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10 reasons to live (the dream) in Park City

By ParkCityIs.com
Aug 31, 2018

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"Quality of life."

That's the short answer to why we moved from Los Angeles to Park City, Utah, in 2016.

The long answer is that I wanted my kids to grow up in a small community, ideally a ski town. I also wanted them to go to quality public schools, to have a range of winter sports available to them and to experience all four seasons. Selfishly, I wanted to ski up to 100 days per year and live within a sprawling network of mountain biking trails. Bottom line, though, I wanted to reduce my living costs and have a house big enough to host a large family and store all my toys.

In other words: quality of life.

Why would someone want to move to Park City, Utah? The answer to this should be self evident. But since you asked, here are 10 good reasons:

1. Some of the Best Ski Resorts in the World: At 7,000 feet above sea level, Park City has a year-round population of about 25,000 and is home to two ski resorts: Deer Valley Resort and Park City Mountain Resort. The former was voted the #1 ski resort in North America by SKI Magazine (2018) and is exclusive to skiers. The latter has the most skiable terrain (7,300 acres) in the United States and is open to snowboarders.

2. More Amazing Ski Resorts: There are many more world-class ski resorts within an hour's drive: Alta, Snowbird, Brighton, Solitude, Snowbasin, and Powder Mountain to name a few. Not to mention Powderbird Helicopter Skiing, which picks up in town.

Just your local Olympic training centerPARK CITY CHAMBER/BUREAU

3. Education: The public school system is the best in the state, and Park City High School ranks in the top 2% nationally. Park City public schools let out at 12:30pm on Fridays so students can go skiing or participate in other sports. There is also Winter Sports School, a charter high school that operates on a reverse schedule to accommodate winter competition and travel. If private school is preferred, Park City Day School goes from kindergarten to eighth grade and has been under the leadership of Ian Crossland for the past year.

A 45-minute drive from Salt Lake but a world awayPARK CITY CHAMBER/BUREAU

4. Convenience: Salt Lake City International Airport is a 30- to 45-minute drive from town (no traffic), from where a flight to LA or San Francisco is about 1.5 hours. To accommodate growth, the Utah Department of Transportation has been widening highways, resurfacing roads and expanding traffic circles on a huge scale this year, all of which is well ahead of any congestion issues.

Putting the slopes in Silicon SlopesPARK CITY CHAMBER/BUREAU

5. Business Opportunities: The Beehive state is booming. The Salt Lake/Provo/Park City triangle, dubbed Silicon Slopes, is an emerging tech powerhouse. This is supported by two universities (the University of Utah and BYU) as well as big tech companies (Adobe, Microsoft) and several startup unicorns (Banjo, Domo, Qualtrics).

We've got your water sportsPARK CITY CHAMBER/BUREAU

6. All Four Seasons: Summers are actually better than winters. High temperatures average about 80 degrees F with low humidity. In early June, the aspen trees and wild flowers explode into bloom. Soon the mountainous landscape becomes a tapestry of rich greens that seem to glow as the sun sets after 9:00 pm on the summer solstice. Just 25 minutes away is the Jordanelle Reservoir, which supports boating, paddleboarding, wake surfing, fishing or just relaxing on a pontoon boat for the day. Lest I forget, Park City is home to seven golf courses.

A mountain biking playgroundPARK CITY CHAMBER/BUREAU

7. Mountain Biking: Park City holds the distinction of being the very first Gold Level Ride Center, deemed as such by the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA). "It all stems from a commitment to master planning," says IMBA's VP of Programs, James Clark. "The sheer miles of trails are fantastic, but what’s important is that they function as a cohesive network, with signage and trail connections that create a model riding area." That network includes nearly 500 miles of singletrack trails that appeal to all ability levels. Plus, Deer Valley runs the lifts for mountain biking and is continually building trails to expand its world-class bike park.

Park City Municipal Golf CoursePARK CITY CHAMBER/BUREAU

8. Cost of Living: Moving from high-tax states like New York and California can reduce living costs substantially, especially given new tax laws. According to TaxFoundation.org, Utah ranks middle of the pack nationally (25th) for state income taxes with a maximum rate of 5%. For combined sales tax, Utah is 29th at 6.77%. As for property taxes, the Beehive State is 40th at an average of 0.65%. However, the property tax rate in Summit County (Park City) is only 0.463%. According to some back-of-the-napkin math, you'll get three- to four-times as much house for the money compared to LA's West Side. And property values appreciated 9.9% annually as of Q1, which ranks fifth in the country according to the FHFA.

