Happy Back to School! Here’s how the Park City Area Schools Stack up in the State of Utah

4 Park City Area School Districts Compared

Park City School DistrictsWhen discussing Park City, it’s not uncommon for the high quality school system to be mentioned. A respectable school system can mean major motivation to home buyers whether they currently have students, may be starting a family or are simply investing in a desirable location.

There are 47 school districts in the State of Utah. Here we look at school district statistics for Park City and the surrounding districts and how they rank in relation to the rest of the State.

Park City School District

Topping out at #1 in the State of Utah, the Park City School system has a lot going for it. The District has some of the best rated teachers in the state and a very high approval rate of academics overall. The teacher to student ratio is 20:1, a little higher than the national average of 16:1. Yet spending on students is higher than average at $12,870 per year. There are plenty of clubs and activities for students of any age and diversity is better than average for the State. 89% of students graduate high school. http://www.pcschools.us

Wasatch School District

The Wasatch School District comes in strong at #3. Heber, Midway and Hideout Canyon are all towns within this district. Teachers and academic rankings are strong as are sports and fitness. Diversity is similar to the Park City School District. Wasatch has a high graduation rate at 90% and a higher student to teacher ratio of 21:1. The Wasatch District has maintained a high level of achievement despite annual student spending that is comparatively lower at $8,670. http://www.wasatch.edu

North Summit School District

The North Summit School District proves strong and ranks #5 in the State. North Summit towns include Wanship, Coalville and Hoytsville. Teachers, academics and diversity all rank high. This district has the highest average SAT scores at 1410 out of the districts we have compared. The high school graduation rate is 87% and while teacher salaries are comparatively low, teacher to student ratio is better than area districts at 19:1. Annual per student spending is $10,089, the second highest in the area. http://www.nsummit.org

South Summit School District

The South Summit School District is ranked #19, putting it in the top 20 in the state. South Summit towns include Kamas, Francis, Oakley, Woodland and Marion. Academics, clubs and activities score high while teachers rank a little lower than other area districts. Spending per student is strong at $9,627, and student to teacher ratio follows regional trends at 20:1. Diversity is also a little lower than other school districts in the area while health and safety are favorable. http://www.ssummit.k12.ut.us

We are proud that this area boasts so many strong academic options. We can chalk this impressive line-up to just one more reason why we love this town. Our many thanks to the teachers, faculty and staff that make our schools so great!

Summit Sotheby’s Nancy Tallman Featured on Park City Travel Podcast

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Our own Nancy Tallman is this week’s guest on the popular Discovery Maps podcast series, and this episode is all about Park City! She may be known for real estate, but she also knows our town. Host Mark Ciociola and Nancy cover everything you’d want to know about PC basics and beyond: winter activities, summer activities, favorite special events, where to stay, getting around, family friendly activities, restaurants and much more. Take advice from a 13-year local on all things PC! If you or your out-of-town guests are looking for info on Park City travel, you’ll enjoy this 30-minute podcast at Bit.ly/DiscoveryMap.

Some of Our Favorite Park City Summer Activities Are…

Top 15 Summer Activities in Park City

Summer Activities in Park CityDuring the summer, there is so much to do in Park City, it’s great that the sunset holds off until after 9pm. In the blink of an eye, your social dance card will be full. The savvy Parkite thinks strategically, best to map out your activities in order to adequately budget precious resources, like time and energy.   Before you know it, you’ll be shoulders deep in wildflowers on the side of Iron Mountain thinking, why didn’t I charge my camera?

  1. Farmer’s Market: June 3 to October 28

    The ONLY place to buy tomatoes, farmers come from around the state to sell their goods. There’s also live music, delicious limeade and samples-a-plenty of Volker’s famous bread. Inside Park City Real Estate is a proud sponsor of the Wednesday Farmer’s Market.

  2. Fox School of Wine Weekend Wine Series: June 6 to September 5

    Wine classes run every Saturday from 6pm-7pm. Test the knowledge of local legend Mistress Fox and learn all kinds of helpful tasting tips having to do with wine. A perfect pre-dinner event. Reservations are recommended.

