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Summer at Park City Mountain starts on May 26

By shandjaret
May 22, 2017

Summer is about ready to take off here in beautiful Park City. Park City Mountain Resort's Base Area is scheduled to open on May 26th. For more info on events happing at Park City Mountain, visit or Park City's Chamber of Commerce at

Park City Halloween-Main St Style...

By shandjaret
Dec 18, 2014

No doubt, THE best way to celebrate Halloween (family style) in Park City is to venture up to Main St.  Traffic is closed and the stores & shops are open with candy for the kids.  Parents roam the street, socialize and have as much fun as the kids.  The entire event wraps up with the dog costume of course.



Vail announces plan to connect PCMR & Canyons

By shandjaret
Dec 10, 2014

PCMR Canyons 2015 improvementsVail 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 ambitions 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."


PCMR-Canyons Link Planned for 2015

By shandjaret
Sep 24, 2014

Here's a new article in the Park Record about Vail's timeline to link PCMR and Canyons.  What has been talked about for 20 years will appears to be only a year away.

Park Record Article on PCMR-Canyons Connection

Cumming Family to Partner with Snowbird

By shandjaret
May 12, 2014

The Bass and Cumming families have entered into a new partnership for the future operation and development of Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort.  Dick Bass opened Snowbird with Ted Johnson in 1971 and bought the resort outright in 1974.  Mr. Bass has been the Chairman of the Board and owner for the past 40 years.

Ian Cumming, an original investor in the Inn at Snowbird will own a majority share of the resort and will enable Snowbird to achieve more rapid growth and improvement in their facilities.  The partnership is between the Bass and Cumming families and is not associated with Powdr Corp, owner of Park City Mountain Resort.

Olympian Welcome Home

By shandjaret
Apr 08, 2014

The video below show a few scenes from the Welcome Home Parade for our local Olympians.  A great turnout on a snowy April afternoon.  Ted Ligety, Joss Christensen, Lindsey Van, Sage Kotsenberg, Steve Holcomb and many others were in attendance.

Click HERE for the Park Record article

PCMR Powder Day

By shandjaret
Apr 03, 2014

Just when you thought it was safe to retire the skis and break out the golf comes another snow storm.  Spring provides some of the best powder days of the season and I wanted to share this video of a great day at Park City Mountain Resort.

Deer Valley National Freestyle-Mogels

By shandjaret
Apr 02, 2014

With the St Regis Hotel in the background, a competitor in the National Freestyle Mogels competition hits the first jump on the course.  Competition was on Friday and Saturday.

FIS Freestyle Ski Worldcup at Deer Valley Resort

By shandjaret
Apr 02, 2014

Deer Valley Resort has become a regular stop on the FIS Freestyle tour.  An international competition that features moguls and aerials, the venue takes place on the actual venues from the 2002 Winter Olympics.  It's interesting to hear the comments from the coaches, participants and spectators about the event and Deer Valley in general....all with high praise for the resort and the skiing experience.  It's nice to hear their appreciation and remind us how fortunate we are.  Living here full time, sometimes we're so close to the forest, we can't see the trees!

Juniper Landing at Canyons video

By shandjaret
Mar 26, 2014

Tracey and I have enjoyed representing  Juniper Landing, a townhome development at the base of the Canyons near the Waldorf Gondola.  Ski in-out and expansion will start in May 2014 with the addition of 5 more properties and the completion of 25 yd lap/recreation pool and patio.  With the completion of the Canyons Golf Course in September, Juniper Landing will be in the recreational epicenter of Park City!

Ski Utah announces ONE Wasatch....big news

By shandjaret
Mar 20, 2014

18,000 acres. 100 lifts. 1 pass. Yesterday, Ski Utah and Area Resorts unveiled ONE Wasatch, a concept which explores the idea of connecting the seven central Wasatch ski areas. Connecting Alta Ski Area, Brighton Resort, Canyons Resort, Deer Valley Resort, Park City Mountain Resort, Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, and Solitude Mountain Resort would create the largest lift-served ski experience in North America-18,000 acres, 100 lifts, 750 runs all on one pass. At this time, resort partners have no specific execution timelines or chairlift alignments.


