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.


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.

Barron's Magazine picks Park City for second-home buyers

By Nancy Barth
Mar 11, 2012

Barron's Magazine, a subsidiary of The Wall Street Journal, recently named Park City and Deer Valley as one of the best places in the country to buy a second home. The article listed Park City for the its winter and summer attractions.

According to the article, “skiers love Park City and Deer Valley for its powdery winters, but homeowners relish the summers, too. The crowds thin out, life slows down and the tall aspens lining the nearby Wasatch Range shimmer in the breeze," the article read.

Among other top second home options, the article listed Maui, the Hamptons and Aspen. To read more, click here.

Interconnect Receives Positive Federal Vote

By Jim Barth
Mar 06, 2012

According to an article in the Salt Lake Tribune, skiers moved a step closer to riding a gondola from Solitude to Canyons Resort late last week after a U.S. House Committee advanced a measure that would pave the way for the Forest Service to allow the new skier connection.

The House Natural Resources Committee voted to send the Wasatch Range Recreation Access Enhancement Act to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

As I have reported previously, while this federal legislation does not in and of itself directly affect Deer Valley®, if the proposal receives final approval from both houses of Congress and passes environmental muster, it will mark a first step toward the long awaited connection of the seven resorts of the Wasatch Range, including potentially Deer Valley.  In my opinion, an interconnect would have a very positive financial impact on the resorts of the Wasatch Range and most significantly, the greater Park City area resorts. We will continue to bring our readers and clients updates as the legislation moves forward.

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Strengthens Presence in Aspen, Colorado

By Jim Barth
Mar 03, 2012

Just a few days ago, Sotheby’s International Realty published a press release announcing that Morris & Fyrwald Sotheby’s International Realty in Aspen and Carbondale, Colo. has combined with Chaffin Light Real Estate in Aspen, Snowmass Village and Basalt, and now will operate as Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty.

 “Morris & Fyrwald Sotheby’s International Realty has a reputation as a strong leader in the Aspen market while Chaffin Light Real Estate and its predecessor, Snowmass Real Estate Company, have been market leaders in Snowmass Village and the Mid-Valley,” said Philip White, president and chief operating officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “The combined strength of these two companies and the Sotheby’s International Realty brand will provide clients with extraordinary opportunities in one of the world’s most high-end markets.”

 This is further evidence that the Sotheby’s International Realty Brand is continuing to increase its focus on the luxury mountain resort areas of the western United States with additional offices located in Park City, Deer Valley® Resort, Vail Resort and Lake Tahoe.

Utah Senate Resolution Pushes Ski Interconnect

By Jim Barth
Mar 01, 2012

This week the Utah State Senate passed a resolution promoting a system to link Salt Lake County’s four ski resorts (Alta, Snowbird, Solitude and Brighton) and a trio around Park City/Deer Valley® (Deer Valley Resort, Park City Resort and Canyons Resort).  This could be very encouraging news for Deer Valley Resort/Park City property owners and skiers.

 The resolution encourages Salt Lake and Summit Counties, along with the U.S. Forest Service and the Town of Alta, to “fairly consider the benefits of connecting the various resorts and expeditiously approve a low-impact inter-resort transportation system … based on sound research and public input.”

 This could be big news for skiers at Deer Valley Resort.  We have been discussing this since my days on the Park City Planning Commission.  Could you imagine waking up in the morning and deciding if you would like to get on the Wasatch Lift in the morning, ski some Bald Mountain trails and then end your day at Alta Resort?  We will definitely keep you informed.

Utah Legislature sends skiing measure to Governor for signature

By Jim Barth
Feb 27, 2012

This past week, the Utah Legislature agreed to make skiing and snowboarding Utah’s official sports.  Supporters noted that skiing is a vital part of Utah’s economy, generating 4.2 million skier days last year.  The Legislature unanimously passed the bill and is awaiting Governor Gary Herbert’s signature.  The only question I have is what took them so long?

National Geographic names Park City among world 25 best ski towns

By Nancy Barth
Feb 23, 2012

National Geographic has identified Park City as one of the world’s best ski towns, stating it the best for “cinephile families with a range of abilities.”  In addition to lauding Park City as home to the Sundance Film Festival and the United States Ski Team, the article mentions Park City’s vibrant sophisticated bar scene and easy accessibility to and from Salt Lake City.

The article goes on to note, “Park City Mountain Resort is the “right there” option, with access from town, four terrain parks for snowboarders and freestylers, night skiing, a cutting-edge ski school, and remarkably well-rounded terrain, from gentle beginner runs to powder-filled bowls that rival fellow Wasatch Mountain areas Alta and Snowbird. Deer Valley Resort, only one mile away, is unapologetically upmarket. Deer Valley’s skier numbers are capped, grooming is scrupulous, on-mountain restaurants are gourmet, and snowboards are not allowed (no word on baggy pants, but suffice it to say, there is no terrain park). Canyons Resort, four miles from town, is the ever-expanding upstart that has quickly grown to become the largest ski resort in Utah. Impressively, each of Park City’s resorts offers a hundred or more runs, bevies of high-speed lifts, and around 3,000 feet of base-to-summit vertical.”  To read the entire article, go to this link.