  3. Park Silly Sunday Market: June 7 to September 27

    If you missed the farmer’s market, some farmers will return to Sunday’s event on Main Street. Voted one of the top 50 Farmers Markets in the country by Cooking Light Magazine, the “Silly Market” features food, local libations, children’s activities, and promotes environmental sustainability.

  4. Savor the Summit: June 20

    Known as Park City’s largest outdoor dinner party, Savor the Summit reservations are almost sold out. Besides the delicious food and atmosphere, it’s worth seeing the giant table set up down the middle of Main St.

  5. Flying Ace All-Stars Freestyle: June 28 to September 6

    Every summer weekend (except July 4th) a choreographed spectacle of Olympians and professional skiers and snowboarders launch through the air up to 60 feet before landing in a pool below. Fun for all ages, this is a show not to be missed!

  6. Sundance Outdoor Film Screenings: July 1, 10, 31 and August 15

    Bring your own popcorn and bundle up. Sundance Institute present four outdoor films in City Park starting at dusk/9pm, all free of charge. Check the website for details; this is one of the sweetest treats of summer.

  7. Park City 4th of July Parade & Celebration: July 4

    The 4th of July festivities include a 5k fun run, a pancake breakfast, rugby tournament, parade, free concert, fireworks and kids’ activities. Plan your parade viewing early as the route is absolutely packed each and every year.

  8. Park City Food and Wine Classic: July 8 to 12

    One of the classic summer activities in Park City, master winemakers and culinary greats educate and illuminate attendees who choose to wine, dine and play in and around Park City.

  9. Cole Sport Back Alley Bash and KPCW’s 35th Birthday Party: July 24

    A local’s event that is open to everybody, the annual Back Alley Bash has been around for decades. Hang around the town lift plaza and enjoy live music, BBQ, and celebrating the 35th Birthday of the local radio station.

  10. Park City Kimball Arts Festival: July 31 to August 2

    This year marks the 46th annual Park City Arts Festival, a juried art show that welcomes artists from around the country. The three-day festival supports the diverse programming of the Kimball Art Center.

  11. Tour of Utah: August 3 to 9

    Whether you are a seasoned cyclist or you just like to see the pack of bikes zoom past, there is no shortage of excitement and drama in this week-long race that goes throughout Northern Utah. Park City is the start and finish venue for the final stage of the race – stage 7 – on August 9th.

  12. Mountain Town Music: All Summer Long

    Throughout Park City and the surrounding areas, Mountain Town Music presents an incredible number of live music shows a week, mostly free and open to the public. Check their website for a complete lineup.

  13. Best Local Hike

    With so many miles of trail in Park City, it’s tough to choose a favorite. But we’ll tell you what we’re into lately. Early and late season when it’s not so hot and dusty, the PC Hill is a classic. Somewhat steep, a fair distance but not too far, and incredible views of the whole town. Mid-summer, we like the shade of Armstrong, cutting it off at the brand new Dawn’s trail for a 3.3 mile loop back to Silver Star for lunch. The best part is that bikers are only allowed uphill on Armstrong and not at all on Dawn’s, so you won’t get bombarded.

  14. Best Mountain Bike Ride

    Early season, we really like the Prospector Area trails. Enough of a hill to get some cardio, enough trees to get some shade, but low enough to dry out early on. Later in the season, we have to stick with the Park City classic: Mid Mountain Trail has many entrance and exit points for a plethora of loop options based on your group’s time and skills.

  15. SUP on the Jordanelle

    The reservoir is so peaceful in the morning, before the wind and boating action picks up. Try picking up a paddle and a stand up paddle board. It’s one of the fastest growing outdoor activities, and for good reason. Incredible views await you and deer look on with envy, munching grass.

There you have them: our top 15 Park City activities that will keep you busy this summer. Be prepared with plenty of time and sunscreen and get ready to enjoy one of the best seasons of the year!