Ski right into downtown and then go back up on the Town LiftPARK CITY CHAMBER/BUREAU

9. The State of Utah: Park City is one of many gems in a state full of natural riches. Utah is home to five of the premier National Parks: Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Canyonlands, and Capital Reef — all within a few hours drive time. Renowned mountain biking and off-roading destination, Moab, Utah, is a five-hour drive and also offers access to rafting on the Colorado River. A little further and you can be in The Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, and Yellowstone National Parks.

Live music in the summer is available pretty much every nightPARK CITY CHAMBER/BUREAU

10. All About the Community: When you move to Park City and meet someone who lives in Park City, it's something very powerful you have in common. More than likely you're both here for these 10 reasons and many others. There's an immediate bond. Our next-door neighbors hosted a welcome-to-Park-City party three days after we arrived and invited the surrounding neighbors. I can send a group text to locate my kids in the neighborhood and have them sent home. My wife has made lifelong friends at Park City's premier workout studio/social club, Beau Collective, through a shared passion for fitness. This is partly because the majority of Park City residents are transplants from California, Ohio, Michigan, Texas, Washington and all parts Back East. And since we all moved here for about the same reasons, it creates a community fabric that is woven together with a combination of Lycra, Gore-Tex, carbon fiber and a profound sense of joy and gratitude.

10 Reasons To Live (The Dream) In Park City, Utah?

By ParkCityIs.com
Aug 27, 2018

Park City Farmers Market plants seeds in its new location

By ParkCityIs.com
Aug 25, 2018

August 19, 2018

The Park City Farmers Market has passed the midway point of the season at its new location at Park City Mountain Resort Mountain Silver King Lot, and Volker Ritzinger, founder and coordinator, is pleased, regardless of some technological glitches.

"It's been super," Ritzinger said. "I am surprised that so many people are showing up here, because our Google Map location still shows the (previous location at Canyons Village), so there is still some confusion. But people are figuring it out."

The market had to move from the its 17-year home at the Canyons Village cabriolet parking lot to PCMR due to construction at the former.

Initially, Ritzinger was uneasy about the transition.

 It was crazy because I started the farmers market at Park City Mountain’s First Time Lot 22 years ago, and now we’re back...”Volker Ritzinger,Park City Farmers Market founder and coordinator
"I was nervous, because you never want to change something that has been successful and easily accessible," he said. "At Canyons, we were just off the highway."

Ritzinger tried to schedule the market at Canyons this year.

"There was just too much going on, so Vail found me another place," he said. "I have such a good relationship with Vail. They have been so good to me."

Still, moving the market to PCMR intrigued Ritzinger.

"It was crazy because I started the farmers market at Park City Mountain's First Time lot 22 years ago, and now we're back," he said.

This year's market is on track to featured nearly 100 farmers and vendors before it closes the season in October, Ritzinger said.

A familiar taste

While its location has changed, longtime Farmers Market patrons havehave seen familiar vendors this season, such as Jenson Farms, which has made the weekly trip to Park City from Draper for the past 15 years.

"I think what I like most about being up here is the environment," Theron Jenson said of Park City. "It's like a getaway; a retreat for me, that allows me to leave the hustle and bustle of the valley."

The vendor, which is known for its corn, raises all of its produce naturally, Jenson said, drawing a distinction between "natural" and "organic."

"I don't like to use the word 'organic,' because it sounds negative," he said. "So I like to say I try to grow the produce as close to nature as I can."

Jenson does use a small amount of nitrate to break down the manure he uses for fertilizer, but doesn't do any spraying.

Even the water isn't chemically treated.

"The water I use doesn't come out of Utah Lake," he said. "My water comes from a well, so it's not contaminated. So people who buy our produce know they will never ingest any chemicals."

The difference between Jenson's produce and others can be tasted, he said.

"By letting nature take its course, the flavor, especially of our potatoes, are second to none."

Monster Bubbles, inc.

A newer addition to the Park City Farmers Market is Arnold Berg's Monster Bubbles, which were seen floating across the lot two weeks ago.

Berg created his first monster bubble with a string wand in the summer of 2013 at his grandson's first birthday. The bubble man knew he had something different when, on a camping trip later that fall, his handiwork drew a crowd.

