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50 Million Dollar Park City and Canyons Link Revealed

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This is what Park City NEEDS!!! For years, the epic terrain off of Motherlode Chair has been seldom skied due to the old fixed grip 3 person chair. Honestly, you would feel yourself grow older on this chair! With the high speed 8 pax chair connecting Canyons Resort and Park City Mountain Resort, along with a new restaurant, Park City will continue to become the top skier destination in North America.

Park City Mountain resort has been neglected for too many years, and I am personally excited to see Vail come in and maximize the potential of the terrain. PRAY FOR SNOW!!!

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What You Need to Know About Park City Ski Resort 2014 Opening Days

B2u5ayAIMAAveyzThe whole country is freezing and Park City’s ski resorts are prepping for their 2014 season opening days. Our last storm didn’t bring as much as Lancaster, New York is getting right now, but the snow guns are blowing and more of Utah’s champagne powder is in the forecast.

PCMR opens up this Saturday Nov. 22nd, Canyons the following Friday Nov. 28th, and Deer Valley Resort® opens Saturday Dec 6th. Now that Vail operates PCMR and Canyons, you can attend both if you have your Epic Pass. It’s only available until November 23rd, so make sure you get yours if you want one.

If you have the Epic Local Pass, Canyons opening day is blacked out Friday and Saturday (Sunday is fair game) because it’s a holiday weekend, but you can ski or snowboard at PCMR if you want to get some turns in and warm up your legs.

Here are the Park City resorts and what you need to know about their 2014 opening days.

 

 

Park City Mountain Resort

2014 Opening Day: Saturday, November 22nd

1383865_10152516295594226_691324454911259446_nThe lifts start spinning at 9:00 a.m. Park City Mountain Resort this Saturday and it looks like a solid snowstorm will show up for 2014 opening day. There will be no night skiing until December 26th, so don’t plan on that. They aren’t sure which runs will be open, but you can expect a typical small opening of a few runs, like you get at most resorts. Last chair is at 4:00 p.m.

New this season, is the ability for Epic Pass holders to ski and snowboard at PCMR. This is sure to increase the crowd so make sure to get here early so that you can find parking. There are Facebook rumors about free PCMR swag being handed out on opening day (t-shirts, beanies, etc.) confirmed by their social media team so be on the look-out. They didn’t say which specific items they’d be handing out so I don’t know exactly what you can expect.

Check out the snow report and lift status here when you wake up if you want to see what lifts are open and how much new snow is on the ground.

Canyons Resort

2014 Opening Day: Friday, November 28th

10389174_10152815585307192_8411542962961052785_nCanyons 2014 opening day is the Friday after Thanksgiving and the lifts start spinning at 9:00 a.m. There’s no confirmation of what lifts will be open, but it’ll probably be Saddleback and High Meadow as usual. With a snowstorm on the way, they may be able to open Doc’s Run early, but I wouldn’t count on it. Last chair is at 4:00 p.m.

If you have the normal Epic Pass you’re free to ski or snowboard on Friday and Saturday. Epic Local pass holders need to remember that their passes are blacked out on Friday and Saturday because it’s a busy holiday weekend—but you’re free to ride on Sunday.

Wake up early to check out the Canyons snow and weather report page for snowfall and lift status.

 

Deer Valley Resort®

2014 Opening Day: Saturday, December 6th

560205_10152445943338314_483992767159929452_nDeer Valley Resort® has a big 2014 opening day planned on Saturday, December 6th. The lifts start up at 9:00 a.m. and their 23rd Annual Deer Valley Celebrity Skifest, benefiting Waterkeeper Alliance kicks off at 10:30 a.m. Festivities include a Pro-Am race with celebrities, olympians, and sponsors carving the slopes at noon on Birdseye ski run near Silver Lake. Last chair is at 4:15 p.m.

You can find out more about the Celebrity Skifest events here. There’s a chance they’ll sell out of lift tickets because of this special event on opening day and an early season number of available runs, so be sure to get your guaranteed passes here.

Find out how much snow has fallen, if there is any new snow, and what lifts are open right here

 

If you have any questions about opening day at any of the resorts, don’t hesitate to ask. Give me (Scott) a call at 435.901.4309 or email me at maizlish@gmail.com, I’d love to help however I can.

 

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Two Great Cabins For Sale In Promontory with Big Incentives!

It’s Been a while since I blogged about some great properties, so here are two Trappers Cabins that allow nightly rentals.

