What Makes Park City the Perfect Ski Town?

Some ski towns are known for their bars, nightlife, and epic party scene.  Others earned their spot on the map with steep slopes and deep snow.  More still have become famous for luxurious lodging, dining, and vacation opportunities.  Rarely do these three qualities align, but when they do you will happily find yourself in Park City, Utah!  With three world class ski resorts in Park City and a bustling nightlife downtown, it won’t take you long to realize your stay at Park City Peaks Hotel is more than just a regular ski-town getaway.  Providing the best in Canyons, Park City, and Deer Valley hotels, Park City Peaks will be your home base for discovering what separates Park City from the rest!
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Our Favorite U.S. Documentaries at Sundance 2015

Each winter thousands of visitors fill the rooms of Park City hotels for the biggest cinematic celebration of the year. From January 22 – February 1 this winter, use your Park City Peaks Hotel room as a jumping off point for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. With music, art, films, and presentations spanning countless categories, it can be overwhelming to decide what to check out during your time with Park City Peaks at the end of January. The festival offers something for everybody, but if documentaries are your thing, then this year is sure to please! The list of quirky, eye-opening, and spellbinding documentary films this year is incredible. Here are the 6 films we are most looking forward to in the U.S. Documentary competition.
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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.

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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

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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

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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.