SALT LAKE CITY Two Utah ski resorts will open this weekend, and many more have announced upcoming opening dates.
Weather permitting, Alta will open Nov. 22. Those wishing to pick up season passes or cards beforehand can do so at the Wasatch Powder House, 3138 E. 6200 South, on Saturdays through Nov. 16 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Brighton announced Wednesday that it would open Nov. 8. and lifts will begin operation at 9 a.m. Day passes cost $37.
Explorer and Majestic chairlifts, accessing three trails and a mini terrain park would open Friday, and Snake Creek and Crest lift were expected to open later.
This ski resort will open its runs Nov. 20. In December, the Gad 2 Chairlift will replace the old, cutting the lift ride time nearly in half.
Also, Snowbird is partnering with Mountain Collective as part of their 12-day, six resort pass for $379.
Solitude moved its opening day up to Friday, Nov. 8 earlier this week. The resort will open three lifts and four groomed runs, and are offering discounted ticket prices. Adult lift passes will be $39 and childrens will be $24.
In Park City, Canyons is starting up its lifts on Nov. 29. Purchasing tickets online or over the phone in advance can save skiers and snowboarders up to 48 percent on adult passes and 54 percent on child and senior passes.
Starting Dec. 7, Deer Valleys runs will open for skiers. Check out the resorts powder using Deer Valleys webcams.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Park City Mountain Resort will open Saturday, Nov. 23. Live entertainment and an aprés party in the resort base area will kick off the celebrations.
The resort is offering discounts of up to 35 percent on lift tickets for early purchases.
The Provo Canyon resort will open Dec. 6 and night skiing will begin Dec. 13.
This resort has not yet announced its opening date. Ski Utah estimates mid-December.
According to Ski Utah, Powder Mountain is anticipated to open Nov. 27.
The winter season for Snowbasin will open Thanksgiving Day. The resort will also host a Thanksgiving dinner from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Reservations are required.
Wolf Mountain will open Dec. 5.
Brian Head opens Nov. 15 with a competitive rail jam event on Nov. 16. Those interested in season passes can get 10 percent off the full price through Nov. 10.
This Beaver resort will open Dec. 19 and lift tickets are $25.
A colleague of ours at Prudential, Kevin Murray, created this wonderful slideshow of Halloween in Park City. Enjoy!
Squirrels, bees, sheep with Bo Peep, and bratwursts with mustard on buns: these are a few of the elaborately costumed dogs that march with their decked-out owners in Bark Citys Howl-o-Ween street party. Its part of the bewitching charm of this old silver-mining town east of Salt Lake. Park City Ghost Tours takes visitors hunting for spirits while sharing ghastly tales of their lives and deaths.
The most prominent ski resort rankings for 2014 are out and all three of Park City's resorts placed in the top 10. Deer Valley is No. 2, Park City Mountain Resort is No. 5 and Canyons is No. 10.
SKI Magazine released this week the results of its annual reader survey that ranks North America's ski resorts in a variety of categories, from snow and grooming to off-hill activities and digital presence. SKI editor Greg Ditrinco told The Park Record that SKI sent out 145,000 emails to its readers (print and digital), which resulted in 40,000 individual resort evaluations.
Last year was the first in which Deer Valley, PCMR and Canyons all finished in the top 10 overall in the West and that feat is turning into a trend.
This year has a new No. 1: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Jackson Hole has made a rapid ascent in the SKI rankings. Last year it was sixth. Before that, Jackson Hole had never placed in the top 10.
How did Jackson Hole shoot up the rankings so quickly? "They've done a good job of expanding their non-expert train and also putting up some lifts that better service their more moderate terrain," said Ditrinco. "And they've also done a good job of expanding the softer side, softer amenities, which is lodging and dining and après."
Deer Valley has finished first in these rankings multiple times, most recently two years ago. It placed first overall in several categories this year: grooming, service, on-mountain food, lodging and family programming.
"We really pay close attention to those individual rankings," said Coleen Reardon, Deer Valley's director of marketing, especially "the categories of grooming, on-mountain food and guest service, because since ratings have been tracked we've always held the No. 1 spot there. And so that's really important to us and our staff."
As to whether the rankings are important in getting more people out to the highly-ranked resorts, Reardon said "I think [the rankings] influence a lot of people in validating a resort they may be considering for their ski vacation, especially a new guest. I do think they help."
Reardon was also pleased to see PCMR and Canyons so highly-ranked. "A great thing. Rising tides. We're firm believers in 'when everyone does well, we all do better.' It just brings more people to town, raises the level of experience of the ski vacation, to have three world-class resorts in one town."
PCMR placed first overall in three categories: access, off-hill activities and terrain parks. It was also second overall in family programming.
The results of the SKI rankings are due to the work of lots of people at the mountains, said Andy Miller, communications manager at PCMR. Miller noted the hard work of employees like "lifties," table-bussers, line cooks, lift-maintenance staff and ski instructors. "It's always really gratifying to see that pay off with recognition."
