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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.

Park City’s 4th of July goes big but retains the small-town feel!

By ParkCityIs.com
Jul 02, 2018

ParkRecord.com

Scott Iwasaki | July 1, 2018

Park City takes its Fourth of July seriously.

Before the fireworks light up the sky just after dusk at Park City Mountain Resort, the day begins 14 hours earlier at 7 a.m. in City Park, said Jenny Diersen, Park City's special event and economic development program manager.

"We start things off with a traditional pancake breakfast at City Park," Diersen said. "The breakfast is a benefit for our local Boy Scouts."

An hour later, runners of all levels and ages can participate in the annual 5K Fun Run presented by the Park City Ski Team.

"The race starts at the Park City Mountain Resort base and loops around Three Kings before winding down at Cole Sport," Diersen said.

Advance registration is required, she said. Runners can register by visiting parkcityskiteam.org/2015/06/july-4th-fun-run-registration.

These two events lead up to the morning's centerpiece — the Fourth of July Parade, Diersen said.

The procession will start at 11 a.m. at the top of Main Street and take a left at 9th Street and continue down Park Avenue, she said.

"We'll have around 50 to 60 floats in this year's parade," Diersen said. "We also have some great entertainers who will participate in the parade as well. We'll have bagpipers, a mariachi band and the Park City High School Marching Band."

The parade will end conveniently at the entrance of City Park, where the afternoon events will take place.

"The celebration will include rugby games, which are a huge Park City tradition," Diersen said. "We will also have the volleyball tournament that is coordinated by PC MARC."

Volleyball games will be held at City Park fields and at the fields at Treasure Mountain Junior High School, according to Diersen.

The Boy Scouts will return to run the afternoon's children's games and activities, Diersen said.

"We'll also have food and beverages and live music," she said.  Each year, the activities attract upwards of 30,000 people, and traffic can become an issue, Diersen said.

"We do request that people plan ahead about how they will get to the different events," she said. "We would like them to give themselves some extra time so they can enjoy the events."  To do so, Diersen encourages people to ride the bus.

"The Park City School District, Deer Valley and Park City Mountain have partnered with us for parking," she said. "People can park at either resort and school parking lots and take the free buses to Main Street and other areas of town that are close to the activities they want to see or participate in."

If drivers want to park at the China Bridge parking garage, the rate is $20 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Diersen said.

"The garage does fill up, and we hope people will remember that there will not be any parking allowed on Main Street, Park Avenue and Swede Alley because of the parade," she said.

Another alternative to driving is to ride bicycles.

"We will have two bicycle valets," Diersen said. "One will be at the 9th Street roundabout and the other will be in the lot across from the skate park."

Even with 30,000 people converging on Park City for the Fourth of July, the town manages to maintain a small-town feel during the celebration, and that is made possible by how the community comes together to make it happen, Diersen said.

"It's because of the community participation," she said. "All of the organizations who help us in the event, whether they are providing activities down at City Park or the Park City Ski Team organizing the 5K, love our community and that shows.

Homeowners, Buyer: It’s either a teardown or a remodel

By ParkCityIs.com
Jun 30, 2018

Older homes that served our grandparents and parents well may appear poorly planned for today’s families. They tend to be smaller with narrow lots, closed-off kitchens, and fewer bathrooms and bedrooms. On the other hand, older homes tend to offer character and quality craftsmanship that is unmatched today. So, should you tear down an older home or remodel it?

First, choose the neighborhood. You’re buying the location, so it should meet as many of your household’s needs as possible - schools, transportation, entertainment and enrichment, medical care and shopping. It should have plenty of homes similar to the one you have in mind, including remodels and scrapped homes replaced by new construction.

Homes offered at “lot value” means that the structure offers no further value. This is a great candidate for a total remodel or teardown. If the lot is large enough, it can hold added square footage or a complete new home. But if the home has plaster moldings, stained-glass windows, all-wood stairs, and other artisan features, know that those things can’t be easily replaced today. You may want to preserve those unique elements and consider remodeling to complement the home’s original design.

Take your general contractor with you to see what needs to be brought up to date and if it’s more practical to remodel or rebuild. Like homes in like neighborhoods help determine and improve value, so don’t over-build or over-improve without similar comparable homes nearby to support your home’s value.

