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.

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.

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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.

Book a VRBO at the Canyons & enjoy the summer concert series that takes place each year

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!

A Guide to Park City Snowboarding

Whether you’re a veteran rider chasing thrills or a newbie looking to hop on a board for the first time, Park City snowboarding has something to fit every interest. With two great resorts located only a few miles apart, there is no better place to come for your snowboarding vacation than Park City, Utah.

Park City Snowboarding Resorts

Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort offer snowboarders more than 7,000 acres of powder-covered terrain (note: snowboarding is not permitted at Deer Valley Resort).

Both Park City and Canyons have all of the features that snowboarders are looking for, but each offers its own unique experience. PCMR is the home to terrain parks and a halfpipe known around the world, while Canyons is a great place to escape the lines on a powder day. When you come to town for some Park City snowboarding, try them both – you won’t be disappointed!

Park City Halfpipe and Terrain Parks

Snowboarders flock to Park City Mountain Resort to ride its famous halfpipe and terrain parks, both rated as the best in the country by TransWorld SNOWboarding.

The Eagle Super Pipe was the venue for the first-ever Olympic halfpipe competition in 2002 and continues to host major competitions today, including the Freestyle World Championships every February. With a pair of monstrous 22-foot walls, the Eagle Super Pipe is a mecca of Park City snowboarding.

In addition to the halfpipe, PCMR boasts a pair of terrain parks designed to fit the needs of snowboarders of all ability levels. The Three Kings Terrain Park is a slopestyle course that features three major jumps ranging from 25 feet to an epic 45 feet, as well as more than 20 different jibs, offering intermediate to expert riders the chance to show off their tricks. The Ridge Terrain Park offers medium-sized boxes and rails, giving beginners a chance to get their first park experiences in a laid-back environment.

Park City Snowboarding Lessons

Both Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort offer lessons for riders of all ages and ability levels. If it’s your first time on a snowboard, take one of the beginner lessons at either resort to learn the basic skills of snowboarding.

If you’re an advanced rider looking to get acquainted with terrain parks or learn some new tricks, try Park City’s half-day Snowboard Workshops that will teach you how to ride the pipe, pump a transition or get air off of a kicker. You’ll be showing off for your friends in no time!

Epic Pass

If your Park City snowboarding trip is going to include at least six days on the mountain, look into the Epic Season Pass, which includes unlimited riding all season at Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort, as well as a number of other well-known resorts in the West.

The Epic Pass pays for itself in just over five days – perfect for those week-long vacations! Get your Epic Pass and head straight to the mountain every day for some Park City snowboarding – no more waiting in lift ticket lines!

As you plan your Park City snowboarding trip, use Park City Lodging to find the perfect place to stay near Park City Mountain Resort, Canyons Resort or in downtown Park City! Let us help you plan your perfect vacation!