WHISKEY WEDNESDAY – JESS REID – CHRISTIE’S INTERNATIONAL REAL ESTATE VISITS BLUE SKY
As wine enthusiasts, we pride ourselves on being experts when it comes to “pairings”. So, when our team heard that whiskey was being distilled, in combination with an “American West” mountain resort setting in Wanship, UT, we jumped at the opportunity to see how the “pair” would impress locals and visitors of the Greater Park City area.
We headed out on “whiskey Wednesday” to Blue Sky, the 3500 acre ranch about 20 miles from Park City off of I-80. After passing through a gated entry, we were shuttled up a winding road, lined with open-space and pastures. We learned on the short drive that Blue Sky is truly a working ranch with over 45 horses and 100 head of cattle. Five minutes later, we arrived at the new High West Distillery.
High West, one of our favorite restaurants and the only distillery in the heart of Park City, welcomed us into their new 20,000 sq ft lab, which is still under construction. One 1,600 gallon copper still is currently in place and was imported from Scotland (insert “oooo and ahhh” here). The top-of-the-line equipment will allow High West to eventually make whiskey from rye, wheat, oat and malt and produce “25 times the amount of whiskey” than the current Park City location was capable of. The experienced distillers at High West are always raising the bar so expect to see new “flavors” added into the mix.
The distillery is just one piece of the bigger picture that Blue Sky has envisioned. Currently, a 9,000 sq ft High West restaurant and visitor center is being built and nearing completion. This building encompasses incredible open vistas, spacious decks and will have private meeting spaces, tasting rooms, a restaurant and a gift shop.
Blue Sky will also build a secluded, luxurious, Amangari style, 40 room hotel on the property. The hotel will be uniquely placed and seamlessly blended into the landscape on the gorgeous ranch. Blue Sky offers, by appointment only, dozens of outdoor adventures, including; backcountry skiing, cross country skiing, clay shooting, horse-back riding, mountain biking and fly fishing.
Our sales team would like to thank Stuart, Henry, LeAnne, both Eric’s and the rest of the staff for welcoming and informing us of this exciting new project. Our sales team prides ourselves on being knowledgeable about the entire Greater Park City area. It is a pleasure to have a great understanding of Blue Sky’s collaboration with High West and we are excited to share more news with our buyers and sellers. Please contact us today if you have any questions or if you would like to see more photos!