That's when he created Monster Bubbles, he said.

Berg sells a variety of string and net wands and an original bubble mixture that can be mixed with distilled water to create the large and small floating orbs.

His bubbles draw spectators of all ages when he does demonstrations, and he lets people try their hand at making bubbles at the Farmers Market as well as other outdoor events.

"I have found that while the children like the bubbles, it's the adults who have a hard time putting down the wands," he said.

Future plans

Ritzinger said this season is Park City Farmers Market's trial period with the Silver King Lot location.

"We have a one-year contract because (Park City municipal) wanted to see what type of impact we'll have," he said. "When we close in October and review how things went, we'll go from there."

The success of the Park City Farmers Market up to now is due to its staff, according to Ritzinger.

"It has to a lot with surrounding myself with good people," he said. "I've done this for so many years, and I could probably do this in my sleep. But with a new location, it was something new, and we all needed to be coordinated."

Ritzinger is also considering starting up an additional farmers market at the Tanger Outlets in Kimball Junction.

"We'll see how that goes," he said. "In the meantime, we're getting some good feedback for coming back to Park City Mountain Resort, the place where we started."

 

Dig into Park City’s past with 5 unique tours

By ParkCityIs.com
Aug 22, 2018

From vintage wines to ghosts and slopes, these tours prove history isn’t just for nerds.

By Michaela Wagner 8/13/2018 at 10:57pm

If you’ve ever wandered the streets or slopes of Park City, you’ve probably stumbled across a historic relic or two. From abandoned mines and tram towers to commemorative statues, history is alive and well in Park City. What can we say? We really love celebrating our past and we’ve found plenty of ways to do it, including an annual Miner’s Day celebration that takes place every Labor Day. Whether you’re a longtime local or an out-of-towner, one of the best ways to delve into Park City’s mining past is via a tour. Forget a dull lecture, these five historic adventure-tours offer fun, interesting, and unique ways to explore Park City.

Mines and Wines Tour

Pair anything with wine and it’s a winning combination. Hence the Fox School of Wine’s signature Mines & Wines Tour. Visitors hop on a luxury minibus that shuttles them around town for a three-hour tour featuring six historic Park City locations, each of which is paired with a sippable vintage. And because it’s Park City, costumes and props are encouraged. Tour is 21+ and admission is $187/person. For details and to register, call 435.655.9463, or visit foxschoolofwine.com

Guided Historical Hikes at Deer Valley

Hiking is one of Park City’s main summer attractions, so it makes sense to match the activity with a historic overview. Take in the natural beauty of the area and learn something along the way with one of the guided hikes at Deer Valley. The hikes depart at 8:30 a.m. from the base of Sterling Express chairlift (next to the Silver Lake Lodge), last three to four hours, cover moderately strenuous terrain, and highlight the mining history of the area. A portion of the sales go to Friends of Ski Mountain Mining History. Tours are $10/person and reservations are required. For upcoming dates, visit the Deer Valley Resort website.

Park City Ghost Tours

The spookiest tour in town, the Park City Ghost Tour highlights the seedier side of mining history with stories of bar fights, poison, revenge, and untimely deaths. Meet the ghosts that haunt our town to this day with an hour-long walking tour on Main Street. Summer tours depart daily at 8 p.m., starting at Miner’s Park on Main Street; no reservation required. Tickets are $20/person, $10 kids (ages 16 and under). Winter tours (Nov. 1st - April 30th) start at 7 p.m. and require a 24-hour-advance reservation. Visit parkcityghosttours.com for additional information. 

Historic Glenwood Cemetery Tour

Tucked away at the end of Silver King Drive, the Historic Glenwood Cemetery is the final resting place of many of Park City’s earliest residents. On September 22, the Park City Museum and Glenwood Cemetery Association team up to deliver a glimpse into the lives (and deaths) of those who lived and worked in Park City through reenactments with actors stationed at a number of gravesites. Two tours will be offered from 10:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 12:45 - 2 p.m.; Space is limited, make your reservation hereTickets are $15/person and appropriate for ages 10+. For more information, call the Park City Museum at 435.649.7457.

