Park City Among T+L Best Ski Towns

By Nancy Barth
Apr 28, 2013

Picture of Main Street in Park City Utah near Deer Valley UtahTravel + Leisure Magazine added Park City to its list of “America’s Best Ski Towns.” The December 2012 featured a list of 11 towns and included Park City for its charming Main Street, wealth of culinary options, and proximity to seven major ski resorts, including Deer Valley Resort.

According to the article: “Nearly a million annual visitors descend on Park City, whose Main Street still has the rugged good looks of a 19th-century western mining town. It puts skiers in easy reach of mountain resorts, hosts the Sundance Film Festival, and has become a culinary hotbed. The ski-in distillery High West Distillery & Saloon offers customized flights of craft creations paired with dishes like Kentucky whiskey beer cheese and bourbon three-onion soup. The seasonal tasting menu at Talisker on Main incorporates vegetables and herbs grown on its rooftop, while the Canyons’ Bistro restaurant is the first and only certified kosher restaurant at a U.S. ski resort. With the restoration of the 1889 Washington School House into a 12-room hotel, you’ve got a new home base—plus complimentary transportation to your preferred slopes.”

Other resorts on the list included Telluride, CO, Bend, OR and Taos, NM.  To read more of the article, please click America's Best Ski Towns article.

Deer Valley Still Focused on Main Street Gondola

By Nancy Barth
Dec 26, 2012

Silver Lake Village in Deer Valley, Utah According to an article in today’s Park Record, Deer Valley Resort is continuing to research the possibility of building a gondola that would link its slopes to Main Street, Park City.  This idea was discussed earlier in the year, but has not been talked about publicly since then.

Bob Wheaton, president of Deer Valley Resort, said that Deer Valley is researching a few spots in Silver Lake Village as the location for one of the terminals.  Although he did not provide details, he indicated that the Silver Lake terminal does not need to be located on the ski slopes themselves.  Additionally, he noted that the gondola would be used during both the summer and the ski season.

Deer Valley also sees the Brew Pub parking lot, which is owned by City Hall, as the location of the terminal on Main Street. "I think that we made a lot of progress, but there hasn't been anything concrete," Wheaton said.              

According to the article, Deer Valley and Park City officials would eventually need to reach an agreement if the resort wants to locate the terminal at the Brew Pub lot. Some options would be Deer Valley purchasing or a leasing the needed land. The resort and Doppelmayr, a manufacturer that could be hired to build the gondola, have also been in discussions.

Although details of the route between Deer Valley and Silver Lake have not been finalized, Wheaton said that the resort is most interested in a route that runs from Silver Lake Village, down a line roughly parallel with Marsac Avenue and into the Brew Pub lot. The route envisions the gondola running along the east side of Marsac Avenue, and it has been seen as one of the most promising given its longtime status as a transportation corridor. Marsac Avenue is also a residential street along the stretch closest to Old Town. So far organized opposition has not been formed.

Wheaton indicated that a gondola could be opened for the 2014-2015 ski season. He said there has been widespread support from Main Street's leadership, people who own homes in Silver Lake and Old Town residents. He also stated that he has not received a negative comment.

If a gondola is built between Deer Valley and the Brew Pub lot, it would serve as a second skiing bookend to Main Street, something that would give Deer Valley and Park City a competitive advantage.  We’ll keep you posted as more detail emerges.

Sky Lodge Announces New Dining Options

By Nancy Barth
Dec 17, 2012

Sky Lodge near Deer Valley UtahThe Sky Lodge, a resort hotel on Park City’s Historic Main Street and just on the other side of Main Street from the proposed Deer Valley Gondola, plans to introduce two new dining options to guests and visitors of Park City and Deer Valley. “Table One” is a higher-end dining offering while “Tavern,” an artisan bar, will offer British-inspired fare "married with the latest American culinary trends.”  Tavern will open December 18th with Table One following on December 20th. Reservations are not accepted at Tavern, but are recommended for Table One, particularly over the busy holiday season when both Park City and Deer Valley swell with guests.

Early Support for the Deer Valley – Main Street Gondola

By Nancy Barth
Aug 04, 2012

Historic Main Street Park City Utah, Deer Valley Main Street GondolaAccording to today’s article in the Park Record, there seems to be early support for a gondola connecting Deer Valley Resort to Main Street, Park City.  It has been over three weeks since Deer Valley has publicized the idea, and even without details being known there seems to be support from various interest groups on the street.

According to Greg Schirf, owner of the Wasatch Brew Pub, at the top of Main Street, a Deer Valley gondola “would add some excitement and panache to Main Street.”  

He further added that a gondola with a terminal in the Brew Pub lot would be very attractive to his restaurant-bar, even if it meant losing some parking spaces in the lot in favor of a gondola terminal.  "I think it'd be good for all of Main Street. I think it'd be good for Park City's tax base," Schirf said.

