Park City, Utah, is a little metropolis in the wilderness. In other words, it’s true mountain living with many of the comforts of a big city, such as great restaurants. In fact, SKI Magazine rated Deer Valley Resort #1 for food in its 2017 reader survey. Whether you’re coming to town for the Sundance Film Festival or just an annual ski vacation, here are nine great eateries to satisfy any palette or occasion.
This classic-car-themed Mexican restaurant is located off of the Jeremy Ranch exit as you come into town on I-80 from Salt Lake City. So it’s much more of a local’s scene if you want an escape from the more touristy Old Town area. I recommend the taco sampler with a choice of carnitas, chicken, carne asada, smoked short rib, mahi-mahi, and portobello (pick three). I’ve tended to go with the Chicken Al Pastor Tacos after trying all of them or else the Mango Avocado Salad with blackened Mahi-Mahi. As you’d expect, Billy Blanco’s also serves some of the best margaritas in town.
The best burger in Park City happens to be located within the Montage Deer Valley. If you’re skiing at Deer Valley, it’s a ski-in/ski-out lunch spot with a patio fire pit. But it’s also worth the drive up from town, as you’re treated to epic views and free valet. You can’t go wrong with the Classic burger with aged cheddar. I’m also a big fan of the turkey burger (organic) and for a low-carb option, the mountain cobb salad. Otherwise, the trio of fries and sauces with rosemary sea salt, sweet potato, and truffle parmesan is the signature side. In addition to a fantastic drink selection and a mixologist’s touch, one can choose from nearly a dozen shakes and floats for desert.
The 2016/2017 ski and snowboard season is officially upon us. If you follow the Instagram feeds for Snowbird, Solitude, or Park City, then you’ve seen the snow flying in the Wasatch Mountains already. In preparation for your ski vacations, the following is a roundup of the best outerwear and support gear for the new season.
This reductionist jacket offers just about every layer you’ll need. It is waterproof, windproof, and breathable thanks to a GORE-SEAM taped GORE-TEX fabric outer shell. And the interior is stuffed with just enough 800 Down Fill for maximum warmth and maneuverability. This jacket and a base layer is good for crazy-cold days in Maine or Jackson Hole. The killer feature is a media pocket inside the jacket, tucked between your body and the insulation to keep your phone from freezing. But it can be easily accessed without unzipping the jacket.
When temperatures are in the 20s and 30s, I typically opt for a GORE-TEX waterproof/windproof shell, such as this, and layer accordingly for the given day. The Free Thinker is a high-performance ski or snowboard jacket designed for both resort and backcountry use. Unlike many backcountry-oriented jackets, which tend to be minimalist, this has modern features like an insulated internal phone pocket and stretch-mesh goggle pocket. The fixed adjustable hood also accommodates helmets.
Or how to squeeze as much Park City mountain biking as possible into four days
How do you organize a family vacation that balances the needs of two young children, a spouse who wants to relax at the pool and spa of a luxury resort, and yours truly, who wants to ride as much singletrack as possible? The answer is twofold: start with Park City, Utah, and end up at the Montage Deer Valley.
Very few summer destinations offer as much range as Park City. The year-round mountain resorts of Deer Valley and Park City Mountain Resort feature robust programs for kids including day camps, alpine coasters, and a variety of adventurous activities. The Montage Deer Valley is built into the slopes of the ski resort, high above Park City’s historic downtown district. With five restaurants, two pools, a renowned spa, and daily Paintbox kids program (ages 5 – 12), it’s an ideal basecamp for this family’s summer getaway. Most importantly for me, it’s at the center of a 450-mile singletrack network (and counting), for which the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) has bestowed its highest Gold rating.
For the first leg of our vacation, we spend a few days in Zion National Park. Our family tradition is to visit one National Park per year, and Zion is conveniently on the way from Los Angeles to Park City. This left me with four days in which to do as much riding as possible in Park City. The following itinerary amounts to a marathon of dirt, gravity, and suffering.
