Nothing warms the cockles of the heart on a blustery day quite like a cuddly, mewling kitten — or four of them. My newest family members, pictured to the left, came to me by way of the local non-profit “Paws for Life” and a serendipitous moment at the local animal shelter. We tend to refer to these sweet, orphaned animals as “rescues,” but as time marches on, the line between who rescued who is blurred. And we all end up counting our lucky stars.

3cFor many of us, Park City is a haven, rescuing each of us from the ups and downs of fickle fate — or just providing respite from the day-to-day rush of life. We cherish this place and we find refuge in the mountains, the culture and the community. Here at Mountain Express Magazine, we humbly endeavor to give you glimpses of the best aspects of this extraordinary place and the fun and diversity of high altitude living.

As you peruse these pages, you’ll find guides to ski readiness and the power of recovery, when it comes to acclimating to our high desert clime. Discover where to ice climb and the latest tales, tours and tastings in town. Find out which local hotspots dish out music and how different artists “see.” Our writers explore culinary bests: chefs’ picks for soups and stews; top mountainside dining locales; winning fireside spots and sips; and exotic eats. The design department unveils marvelous mudrooms and techie trends in home remodel apps and software. And our luxury living experts cover everything from diamonds to posh properties, such as Cascade Park City and The Colony at White Pine Canyon. We also invite you to explore beyond our Park City bubble, with destinations such as Salt Lake’s Hogle Zoo, Heber Valley and our favorite culinary escapes.

3dIn this issue, we highlight our unique community by introducing you to intriguing locals: Dr. Joe Ferriter and his preventative approach to medicine; Emmy-winning sound genius Jim Fosgate; Cole Sport’s founding family; Deer Valley Mountain Host Michael O’Malley; and alternative pop artist Robyn Cage. We look at changes on Park City’s horizon in terms of development and point you in the direction of good causes, such as KPCW, our local non-profit radio station or Recycle Utah’s Earth Day dinner — and, of course, Paws for Life.

As Yoda Girl, Sundance, Sweet Pea and Buster can attest, high-energy play topped off by a nice cozy up to a fireplace can do wonders. This snowy season, we hope that you find warmth, refuge and endless moments of joy and play in our mountain town.


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