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Vail Puts End to Legal Battle and Buys Park City Mountain Resort

September 12, 2014 at 9:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

Park City Mountain Resort ended several weeks worth of drama earlier this week by posting the $17.5 million dollar bond required to keep the ski resort open for the upcoming season. The Greater Salt Lake area celebrated, and all seemed poised to go on as normal this winter. Then, yesterday, just two days later, PCMR announced it had sold all its assets to Vail Resorts. Let the drama once again begin.

If you missed the circus that had been going on, you can get caught up here. PCMR was involved in a legal battle with its tenant, who, not coincidentally, was backed by Vail. Last year, Vail purchased neighboring Canyons Resort, and has since had its eye on acquiring PCMR. It now plans to connect the two resorts for future seasons.

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Ongoing Legal Battle Could Keep Major Ski Resort from Opening This Season

September 10, 2014 at 10:46 AM | by | Comments (0)

With ski season only about three months away, Park City might have one hell of a problem on its hands. Its flagship resort, Park City Mountain Resort, is currently involved in a legal battle that could delay - or worse, prevent - its opening this winter.

The issue stems from the fact that the mountain is actually owned by two parties - the top, including the trails, by one and the bottom, including the parking lots, by another. In a nutshell, the company that owns the bottom, PCMR, for years has paid rent, $155,000 per year, to the company that owns the top. Last year, when the lease lapsed, Vail Resorts came into the picture, offering to pay $25 million a year for the same lease.

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Think There's No Booze in Utah? Then You Haven't Had High West

Where: 703 Park Ave [map], Park City, Utah, United States
June 16, 2014 at 11:42 AM | by | Comments (0)

People complain all the time about the liquor laws in Utah, but while they may make life tough at times on a local looking to start a booze business, the fact of the matter is that the laws don't prevent any tourist from having a good time. If you need proof, simply take a walk down Main Street in Park City on any given night. Does it look like anyone is lacking?

And it's not just about serving booze, it's about proving you can produce it. Beer brewing has had its problems (although it's slowly getting better), which is why the Park City 7-11 supposedly sells the most PBR in the States. But if you fancy a whiskey on a cold winter night, look no further than High West Distillery on Park Ave, the first (legal) distillery in Utah since the end of Prohibition.

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It's Not Sochi, But You Can Bobsled Down the Olympic Track in Park City, Utah

Where: 3419 Olympic Parkway [map], Park City, Utah, United States, 84098
February 6, 2014 at 1:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve all been there – that sometimes egotistical, sometimes genuine conversation amongst travelers about the most unique things they’ve experienced. It’s typically pretty straightforward. There’s always someone who brings up eating something in Asia, someone who name drops a bunch of sexy destinations, and someone who had a good time sleeping on a dirt floor somewhere at some point. You know the types!

Well, since we're speaking of unique experiences as the games in Sochi kick off, we think we've got the trump card: What about bobsledding in Utah at Olympic Park, where the 2002 Winter Games were held in Park City?

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Take a Movie Tour Way Off the Beaten Path in Moab, Utah

January 3, 2014 at 3:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

There are plenty of movie-themed tours in New York, Los Angeles, and London, but if you prefer a little more adventure with your cinematic escapes, head to Moab.

The Greatest Story Ever Told, Thelma & Louise, Con-Air, Austin Powers 3, and 127 Hours are just a few of the famous movies filmed in the Moab area.

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Absolutely Do Not Do This at a National Park

October 18, 2013 at 9:23 AM | by | Comments (0)

Here's a lesson for all of us exploring the world's natural wonders: If you're going to destroy something in a protected park that's millions of years old, don't capture it on film and upload the video to Facebook.

Three Boy Scout leaders could face felony charges after destroying a formation in Utah's Goblin State Park, known for its "rock mushroom" field that dates back about 200 million years to the Jurassic Period.

Now, the men have since claimed to news outlets that the rock "was loose" and in danger of falling on someone, and that they were merely performing an act of vigilance. But when you watch the video, you'll see that they more closely resemble a bunch of overgrown frat boys than Boy Scout leaders protecting the youth. There's laughing, giggling, and a whole lot of sarcasm that they are now trying to play off as genuine.

