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How to Get to the Pretty Parks of Southern Utah

April 14, 2015 at 12:28 PM | by | Comment (1)

The scene in Southern Utah, outside of Hanksville.

Salt Lake City and the surrounding ski areas are Utah's biggest tourist draw, providing a remarkable combination of quality skiing and extreme accessibility. Mountain towns like Park City are also a big draw during the summer, with convenience a major contributing factor. Fly into SLC, and the mountains are 45 minutes away.

The southern part of the state doesn't have quite the same luck. The abundance of state and national parks in Southern Utah is arguably a better draw for adventure travelers, but the problem is getting there. There are no major cities, making it a difficult region for out-of-state or cross country travelers to access.

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Vail Resorts to Connect Two Park City Ski Resorts to Create One Giant Ski Resort

March 31, 2015 at 4:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

This year's ski season is winding down but there are some big plans for the ski scene in Park City next year.

Vail Resorts made waves in the ski industry when it announced that it had purchased Park City Mountain Resort back in the fall. At that time, it was speculated that Vail could combine, or at least create a strong connection, between PCMR and its neighboring resort, Canyons.

This week, that speculation became a reality. Vail received unanimous approval from the Park City Planning Commission to implement a $50 million "Capital Improvement Plan" that will create the largest ski area in North America (7,300 skiable acres) by connecting PCMR and Canyons via a gondola. It will also complete a number of other upgrades, such as upgraded lifts and restaurants.

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Go for The Lounge, Stay for The Pain Killers and Winter Margs at Fletcher's Park City

Where: 526 Main Street [map], Park City, UT, United States
January 23, 2015 at 12:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've told you how to ski Park City, Utah but when you’re done on all the slopes, there’s a new way unwind on Main Street—with a stop in at Fletcher’s Park City.

The rustic restaurant, bar and lounge opened in late December, making it one of the newest watering holes in Park City. But the bar actually has quite a bit of history. The owners cleared out the original structure that stood there, but were required by the city to rebuild in the exact same footprint as the old building, with a lot of the same architectural touches. So while it’s completely brand new from top to the bottom, it fits in seamlessly with the rest of the old town architecture on Main Street. It's also right next to the popular photo opp that is the Franz the Bear sculpture.

On the restaurant menu at Fletcher's is comfort food done in a clean way, using grass-fed beef for the hefty steak entrees and local produce for the interesting side dishes. (We've got our eye on the Cauliflower bomb, fritters served with smoked paprika yogurt, mint and pomegranate.) A gluten-free menu served as well.

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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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Utah Claims to Have the Greatest Snow on Earth, But How Does Steamboat's 'Champagne Powder' Compare?

February 12, 2014 at 12:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

We told you about the sexy, clothing-optional Strawberry hot springs and showed you photos of a pretty amazing ski day, but now it's time to get a little nerdy. For years, Utah has claimed to have "the greatest snow on earth" with its classic trademark, but Steamboat Springs and its "Champagne Powder" might have something to say about that.

We'll save you the science lesson, but what it all boils down to is the amount of water in the snow. A study conducted by the University of Utah concluded that while other areas may get similar snow fall, it is the low water content of Utah's powder (along with smart marketing) that gives it its worldwide reputation.

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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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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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Ten Awesome Uses for a POV Camera While Traveling

March 28, 2013 at 12:46 PM | by | Comments (0)


The Sony Action Cam HDR-AS15 with helmet mount, which we used to film the zip line POV below

There are plenty of Point-Of-View movie cameras on the market to choose from and they're truly the bee’s knees when it comes to taking and sharing action shots.

It wasn't all that long ago that travelers were limited to lugging around a bulky camcorder to capture the action-packed moments of a trip, and always from the sidelines. Thanks to constant advances in technology and the drive to decrease camera size as you increase functions, many action cameras now even have built-in WiFi, so you can gloat within minutes on social media.

Obviously we love the thought of POV time-lapse adventures and the like, but here are ten awesome uses of POV cameras while traveling:

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Video Interlude: A Point-of-View Slide Down a 2,000' Zip Line

March 27, 2013 at 5:52 PM | by | Comments (0)

Costa Rica has done an excellent job at branding themselves as the place to head for zip lining, but there are other destinations that can strip up a steel cable and strap willing adventurers on it for a speedy ride. One such place is Park City, Utah where, instead of sending you flying through tropical tree canopies, you instead soar above snowdrifts and through the peaks of towering pines.

The "Zip Tour Adventure" at Park City's Canyons Resort comes in two flavors: one 800' zip line for shaky-kneed first-timers, and one 2,111' zip line for those who want to go all-out.

We'll let you guess which we opted for, though you can just see for yourself in our video below, shot point-of-view style using a Sony ActionCam with helmet harness.

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How to Go Bobsledding on a Real Olympic Track, with Real Olympic Speeds

March 26, 2013 at 4:36 PM | by | Comments (0)

Two questions for you. 1: Have you ever seen the film Cool Runnings? 2: Have you ever wanted to experience 5 g and 80+ mph? We're going to assume that you've answered yes to both because you're awesome, and that is why you need to add bobsledding to your bucket list.

There aren't many places in the world that offer true bobsledding for the regular public, but one spot is right here in the United States, at Park City's Utah Olympic Park. In addition to their Nordic ski jumps and a speed skating oval, there's an Olympic-length bobsled track kept fully functional year-round; though the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics are long over, the track is still very much used for training of the US Olympic teams...and for giving the adventurous one hell of an adrenaline rush with the "Winter Comet Bobsled Ride."

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