Silver to Slopes Mining Tours

Undoubtedly one of the most fun ways to squeeze a bit of history into a winter vacation is via the Silver to Slopes Historic Mining Tour at Park City Mountain. During the winter, hop on this free, guided ski/snowboard tour (intermediate level required) and discover the stories behind the resort’s mining era structures. Find out more about this unique tour and preservation efforts of the Friends of Ski Mountain Mining History hereTours are offered daily starting at Park City Mountain Village at 10 a.m. near the Eagle Statue and 1 p.m. at the Trail Map near the top of Bonanza Express lift. 

This by no means makes covers all the ways to discover Park City’s history. We highly recommend popping into the Park City Museum which offers some truly fabulous exhibits (including a dungeon!), events and its own walking tour.

Utah is the first state ever to receive 3 Michelin stars!!

By ParkCityIs.com
Jul 13, 2018

Utah Becomes First State to Receive Three Michelin Stars

Salt Lake City– After a century of rating restaurants and destinations, Michelin, publishers of the iconic Michelin Guides for travelers, has awarded Utah the very first three-star designation for a state.

“Utah is a beautiful state, a destination worth making a special trip for American and international visitors, including the French who love it,” said Philippe Orain, Editorial Director of Le Guide Vert Michelin. “I am happy and glad to give this recognition for the high quality of service, the beauty of its world class landscapes, and the concentration of three Michelin Star National Parks (the highest of the U.S. with Zion, Bryce, Arches and Canyonlands).”

The Michelin Green Guides allow travelers to quickly identify a destination’s most outstanding attractions thanks to a “star” system. The Michelin rating system for destinations is similar to their restaurant ratings. One star indicates an “interesting” attraction or destination,  two stars indicate a place “worth a detour” if travelers are already in the area, and three stars means exceptional, worth a special journey in itself.”

The editors of the guide use nine weighted criteria to evaluate a destination, and three stars were awarded to Utah mostly in recognition of local hospitality, visitors’ accessibility to hidden gems and The Mighty 5? national parks.  Usually, Michelin stars are awarded to a particular destination within a state. This is the first time the editors have awarded an entire state the prestigious three star distinction.

“This coveted Michelin recognition is a huge honor to our state.  It will attract visitors from France and all around the world — those who appreciate our spectacular landscapes and western hospitality,” said Vicki Varela, Managing Director of the Utah Office of Tourism and Film.  “This fits beautifully with our Red Emerald business strategy to attract discerning customers who will stay longer, spend more and get off the beaten path.”

Utah is included in Michelin’s Green Guide for the Southwest United States. The authors regularly visit the destinations included in the guide. They pay their admission to sites and may then introduce themselves and ask for more information about the attraction. Michelin receives  more than 1,000 letters from readers every year, providing valuable information used in selecting destinations. Michelin’s independence and legacy of identifying the very best travel destinations around the world make this recognition a remarkable honor for the state of Utah.

 

This is why you should be investing in Utah!

By ParkCityIs.com
Jul 11, 2018

Why you should be investing in rental property in Utah

By Rentler  |  Posted Jun 28th, 2018 @ 8:00am

There are a lot of property investors out there. More than 28 million, to be exact. So why do most people still consider it something you only jump into when you have a lot of extra cash to throw around?

Property investment is actually one of the most stable financial decisions you can make — especially if you’re buying in an area with sustained economic growth and a steady real estate market.

After Zillow named Utah one of the hottest housing markets in 2016, the Beehive State has been on the radar of property investors worldwide. Last year, Utah ranked among the top five cities for investment properties. Here’s why:

1. There’s a booming tech industry

Dubbed “Silicon Slopes” for it’s growing startup scene and large mountain ranges, companies like Adobe, Twitter, Microsoft, and more have all put down roots in Utah. The growth prospects and aggressive state tax breaks have consistently put Utah on the map of best states to do business in. Plus, Utah is home to plenty of other billion-dollar software companies like Qualtrics, Domo and Pluralsight. And where there are jobs, there are people that need housing.

2. The population is growing — fast

Partially due to its reputation as a new tech hub, Utah is experiencing above-average growth at a steady rate. In the past five years, Utah has seen a 9 percent growth ratein population and a proportionate increase in people who rent.

Moody’s expects Utah’s job growth to be third best in the nation over the next five years, while EMSI forecasts the Beehive State to be top in the nation for employment. Thanks to this projected growth, investing in a property to rent or flip has become a pretty safe bet for positive cash flow.

