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.
Skiing Deer Valley

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...]


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
skiing groomers park city

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 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.








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.

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


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...]


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...]


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.


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.

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...]


525-Acre Sanctuary Ranch—Build Your Dream Experience

Sanctuary Ranch - Richard Branson

Sanctuary Ranch is a 525-acre dream property just outside of gorgeous Huntsville, Utah.  For $6.9 million, you can choose to preserve it as your own private sanctuary or subdivide it into 13, 40-acre homesites (vested rights included).

Your ability to develop Sanctuary Ranch into your own vision of a mountain community is one of the many reasons that Sir Richard Branson chose to tour the property recently.

The potential for this property is only limited by your imagination.

Only 20 minutes from two world-class ski resorts—Snowbasin Resort and Powder Mountain Resort—Sanctuary Ranch also comes with private access to miles of equestrian and hiking trails, along with a private entrance to 10,000 acres of protected forest, streams, lakes, and mountain tops filled with wildlife.

You also get a commercial heli-skiing permit as part of the deal. That’s right, walk out your door and get a lift to tens of thousands of acres of private and National Forest Service land. It’s some of the best ski terrain in the world.

It’s easy to reach Sanctuary Ranch, too. Seamless worldwide travel from the SLC International Airport is only 45 minutes away, andOgden Private Jet is only 25 minutes down the road.

Have I mentioned the views?

Ranch Home Sites

Sanctuary Ranch Home SitesThe view from your deck or front door will blow you away. The main home site on the ranch already has home designs by James Carroll, ready to be built by CD construction. This team has worked together for over 20 years, building some of the finest homes at Deer Valley Ski Resort in Park City, Utah. They know how to make the most of this kind of terrain. You’re also welcome to build your own custom plan.

There are 8, 40-acre homesites approved as is, with 5 more available in a second phase option. They’re all gorgeous and offer different stunning views of the surrounding wilderness.

The hardest part will be picking which view you like best.

Legacy Investment

Sanctuary Ranch UtahIf you choose to split the ranch up into its approved homesites you stand to make a healthy return on your investment. The surrounding area and resorts are growing rapidly and ensure that the value of Sanctuary Ranch will continue to go up.

Summit has already moved in to Powder Mountain, attracting the most successful people in the world to the area.

Savvy buyers are starting to scout out the surrounding opportunities. With close access to international travel and budding innovation in the area, Sanctuary Ranch is the most appealing property in the region.

If you’d like to keep the ranch to yourself, you’ll have a property that provides generations to come with a peaceful home in the clean air of the Wasatch Mountains.

World-Class Ski Resorts

Sanctuary Ranch SkiingSnowbasin and Powder Mountain Resorts are both within 20 minutes and offer some of the best skiing in the world, with short lift lines.

Snowbasin holds 3,000 skiable acres that get an average of 400 inches of snow every year. Its 2950 ft. of vertical skiing hosted the downhill, combined, and super-g events in the 2002 Winter Olympics. It’s not all advanced terrain though. There are plenty of family-friendly ski runs. The mountain also has many casual and fine dining experiences.

Powder Mountain has 2,800 lift-served skiable acres and another 4,400 acres accessed by snowcat. Take a ride on the snowcat. Or 10. The resort averages 350 inches of snow every year and is one of the least crowded resorts you’ll ever find. Powder Mountain is also home to Summit who is connecting their global network of the most successful people on the planet to the resort.

Not enough? Drive just over an hour to reach 7 more world-renowned resorts in Park City or Salt Lake City—like Deer Valley, Alta, and Snowbird.

Private Heli-Skiing

Sanctuary Ranch Heli SkiingSanctuary Ranch has been awarded a permit for the most unique skiing amenity possible. A private heli-ski operation that will pick you up from your property. You’ll be flown to some of the best skiing in the world with guides who can show you where to find the best snow.

If you love to ski powder, but have never been heli-skiing, you’re in for a life-changing experience. If you’ve been, you already know how amazing this is.



Year-Round Recreation

Sanctuary Ranch  WildlifeWhile the skiing is world-class, the secret about Utah is that its spring, summer, and fall are too. Big game hunting, equestrian, fly-fishing, hiking, mountain biking, trail running, and watersports surround Sanctuary Ranch.

