POV Tour: Canyons Village to Park City Base Area

Over the summer Park City invested over $50 million into capital improvements like the Quick Silver Gondola, Miner’s Camp Restaurant, along with additional lift and snowmaking improvements. The most noticeable change is the Quick Silver gondola providing a connection between what was two separate ski resorts. Now under one moniker Canyons and Park City Mountain Resort are simply Park City. Skiers and snowboarders can now make their way from one base area to the other. Many of us have read the stats and have seen the new trail map. It begs the question, is it really possible to ski from one base area to the other and how long would that take? Last weekend the curiosity got the better of me and I started out on an adventure to find out.

My plan was not to just make it from one base area to the other but ski some of my favorite runs and document all the chairs that I took along the way. My Route was: Orange Bubble Express to Sun Peak Express, Sun Peak Express to Tombstone, Tombstone to Ninety-Nine 90 Express, Ninety-Nine 90 Express to Peak 5, Peak 5 to Dreamscape, Dreamscape to Iron Mountain, Iron Mountain to Quicksilver Gondola, Quick Silver Gondola to Silverlode Express, Silverlode Express to Motherlode Express, Motherlode Express to Thaynes, AND finally Thaynes to McConkey’s.

On the way back I took Pioneer to Quicksilver, Quicksilver to Timberline, Timberline to Tombstone Express, Tombstone Express to Saddleback Express, Saddleback Express to Short Cut, Short Cut to Orange Bubble Express for one final run. In total I skied 19,724 vertical feet and it took me about 3.5 hours to ski from the Sun Peak Express to McConkeys and back.

If you are planning a trip to Park City make sure to check out Park City Lodging, Inc.’s large selection of vacation rentals near the Canyons Village and Park City Base Area to maximize your time on the hill and lodging comfort.

wasatch map

Park City Ski Resorts Opening Dates

The Park City ski season is just a little over a month away and its presence is being felt. With huge snow projections filling our news feed and the hype of the “New” Park City, it’s hard to ignore the sound of winter knocking on Park City’s door. A buzz can be felt as you walk Park City’s historic Main Street. Town chatter has turned from summer BBQ’s and music festivals to new gear and who’s skiing where. Yesterday I found myself staring blankly at Park City’s Town Lift and imagined myself making deep, powder overhead, turns through the trees of McConkey’s Bowl. It’s the pursuit of these day dreams that brought me to Utah in the first place. Don’t get me wrong this summer and fall have been among my favorites but I long for powder filled mornings. Luckily we don’t have to wait much longer.

Park City Opening Day: November 21, 2015

Deer Valley® Resort Opening Day: December 5, 2015

As you begin planning your winter vacation to Park City remember to check out for the best selection of vacation rentals near Deer Valley® Resort, Park City base areas and historic Main Street.

Magazine Slider Image- Deer Valley Resort

Summer Resort Closures

(Photo Credit: Deer Valley Resort)

So the countdown begins. In only a few weekends summer will be over and resort closures will be happening in preparation for winter. It’s that strange time of year in Utah when we turn our attention away from warm summer nights to thoughts of catching first chair during a powder filled winter morning. Its crazy to think that we are only 90 days away from the opening of the “new” Park City Mountain. With 50 million dollars being spent in improvements it’s hard not to get excited about the coming ski season. However, with Labor Day just around the corner it’s important to pack in as much of summer as possible before the resorts shut down in preparation for winter.

Like most summers, Deer Valley Resort has been a focal point for summer concerts and mountain biking. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out “The Wave” — Deer Valley Resort’s new flow trail. Full summer operations at Deer Valley Resort are scheduled to reduce to weekends only from September 7th through September 20th.

Each year Park City raises the bar for summer by increasing the amount of live music or activities near its different base areas. Between zip lines, alpines coasters, alpine slides, and mini golf, Park City has made it easy for families to spend time together. The Park City base area closes its summer operation on October 18th and Canyons Village is scheduled to close on September 27th. Don’t pass up this epic experience — check out Park City’s summer activities before it’s too late.

Summer isn’t quite finished and Park City’s resorts still have plenty of activities planned around Labor Day. For more information on Labor Day activities check our “Labor Day Activities” blog post. For information about lodging check out or speak with our destination specialists at 435-649-6175.

Park City Stacked Logo_Secondary_CMYK

The New Park City Mountain Resort

Update: November 11, 2015: Park City Mountain has confirmed that all their ambitious mountain improvements will be completed by Christmas week, weather permitting. Crews have been working all summer long to ensure that the $50 million in upgrades would come to fruition this season. A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on Friday, December 18 for the new Quicksilver Gondola, connecting Park City (at the base of Silverlode Lift) to the former Canyons (at Flatiron Lift). The total ride takes just 8 1/2 minutes! Restaurant renovations include the brand new Miners Camp, Summit House and Red Pine Lodge. Iron Mountain will enjoy increased snowmaking and the Chicane Trail is widened. Motherlode Lift is now a detachable high-speed-4 pack and King Con is a high-speed 6-pack.

