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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Hello all!

I need some advice from those of you who live in or frequent the mountain time zone in general and Park City Utah in particular. I travel quite a bit and work out of my home in the Midwest. It recently dawned on me that I could work out of anywhere from Ohio to Utah and it would make no difference as long as I was w/in 30-40 minutes of a major airport, had Sprint cellphone service and a high speed internet connection.

So I have decided to take my wife and our two elementary school aged children and "relocate" for the month of July. We talked about it and would like to go somewhere that is not too hot, has many activities including hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking, etc. local. We have wanted to take a trip out west and I think a month based in someplace like Park City is the perfect answer. We can take a couple of long weekends and go to Arches and Yellowstone, visit Sundance and downtown Park City. PC seems to have everything I need.

So my questions are:

1. Is Park City a good choice for this? I will need to travel for business to MN, Chicago and Omaha and probably others during the trip so proximity to a major airport is important. We also want to go someplace where there is a lot to do!
2. We want to rent a 2+ or 3 bedroom condo (we need a master bedroom, kids bedroom and a temporary office) for the month of July. It needs to be fairly nice, have a pool, nearby bike trails and a central location or easy bus access. Air conditioning would be very good. I have seen ads online for Town Pointe, Red Pine (Canyons), Prospector Square, All Seasons, Park Meadows and Bear Hollow. Which would be best? Why? Any other suggestions?

Finally, I will be in PC next Friday afternoon and Saturday (March 21 and 22) and would like to look at a couple of places.

While this is obviously not ski related, I know there are a lot of PC regulars who's input will be very valuable to me and my family. We are looking forward to a great trip and a whole month to experience a new part of the country!

Thanks in advance for your suggestions and help!
post #2 of 14

not Park City but...

I'd recommend Boulder, CO for ANYONE who likes the outdoors. 30 minutes from Denver and the outdoor activities are limitless. Whether is hot but dry so the shade offers a cool getaway. Not exactly what you were looking for but you might want to consider it and this will at least keep you post in the more recent stuff so it will be seen by more people.
post #3 of 14
Have you checked VRBO.com? I have seen some good deals for the summer on that site. I bet if you rented for a whole month, an owner would really give you a break.

Good luck!
post #4 of 14
We have a 2 BR Red Pine condo. It can be confusing because the layout is master bedroom (+ bath) downstairs and a loft upstairs that is one big room and a smaller side room. So it is variably called 2 br + loft or 1 bedroom + 2 lofts. Some people have closed off the lofts so there are really 2-3 rooms. It would be cozy for a month but do-able. The property has 2 large swimming pools, hot tubs, tennis courts. Rents during the summer are pretty cheap. 30 minutes to the airport. There are buses, but you will need a car. Google Kathy Chilson, she is a realtor that handles alot of red pine properties and she can probably show you a unit.
post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by robertpetry View Post
Hello all!

I need some advice from those of you who live in or frequent the mountain time zone in general and Park City Utah in particular. I travel quite a bit and work out of my home in the Midwest. It recently dawned on me that I could work out of anywhere from Ohio to Utah and it would make no difference as long as I was w/in 30-40 minutes of a major airport, had Sprint cellphone service and a high speed internet connection.

So I have decided to take my wife and our two elementary school aged children and "relocate" for the month of July. We talked about it and would like to go somewhere that is not too hot, has many activities including hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking, etc. local. We have wanted to take a trip out west and I think a month based in someplace like Park City is the perfect answer. We can take a couple of long weekends and go to Arches and Yellowstone, visit Sundance and downtown Park City. PC seems to have everything I need.

So my questions are:

1. Is Park City a good choice for this? I will need to travel for business to MN, Chicago and Omaha and probably others during the trip so proximity to a major airport is important. We also want to go someplace where there is a lot to do!
2. We want to rent a 2+ or 3 bedroom condo (we need a master bedroom, kids bedroom and a temporary office) for the month of July. It needs to be fairly nice, have a pool, nearby bike trails and a central location or easy bus access. Air conditioning would be very good. I have seen ads online for Town Pointe, Red Pine (Canyons), Prospector Square, All Seasons, Park Meadows and Bear Hollow. Which would be best? Why? Any other suggestions?

