It is no surprise that Deer Valley was awarded as the number one resort in the United States at the World Ski Awards. Surprisingly, you may be hearing rumors that a new gondola from Main Street to Deer Valley is in the works. This would put Deer Valley on a whole new level – literally.
Our inside sources in Deer Valley say a slopes-to-shops gondola will help increase their competitiveness and will be another entry point to the slopes. This would cut down on vehicular traffic and need for parking which would benefit Park City and Deer Valley tourists alike.
Sources say that the gondola would have the two main terminals. One would be at or near the transit center on Swede Alley and the other in Silver Lake. We are expecting the gondola would have at least one and maybe two loading stations. The plan would be that eventually the gondola would have an extended route from Silver Lake to Empire Pass.
The project has been approved by the city and has received partial funding. The details have not been finalized but expected completion should be in about 2-3 years.
Bill Fiveash is a skier and real estate extraordinaire plus an effortless comedian. Bill’s son Charlie, is a skier extraordinaire, a gastronomic monster and a really lucky middle school aged boy that got to miss school to ski 26 resorts in 30 days with his Epic Dad. We have been following Bill and Charlie as they race around the world to epicness – a chance to win a Epic Pass for life. An Epic Pass is a seasons pass valid at all Vail Resorts. They have been catching air everywhere, in the mountains they have skied and in the media – including this video that catches up with other competitors in the Epic Race:
See what Bill and his son Charlie are getting into (deep powder we suspect) and follow their blog here: Race to Epicness
Co-hosted by former Olympic freestyle skiing medalist Shannon Bahrke and Olympic freestyle skier Sean Smith, the 33rd JANS Winter Welcome will be held this Saturday evening, October 26, 2013 at Deer Valley’s Silver Lake Lodge. This is a fundraiser for the Youth Sports Alliance (formerly Youth Winter Sports Alliance) which supports junior athletes from Summit and Wasatch Counties on snow and ice. There will be dining, dancing and bidding on auction items. Tickets start at $250 with table sponsorships at $2000. Opportunity Drawing Tickets may be purchased for a suggested $50 donation. The Grand Prize is a VIP Trip for two to the 2014 Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Georgia.
Schedule of Events:
6 pm Welcome Reception, Silent Auction & Hosted Bars
6:30 pm Enjoy Pairings of wines and cuisine prepared by Silver Lake Lodge Executive Chef, Clark Norris
8 to 8:30 pm Tiered close of Silent Auction Rooms
8:30 to 10 pm Program, Opportunity Drawing, Live Auction, Decadent Desserts, Cordials & Coffees 10 pm Dancing & Check out
To buy tickets for this year’s Winter Welcome visit the YSA Website
To read the recent article in the Park Record, visit JANS Winter Welcome
The Park City area’s three ski-resorts were all named in the top ten in “Ski Magazine’s Top Ski Resorts in the West” list. The most recent issue of SKI Magazine hit the shelves this September and it was no surprise to see Deer Valley, Park City Mountain Resort and the Canyons in the top ten.
For the second year in a row Deer Valley was named as the 2nd best ski-resort in the West, Jackson Hole was named number one this year. The consecutive five years before that, Deer Valley was number one. This year they claimed 1st place for exceptional grooming, service, on mountain food, lodging and family programming.
Sliding in at number five was Park City Mountain Resort which is a honor for the resort who is celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. PCMR received 1st place awards for access, off-hill activities and terrain parks.
For the second year in a row the Canyons was placed at the number ten spot. The Canyons, who was recently purchased by Vail Resorts is now selling the Epic Pass, which grants access to 26 other ski-resorts across the world that Vail Operations owns. More improvements are anticipated in the near future.
Park City is honored to be a small ski-town that can claim three spots out of the top ten. If you are interested in finding the best season pass deals at our top three resorts check out our recent blog post: “Deepest Deals on Ski Passes”.