Park City’s first winter storm hit over the weekend and we were up in Empire Pass and took this photo of the Talisker Tower Sunday morning November 2nd. The long range weather forecasts are predicting a moderate El Nino winter and historically the Wasatch Range here in Utah reaps rewards of El Nino years. So, pray for snow and it looks like the weather Gods may be on our side for this coming season.
DEER VALLEY — The Silver Lake Trail takes hikers over a steep and diverse trail with clear views of the valley below.
This trail takes hikers through aspens and pine trees, offering shade, but as it crosses over ski runs, the view opens up for panoramic views of Jordanelle and the surrounding foliage as it changes colors.
The hike begins just off the ski lift at the Silver Lake Lodge in Deer Valley. The trailhead that heads right into the trees is clearly marked with a square white sign. The trail is easy to follow for the most part, though just past the halfway mark, the trail meets a dirt service road. Continue left on the road and follow it until it meets up with the trail, which is marked.
Once hikers get off the road and back onto the trail, the shade ends, but the views make up for the loss. Read more…
I have started this column so many times. Would it matter to anyone how Park City Mountain Resort of now, was saved and changed in the late ’70s? Did the people who worked so well together back then and have since passed away, have special, secret ways of doing business? Did they take those tools with them to their graves? I have no idea. But what I do know…more.
“52 Weeks in Park City – What I Like Best About Our Town”
Week beginning on Monday Subject
7/21/14 Walking the dogs on McCloud Creek
7/28/14 Local’s night at Art’s Fest
8/4/14 Celebrating Swiss Day at Adolph’s (8/1)
8/11/14 Watching the Tour of Utah come through PC
8/18/14 Free Concerts at DV (Wednesday’s)
8/25/14 Taco Tuesday’s at Windy Ridge
9/1/14 Miner’s Day
9/8/14 Having a beer at Wasatch Brew Pub
9/15/14 Autumn Aloft
9/22/14 PCSEF Golf Tournament at Park Meadows
9/29/14 Reading the Sunday edition of the NYT while sipping coffee on the deck
10/6/14 Arts stroll
10/13/14 Park City Film Series
10/20/14 Hiking at DV
10/27/14 Hiking at PCMR
11/3/14 Fall Colors
11/10/14 Reading the question of the day in the Park Record
11/17/14 The leaves are gone and we are ready for winter
11/24/14 First Snow of the year
12/1/14 Opening day at DV
12/8/14 Opening Day at PCMR
12/15/14 Watching World Cup races at Adolph’s
12/22/14 Morning cappuccinos at Bumps N Grinds at PCMR
12/29/14 Cross Country skiing in Round Valley
1/5/15 Cross Country skiing on the City course
1/12/15 Round Valley at sunrise
1/19/15 Opening day at the Sundance Festival
1/26/15 Closing day at the Sundance Festival
2/2/15 Snow shoeing in Round Valley
2/9/15 Running in the winter in Round Valley
2/23/15 Leslie Thatcher on KPCW
3/2/15 Buying Red Bicycle bread at the park City Market
3/9/15 Riding the City bus
3/16/15 Skiing with Heidi Volker at DV
3/23/15 First tracks on a powder day
3/30/15 Larry Warren at PCMR
4/6/15 S#*t the season is almost over
4/13/15 Closing day at DV
4/20/15 Closing Day at PCMR
4/27/15 Spring skiing in the Wasatch
5/4/15 Rick Broth’s reports
5/11/15 Mud season in the Wasatch
5/18/15 Mountain biking Round Valley
5/25/15 Breakfast on Main Street
6/1/15 Fly fishing on McCloud Creek
6/8/15 Running in the summer in Round Valley
6/15/15 Farmer’s market
6/22/15 “Savior The Summit” on Main Street
6/29/15 4th of July
7/6/15 4th of July fireworks from Adolph’s deck
7/13/15 Park Silly Market
7/20/15 Friday & Saturday Concerts at DV
Old school is the new cool. The truth of that adage is readily apparent to anyone who has ventured into an Ace Hotel, or just into the lumberjack-homesteader aesthetic of cities from Brooklyn to Portland.
But in old-town Park City—a place that’s most often associated with glitzy recent-vintage resorts like the Montage and the St. Regis, and that star-studded film festival that descends every winter—the phrase takes on new meaning. That’s because it’s the motto of the coolest little hotel in the city. The Washington School House is literally an old school, one built in 1889 to educate the children of the miners extracting copper and silver wealth from the surrounding mountains.
The schoolhouse served various functions over the decades—a dance hall for the Veterans of Foreign Wars, a bed-and-breakfast—but was physically transformed into its current iteration in 2011, after new owners invested significant money in a gut renovation (down to the studs). And now it’s hitting its stride with service, warmth and hospitality. It’s the kind of place where everyone knows your name, and no one calls you sir or ma’am. They probably also know what you like to eat and drink. (I stayed as a guest of the hotel.)
The hotel’s 12 rooms (from $295 in late and early summer, but considerably more during prime time) are understated and elegant, with judiciously deployed antiques and art, as well as intentionally old-school devices like wall-mounted fans. It’s all enlivened with contemporary, raised-eyebrow touches, like chandeliers made of light bulbs. The beds are sumptuous piles of feathers, pillows and thick Pratesi linens; the floors are beautiful reclaimed oak barn wood; and the bathrooms are small seas of marble, fully kitted out with deluge showers and Molton Brown bath products.
Admittedly, the Washington School House doesn’t have quite the same skiing, hiking and biking convenience as Park City’s bigger mountainside hotels. But it’s an easy walk to the Park City Mountain Resort’s Town Lift, and the hotel’s 24-hour concierges can easily orchestrate the short rides elsewhere—one of the beauties of Park City is that three resort mountains are nearby, with endless skiing and summer options (and so is the major airport in Salt Lake City).
But what it loses in mountain access, it gains in historic charm and nearly effortless walks to Park City’s best restaurants, museums and bars—all of which are especially appealing during the long days and warm air of summer. It’s less than five minutes to the perennially lively No Name Saloon, the more sedate (and delicious) Silver and the justifiably famous High West distillery, where the grub is as good as the signature high-altitude craft whiskey.
And if you want a cocoon from the scene, the Washington School House excels at that. The rooftop pool and Jacuzzi are reliably peaceful—I had them to myself when I went up on a hot day in July—and the dining room and après-ski fireside lounge are open only to hotel guests. The hearty breakfasts there were arguably the best meals I ate in Park City, and they chef will do a sophisticated, intimate dinner with a day’s notice. Both are served in a convivial living room with 16-foot ceilings, a roaring fireplace, a 10-foot mirror from an opera house in the south of France and a custom white-lacquered antler chandelier festooned with crystals.
The lounge downstairs has wheeled barn doors, which my friends and I slid open out of curiosity sometime around midnight. Behind it was a night manager, seemingly waiting for us to reveal him so he could offer us tea or nightcaps. That sums up the Washington Square House: small enough to feel like it’s your own, but ambitious enough to anticipate guests’ every desire.