A private trail system inside of the ranch provides miles of of trails for your pleasure and a nearby 10,000 acre wildlife management area offers endless possibilities. The Pineview Reservoir you can see from the Ranch has three swimming areas with sandy beaches, and is renowned for it’s boating, windsurfing, kayaking, wakeboarding, and fishing.

Do you want to know more about Sanctuary Ranch? Give me (Scott) a call at 435.901.4309 or email me at I’d be happy to answer questions or arrange a tour.


Great Silver Baron Lodge Investment Property Available!

Silver Baron Lodge Deer ValleyIf you know anyone interested in a Silver Baron Condo, here is a great opportunity to acquire one. I have always loved Silver Barons, for their amenities, location, and rental income. I have sold quite a few of them, and have never had anything but positive feedback from my buyers. It is a fantastic location, and will always be a desirable location at the Deer Valley Base.

I wanted to send you the latest rental numbers for Silver Baron #6202. As you will see it continues to do quite well! And even more exciting news is that the restaurant – Brass Tag – is now open in The Lodges, which also adds to the popularity of these condominiums. [Read more...]


Park City Market Report- Home Sales Down 2nd Quarter- Don’t Panic!

imagesWhile it certainly does not feel like it, the Park City Board of Realtors reported that there has been a 29% DECREASE in home sales in the second quarter of 2014, as compared to 2013.

To quote Marcie Davis, President of the Park City Board of Realtors, “My crystal ball is broken.”

One of the larger pieces of that shattered crystal ball tells me that this decrease is caused by a lower amount of inventory of homes for sale. A lot of people ask me how the market is, and I say, “If it is a good quality property at a fair price, it will sell quickly.” I know that’s not rocket science, but it’s the truth. More popular areas like Park Meadows saw a 7.3% decrease in Inventory, Lower Deer Valley a 37% decrease, and Old Town a 14% decrease. Silver Springs had a 9% decrease, Jeremy Ranch a 31% decrease, and Pinebrook actually saw a 20% increase in inventory.

Buyers are coming to town and finding the the choices are much fewer and farther between than in past years. While the data points are interesting reading, there are so many ways to look at the data that if I tried to explain every area in detail, this blog would be 50 pages long.

For example, Kimball Junction saw a 100% increase in both Single Family and Vacant Lot Inventory. Sounds like a huge increase doesn’t it? Well those increases equate to just 6 homes and 2 lots! With areas that have home prices from $600K -$7 Million, it is a tedious task to provide you with sensible data.

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4 of the Most Desirable Homes in Park City

Demand for contemporary architecture is rising in Park City and these are 4 of the most desirable homes on the market that fit the mold.

They’re in some of the most exclusive neighborhoods in Park City, have won awards for their designs, and have the look and feel that a new wave of buyers are interested in.

Young professionals from Silicon Valley, New York City, and Texas are coming to town and they want modern architecture and cleaner lines. Even more people are buying primary homes and while demand continues to rise, the number of “the right” homes on the market has gone down.

Construction is playing catch-up with the demand and if you’re looking for a home you need to stay on top of the trends and know what’s available.

These 4 contemporary Park City homes have all the traits the market is searching for right now.

1. Historic Main Street – Rare Old Town Home
243 ONTARIO Park City, UT

This rare, 2,600 square foot contemporary home was completely remodeled in 2013. Its multiple decks with glass railings (and hot tub) overlook downtown Park City. Enjoy an idyllic view of the Deer Valley Resort and Park City Mountain Resort slopes while entertaining and relaxing

Step inside the 3 bedroom, 4 bathroom home and explore its solid hardwood floors and heated tile flooring. The new gourmet kitchen with a large granite island, double oven, Thermador 48” gas range, huge walk-in pantry (and more) is a dream for anyone who loves to eat well. The master suite features walk-in closets, a private bath with steam/sauna and 12-head shower, and a private deck.

Out front, the heated driveway (with new boiler) makes the winter months manageable. It’s a short walk down to the vibrant nightlife on Main Street all winter and the Park Silly Sunday Market in the summer. The town ski lift to PCMR is within walking distance (or a short drive) and it’s a short drive to Deer Valley Resort.

This gorgeous Old Town home is listed at $1,495,000 and you can find plenty of photos and more information here. [Read more...]