Finally, I will be in PC next Friday afternoon and Saturday (March 21 and 22) and would like to look at a couple of places.

While this is obviously not ski related, I know there are a lot of PC regulars who's input will be very valuable to me and my family. We are looking forward to a great trip and a whole month to experience a new part of the country!

Thanks in advance for your suggestions and help!
Park City is a good choice. After a 2 week road trip 6+ years ago to find somewhere to relocate to (from Colorado) my wife and I moved here and LOVE it. As is so true of many ski resort towns, people come in the winter for skiing but stay for the summers. From Park City itself, the drive to the airport is an easy 40 minutes, and an extremely easy aiport to get in and out of as opposed to DIA, that is a bit of a hassel. There is lots to do, although kayaking is not very abundant but can be found not too far. Summertime temperatures are wonderful, most days in the 80's with and occasional week or two of 90's and a very rare 100+ day. Nights cool down to the 50-60's. I'm starting to sound like a chamber of commerce employee. I can't refer you to any realtors that deal with rentals specifically, but if you call the chamber of commerce, I'm sure they can help. There are literally thousands of rental properties. There are also tons of real estate companies that I'm sure could fix you up. As someone mentioned earlier, Boulder is a fun town but quite a bit bigger than park city and not really in the mountains(in the foothills). Any mountain towns in Colorado would be too far from the airport(which is just about in Nebraska). Good luck and enjoy your stay. Be forewarned, you will want to move here, small town ambiance with Salt Lake City 30 minutes away.
post #6 of 14
Thread Starter 
Hello again everybody! Thank you all for your great advice and info on Park City.

I work for Novell and attended BrainShare in SLC last week. This gave me a day to go up to PC and look at some units. BTW, I love PC. I had never walked up Main St. or really driven around town. It was beautiful! Plus the skiing on Sunday, March 23rd at PC resort was fantastic! 22 new inches of snow in 24 hours! I thought my legs were going to fall off by 2:30!

Anyway, I spent about 6 hours looking around and visited condos in Prospector Square, Park Meadows, Bear Hollow, Red Pine and Towne Point. They all have their pros and cons but I think I like Towne Point the best – followed by Bear Hollow second. Basically, it is a choice between being close to town or staying out where there is room for the kids to run. (That last comment made my mother-in-law nervous. She is afraid a bear will eat one of our kids). After talking about it, I think my wife and I would prefer Towne Point (TP).

So I found one unit at TP on VRBO but wanted to look at others. I googled and found some via mountain reservations. Unfortunately, they want about twice as much as the rental-by-owner guy. I just think $3900 is too high for a month in the summer. I thought $2,000 was much more reasonable.

So based on this new info I have two more questions for you wise folks!

1)Does anyone know of or have a Towne Point, 3 BR unit they would like to rent out over July?
2)Does anyone else have any suggestions of a location close to town with a pool and high-speed internet?

Thanks again!!! I am really looking forward to this trip!!!
post #7 of 14

PC summer

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Originally Posted by robertpetry View Post
Hello again everybody! Thank you all for your great advice and info on Park City.

I work for Novell and attended BrainShare in SLC last week. This gave me a day to go up to PC and look at some units. BTW, I love PC. I had never walked up Main St. or really driven around town. It was beautiful! Plus the skiing on Sunday, March 23rd at PC resort was fantastic! 22 new inches of snow in 24 hours! I thought my legs were going to fall off by 2:30!

Anyway, I spent about 6 hours looking around and visited condos in Prospector Square, Park Meadows, Bear Hollow, Red Pine and Towne Point. They all have their pros and cons but I think I like Towne Point the best – followed by Bear Hollow second. Basically, it is a choice between being close to town or staying out where there is room for the kids to run. (That last comment made my mother-in-law nervous. She is afraid a bear will eat one of our kids). After talking about it, I think my wife and I would prefer Towne Point (TP).

