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Utah is the first state ever to receive 3 Michelin stars!!

Posted: Fri, 13 Jul 2018 01:30:51 PDT

Utah Becomes First State to Receive Three Michelin Stars

Salt Lake City– After a century of rating restaurants and destinations, Michelin, publishers of the iconic Michelin Guides for travelers, has awarded Utah the very first three-star designation for a state.

“Utah is a beautiful state, a destination worth making a special trip for American and international visitors, including the French who love it,” said Philippe Orain, Editorial Director of Le Guide Vert Michelin. “I am happy and glad to give this recognition for the high quality of service, the beauty of its world class landscapes, and the concentration of three Michelin Star National Parks (the highest of the U.S. with Zion, Bryce, Arches and Canyonlands).”

The Michelin Green Guides allow travelers to quickly identify a destination’s most outstanding attractions thanks to a “star” system. The Michelin rating system for destinations is similar to their restaurant ratings. One star indicates an “interesting” attraction or destination,  two stars indicate a place “worth a detour” if travelers are already in the area, and three stars means exceptional, worth a special journey in itself.”

The editors of the guide use nine weighted criteria to evaluate a destination, and three stars were awarded to Utah mostly in recognition of local hospitality, visitors’ accessibility to hidden gems and The Mighty 5? national parks.  Usually, Michelin stars are awarded to a particular destination within a state. This is the first time the editors have awarded an entire state the prestigious three star distinction.

“This coveted Michelin recognition is a huge honor to our state.  It will attract visitors from France and all around the world — those who appreciate our spectacular landscapes and western hospitality,” said Vicki Varela, Managing Director of the Utah Office of Tourism and Film.  “This fits beautifully with our Red Emerald business strategy to attract discerning customers who will stay longer, spend more and get off the beaten path.”

Utah is included in Michelin’s Green Guide for the Southwest United States. The authors regularly visit the destinations included in the guide. They pay their admission to sites and may then introduce themselves and ask for more information about the attraction. Michelin receives  more than 1,000 letters from readers every year, providing valuable information used in selecting destinations. Michelin’s independence and legacy of identifying the very best travel destinations around the world make this recognition a remarkable honor for the state of Utah.


This is why you should be investing in Utah!

Posted: Wed, 11 Jul 2018 03:00:15 PDT

Why you should be investing in rental property in Utah

By Rentler  |  Posted Jun 28th, 2018 @ 8:00am

There are a lot of property investors out there. More than 28 million, to be exact. So why do most people still consider it something you only jump into when you have a lot of extra cash to throw around?

Property investment is actually one of the most stable financial decisions you can make — especially if you’re buying in an area with sustained economic growth and a steady real estate market.

After Zillow named Utah one of the hottest housing markets in 2016, the Beehive State has been on the radar of property investors worldwide. Last year, Utah ranked among the top five cities for investment properties. Here’s why:

1. There’s a booming tech industry

Dubbed “Silicon Slopes” for it’s growing startup scene and large mountain ranges, companies like Adobe, Twitter, Microsoft, and more have all put down roots in Utah. The growth prospects and aggressive state tax breaks have consistently put Utah on the map of best states to do business in. Plus, Utah is home to plenty of other billion-dollar software companies like Qualtrics, Domo and Pluralsight. And where there are jobs, there are people that need housing.

2. The population is growing — fast

Partially due to its reputation as a new tech hub, Utah is experiencing above-average growth at a steady rate. In the past five years, Utah has seen a 9 percent growth ratein population and a proportionate increase in people who rent.

Moody’s expects Utah’s job growth to be third best in the nation over the next five years, while EMSI forecasts the Beehive State to be top in the nation for employment. Thanks to this projected growth, investing in a property to rent or flip has become a pretty safe bet for positive cash flow.

3. Tourism dollars are plentiful

Southern Utah is famous for sprawling canyonlands and grandiose national parks, while Northern Utah is home to some of the best ski resorts in the U.S. Thanks to Utah’s vibrant outdoor scene, renting out property short-term is also a viable option for property investors.