3. Tourism dollars are plentiful

Southern Utah is famous for sprawling canyonlands and grandiose national parks, while Northern Utah is home to some of the best ski resorts in the U.S. Thanks to Utah’s vibrant outdoor scene, renting out property short-term is also a viable option for property investors.

According to Forbes, Provo, Utah is among the best cities for Airbnb investment this year thanks to fairly low house prices coupled with high rent prices. The average property price in Provo is $249,900 and the median monthly income from Airbnb hovers around $1,700; making the cash-on-cash return almost 5 percent.

4. There are a large number of renters

USA Today reported that nearly 80 percent of renters in Salt Lake City spend at least 30 percent of their income on rent. While that may seem low compared to cities like New York and San Francisco, that’s actually slightly higher than normal for a mid-sized city.The increase in renters is driving rent prices up and Salt Lake City is quickly becoming a place where it’s more affordable to rent than to own. If you’re a property investor, that means now is the perfect time to invest in rental properties.

5. Lower inventory = homes sell for more

Nationwide, housing inventory is down as much as 11 percent in the country’s top 100 metro markets. This demand for housing can be felt especially hard in Utah, where many homes are being sold over the list price after multiple offers.While this might scare off some potential investors looking for a great deal, it also signifies that the properties will continue to appreciate and that flipping a house or becoming a landlord can be a lucrative venture right now in Utah’s most populated cities.

Three Things Sellers should never Do

By ParkCityIs.com
Jul 10, 2018

Selling your home is one of the largest transactions you’ll ever make, so you want to make sure you sell your home quickly, for the most money and for the best terms possible you don’t want to start off on the wrong foot. Here are three things sellers should never do.

Sell it yourself. A real estate professional has the resources and experience to help you price, show, sell your home and safely navigate it to closing. He or she can provide numerous marketing and showing services to help sell your home quickly and with as few hurdles as possible.

Pick the wrong sales professional. Interview several real estate professionals to learn how they plan to market your home, what services they provide, and what you need to do to get the highest and best offer for your home. Choose the one who is straight with you about your home’s assets and drawbacks, and who explains current market conditions so you’ll know how to price your home successfully.

Ignore your sales professional’s advice. Your Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network professional is trained to help you present your home at its best. Staging, updates, and repairs will help, but what’s most important is price. Your home’s price, location and condition should be supported by comparable homes in the area. You’ll attract the most interest if you price slightly below comparable homes, allowing room for buyers to bid up the price.

Remember, every market is different and can change quickly, so be prepared.

Peggy Marty 435-640-0794 | Tyler Richardson  435-640-3588 | Team@ParkCityis.com

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Park City, Utah Local Neighborhood Guide

By ParkCityIs.com
Jul 09, 2018

The Summer/Fall 2018 Local Neighborhood Guide is now available. Check it out at http://joom.ag/ZywY

*Now available with embedded videos! 

Should you buy a home with a swimming pool?

By ParkCityIs.com
Jul 08, 2018

It’s the heat of the summer, and you want a home with a swimming pool but before you go off the deep end, make sure the benefits outweigh the drawbacks.

Swimming pools are a strong part of the outdoor living trend. They’re fun for all ages, they promote fitness, and they give you a great place to entertain family and friends. They also add costs, increased liability and ongoing maintenance. So, to help you decide if it’s worth it, ask yourself the following questions:

Do you and your family members swim now? Would you swim more in a pool of your own?

Are pools popular in your area? Do you have a long, hot swimming season?

Does the pool complement the home? Or did the pool replace an amenity you might need such as a play-yard?

How old is the pool? Do any mechanical components need to be replaced? Are there any visible cracks, broken tiles, or cloudy water that could mean large expenses coming?

Where will people change their clothes and use the restroom? Will they leave tracks through the house?

Ask the seller for any maintenance and repair records they might have for the pool, and include the pool in the home inspection. Obtain recent prices from local pool companies on similar pools and see if you are overpaying for the seller’s pool, especially if it needs updating. Most pool companies are happy to oblige in order to get the maintenance, repair, or redesign business from the new owner.

Peggy Marty 435-640-0794 | Tyler Richardson  435-640-3588 | Team@ParkCityis.com

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Park City Mountain continues live music throughout the summer!

By ParkCityIs.com
Jul 03, 2018

Once the Third and Fourth of July celebrations wrap up for the year, the Park City Mountain Resort concert season begins.

