Deer Valley Ski Trails and Lifts Added to Google Mapping Program

By Nancy Barth
Mar 13, 2013

Ski Map of Deer Valley ResortAccording to a recent article in the Salt Lake Tribune, four Utah resorts are part of Google’s initial venture into making maps of ski-area trails and lifts available online and on smartphones.

Deer Valley Resort, Park City Mountain Resort, Brighton and Snowbasin are among 38 North American resorts whose trails and lifts are shown on Google’s free mapping site.  The runs and lifts are displayed in color.  More resorts are expected to be added to the list soon.

“Power up Google Maps on your Android device or iPhone and the mountain information you need is right there,” said Ryan Poscharsky, the strategic partner manager for Google Maps. “Blue, green and black runs are shown as solid colored lines and ski lifts are red, dotted lines.”

Squaw Valley was one of the first resorts involved, and Deer Valley was also an early adapter, agreeing two years ago to let Google film “street view imagery” of its runs. The images were enhanced with the mapping data added this winter.

According to Deer Valley spokeswoman, Emily Summers, the maps are “more user-friendly, seeing the color-coded runs.”

Now while vacationing in Park City, Deer Valley skiers can drop a pin on their favorite run and share their experiences with their friends!

Deer Valley Report Broker Notes: Property Tour

By Jim Barth
Mar 06, 2013

The Cottages in Deer Valley UtahToday we had the opportunity to attend the bi-weekly Deer Valley, Utah real estate broker tour featuring approximately nine properties located throughout the Deer Valley real estate market area.  Each home was open and available for the various Deer Valley luxury brokers to tour.  At Jim Barth & Associates, we make it a priority to visit each Deer Valley property featured on the tour.  As we visit each home, we rank the residence from a Negative “2” to a Plus “2” based on variables such as location, overall quality of structure, level of finish, value, etc.  This information is then input into our proprietary database for purposes of determining a number of market variables applicable to the overall Deer Valley real estate market.

This past Wednesday, only one property was of quality and character to receive a Plus 2 ranking, as follows:

7465 Woodland View Drive, The Cottages, Silver Lake, Deer Valley

This cozy 7,790 square foot home is located in Upper Deer Valley and within walking distance to the ski lifts, restaurants and shops of Silver Lake Village. Truly superior quality and craftsmanship with over 3,000 square feet of decks and patios. Otto Walker design with two master suites, extraordinary cabinetry, exposed fir beams, hand scraped Australian chestnut flooring, and river washed granite. And if that were not enough, the home provides amazing views of Empire Pass, Park City Mountain Resort, and the surrounding Wasatch Range.  $4,370,000.

Please contact us if you would like further information or to schedule a tour of this or any other Deer Valley property.


By Nancy Barth
Jan 11, 2013

Picture of Deer Valley UtahAccording to a recent article in The Salt Lake Tribune, resorts across the state of Utah are reporting a strong showing of skiers and snowboarders this year.  The resorts are crediting this to “a bountiful deposit of the trademark Utah powder, most of which arrived in December.”

Andy Miller with Park City Mountain Resort noted that the resort had over 6½ feet of snow in December, which was almost exactly 50% for all of last season’s snowfall.  “We opened the Jupiter Lift 43 days earlier than last season and we have had all the lifts open for a week. That didn’t happen until Jan. 27 last year.”

Deer Valley Resort is also enjoying better ski conditions.  According to Emily Summers, communications manager at Deer Valley Resort, reports of steady storms have led to last-minute inquiries.  “We are still booking arrivals as early as next week. People were definitely keeping an eye on our snow situation after last year and booking their vacation much closer to their arrivals," Summers said.

Families typically plan trips based on their experience the winter before and last year was strong for bookings based on the exceptionally snowy winter of 2010-11. Despite the weak winter of 2011-2012, Summers said occupancy at Deer Valley Resort is proceeding even to last winter.

The article also noted that locals in addition to destination skiers have been very enthusiastic about this ski season, and both types of skiers have been posting their experiences on social media sites.  According to Nathan Rafferty, president of Ski Utah, getting early storms in November helped drive interest initially, but the instant notifications via social media has continued the positive promotion.  “Really, social media can’t be overstated, it plays a huge part," Rafferty said. "They are all bragging about another great day on the slopes in Utah — both locals and destination guests. January is the biggest booking month so the Christmas week of Facebook, Twitter and Instragram is a great help. Social media just tells it like it is and more often than not it’s pretty darn good in Utah."

Let’s just hope the snow keeps falling!

Forbes Rates Skiing in Utah Awesome

By Nancy Barth
Dec 11, 2012

Picture of Empire Lift and Empire Canyon Lodge at Deer ValleyAccording to a recent article in the Salt Lake Tribune, thinks Utah Ski resorts are “awesome,” and included seven of Utah’s resorts – Alta, Snowbird, Park City, Deer Valley Resort, Canyons Resort, Brighton and Solitude – in its list of “The Top 10 Ski Resorts in the United States for 2013.”  The rankings are based on a “Pure Awesomeness Factor,” or PAF.

"We only rank one thing: Awesomeness," the site said of its measuring algorithm. "It’s the most important thing we can measure. If you can know a place’s awesomeness, do you need to know anything else?"

First place went to Jackson, WY for its continuous fall line, terrain and backcountry skiing.  Deer Valley, Park City and Canyons Resort as a group came in fifth place, praised not only for the level of skiing but also for the fact that they surround Park City, a place that is “picture perfect in every sense.”

According to the Forbes site, Deer Valley “packs in some great shots of terrain, including the Daly chutes.”  The site refers to Empire Canyon Lodge as the greatest ski lodge in the world, and names Deer Valley’s Turkey Chili as “the greatest single dish served mountainside anywhere.”  The rankings also note that powder lasts a little longer at Deer Valley than other places.

The rankings did not include any resorts east of the Rocky Mountains because the website prefers the powder in the west over the ice in the east. According to the site, "No resort east of the Rockies has the snow or terrain to crack our Awesomeness rankings — something that matters for both beginners and experts.

To read more about the ski resorts ranking, please click The Top 10 Ski Resorts in the US for 2013 article.

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.

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.


By Nancy Barth
Jul 25, 2012

Picture of Freestyle Event at Deer Valley ResortLast Friday, the Utah Sports Commission and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association announced a joint partnership in creating the Utah Winter Action Sports Series that is scheduled to begin this December.

According to the terms of the partnership, three resorts – Deer Valley Resort, Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort – will host a combined seven events, including moguls, aerials, halfpipe, skicross and snowboardcross.

The series is scheduled to run in December, January and March, and will continue into the 2013-2014 season.  Additionally, the 2014 U.S. Winter Olympic team will be named in Utah as part of the joint venture.

The partnership is welcome news for competitors.  "This is a really important development for us," said Gulini, a 2010 snowboardcross Olympian and Salt Lake City native. "It’s important to know where the events are going to be from year to year, and exactly when they are going to be. Utah has the best snow in the country, the state loves winter Olympic sports, and this is a comfortable thing for me as well. I always do well in Utah, and this would give me a chance to sleep in my own bed."

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


By Jim Barth
Jul 21, 2012

Picture of Hotel Park City in Park City UtahHotel Park City, located just north of Park City Mountain Resort invites you to relax to live music outside at the hotel each Sunday through September 2nd. The concerts are free to the public and take place from 6 PM to 9 PM. Popular indie artists performing all types of music from Utah will be featured. There will also be touring artists from Nashville and Arizona who have Utah roots.

Hotel Park City is located at 2001 Park Avenue in Park City. For more details visit Power Media Entertainment at this link.