  84098
Swaner Preserve & EcoCenter offers popular weeklong camps from run June 15 through August 14, and include both half-day and full-day options. Because camps sell out quickly, they offer early registration on March 15 for members who joined by Feb. 28, with general registration opening on March 23. This year’s camps include programs 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 “EcoExplorers,” “Nitty Gritty Nature,” “Down to Science,” Wild Sprouts” and “Disgusting Discoveries.” Click here to check them out and set a registration reminder for yourself.

Arts & Museums

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Kimball Art Center

1401 Kearns Boulevard
Park City, UT  84060
Camps at the Kimball Art Center are 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. From June 8 – August 14, four-day camps are offered for kids ages 3-17 featuring artistic endeavors such as illustration, digital painting, mosaics, watercolor and clay. Classes are offered in the morning and afternoon; please click here for more information and to register.  

Park City School District

Various locations around Park City
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

301 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT  84108
Kids can experience a Day at the Museum with the Natural History Museum of Utah’s (NHMU) weekly camps, held at NHMU on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City. Camps begin the week of June 8, and include trips to nearly locations such as Red Butte Garden, This is the Place, Utah’s Hogle Zoo and Tracy Aviary. A full schedule of camps and age ranges can be found by clicking here. Most camps for younger kids are half-day, while older kids attend from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Registration opened on March 9 to the general public – click here for more information.

Utah’s Hogle Zoo

2600 Sunnyside Avenue (840 South)
Salt Lake City, UT. 84108
Utah’s Hogle Zoo presents weekly summer camp options for kids in grades 1st through 8th, with themes like “Animal Olympics,” “Curious Creatures and Fearsome Features,” “Harsh Habitats” and “Animal Sense-ations.” Prices range from $80 for half days to $300 for full days, with discounts for zoo members. Check out the entire lineup by clicking here.

Loveland Living Planet Aquarium

12033 Lone Peak Parkway
Draper, UT. 84020
801-355-FISH (3474
For kids fascinated with life under the sea, the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium offers weeklong camps throughout the summer. Themes include “Tide Pool Titans,” “Feathers, Fins and Fur” and “Full STEAM Ahead.” Campers ages 4-17 can find a variety of experiences specific to their interests, including “Pirate Science,” “Creature Challenge,” “Feathers, Fins, and Fur” and “Ocean Explorer.” All campers receive a t-shirt, water bottle, backpack, behind-the-scenes experiences and animal encounters of the most creepy-crawly kind! Camps begin on June 3 and end August 16, with half days from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., and full days run 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., with extended care options. Prices per week are $130 for half day and $255 for a full day, with discounts for aquarium members. Click here for all the offerings.

Overnight Adventures

Highly-revered overnight camps are nearby via the YMCA’s Camp Roger (on Mirror Lake Highway jut past Kama) 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. 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 “Boating Bonanza,” “Artrageous” and “Backpacker.” Some camps even allow younger and older siblings to share in the experience, with younger kids staying just a few nights, and older siblings camping for the full five days.

The amazing array of summer camp options is just one of the many reasons to Choose Park City. Be sure to connect with Christine today at 435-640-4238 to explore future adventures of your own! 

Five Ways to go Beyond the Norm in the Wasatch

Though Park City’s reputation as a winter sports destination was built on the more traditional pursuits of ski jumping, skiing, and – ultimately – snowboarding, every now and then, it’s fun to shake things up and try something out of the ordinary. For Parkites and visitors, opportunities to go beyond the norm abound, so I’ve put together a list of my current top five ways to stretch your limits while in the Wasatch.

Woodward Park City

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Photo Credit: Woodward Park City

3863 Kilby Road, Park City
Open daily from 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

The highly-anticipated Woodward Park City opened its doors just two months ago, but it’s already become the hottest destination in town. Designed to accommodate year-round fun, the 60+ acre attraction encompasses action sports and mountain parks that include everything from lift-accessed snowboarding, skiing and mountain biking, to both indoor and outdoor facilities designed for all levels of BMX, scooter, skateboard, parkour and cheer. Throw in an upgraded tubing experience with two surface lifts and the longest lanes in the state, and you have an experience certain to engage athletes of all ages and abilities.

To experience Woodward, you can choose from classes, lessons, camps, monthly memberships and/or access tickets.

Lessons are offered at a cost significantly lower than at local ski areas, with two-hour group lessons for $74, and full-day lessons from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. for $122.