Deer Valley Resort is one of the more posh ski destinations. In many ways it’s the Gstaad of the United States i.e. the choice of European royalty when taking US ski holiday. The mountain biking crowd at Deer Valley in the summer is quite different. Let’s just say we’re slightly less polished. Among the first to embrace lift-served mountain biking and trail building, Deer Valley has made significant investments over the past couple years to update its 70-mile trail system. In 2015, the resort debuted Tidal Wave, a purpose-built “flow” trail. Designed by Gravity Logic, the company that built its reputation with Whistler’s world-renowned bike park, Tidal Wave is built for speed and air. It features more than a dozen table-top jumps, which can be aired or rolled, and every turn has a high berm to maintain your momentum or flow. It’s the mountain biking equivalent of a rollercoaster. Tidal Wave is rated intermediate (blue). For the 2016 season, Deer Valley is opening a beginner flow trail (green) called Holy Roller, also designed by Gravity Logic.
To keep pace with surging demand for online video, publishers, agencies, and brands will need to build and embrace the social video stack
Software may be eating the world, but video is feasting on the attention of today’s consumers. Snapchat recently announced it generates 10 billion video views per day, growing by two billion in as many months. According to Cisco’s Visual Networking Index, online video consumption will grow by more than 300 percent over the next four years. Which means that by 2020, video will account for 80 to 90 percent of all online traffic.
What this means for publishers, agencies, and brands of all sizes is that production of social video must either keep pace with consumer demand or else risk becoming irrelevant and ultimately invisible.
The challenge is a lack of resources and infrastructure to scale social video production. In the coming era, though, this needs to become a core competency for editorial and marketing teams. Digital video as a discipline needs to be internalized. Simultaneously, these teams will need to steadily increase the quality and shareability of their social content in order to cut through the noise and reach audiences with any efficiency.
Of course, software is doing its best to eat the world of video production. This past year has seen the rise of a new technology and services stack to address many of the challenges of scaling social video.
Here are five discrete layers in the social video stack:
Problem: The most challenging and time-consuming aspect of video marketing is editing. It can also be very expensive.
Solution: A platform and marketplace dedicated to connecting video creators with professional editors at disruptive rates.
Layer: This is the editing layer in the video stack. VidMob provides access to 4,000+ qualified video editors and a suite of tools that make it possible to scale high-quality video production for companies of all sizes. Through the company’s mobile app, you’ll upload raw video and photo assets to a Project and include direction such as music choices, copy, and logos. When you submit it, editors immediately respond with bids as low as $25 depending on the scope. When a bid is accepted, VidMob becomes a workflow tool. You’ll receive drafts through the app, where you can provide feedback to the editor and receive subsequent versions. Once you accept the final version, it can be downloaded to your phone and published directly to Facebook and YouTube. The company’s roadmap includes an enterprise dashboard to support broader collaboration.
I spend a disproportionate amount of my income on recreational gear. I’m a cycling enthusiast and thrive on the performance enhancements one gets from new bike gear. It’s mostly incremental, but you also get the occasional breakthrough. Either way, new gear motivates me to ride more often and to push my limits. Because I’m also a capitalist and demand a return on my investment.
That said, I don’t always make great buying decisions. My hit rate is about 80 percent, which I’ve come to accept. These failures are cast aside, never to be seen again. The rest of my purchases fall on a spectrum of good to great. The top 10 percent is used on a daily or weekly basis. These items are my de facto “Gear of the Year” picks. This is the first in a series of my greatest gear hits for 2016.
Is this really a cycling jersey? For sure. Club Ride bridges the fashion-function divide, which means clothing that performs as well as it looks and vice versa. The Bolt is a constant in my bike-commuting rotation. The RideDryWear fabric is breathable, quick drying, and UV protective. Beneath the buttons is full zipper to block wind, and there are vents in the pits for the hottest days. With a Merino wool Rapha base layer, you max out the temperature range, and it transitions seamlessly to casual offices.
This takes hoodies to another level. Kitsbow is committed to making mountain bikers look more subtle and stylish without sacrificing performance. This blended Merino-wool hoodie is a flagship piece. It’s ergonomically designed for cycling with a snug, tapered fit so it’s not flapping in the breeze. Polyester panels on the sides and sleeves provide breathability and extra stretch. And when you get to the office, it just looks like a very high-end startup uniform. With some choice base layers, it can handle the coldest of LA mornings.