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Soon You May Need Reservations To Visit Arches National Park

June 17, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

If your summer vacation involves a visit to Utah's Arches National Park, your chances to swing by for an impromptu visit may be dwindling. Apparently the crowds are getting just too darn crowded, and the park's superintendent has proposed a reservation system to help keep the herds in check.

According to the Associated Press, a reservation system has been suggested to reduce swells of crowds on certain days, and allow the park — and its rangers — to better handle the swarms of visitors. The park is already planning to charge higher fees during peak hours to help spread out crowds — which rose 20 percent last year — but dangerous traffic conditions over Memorial Day weekend really drove home the need for more significant steps. (State police even had to close the park entrance because the traffic was too much to handle.)

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This Virtual Reality Theme Park is Coming to Utah

May 13, 2015 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

For the most part, you know what you’re getting when it comes to theme park technology. Roller coasters and rides in the dark are par for course, and occasionally you might find a slightly different, dazzling attraction thrown your way. ("Ooh, lasers!") However, what one park has planned for Utah might just be the next big thing in high-tech amusement park atmosphere, and it’s kind of creeping us out a bit.

Slated to open in 2016 is The Void, a virtual reality theme park where visitors will wear headsets that immerse them in convincingly rendered other worlds — when in actuality, guests are moving about in mostly-empty, reconfigurable 60x60-foot rooms. (We guess there’s a little bit of reality—the rooms—to the virtual reality.)

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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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Super Bowl Sunday is Actually a Super Time for Ski Deals

January 29, 2015 at 11:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

As a resident of Denver, I can tell you very honestly that, during the football season, Sunday is not a bad day to be on the slopes. Many local NFL fans forgo the day on the mountain and retreat inside to watch games all day, leaving lift lines short and runs clear. Even though the Super Bowl doesn't start until the early evening out west, the same will be true on Super Sunday, probably to a much larger extent.

The fact that many ski areas are expecting reduced demand on Super Sunday equals great deals on lift tickets. So why not sneak in a few runs before the big game festivities begin? Bargain sites like Liftopia are showing discounts all across the country, such as 31% off at Arapahoe Basin, 30% off at Copper Mountain, 16% off at Killington, and 28% off at Snowbird, among others.

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Slide the Ice at These 4 Bobsled Tracks Open to the Public

December 3, 2014 at 11:53 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you’re sick of the slopes this winter there’s a different kind of run to get your adrenaline going—the bobsled run. The tracks are few and far between, and it looks like there’s actually only a handful doing their thing within the United States and Canada—at least according to Wikipedia.

No experience necessary, as they’re eager to welcome newcomers and adventure seekers alike. So without further ado here’s the four spots where you can ride in a bobsled this winter:

Winter Comet Bobsled – Park City, Utah

Like we said, if hitting the slopes isn’t getting a little boring there’s always the bobsled run. Now through December 19 they’re even offering up a deal. Only $129.50 will get you a ride down the 2002 Olympic track, and of course the ultimate bragging rights to friends on social media. It’s all part of Utah Olympic Park—book online right here.

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How to Get Tickets to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concerts

October 27, 2014 at 12:12 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you missed your early bird opportunity to score tickets to the National Christmas Tree Lighting we’re sorry; however, we have another ticket lottery to enter for a shot at another seasonal celebration.

Over in Salt Lake City the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has been doing their thing for well over 150 years, and from what we hear every Christmas they put on a hell of a show—we just think they’d probably use a different adjective.

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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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$2 Billion is the Pricetag for This US Airport's New Terminal

July 18, 2014 at 8:06 AM | by | Comments (0)

Your next trip to or through Salt Lake City might be just be a little bit different than before, as today is the day when the bulldozers and construction crews start doing their thing. It’s all part of the airport’s plans for the future, as $1.8 billion in new terminal cash is now officially being spent.

All that money will get the city and the airport a brand new terminal, but like we just said—it doesn’t come cheap. It also doesn’t come quickly, as things aren’t expected to open up to the flying public until sometime in 2022. Right now the airport does its thing across three different terminals, but the master plan includes the idea of combining things into one giant terminal.

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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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The Desert Landmark Serving as a Setting for 'Transformers: Age of Extinction'

May 5, 2014 at 3:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last May Michael Bay announced principal photography was underway on Transformers: Age of Extinction in Navajo Tribal Park in Monument Valley.

Now, just one year later, we're about to see Monument Valley and Moab, UT on the big screen as the movie is released on June 27. Bay spent just two weeks filming in Utah but the area is expected to have a large roll in the overall film.

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