New Real Estate and Fun Events at the Dejoria Center & High Star Ranch in Kamas, Utah

8 Reasons to Love the Dejoria Center & High Star Ranch in Kamas, Utah

Located in the Kamas Valley in Summit County and butting up to the Uinta National Forest, High Star Ranch is a new kind of neighborhood. The equestrian ranch sits on 1,000 acres of land, and boasts stunning views of Mt. Timpanogos, Box Elder Peak, Deer Valley and more. Just 30 minutes from Park City and 45 minutes to the Salt Lake International Airport, High Star reaches the ever elusive state of being in the middle of nowhere yet being connected to it all.

1. State Road Tavern
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The State Road Tavern opened in January 2016. This family friendly establishment features its own custom built smoker and provides hungry customers with freshly smoked Angus beef, pork and organic chicken. There are over 20 beers served and an impressive offering of craft cocktails. Come in for a side of High Star Jo Jo’s or Brisket tacos and enjoy the fireplace and the al fresco view. As if dining could get any better, there is a full bar and Sunday brunch.

2. Bar Josephine

Bar Josephine

Bar Josephine is the freshest watering hole to open in Utah. Yet the large cottonwoods and lush Kentucky bluegrass views make you feel like it’s been around forever. Come experience the awesome patio and the modern design inside. With live music on Saturdays, Bar Josephine is open Friday and Saturday nights and during Thursday concerts.

3. Summer Concerts

Summer Concerts at Dejoria

The Dejoria Center is proud to partner with Mountain Town Music to present a six-week Summer Concert Series. Every Thursday June 16 to July 21, these events are free and open to the public. Burgers, hot dogs and beverages are available for purchase. Let the kids run around on the lawn by the big pond while you listen and chat with friends. Or sit outside at the State Road Tavern to enjoy a full dining menu while you listen. While these shows are free, outside food and drink are not permitted.

4. A World Class Venue

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The Dejoria Center is pleased to host events from 10 to 2000. Thoughtful practicality has been built into the design of this world class venue. There is ample parking as well as VIP valet services. And the venue welcomes everyone from executive gatherings to corporate retreats to meet in their state-of-the art meeting spaces. With full technology integration and wagon rides at the same venue, you’re sure to strike the right balance with Dejoria.

5. Laid Back Living

Laid Back Living

There is a type of home for everyone’s taste at High Star Ranch which now offers homesites, luxury Ranch Cabins and custom log homes. The area is nestled in the foothills of the Uinta Mountains and features an idyllic rural ranch setting. High Star Ranch sits on 1,000 acres only 18 miles from Park City. On-site amenities include a fishing pond, two barns, indoor and outdoor equestrian arenas and boarding facilities. Interested in real estate at High Star? Summit Sotheby’s is the listing agency and I’d be happy to get you connected and answer any questions you may have. Check out the brochure here.

6. Trails On The Way

Trails Planned

Time to dust off your mountain bike Park City!

The Most Mountain Biker Friendly Neighborhoods in Park City

Park City MTB Neighborhoods

The Good News? Everywhere in Park City is MTB Friendly

One of the best things about living in Park City is that there is trail access in every neighborhood. Even if you don’t have a trail head right outside of your door, it’s easy to hop on a bike path and find one in a matter of minutes. That said, there are a two neighborhoods that shine a little brighter than the rest for the mountain biker enthusiast. Here are two of our favorites and why.

Prospector Square

Prospector is one of Park City’s most mountain biker friendly neighborhoods. It sits next to a number of trail heads and there is easy access to the Lost Prospector trail and the Round Valley Trail System, which sees the longest mountain bike season of any trail system around. The awesome hand cut trails of old town are just far enough away by paved trail to get a nice warm-up ride in, as well as the lifts at Park City Resort if you prefer more downhill than up.

There are plenty of mountain biker amenities in the Prospector neighborhood. White Pine Touring, Jans and other bike shops are all nearby if you are looking for a tune-up, repair or supplies. This is a bonus for the absent-minded rider; if you have forgotten a granola bar or a map, they can be found right here. And there are coffee shops aplenty for that caffeine fix or convenient meet-up spot. The neighborhood also boasts many après-ride hot spots like El Chubasco, Windy Ridge Cafe, Sammy’s Bistro, Fuego and more.

