The Best of Park City New Years

New Years Eve is an international evening of merriment.  Between sharing dinner and drinks with loved ones, reminiscing on the months past, and projecting the exciting year to come New Years provides plenty of reason to celebrate.  As you begin to make plans and picture the millions of people toasting champagne around the globe, consider celebrating your New Years in Park City!  There is no better place to ring in the New Year then in the state that boasts the best snow in the world.  From your luxury accommodations at Park City Peaks Hotel there are endless opportunities to make your New Years countdown unforgettable.  Below are just three of the many reasons why you should pencil in Park City New Years on your 2014 winter calendar.

Celebrations at the Resorts

If you are in Park City in December, chances are you are familiar with the world class skiing right on our doorstep.  With incredible snow and thousands of skiable acres, Park City has positioned itself as one of the premiere winter sports destinations in the world.  While that is reason enough to celebrate, New Years in Park City brings its own level of excitement.  On December 30th, stop by Deer Valley Resort for the classic Torchlight Parade and some hot cider and cookies.  On New Year’s Eve, visit Canyons Resort for an afternoon of free live music at the base and a 7:30pm fireworks show – over just in time for you to continue celebrating into the night!

Jane Lynch at the Eccles Center

Park City Institute couldn’t be more excited to welcome Jane Lynch to town to help celebrate New Years in Park City.  At 7:30 on New Years Eve, Jane Lynch will be bringing the Eccles Center audience to tears with her musical comedy-cabaret.  Lynch has gained notoriety in recent years through her hysterical roles in Role Models, 40-Year-Old Virgin, and Party Down and has shown her musical talents off in the hit show Glee.  With a history on Broadway and a background in off the wall comedy, this New Years performance will have you gasping for air as Lynch puts her personal twist on American standard songs and show tunes.  If you are looking for an unforgettable way to bring in the New Year while on your Park City Peaks vacation, Jane Lynch is it!

Nightlife!

Let’s be honest.  When it comes to New Years celebrations, many people are simply looking for somewhere to let down their hair.  New Years in Park City has no shortage of options for you to have a nice dinner, share a cocktail, dance, or just let loose.  Try any number of our famed bars and restaurants on (and off) Historic Main Street, or head over to Park City Live for an electronic music driven Black Tie Affair.  International sensation Darude, made famous stateside by his mega hit Sandstorm, will be fueling an energetic audience with his unique blending of electronic music styles.  A straight shot from your Park City Peaks Hotel room, Darude is a must-see for anyone looking for a high energy New Years celebration – just don’t forget your dance shoes and cocktail attire!

The American Ski Bum: A Storied History

The magic of the Western U.S. has attracted visitors and pioneers for well over a century, and that allure is still alive and well today. While natural resources and Manifest Destiny were early motivators for westward expansion, the spectacular ranges of the Greater Rocky Mountain west have slowly become our major attraction.  In ski towns across the country, this is particularly evident through the history of one particular free spirited, American counter culture.

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The First Ski Lifts at Snow Park Ski Area

Following World War II, the 10th Mountain Division, a mountain infantry unit of the U.S. army, returned from Europe and continued to chase their newly developed passion for big peaks back home by sparking the recreational ski industry.  By the 1960s skiing became a popular past time for leisure class Americans, and resorts began to pop up all over the Rocky Mountains.  Park City was no exception.

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The Science of Snowflakes

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Photo by Pen Waggener

If you have ever skied, shoveled a driveway, or spent even the shortest amount of time in a wintery climate you are probably well familiar with the magic of falling snow.  From an early age we are taught that no two snowflakes are alike, and the more time you spend in the mountains the more you realize the intricacies of different types of snow.  Here at Park City Peaks Hotel, we’re no strangers to the changing seasons and consider ourselves something of experts when it comes to our favorite type of precipitation.

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Mysteries at the old Park City Hotel

ghost story park city Mysteries at the old Park City Hotel

Everyone loves a good mystery and, around this time of year, some of the best mysteries manifest themselves in ghost stories.  Park City has a rich pioneer and mining history dating back to the mid 1800s so it should come as no surprise that many of the old buildings that line historic downtown have a unique history behind them.  One such building can be found at 573 Main St. (more…)

Getting a Kick out of Park City

Goodbye Summer, Hello Winter!

Wow, summer is finally over and all the exciting events around Park City that go with summer are wrapping up. Soon it will be our favorite season once again, ski season, but before the snows show up and the resorts open there are lots of fun things to do still.