While Mountain Town News' free Thursday night Newpark concerts have been canceled this year due to a renovation project, the organization approached Park City Mountain to move the series to Canyons Village.

"We wanted to find a home where we could present a similar type line up that would feature smaller, up-and-coming national touring bands and artists," said Brian Richards, Mountain Town Music's community conductor of musical matters. "We're excited that Canyons will be hosting the concerts."

The free concerts will begin at 6 p.m. and guests are welcome to bring their own picnics or enjoy refreshments at the Umbrella Bar, according to a Park City Mountain press release.

The first show out of the gates will be Johnny Neel & Bryon Friedman om July 7, and the rest of the schedule is as follows:

• July 12: Arthur Lee Land

• July 26: The Coffis Brothers

• Aug. 2: Elektric Voodoo

• Aug. 16: Charley Crockett

• Aug. 23: Zander

• Aug. 30: Big Blue Ox

There will be no concerts on July 19 or Aug. 9.

In addition to the Thursday concerts, Park City Mountain Resort will present free Saturday night concerts at Canyons Village.

Like the Thursday shows, the Saturday performances will begin at 6 p.m., according to the press release.

The concerts will feature visiting artists and bands from around the country. The schedule is as follows:

• July 7: Wild Belle

• July 14: Whitey Morgan & the 78's

• July 21: Polyrhythmics

• July 28: Old Salt Union

• Aug. 4: The Band of Heathens

• Aug. 11: Aaron Lee Tasjan

• Aug. 18: MAGIC GIANT

• Sept. 1: Marc Broussard

There will be no concert on Aug. 25

Guests are welcome to bring their own picnics or enjoy refreshments at the Umbrella Bar or Murdock's Café, according to the release.

Park city Mountain Resort will host concerts throughout the summer. For information, visit http://www.parkcitymountain.com.

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There's Only One Park City.

In true Park City fashion, the entire town seemed in attendance at Legacy Lodge for Vail Resort's announcement of One Park City, its new brand and resort launch. After the intro video, Vail's Chief Operating Officer and Chief Marketing Officer spoke about the new brand and Vail's progress-to-date on its $50 Million improvement plan.

Our biggest takeaway: the largest resort in America is now operating right here in Park City. After $50 million in capital improvements, which will be completed in time for opening this winter, mountain visitors will have access to 7,300 acres of ski terrain, 17 peaks, and a resort that extends 6.5 miles in length.

The new Quicksilver gondola is proceeding on schedule and will be operational for the 2015-2016 season. Vail Resorts settled on the name "Quicksilver" because it denotes Park City's mining history and the speed of the 8-person, state-of-the-art conveyance, which transports riders from the base of Silverlode to the Flatiron Lift via Pinecone Ridge in just 8 minutes.

The restaurant formerly known as Snow Hut, has been re-named Miners Camp and will seat 500. Additional improvements and expansions will be made to Red Pine Lodge (capacity will be expanded by 250 seats), Summit House, and Legacy Lodge. Snow making has also been added to Iron Mountain and near the gondola.

The new consolidated resort will operate under the name, Park City. The logo was re-purposed from Canyons Resort and has the tagline, "There is only one. Park City."

 

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Vail Releases Details of Improvement Plan

Today, Vail Resorts shared their action and improvement plan with regards to Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort. The plan includes more than $50 million in improvements that will take place in just one season, making it the most ambitious ski resort improvement strategy to date. The changes will create the largest ski resort in America by combining Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort. Here are some specific improvements listed in Vail's comprehensive press release:

The Interconnect Gondola. An eight-passenger, high-speed two-way gondola from the base of the existing Silverlode Lift at Park City to the Flatiron Lift at Canyons. The gondola will also have an unload at the top of Pine Cone Ridge to allow skiers and riders the opportunity to ski into Thaynes Canyons at Park City via gated ski access or to the Iron Mountain area at Canyons through new trails that will be created from Pine Cone Ridge. 

Upgrade of King Con and Motherlode Lifts at Park City. The King Con  Lift will be upgraded from a four-person to a six-person, high-speed detachable chairlift. The Motherlode Lift will be upgraded from a fixed-grip triple to a four-person, high-speed detachable chairlift. 