Give this one a try: Skid Row to Lost Prospector to Gambel Oak, down Masonic back to Lost Prospector. A solid rolling climb to technical, hand cut downhill and a smooth ride out.

Deer Valley

An excellent location to live if you love mountain biking, Deer Valley has over 70 miles of trails, ranging from beginner to advanced. The terrain variety and trail conditions are phenomenal and many of the trails connect to the larger park city trail system. Views of the Jordanelle Reservoir and surrounding mountains make riding in Deer Valley truly spectacular. Plus, there are three lifts to access and plenty of instructors and classes if improved riding is your goal.

There aren’t as many biker amenities in Deer Valley compared to town, but the quality is excellent. The Deer Valley Grocery Café has every item that a hungry biker could want. From fresh roasted coffee to crispy fish tacos, this place can’t be beat. If you’re looking for refreshment after an evening ride feel free to grab a comfy chair on the gorgeous deck. Sit back, relax and enjoy a cold beer or a craft cocktail.

Give this one a try: Mid Mountain to Team Big Bear to Flagstaff Loop. Moderate climbing with breaks and fun technical glades.

With more than 400 miles of bike trails to tap into, which Park City neighborhood wouldn’t be great? Admittedly, there are many more mountain biker friendly neighborhoods, we simply don’t have the time or space to write about them all, because we would rather be riding…

Vail’s effect on Park City this season…

Vail’s Purchase of Park City Leads to Increased Visitors

ski utah epicAccording to Bill Malone*, President and CEO of the Park City Chamber/Bureau, “droves of spring break vacationers and people visiting from Latin American countries led to a successful March”. Malone expects to see increased visitors from Australia due to Vail Resort’s recent acquisition of Perisher, Australia’s largest ski resort.

Although March is always a big month for visitors to Park City, I found it fascinating that in his recent interview with the Park Record, Bill Malone specifically cited visitors from Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. In my casual conversations with people on Park City’s ski lifts, many told me that they were visiting Park City for the first time using their “Epic” ski pass. These visitors had traditionally vacationed in Colorado, but wanted to give Park City a try since it was included on their ski pass. Vail’s Epic pass is sold in 50 countries around the world. In a recent press release, Vail’s CEO, Rob Katz noted, “..we are pleased with the double-digit visitation and revenue growth at Park City, following our transformational capital investments.”

epic passIt is difficult to draw visitors to Park City the first time. However, once first-time visitors experience the charm of Park City and the ease of traveling to our resorts, it is likely they will return.   There is also that possibility that they will like Park City so much, they will want to invest in a permanent or vacation home in Park City and become part of our community. Vail’s acquisition of Park City Resort and the presence of the Epic Pass in Park City is truly a game changer for our community.

Park City New Businesses for 2016!

Donuts, Tots & More: 5 New Businesses in Park City

Just when you thought life in Park City couldn’t be any better, up pop these five wonderful products and services. Disclaimer, most of the products will require an extra notch on your belt.

Twice the DoughTwice The Dough

The clever folks at Twice the Dough felt that our town was missing something, something sweet to go along with our fresh tracks and epic views. They put together a doughnut powerhouse featuring flavors like Orange Dream and Heavenly Cinnful and offer Vegan and Gluten-free options. Specialty, locally brewed coffee is available at the shop (1400 Snow Creek Dr. Suite L) and for the savory lover they make a mean crustless quiche. www.twicethedough.com

Stay Park City

Stay Park City

Stay Park City was put together by a thoughtful group of Parkites who decided that larger travel companies don’t know the best nooks and crannies of our area. Stay Park City is like an Airbnb mixed with the Events section of the Park Record. An added bonus is that those who book directly with the site will enjoy a complimentary concierge service. Guests will have a local advocate sending them to cozy hot spots, giving gear tips and friendly reminders to wear plenty of sunscreen.www.stayparkcity.com