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

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Summer Events at Canyons Village

By ParkCityIs.com
Jun 28, 2018

Canyons Village has an exciting summer calendar planned! Below are some highlights on upcoming events, activities, and transit over the next month or so. For more info on events, golf, transportation, and development, please the Canyons Village site here.

  • Canyons Village Summer Activities- Now Open 
    • Park City Mountain has started spinning the lifts again for cross-country mountain biking, zip lines, hiking, family activities, and more. Summer activities began on May 25that the Park City Mountain Village and begin on Friday, June 15th at Canyons Village. Canyons Village activities will include summer zip tour adventures, scenic gondola rides, lift-serviced cross-country mountain biking, hiking, Canyons Golf, and miniature golf. More information can be found here.
  • Canyons Golf 
    • Canyons Golf opened on May 25thand 2018 summer season passes are on sale now. For more info or to book tee times, please click here.
  • Summer events begin with the July 3rdCelebration and Fireworks
    • Start your July 4thholiday one day early with FREE live music, kid-friendly activities, and a grand fireworks display. Pack up a blanket and a picnic basket, lay out on the lawn and enjoy the evening with friends and family. The event begins at 5:00 pm with DJ Velvet and kids’ activities, followed by an outdoor concert by The Number Ones. The grand fireworks show will go off at approximately 9:30 pm via Willow Draw.
  • Summer Concert Series
    • The free concerts begin on Thursday, July 5thwith Johnny Neel & Bryon Friedman. Johnny Neel, born blind, musically gifted, and overflowing with soul, is best known for his songwriting, stage, and session work for The Allman Brothers, Gov’t Mule, and Dickey Betts. Local musician, ski racer, and businessman, Bryon Friedman has formed a soulfully inspiring friendship and musical collaboration with Neel.
    • The first Saturday concert begins on Saturday, July 7thwith Wild Belle. Chicago natives and brother-and-sister duo Wild Belle make folk, dance, reggae, and psychedelic rock-tinged indie pop.
    • Concerts will run weekly through Saturday, September 1st, however, there will be no concerts on Thursday, July 19th, Thursday, August 9th, or Saturday, August 25thdue to private group and conference activities.
  • Tour of Utah: August 10-11
    • Canyons Village will play host to the start of Stage 5of the Tour of Utah on Saturday, August 11th, as well as the start of The Ultimate Challenge. There will also be a free pre-race kick-off party on Friday, August 10th. With two races on Saturday morning, plus kid’s bike races, face painting, and birds of prey demonstrations, this will be a great weekend for everyone. The final day of racing, Stage 6, will start and finish on Sunday, August 12th on Historic Main Street.
  • Summer Transportation
  • Current Development Updates
    • As Canyons Village continue to expand, please visit the Developmentpage for the most updated information.

Contact us for information on all available Canyon Village real estate opportunities Team@ParkCityis.com

 

Best outdoor projects for selling your home

By ParkCityIs.com
Jun 27, 2018

As you look at your outdoor living spaces with an eye for upgrades, where will your time and money be best spent? Fresh landscaping? Sprinklers? A new fence? A firepit?

Fortunately, 2018 Remodeling Report: Outdoor Features, co-produced by the National Association of REALTORS® and National Association of Landscape Professionals, offers some ideas. First, there are two ways to look at your improvements:

  1. Curb appeal to make your home more attractive to buyers when you’re ready to sell.
  2. Personal enjoyment while you live in the home.
If you’re thinking strictly of return on investment, regular lawn care, landscape maintenance and tree care and trimming each restore 100 percent or more of the costs, says the survey. Regular attention to watering and drainage will prevent unsightly dead spots in your yard. Removing dead tree branches or limbs growing too close to the house prevents storm damage. Keeping bushes trimmed prevents overgrowth that obscures your home’s features.

But money isn’t everything. What about personal enjoyment, convenience and satisfaction? Tied for first place on the “Joy” Score with a perfect 10 are an irrigation system and a fire feature. The next most appealing projects were a new wood deck (Joy Score - 9.8), a water feature (9.8), statement landscaping (9.7), and an overall landscape upgrade (9.6).

The report validates what real estate professionals have been saying all along – curb appeal matters, and landscape improvement is money well spent. You’re adding beauty and convenience to your home, which future homebuyers will appreciate.

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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.

 

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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."

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