| Breakfast: ||7:45 - 8:45 AM Enjoy a delicious hot breakfast buffet in our conference room prepared by our private chef.|
| Morning: ||9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon Enjoy skiing or snowboarding as a family on the beautifully groomed slopes of Park City.
Optional mountain tours are available for free.
Optional ski or snowboard lessons are available for a fee paid to the Ski School.|
| Lunch: ||Vouchers will be given so participants can choose to eat lunch at one of various restaurants on the mountain.|
| Afternoon: ||1:00 - 2:30 Continue to enjoy your last day skiing or snowboarding as a family at Park City Mountain Resort.
3:30 Load a free city bus as a group and ride over to Historic Main Street and the Park City History Museum, which used to be the city office upstairs, the police station on the main floor, and the jail cells in the basement.
4:00 - 6:00 PM Enjoy an expert-led discovery, from Park City's Historian, all three floors of the museum starting in the basement where the silver mining history is located. Try your skill using the "Widow Maker" the air-powered drill miners used to drill holes for dynamite. (The dust created in the early mining days before they mixed water with the drilling, caused silicosis for any miner using this drill, which resulted in early death of these miners while still in their 30's and 40's. Their untimely deaths would leave behind their wife and children. Hence the nick name for the drill became "The Widow Maker"
Push down on the TNT handle to make a mock explosive rumble the walls of the basement. Explore through the original jail cells which were used until the 1960's.
Venture to the main floor and learn what Park City was like as a ghost town and how local residents got along with the "hippies" moving into town in the 1960's and 1970's.
Then learn the fascinating transformation of Park City when it received government funds to build a ski resort and following the resorts dedication from Lady Bird Johnson in 1962 grew from a meager population to the top ski destination in the country and host of the 2002 Olympic Games.
Gain an appreciation of how anyone could have purchased a home in Park City between 1960 and 1975 for only $300 - $800 dollars (just had to pay back taxes owed) and today that same home will sell for over two million dollars!|
| Dinner: ||6:00 - 8:30 PM Enjoy dinner in the historic Union Pacific Railway Station at the base of main street.
Now a gourmet restaurant owned by Hollywood Actor, Robert Redford, he calls it Zoom Restaurant (Zoom Lens on a camera) in tribute to the Sundance Film Festival he started.
As ore started rolling out of mines in Park City in 1869, the Union Pacific railroad was completing its section of he transcontinental railroad in northern Utah. The Union Pacific seized the opportunity to build a spur line to Park City in 1880, which was used to remove ore and supply coal to fuel the Park City mining operations.
The depot contained freight, ticket offices, passenger baggage, wait rooms, and quarters for the station masters which were located on the second floor. The main dining room still houses one of the scales used for weighing freight. When work was completed in October of 1886 the.
Park Record Newspaper applauded the results by asserting, "The building is one of the finest in Park City, the design is modern tasteful and brilliant yellow paint adorns it on all sides."
The Depot ceased functioning as a railroad station in 1976-77. The last train ran on the Echo/Park City spur line in 1986. The rail bed remains today as the Union Pacific rail trail.
Enjoy this gourmet restaurant as we raise our glasses and give toast for a Happy New Year Road Scholar style!|
| Evening: ||8:30 - 9:30 Explore Historic Main Street with a guide and hear stories of the Egyptian Theater, the ghost of Lizzy and more!
Before the Egyptian Theater, The Opera House, was built in the 1880's. Touring theatrical companies came through town performing many a production and bringing culture and the arts to this rambunctious silver mining town.
Unfortunately, The Opera House was gutted by the great 1898 fire which consumed most of Park City's buildings.
Undaunted, the people rebuilt and called it the Dewey Theatre. In March of 1916, as a huge snow storm was dumping over 10 feet of snow on Park City, a silent film was playing in the theater. The manager heard roof timbers cracking. Feared the roof might cave in on his audience and he didn't want to issue any refunds by stopping the silent movie. He told the projectionist to run the film as fast as he could and the piano player to do his best to just keep up with the film. As soon as the audience was quickly escorted out of the theater when the movie ended, the roof collapsed injuring no one.
In 1922, the people of Park City once again rebuilt their theatre, but this time, showcasing an Egyptian theme inside and out because of the recent discovery of King Tut's tomb in Egypt in the early '20's.
9:30 Load City Bus back to Lodge.
9:45 - 10:00 PM PROGRAM FINALE!
Dig through our bin of party supplies and pick your celebration hats, blowers, banners, necklaces, costumes and other party supplies, then count down to the new year as a group in our Lake Placid Room!
On our 8 foot television screen, watch the ball drop and celebrate Happy New Year with New York at Time Square (10:00 PM Utah Time, 12:00 Midnight Eastern time).
Enjoy our last night together in Utah and share your family memories of your Rocky Mountain ski get-away with the group and share your New Year's Resolutions. Say our goodbyes for those leaving early in the morning before breakfast. HAPPY NEW YEAR AND HAPPY TRAILS 'TILL NEXT YEAR!|