According to Forbes, Provo, Utah is among the best cities for Airbnb investment this year thanks to fairly low house prices coupled with high rent prices. The average property price in Provo is $249,900 and the median monthly income from Airbnb hovers around $1,700; making the cash-on-cash return almost 5 percent.

4. There are a large number of renters

USA Today reported that nearly 80 percent of renters in Salt Lake City spend at least 30 percent of their income on rent. While that may seem low compared to cities like New York and San Francisco, that’s actually slightly higher than normal for a mid-sized city.The increase in renters is driving rent prices up and Salt Lake City is quickly becoming a place where it’s more affordable to rent than to own. If you’re a property investor, that means now is the perfect time to invest in rental properties.

5. Lower inventory = homes sell for more

Nationwide, housing inventory is down as much as 11 percent in the country’s top 100 metro markets. This demand for housing can be felt especially hard in Utah, where many homes are being sold over the list price after multiple offers.While this might scare off some potential investors looking for a great deal, it also signifies that the properties will continue to appreciate and that flipping a house or becoming a landlord can be a lucrative venture right now in Utah’s most populated cities.

Three Things Sellers should never Do

Posted: Tue, 10 Jul 2018 12:03:42 PDT

Selling your home is one of the largest transactions you’ll ever make, so you want to make sure you sell your home quickly, for the most money and for the best terms possible you don’t want to start off on the wrong foot. Here are three things sellers should never do.

Sell it yourself. A real estate professional has the resources and experience to help you price, show, sell your home and safely navigate it to closing. He or she can provide numerous marketing and showing services to help sell your home quickly and with as few hurdles as possible.

Pick the wrong sales professional. Interview several real estate professionals to learn how they plan to market your home, what services they provide, and what you need to do to get the highest and best offer for your home. Choose the one who is straight with you about your home’s assets and drawbacks, and who explains current market conditions so you’ll know how to price your home successfully.

Ignore your sales professional’s advice. Your Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network professional is trained to help you present your home at its best. Staging, updates, and repairs will help, but what’s most important is price. Your home’s price, location and condition should be supported by comparable homes in the area. You’ll attract the most interest if you price slightly below comparable homes, allowing room for buyers to bid up the price.

Remember, every market is different and can change quickly, so be prepared.

Peggy Marty 435-640-0794 | Tyler Richardson  435-640-3588 |

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services-Utah Properties


Should you buy a home with a swimming pool?

Posted: Sun, 08 Jul 2018 00:57:18 PDT

It’s the heat of the summer, and you want a home with a swimming pool but before you go off the deep end, make sure the benefits outweigh the drawbacks.

Swimming pools are a strong part of the outdoor living trend. They’re fun for all ages, they promote fitness, and they give you a great place to entertain family and friends. They also add costs, increased liability and ongoing maintenance. So, to help you decide if it’s worth it, ask yourself the following questions:

Do you and your family members swim now? Would you swim more in a pool of your own?

Are pools popular in your area? Do you have a long, hot swimming season?

Does the pool complement the home? Or did the pool replace an amenity you might need such as a play-yard?

How old is the pool? Do any mechanical components need to be replaced? Are there any visible cracks, broken tiles, or cloudy water that could mean large expenses coming?

Where will people change their clothes and use the restroom? Will they leave tracks through the house?

Ask the seller for any maintenance and repair records they might have for the pool, and include the pool in the home inspection. Obtain recent prices from local pool companies on similar pools and see if you are overpaying for the seller’s pool, especially if it needs updating. Most pool companies are happy to oblige in order to get the maintenance, repair, or redesign business from the new owner.

Peggy Marty 435-640-0794 | Tyler Richardson  435-640-3588 |

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services-Utah Properties

Park City Mountain continues live music throughout the summer!

Posted: Tue, 03 Jul 2018 02:13:22 PDT

Once the Third and Fourth of July celebrations wrap up for the year, the Park City Mountain Resort concert season begins.

While Mountain Town News' free Thursday night Newpark concerts have been canceled this year due to a renovation project, the organization approached Park City Mountain to move the series to Canyons Village.

"We wanted to find a home where we could present a similar type line up that would feature smaller, up-and-coming national touring bands and artists," said Brian Richards, Mountain Town Music's community conductor of musical matters. "We're excited that Canyons will be hosting the concerts."