Our recent posts have covered trains, tourism, love stories and music so hopefully you have the idea that there is a lot to do in and around park city. Indeed, weather you are a history junky, outdoor sports or activity enthusiast or art lover, there is simply a never ending amount of stuff to do in and around Park City. (more…)

A Nation Joined: The Transcontinental Railroad

On May 10, 1869, the east and west ends of the transcontinental railroad were joined 115 miles northwest of Park City. The meeting of the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads signaled the ceremonial joining of the United States.

The Golden Spike National Historic Site, in Box Elder County provides a splendid day trip opportunity from Park City. Through September, you can see working replicas of the locomotives that “met” at the site, the Jupiter and the 119. There are two auto tours available: a 14 mile round trip which affords views of the original track locations, and a two mile loop. The tours are self-guided. The Big Fill Walk is a 1.5 mile hike to the last rail and last spike of the massive engineering project.

Interestingly, the golden spike was symbolic. Engineers had hoped to lay a final golden rail and tamp it with the golden spike, but gold is too soft to be spiked or run across by a steam-powered locomotive. You can see the actual, final spike but don’t expect it be golden. And you will also be surprised by the gaudy colors of the train replicas. Trains weren’t flat black until the twentieth century.

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The Birth of Accidental Tourism: From mining to skiing in 100 years

Had you been a tourist visiting Park City, Utah, in 1869, you would have written, in your postcard (an ancient communications device requiring you to use a pen and lick a stamp) to back home, “Be glad you are not here.” ParkCity was all about silver mining then. Its citizens were rough-hewn, not a step removed from Butch Cassidy’s Hole In The Wall Gang which thrived 400 miles to the south.

You wouldn’t have skied outside ParkCity, in 1869. You wouldn’t have explored the many national parks (thank Teddy Roosevelt for that)—there were none. You didn’t hike or ride horses unless you were an outlaw or a mountain man. You bathed; you didn’t swim. Utah’s tourism came well after the mines had been exhausted.

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Deer Valley Celebrity Skifest 2014

Deer Valley Celebrity Skifest 2013

Celebrity Ski Fest Deer Valley Celebrity Skifest 2014

When an event has been running for 22 years, you know it must be good. The Deer Valley Celebrity Skifest is one such event. Rated as the #1 Winter Sports Special, the December 6th – 9th event is not to be missed as celebrities from television, film and the Olympics once again descend on Utah’s Park City.

Arrivals and registration are on the evening of Friday 6th, which gives everyone some much needed rest before all the events start on Saturday and Sunday.

The action on the snow officially kicks off from 10:30am Saturday as the Olympians and celebrities go through some training. The CBS Celebrity Skifest Race kicks off at Midday with coverage broadcast on CBS the following day. Lunches, cocktails and an awards ceremony are held throughout the afternoon before a silent auction and fundraising dinner begins from 7pm onwards.

Sunday kicks off with another sponsors breakfast at 8:30am with the celebrities. Training for the PRO-AM race begins at 10am with the official race at 12pm. Lunch and festivities run through until 4pm, where the official events end and everyone can enjoy the company of one another in Park City.

Park City is just a 40 minute drive from Downtown Salt Lake City, with the event free to watch there is no excuse not to attend as the resort kicks off the ski season with this event. For the public, the viewing platform is half way up the mountain at the Silver Lake area.

The event benefits the Waterkeeper Alliance and the US Ski and Snowboard Team which continues to attract celebrities. Last year, celebrity appearances included Kevin Nealon, Julia Ormond, Larry David and Rosie Perez. Rosie was heard saying “I’m not skiing, but I am so taken with what Bobby Kennedy is doing with the Waterkeeper Alliance, holding corporations accountable”.

Park City Peaks Hotel provides a great opportunity to get close to the stars with the hotel located next to the Deer Valley Ski Resort. The great comfort that resonates throughout the hotel is available at affordable rates. The indoor-outdoor heated pool is one feature that you will be telling people about for weeks.

To reserve your stay during the Deer Valley Skifest you can book online or call us toll free at 1-800-649-5012.

 

 

 

IMAFS: Intermountain Mustang & All Ford Stampede

Car Shows in Utah

Mustang Ford Park City IMAFS: Intermountain Mustang & All Ford Stampede The month of August is an exciting one in Park City Utah, especially for car and motor enthusiasts. With hundreds of Ford, Mustangs and other performance vehicles heading to Park City to take part in the 2013 Intermountain Mustang and All Ford Stampede, the city prepares for one of its biggest and most exciting events.