For those aged seven and older looking to improve their snowboarding, skiing or multi-sport skills (including trampoline, parkour, skateboard scooter and bike) in a camp setting, the facility offers Woodward Weekends, a flexible Saturday and/or Sunday series of four, six, 12 of 24 full-days of instruction from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Two upcoming Winter Camps are also being offered during President’s Week (Feb. 17-21) and Spring Break (April 6 – 10). Further, the facility is throwing its hat into the summer camp ring with multi-day programs for kids six and older, offering either single-sport or multi-sport programs that also include more traditional summer camp offerings, such as arts and crafts. All camps provide for drop-off starting at 8:30 a.m. and a late pick-up at 5:30, with lunch included and discounts for members.

To learn more, visit Woodward’s website by clicking here.

Park City Powder Cats

Photo Credit: PC Powder Cats

1000 Peaks Ranch
Uinta Mountains

“We believe that life is too short for lift lines, powder panic, and icy moguls.” – Park City Powder Cats

In the spirit of going where no man (or woman) has gone (or tracked) before, Park City Powder Cats offers 43 pristine acres of private terrain accessed by snowcats with heated passenger cabins, each accommodating 10 guests and two guides.

The typical day starts at 8:30 a.m. at the PC Powder Cats cabin in the Uinta Mountains, approximately 35 minutes from Park City. By 8:40 a.m., guides will distribute beacons and snowcat assignments, and participants will receive orientation and safety protocols. At 9 a.m., safety protocols are reviewed and everyone is in their cats, with a 9:45 a.m. arrival time at a slope, followed by the first run. From 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., skiers and riders will experience untouched power, with five- to 10-minute cat rides between laps. Lunch of sandwiches, wraps, soups, teas and baked goods is from 12 – 1 p.m., followed by more skiing and boarding in powder, bowls, chutes and glades. Everyone returns to the cabin at 3:45 p.m. with departure at 4:30 p.m.

Because there is no groomed terrain at 1000 Peaks Ranch, participants must be advanced or expert skiers or riders who can handle an ungroomed black diamond run in any condition, including powder, slush, ice or crust.

To learn more and book your snowcat adventure, click here.

Powder Mountain Single-Ride Cat Skiing

Photo Credit: Powder Mountain

6965 East Highway 158
Eden, Utah
801-745-3772, ext. 181

For a budget-friendly snowcat experience that doesn’t require a full-day commitment, Powder Mountain Ski Resort offers single-ride cat skiing or snowboarding at just $20 per ride for season pass holders, or $25 per ride for those with day passes. The snowcats bring skiers and riders to areas of the mountain lifts cannot access, providing an experience rivaled by heli-skiing, for a fraction of the cost. Located less than 90 minutes from Park City, Powder Mountain boasts 8,000 acres of skiable terrain, placing it among the largest resorts in the U.S., but the resort is known for being uncrowded with a laid-back vibe. To purchase cat skiing passes as add-ons to season or lift tickets, click here.

Powderbird Helicopter Skiing

Photo Credit: Powderbird

Park City & Snowbird

If cat skiing doesn’t provide enough of an adrenaline rush, give the good folks at Powderbird Helicopter Skiing a call. With 46 years of experience bringing skiers and snowboarders into the backcountry for guided heli-skiing and mountain adventures, Powderbird operates out of two conveniently-located base facilities, one near Historic Park City and the other at the base of Snowbird. With the ability to access the mountain in the gnarliest of conditions, Powderbird provides all guests with safety equipment, including an airbag pack, beacon, shovel and probe. At the beginning of each adventure, guests are trained in basic avalanche safety and how to use the aforementioned equipment, after which guides pick runs based on the group’s ability levels and current snow conditions.

Guest are not required to be expert skiers or boarders, but they should have an adequate level of fitness and skill set to fully enjoy the experience.

To connect with Powderbird, visit their website by clicking here, or call 801-341-2454.

Ski Utah Interconnect Tour

Various Utah Ski Areas

To fully experience the Greatest Snow on Earth, Ski Utah offers its Interconnect Tour, allowing skiers (alas, not snowboarders) the chance to visit up to six ski resorts in just one day for an abundance of in-bound and out-of-bounds excitement.

Priced at $430 per person, the Interconnect Tour includes two Ski Utah guides, lunch at one of the resorts, lift access, transportation to the resort from which you’ve departed, and a finisher’s pin. Gratuity is not included, (but always encouraged).