Ritual Chocolate

Ritual Chocolate

Using just two ingredients, Ritual Chocolate takes 10 days to transform a chocolate bean into a beautifully crafted chocolate bar. They source beans from around the world and hand wrap and number stamp each individual bar. Tours of their chocolate factory and specialty equipment are offered Thursday and Friday evenings; tickets can be purchased on their website. www.ritualchocolate.com

PC Tots

PC Tots

Working parents rejoice as PC Tots, Park City’s newest Child Care Program, soon opens its doors. Addressing a growing demand of high quality yet affordable child care, PC Tots was the result of major community organizations coming together. Mountainlands Community Housing Trust, Holy Cross Ministries, United Way, Intermountain Healthcare and others joined together to form this nonprofit child care program. Caring for infants up to children 6 years of age, there are extended hours and weekend programs. www.pctots.org

Bodega on Main

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The missing link to Park City’s vibrant food scene has always been Spanish fare. Bodega on Main fills the void beautifully. Described as a “modern style Spanish tapas bar”, they mix traditional plates with their own unique twist. Spanishphiles will relish their wine list, and their craft cocktails are a surprisingly cosmopolitan assembly of Spanish old world and mountain saloon. It’s a relaxed setting where you will find wonderful food and service. Reservations welcomed. www.bodegaonmainparkcity.com

What do you Love about Park City, Utah?

Why we Love our Town…by Nancy Tallman

This past weekend’s “Autumn Aloft” balloon festival was nothing short of spectacular. I am very fortunate to raise my kids and work in such a magical place.

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Since Outside Magazine named Park City the “Best Town in America” in 2013, there have been several accolades for our town.

The Park City Chamber of Commerce announced these recent ones in the national media:

My family enjoys all of the locations mentioned above. It’s truly extraordinary to live in a beautiful, small mountain town with world class amenities. What would you add to this list?

A Scorned Foodie Picks The NCAA Tournament

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Every year I catch the fever that is called March Madness. I watch the selection show, scour the Internet and eaves drop on conversations around the water cooler, all to inform my NCAA tourney brackets.

Every year I sit back and watch as somebody else surpasses me in braketology and ask myself where it all went wrong.  Maybe I’m just not suited for predicting college basketball games in March.

Every year I hear that the person who won the pool picked their brackets based on team mascot or team colors or some other extraneous criteria. Then I feel even worse. How could somebody who knows nothing about the sport beat me?

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I have an Idea!

This year will be different. I’ve decided to use a unique selection process to choose my brackets. I thought long and hard about it and came to the conclusion –

Why not choose the teams based on their food pedigree. That sounds so ridiculous it just may work.

So here’s the criteria I used:

Teams that are in regions that have a strong food culture supersede a team from an area that is a culinary wasteland.

  • Is there a strong farming community that thrives on sustainable, artisan foods?
  • Do they make all natural, handmade foods in the region?
  • Is there a strong restaurant scene near the school?
  • Is the area known for a specific food that is unique and delicious?

My Picks

By using these new criteria, I worked through my bracket and came to the following final four teams:

BBQ ribsMidwest – From a food standpoint, probably the weakest collection of schools. However, there are a few standouts, including St. Louis, Oregon, Memphis and Duke.  Based on their BBQ and whiskey, I’m giving this region to Memphis (6), though Oregon is a close second.

Category:Stub-Class Cheeses articlesWest – This is a tough region. You have Southern University, Wisconsin and Gonzaga from parts of the country that feature great food. These three are all legitimate choices, but because cheese is one of my favorite foods, I’m going to have to choose Wisconsin (5).

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South – I wouldn’t say this region features the obvious areas one would associate with a thriving food scene, but there are a few to note. North Carolina, UCLASan Diego State and Georgetown are the best. I’ll have to pick Georgetown (2) because DC has such a great restaurant scene, it’s close to Maryland which has some of the best seafood on the east coast and not far from the pig farms in Virginia. Hard to argue with that one.

Deutsch: Bratwürste.