New Snow Hut Restaurant, Upgrades to Summit House Restaurant at Park City and Expansion of Red Pine Lodge Restaurant at Canyons. The plan calls for building a completely new Snow Hut restaurant at the base of the Silverlode Lift and next to the Park City terminal for the Interconnect Gondola, with 500 indoor seats and a top-of-the-line kitchen and culinary experience. The plan also includes an upgrade to the "scramble" area inside the Summit House restaurant to improve the flow of diners and increase seats. At Canyons, the Red Pine Restaurant will be renovated to accommodate an additional 250 indoor seats. 

Snowmaking and Other Improvements. The plan features additional snowmaking on two trails in the Iron Mountain area of Canyons which will become increasingly central ski terrain given its proximity to the Interconnect Gondola. The plan also includes almost $5 million of "catch up" maintenance and upgrades at Park City, given the lack of spending at the resort over the past few years. 

"This comprehensive capital plan for Park City and Canyons is one of the most ambitious and impactful plans undertaken at any resort in industry history, transforming the experience at both resorts and creating the largest single ski resort in the U.S. with more than 7,300 acres of skiable terrain," said Blaise Carrig, president of the mountain division for Vail Resorts. He added, "The improvements offer skiers and riders more terrain and upgraded lifts to enhance the guest experience and reduce crowding and lift lines, new and upgraded restaurants, more snowmaking and an overall ‘touching up’ of all aspects of the resorts. The plan was based on feedback from guests and the local community as well as discussions with the senior operating teams at the two resorts. We look forward to continuing to work with the county and the city and are hopeful we can bring this plan to life for the 2015-2016 ski season."

 

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Deer Valley Purchases Solitude

DEER VALLEY RESORT, PARK CITY, UTAH (October 3, 2014) – Deer Valley Resort has entered into an agreement to purchase Solitude Mountain Resort and will begin operating the resort on May 1, 2015.

“Solitude is an incredible resort and provided a huge opportunity for us to expand our offerings right here in Utah,” said Bob Wheaton, president and general manager of Deer Valley Resort. “Solitude is in unique position with their widely varied terrain that attracts both local and destination skiers. We are ecstatic to be able to add the resort to the Deer Valley® family.”

“The DeSeelhorst family has enjoyed being a part of Solitude’s history for almost 40 years. We are proud of what we have been able to accomplish at the resort and in our mountain community,” said Dave DeSeelhorst, owner and general manager of Solitude Mountain Resort. “We feel very fortunate for the opportunity to have worked with so many amazing people in our industry and most importantly being able to work with our incredible staff at Solitude over the years. It is exciting to pass on this unique and beautiful resort to one of the best resort operators in the country, Deer Valley.”

For the upcoming 2014-15 ski season, Solitude will operate as usual under the leadership of the DeSeelhorst family. To foster the most effective and strategic change over, select Deer Valley staff will work alongside Solitude staff during the next six months to evaluate resort operations and gain knowledge about the Solitude brand and culture. Deer Valley will then take full ownership of Solitude Mountain Resort on May 1, 2015.

 

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Park City Mountain Resort Sells to Vail for $180. Million

September/ 2014

Powdr Corp. has sold its Park City Mountain Reosrt to Vail Reosrts, ending a tumultuous year for Utah’s most popular ski destination.

"Selling was the last thing we wanted to do, and while we believe the law around this issue should be changed, a protracted legal battle is not in line with our core value to be good stewards of the resort communities in which we operate," Powdr CEO John Cumming said in a statement. "A sale was the only way to provide long-term certainty for PCMR employees and the Park City community. My family and I are extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to play a role in making PCMR what it is today, and we deeply appreciate the dedicated employees and all of the people who have supported us over the years."

The deal requires Vail Resorts to retain Park City Mountain Resort employees.

Powdr owned the Utah resort for more than 20 years, growing it into one of the most popular ski areas in North America.

According to Vail's Press Releases, with the acquisition, all aspects of the previously disclosed litigation with respect to PCMR have been settled and this dispute will no longer pose any future threat to disrupt the operation of the resort.

"First and foremost, we are very pleased to bring a permanent end to this dispute and provide assurance to the guests and employees of PCMR, and to everyone in the Park City community, that they no longer have to worry about any disruption to the operation of the Resort. This has been a difficult period for everyone involved and I commend John Cumming and Powdr Corp. for helping to find a solution to this situation," said Rob Katz, chairman and chief executive officer of Vail Resorts.