There are some great developer incentives for you to take advantage of, especially on these two trapper cabins.
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Promontory has already outsold there 2013 number and the future continues to look bright out there. The Nicklaus Clubhouse is under construction, and there are endless amenities for you to enjoy if you invest in Promontory.One will be completed by end of year, and the other shortly after. Each of them are 4 Bed 4 Bath Cabins with 2731 Square feet.

Here are the current Incentives:

Both will include a Full Golf Or Social membership—buyer picks.

Effective immediately, any buyer who closes by 12/31/14 on either of the theseTrapper Cabin specs (37-38)

Buyers will receive the following buyer incentive:

  • 2 years free golf dues with full golf membership
  • Or, 3 years of free membership dues with a social membership
  • There is also a $1000 F&B Club Credit if membership is activated at closing.

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Why ONE Wasatch is Good for Utah’s Economy

Ski Utah’s ONE Wasatch concept is sure to boost Utah’s economy. This 18,000 acre interconnect experience will be the only one of its kind in the North America and we can leverage that to bring in more skier days than our competitors. That means more dollars from ski- and snowboard-related spending in Utah. Nathan Rafferty, President & CEO of Ski Utah, recently talked about the concept and this is what I learned.

18,000 acres. 100 lifts. 1 pass.

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The Vision: Create the most efficient and enjoyable interconnected mountain resort ski experience in North America, recognizing watershed protection and backcountry ski terrain preservation as key elements.

 

Why Does ONE Wasatch Make Sense?

One Wasatch StatsCurrently, the annual impact on the Utah economy from ski and snowboard-related spending is $1.290 billion. Utah residents only account for $214 million of that. $1.079 billion of that comes from international and out of state visitors. On average, they spend $323 a day. We’re at 4.2 million skier days per year.

But, we’re still behind Colorado, California, and Vermont. Yes, Vermont.

One Wasatch Vs Others

 

Vermont’s advantage is that they have the whole Northeast corridor within driving distance. We have to work harder to bring people to Utah resorts. In order for us to bring more skier days in, we need an experience that no one in North America can compare to. One that easily attracts worldwide attention and generates more travel. That’s ONE Wasatch.

With this experience in our pocket, Utah can attract more of the 20 million skier days our competitors currently take in, to a tune of $323 (and growing) a skier day. We can also attract new international visitors who want an interconnect experience they haven’t been able to find in North America.

How Will ONE Wasatch Work?

First, it’s important to remember that ONE Wasatch is still in concept mode. Backcountry recreation, SLC Watershed, and individual resort experience impacts have to be measured and some hard choices have to be made. e.g. How will Alta and Solitude connect without compromising some of the best backcountry terrain in the world. How will Deer Valley Resort® limit the number of skiers on their slopes?

There is a big process ahead, but ONE Wasatch is moving forward with the full support of the seven major resorts in Utah and the new player on the block—Vail Resorts. They’re all working together to make this interconnect happens and that cooperation is what ensures this concept will turn into reality.

Right now, there are three potential connection points planned to connect Utah’s seven major Wasatch resorts— Deer Valley Resort ®, Canyons Resort, PCMR, Snowbird, Alta, Solitude, and Brighton.

All of the planned connections are also on privately held land and will be paid for with private funding. No public lands or funds have to be acquired to bring ONE Wasatch to life. But, all permits and approvals do require a public process, so the public isn’t being cut out.

What about lift ticket prices? They’ll be affordable when ONE Wasatch is complete because it doesn’t make sense if they’re not. We can’t compete if the price makes other destinations more appealing.

What About The Environmental Impact?

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Protecting the Watershed and Environment and key elements of the ONE Wasatch vision. Without that, this isn’t a sustainable tourism option for Utah. No development will happen without the proper due diligence.

Also, all the ski areas and Ski Utah support the Mountain Accord, which is a multi-phase initiative to make critical decisions about the development of the central Wasatch Mountains. It’s a collaboration between public and private interests, including state and local governments, federal agencies, and business and grassroots organizations.

This means that ONE Wasatch will work with the public to preserve the environment of the central Wasatch and the integrity of Salt Lake City’s water supply while growing Utah’s developing economy.

What’s Next for ONE Wasatch?
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The full timeline isn’t clear right now, but Vail is already connecting PCMR to Canyons Resort on their own in 2015 which will help the concept along.