The Deer Valley tour departs from DVR on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, and provides an opportunity to visit Deer Valley, Park City Mountain, Solitude, Brighton, Alta, Snowbird, in addition to the backcountry between the resorts. With an average of 25 miles covered on skis, this tour requires participants be in good physical condition and able to ski variable conditions.

For more advanced skiers, the Snowbird departures on Thursdays and Saturdays cover Snowbird, Alta, Brighton, Solitude and the backcountry, and requires more hiking, sidestepping and a stronger overall skiing ability than the Deer Valley tour.

Private tours provide a more customized experience and cost $3,000 for up to six clients, or $4,500 for up to 12 clients.

For availability and online reservations, please click here, or call 801-534-1907.

Few towns match Park City when it comes to opportunities to step outside of your winter sports comfort zone. Similarly, when you Choose Park City, you’re guaranteed an experience above all others. Learn more about the many experiences unique to Park City by connecting with Christine Grenney at 435-640-4238, or visit her website by clicking here to learn more about the area’s neighborhoods.

Prioritizing Wellness in 2020

As Virgil said, “The Greatest Wealth is Health,” and there are few places where that rings true more so than in a resort town. Staying in shape physically and emotionally is critical to one’s overall wellbeing in order to truly appreciate the opportunities and beauty outside each of our backdoors.

Luckily, local wellness experts can help you usher in 2020 with strength and serenity. I’ve put together a list of a few practitioners I rely upon to keep my work/life balance in check throughout the year so that I can both work and play hard for my clients and my family.

Beau Collective

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Photo Credit: The Beau Collective

7132 N. Silver Creek Road

Founded in 2015 as a “concierge approach to fitness, happy hours and life in general,” Beau Collective – or Beauco – describes itself as “so many things … challenging fitness, fun social spots, great local businesses, motivational forces, family, life’s whatnot … & then blends them all together for a group of willing badasses for 3 months at a time …”

Based around 12-week sessions of twice-weekly 45-minute HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) classes, Beauco also offers a six-week “Teen Fitness and Social Series,” along with a “Youth Series” for ages 10+, both beginning on Jan. 8. Located in the Alpine Distilling Building in Silver Creek, the studio takes advantage of the social aspect of its host facility by offering a social room where workout warriors can mix and mingle after their session.

Tadasana Yoga Studio

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3156 Quarry Road #3

Yogis looking to sweat out the sins of a night out on Main Street can visit Tadasana Yoga Studio, located in Pinebrook and offering power vinyasa classes that take place in a toasty 96 degrees. Focusing on core tenets of “motion, athleticism and grit,” all levels are welcome to purge impurities while becoming bendy versions of their former selves. Those looking to build upon the basic can sign up for Tadasana’s sculpt classes, which include weight training and cardio.

Summit Spa & Float

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Photo Credit: Summit Spa & Float

1351 Kearns Boulevard Ste 150

Summit Spa & Float provides an opportunity to enter a warm, zero-gravity environment for 60, 90 or 120 minutes, where – free from distraction – your body relaxes and you can enter a state of deep meditation free from pain and anxiety. The water is treated with Epsom salts to refresh hair, skin & nails, and floating has been linked to lowered diastolic blood pressure after just five minutes. Other services include chemical peels, cupping massage and microblading.

Element Kitchen & Bakery

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Photo Credit: Element Kitchen & Bakery

1400 Snow Creek Drive

For locals and visitors hindered by dietary restrictions, Element Kitchen & Bakery provides delicious and healthful options while dining on-site, or via grab-and-go items available for takeaway. Dairy-free, keto, gluten-free, paleo and vegan dishes abound, but the menu has something for every interest, including brunch, lunch and dinner offerings ranging from avocado toast and croque monsieur, to housemade gnocchi with pepita pesto and slow smoked Notch Peak brisket. Element also offers pre-made meals, party platters, snacks and baked goods perfect for après ski at home.

HeartSpace (powered by Plenty)

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4343 Highway 224, Ste 203

HeartSpace is the local retreat center for Plenty Consulting, which offers experiential workshops and coaching for clients to help foster teamwork and improve results. The retreats offered at HeartSpace provide multi-day offsite transformational experiences focusing on strategic development, product & campaign launches, turnaround and culture reinvention. With a mission to “connect, inspire, and support idealists to create massive positive change in the world,” HeartSpace offers a wide range of retreats and workshops, which can be viewed by clicking here.

