It’s barely March, but spring is known to zoom by for parents and visitors gearing up for summertime kid activities in Park City! Summer camp options abound, and mapping out a summer that’s equal parts action and education will make even the most persnickety camper smile! Many camps sell out of certain sessions early on, so if you missed an opportunity last year, be sure to get upcoming registration dates on your calendar! (Reminder: Park City School District breaks for summer on June 2 and resumes on Aug. 20, 2020.)
Though Park City’s reputation as a winter sports destination was built on the more traditional pursuits of ski jumping, skiing, and – ultimately – snowboarding, every now and then, it’s fun to shake things up and try something out of the ordinary. For Parkites and visitors, opportunities to go beyond the norm abound, so I’ve put together a list of my current top five ways to stretch your limits while in the Wasatch.
As Virgil said, “The Greatest Wealth is Health,” and there are few places where that rings true more so than in a resort town. Staying in shape physically and emotionally is critical to one’s overall wellbeing in order to truly appreciate the opportunities and beauty outside each of our backdoors. Luckily, local wellness experts can help you usher in 2020 with strength and serenity. I’ve put together a list of a few practitioners I rely upon to keep my work/life balance in check throughout the year so that I can both work and play hard for my clients and my family.
With the early promise of a snowy winter season, Park City is ready to show off for the holidays in all of its winter wonderland glory. Getting into the holiday spirit is easy in December, with a month of events to entertain locals and visitors both young and old. I’ve curated a list of the top ten things to do over the Holidays below:
Locals who have lived in Park City for any length of time will likely have a few Sundance Film Festival stories to share – whether it was getting to attend the premiere of a soon-to-be-famous film (think “Napoleon Dynamite” or “The Blair Witch Project”), or simply spotting celebrities strolling along Main Street or dining in their favorite eatery – nearly every Parkite will agree that Sundance brings a certain energy to town, but knowing how to survive those ten days can mean the difference between a positive or a negative Festival experience.
Giving is good for the soul, and there is no day better for the souls of all Parkites than Live PC Give PC – a one-day, 24-hour giving event that has raised more than $10.3-mllion for local nonprofits since its inception in 2011, with $2.4-million raised in 2018 alone. This year’s Live PC Give PC is on Friday, Nov. 8, and I suggest you mark the day in your calendar and begin to ruminate on which of the more than 100 participating nonprofits inspire your support.
Thanksgiving has many definitions, but one that resonates – yet is often lost in the hubbub each fourth Thursday of November – is simply, “The act of giving thanks.” This Thanksgiving, I once again challenge you to use Thanksgiving as a teaching moment. Show your children the many ways to express gratitude, and help them to step outside of their own experiences and place themselves into the shoes of those who are less fortunate, which can help deepen their appreciation for all they have.
With snow from the weekend blanketing our mountain town, minds are turning toward the impending ski season. Whether or not we have a banner year to match last season, one thing is for certain: Winter is what you make of it. That’s why the Ski Utah 5th & 6th Grade Passport is such a great way for young skiers and snowboarders to sample all of Utah’s mountains during one season for just $45. Yup! Just $45 for 5th Graders to receive three passes at each resort, or 45 days of skiing (that’s $1 per ticket if you use all 45), or one pass at each resort for 6th Graders! Not to be left out, adults can join their kids by purchasing the Yeti Pass to receive one pass at each resort for 15 days of skiing for just $649.
Though many warm mountain days still lie ahead, fall is prime time for deciding where to ski during the upcoming season. An impressive snowpack during the 2018-19 will assuredly get more folks out on the hills this year, so being strategic as to where to spend those ski or snowboard dollars is imperative if crowded slopes aren’t your thing.
With Utah routinely placing at the bottom of all states for per-pupil spending, the “It Takes a Village” mantra has been fully adopted by the residents and businesses of Park City, as evidenced by their support of the Park City Education Foundation (PCEF). Founded in 1986, the mission of PCEF is to “help launch well prepared, curiosity driven, creatively inspired citizens of the world,” with the seven focus areas encompassing Academic Success, Wellness, College and Career Readiness, STEM, Early Childhood Education, The Arts, and Professional Development & Teacher Recognition.