 

In the meantime, Ski Utah will be advocating and educating the community about the concept and its development. The public with be involved in the process as it moves forward and everyone will be informed of new developments as they come up.

 

If you want to talk about how ONE Wasatch will impact the Utah economy or Park City real estate market, I’d love to talk with you about it. Give me (Scott) a call at 435.901.4309 or email me at maizlish@gmail.com.

 

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Fly JFK to Park City & Ski Deer Valley Resort in The Afternoon

Want to know a secret? You can leave New York City from JFK International Airport at 7:00 a.m. and be skiing in Park City at Deer Valley Resort by 1 p.m. This accessibility is one of the best things about Park City. If you were skiing anywhere else you’d waste a whole day travelling. Don’t do that.

Here’s how it works.
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Delta has regular direct flights out of JFK that will get you to SLC International Airport by 10:30 a.m. It’s only a 47 minute drive from Salt Lake City International Airport to Deer Valley Resort. Once you land, it’ll take about 30 minutes to get your baggage, and your transportation will be waiting for you. That’ll get you to wherever you’re staying in Park City by 12 p.m. Then, you’ll have an hour to get ready and get out on the slopes

Without any delays or extreme weather (a foot of snow isn’t extreme weather here), you could even be skiing Deer Valley before 1 p.m. Just make sure you have your transportation and lift tickets reserved ahead of time to avoid messing up your day. I’ll leave getting to JFK with your skis in time for your 7:00 a.m. flight up to you. Subway, AirTran, Uber, Taxi… whatever works for you. You know New York City better than I do.

Here’s what you can do to set yourself up for an afternoon of skiing at Deer Valley. [Read more…]

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5 Essential Steps to Planning Your Park City Ski Vacation

park city skiing powderYou can’t control the weather but you can take some essential steps to make your Park City ski vacation the best it can be. And, you can pick some months that are known for better snow and shorter lift lines to increase your chances of legendary days.

No matter what variations you plan, picking the right time of the year, deciding on the right resorts, finding the right place to stay, getting your lift tickets, and renting gear without a hassle are all things you can plan for long before you get here.

These are 5 essential steps I’d focus on when planning my Park City ski vacation.

 

1.  Picking the Right Time of Year

Picking the right time of the year to come to Park City is something lots of people don’t think about. The mountains average 350+ inches of snow by the end of the season, and it can come in any month of the year. But, there are some common patterns and some months are busier than others. December is the busiest month, thanks to the holidays, and comes with limited lodging options and bigger lift lines.

In some years we’ve had a huge base by December, but it’s not always the best skiing either—especially early in the month. It’s just an easy month for everyone to get away. January gets cold and has been bone dry for the last few seasons. But, it can still be great, and that cycle can always change and bring big storms. If you’re in town during Sundance and want to ski, no one else will be on the slopes.

Late February to early March is the sweet spot for the best skiing and the smallest crowds. Huge storms followed by mild sunny days with clear blue skies are notorious in this time slot. Spring breaks start in March, so if you want to avoid the college crowds, aim for February.

 

2.  Choosing your Resorts
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You don’t have to ski at one resort the whole time you’re here, but it makes a few things easier if you know where you’re going ahead of time.

First thing to remember is that Deer Valley doesn’t allow snowboarders on its lifts. So, if you have one or two in the family, they can’t go here. One of the best things about Deer Valley is that they limit lift ticket sales every day to keep the crowds thin. Their lifts could handle a lot more, but they want you to have the best experience possible.

Canyons and PCMR both allow snowboarders and have some of the best terrain in the world. Vail owning both of these resorts is a huge consideration because the Epic Pass works at both now. You may find bigger crowds at these mountains, but they both have more skiable terrain than Deer Valley so it’s easy to get away from them.

Those are the most basic, surface considerations, and I’ll be doing an in-depth resort comparison in another article.

 

Park City Ski Home3.  Deciding Where to Stay

This decision is a combo of preference, convenience, and budget, but once you pick your dates to visit, make your lodging reservations right away.  You have every option from luxurious experiences like the 5-Star Stein Eriksen at Deer Valley, 4-Star Waldorf Astoria, and Montage Deer Valley to ski/in-ski/out experiences like this spacious 3-Bedroom Deer Valley Condo.

Staying in a spacious home in Old Town offers ski/in-ski/out access and a quick walk to Historic Main Street’s shopping, dining, and nightlife. Or, dive right into the heart of Park City with a stay at the decadent Sky Lodge Penthouse.

