Park City Blog

Upcoming Spring Skiing Events

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Mar 19, 2015

Spring skiing in Utah is a rite of passage. Locals greet the month of March with great enthusiasm in anticipation of Spring Gruv, Pond Skimming, and on-mountain Easter egg hunts. It’s an ideal time to ski with kiddos—the sun is out; the weather is warm; and, there are a variety of fun events.

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Here are some spring events we look forward to every year.

Pond Skimming and Spring Gruv at Canyons Resort 3/20-3/29

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On March 21st, Canyons Resort will launch its 8th annual Spring Gruv, which includes 10 days of live concerts in the Resort Village as well as the much beloved Pond Skimming Contest. Locals and visitors alike flock to Red Pine Lodge to watch contestants wearing inventive costumes attempt to cross a 100-foot pond on skis or snowboard. The competition is kicked-off with traditional Swiss Horns (to convey the seriousness of this event ;) ) and is followed by a live performance. This year’s featured musical act is Nahko and Medicine for the People. Trust us, you don’t want to miss this one.

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 Snowasis and PCMR Easter Egg Hunt 3/28-4/5

PCMR’s family carnival features 9 days of live music, avalanche dog meets, a movie night, and culminates in the much loved Easter Egg Hunt. The scavenger hunt for Easter eggs covers the entire ski area and anyone with a pass can join the search. Prizes include coupons for food, gear, tickets, and the golden egg holds a free season pass within. Younger kids can meet the Easter bunny and enjoy fun activities.

All three resorts have a pretty big blow out part on the last day of the season. Probably April 12th this season. Costumes and smiles are encouraged.

Photo Gallery of Sprint U.S. Snowboarding & Freeskiing Grand Prix at Park City Mountain Resort

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Mar 03, 2015

Winter returned in time for this weekend's freeskiing and snowboarding competition at Park City Mountain Resort. BHHS Utah was on the scene to capture these bold athletes getting elevated. Watch your heart rate...these tricks are insane!

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Vail Resorts Claim Major Gains Already in 2015

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Jan 14, 2015

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Vail Resorts is off to a good season.

In a release, Vail Resorts CEO, Rob Katz, shared that the publicly traded company's initial Epic Pass sales and season-to-date revenue saw significant gains over last year. As real estate professionals on the ground in Park City, we have already noticed Vail's influence on our visitor demographics and market. Our agents have reported an uptick in international visitors, many of whom are holders of the Epic Pass. Good thing we are a global brand.

Here's what Vail is reporting:

  • Season-to-date total lift ticket revenue at the Company's nine mountain resorts, including an allocated portion of season pass revenue for each applicable period, was up 9.3% compared to the prior year season-to-date period.
  • Season-to-date ancillary spending increased over prior year, with ski school revenue up 9.2% and dining revenue up 6.8% at the Company's nine mountain resorts. Additionally, retail/rental revenue for resort store locations was up 10.4% compared to the prior year season-to-date period.
  • Season-to-date total skier visits for the Company's nine mountain resorts were up 1.8% compared to the prior year season-to-date period.

Deer Valley Announces Major Expansion Plans

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Dec 15, 2014

Deer Valley hopes to connect resort to Old Town.

In a meeting with the Park City Council, Bob Wheaton, the President and General Manager of Deer Valley Resort, shared Deer Valley's plan to dramatically increase their ski terrain with eight new lifts, which will serve approximately 1,000 acres of new runs. Wheaton also discussed the Berkshire Hathaway Utah Properties listed development at Mayflower (above the Jordanelle) and expanded residential communities in and around the resort. Most exciting, Wheaton confirmed that Deer Valley intends to try to connect the resort directly to Old Town via a Gondola System.

There are two options, the first option involves two connected gondolas; the second option would involve a single gondola running between Silver Lake Village and Old Town. In addition to providing visitors and locals easy access to the resort, city council members believe this plan will help reduce Park City's traffic.

Wheaton relayed that these expansion plans could begin as early as next summer, but that cost (particularly with regards to the gondola) was an issue, and the resort would be cautious. There are also proposed improvements to the parking lots at Snow Park.

For additional information, see the Park Record's coverage on this meeting.

All in all, it is safe to say that Park City's resorts are entering into a phase of serious growth and evolution. We look forward to seeing what the future holds and continuing to represent the real estate interests of those who share our affinity for our mountain town paradise.