East – There are a number of contenders in this region. You have Cal in northern California, Marquette in Milwaukee, University of Miami, and Pacific (offering northern Oregon produce, hops for beer and wine grapes). So my heart says Pacific, but Cal is also a major consideration being close to farms, cheese makers and of course, Napa. This is too close to call and any of these teams could be a legitimate choice, but I have to go with Marquette (3) since it is in Milwaukee, which stands for brats, beer and cheese – some of my favorite food vices.

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Of those 4 teams, I’ll have to award the NCAA Championship to…Georgetown (2). It offers great restaurants, fresh seafood and reasonable proximity to a great agriculture scene.

So there you have it. A few expected picks and a few surprises. Maybe I wouldn’t be that far off from these selections by choosing based on basketball ability, but I certainly had more fun in the process.

Have any opinions about my selections, please kindly respond below and let me know what you think.

Park City to the middle of Costa Rica in 20 hours

Can’t say I enjoyed that. Maybe it’s because it’s been a while since travelling solo to a foreign place with little sleep, little food, lots of rain and even more darkness. Maybe it’s because it’s everything I sought out for? Maybe it’s because i just left 3 feet of the Greatest Snow on Earth?  As usual, it was an epic.

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Jumping in a little orange Hyundai taxi I asked the driver to gun it. I want to make the 2:30 bus for San Isidro General

and leave San Jose behind as its not a favorite place to spend time. Like an F-1 race car, we zip in and out of traffic, sometimes missing sea blue and yellow buses by the skin of our teeth. Motorcyclists line the gaps between cars at every stop light and sometimes line the sidewalks.

Ten minutes into my harrowing escape from San Jose, were stuck in traffic. Five minutes later, we move a car length. I see 2:14 on the dashboard, a bus to our left, a train to our right, miles of cars in front of us and a motorcycle jump the curb and around all of this.

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Thinking the same thing I ask Roy the driver,

“Donde estacion por el bus?”

“3 o 4 kilometers, mas o menos”

“Ok. Yo carrer.” I’ll run. Seems like the normal thing to do upon arriving in Costa Rica. The last time I ran in 85 degrees and 85% humidity to catch a ferry. This time, it’s 78 degrees, 100% humidity and 100% pouring rain. After all, it is the ‘wet season’ here.

Looking over his right shoulder, Ray breaks out his perfect English,

“In the rain? You are going to run in this?”

I hand him 14,000 colones, grab my bag, jump out of the car with nothing more than jeans, a sweatshirt and my lucky 1995 blue gray and maroon quiksilver ski hat, into the driving rain and listen to Ray as I poke my head thru the passenger side window,For reasons unknown, running is a normal response. Some things never die.

“6 blocks direcca. 5 blocks isquierda. Cross the train tracks. 1km a terminale, direcca. Primera stop light, isquierda. 200 metres el bus ea en su direcca.” Sounds like me trying to speak Spanish.

“Gracias Ray.”

I fold up my jeans and take off across broken concrete sidewalks and splash almost every puddle. Six blocks and there’s been an accident, the cause of the jam. Policia and ambulancias have everything blocked off around an SUV that t-boned a little red taxi. I run around the accident, across some train tracks make a left, a right, another left and slide into the bus station sopping wet and buy myself a ticket for the 3:30 bus. Four minutes late.

Five hours later, the Musoc bus rolls into San Isidro de General, a sketchy place according to my brother who spent some time here 6 years earlier. Confirmed by 3 people at the Agua Termales today. It’s like dealing with the paparazzi when you walk off a bus in Central America.

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“Taxi? Taxi? Mi amigo, taxi?”

No, I really need to go to the bathroom.I blindly scurry into a mercado filled with candy, coca cola, chips and Costa Rican trinkets. “Taxi?”

Growing some balls, I walk out under the street lights of San Isidro and jump in a 4×4 taxi and say “San Gerardo de Rivas, por favor.”

An hour later and numerous openings of the sky above, the truck rattles up a steep,

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rocky and dirt road to Hotel Roca Dura where I’m greeted by a friendly Luis Hernandez, the sounds of Vanilla Ices “ice ice baby” the smooth taste of an Imperial lager and a much needed plate of salty homemade fries and a burger.

Word to your motha. I’m out.