"Park City Mountain Resort is one of the most spectacular mountain resorts and iconic brands in the ski industry and I am proud to have the resort become a part of Vail Resorts. The acquisition will allow us to immediately bring Park City Mountain Resort onto the Epic Pass, which will now offer skiers from across the country and around the world access to 22 resorts. We look forward to working collaboratively with the entire Park City community, as well as city and county officials, as we chart the future for the resort, including how we can best bring the Canyons and Park City ski experiences together to create the largest mountain resort in the United States," he added.  

Mountain operations of PCMR and Canyons will remain separate for the 2014-2015 ski season. However, the Epic Pass and Epic Local Pass will be valid at PCMR. All PCMR passes for the 2014-2015 ski season will continue to be honored and can be exchanged or upgraded for a season pass that will also be valid at Canyons. The majority of all lift tickets sold at either resort will be valid at both PCMR and Canyons.

 

Canyons in the News

Patrick Meek:
Ultimate Weekender, 
HHonors Team Member and Sponsored U.S. Olympic Athlete

Speed skater Patrick Meek, is not only an U.S. Olympic hopeful but a team member at the Waldorf Astoria Park City. He hasn't taken much time off the ice recently in his preparations for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games and the Waldorf Astoria Park City has worked around Patrick's speed skating schedule to help make his Olympic dreams come true.

 

Canyons Golf Course making headway

 Completion expected by September 2014
 Aaron Osowski, The Park Record

  

 

 

 

It has been a much-delayed project through a development process that occurred over a decade ago, but at long last completion of the Canyons Resort Golf Course is expected in less than a year's time.

The 6,256-yard, par-70 course designed by Gene Bates and the Bates Golf Design Group will feature over 1,000 feet of elevation change. According to Guicho Pons, Officer with TCFC Finance Co., the course is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2014.

"[The course] was part of the original SPA (Specially Planned Area) agreement in 1999 and for whatever reason it was never done," Pons said. "We started construction in June and made really good progress over the last five months."

MVC Construction and Landscapes Unlimited have been contracted in the construction of the course and Pons said that "substantial progress" has been made on 14 holes with rough grading complete on the remaining four holes. Several holes are "virtually completed," he added, except for tees and greens, as the window for seeding closed.

TCFC Finance Spokesperson Todd Burnette said that, since they had to work with predetermined terrain in designing the course, there were challenges involved in construction.

"The challenges in building the course will end up being interesting features for players," Burnette said. "Elevation changes and elevated tees will provide incredible views from the Uinta Mountains to Old Town and all three ski areas."

Pons said they are almost finished with the irrigation systems on 14 holes. There are no irrigation systems on the rough graded holes and the course will utilize what they call a "fertigation" system which allows fertilizer to be applied directly through the irrigation system.

The irrigation system will also feature a computer system that can accommodate different "micro-climates" for the various holes. Pons said that, for instance, the holes on Willow Drop have a different micro-climate than holes near State Road 224.

Burnette calls the course "very unique" and said it has the ability to be a strong driver of out-of-state tourism during the summer, especially for corporate groups.

"There really hasn't been a golf course set up [in the area] to take advantage of large corporate groups," Burnette said.

Dave Dubois, a resident of Sun Peak and president of the Sun Peak Homeowners Association, said he and other residents near Canyons Resort are excited about the completion of the course's construction.

"We're all looking forward to having it completed. The holes look great and the paths seem first-rate," Dubois said.

Dubois did note that those residents near some of the construction have complained of dust being blown by their houses on windy days, so the establishment of green grass will be welcomed by many.

Pons said the course, which has an expected total cost of $25 million, has not received many complaints. The only notable complaints have been related to the rock cuts that have taken place on the hill near the Miners Club and Fairway Springs.

"We tried to minimize the environmental impact of the course. People complain about the rock cuts but don't realize that all of that material that came out was used in the golf course," Pons said.

Crews also employed a rock crushing machine that crushed material to be used as topsoil for holes farther down the hill, Pons said, which minimized the hauling of enormous amounts of material up and down the hill.

"The main thing to note is that we've listened to all of the residents' concerns and addressed [them]," Burnette said. "The vast majority of property owners are looking at this as a very positive thing."

For photos and information about the Canyons Golf Course, visit canyonsresortgolfcourse.com.