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Summer Resort Closures

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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 www.ParkCityLodging.com or speak with our destination specialists at 435-649-6175.

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The New Park City Mountain Resort

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: www.parkcitylodging.com.

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!

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Canyons Spring Gruv and PCMR Snoasis are Must Sees

Canyons Spring GruvThe arrival of spring in Park City brings warmer temperatures, beautiful bluebird days at our three award-winning resorts, and the fun – and sometimes quirky – festivals of Spring Gruv at Canyons and Snoasis at Park City Mountain.

These week-long celebrations, which this year will take place back-to-back, offer vacationers and locals alike the opportunity to enjoy free activities, concerts and more in addition to the world class skiing and riding offered throughout the season.

If you’re looking to head out West this spring, make sure to sync up your trip with Spring Gruv or Snoasis and enjoy all that these must see events have to offer.

Canyons Spring Gruv (March 20-29, 2015)

Running from March 20-29, Canyons Spring Gruv mixes live music and family fun with the infamous Pond Skimming contest that sees creatively costumed “daredevils” put on a show for the assembled crowd.

In the pond skimming event, skiers and snowboarders launch themselves off of a jump into a 100-foot long pond, attempting to “skim” all the way across to the other side, usually unsuccessfully. For a preview of what to expect with these endless splashes and crashes, check out highlights from last year’s event below.

For those more interested in music, there are a number of free concerts at the Canyons base area during Canyons Spring Gruv. This year will see self-anointed “acoustic dance music” performer Keller Williams playing on March 20, Nahko and Medicine for the People playing on March 21 and Colorado funk band The Motet putting on a show on March 27. There’s no better way to unwind after a day on the slopes than with some slopeside live music.

Click here to see a full schedule of Spring Gruv events

PMCR Snoasis (March 28-April 5, 2015)

The party doesn’t stop at the end of Canyons Spring Gruv as PCMR follows it up with their own version of a spring festival – Snoasis.

During Snoasis, PCMR will host two free après ski concerts on the PayDay Deck with rock and soul band Son of Ian playing on March 28 and folksy local cover group Motherlode Canyon Band performing on April 4.

The full schedule for Snoasis 2015 is now out with events including a scavenger hunt, carnival, movie night, and more. Make plans to enjoy this mountain party only a few blocks from Park City’s historic Main Street.

As you plan your spring trip to Park City, use Park City Lodging to find a place to stay that fits your needs. We have properties at all three resorts and on Main Street, putting you in the perfect location to enjoy Canyons Spring Gruv and PCMR’s Snoasis. Let us help you plan a great vacation!

Come See the 2015 US Snowboarding and Freeskiing Grand Prix

US Snowboarding and Freeskiing Grand PrixBe here when the best extreme skiers and snowboarders descend on Park City next month for the finale of the 2015 US Snowboarding and Freeskiing Grand Prix.

The Grand Prix tour will stop at Park City Mountain Resort from Feb. 27-March 1 and will feature the top American skiers and snowboarders competing in both the halfpipe and slopesyle disciplines.

Sochi Olympics gold medalists and Park City natives Sage Kotsenburg and Joss Christensen highlight this year’s competition, and past Grand Prix champions include Shaun White, Louie Vito, Gretchen Bleiler and Kelly Clark.

If the chance to see these amazing athletes throw down insane tricks on PCMR’s famed Eagle Superpipe and King’s Crown terrain park isn’t enough, here’s the best part: admission is FREE!

The US Snowboarding and Freeskiing Grand Prix action heats up at night, so hit the slopes yourself during the day at one of Park City’s three great resorts and then head over to PCMR when the lifts close.

Disciplines

Halfpipe: Snowboarders and skiers launch themselves off the sides of a giant man-made halfpipe performing tricks in the air that include flips and as many as four full twists! Competitors are judged on how much air they get, the difficulty of their tricks and their execution.

Slopestyle: Snowboarders and skiers ride down a terrain-park style course that features a number of jumps, rails and other features. Competitors are judged by their air, execution, degree of difficulty and their overall run.

Event Schedule

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27:

  • Snowboarding Slopestyle Finals
  • Freeskiing Slopestyle Finals

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28:

  • Snowboarding Halfpipe Finals

SUNDAY, MARCH 1:

  • Freeskiing Halfpipe Finals

Accommodations

If you’re coming to Park City for the 2015 US Snowboarding and Freeskiing Grand Prix, use Park City Lodging to find the perfect place to stay. We have properties located at Park City Mountain Resort and in the nearby downtown area, as well as at Deer Valley and Canyons which both offer convenient free bus transport to PCMR. Let us help you plan a great vacation!