You have arrived in the place for family fun. So, put away the ipads, itouches and smart phones and get out there — together. Swing a golf club with grandma; careen down a mountain bike trail with your 12 year- old; or sip your way through town with your sisters.
Connect. For. Real.

We’ve dedicated this issue to family in the broadest sense of the term. Because when you live in a place like this, community becomes family, too. And given where and how we play, Mother Nature is certainly a revered elder in the clan. With that in mind, we invite you to use Mountain Express as a guide to outdoor exploration, cool (multigenerational) outings, drinks, eats, eco-happenings, design trends and — watch out Griswolds! — road trips.

Our writers tee up the action on and off the trails and greens (check out the golf feature). Discover adventure at new heights: hot air balloons, chairlift rides, zip lines and paragliding, as well as the inside scoop on jetting off on a trip to help others — Volun Tourism. Savor a local cocktail (perhaps, the Waldorf ’s “Blackberry Bramble”) as you learn about Park City Mountain Resort’s alpine coaster or… a delightful daytrip to Kamas or… the wild luxury of Blue Sky Ranch.

If a road trip is on the docket, take note of our weekenders to Conestoga Ranch, St. George and Wendover. And honor the National Parks’ Centennial Celebration by exploring the closest of these treasures. We offer close to home highlights, too: Salt Lake City’s Gallery Stroll, the historic Heber Valley Railroad, the wee lion cubs at Utah’s Hogle Zoo and the two Clouded Leopards at the Living Planet Aquarium.

As always, we unleash the dining experts, who dish up features on everything from family-run restaurants to local wineries. We’ll direct you to the best brunch spots in SLC, give you the rundown on summer cocktails and reveal where to pick up farm-fresh goodies; we also feature resident growers and beekeepers — Copper Moose Farm and Red Fox Farm, respectively. And we tip our caps to 350 Main as the swanky Old Town eatery celebrates 20 years.

Our Park City family is filled with pioneers and personalities. Please take a moment to read our profile-tribute to extraordinary Olympian- innovator Stein Eriksen, who died this past December. Tune into the local spin on climate change, with Ski Butlers’ Bryn Carey leading the charge. Learn about the philanthropy of Park City Community Foundation. And discover how Park City Clothing Store’s Doug Hollinger ended up with his impressive Coca-Cola memorabilia collection.

Finally, tap into local design trends, real estate, wellness and shopping. We deliver tips on making the most of outdoor living spaces as well as how to design a home for optimal family interaction. Gain entrée to a stunning Thaynes Canyon home in our luxury living feature — and check out how wood is working its way into interior and exterior mountain contemporary design. On the real estate front, discover the latest on local developments that incorporate green building practices, including the $40 million, LEED certified hospital expansion. Take a pair of local docs’ advice on the importance of primary care — or learn a little about laser therapy. For the shoppers out there, we’ve taken on the challenge of buying gifts for the man with everything. And for art lovers, we deliver the artists’ take on why your brain craves art.

Every age and stage can find something in this community to love. Thank you for becoming a part of our Park City family.




Liz Field, Publisher

Mountain Express Magazine

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