Kelle and Nina

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Photo Credit: Kelle and Nina


Local mothers and credentialed health & wellness coaches, Kelle and Nina lead with the mantra, “Yell Less. Play More. Be Grateful” in their effort to help coach moms toward a grounded and fearless life. Moms who feel overwhelmed, distracted or time-starved can start with a free, one-on-one strategy session to see if Kelle and Nina’s strategies and tactics can help with their daily struggles. To learn more, visit their site at

Whether or not your life is already in balance, wellness beckons when you Choose Park City. Learn more about the many ways Park City can center your soul by connecting with Christine Grenney at 435-640-4238, or visit her website by clicking here to learn more about the area’s neighborhoods.

10 Things To Do Over the Holidays in Park City

With the early promise of a snowy winter season, Park City is ready to show off for the holidays in all of its winter wonderland glory. Getting into the holiday spirit is easy in December, with a month of events to entertain locals and visitors both young and old. I’ve curated a list of the top ten things to do over the Holidays below:

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North Pole Express

Heber Valley Railroad
450 South 600 West, Heber City
Mondays – Saturdays through Dec. 23
All ages

Take your kids on a train ride to the North Pole while enjoying Mrs. Claus’ famous chocolate chip cookies and hot cocoa on the Heber Valley Railroad’s North Pole Express. Santa joins the 90-minute round-trip ride, visiting each child and presenting them with a special gift. “North Pole” (regular) and “First Class” tickets are available, along with private cars available for groups. Tickets and dates are listed here, but be sure to book early, as this event always sells out.

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Holiday Nights™

Jordanelle State Park
Upper Fisher Loop, 515 UT-319, Heber City (approx. 10 minutes from Park City)
Nightly through Jan. 4, 5 – 10 p.m.
All ages

Holiday Nights™ at Jordanelle State Park has taken the tradition of driving through neighborhoods to check out holiday light displays to a whole new level. This 1-2-mile leisurely drive winds through the state park and features more than 40 sparking LED displays, including animated snowmen, elves, poinsettias, candy canes, a 200-foot light tunnel and a mega tree display at Santa’s Holiday Village. Advance tickets range from $20-$40, depending on date and car size, and can be purchased by clicking here.

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Santa on the Ranch

DeJoria Center/State Road Restaurant
970 North State Road 32, Kamas (approx. 20 minutes from Park City)
Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 & 21 from 5 – 9 p.m.
All ages

Head a few miles outside of Park City to the picturesque Kamas Valley for a special evening with Santa at the DeJoria Center & State Road Restaurant. “Santa on the Ranch” features dinner, pictures with Santa, cookie decorating and letters to Santa with his helpers. Adults ages 13 and older are $48, kids ages 4-12 are $38 and kids 3 and under are $10. Reservations are required, and can be made by calling 435-783-3530. Click here for more information.

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Park City Santa Pub Crawl

Various locations on Main Street
Park City
Saturday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m.
Ages 21 and over

Parkites love any excuse to dress in costume, and the holidays are no exception, as evidenced by the annual Park City Santa Pub Crawl. Revelers dressed as Santa and Mrs. Claus abound, along with reindeer, angels, elves … the costume creativity knows no bounds. The evening begins at 6 p.m. at Butcher’s Chop House and Bar (751 Lower Main Street), then heads to the Downstairs (625 Main Street) from 6:45 – 8:15 p.m. Attendees can then spread out and choose the No Name (447 Main Street), The Spur (352 Main Street) or Flanigans (438 Main Street) from 8:15 – 10:30 p.m., with the final stop at The Cabin (427 Main Street) for the End of Night Crawler Party from 10 p.m. – 1 a.m. There’s no cost to participate, but everyone is encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy for the Park City Toy Drive, along with cash, as the bars get packed and credit cards can slow the flow. Stay up-to-date on the event by following there Facebook page here and checking out fun pics from past years.

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Park City Holiday Spectacular & Sing-Along!

Egyptian Theatre
328 Main Street, Park City
Friday, Dec. 14 & Saturday, Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 16 at 6 p.m.
All ages

Start a family tradition with this annual showcase of local entertainers of all ages and abilities as they take the historic stage at the Egyptian Theatre. Performing acts are interspersed with chances for the audience to singalong to holiday classics. Regular seats are $12 for youth and $15 for adults, with Front-of-House tickets are $19 and Cabaret tables immediately in front of the stage are $25 each. To purchase tickets, please click here.

