Deer Valley Resort’s Entry Corridor – Phase II

By Jim Barth
Dec 21, 2013

Picture of Deer Valley Drive roundabout in Deer Valley UtahThis past week, the Park City Council was scheduled to approve a professional services contract for the second phase of the Deer Valley Drive road project.  As many of our readers and clients know, last summer, Deer Valley Drive was a real mess.  I must admit, however, that the construction crew did about as good a job as they could in diverting and routing traffic, minimizing the impacts and the result seems to be quite good.  Next summer’s work will be in no way as intrusive, and is centered on aesthetic and beautification of the Deer Valley Drive corridor rather than actual road construction.  The work scheduled for Deer Valley Drive for the summer of 2014 includes:

  • Additional pedestrian lighting (from Sunnyside to Snow Park Lodge);
  • Consistent sidewalks throughout the corridor;
  • Crosswalks;
  • Possible bus shelters/bus stop amenities;
  • Cleaning of the creek;
  • Landscaping improvements along the corridor;
  • Entry feature near the intersection of Deer Valley Drive and Deer Valley Drive North;
  • Bridge façade restoration;
  • Fiber optic conduit from Sunnyside to Deer Valley’s Snow Park Lodge;
  • Possible addition of bus pullouts at Greyhawk and Foxglove condominiums;
  • Updating of the existing Deer Valley information sign located at the southeast corner of the roundabout; and
  • Removal of the electrical box at the split.
For more detailed information and a schedule of work to be performed, please feel free to contact us.

Vail adds five days at Les 3 Vallées in France to Epic Pass

By Jim Barth
Sep 07, 2013

Picture of Canyons Resort near Deer Valley UtahVail Resorts Inc. on Thursday announced a season-pass partnership with the largest ski area in the world, Les 3 Vallées, home to the legendary mountain resorts of Courchevel, La Tania, Méribel, Brides-les-Bains, Les Menuires, Saint Martin de Belleville, Val Thorens and Orelle, France.

The Epic Season Pass now features five free days of skiing and riding in Les 3 Vallées, bringing the total access to 26 mountains in four countries. Epic Pass holders have the opportunity to experience Europe and the homeland, with access to Verbier, Switzerland, Arlberg, Austria, and now Les 3 Vallées, France, in addition to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin and Eldora in Colorado; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in Lake Tahoe, California; and new for the 2013-2014 season, Canyons Resort located near Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah.

Les 3 Vallées area lies in the heart of the French Alps and is legendary among skiers and riders around the globe, revered for its elegant charm and baroque art and architecture, boasting nine ski-in/ski-out Michelin-star restaurants and exceptional ski-in/ski-out lodging, all while maintaining its alpine character and family friendly appeal. The resort is often voted the best location in Europe for early season snow.

The unrestricted five free days of skiing and riding will be reciprocated for Les 3 Vallées season pass holders, allowing even more European guests to experience Vail Resorts’ ski areas.

Boasting eight different resorts, 600 kilometers of interconnected trails, 180 ski lifts, and approximately five meters (16.6 feet) of annual snowfall, Les 3 Vallées is the largest interconnected ski area in the world, including the highest resort in Europe, Val Thorens. Les 3 Vallées ski area will be open from Dec. 7 through Apr. 25.

"We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Les 3 Vallées, as Epic Pass holders can now ski the best resorts in the world, in four countries, on one pass. Vail Resorts is constantly looking for opportunities to enhance the incredible value of the Epic Pass that our guests already receive and enjoy. In March, we announced that we increased the number of free days of access to Verbier, Switzerland, from three to five for the 2013-2014 season, followed shortly thereafter with news of an additional five days access to Arlberg, Austria, and most recently our acquisition of Vail Resorts’ first Utah mountain resort, Canyons, located in Park City, Utah” said Kirsten Lynch, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Vail Resorts.

Skiers and riders receive the lowest guaranteed prices on next season by purchasing their passes in early September. An Epic Pass is $689.

Update on Deer Valley Resort Expansion

By Jim Barth
Jul 27, 2013

Mayflower Area at Deer Valley ResortDeer Valley Resort has engaged SE Group – one of the world’s most experienced and respected mountain resort planning firms – to work with Wasatch County on a substantial ski resort expansion.  This Mayflower expansion will encompass approximately 1,000 acres of terrain and is situated south of the existing Mayflower Lift, with immediate access to the entire “Dutch Ridge” region. The master plan provides for a new base village, improved lift alignment and a dramatic increase in skiable acreage, all accessed by several new lifts.  Once completed, Deer Valley will not only offer a true top to bottom skiing experience, but also significantly expand its existing offering with an excellent mix of north-facing trails to accommodate skiers of all abilities.