Park City-Outside Magazine's Best Town in America

By shandjaret
Nov 01, 2013

Don't know if Park City warrants this degree of acclaim, but after 22 years of living here I can attest it's not too bad.  The town has changed a lot over since Feb 1991, but with the increase of commerce, variety and depth of others who have moved here and our amazing facilities....Park City is a better town with more to offer than ever before.

Click here or photo below for Outside Magazine article





Neighborhood Moose

By shandjaret
Jul 22, 2013

Not an unusual sight in Park City, but have an adolescent male moose hanging around in the neighborhood for a few weeks is rare.  This guy has made the rounds relaxing in various Park Meadows yards...vanishing for a few days and then reappearing in a new location.  He's probably been "booted" by mom and spending his first summer on his own.  Usually want to stay clear, but he seems docile and somewhat tolerant of people that approach him....until someone pushes the envelope.  Beautiful creatures...

estates moose


Canyons Golf Moving Forward

By shandjaret
Jul 17, 2013

The Canyons long awaited golf course is moving forward with construction this summer and scheduled to be completed September 2014.  The course is important to the base area not only for the recreation opportunities and the ability to draw visitors, but it will also "clean-up" many of the parcels that have sat vacant for years.

The enhanced entry corridor (more on this later) that includes a roundabout for better traffic flow and landscaping will enable the resort to envision the improvement that were planned years ago.

Here is a photo of a par 3 along White Pine Canyon Rd.  Rough shaping and drainage have been installed.  Base work for the green can be seen in the background.

Canyons golf hole

Mid-Mountain Euphoria in Park City, Utah

By shandjaret
Jun 19, 2013

Mid Mountain Trail in Park City loosely follows the 8,000 ft elevation contour and spans from Silver Lake Lodge in Deer Valley (southern most point) to Canyons Ski Area to the north.  It offers over 20 miles of varied terrain...from open meadows to aspen groves and dense stands of evergreens.  Trail head access is most easily gained by car (no climbing) at Silver Lake Lodge and a rider can opt to shorten the ride by descending Jenni's trail (PCMR) or Spiro trail (descends to Silver Star Cafe).

A great trail description can be found at Utah Mountain Biking.

This section of Mid Mountain Trail is between Armstrong (mtn bike UP only) and Spiro trails.

mid mtn aspens

June in Park City is Greeeeeen

By shandjaret
Jun 17, 2013

With new snow melt and warm temperatures, Park City is greenest in June.  Ski runs are lush with grass and the wild flowers start to emerge.....a great time of the year.


A view from Eagle trail looking down ski run to Park City A view from Eagle trail looking down ski run to Park City/Park Meadows



Official Vail Press Announcement

By shandjaret
Jun 17, 2013

As we move forward after Vail's announcement to lease and operate Canyons Ski Area, we want to be accurate in passing information along that is accurate.  Below is one of Vail's press releases regarding their transition into Park City....


With 4,000 skiable acres, easy access to the town of Park City and $75 million in recent resort improvements, Canyons is a perfect complement to our collection of world-class mountain resorts,” said Rob Katz, chairman and chief executive officer of Vail Resorts. “I commend the Talisker and Canyons team for the outstanding work they have done to redevelop the resort, which is reflected in a top 10 ranking by SKI Magazine and #4 ranking by Outside Magazine. We look forward to building on that momentum and including Canyons in our industry-leading season pass products, which next season will offer guests access to Colorado, Tahoe and Utah on one season pass, a first in ski industry history. We will also leverage our guest database and domestic and international sales and marketing efforts to continue to drive Canyons’ growth. Talisker has an outstanding track record of high-end resort development and we look forward to working together to create something truly extraordinary with Talisker’s four million square feet of remaining approved residential and commercial density at Canyons.”

