Publisher’s Welcome

Publisher’s Welcome

We’re a western town with wild roots. No doubt about it. And while Park City has been gentrified since its raucous silver mining days, that pioneering spirit has left an indelible mark on this place we call home. At Mountain Express Magazine we’ve tapped into the tapestry of the fiercely untamed and extraordinarily cultivated — to reveal the genuine character of our community — along with all manner of inside tips for downright entertaining ways to winter in the Wasatch.

First, we salute the strong, creative and generous folks — and entities — that make up our colorful town. We invite you to read about the empowered women in our ranks (“Women with Lions’ Hearts”); as well as Deer Valley’s Global Athlete Ambassador Ted Ligety. We toast our Rio Olympians. And we congratulate our culinary pioneers-turned-icons for reaching impressive milestones: Wasatch Brew Pub (30 years); Adolph’s Restaurant (40 years); and the Grub Steak Restaurant (40 years).

On the wild side of the equation, we explore everything from saving migrating elk herds and training avalanche dogs to rescuing “unadoptable” arctic canines and caring for all four-legged friends at Powder Paws Veterinary Clinic. And there’s our civilized — yet still edgy — side. Check out the big city arts scene at the University of Utah, and Utah Symphony / Utah Opera as well as the Broadway-borrowed happenings at the brand new Eccles Theater in downtown Salt Lake City. Discover a stunning Silver Creek Estates abode by Altitude Design Home or check out the latest trends on wine rooms and home bars.

We delve into the history-tinged arts with pieces on 4th generation Parkite and painter Scott Richardson; and the Prewitt Gallery’s mini tech-history collection (artifacts from photographer Hal Prewitt’s former work in pioneering the personal computer). And we deliver the skinny on kids’ snow-inspired fun, must-do winter activities for the entire clan and swank charity affairs, such as the National Ability Center’s wine-infused “Red, White and Snow.”

Our healthy living experts deliver tips on meditation; how to boost energy in the chilly months; and local fitness outlets for getting stronger. We highlight PuraVida (the local Aveda Spa and Salon) and LiVe Well Center’s healthy advice. We divulge where to pick up the best skin and hair products for battling the elements. Plus, we offer insight into local entities equipped to battle aging with an array of treatments. We even uncover the brrrrrrrr- enefits of a three-minute, minus 200-degree stint in an impact cryotherapy chamber.

For shoppers, we reveal the red (and white) carpet discovers: local jewelry shops’ “wearable treasures” and our fashion experts’ on-piste finds — as well as off-mountain chic threads. We tip our ten gallon hats to the Burns Cowboy Shop’s acquisition of century-old Sunset Trails (we’re talking silver or gold belt buckles, pardner). And we offer a shopper’s guide to Redstone.

As always, we dish out the goods on all things culinary — from an interview with master sommelier Ron Mumford and a feature on Ruth’s Chris Steak House to tasty tidbits on Heber Valley’s artisan cheese and Salt Lake City’s restaurant group, Main Course Management. Check out our picks for slopeside dining at Park City Resort; the latest on the newly renovated The Spur Bar & Grill; and mini features on five longtime, local bartenders.

Be sure to cozy up for a little après time — perhaps sipping this year’s cocktail contest winner, “LaBounty’s Ice Bomb.” As you savor the winter’s day, take a moment to read about Summit County’s efforts to lead our community to a more sustainable future.

Here’s to saving our winters — and pioneering ways to preserve our wild side.

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