Whatever you need, Park City has it. You just have to decide what kind of experience you want. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, give me a call and I’ll help you out.

 

family skiing4 .  Getting Ski Passes

Now that Vail owns Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort, the Epic Pass works at both and might be your best new option. If you ski in other towns near Vail Resorts around the globe, it probably is.

An adult Epic Pass is $749 if you get it by October 12th and you’ll be able to ski at PCMR & Canyons, any days you want, while you’re in town. Now, 7 days of Canyons Lift tickets, if you order early enough, is around $350 for an adult, and $175 for children (5-12), so if this is the only ski trip of the year, there are better deals. Vail will even price match for Canyons and PCMR if you find cheaper deals.

Deer Valley  limits the number of tickets they sell every day to create a more exclusive experience and you can order your lift tickets early. Holidays 12/26/2014 – 1/4/2015, and 2/13 – 2/18/2015, get more expensive and you can’t use flexible passes during these times. Paying for the guaranteed passes is the way to go

 

ski patrol rescue dog5.  Taking Care of Ski Rentals

Buying skis & boots makes sense if you know you like, use them enough, and have somewhere to store them all year. Buying boots and getting them custom-fitted at Surefoot is an especially great idea for anyone. Rental boots are often uncomfortable and nothing compares to a skillfully fitted pair of boots. But, you probably don’t want to lug skis on the plane.

No matter what, if you rent gear, waiting in line on a powder day is the last thing you want to do. So, don’t rent at the mountain unless you can be first in line. Use one of the handy ski  rental delivery services in Park City like Ski Butlers. You can reserve the equipment you want online, they’ll fit you and your family at your home, and they’ll come by to pick up the skis at the end of the day.

If you have any questions about planning your Park City ski vacation I’d be happy to answer them. Give me (Scott) at 435.901.4309 or email me at maizlish@gmail.com. I’ll have plenty or more info coming on Park City resorts and things to do while you’re here on my blog and in my email newsletter.

 

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DEER VALLEY RESORT AGREES TO PURCHASE SOLITUDE MOUNTAIN RESORT

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DEER VALLEY RESORT AGREES TO PURCHASE
SOLITUDE MOUNTAIN RESORT

DEER VALLEY TO TAKE OVER OPERATIONS MAY 1, 2015

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.

FAQs:
Why did Deer Valley Resort enter into an agreement to purchase Solitude Mountain Resort?
Deer Valley recognized a great opportunity to expand within the Utah market by adding Solitude Mountain Resort to the Deer Valley family. Solitude is an incredible resort, with both family friendly and expert terrain, and we are sincerely excited to begin working with the staff.

Amount Paid? Assets acquired?
This is a private acquisition.

How will this purchase change the experience at Solitude?
It will be business as usual, run by the DeSeelhorst family, at Solitude for the upcoming 2014-15 season. Deer Valley recognizes Solitude’s unique position in both the local and destination markets and acknowledges that we have much to learn about the current operation and brand position. Consequently, we will have select Deer Valley staff work hand in hand with Solitude staff this winter to share knowledge.

Does current Solitude staff need to worry about their employment?
Deer Valley does not anticipate any major changes in staffing at Solitude at this time.

Will snowboarding still be available at Solitude? How about the Brighton connection? 
Deer Valley plans to continue allowing snowboarding at Solitude and keep the Brighton connection in place.

What about One Wasatch? Now that Deer Valley intends to own Solitude does a connection from Big Cottonwood Canyon to Deer Valley, instead of Park City Mountain Resort, make more sense?
One Wasatch has been analyzed over the years and the present lift alignment recently released by Ski Utah seems to make the most sense.

Will it become a mini-Deer Valley?
Although Deer Valley will bring some of our service oriented and operational philosophies to the resort we do not plan to rebrand Solitude as another Deer Valley.

Will the name change?
At most, Deer Valley would make a small adjustment to the name to let current guests and potential visitors know the resort is now part of the Deer Valley family. We believe there is a lot of awareness and brand equity in the Solitude name.

Will there be a reciprocal arrangement for skiing benefits between Solitude and Deer Valley Resort?
Deer Valley Resort and Solitude Mountain Resort full season pass holders will receive four ski days at each respective resort. Deer Valley midweek pass holders will be given two passes valid, Monday through Friday, at Solitude for the coming season. Holiday restrictions will apply: December 24, 2014 – January 2, 2015January 17 – 19, 2015 and February 14 – 16, 2015.

