SALT LAKE CITY (May 21, 2019) – Utah ski resorts saw their best season ever in terms of skier days in 2018-19 with a total of 5,125,441 visits. The state also saw one of its best snow years on record, with every ski resort recording above normal amounts of The Greatest Snow on Earth.
“It was a great season to ski and ride in Utah, and our visitor numbers reflect that,” said Ski Utah President & CEO Nathan Rafferty. “Snow is a big business driver and snowfall numbers across the state were some of the best we’ve seen in recent years. Our resorts invested in programming and capital improvements to elevate experiences on and off the mountain. We also gained new visitors through expanded season pass options. This record season speaks to the strength of Utah’s ski industry and its role in winter tourism for our state.”
Utah’s skier days for 2018-19 were 12% higher than the state’s previous record of 4.58 million in 2016-17 and up 24% from the 2017-18 season. The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) released preliminary numbers at the end of April putting the 2018-19 season as the fourth best ever on record with over 59 million skier visits nationally. All regions saw an increase in visitation, with the Rocky Mountain region setting a record of 24 million visitors.
Locals and visitors alike undoubtedly took advantage of the copious amounts of snowfall that fell throughout the season, allowing resorts to open plenty of terrain and maintain top-tier conditions. From November 15 to April 15, at least one Utah resort saw measurable snowfall on 111 days.
“One of the key factors that made this season so memorable was the consistency of snowfall,” said Evan Thayer, local forecaster for Open Snow. “Since the resorts opened, we went no more than seven days without snowfall. We also avoided long stretches of high pressure and warm temperatures, which meant that the snow quality remained high for the duration of the season.”
Utah’s ski industry is a major contributor to the state’s economy. The 2017-18 season was the state’s second best season from an economic standpoint with $1.322 billion in total visitor spending. Out-of-state skier and snowboarder spending ($1.068 billion) resulted in the creation of more than 21,000 total jobs and $226.4 million in state and local tax revenue. Updated economic impact numbers for the 2018-19 season will be available later this summer.
Total Utah statewide skier days for the past 10 years are as follows:
*The National Ski Areas Association defines ‘skier days’ as one person visiting a ski area for all or any part of a day or night for the purpose of skiing/snowboarding.
Large new facility will open in June
It’s incredibly sobering to know that one in three Utah women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. Park City’s Peace House started as solely an emergency shelter and has grown and evolved into both a shelter and an important resource for education, prevention and a continuum of care for those affected by domestic violence. Park City Lodging’s homeowners have generously donated to Peace House through our annual Gift of Giving program, and we’re very pleased to congratulate Peace House on their new Community Campus.
Scheduled to be completed and ready for occupancy in June, 2019, the Peace House Community Campus is a secure facility equipped to provide an array of services and resources to help meet the needs of domestic violence survivors. The present facility, a house in an undisclosed location, is state-licensed with trained staff on site, year-round, 24 hours a day. While it primarily serves Summit and Wasatch Counties, it works closely with agencies around the state and country to help in situations when they don’t have space in their shelters, or there’s a compelling need to shelter a victim outside of their service areas. The facility has a relatively small number of rooms, and shelter residents must share restrooms, the kitchen, a small living room and a fenced yard. The living room doubles as a counseling and therapy room, and the office has a sofa that also offers accommodations for overnight staff. Administrative offices are off site, in the Prospector neighborhood.
The Community Campus, located in Quinn’s Junction, near People’s Health Clinic and the US Ski Team Center of Excellence, addresses the obvious need for more space, and goes beyond. Its carefully designed layout includes a reception area, meeting and waiting rooms, a community and teaching kitchen, private pods for therapy and case management, a secure parking area and a large, secure courtyard. Eight emergency shelter units have private baths and flexible bedding to comfortably accommodate families. There’s a large and homey common area and kitchen, and there’s a comfortable office and break room suite for staff.
One of the most important features of the new campus are the twelve transitional housing suites. Anyone living in Park City for any length of time knows that affordable housing can be very hard to come by for many, and especially so for those putting together new lives in the wake of domestic violence. The transitional housing suites give residents an extended period of time to stabilize and make plans for themselves and their families. On-site day care is another key component at the new campus.
Peace House is supported by grants and donations and has several fundraising events each year. To find out more and to get involved go to Peace House.
Blowing out the 2018-2019 season with exciting events and Dynamite Deals
The snow is piled up, the days are getting longer, it’s time again for Spring Grüv, Park City Mountain’s 12th annual end-of-season celebration. Park City Mountain will host live music, some huge, free concerts in both Canyons Village and Park City Mountain Village, s’mores, avalanche dogs meet & greet and other fun entertainment every day March 23 – April 7.
The event kicks off on March 23rd with Pink Park City, family-friendly ski day and fundraiser for cancer research. In its second year, Park City Mountain will be covered in pink – pink parties, pink decorations, and hundreds of pink skiers. Pink Park City was started in 2018 and is supporting research for all types of cancer by raising money for Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah.