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Santa Arrives on the Town Lift

Town Lift Plaza
825 Main Street, Park City
Saturday, Dec. 21, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
All ages

In true ski town-style, Santa comes to Main Street each year via the Town Lift to spend some time with his biggest fans on the Plaza. Past years have included, live music, hot chocolate and cookies for those awaiting Father Christmas’ 6 p.m. arrival, which is followed by photo opps with the man of the hour. For more info, click here.

(Photo Credit: Kurt Bestor)

Kurt Bestor

Egyptian Theatre
328 Main Street, Park City
Saturday, Dec. 21 – 8 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 22 – Wednesday, Dec. 25 – 6 p.m.
All ages

Emmy Award-winning Utah favorite, Kurt Bestor, visits Park City every holiday season to bring his larger-than-life personality and talent to the Egyptian Theatre for a five-night engagement featuring holiday favorites and original music in an intimate setting. Tickets are $34 for House Seating, $40 for Preferred Front of House seating, and $50 for Cabaret Table Seating in front of the stage. To purchase tickets, click here.

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Santa Claus Visits Deer Valley Resort

Deer Valley Resort
Snow Park Lodge (2250 Deer Valley Drive South, Lower Deer Valley)
Silver Lake Lodge (7600 Royal Street, Upper Deer Valley)
Tuesday, Dec. 24, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
All ages

It wouldn’t be Christmas Eve without Santa making his annual appearance to take photos with all of the good boys and girls on the slopes of Deer Valley Resort. St. Nick will visit guests at the Snow Park Lodge area from 9 – 11 a.m., and at the Silver Lake Lodge area from 12 – 1:30 p.m. For more information, click here, or call 435-649-1000.

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Deer Valley Resort Torchlight Parade

Deer Valley Resort
2250 Deer Valley Drive South, Park City
Monday, Dec. 30, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
All ages

Another quintessential ski town tradition is a torchlight parade, where skiers travel in formation down a ski run at dusk holding torches to create an otherworldly glow. Deer Valley Resort’s Torchlight Parade is held on Big Stick ski run (behind Snow Park Lodge) at around 6 p.m., with complimentary hot chocolate, cider and cookies served on the plaza from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Click here for more information.  

(Photo Credit: O.P. Rockwell)

Roaring ‘20s New Year’s Eve Party Gold Standard Music

O.P. Rockwell
268 Main Street, Park City
Tuesday, Dec. 31 – 9 p.m.
21 and over

Swing in the New Year with the opulence of “The Great Gatsby” at this Roaring ‘20s-themed party, dancing to the jazz/electro/soul hybrid sounds of Gold Standard Music. Opt for the VIP Dinner & Party package for $175, which includes dinner in The Rockwell Listening Room followed by VIP entry to the O.P. Rockwell Mezzanine lounges, or join the party for $100 with free appetizers in General Admission. The venue is requesting guests arrive in themed attire, such as top hats, cravats, evening gown and bow ties. For full details, click here.

Whether it’s an outing for the whole family or a special date night experience, when you Choose Park City, you’re certain to have a unique and memorable time. Learn more about possibly calling Park City “home” by connecting with Christine Grenney at 435-640-4238, or visit her website by clicking here to learn more about the area’s neighborhoods.

Getting Ahead of Sundance: A 2020 Festival Survival Guide

Locals who have lived in Park City for any length of time will likely have a few Sundance Film Festival stories to share – whether it was getting to attend the premiere of a soon-to-be-famous film (think “Napoleon Dynamite” or “The Blair Witch Project”), or simply spotting celebrities strolling along Main Street or dining in their favorite eatery – nearly every Parkite will agree that Sundance brings a certain energy to town, but knowing how to survive those ten days can mean the difference between a positive or a negative Festival experience.

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This year’s Festival runs Thursday, January 23 through Sunday, February 2, though the first weekend tends to be the busiest in town, with the highest profile premieres occurring in the first few days. If you don’t have to go into town during the day, it’s best to avoid the I-80 off-ramps at Kimball Junction, S.R. 224 from Kimball Junction into town, Old Town/Main Street, and the Prospector neighborhood, especially Kearns Boulevard. Consider sticking to shopping and the restaurants in Kimball Junction, or plan on early and late-hour grocery runs.

