Yesterday was Halloween, or as we refer to it here in Park City, “Howl-o-ween,” and is one of the best parties on Main Street for the year. Starting at 3:00 Main Street is closed to traffic and the young children, escorted and unescorted, come and all of the merchants give out treats. Around 4:00 the big kids start arriving along with seemingly every dog in Park City. Most everyone and every dog is costumed and Main Street becomes one big party. At 5:00 there is a dog parade…sort of. And I say sort of as it is not very organized and people seem to be walking all directions with their dogs, stopping to visit and take photos. This year several of the nightclubs brought speakers out for music as well as live music in one of the parks. Even though it was fairly cold, lightly snowing, everyone seemed to be having a fabulous time. I met people from various other parts of Utah who come up specifically for Howl-o-ween on Main Street every year.

Bald Mtn Early Snowmaking

We have been receiving pretty regular snowfall this fall, the mountains are white and the resorts started up snowmaking earlier this week. I’ve seen various videos of skiers skiing pretty good powder at Snowbird and Alta already, so the season is off to a great start. Brighton Ski Resort in Big Cottonwood Canyon is scheduled to open in 2 weeks, with Park City and Canyons Resort opening at or just before Thanksgiving. Deer Valley, as always, opens the first Saturday of December. With more snow in the forecast for all of next week it’s looking like the resorts are going to open with good snow and a nice variety of terrain.

In real estate news this past Wednesday on our real estate tour I saw a beautiful home in an area called Sandstone Cove. This is a very small community located high up on a ridge with spectacular views of the local ski resorts. This home blended contemporary and mountain in a way that I have not seen done before. But when I walked in my immediate thought was “warm, comfortable and inviting.” We’re continuing to see buyers coming in and looking for a ski property for this winter taking advantage of fairly low prices and low interest rates. Many of these buyers have been looking for a while and understand that this is a great time of the year to come out and look at real estate as places are empty and easy to get into. We have that wonderful catch-22 during the winter months when everyone is here and wanting to look at real estate but… everyone is here and all the condos and homes are occupied and hard to get into. But that’s just life in the resort real estate market and we have learned how to work around this as best as possible.

Ski season is upon us but it’s not too late to get in shape for your upcoming ski trip. When you come out this year, please stop into my office at the plaza at Silver Lake to say hello and I’ll let you know where the best skiing is and the hot new restaurants.