Opening Day festivities will begin on November 21, 2015, at 8:00 a.m. at the Park City base area. Expect live music, complimentary hot beverages and an après ski concert on the PayDay deck at 2:00 p.m. DecemberFest is a NEW, 16 day festival that offers daily music, entertainment and fun for the whole family. On Saturday, Dec. 19, welcome Santa as he arrives on the Town Lift chair down to the Town Lift Plaza. Enjoy cookies and hot chocolate, starting at 5:00 p.m., as you await his arrival! On December 23, at 5:30 p.m., join in for the 53rd annual Torchlight Parade at the Park City base area. Cocoa, cookies, music and cheer will abound as guests await the arrival of this downhill extravaganza. The theme for the New Year’s Eve dinner dance is Disco Fever and it takes place in the Kokopelli Ballroom at Canyons Village starting at 7:30 p.m. Welcome the new year while channeling your inner Travolta. View Calendar

Park City Mountain Summer Events start May 27th.

For a related post on Deer Valley Resort News, Click Here.


Previous Content: August 24, 2015: Vail Resorts Management Company gathered together the Park City community to unveil their new branding and reveal the status of on-mountain improvements for the 2015-16 season. Their tag line is “There is only ONE. Park City.” Get stoked with us about visiting the largest mountain resort in America!

Park City Mountain comprises 7,300 acres (2,954 hectares) of skiable terrain with three resort bases, Park City Town, Park City Base Area and Canyons Village. It’s a distinctive feature for a mountain resort to offer lift access at three different locations with very unique attributes. Park City Town base is in the heart of historic Main Street, a bustling activity corridor. Park City Base Area is a neighborhood where lots of locals live, providing a very homey feeling to your visit. Canyons Village has a classic resort feeling, kind of an island unto itself in a bit more rural setting.

More than $50 million USD of improvements are underway to connect the two resorts, formerly known as Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort. The two areas will be linked by Quicksilver Gondola, an eight-passenger express gondola running from the base of Silverlode Lift to the Flatiron Lift. The new gondola will allow skiers and snowboarders to off load on top of Pine Cone Ridge when conditions allow and ski or ride down two new trails to Thaynes Canyon trail. The King Con lift will be upgraded from a 4-person to a 6-person high-speed detachable chair. Switching from a fixed-grip to a 4-person high-speed detachable chair, Motherlode Express Quad will offer increased lift capacity. Chicane Ski Trail will be widened, improving access to Tombstone Express and Quicksilver Gondola.

There are improvements to guest facilities as well. Miner’s Camp replaces the Snow Hut restaurant at the base of Silverlode Lift, which will include 500 indoor seats, a large deck and a state-of-the-art kitchen. Summit House will increase seating capacity and improve traffic flow through the lodge. Red Pine Lodge will increase its capacity by 250 indoor seats.

Check out this video that tells the interesting history of Park City Mountain and invites today’s mountain adventurers to explore its newest incarnation: Park City Mountain Capital Improvements

Park City Lodging, Inc. is an official lodging partner of Vail Resorts and offers vacation rentals at all three Park City Mountain base areas, as well as Deer Valley Resort. Search for properties in your favorite neighborhood on our new website:

Book a vacation rental in Park City and get to know the local avalanche dogs

Meet the Park City Avalanche Rescue Dogs

Those dogs you see on chairlifts and at ski patrol huts around Park City aren’t just cute – they could save your life one day. All three Park City resorts have dedicated and expertly trained avalanche rescue dogs that are ready to jump into action if needed. When you see one, say hi, and know that your safety is in good hands – err, paws – under their care.

Avalanche Rescue Dogs Training

Avalanche rescue dogs begin their training as puppies with most starting the process at only seven to 10 weeks of age! During training, which takes two years, avalanche rescue dogs are trained on a wide variety of things, including recognizing human scents and learning to ride on ski lifts, snowmobiles and helicopters.

When fully trained, avalanche rescue dogs can detect a human scent through layers of snow and alert their handlers. An avalanche rescue dog can search an area up to eight times as fast as a human rescuer.

Before getting their final certification, avalanche rescue dogs have to pass a test that involves locating two buried volunteers in an area the size of a football field in less than 30 minutes. After passing, they are cleared to go to work, but still undergo ongoing training throughout their working career, which usually lasts eight to 10 years.

Avalanche Rescue Dogs in Park City

Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley and Canyons each have their own team of avalanche rescue dogs that keep watch over their slopes. PCMR currently has five dogs, Canyons has seven dogs and Deer Valley has three dogs. When not hard at work, avalanche rescue dogs are usually happy to meet guests – stop by a ski patrol station for more information about meeting the dogs.

If you’re not in Park City yet, check out PCMR’s Avalanche Rescue Dogs Facebook page for great photos!

Wasatch Backcountry Rescue

Wasatch Backcountry Rescue is a non-profit organization that is the initial responder to many winter accidents in the Wasatch Range backcountry. Avalanche rescue dogs and handlers from all three Park City resorts, as well as the other resorts in the Cottonwoods and around the area participate in the program to provide a professional rescue response. WBR also works to raise public awareness of the dangers of the backcountry and how to enjoy it safely.

As you plan your trip to Park City to meet our avalanche rescue dogs, use Park City Lodging to find a convenient place to stay. We offer properties at all three resorts and on downtown Main Street. Let us help you put together a great vacation!

Photo credit: Kameraschwein