In the past, Park City High School and Treasure Mountain Junior High have adjusted their release times to account for afternoon screening times at the Eccles Center (adjacent to the high school), so if you have students at those schools, keep an eye on emails and social media for updates.

Stay up-to-speed on traffic incidents, road closures, weather conditions and other emergencies during the festival by signing up to emergency alerts. Just text FILMFEST to 888777, and you’ll receive alerts during the event, which can be helpful for locals navigating around town.

In the spirit of, “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em,” consider volunteering for this year’s Festival. Not only will you receive one of the super-cool volunteer jackets, you’ll have a chance to meet film buffs from across the U.S. and throughout the world. Check out the volunteer opportunities by clicking here.

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Looking forward to hitting Main Street for that coveted Jon Hamm sighting? It’s a great time to use Park City Transit, especially the Ecker Hill Park-and-Ride and Kimball Junction Transit Center. Just download the “myStop Mobile” app for current routes and departure/arrival times, and get ready to mix and mingle with locals and visitors while en route!

Though the local pass and ticket packages went on sale Oct. 15 and have already sold out, you can still find ways to “Fest” during this year’s event. “Open Tickets” are available at the Main Box Offices and online through Feb. 2, and cost $25 each, or $10 for Kids Screenings. Another option are eWaitlist Tickets, which means you join an electronic queue for the chance to score last-minute tickets to films via the web at (NOTE: This site is not yet up-and-running for Sundance 2020) or by using the mobile app. To “get in line” for the eWaitlist, just register your account, choose a film, and then receive your eWaitlist number. You’re then required to arrive at the theater no later than 30 minutes before the screening, and can see the likelihood of getting into the film within the system, though tickets are not guaranteed. These tickets are $25 each, or $10 for Kids screenings, and are cash only.

The two much-anticipated free screening opportunities for locals – Townie Tuesday and Best of Fest – are still scheduled for this year’s festival, but tickets will not be available in advance, as they have been previously. Instead, tickets for both will be available through the eWaitlist system described above, with Townie Tuesday on Jan. 28 at the Redstone Cinema at 7 p.m., and Best of Fest screenings scheduled for Monday, Feb. 3. Best of Fest screenings will be announced online the morning of Sunday, Feb. 2, and eWaitlists for films on both days will open two hours before each screening.

Regular ticket packages for the first half of the Festival have also sold out, but there are still Express Passes and Eccles Theatre Passes available for the second half of the Festival, which is Jan. 29 – Feb. 2. The Express Pass is $3,500 and includes access to screenings at all theaters with priority access, plus one official Festival photo credential and one awards party ticket. The Eccles Theatre Pass is $2,000, and provides access to all screenings at the Eccles Theatre, where most premieres are held, along with priority access and a Festival photo credential. There is also a 10 Ticket Package for the second half of the Festival for $600, which includes 10 tickets, two official Festival credentials and two awards party tickets, or you can purchase a standalone non-screening, non-photo Festival credential for $300, which provides access to non-theatre venues, including the Filmmaker Lodge, New Frontier, and daytime admission to the ASCAP Music Café (must be 21). Information for all passes and packages can be found by clicking here, but you must register or sign-in to access the page.

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(Photo Credit: Sundance Institute)

Once the Festival starts, be sure to bookmark the Festival Map on your phone to easily locate shuttle stops, theatre locations and box offices. As in years past, the Festival Headquarters are located in Prospector Square at the Sheraton Park City (formerly the Marriott Park City – 1895 Sidewinder Drive). The Main Box Office also returns to its previous location at the corner of Swede Alley and Heber Avenue in Old Town, and is where patrons pick up ticket packages and passes.

If you live out of town and need help planning your trip, the Festival is incentivizing patrons to utilize their online portal to book lodging by offering the choice of a Lyft voucher, Whole Foods gift card, or two film vouchers with certain bookings. And there’s no need to rent a car, as there is no parking at any of the screening venues, so plan to utilize the Festival shuttles or rideshares.

However, I would be remiss if I didn’t recommend you head to Main Street at least once during the Festival. It’s highly likely you’ll spot a few celebrities ranging from A-listers to that “person you saw in an HBO series once, but can’t quite remember their name.” The energy in Old Town during Sundance is unmatched, and if you’re up for venturing out at night, check out O.P. Rockwell’s, a sophisticated live music venue with an excellent dance floor and raised stage perfect for taking in both established and up-and-coming musical acts.