Deer Valley expansion plans

By shandjaret
Jun 12, 2013

This article in today's Park Record re-activates Deer Valley's future plans to expand in the Mayflower area near Deer Crest and Hwy 40.  The long range plan has always been to develop this area, but with the economy slowing down over the past 4 years, these plans were not at the top of their "to-do" list.  Development of the area surrounding the Jordanelle Reservoir will tie-in to the overall recreation area.

Link to the entire Park Record article


Deer Valley envisions major expansion in Wasatch County

Hundreds of houses and condos, new ski terrain under consideration
Deer Valley Resort and a small group of other landowners in Wasatch County with a combined hundreds of acres under their control have started discussions about a major expansion of the resort on ground overlooking the Jordanelle Reservoir.

An expansion would involve new ski terrain and a substantial amount of residential development. The land is situated in unincorporated Wasatch County, meaning that county leaders there will review any proposals from Deer Valley and the other landowners. No applications have been filed.

Bob Wheaton, the president and general manager of Deer Valley, said the resort and the other landowners have been in talks over the past year about acreage in the direction of Heber from the base of the Jordanelle Express gondola. It is on the Deer Valley side of U.S. 40. A development application or multiple ones could be filed in Wasatch County by the end of the year, he said.

The talks have involved representatives from what is commonly known as the Mayflower acreage as well as the state's Military Installation Development Authority, a body that facilitates projects on military land. The Mayflower land, running from the bottom of the resort's Mayflower lift toward U.S. 40, has for years been seen as having significant development potential given its location on the edge of Deer Valley.

Wheaton said the parties are considering their own developments but on a coordinated basis. Houses, hotels and condominiums are being discussed, he said. Wheaton said there is the potential of the landowners seeking approval for at least hundreds of units. The expansion of the resort's ski terrain could encompass hundreds of acres ranging from beginner to expert terrain, he said. At least a couple new lifts could be involved, he said.

An expansion into the Wasatch County side of Deer Valley like the one under discussion would significantly bolster the resort's presence to the east. Deer Crest, which extends toward U.S. 40, now serves as the entry to Deer Valley from that side of the resort. A new development, though, would likely offer a more traditional base area than Deer Crest, a gated community.

It would provide easier access to the slopes, meanwhile, for skiers in Wasatch County and some points on the East Side of Summit County. They could avoid entering Park City along S.R. 248, a state highway notorious for its traffic backups during the ski season.

Area to be developed is the center-left side of this photo.


Vail Resorts to Operate Canyons Resort in Park City, UT

By shandjaret
Jun 03, 2013

Vail has signed a 50 year lease (with options to extend) with Talisker to operate the Canyons Resort.  Their responsibility will be mountain operations while Talisker focuses on the continued development of their real estate holdings which include Tuhaye (private golf community, Canyons base area and Red Cloud in Deer Valley).

  Recently investing more than $75 million, Talisker has made many improvements to the operations of Canyons and no doubt Vail will bring an added level of credibility and expertise to the resort.  This is good for Canyons and the overall skiing environment in Park City and Utah.  Canyons will be part of the Vail "Epic" ski pass that includes access to Vail, Beaver Creek, Heavenly Valley, Kirkwood, Breckenridge, Northstar, Keystone and others.

  With the completion of the newly redesigned and expanded Canyons golf course is expected in mid 2014, the resort will be very attractive for vacation property and primary home owners.  Wyndam Resorts has broken ground at the base of the Waldorf Gondola and will join Hyatt, Waldorf Astoria and Hilton and major properties at the base.

Tracey and I represent the developer of Juniper Landing townhomes & Westgate Resorts (whole ownership) and can provide information on all properties in the Canyons base area.


PMCC pano


17" of New Snow!

By shandjaret
Apr 09, 2013

We had a brief glimpse of Spring recently with temperatures in the 60's, but winter has returned with one of the larger storms this season!!

park city skiing Such great skiing!

snow park city Heavy snow in Park City

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