Get Extreme: Rock Climbing, Car Racing, Heli Skiing...where to go.

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Dec 10, 2014

Utah is known for its extreme sports. From being the home state of numerous Olympians, professional outdoor athletes, and unparalleled recreational terrain, Utah is a great place to be if you believe life is meant for living. You don’t have to be a professional athlete or a BASE jumping enthusiast to get extreme in Utah. Here are some of our favorite places to go to push personal limits…and, even if you’re afraid of heights or backflips, the kids are bound to enjoy these activities.

Go Rock Climbing at Momentum Climbing Gym

Get elevated at Utah’s world class indoor rock climbing facility. Momentum features hundreds of different climbing routes for you to practice on. There are also several beginner and kids programs for you to try. In addition to helping overcome heights, climbing is a great workout!

Try Backflips on Skis at Snogression       

Snogression prides itself on being the “fastest, safest way to progress your tricks in skiing and snowboarding.” This indoor alternative gym allows you to practice your slopestyle and park and pipe snowboard and ski tricks indoors on tramps and ramps. Individuals can bring their skis and snowboards and practice doing backflips safely into big foam pits or on high-flying trampolines.

Practice for Formula One at Fastkart Speedway

Ever dreamed of racing cars? Fastkart Speedway is Salt Lake’s premier Go Kart track. Learn how to corner deftly, avoid other racers, and accelerate on straight aways. Go Karting is always a great activity for an active family.

Master the Basics of Shooting at the Park City Gun Club

Park City’s new state-of-the-art gun range and shooting facility offers classes that cover how to safely fire a pistol to safe hunting techniques. The range has additional features that allow you to simulate a zombie apocalypse or hunting mission. For those who have never fired a Glock, it’s a rush!

Go Helicopter Skiing with Powderbird

Powderbird heli services some of the best skiing in North America. Some the Wasatch’s best ski lines are located in the Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons but are not serviced by chairlifts. Enjoy open 40 degree runs without any of the crowds and with the safety of a professional mountain guide. A must do for any die hard snow enthusiast.

Take a Flying Lesson in Heber

OK3Air in Heber offers private pilot, instrument pilot, and advanced flight training such as aerobatics and unusual attitude, mountain flying, and tailwheel flying. If you've ever wanted to play Peter Pan, this is the place to go!

One Wasatch and what it would mean for skiing in Utah  

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Oct 15, 2014

18,000 acres of skiing, 100 lifts, one lift pass. Sound good? That’s Ski Utah’s plan for the future of northern Utah. While the outcome is not yet certain, resort partners are working together to offer visitors truly unrestrained access to the mighty Wasatch mountains.

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Tourism amounts to $7 billion in revenue a year for Utah, 20% of which comes from skiing. The One Wasatch concept would connect seven ski areas (Deer Valley, Park City Mountain Resort, Canyons Resort, Solitude, Brighton, Alta, and Snowbird) in three different drainages (Park City, Big Cottonwood Canyon, Little Cottonwood Canyon). Were the concept to be fully realized, Utah would be the only place in North America to offer a similar experience. One Wasatch would allow Utah and seven of its leading, unique resorts to offer more options to visitors.

Further, having taken into consideration various concerns voiced by local backcountry skiers and ecologists, the new concept has been designed to protect popular backcountry terrain, watershed areas, and minimize ecological footprint.  In a meeting with Berkshire Hathaway Utah Properties this morning, Nathan Rafferty, President and CEO of Ski Utah, shared, “Connecting seven of Utah’s finest ski resorts while preserving both our water quality and a pristine backcountry experience is not an impossible task. With thoughtful planning and sincere cooperation, One Wasatch would add significantly to what is already one of the greatest ski destinations in the world."

Ski Utah and its champions will continue to work closely with Mountain Accord to ensure that the public is made aware of any developments pertaining to the concept and that our pristine environment is kept that way.

The concept would be funded entirely by private parties, costing the general public nothing. Statistical studies support the belief that the concept would build upon the already robust Utah ski industry, which amounts to 4.2 million visits a year and 18,000 jobs.

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We look forward to the future of Utah's ski industry. It's thrilling to watch the constant evolution of our Wasatch playground.

 

 
 
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