Hoo, Lordy! What a weekend and it's not even Saturday. We strolled into Park City's High West Distillery on Thursday eve for a subtle soiree thrown by Epiquest. The heli-ski outfitter wanted to introduce us to their operation with an open bar, mouthwatering chili and bacon-wrapped shrimp, raclette, duck crepes, and a slideshow presentation.

At our table were Tina and Craig, the owners of Diamond Peaks Heli-Ski based in Powder Mountain. Very nice people. We chatted about local heli-skiing, the Wasatch Powderbirds based out of Snowbird and Diamond Peaks latest endeavor to heli-shuttle Park City guests over to Powder for an extra $1800. Yikes. I think I'd drive the hour. Gas is cheaper. But as Tina pointed out, money doesn't matter to the rich folk at St Regis, Glenwild and The Montage (places where they'll land the chopper this winter).

I turned in relatively early so I could meet up with my friend Bonnie at Snowbird. I had run into Jeremy Nobis, Jim Conway, and Flying Brian Beck and they all recommended it. Really? The warm temps hadn't turned everything rock hard? Nope, still soft and fluffy.

Friday night I made it up to the Grand Summit Lodge to check out the whole buzz on this Chairity Auction to support the Kimball Art Center. This summer The Canyons leveled the Golden Eagle lift (originally installed in 1968) and took an offer over to the non-profit KAC. We'll donate 40 chairs for you to do whatever with. The art center then offered the chairs to 20 organizations and 20 artists to create something unique to be auctioned off - on eBay, at a silent auction and during a live auction. Twenty-five percent of the proceeds would go to the chair's creator's chosen charity and 75 percent goes to the Kimball Art Center. Let's just say KAC should be psyched. It was a fantastic evening of food, live music from Bryon Friedman, another open bar and lots of money being spent. Hopefully some of these chairs will make it around town like those silly Mooses (remember the one at the Tanger Outlets?). At least you'll be able to sit on these.

[caption id="attachment_11187" align="alignnone" width="350" caption=""Last Chair" (designed by Park City Iron Man Mike Brown). Sold for $8k."]


[caption id="attachment_11197" align="alignnone" width="350" caption="The Ultimate eBay Electronic Dream- Sold for $14k (the most of the night). It was designed and manufactured at Nuqwest by the three pictured and comes with a Panasonic surround sound system, 42" flatpanel TV, Blu Ray, XBOX Kinect, and various eBay goodies."][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_11198" align="alignnone" width="350" caption="Overstock Family Tree Peace Garden - Sold in the silent auction for $900ish"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_11199" align="alignnone" width="350" caption="Not sure why this simple chair designed by the Canyons went for $5500 except maybe because the money would go to the Park City Education Foundation"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_11200" align="alignnone" width="350" caption="Chairman Mao -$800"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_11201" align="alignnone" width="350" caption="Autumn at the Canyons- $800"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_11202" align="alignnone" width="350" caption="How To Catch A Snow Shark - $4500. Really?"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_11203" align="alignnone" width="350" caption="The Chariot Of Fire only garnered $150. It was one of the first chairs auctioned. People weren't liquored up yet?"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_11204" align="alignnone" width="350" caption="That's How We Roll - $2000"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_11205" align="alignnone" width="350" caption="Mosaic Tiffany Chair - $3500"][/caption]