Category Archives: Our Town

From Backwater to Boomtown

From-Backwater-to-BoomtownJess Reid – Christie’s International Real Estate’s, Principal Broker, Jess Reid is featured in the most recent issue of Park City Magazine. Jess explains the lifestyle in Park City back in the 70’s and how Park City has evolved to become the “Best Town Ever“, according to Outside Magazine. Jess explains that, “Park City’s a little like me: just keeps getting better with age.” Jess Reid-Christie’s International Real Estate is celebrating their 30th year in Park City this year, and Jess is still actively involved in the company. Stop by our local real estate office at the Reid Building to pick up your copy of the most recent Park City Magazine or to meet Jess Reid himself.

A new gondola from Main Street to Deer Valley?

It is no surprise that Deer Valley was awarded as the number one resort in the United States at the World Ski Awards. Surprisingly, you may be hearing rumors that a new gondola from Main Street to Deer Valley is in the works. This would put Deer Valley on a whole new level – literally.

Our inside sources in Deer Valley say a slopes-to-shops gondola will help increase their competitiveness and will be another entry point to the slopes. This would cut down on vehicular traffic and need for parking which would benefit Park City and Deer Valley tourists alike.

Sources say that the gondola would have the two main terminals. One would be at or near the transit center on Swede Alley and the other in Silver Lake. We are expecting the gondola would have at least one and maybe two loading stations. The plan would be that eventually the gondola would have an extended route from Silver Lake to Empire Pass.

The project has been approved by the city and has received partial funding. The details have not been finalized but expected completion should be in about 2-3 years.

Tips for Sundancing

With the first blanket of snow, Park City local’s gears change fast, from single-track and golfing to snow-dancing and “Sundancing”. It is never too early to start thinking about “Sundancing”. If you are new to town or have never experienced Sundance as a local, then read on and learn from the pros. The sooner you buy your tickets for Sundance the more money you save for après-ski on Main Street plus you score better seats, movies and parties, which equal an unbeatable Sundance experience. Sundance will take-over the town from January 16-26 and registering online before Thanksgiving is necessary to having an unforgettable experience.

How do I buy tickets?

Utah locals can pre-register for individual tickets from November 5-December 16 on the website. On Dec 19 an email will be sent with a purchase timeslot.  Return to the site on your assigned date and time to purchase available tickets (between Jan 7-10). This page on the Sundance website is where you will be able to register starting November 5th:

If I am a local shouldn’t I get free tickets?

Yes! Townie Tuesdays and Best of Fest are what Sundance offers free to locals. Tickets for these complimentary screenings will be given out at the Park City Main Box Office on Saturday, January 11, 2014 from 10:00 am through 6:00 pm. Plan to get in line early as last year these tickets went quickly (were all gone by noon and people lined up starting at 8:00 am).

“Sundance Park City Local” definition: You MUST have a Utah Driver’s License or Utah State ID if you are purchasing tickets as a “local”. You will not be able to pick up tickets or get a refund if you purchase tickets as a local but do not have a Valid Utah ID to show when picking up your tickets.

How do I get tickets if I didn’t pre-register? Am I out of luck?

If you didn’t pre-register for a time slot, tickets are also available for purchase each day at any of the main box offices during the festival without any prior registration up until two hours before screening time. Tickets are also available online up until 36 hours before show time and can be picked up at any of the main boxes. Tickets this year are $20 each.

If any of the above didn’t work – you can waitlist! Coming soon…tips on how to waitlist!

Website Wednesday – Greater Park City & Deer Valley Neighborhood Summaries

Need to get familiar with the Greater Park City area? We have made it easy with our detailed neighborhood summaries on our website. We are happy to share with you what we think makes each neighborhood particularly unique.

Each neighborhood summary includes:

  • A description and highlights about the community
  • Hyperlinks to important local organizations and landmarks in the community
  • Low and high real estate prices for single family homes, condominiums and vacant land
  • Links – to map search single family homes, condominiums and vacant land that are in the neighborhood that you are learning about
  • Links to other neighborhood summaries that are near the one that you are currently viewing
  • And, a showcase of homes that are in the currently for sale in the community

Some of our popular neighborhood summaries include: Old Town, Park Meadows, Upper Deer Valley, Lower Deer Valley and our overview of the Montage.

If you would like a detailed market overview for a specific neighborhood, more information or would like to set up a tour of a specific area, don’t hesitate to contact us!

Welcoming Winter with the Youth Sports Alliance

Co-hosted by former Olympic freestyle skiing medalist Shannon Bahrke and Olympic freestyle skier Sean Smith, the 33rd JANS Winter Welcome will be held this Saturday evening, October 26, 2013 at Deer Valley’s Silver Lake Lodge. This is a fundraiser for the Youth Sports Alliance (formerly Youth Winter Sports Alliance) which supports junior athletes from Summit and Wasatch Counties on snow and ice. There will be dining, dancing and bidding on auction items. Tickets start at $250 with table sponsorships at $2000. Opportunity Drawing Tickets may be purchased for a suggested $50 donation.  The Grand Prize is a VIP Trip for two to the 2014 Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Georgia.Jans winter welcome

Schedule of Events:
6 pm Welcome Reception, Silent Auction & Hosted Bars
6:30 pm Enjoy Pairings of wines and cuisine prepared by Silver Lake Lodge Executive Chef, Clark Norris
8 to 8:30 pm Tiered close of Silent Auction Rooms
8:30 to 10 pm Program, Opportunity Drawing, Live Auction, Decadent Desserts, Cordials & Coffees 10 pm Dancing & Check out

To buy tickets for this year’s Winter Welcome visit the YSA Website

To read the recent article in the Park Record, visit  JANS Winter Welcome

SKI Magazine Ranks Park City’s Three Ski Resorts in the Top 10

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The Park City area’s three ski-resorts were all named in the top ten in “Ski Magazine’s Top Ski Resorts in the West” list. The most recent issue of SKI Magazine hit the shelves this September and it was no surprise to see Deer Valley, Park City Mountain Resort and the Canyons in the top ten.

For the second year in a row Deer Valley was named as the 2nd best Park City 5ski-resort in the West, Jackson Hole was named number one this year. The consecutive five years before that, Deer Valley was number one. This year they claimed 1st place for  exceptional grooming, service, on mountain food, lodging and family programming.

Sliding in at number five was Park Canyons 10City Mountain Resort which is a honor for the resort who is celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. PCMR received 1st place awards for access, off-hill activities and terrain parks.

For the second year in a row the Canyons was placed at the number ten spot. The Canyons, who was recently purchased by Vail Resorts is now selling the Epic Pass, which grants access to 26 other ski-resorts across the world that Vail Operations owns. More improvements are anticipated in the near future.

Park City is honored to be a small ski-town that can claim three spots out of the top ten. If you are interested in finding the best season pass deals at our top three resorts check out our recent blog post:  “Deepest Deals on Ski Passes”.