So I found one unit at TP on VRBO but wanted to look at others. I googled and found some via mountain reservations. Unfortunately, they want about twice as much as the rental-by-owner guy. I just think $3900 is too high for a month in the summer. I thought $2,000 was much more reasonable.

So based on this new info I have two more questions for you wise folks!

1)Does anyone know of or have a Towne Point, 3 BR unit they would like to rent out over July?
2)Does anyone else have any suggestions of a location close to town with a pool and high-speed internet?

Thanks again!!! I am really looking forward to this trip!!!
Just noticed you post and you probably have it all worked out, but I think you are right about the 2 K range...we stayed about 5-6 weeks in PC last summer for $1,500 through craigslist listing where they lived f/t on upper Park but were gone for the summer.

I found prices to be all over the place, even for things that I viewed to be of similar value. Not all had high speed and relatively few had A/C (which would have been nice last summer as it was in the 90s a lot.

If you stay near old town, City Park is a good option for the kids (walking distance down Park St or on the free bus route). Pool at rec club in Park Meadows has lots of kids with a water slide and is also on bus route. Bobsled, Freestyle jumping and other activities at Olympic Park.

If you and your wife want to get away for a night on your own, the Clubhouse on lower Main offers drop off babysitting (and also runs a "camp" during the days).

Check out some of the 2-1 or $15-$25 off coupons in the local paper to save a few bucks at the good, but pricy restaurants in town (like Zoom and Jean Louis?)
post #8 of 14
If you Mountain Bike Park city can not really be beat, you couldnt ride all the trail in hte surrounding areas in a couple years let alone a year.

Plus its has cooler temp than say boulder, and has really cool vibe up there. If the skiing was better it would an ideal year round location.

Park City's Mountain Bike trails are great though, extensive well designed and 100s of miles of single track accessbile without starting up your car, alot more if you run that car.
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post

Plus its has cooler temp than say boulder, and has really cool vibe up there. If the skiing was better it would an ideal year round location.
I always get a kick out of hearing people say this. It took me 45 minutes to get to Snowbird last year.

People who live in Park City are not banned by law from skiing Snowbird and Alta.
post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by okolepuka View Post
I always get a kick out of hearing people say this. It took me 45 minutes to get to Snowbird last year.

People who live in Park City are not banned by law from skiing Snowbird and Alta.
I 45 min eh....clear day I bet you not hitting a powder day from the backside, there are days when it take hours to get to snowbird and this is where I live.....(although about 20 mins on normal day)



plus 45 mins is what it takes me in the summer time to go MTBing up around PC. 45 mins in the winter time is kinda of unbelievable.

I would freely admit I would rather live in PC in the summer time and Sandy. which is what we are talking about here summer not winter.
post #11 of 14
45 minutes during the winter, multiple times. Not during or after a storm though. I can be at any local resort on a powder day in about eight minutes.

Granted it isn't snowbird but I get there sooner.

Plus, during the winter, no inversion.

The ideal setup would be Snowbird or Snowbasin based right where PCMR or The Canyons is.

But then that would be just too much.
post #12 of 14
Nice view, by the way.
post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by okolepuka View Post
45 minutes during the winter, multiple times. Not during or after a storm though. I can be at any local resort on a powder day in about eight minutes.

Granted it isn't snowbird but I get there sooner.

Plus, during the winter, no inversion.

The ideal setup would be Snowbird or Snowbasin based right where PCMR or The Canyons is.

But then that would be just too much.
I totally agree with you on PC at the base of Snowbird besides the extra people.
post #14 of 14
Robert:
While you are in Park City look up Alan Schoenberger. I believe he is still operating his studio and can do absolute wonders for your skiing even in the summer.

Lou
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