Miller noted that PCMR gets most of its feedback straight from its guests: "Hearing what a great time they had or seeing someone link turns for the first time on the mountain or with a big smile on their face walking off the mountain or hanging out in one of our restaurants." But he also added: "Getting some love from some of the industry's big publications is always nice too."
Steve Pastorino, senior communications manager at Canyons, said that the rankings aren't a focus ("we don't wake up in the morning concerned about what we can do to make our ranking higher"), but he expressed pride at the fact that Canyons is highly-ranked. "It is particularly meaningful to us because we haven't had decades of accolades like some of our neighbors," he said.
Pastorino also noted that the rankings go far beyond the mountains themselves.
"We have people that undoubtedly participated in this survey who possibly never even skied or snowboarded one day here," he said, "but they enjoyed our spa and they ate at our restaurants and they stayed at our hotels or they came out in an off-season or shoulder season."
The three Park City resorts all do collectively well in certain categories and poorly in others. Access, lodging, family programming, digital presence, weather and après are categories where all three resorts performed well. Value and scenery are two categories where the resorts were weak.
"Some of the places in which we're low make sense to us," said Coleen Reardon of Deer Valley, "because we provide a different product than a lot of people in the industry do."
Jackson Hole is the fourth resort to take the No. 1 ranking in the last eight years, joining Deer Valley, Vail (who placed No. 3 this year) and Whistler Blackcomb, B.C.
From Saturday's issue of the Park Record
By Alan Maguire.
The Park City area is currently being featured on a PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) television travel show called "Getting Away Together". It is season #2 for the show. The first episode of the new season takes place right here in our scenic mountain community. This episode features three couples from Arizona who, looking for an escape from the 116 degree heat of Phoenix, come to the summer destination of Park City. Many Park City Chamber/Bureau members and summer activities are featured, and the show provides a great showcase of why the Park City area is a great summer vacation destination.
To watch, click on the link below:
>501 on Main: Two-for-one entrees.
>Blue Iguana: 20-percent off entire bill.
>Eating Establishment: Fish taco lunch or dinner specials come with $2.95 margaritas.
>Lindzee O'Michaels: Locals-pricing on select food and drinks all day.
>Flannagan's: $1.50 tacos and $7.50 wing platters - reopens June 2
>Reyes Adobe: $5 regular margaritas and a $4.99 "Smothered Burrito Grande" lunch special between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Special includes a small side of chips and salsa and a 16-ounce soda.
>Shabu: $5 sushi and $4 hot sake.
>Vinto: Two scoops of gelato with the purchase of any pizza or pasta.
>Expanding Heart: 15-percent off all yoga clothing, and $15 for a 15-minute reading by one of the store's Intuitive Readers.
>Gallery MAR: Free gift with any purchase.
>J Go Gallery: 15-percent off a single piece of art jewelry from the Sparkle & Bling Collection.
>La Niche: Complimentary latte with any $25 purchase.
>Mary Janes: Buy any item full-price and get a second at 25-percent off.
>Mountain Town Olive Oil: 10-percent off total purchase.
>Park City Museum: Free admission days May 16 and 30, sponsored by Leland and Diana Swaner and the Park City Rotary Club, respectively.
>Pine: 15-percent off jewelry.
>Prospect: 20-percent off total bill.
>Prospect Youth: 20-percent off total bill.
>Rocky Mountain Christmas: 10-percent off total bill.
>Southwest Expressions: 15-percent off jewelry.
- Information courtesy of Historic Park City Alliance
Park City Board of Realtors Raise More than $100K for Charity
The Park City Board of Realtors has raised more than $100,000 for charity in 2012, the result of three fundraising events: a turkey drive, golf tournament, and home tours.
Last year, the money raised from the Turkey Drive purchased almost 1,00 turkeys.
"Since 2001, the Turkey Drive has provided a Thanksgiving dinner to over 80,000 people statewide. The Turkey Drive is the single largest contributor of turkeys in Utah," said Deb Hartley, committee chair.
A second event was the PCBR Philanthropic Golf Tournament and silent auction, held in September at Red Ledges. The tournament raised nearly $35,000 for the Children's Justice Centers of Wasatch and Summit Counties.
"We have a very generous community and board of Realtors. For them to step up during these uncertain economic times speaks to the importance of these operations in our community. The funds will go a long way to help children who have been victims of or witnesses to physical and/or sexual abuse," said Jay Sheridan, event chair.
The Luxury Home Tour and Auction, held in August at The Colony and held in June at La Caille, raised almost $93,000 for locally operated Peace House.
"PCBR is proud to have continued to support Peace House for over two decades. Members have given thousands of hours and more than doubled the financial support over the last several years. The partnership with Peace House has been heart-warming and rewarding work," said Committee Chair Sandra Vogt".
(yay Deb!!! Looking forward to an even more successful Turkey Drive 2013!)
Snow totals for the last 24 hours:
Park City Mountain Resort: 9"
Deer Valley: 9"
Lily, the snow pup:
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