Winter strong for Olympic Park

By Nancy Barth
May 15, 2012

According to a recent article in the Park Record, the Utah Olympic Park located in Park City just finished its strongest winter on record. Between increased marketing efforts, the 10-year anniversary of the Utah Olympics and the Summer Olympics gearing up in London, the nonprofit has seen numbers stay strong throughout this past winter season.

“We did not have a slow moment up here this winter,” said Lindsey Wolff, the communications coordinator for the Utah Olympic Park. “We expected a lull after Christmas or after President's Day weekend, but we were consistently busy this winter season. The lull never came.”

Overall, visitor numbers were up from the year before, and a handful of weeks were booked solid with back-to-back sessions for the bobsled rides. The Utah Olympic Park saw a 20 percent increase on tours, a 20 percent increase in group events and a 60 percent increase in bobsled and skeleton rides.

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.

Power Brokers Join Together To Endorse Ski Link

By Jim Barth
May 04, 2012

Connecting the seven ski areas in Salt Lake and Summit counties, including both Deer Valley and Park City Mountain Resort, starting with a gondola between Canyons and Solitude resorts, would be an economic boon for Utah.  But only if it is done in an environmentally responsible manner.

Salt Lake Chamber President Lane Beattie and several other speakers emphasized these points at a recent news conference in which twenty powerful business and government leaders announced the formation of a coalition to support both the Ski Link gondola and the concept of a wider ski resort interconnect.

“We can create a unique ski experience unmatched anywhere in North America,” said Beattie, recounting how the Salt Lake Chamber has supported the state’s ski industry since its birth. “But we have to do it absolutely right.”

According to an article in the Salt lake Tribune, Beattie said that in order to win the chamber’s support, Ski Link proponents must show the proposed gondola has to “be a net positive for the environment,” capable of standing up to rigorous local government reviews, complete with public hearings of impacts on land use, water quality, wildlife and other environmental issues.

But as Utah explores another possible Olympic bid, in keeping with a goal of becoming the country’s winter sports capital, now is the time, Beattie added, to consider the options, look at the costs and how to proceed.

Former Senator Jake Garn joined the chorus of support, predicting Ski Link would be a “great addition to our community.  How great it would be to ski both sides of the Wasatch and not have to drive around the mountains.”



By Nancy Barth
Apr 06, 2012

The Park City and Deer Valley areas were recently featured in an article in The San Francisco Chronicle, the leading newspaper in the San Francisco Bay area. Please click here to check out this great article about a few days spent skiing at our resorts.

Utah Olympic Park Goes For Gold

By Nancy Barth
Mar 24, 2012

According  to an article in the Park Record, the Summit County Council this week approved a beautiful new addition to the Utah Olympic Sports Park.  Summit County Council members called the Utah Olympic Park rezone an enormous asset to the community prior to approving the expansion of the park to include 67,000 square feet of athlete housing comprising about 112 lodge units, a 40,000-square-foot sports medicine and training facility, expansion of the existing Day Lodge, and additional office space.

The Olympic Park was built prior to the 2002 Winter Olympics and since then has been operating as a venue for international and local athletes to train as well as hosting World Cup events for skeleton, bobsled and ski jumping competition.

Colin Hilton, head of the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation, said “the additional buildings will show Utah's commitment to the legacy of the Olympics, increase the possibility that Utah will host the Olympics again, and keep the venue financially viable without relying on the Olympic endowment fund”.

To read the article, please click here.