Newsletter 12/15: TWO FEET of New Snow, New Projects, and Maurice Sendak

Happy December!

We’re shoveling out from a whopper of a snowstorm yesterday afternoon/night/this morning. Salt Lake got a whopper last Monday. The snow stake at Snowbird disappeared last night (and the comments are A+, “just quit your job”).

One of the best things to do in Park City after a huge snowstorm is to book yourself into Deer Valley’s Fireside Dining. We’re talking carving off the melty bits of giant wheels of Swiss Raclette cheese, placed precariously close to a roaring fireplace and serving it with cured meats and pickled things; basically my favorite assortment of foods. There are other stations of course of roasted meats and simmering pots but honestly, I’m good with 10 or 12 plates of that cheese and a bottle of wine.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! Gobble gobble!

A quick little video from the Silver Lake area of Deer Valley Resort about a week prior to Deer Valley’s opening day. (Only a small portion of this video is me making turkey noises.)

 

ATTENTION: IT IS SNOWING

Isn’t this exciting?

Except I really could stand to know where that box with all of our frequently-used winter gear went from the move. Good thing I labeled it “COATS – DON’T LOSE.”

Canyons Village

The genesis of a new ski season and a new, combined resort: Park City Resort. Park City Base is opening November 21, 2015, and Canyons Village (shown here) is set to open November 27, 2015.

So you know, SQUATS.

Quick Location Video: Lower Deer Valley/Old Town

My Quick Location Video series addresses what I see to be a pretty common theme in real estate, rental, and tourism: the writer just assumes you know what the names are for all the areas and that you know what those names mean. I’m guilty of falling into that trap myself, so here is my attempt to absolve myself. These 1-2 minute videos will just give you a quick rundown of what you can find in the area and what some of the key features are.

Part of my Quick Location Video series, where I do a quick rundown of the different areas of Park City, Utah. Today I am on Rossi Hill Drive, talking about the Old Town side of Lower Deer Valley. Even though properties in this area are on Deer Valley Drive and on the way up to Snow Park, they are categorized as Old Town. I filmed this a few weeks ago when we’d had a long patch of sunny and warm weather, so this storm—while welcomed at the resorts—caught everybody by surprise.

To browse real estate in Park City, Utah, as well as Sotheby’s International Realty offerings worldwide, click here: kristinawatkins.com.

Quick Location Video: Prospector

My Quick Location Video series addresses what I see to be a pretty common theme in real estate, rental, and tourism: the writer just assumes you know what the names are for all the areas and that you know what those names mean. I’m guilty of falling into that trap myself, so here is my attempt to absolve myself. These 1-2 minute videos will just give you a quick rundown of what you can find in the area and what some of the key features are.

Today I’m shooting from the area in Park City called Prospector. Prospector is about 7,000 feet in altitude (the ski mountains are about 1,000 feet up and up to 3,000 feet above where I’m standing). Prospector runs along the south side of Kearns Boulevard (Highway 248) and has a good mix of residential houses and condos, as well as commercial space: offices, restaurants and retail. As you can see, we’re in the midst of a lovely mild winter. The skiing is still really good, but we don’t have to fiddle with shoveling snow off the sidewalks every five minutes at the lower elevation of town and the surrounding areas.

Click here to search for Prospector-area real estate.

And to browse real estate in Park City, Utah, as well as Sotheby’s International Realty offerings worldwide, click here.

Victory Ranch’s Main Street Ski Lounge

Victory Ranch is a golf, fishing, and ski country club community just outside Kamas, Utah, along the Upper Provo River. Sitting on 6,700 acres, the spirit of the development is a quiet recreational escape: 4,000 acres of backcountry, 18-hold Rees Jones golf course, fly fishing on the famous Provo River, mountain bike trails, shooting facility, fishing and swimming ponds, restaurant, and ski lounge on Main Street. Thursday I’ll be touring the facilities on-site, but in the meantime, let me take you on a quick tour of the owners’ lounge at the base of the Town Lift plaza at Park City Mountain Resort.

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The key to Park City’s golf clubs is if they can really specialize with their amenities. Yes, you’re there for the lovely location, nice clubhouse, and great golf. But what else? What if somebody in the family isn’t a golfer? What if you just aren’t in the mood? Are you looking for anything else, such as tennis (Red Ledges), skiing (Talisker), family amenities (Promontory)? Victory Ranch is great at fishing, obviously, but their owners’ lounge right on Main Street at the base of Park City Mountain Resort’s Town Lift really ups their ski game.