As noted in our previous blog, Deer Valley is exploring options to build a gondola between the resort and Main Street and is researching approximately six alignments.  A terminal at the Brew Pub lot, which is a public lot controlled by City Hall, seems to be attracting a lot of interest.  According to the article, the location would give Deer Valley Resort frontage on Main Street, and a gondola to the lot could be shorter in distance than one to the lower part of Main Street. Furthermore, if Deer Valley builds a gondola to the upper part of Main Street, the Town Lift, operated by Park City Mountain Resort, and the gondola would “bookend” Main Street with connections to the resorts. Park City would be the only place in North America with downtown links to two mountain resorts.

The Historic Park City Alliance, a group that represents businesses on or close to Main Street, has not discussed the concept in any depth, but according to Alison Butz, the group’s executive director, the alliance is “excited about the prospects.”  Andy Beerman, a City Councilman and owner/manager of the Treasure Mountain Inn, indicated that he also backs the idea.

To read the article in its entirety, please click this link.

Deer Valley Resort Connection to Historic Main Street Gains Traction

By Jim Barth
Jul 11, 2012

It appears that Deer Valley Resort has officially entered the discussion with the continuation of a regional interconnect.  As reported previously in this blog, Canyons is currently working on an interconnect with Solitude in Big Cottonwood Canyon.  Although a connection between Deer Valley and Historic Main Street has been discussed previously, it was quickly dismissed by Deer Valley as being too expensive.  Well, their position appears to be changing.  This morning the Park Record published an article indicating that the resort may finally be ready to move forward with a gondola plan.

According to the article, there are preliminary discussions underway between Deer Valley and Park City about whether the gondola could be built linking the resort’s slopes and Main Street, a move that would rank with the highest-profile skiing upgrades in Park City in more than a decade.

Numerous details have not been solidified, and Deer Valley has not yet formally proposed a gondola. But there almost certainly will be widespread interest in the discussions in Park City as well as in the statewide ski industry. The talks have not been publicized until this week.

Years ago, Park City Mountain Resort linked its slopes to lower Main Street via the Town Lift and later the Town Bridge. A Deer Valley-Main Street connection, probably along the upper reaches of Main Street, could create another skiing bookend to the street.

"It would be very significant," Bob Wheaton, the president and general manager of Deer Valley, said on Monday. "I think it would be a significant event for the resort and for the town."

He said there is not another place in North America with connections between a downtown and two mountain resorts.

Wheaton said the discussions between Deer Valley and City Hall have centered on the Brew Pub lot close to the top of Main Street. Park City officials are considering projects to boost Main Street's competitiveness with other shopping, dining and entertainment destinations. The Brew Pub lot, one of the few publicly owned locations along Main Street available for development, has been in play during these talks.

Wheaton also said Deer Valley is researching upward of six potential gondola alignments. The terminals under consideration on the resort side include Silver Lake Village, a spot at the Northside Express lift and a location at the Empire Canyon Lodge. Under those scenarios, it seems that a gondola could enter and leave Old Town via a line that closely follows Marsac Avenue. The gondola could angle into Deer Valley itself from there.

There are houses along Marsac Avenue and Daly Avenue, immediately to the west, but the land is either largely undeveloped or part of the Deer Valley complex elsewhere along what could be a gondola route.

Wheaton said the earliest a gondola could open is the 2014-2015 ski season. The timeline depends on numerous decisions that the resort and City Hall would need to make, including critical ones about the Brew Pub lot. Wheaton said the resort is discussing options to lease or purchase the lot, or a portion of the lot, from the municipal government. A ticket office and a Deer Valley retailer could be built at the site if a gondola terminal is situated there, he said.

"We can't continue being held in the regard we are in North America if we stand still," Wheaton said, referring to Deer Valley's annual high rankings among the continent's mountain resorts.

The article can be found at The Main Street to Deer Valley Article in the Park Record.

Torchlight Bed & Breakfast Proposed for Deer Valley Drive Location

By Jim Barth
May 05, 2012

This coming Wednesday, May 9th, the Park City Planning Commission will be reviewing a proposal to convert an existing building located at 255 Deer Valley Drive into the Torchlight Bed & Breakfast, a proposed six bedroom B&B.  The property is located close to the Deer Valley roundabout and would provide convenient access to Deer Valley Resort, Park City Mountain Resort as well as Historic Main Street.  The structure, built in 1979, comprises approximately 5,400 square feet and, if approved, will be able to accommodate twelve to fourteen guests.  The name Torchlight appears to be inspired in honor of Park City hosting the 2002 Winter Olympics. The Planning Commission meeting starts at 5:30 PM and is held in the City Council Chambers.