Sundance definitely brings a unique set of challenges and opportunities to the community each year, but with some foresight and patience, it can be a positive experience for both locals and visitors. And it’s just one more reason why so many people Choose Park City for their new home or vacation property. To learn more about the special events that make Park City so special, connect with Christine Grenney at 435-640-4238, or visit her website by clicking here.

Live PC Give PC: The One-Day Fundraiser that Changed Park City’s Giving Landscape

Giving is good for the soul, and there is no day better for the souls of all Parkites than Live PC Give PC – a one-day, 24-hour giving event that has raised more than $10.3-mllion for local nonprofits since its inception in 2011, with $2.4-million raised in 2018 alone. This year’s Live PC Give PC is on Friday, Nov. 8, and I suggest you mark the day in your calendar and begin to ruminate on which of the more than 100 participating nonprofits inspire your support.

What’s particularly amazing about this day of giving is it’s all done online. That means donors can donate to their favorite charities from the comfort of their homes, in their pajamas, no rubber chicken dinner or toe-pinching stilettos necessary (though some local fundraising evenings are a notoriously good time!).

Each year, I select certain charities that I believe match the mores of clients I’ve had the good fortune to work with during the past year and donate in their name. It’s my way of showing gratitude for the good fortune I’ve had as a realtor in our community, and to demonstrate to my daughters that sharing my success is just part of an altruistic life.

I’ve already earmarked a few worthy nonprofits that sometimes fly under-the-radar in the Park City’s robust giving scene, which include:


Photo Credit: PC Reads

PC READS was founded in 2014 by two local mothers, each with a daughter who struggled to read early on and was eventually diagnosed with dyslexia. They advocate for recognition and education of dyslexic students, and promote elevating literacy through early identification of struggling readers, effective reading interventions and appropriate classroom accommodations. PC READS provides resources and support to families with struggling readers, particularly those identified as dyslexic.

Mountainlands Community Housing Trust

Photo Credit: Mountainlands Community Housing Trust

As a realtor, I know firsthand how rising home values and scarcity within rental opportunities can price some residents out of the area. Mountainlands Community Housing Trust (MCHT) operates based on the belief that a safe, affordable home is often a family’s first step towards economic self-sufficiency. Having served 164 families and 376 individuals since 2003, MCHT’s Transitional Housing Program (THP) has maintained over a 95% success rate in locating affordable permanent housing for its participants while empowering them in the attainment of other life goals.

Summit Land Conservancy

Photo Credit: Summit Land Conservancy

As Park City and the surrounding communities continue to grow, the effort to preserve open space is becoming more critical with each passing year. Summit Land Conservancy is the only nonprofit dedicated to saving the open spaces of Park City and Summit County. They protect and monitor this community’s investment in local open spaces by defending 38 permanent conservation easements on 5,766 acres of land—and they’re currently working to preserve an additional 5,000+ acres of the landscapes the community cherishes.

Utah Avalanche Center

Photo Credit: Utah Avalanche Center

Avalanches go hand-in-hand with having the Greatest Snow on Earth, so the Utah Avalanche Center works with the U.S. Forest Service to help make backcountry and sidecountry fun and safe by providing up-to-date avalanche forecasts and education and mountain weather forecasts.

EATS Park City

Photo Credit: EATS Park City

Created in 2013 in response to community concerns over the health and wellness of Park City youth, PC EATS empowers children and their families to take control of their nutrition and food through Curious Cooks cooking classes, Garden Education and Community Collaborations to increase access & ensure opportunities to develop lifelong healthy habits and access to fresh, nutritious appealing food. They collaborate with Park City School District to ensure the availability of healthy school lunches and nutrition information for all kids.

And because we all know Park City loves a good party, Live PC Give PC donors aged 21 and over are invited to a celebration at High West Distillery & Saloon (703 Park Avenue) from 8 p.m. to midnight that evening, where final donations are tallied and celebrated. What a great opportunity to revel in the charitable efforts of your fellow Parkites, and just another reason why so many Choose Park City, as charity and community continue to be a top priority for so many of us.

To connect with Christine Grenney, call or text 435-640-4238, or visit her website by clicking here and learn more about the many ways new and current residents can give back to the amazing community in which they live.