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There is a Way to Ski at Six Park City Resorts in One Day

October 9, 2013 at 10:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Most people never ski more than one mountain in a day, so imagine the reaction of your friends when you tell them you've skied six without so much as removing a ski!

How is this possible? The Salt Lake City/Park City ski region boasts 11 resorts within an hour drive of the airport, some literally side-by-side and others backing up to each other in connecting canyons. The Interconnect Tour looks to accomplish two things: 1) Show off the close proximity of the resorts, and 2) Provide a safe, guided opportunity for skiers to rip through the backcountry.

And what a journey it was. According to our iPhone app, we skied 15 miles and 11,302 vertical feet over the course of the six and a half hour tour last February, including about 45 minutes of hiking throughout the day to access more advanced terrain (which is dependent upon your group).

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How To Get Tickets To The 2013 Sundance Film Festival

November 13, 2012 at 3:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Sundance Film Festival is still more than 2 months away but it is already too late to register for Festival Passes or Ticket Packages. There is still time to purchase Advance Individual Tickets, but you'll have to act fast.

Before you can buy individual tickets, you first have to register by December 17. Then, on December 20, you will receive a time slot to purchase your tickets online from January 8 to January 10.

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The 'Up' House in Utah is Finally an Actual Home

January 4, 2012 at 1:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

The real-life "Up" house in Herriman, Utah has found permanent owners.

The house, which is a full-scale replica of the home in the Disney/Pixar movie "Up", located at 13222 Herriman Rose Boulevard, was originally built by Bangerter Homes to be part of the 2011 Salt Lake City Parade of Homes but became a tourist attraction that has brought more than 1000 people a week through suburban Herriman.

The builders had to get special permission from Disney to recreate every detail of the cartoon house, from Carl's chair in the living room to the mailbox outside, and that is exactly what appealed to the home's new owners.

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Go Off the Beaten Path in Park City, Utah During Sundance

January 25, 2010 at 1:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

Most of the hipsters who attend the Sundance Film Festival spend the week on the slopes, in a movie theater, or mingling on Main Street, but there are some pretty cool, offbeat attractions just outside of Park City, UT that they're probably missing. Here's a look at a few of them:

Temple Square, Salt Lake City
Even if you're not Mormon (or a fan of Big Love) Temple Square is one of the most fascinating places you'll ever visit. Spread out over three blocks in downtown Salt Lake City, nearly 20 Mormon attractions, including the Salt Lake Temple, the Tabernacle, and the Family History Library, are open to the public for tours daily.

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Spend Time in Dogtown at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

April 1, 2009 at 1:26 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you’ve ever seen National Geographic Channel’s “Dogtown”, you probably know that Best Friends Animal Sanctuary is the shelter that took in over 20 of Michael Vick’s fight dogs despite recommendations from the Humane Society and PETA that the dogs be put down. But Dogtown at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, located in the red rock country of southern Utah, has actually helped hundreds of animals since opening in 1987.

The sanctuary only takes in last resort dogs who have serious medical or socialization issues. They are currently building new outdoor enclosures and comfy indoor living areas in anticipation of hundreds of additional dogs that will be coming in from all over the country.

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How To Get The Most Out Of 24 Hours At Sundance

January 21, 2009 at 12:07 PM | by | Comment (1)

By now you probably know, Jaunted did not send an embed to Sundance Film Festival this year. We decided to hit up the inauguration instead. Choices right? Anyway, that doesn't mean Sundance isn't in our travel thoughts this time of year. Thus, when Shira Lazar, one of our newest contributing editors, told us she was going to be at Sundance doing something with the Kutch, our interest was piqued. Turns out, she ended up winning the 24 hours at Sundance event. Here, she tells us how.

This was my fourth year at Sundance, so I guess you can say I'm a veteran. It was also the most unique year I've had in Park City, Utah. I was one of eight "social media mavens" chosen to compete in Ashton Kutcher's live online reality competition 24 Hours at Sundance. At 9am mountain time on January 17th, four teams went live online. We were given Nokia video phones, 20 dollars, an HP laptop and had our social networking communities in tow to help us through wacky tasks we would be doing until 9am the following day.

Those 24 hours taught me some great Sundance hustlin' skills that can also help you if you want to do the festival on a budget and/or you just want to see and be seen. Here's How To Get the Most Out of 24 Hours at Sundance.

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