Just how close to skiing is it?

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A Stunner in the Colony at White Pine Canyon

The Colony at White Pine Canyon is a ski-in/ski-out development adjoining Canyons Resort (and next year, should be accessible by Park City Mountain Resort as well). We have lots of lovely neighborhoods but for my money, Colony has always been on my A-List. Typically the lots are large, 5 acres or more, heavily wooded with mostly aspen trees, very very private. This is a particular price range: listed right now the median list price is $6.795M and the average is $8.673M, least expensive listing is $3.75M and most expensive is $24.6M. And in this type of price range, there can be a tendency to build bigger and bigger. More features, more rooms, more more more. The issue I run into is that it’s very difficult to find a buyer for a property that feels like a compound. Most people want a house that feels like a home, is livable and comfortable, and could accommodate the whole family at Thanksgiving if needed. Yesterday I toured a house that fits that bill and was just gorgeous. The full listing, while it lasts, can be found here: 79 White Pine Canyon Road, Park City, UT 84098

(For the full, gorgeous, Sotheby’s photos for this listing, click the link above. For hack pics of things I loved, see below.)

The living spaces and decor looked like they could have been from a magazine, MidMOD Quarterly or something (is that real? I’d subscribe to it.)

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Tips to Help Your #Hustle: Using a K-Cup in a MiniBru

Finished desk-brewed green tea Kuerig hack with a MiniBru

As part of my continuing series, “Tips to Help Your #Hustle,” here is another quick tip on ways to dominate in your working life. The sooner you conquer your career the sooner you can be free to start living the life you’ve worked so hard for. For me, that life happens up high in the mountains of Park City, Utah.

Most offices are moving towards a Kuerig machine versus the traditional coffee pot or kettle and boxes of tea bags. Easier for clients, easier for staff, everybody gets a version of what they prefer. It’s an amazing machine. But let’s say you don’t do the K-cup ordering. Or let’s say like me, you grind your own beans, use a French press most mornings, made the move to a Chemex, or–heaven forbid–want some caffeine but are just not in the mood for coffee come 4 PM. I wouldn’t say I’m a coffee snob, but I can’t deal with how over-roasted just about everything is right now. I’m also not terribly patient, so when I decide I need a hot beverage, I don’t want to just hang out for 5 minutes waiting for it to cool down. The last thing I want to do roll into the office and stick my face in a cup of scorched green tea or over-roasted coffee that somebody else chose AND have to wait for it to cool. And since I hate to take the time to grab a to-go latte with so much whipped cream that it cools down immediately, having a solution to hack your Kuerig supply in a pinch is a great way to get your go juice and not stop your hustle.

For Christmas, I received the MiniBru Coffee Press Mug from ThinkGeek.com. I’m a fan.

Finished desk-brewed green tea Kuerig hack with a MiniBru

First? Punch open that K-cup like it insulted your momma.

Kuerig green tea hack with a MiniBru

Next, heat the water. Entertain yourself while you wait.

Stay entertained.

Combine the leaves and hot water. Stir. Completely ignore the instructions on the mug.

Hacking a K-cup with a MiniBru

After your desired amount of brewing time–two minutes in this case for green tea–PLUNGE.


Is it perfect? No. But what’s a little fiber amongst friends?

Tea leaves in a MiniBru

However, after checking the leaves-in-my-teeth factor with the reverse cam on my iPhone 27 totally non-obsessive times while I was drinking it, I can assure you it’s not a big deal. Are you better off with loose-leaf tea or coarse-ground coffee? Sure. But for a quick desk hack to get a nice green tea or office coffee that’s not too hot, easy to drink, and with all the charm of doing it yourself and sparing the hassle of leaving your business to get your afternoon bump on?

It does the trick.

Slopeside is the best side…of Silver Strike Lodge

On the open house tour on Wednesday I toured a 4-bedroom condo at Silver Strike Lodge with a pret-ty terrible view off the balcony. The whole back side of the building faces the ski lift. I mean, it’s just too bad you don’t have a more direct view of the ski run amirite?

Silver Strike Lodge is in the Empire Pass area of Deer Valley Ski Resort in Park City, Utah. The whole listing of the unit I toured (while it lasts) can be found here: Silver Strike Lodge #708