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.

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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.

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.

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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: www.parkcitylodging.com.

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Canyons Summer Concert Series Provides Great Entertainment

Park City offers many fun things to do this summer and one of the best ways to enjoy the summer weather is by catching one of the many concerts at the Canyons Summer Concert Series. The Canyons Summer Concert Series provides lively entertainment and is an awesome way to enjoy Park City in the summertime! Head on out to the Canyons Resort to enjoy some excellent music!

Located on the hill above the ski beach at Canyons Resort, this free concert series is a fantastic way to enjoy world-class bands in the evenings. Canyons Resort is one of the premier destinations in the country and is perfect for this concert series. Every Saturday evening from July 14 to September 1, enjoy live music at Canyons Resort.

On July 3, come see the Soulistics perform at Canyons Resort. From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Salt Lake City’s finest soul band will perform classics from artists like James Brown, Earth Wind & Fire, Aretha Franklin, Joss Stone and many more. There is a fierce band section combined with powerful vocals which makes this a performance you don’t want to miss.

Make sure to be at Canyons Resort on July 11 for one of the best concerts of the summer. The Blind Boys of Alabama, one of the top gospel bands in the world, will play Canyons Resort from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Honored by the National Academy for Recording Arts and Sciences, the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, the National Endowment for the Arts and much more, the Blind Boys of Alabama are world renowned and will be bringing their talents to Park City. They have won five Grammy Awards and have played with artists like Eric Clapton, Prince and Tom Waits.

On July 25, Feufollet will play Park City at Canyons Resort from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Hailing from southwest Louisiana, Feufollet is a leading Cajun, honky tonk, and string band that brings a fresh but familiar sound to their performances. This will be one unique performance that will make your summer complete and will make you stand up and dance.

One of the top performances of the summer will surely be on August 1, when 10,000 Maniacs will play Park City at Canyons Resort. Rocking the world for nearly three decades, 10,000 Maniacs was a forerunner in indie music and defined a generation of college rock. 10,000 Maniacs was one of the leading bands in the 1980’s and 1990’s and has consistently toured and put out albums for the last several years.

There are several bands that will be playing Park City this summer and make sure to check out some of the great performances at the Canyons Summer Concert Series. The concert series provides unique entertainment and is a wonderful way to enjoy your time even more in Park City. While looking to plan your vacation this summer, let Park City Lodging help you find the perfect place to stay while in Park City, so you can head out and enjoy these concerts!

Canyons Spring Gruv and PCMR Snoasis are Must Sees

The 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!