Mustang & Ford Park City

The focus of the Mustang and All Ford Stampede is, of course, the Ford Mustang, and at this year’s event, hundreds of different Mustangs will be on display. The Mustangs on display will include a number of vintage models and limited editions. The show isn’t all about Mustangs, however, and many other amazing Ford and Mercury models will be on hand for auto enthusiasts to gawk at and covet. Other models which will be on display at the Mustang and Ford Show will include Cougar cars, Thunderbirds, Thunderbolts, and even a Shelby Cobra or two.

2013 Intermountain Mustang and All Ford Stampede

This year, the annual Intermountain Mustang and All Ford Stampede is gearing up to be one of the best that Park City Utah has ever seen. Admission to this exciting outdoor event is free and will take place at Redstone Center at Kimball Junction. There is guaranteed to be fun events for all ages and some exciting family friendly activities.

The Mustang and Ford Car Show will kick off on the morning of August 16th at 7AM with a photo shoot at the Redstone Center at Kimball Junction in Park City. Following the photo shoot, there will be a four hour long Pony Trails Cruise to close out the day.

On August 17th, IMAFS continues with registration taking place from 8AM until 10AM at the Redstone Center at Kimball Junction. From 10AM until 4PM, the Car Show as well as the Mustang and Ford Show-n-Shine will take place. There will be judges on-hand to determine the winner of the 2013 IMAFS, but this year, the Northern Utah Mustang Owner’s Association is pleased to introduce the brand new Spectator Choice Award.

In addition to the main show, there will be a free continental breakfast while supplies last. There will also be a Poker Trot during the car show.

Hotels Park City Utah

While visiting our beautiful Park City to attend the 2013 Intermountain Mustang and All Ford Stampede, guests of Park City Peaks Hotel enjoy the most welcoming and picturesque accommodations with a convenient location which makes travel to and from the Redstone Center at Kimball Junction easy. In addition to our hotel’s excellent location, guests are treated to the most accommodating and friendly staff as well as rooms and suites which will make your stay in Park City unforgettable.

While staying with Park City Peaks Hotel, guests are invited to take advantage of our fantastic indoor/outdoor pool which is open from 7AM until 11PM. After a great swim, guests can relax in our oversized hot tub and take in some of the most stunning mountain views Park City has to offer. Each room is also equipped with free wireless internet, and all guests are able to park in our underground garage at no additionally cost.

For more information on booking a stay with Park City Peaks Hotel, please contact use by calling 1-800-649-5012 or contact us through our website.

Tour of Utah 2013

canstockphoto10268477 crop Tour of Utah 2013Dubbed as America’s toughest stage race, the Tour of Utah is a challenging road bike race which has been held annually since 2004. Participants in the Tour of Utah will be forced to endure tumultuous climbs and struggle over treacherous terrain as they ride around the beautiful and challenging Utah countryside in hopes of winning a portion of the $75,000 prize money up for grabs. Since garnering UCI classification, the Tour of Utah has been open for ProTeams to register and in 2012, six ProTeams entered the Tour of Utah and were among the 17 cycling teams competing in the race.

 Tour of Utah

This year, the Tour of Utah will take place from August 5-11, and Park City will feature in the race twice by hosting two stages of this challenging cycling race. Park City’s Historic Main Street will be both the start and finish line of the race. Additionally, one stage in the race will be held in Park City’s Historic District and will feature a sprint as well as a climb up and over Guardsman Pass. Following the crossing of the finish line, the winner of the 2013 Tour of Utah will be crowned on Historic Main Street.

Park City Main Street

Throughout the day, on August 11th, Park City’s Historic Main Street will play host to an exciting all-day festival with activities for kids and the entire family to take part in. Activities at the 2013 Tour of Utah Festival will include The Park Silly Sunday Market, Tour of Utah Expo, and Autograph Alley where cyclists will be on-hand to sign memorabilia.

For adult attendees of the Tour of Utah Festival on Historic Main Street, there will be a beer garden, public viewing ares where you can sit and watch the cyclists cross the finish line, and tons of outdoor dining near the finish line.

Hotels Park City Utah

Whether you’re in Park City to take part in the 2013 Tour of Utah, or just to cheer on a contestant, Park City Peaks Hotel offers visitors to Park City the best accommodations. Our hotel is located on Park Drive, which is just a short drive from Historic Main Street where all the Tour of Utah excitement will be taking place.

In addition to our hotel’s fabulous location, guests of our hotel are treated to the friendliest staff and the cleanest, comfiest accommodations that Park City has to offer. We also have a unique indoor/outdoor pool which is open to our guests from 7AM until 11PM.

For more information on staying with us, please call 1-800-649-5012 or contact us on our website.