Will Solitude be added to the Wasatch Benefit program?
Deer Valley anticipates the Wasatch Benefit program will remain as announced in September with shared lift privileges for select season pass holders between Alta, Deer Valley and Snowbird.

Will lift ticket, locals and season pass prices increase dramatically due to the purchase of Solitude by Deer Valley?
There will be no changes to the lift and season pass rates announced by Solitude for the 2014-15 season. Moving forward, Deer Valley Resort will analyze past resort performance, operational expenses and projected revenue potential prior to setting rates.

Will Deer Valley bring more capital and marketing investments to Solitude?
Deer Valley will take the next six months to analyze operational and marketing/brand opportunities prior to announcing any capital investments. In addition, Deer Valley will begin promoting the great experience and resort jewel Solitude currently is in spring of 2015.

Does Deer Valley plan on buying any more resorts?
Although Deer Valley is not actively pursuing purchasing another resort, we have always been open to analyzing opportunities that may be a good fit for Deer Valley.

Did Deer Valley purchase Solitude in response to Vail Resorts’ purchase of Park City Mountain Resort and Ian Cumming’s purchase of Snowbird? Absolutely not. Deer Valley has entertained many opportunities to purchase resorts over the years and in the end, those opportunities did not make good business sense. Solitude came to us at the right time and for the right reasons including: the location in Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah; past business practice and performance; and great awareness in the local mark

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Your Own Personal National Park—Wolf Creek Ranch

Wolf Creek Ranch, UT Aerial View

A short drive from Park City Utah is a 14,000 acre western paradise. It’s not one of Utah’s 5 National Parks either, it’s Wolf Creek Ranch. Surrounded by the rugged beauty of the Wasatch and Uinta Mountains, it’s filled with aspen groves, deer, elk, and moose. There is no better place in the world to snowmobile, cross-country ski, snowshoe, hike, fly fish, or go horseback riding.

I just visited Wolf Creek Ranch to see two new homesites that border 2.2 million acres of the Uinta national forest and one of the gorgeous new estates. In this market, there is always a claim that there is “nothing else like this”, and in this case, there really isn’t. But, that’s beside the point.

Living on Wolf Creek Ranch is an experience that will make you feel more alive.

Something about this landscape revitalizes and invigorates like nothing else can. The natural beauty of the wilderness pulses through your veins as you wander through the aspen groves and see the elk meander across open fields. And, there are just no words for the power of starting your day off gazing at the majestic face of Mt. Timpanogos.

Living here will change everything. [Read more…]

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Escala Lodge at Canyons Ski Resort is a Hidden Gem

Escala Lodge Park CIty, UtahConsidering a ski in ski out property for 30-50% less than Deer Valley? If you are looking for the “deal” in today’s market, The Escala lodge deserves a very close look.

I have never written about this property before, but I truly think it is a great buy. Hyatt Escala Lodge at the base of Canyons Resort (Managed by Vail) is a AAA Four Diamond Mountainside resort with direct ski access and surrounded by year round amenities. Enjoy direct ski access in the winter and endless mountain biking and hiking in the summer. Also, Canyons Golf Course will be open in Spring of 2015! It’s easy to venture out as
you are walking distance to many of the restaurants and shops in Canyons Village, and the free Park City bus system. [Read more…]

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Why Vail Buying Park City Makes Real Estate a “No Brainer” Investment

Let me explain.


1) Park City Mountain Resort has always been ranked one of the top 6 ski resorts in the United States. However, it stayed a small, family run operation that lacked national marketing muscle to make it a true destination resort. Now Vail is in charge, and this is what they do best.
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2) Canyons Resort has also been perennially ranked one of the top ten ski resorts in America. This was mainly due to it having the most skiable acres in North America. It’s no secret that this has always been a mis-managed resort that was loved more for its potential than for the reality of the experience delivered.
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3) Last year, Vail Resorts, an undisputed world class resort operator, took over Canyons. Vail made its intentions known that they would be investing hundreds of millions to make Canyons the new crown jewel of their vast resort portfolio. Vail Ski Resort has always been ranked #1 or #2 in the nation, trading places each year with Deer Valley. They know how to do things right and have already gone to work.

4) Vail has added both PCMR and Canyons to their Epic Pass, meaning that anyone in the world with a Vail Epic pass can come to Utah and ski these mountains.
Park City is now epic [Read more…]

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