Deer Valley hopes to submit the master plan by this fall.  We'll keep you updated as the process continues.

Opening Weekend Of The 2013 Deer Valley Music Festival

By Nancy Barth
Jul 04, 2013

Deer Valley Snowpark AmphitheaterThis past weekend, our family had the pleasure of attending the Deer Valley Music Festival’s opening night at the beautiful Snow Park Amphitheater.  The Utah Symphony launched the festival’s 10th anniversary season with a patriotic celebration that included Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture.” As usual, the performance was excellent, and the concert was extremely well attended, despite the unusually warm weather (although, once the sun went down, the evening was quite pleasant).

The concert began with “The Star-Spangled Banner,” which is traditional for the patriotic concert, and was followed by the overture to Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story.”  The Utah Symphony then paid its respect to the Armed Forces by performing the themes for the Air Force, the Army, the Marines, the Navy and the Coast Guard.  During this segment, present and former members of the military were honored by being called to stand up.

The Utah Symphony also performed familiar selections by John Philip Sousa, George Cohan, and Leroy Anderson.  The ever-popular “1812 Overture” concluded the evening, and adhering to past traditions, the piece was highlighted by the thunder of cannons provided by the Cannoneers of the Wasatch.

The concert was originally supposed to be led by Utah Symphony Associate Conductor Vladimir Kulenovic.  However, while on vacation, Kulenovic was injured in an accident, and will not be able to conduct until later this month.  Fortunately, guest conductor Thomas Hong was able to fill in quite masterfully.  Hong, the newly appointed music director of the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra in Ohio, is a full-time faculty member of Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music in Houston.

With such a fantastic beginning, we’re looking forward to a great summer music season at Deer Valley Resort.

On a side note, Deer Valley was listed among the country’s “Eight Amazing Outdoor Music Venues” by CNN Travel.  To read the article, please click here.

Talisker Relinquishes Controlling Interest At Canyons Resort

By Jim Barth
Jun 27, 2013

Picture of Canyons Resort near Deer Valley UtahBreaking news: According to the Park Record, Talisker has relinquished its controlling interest at Canyons Resort.  The resort is located in Park City, UT, home of both Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley Resort.  The article reads as follows:

“Talisker is no longer in charge of development at Canyons Resort.

Summit County Manager Bob Jasper told councilmembers on Wednesday that an interim manager has taken over for Talisker Canyons Finance LLC, the company formed when Talisker purchased Canyons from American Skiing Company Utah in 2007.

According to Jasper, the interim manager is Alvarez & Marsal. On the company's web site, the firm is described as a specialist in ‘turnaround and interim management’ that ‘is known for its distinctive restructuring heritage.’

Jasper said the county's biggest concern revolves around the outstanding obligations that Talisker agreed to in exchange for development rights at Canyons. Those obligations include a golf course, convention center, a transit plan and affordable housing, he said.

‘At this stage we don't have a developer, we have an interim manager,’ Jasper said, adding he would remain firm in enforcing those requirements.

Jasper admitted the financial restructuring at this point is unclear. He said Alvarez & Marsal was brought in by one of the investors involved with Talisker Canyons Finance LLC.

Jasper also said another entity had been formed last month as part of Vail's agreement to take over management of the Canyons. In that agreement Vail obtained a 50-year lease to manage the resort but Talisker retained development rights.

The council members' responses were mixed but council member Chris Robinson advised against overreacting.

‘We have a deal regardless of ownership,’ he said, adding, ‘It might be better.’

In addition to property at Canyons, the Canada-based real estate firm, Talisker, has developed projects in Empire Canyon and on the East Side of Summit County. Talisker representatives did not respond to The Park Record's requests for a comment.”

We’ll keep you posted as more updates occur.

Deer Valley Resort Announces Major Expansion

By Jim Barth
Jun 17, 2013

Sign to Mayflower Lift at Deer ValleyThis morning, Bob Wheaton, President and General Manager of Deer Valley Resort, announced that Deer Valley has made official application to Wasatch County for purposes of expanding the resort into the Mayflower area of Deer Valley.  While the idea of this type of expansion has floated around town for over the past twenty years, it was always stymied due to lack of cooperation of the various partners involved in the project.  Those roadblocks now appear to have been removed.