There are lots of ways to participate, and some fun incentives. Participants can sign up as an individual, or get together and enter as a team. There’s a costume contest, a Chippo contest presented by University of Utah (Chippo is a mash-up of golf and corn hole), and a Checkpoint Challenge – visit different locations to participate in deck parties, giveaways, and activities. There’s also an intriguing diamond drawing sponsored by Diamonds Direct. You don’t need to ski to participate; your registration fee covers all the fun activities at the base.
The day culminates with the Rally for Hope Parade, where participants ski as a group to the base for awards, prizes and a concert by Jamie Drake at Canyons Village. For more information and to register go to Pink Park City
A good plan for each day would be to hit the slopes in the morning and wrap up your day in the afternoon with Après Live Music – different artists every day at PayDay Deck and Umbrella Bar. On several days you can play Megamind PubQuiz Power Hour Trivia, meet amazing Avalanche dogs and enjoy free S’mores. There are Spring Concert Series and Spring Grüv shows featuring a wide variety of music, perfect for kicking back and/or kicking up your heels.
Spring Grüv and the 2018-2019 season wrap up on April 6 and 7 with the 23rd Annual Pond Skimming Contest on April 6. Pond skimming is one of those wild local traditions that have gained nearly legendary status. Contestants must dress in costume – the more “memorable” the better – as they attempt to cross a 100-foot pond on skis or a snowboard without sinking into the freezing water. The pond is at mid-mountain, just outside Red Pine Lodge so spectators and participants will need a lift or gondola ticket.
Dance it out on April 7, scheduled to be the last day of the season. Park City Mountain is going big; the afternoon is packed with music at both the Canyons Village and PayDay Pad stages.
To help you take advantage of the Spring Grüv revelry, Park City Lodging is offering Dynamite Deals: Incredible rates on lodging and terrific free inclusions:
Go to Park City Lodging to check out sensational spring rates. Enter code DYNAMITEDEALS when booking; availability is limited. *Valid for new reservations for stays March 23 – April 7, 2019 when booked after February 27, 2019. Package spend is based on nightly rate not including taxes or fees. Cannot be combined with any other special offers. Minimum stay and other conditions may apply. Direct bookings only.
Salt Lake City, Utah – November 2018 – Each year Utah Business hosts the Green Business Awards to recognize “Champions who promote and communicate sustainable practices in their businesses and communities.” Park City Lodging, Inc., Park City’s premier provider of vacation rental and home management services, was honored at the awards gala with the Green Leadership Award. “We are honored and humbled,” said Rhonda Sideris, the Founder and President of Park City Lodging, “It truly is a team effort of my staff to help protect the places we play.”
Park City Lodging is deeply dedicated to sustainability practices in many aspects of its operations, from their green office building, to eco-friendly cleaning products used by their housekeeping, to recycling guests’ used soap amenities through a global program which works to give these products a second life and save them from landfills.
To find out more about Park City Lodging’s commitment to the environment, visit: www.parkcitylodging.com/about-us/social-responsibility
Park City Lodging, a premier provider of vacation rental and home management services, is excited to announce its newest property Motherlode 3 for nightly rental.
About the Property: Motherlode 3 is located on Park Avenue, one block from Main Street and two short blocks from the Town Lift plaza. Perfectly located in the heart of Historic Old Town Park City, this property is perfect for those that want to be near the Old Town action of restaurants, galleries, shops, and bars with convenient access to skiing at Park City Mountain Resort. Only a block from the free city-wide shuttle, it’s easy to get to Deer Valley Resort, Canyons Village at Park City Mountain Resort, or other Park City area destinations from this location.
This 3 bedroom, 3 bath duplex is incredibly spacious and features a Victorian exterior complete with stained-glass windows. The bed configuration is king, twin twin, and queen plus twin bunk.
As you enter this property from street level, the first bedroom is located on this level. This bedroom has a queen bed, with a twin bunk over it, and a flat screen television. This bedroom also has ensuite bathroom with a bathtub and shower.
Just up the stairs, is access to the garage and a large living room with lots of natural light. The living room has a large gas fireplace encased in river stone. Perfect to warm up after a day on the slopes. Located just above the living room is the kitchen and a half bath. The newly painted kitchen has dark granite countertops and a gas range. The open kitchen looks into the living room, perfect for maximizing time with family and friends.
On the third level, you will find the two other bedrooms including the master. The master bedroom at Motherlode 3 has a king sized bed, plenty of closet space, and an ensuite bathroom complete with a shower and bathtub. The second guest room has two twin beds and an ensuite bathroom with a standalone shower.
This property really is the MOTHERLODE of Park City.
Our Opinion: Located in the center of Old Town, this is the perfect townhome for those looking for convenience. Located just two short blocks to Town Lift, Motherlode 3 is close to the skiing and close the action. It is the perfect place to gather with friends or family.
Our Advice: With a location this unbeatable, is sure to be an attractive property for Sundancers, skiers, and Park City enthusiasts alike. Make sure to book your Park City getaway in Motherlode 3 today.
Call 435-649-6175 or book online today!
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