The free concerts will begin at 6 p.m. and guests are welcome to bring their own picnics or enjoy refreshments at the Umbrella Bar, according to a Park City Mountain press release.

The first show out of the gates will be Johnny Neel & Bryon Friedman om July 7, and the rest of the schedule is as follows:

• July 12: Arthur Lee Land

• July 26: The Coffis Brothers

• Aug. 2: Elektric Voodoo

• Aug. 16: Charley Crockett

• Aug. 23: Zander

• Aug. 30: Big Blue Ox

There will be no concerts on July 19 or Aug. 9.

In addition to the Thursday concerts, Park City Mountain Resort will present free Saturday night concerts at Canyons Village.

Like the Thursday shows, the Saturday performances will begin at 6 p.m., according to the press release.

The concerts will feature visiting artists and bands from around the country. The schedule is as follows:

• July 7: Wild Belle

• July 14: Whitey Morgan & the 78's

• July 21: Polyrhythmics

• July 28: Old Salt Union

• Aug. 4: The Band of Heathens

• Aug. 11: Aaron Lee Tasjan

• Aug. 18: MAGIC GIANT

• Sept. 1: Marc Broussard

There will be no concert on Aug. 25

Guests are welcome to bring their own picnics or enjoy refreshments at the Umbrella Bar or Murdock's Café, according to the release.

Park city Mountain Resort will host concerts throughout the summer. For information, visit

Park City’s 4th of July goes big but retains the small-town feel!

Posted: Mon, 02 Jul 2018 13:13:11 PDT

Scott Iwasaki | July 1, 2018

Park City takes its Fourth of July seriously.

Before the fireworks light up the sky just after dusk at Park City Mountain Resort, the day begins 14 hours earlier at 7 a.m. in City Park, said Jenny Diersen, Park City's special event and economic development program manager.

"We start things off with a traditional pancake breakfast at City Park," Diersen said. "The breakfast is a benefit for our local Boy Scouts."

An hour later, runners of all levels and ages can participate in the annual 5K Fun Run presented by the Park City Ski Team.

"The race starts at the Park City Mountain Resort base and loops around Three Kings before winding down at Cole Sport," Diersen said.

Advance registration is required, she said. Runners can register by visiting

These two events lead up to the morning's centerpiece — the Fourth of July Parade, Diersen said.

The procession will start at 11 a.m. at the top of Main Street and take a left at 9th Street and continue down Park Avenue, she said.

"We'll have around 50 to 60 floats in this year's parade," Diersen said. "We also have some great entertainers who will participate in the parade as well. We'll have bagpipers, a mariachi band and the Park City High School Marching Band."

The parade will end conveniently at the entrance of City Park, where the afternoon events will take place.

"The celebration will include rugby games, which are a huge Park City tradition," Diersen said. "We will also have the volleyball tournament that is coordinated by PC MARC."

Volleyball games will be held at City Park fields and at the fields at Treasure Mountain Junior High School, according to Diersen.

The Boy Scouts will return to run the afternoon's children's games and activities, Diersen said.

"We'll also have food and beverages and live music," she said.  Each year, the activities attract upwards of 30,000 people, and traffic can become an issue, Diersen said.

"We do request that people plan ahead about how they will get to the different events," she said. "We would like them to give themselves some extra time so they can enjoy the events."  To do so, Diersen encourages people to ride the bus.

"The Park City School District, Deer Valley and Park City Mountain have partnered with us for parking," she said. "People can park at either resort and school parking lots and take the free buses to Main Street and other areas of town that are close to the activities they want to see or participate in."

If drivers want to park at the China Bridge parking garage, the rate is $20 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Diersen said.

"The garage does fill up, and we hope people will remember that there will not be any parking allowed on Main Street, Park Avenue and Swede Alley because of the parade," she said.

Another alternative to driving is to ride bicycles.

"We will have two bicycle valets," Diersen said. "One will be at the 9th Street roundabout and the other will be in the lot across from the skate park."