The very preliminary concept would be to install three to four new lifts to the south of the existing Mayflower Lift, with access to the entire ridge (known as Dutch Ridge) south of Deer Valley’s existing terrain.  This would provide for some excellent skiing for all skill levels with north facing aspects.  Residential development in the form of condominiums and home sites are also included in the proposal. In addition, this new lift system would provide access directly to the top of Bald Mountain from this area, eliminating the need to ski through Snow Park as is currently the case. 

Please give us a call if you would like further information.  We will continue to update our clients of the proposal as it moves through the approval process.

Deer Valley Summer Season Opened Today

By Jim Barth
Jun 14, 2013

Summer photo at Deer ValleyWe just enjoyed a wonderful hike at Deer Valley Resort, which officially opened today for the summer season. As in past seasons, Deer Valley is operating three chairlifts, serving hikers and bikers at Snow Park, Silver Lake and Empire Pass.

According to communications manager, Emily Summers, Deer Valley has “60 miles of maintained trails.”  Some of these trails are designated as “hiking only,” but most have dual uses. Deer Valley operates a full-service bike school throughout the summer.

Additionally, Deer Valley offers other ways to get acquainted with the mountain.  The historical society conducts free guided hikes the second Sunday of every month through October, and one can also hire a mountain guide any day of the week.

In the evenings at Deer Valley, the music begins.  The resort will be offering free Wednesday night concerts featuring local bands.  Weekends will be showcasing musical acts from all across the country.  Please click here for more information.

Also, if residents or visitors need a place to drop off their children for a day, a week, a month or even the whole summer, Deer Valley offers a day camp throughout the summer.  According to Summers, “it’s a day camp, and you can do a per-day rate, so it’s good for people who are visiting.”

Deer Valley’s summer operations will run until Labor Day, September 2.

Deer Valley Resort’s 2013 Summer Concert Lineup

By Nancy Barth
Jun 11, 2013

Deer Valley Resort Snowpark Outside AmphitheaterNow that summer is here, it’s time to enjoy Deer Valley Resort’s Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater 2013 summer concerts.  The breathtaking venue features concerts by both local and world famous artists.  This year’s lineup includes:

June 19: Grand Valley Bank Community Concert Series presents ~ Sideshow Ramblers

June 26: Grand Valley Bank Community Concert Series presents ~ Sin City Soul

June 29: Deer Valley Music Festival presents ~ 1812 Overture!

July 3:    Grand Valley Bank Community Concert Series presents ~ Holy Water Buffalo

July 4:    St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights Outdoor Concert Series presents ~ Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys and Alejandro Escovedo

July 6:   Deer Valley Music Festival presents ~ Take Me Home: The Music of John Denver

July 10: Grand Valley Bank Community Concert Series presents ~ Motherlode Canyon Band

July 12:  Deer Valley Music Festival presents ~ Bravo Broadway: Wicked Divas

July 13:  Deer Valley Music Festival presents ~ Arturo Sandoval with the Utah Symphony

July 15:  St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights Outdoor Concert Series presents ~ Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers, Railroad Earth

July 17: Grand Valley Bank Community Concert Series presents ~ Joy & Eric

July 19: Deer Valley Music Festival presents ~ Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell with the Utah Symphony

July 20: Deer Valley Music Festival presents ~ Indigo Girls with the Utah Symphony

July 30: St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights Outdoor Concert Series presents ~ Natalie Maines

July 31:  Grand Valley Bank Community Concert Series presents ~ Lash Larue

Aug 2:     Deer Valley Music Festival presents ~ Bond and Beyond

Aug 3:     Deer Valley Music Festival presents ~ Mandy Patinkin with the Utah Symphony

Aug 4:    St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights Outdoor Concert Series presents ~ Darlene Love & Muscle Shoals Live

Aug 7:    Grand Valley Bank Community Concert Series presents~ The PATWA Reggae Band

Aug 9:     Deer Valley Music Festival presents ~ Utah Opera in the Open Air

Aug 10:  Deer Valley Music Festival presents ~ The Music of the Rolling Stones with the Utah Symphony

Aug 14:   Grand Valley Bank Community Concert Series presents ~ Sophia Dion Band

Aug 17:  St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights Outdoor Concert Series presents ~ Lyle Lovett and His Large Band

Aug 21:  Grand Valley Bank Community Concert Series presents ~ Stonefed

Aug 24:  St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights Outdoor Concert Series presents ~ Jewel

Aug 28:  Grand Valley Bank Community Concert Series presents ~ Marinade

Aug 31:  St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights Outdoor Concert Series presents ~ OneRepublic with Sara Bareilles and Churchill                                                                                                                       

For more information about the Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater and concerts, please visit the Deer Valley Resort website.