Deer Valley Ranks High on SKI Magazine List

By Nancy Barth
Oct 18, 2012

Picture of Deer Valley UtahAfter ranking #1 for the past five consecutive years in SKI Magazine’s Annual resort rankings, Deer Valley Resort dropped down a notch to the second spot behind Whistler Blackcomb.  According to Bob Wheaton, president and general manager of Deer Valley, the rankings came down to who had the best snow last year.  Whistler had incredible, natural snow which resulted in record skier visits and more responses to the survey.  While ranking high on this list is quite an honor, Wheaton indicated that Deer Valley is “not going to quit shooting for number one.” 

On the brighter side, Deer Valley can claim to be the top resort in the United States.  Furthermore, the resort took the most subcategory SKI Magazine awards of any single ski resort, including Whistler, winning first place in six of 20 categories, which included first place for grooming, guest services, on-mountain food, lodging, dining and family programs.  Deer Valley was marked down for its lack of terrain parks, but according to Wheaton, Deer Valley’s focus is on tree skiing, powder and groomed runs rather than terrain parks.  In fact, according to a report on Park City’s local radio station KPCW, Outside Magazine ranked Deer Valley as the number one resort in powder skiing.

Also, according to the SKI Magazine reader survey, for the first time in survey history, all three Park City resorts ranked on the “Top 10 North American” list.  Both Canyons Resort and Park City Mountain Resort ranked higher than in past years, with Canyons taking the tenth position and Park City Mountain Resort taking fourth.  Park City is the only resort town in North America to have three resorts fall in the Top 10.

Deer Valley is putting Whistler on notice that the resort is working hard to restore the #1 ranking by investing over $8 million in improvements, including over $1 million in snowmaking equipment.  So far this year, advanced reservations are up 7% from last year, so it should be a great ski season.

Park City Featured in Forbes Magazine

By Nancy Barth
Oct 03, 2012

Picture of Historic Main Street in Park City Utah near Deer Valley ResortPark City’s summer season was featured in a recent edition of Forbes Magazine.  The article, which was titled “Remarkable Summer Travel: A Prime Luxury Destination,” highlights Park City’s many summer offerings, including hiking, lodging, spas, mountain biking, dining, outdoor films and more.  To read the complete article, please check out this online link.

Montage at Deer Valley Resort to Host Concert

By Nancy Barth
Jul 12, 2012

Montage Deer Valley will be hosting a nationally recognized music performance this fall.  Tonight, the Park City Council is expecting to approve a request from Montage Deer Valley for a Master Festival License for the “Montage Concert in the Sky.”  The event is to be held on the north green of the Montage Hotel on Saturday, September 1, 2012.  At this time, the performer has not been announced.

Montage has continued their efforts to be a community partner and to market and promote their brand. Successful partnerships have already been forged with local not for profits including promotion of events with the Egyptian Theatre and Park City Performing Arts Foundation. Via this concert, Montage Deer Valley desires to continue to build upon their reputation as a summer music destination.

We will keep you informed as more details are announced.

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.


By Jim Barth
Jul 08, 2012

Mark your calendars as Park City will again serve as host of the start of Stage 5 of the 2012 Tour of Utah, a pro cycling race featuring cycling teams that will have raced in the Tour de France. In addition to hosting the start of Stage 5 on August 11, Park City will also host the start and finish of the sixth and final stage of the 2012 Tour of Utah on Sunday, August 12, on Historic Main Street.


By Nancy Barth
Jul 05, 2012

Last month, the League of American Bicyclists, a nationally recognized bicycle advocacy organization, named Park City as a “Silver Level” Bicycle Friendly Community. The award is a step up from the Bronze Level designation that Park City received in 2009.

The BFC program provides a road map to building a Bicycle Friendly Community, and the application has become a rigorous and educational tool in itself. The platinum, gold, silver and bronze levels of the award provide a clear incentive for communities to continuously improve. For more information on the Bicycle Friendly Community Program, please visit this site.


By Nancy Barth
Jun 30, 2012

Park City’s and Deer Valley’s extensive trail network and recent IMBA (International Mountain Biking Association) gold level Ride Center designation was featured in a recent article in U. S. News & World Report. The article is titled “10 Healthy Summer Vacations” and provides a profile of the area’s vast trail system.  To read the article, please visit this link.


By Jim Barth
Jun 10, 2012

Park City's summer offerings were featured in a recent edition of Family Circle Magazine. The article, titled "Best Ski Towns for Summer Vacations" highlighted eight different ski destinations that are great summer vacation spots. Park City was the first of the eight destinations featured. Family Circle is one of America's most popular magazine publications, and one of the most difficult in which to have editorial coverage placed. The Chamber/Bureau congratulates the numerous area businesses mentioned in the article, as well as the entire Park City community for this great media coverage. Please visit the following link to review the article, best ski towns for summer vacation article.