Even with 30,000 people converging on Park City for the Fourth of July, the town manages to maintain a small-town feel during the celebration, and that is made possible by how the community comes together to make it happen, Diersen said.

"It's because of the community participation," she said. "All of the organizations who help us in the event, whether they are providing activities down at City Park or the Park City Ski Team organizing the 5K, love our community and that shows.

Homeowners, Buyer: It’s either a teardown or a remodel

Posted: Sat, 30 Jun 2018 04:51:57 PDT

Older homes that served our grandparents and parents well may appear poorly planned for today’s families. They tend to be smaller with narrow lots, closed-off kitchens, and fewer bathrooms and bedrooms. On the other hand, older homes tend to offer character and quality craftsmanship that is unmatched today. So, should you tear down an older home or remodel it?

First, choose the neighborhood. You’re buying the location, so it should meet as many of your household’s needs as possible - schools, transportation, entertainment and enrichment, medical care and shopping. It should have plenty of homes similar to the one you have in mind, including remodels and scrapped homes replaced by new construction.

Homes offered at “lot value” means that the structure offers no further value. This is a great candidate for a total remodel or teardown. If the lot is large enough, it can hold added square footage or a complete new home. But if the home has plaster moldings, stained-glass windows, all-wood stairs, and other artisan features, know that those things can’t be easily replaced today. You may want to preserve those unique elements and consider remodeling to complement the home’s original design.

Take your general contractor with you to see what needs to be brought up to date and if it’s more practical to remodel or rebuild. Like homes in like neighborhoods help determine and improve value, so don’t over-build or over-improve without similar comparable homes nearby to support your home’s value.

Peggy Marty 435-640-0794 | Tyler Richardson  435-640-3588 |

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services-Utah Properties

Summer Events at Canyons Village

Posted: Thu, 28 Jun 2018 02:00:24 PDT

Canyons Village has an exciting summer calendar planned! Below are some highlights on upcoming events, activities, and transit over the next month or so. For more info on events, golf, transportation, and development, please the Canyons Village site here.

  • Canyons Village Summer Activities- Now Open 
    • Park City Mountain has started spinning the lifts again for cross-country mountain biking, zip lines, hiking, family activities, and more. Summer activities began on May 25that the Park City Mountain Village and begin on Friday, June 15th at Canyons Village. Canyons Village activities will include summer zip tour adventures, scenic gondola rides, lift-serviced cross-country mountain biking, hiking, Canyons Golf, and miniature golf. More information can be found here.
  • Canyons Golf 
    • Canyons Golf opened on May 25thand 2018 summer season passes are on sale now. For more info or to book tee times, please click here.
  • Summer events begin with the July 3rdCelebration and Fireworks
    • Start your July 4thholiday one day early with FREE live music, kid-friendly activities, and a grand fireworks display. Pack up a blanket and a picnic basket, lay out on the lawn and enjoy the evening with friends and family. The event begins at 5:00 pm with DJ Velvet and kids’ activities, followed by an outdoor concert by The Number Ones. The grand fireworks show will go off at approximately 9:30 pm via Willow Draw.
  • Summer Concert Series
    • The free concerts begin on Thursday, July 5thwith Johnny Neel & Bryon Friedman. Johnny Neel, born blind, musically gifted, and overflowing with soul, is best known for his songwriting, stage, and session work for The Allman Brothers, Gov’t Mule, and Dickey Betts. Local musician, ski racer, and businessman, Bryon Friedman has formed a soulfully inspiring friendship and musical collaboration with Neel.
    • The first Saturday concert begins on Saturday, July 7thwith Wild Belle. Chicago natives and brother-and-sister duo Wild Belle make folk, dance, reggae, and psychedelic rock-tinged indie pop.
    • Concerts will run weekly through Saturday, September 1st, however, there will be no concerts on Thursday, July 19th, Thursday, August 9th, or Saturday, August 25thdue to private group and conference activities.
  • Tour of Utah: August 10-11
    • Canyons Village will play host to the start of Stage 5of the Tour of Utah on Saturday, August 11th, as well as the start of The Ultimate Challenge. There will also be a free pre-race kick-off party on Friday, August 10th. With two races on Saturday morning, plus kid’s bike races, face painting, and birds of prey demonstrations, this will be a great weekend for everyone. The final day of racing, Stage 6, will start and finish on Sunday, August 12th on Historic Main Street.
  • Summer Transportation
  • Current Development Updates
    • As Canyons Village continue to expand, please visit the Developmentpage for the most updated information.

