Ski Butlers Blog - July 2011

You Can't Beat a Park City Summer

Almost anyone who spends a summer in a mountain resort town will tell you that it rivals the winter when it comes to the variety of activities you can participate in, and truth be told, it may actually surpass it.  Park City, UT is no different.  Being from the east coast, the thing I enjoy most about spending my summers in Park City is the fact that my friends and I never have to be concerned about planning our activity of choice around the weather.  Growing up, I could never plan a hike, bike ride, or camping trip more than two days out because the weather was so unpredictable.  If your trip was going to last more than one day it seemed you were almost certain to get wet or at least rendered immobile because of stifling humidity.  A typical summer forecast in Park City looks more like something you would expect to see in San Diego than the Rocky Mountain west, except for the occasional afternoon shower that allows for the vibrant colors of the mountains to stay well throughout the summer.  This is probably why it seems that increasingly places like Park City are becoming hot spots for Summer vacations.  With a plethora of activities on tap for the outdoor enthusiast, Park City also offers a host of culture oriented events such as wine and food festivals, art shows and live music.  
 
On any given week from Memorial Day to Labor Day you will have the opportunity to attend several concerts at outdoor venues showcasing both local and national acts thanks to Mountain Town Music, which has sought out to make Park City the live music capital of the Rocky Mountains.  After all the concert going you will more than likely be looking for a tasty meal and lucky for you events such as Savor the Summit, an event that sees every restaurant on Main St offer their signature dishes  in a family style dining setting in the middle of Main St, seem to be the norm throughout during the summer.  To wash down all the good food and music I would recommend the Park City Food and Wine Classic, which takes place at the Canyons Resort.  
 
These events are Park City staples year in and year out and represent the best that Park City has to offer during the “off-season,” and I use that term very loosely.  
 

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Summers in Steamboat Springs, CO

      What a lot of people who visit Steamboat to ski don’t realize is summers are just as good as the winters.  Like many other ski towns, the multitude of activities allows any family visiting the opportunities to experience the summer alpine lifestyle.  From biking and hiking to outdoor concerts and rodeos, Steamboat will keep anyone active and entertained during the warm months.
      One of the greatest aspects of Steamboat is the Yampa River.  The Yampa allows people in town to enjoy some fresh water to raft, tube, kayak, and fish on.  Even just walking along the river on the Core trail, you can stop and enjoy the pleasant flow of the river.  Few ski towns have the luxury of bodies of water, Steamboat is one of those lucky towns, and the people take full advantage of it.
     If you have never enjoyed Steamboat Springs in the summer, start looking into it.  You can visit great websites like the Steamboat Chamber (www.steamboat-chamber.com) to get the low down on town, and all it has going on during your stay.  Once you figure out what a great place this ski town is in the summer, you will be hooked.

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Tahoe Summer at its Finest


Although heaps of snow are still visible in the Tahoe high country, summer is in full swing in North Lake Tahoe. After skiing on the 4th of July at Squaw Valley, our team members are excited to finally put their skis away for a bit and enjoy  all the exciting events that are happening. Winter is of course our favorite time of year, but do yourself a favor and enjoy all that North Lake Tahoe has to offer this summer. 
 
The best way to experience Tahoe is to get on the Lake. Rent a boat at Tahoe City Marina or go parasailing. Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP) is emerging as a popular sport for all ages. Check out Tahoe Nalu Paddle Festival in Kings Beach on Aug. 13th and 14th. There are also a wealth of great beaches and snorkeling spots throughout the area.  Don't forget about classic tubing down the Truckee river as well.
 
The Lake Tahoe Music Festival kicks off July 21 with the Blues Traveler at Northstar @ Tahoe. While you are there, check out the bike park for Tahoe's best lift-accessed downhill terrain. The following weekend (July 28-31), Squaw Valley will once again host the Wanderlust Festival.  Come enjoy yoga, incredible music and all that Squaw Valley has to offer. 
 
Lake Tahoe no doubt has an abundancy of recreational opportunities as well as great entertainment each summer. If you haven't yet been to Tahoe. Get here. It's absolutely amazing! And don't hesitate to call us if we can be of any help. Have a great summer!

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