As if it were the turn of the 20th century, when short-line railroads chugged their way through rural America, the Heber Valley Railroad whisks passengers through scenic landscapes in vintage and restored coaches. The routes trace the original Denver & Rio Grande Western railroad, trundling across the floor of the eponymous valley. Their scenic tours unveil breathtaking views of Deer Creek Reservoir, Provo Canyon, and Provo River, crossing the same scenery that travelers would have spotted a century ago. With heated coaches in the winter, guests enjoy an old-timey experience without sacrificing modern comfort.
ProTrans Utah's screened and trained drivers ferry clients from point A to point B in Chevrolet Suburbans and Tahoes and Ford Expeditions that are meticulously cleaned and regularly inspected. The drivers fulfill myriad different transportation needs, from bringing a client to the airport to shuttling a group of friends to Deer Valley or one of Utah's resorts.
For airport services, the dispatch team constantly monitors clients' flights to accommodate delays and early arrivals. This ensures they're in position when the client steps off the plane or climbs out of someone's duffel bag.
Nearly as old as the automobile itself, Diamond Airport Parking shelters cars 24/7 in Spokane, Anchorage, and Salt Lake City. Baggage assistance and a shuttle to the airport ease travelers' burdens and eliminate the need to hire a convoy of camels. Vehicle pilots can enjoy free amenities—from bottled water to the day's newspaper—and treat their conveyances to a complimentary car wash. Certain locations offer charging stations for electric and hybrid vehicles, as well as additional services such as oil changes, windshield-wiper replacement, and paintless dent repair.
Bella Vie's photographers combine backgrounds in photography, graphic design, and interior design to deftly freeze time around stunning stances with their moment-capturing cameras. The migrating shutterbugs travel to clients' homes or locations of their choosing to create custom shoots unique to their personality. Each shoot can capture up to 10 subjects, perfect for individual profiles or complete family portraits. After their smile-snaring session, subjects peruse proofs uploaded to a password-protected gallery and a rights-released CD of up to 25 digitally enhanced images, a positive application of the technology used to plant soda ads in the background of Charlie Chaplin films. The best still will then be preserved in a more tangible medium in one 8"x10" or five 5"x7" prints. Combine a pair of Groupons for a two-hour session that also includes twice as many pictures. Shoots at locations outside of Salt Lake City, such as Utah and Davis counties, are subject to additional fees for mileage.
O'Connor Flight School owner and 2002 Red Bull Wings over Chicago Aerobatics Champion Enleau O'Connor applies his expertise as an aerobatic pilot to leading paragliding lessons. With experience performing stunts in the Aerobattle in Issaquah, this airborne instructor can teach a variety of SIV and acro maneuvers, including riser twists, round spirals, and wingovers.
Marine Products is a purveyor of wakeboards, water skis, boating equipment, and all the apparel and accessories required for stylish water sporting. Board shorts from brands including Billabong and O'Neill ($41.99–$62.00) look best balancing atop a wakeboard ($240–$1,000) or dearly holding onto a Hornet Tube ($75). To ensure safety, supply life vests for valuable family members ($25–$135), priceless family pets ($29.99), and laminated issues of Tiger Beat. Brands including Liquid Force, Ronix, Byerly, and Oakley make puppy eyes at patrons, while an experienced and knowledgeable staff of wake lovers and water otters stands at the ready to provide individual assistance.