Contact us for information on all available Canyon Village real estate opportunities


Best outdoor projects for selling your home

Posted: Wed, 27 Jun 2018 11:43:44 PDT

As you look at your outdoor living spaces with an eye for upgrades, where will your time and money be best spent? Fresh landscaping? Sprinklers? A new fence? A firepit?

Fortunately, 2018 Remodeling Report: Outdoor Features, co-produced by the National Association of REALTORS® and National Association of Landscape Professionals, offers some ideas. First, there are two ways to look at your improvements:

  1. Curb appeal to make your home more attractive to buyers when you’re ready to sell.
  2. Personal enjoyment while you live in the home.
If you’re thinking strictly of return on investment, regular lawn care, landscape maintenance and tree care and trimming each restore 100 percent or more of the costs, says the survey. Regular attention to watering and drainage will prevent unsightly dead spots in your yard. Removing dead tree branches or limbs growing too close to the house prevents storm damage. Keeping bushes trimmed prevents overgrowth that obscures your home’s features.

But money isn’t everything. What about personal enjoyment, convenience and satisfaction? Tied for first place on the “Joy” Score with a perfect 10 are an irrigation system and a fire feature. The next most appealing projects were a new wood deck (Joy Score - 9.8), a water feature (9.8), statement landscaping (9.7), and an overall landscape upgrade (9.6).

The report validates what real estate professionals have been saying all along – curb appeal matters, and landscape improvement is money well spent. You’re adding beauty and convenience to your home, which future homebuyers will appreciate.

Deer Valley Music Festival announces their 15th anniversary lineup!

Posted: Fri, 30 Mar 2018 02:53:22 PDT

Park Record  | Scott Iwasaki |  March 20, 2018

The Deer Valley Music Festival is turning 15 and the Utah Symphony is grateful to Park City and Summit County for the continued support, said Paul Meecham, Utah Symphony president and CEO.

"I think this means that we're feeling like we're established and a permanent part of the community," Meecham said. "We're feeling good about our presence and the audience seems to respond well to what we are doing."

The festival's six-week summer schedule, which starts on June 30 with a Patriotic Celebration featuring vocalist Rachel Potter, will include 13 full orchestra concerts at the Snow Park Amphitheater, as well as four chamber concerts at St. Mary's Catholic Church that begin on July 11 with Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5 featuring violinist Kathryn Eberle, Meecham said.

The Snow Park concerts comprise a variety of performances and artists, from the music of John Williams movie scores and Andrew Lloyd Webber and Stephen Sondheim Broadway shows to the folk singer and songwriter Amos Lee, Grammy-winning country artist Ricky Skaggs and Tony Award-winning singer Kristin Chenoweth.

Even pop rocker Rick Springfield is part of the lineup, as is the symphony performing the music of classic rock band Pink Floyd.

"We're pushing the envelope with inviting artists such as Amos Lee and Ricky Skaggs who have been experiencing with symphony orchestras," Meecham said. "We have this incredible mountain venue. So we want to draw as many people as possible to experience music in this spectacular setting."

The intimate St. Mary's concerts are the perfect foil for the big outdoor performances, he said.

"The audience is able to get closer to the artists as well," Meecham explained.

One of the St. Mary's highlights is the Deer Valley Music Festival debut of the Fremont String Quartet on Aug. 1.

This is a newly formed quartet comprised of Utah Symphony Concertmaster Madeline Adkins, Principal Second Violinist Claude Halter, Principal Violist Brant Bayless and Principal Cellist Rainer Eudeikis.

"They are all new to us, with the exception of the violist, who has been with us for 15 years," Meecham said. "They decided to create a quartet and they debuted during the Utah Symphony's tour of national parks. They performed in Vernal just outside Dinosaur National Monument, and enjoyed playing."

The Deer Valley Music Festival's 15th anniversary will also include a barn bash on Thursday, Aug. 9, at the Blue Sky Ranch in Wanship.

"You should never let an anniversary go by without celebrating something," Meecham said. "So we wanted to do an event with a western them because we live in the Intermountain West, and we also wanted it to be a fundraiser for our extensive outreach programs we do throughout the state."

Nine-time Grammy Award-winning country band Asleep at the Wheel will perform with the Utah Symphony during the Barn Bash.

"It's not really a gala because we are encouraging people to dress up in Western wear and have fun giving back to the Utah Symphony's educational programs," Meecham said.

Not only does the Deer Valley Music Festival offer a variety of concerts for audiences, it also gives the musicians a chance to expand their playing.

"Life would be dull playing Mozart and Beethoven every week," Meecham said. "The musicians we have are great and they play those works very well, but the Deer Valley Music Festival shows the evolution of symphony orchestras over the past 150 years. And we don't want to be pigeonholed into playing only classical music."

The 2018 Deer Valley Music Festival schedule is as follows;

Snow Park Amphitheatre concerts

June 30 — Patriotic Celebration wit Rachel Potter.

July 6 — Disney in Concert: A Silly Symphony Celebration

July 7 — Broadway Hits by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Stephen Sondheim with Debbie Gravitte, Christiane Noll and Hugh Panaro.

July 13 — Abba the Concert: A Tribute to Abba

July 14 — Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder

July 20 — Rick Springfield

July 21 — Kristin Chenoweth

July 27 — Amos Lee

July 28 — The Music of John Williams

Aug. 3 — The '70s vs. The '80s with Capathia Jenkins

Aug. 10 — Tchaikovsky's 1812 Orchestra and Violin Concerto with violinist Benjamin Beilman, the Utah Symphony Chorus and the Cannoneers of the Wasatch

Aug. 11 — Utah Symphony Performs Windborne's Music of Pink Floyd with Randy Jackson

St. Mary's Church Chamber Orchestra Series

July 11 — Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5 with violinist Kathryn Eberle

July 18 — Mozart's "Jupiter" Symphony with flutist Mercedes Smith and harpist Matthew Tutsky

July 25 — Beethoven's Symphony No. 1 with soprano Sarah Shafer

Aug. 1 — Fremont String Quartet

Subscription, group, and VIP tickets for the Deer Valley Music Festival are on sale now. The Park City Locals Sale for Summit and Wasatch county residents will take place on Saturday, March 31, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Park City Visitor Information Center, 1794 Olympic Parkway at Kimball Junction. Concert tickets for the general public will go on sale at 10 a.m. on April 17. Performance tickets and lodging information are available by calling 801-533-6683 or online at


Where Homes Are Flying Off the Market—and Where They're Lingering Longest

Posted: Thu, 22 Mar 2018 11:58:48 PDT

| Mar 12, 2018

Why do home buyers and sellers alike track days-on-market stats every bit as obsessively as money managers fixate on the Dow, baseball fans on weight-on-base averages, or "Bachelor" fans on ambush breakups? Well, it all depends on which side of the sales aisle you're on. Sellers, of course, want their homes to move to closing as quickly as possible, maybe even spurring a sweet price war en route. Buyers, on the other hand, are eager to avoid said price wars and maybe even have a bunch of different homes to choose from.

But contrary to what you might assume from reading real estate news headlines, there are metro areas where homes aren't being snapped up at a breakneck pace. It's a big country, after all. So we got curious. What could we learn from how long homes spend on the market in different metros?

The® team of data wizards set out to learn where "For Sale" signs are coming down about as quickly as Tickle Me Elmo toys flew off the shelves circa 1996—and where abodes are taking the longest to sell. It turns out, those two opposing lists portray clashing versions of America's real estate market today.

Buyers and sellers, take note(s)!

“That info can give home buyers an idea of how much competition they face, how limited homes are in the market, and how quickly they need to make a decision if they find a home they like,” says Chief Economist Danielle Hale of

And sellers can get a reality check about how long their home should spend on the market—if it's priced right and in good condition.

"It helps them get an idea of how long they have to move somewhere else,” Hale says. “In a really hot market, you can probably sell your home without making updates. But if you make updates, your home is more competitive.”

Nationally, the median number of days on the market is falling—there are too many buyers and not enough properties for sale, particularly in booming tech hubs. It hit a low of 60 days in the high-home-buying season of both May and June 2017, according to data. That's down from 89 days in June 2012. (Our data go back only to May 2012.)

To figure out where these home-buying headaches are the worst (or are relatively painless), we looked at the median number of days that for-sale homes in the 300 largest metros spent on market from February 2017 through January 2018.* We limited our rankings to just one metro per state to ensure some geographic diversity.

Ready? Get set? Let's first go look at those boiling-hot metros where homes spend the least time on market.   SALT LAKE CITY #3




Sundance and FIS Worlds will overlap in 2019.

Posted: Tue, 20 Mar 2018 03:50:31 PDT

Jay Hamburger
March 17, 2018

As the Sundance Film Festival in 2019 reaches the final reels in Park City, the FIS World Championships in freestyle disciplines will be in the starting gate.

The two events, expected to be among the largest held in Park City next year, overlap on three days in early February, meaning that festival-goers and freestyle skiing fans will crowd into the city at t he same time. They could compete for hotel rooms, restaurant tables, taxi or shuttle rides and other services that are required when major events are held during the winter.

The various figures involved in the planning are aware of the overlapping days, and they say steps have been taken to ensure the operations are smooth. City Hall, Sundance and the organizing committee for the FIS World Championships will eventually craft finalized plans that will be expected to address the various aspects of the overlap.

But the three days in early February could also spur questions as the month approaches about the impact of Park City's busy event calendar on the community, something that has already proven to be a difficult discussion as leaders weigh the business that events generate against the peacefulness wishes of Parkites.

The film festival in 2019 runs from Jan. 24 until Feb. 3 at various locations in the Park City area. The dates are pushed back by a week from what would be typical to avoid a conflict with the Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, which is usually a busy three-day stretch at the mountain resorts. The FIS World Championships, meanwhile, run from Feb. 1 until Feb. 10 at Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley Resort and Solitude Mountain Resort.

The final days of the film festival do not buzz like the opening ones, but Park City remains busy throughout the event. There are usually heavy weekend crowds, and crews spend at least several days dismantling the numerous temporary Sundance setups and installations. The preparations for the FIS World Championships will be expected to be occurring alongside the hubbub of Sundance.

City Hall plans to provide detailed information about the logistical aspects of the overlap later. Jenny Diersen, who is the special events and economic development program manager for the municipal government, said officials are working with the Sundance organizers and the FIS World Championships event team as plans are considered. She said information could be provided publicly by late in the spring. Diersen said City Hall, though, is excited Park City will host two events of international renown at the same time.

A Sundance spokesperson said it is too early to discuss details about the planning for the 2019 event and the overlap with the FIS World Championships. Sundance organizers typically engage City Hall in ongoing discussions throughout the year as they plan for the annual January festival. It seems almost certain some of the upcoming talks between Sundance and City Hall will center on the overlap.

The chair of the organizing committee for the FIS World Championships said the event planning has taken into account the overlapping days. Calum Clark, who is also the chief of systems and operations for the United States Ski and Snowboard Association, said the International Ski Federation must still approve the schedule.

Clark said the organizers were aware of the overlap shortly after the event was awarded. He also noted that a major United States Ski and Snowboard Association event was held during Sundance in 2014. The team that competed in the Olympics in Sochi, Russia, the next month was named at the 2014 event.

"We just try to be as neighborly as possible," Clark said. "And make it as good as we can."

Clark said there are plans to hold a nighttime competition at PCMR in an unspecified discipline on Feb. 2, the Saturday of the closing weekend of Sundance. Training is planned at PCMR and Deer Valley starting on Feb. 1. The venues must also be set up, including the requirements for broadcasting crews. On the overlapping days, he said, most of the events of the FIS World Championships will be staged at Solitude Mountain Resort.

"It's going to be exciting. It showcases the best of this town," Clark said about the overlapping dates of Sundance and the FIS World Championships.