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.

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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

Keep the Day Alive with Park City Night Skiing

We’re in the time of the year when the sun goes down a little earlier than most of us would like, but fortunately, Park City night skiing is an option for all who venture to our amazing town. Park City Mountain Resort opened up for night skiing in late December and will be open for the duration of the season. That means you can start on the slopes in the morning and ski until 8 p.m. every night. Don’t miss out on this chance to experience the stars and the slopes with some exhilarating Park City night skiing.

Park City Mountain Resort will have three lifts, three runs, and a terrain park open nightly until the end of ski season. The three lifts that will be operational until 8 p.m. are PayDay, First Time and 3 Kings. This means that Park City night skiers will be able to enjoy three different runs (PayDay, First Time and Turtle Trail), as well as 3 Kings Terrain Park. Whether you want to take an exciting run down one of the three slopes or show off some tricks at the terrain park, Park City Mountain Resort provides that opportunity after the sun goes down.

When you’re finished with your night skiing, you will still be able to grab a bite to eat at one of the fine restaurants in Park City. From sun up to sun down, Park City has all aspects of your vacation covered!

Whether you’re in town to do some Park City night skiing or you prefer to hit the slopes during the day, Park City Lodging has the perfect place for you to stay. With vacation rental properties at Deer Valley Resort, Park City Mountain Resort, and Canyons Resort, we have every corner of the town covered. Our vacation rentals can also host a party of any size, whether you are in Park City for a romantic getaway or for a big group retreat.

Click here to start planning your trip to Park City, Utah, today!

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Our Favorite Trails at Park City Mountain

Park City Mountain Resort is one of the most popular ski and snowboard resorts in the country. As you plan your time on Park City Mountain’s famous slopes, enjoying the fresh air and beautiful scenery dotted with historic mining buildings, check out some of our favorite trails for all ability levels. There’s a run for everyone at Park City Mountain!

Best Green Trails at Park City Mountain

  • Home Run: Named because it stretches 3.5 miles from the top of the Bonanza lift all the way to the base area, Home Run is a perfect way for beginners to get a look at a number of different areas of Park City Mountain
  • Claim Jumper: Serviced by the hi-speed Silverload Six-Pack, turn laps on this groomed cruiser, or if you’d like a longer run, connect with Broadway down to the bottom of the King Con lift.

Best Blue Trails at Park City Mountain

  • King Con Area: An intermediate skier’s paradise, the King Con lift offers 14 different blue and double-blue trails. You could spend the whole day here and not take the same run twice!
  • Single Jack: Cruise down Single Jack, accessed from the Thaynes or Motherload lifts, and get a close-up look at Park City’s mining history.
  • Georgeanna: While your crazier friends tackle McConkey’s Bowl, enjoy Georgeanna and if you’re feeling edgy, ski up to the boundary at the top and stick one foot into Deer Valley! For more of a challenge, finish the run by taking on the steep finish of Tycoon.

Best Black Trails at Park City Mountain

  • Jupiter Lift: There’s always untouched powder to be found off of the Jupiter lift, especially if you’re willing to hike up to Scott’s Bowl or Pinecone Ridge.
  • Fool’s Gold: Fool’s Gold offers some bumps with a pitch that’s perfect for someone starting to get comfortable in the moguls. To find some powder, duck into the trees of Motherlode Meadows to the left of the trail.
  • Blue Slip Bowl: This previously off-limits bowl got its name from the former Park City Mountain employees who were caught ducking the ropes and handed the resort’s version of a pink slip at the bottom. Now open to all, enjoy the trail so good that people were willing to risk their jobs over it.

As you plan your ski or snowboard trip to Park City Mountain, use Park City Lodging to find the perfect place to stay. With accommodations available in the Park City Mountain area, in downtown Park City or at Deer Valley and Canyons resorts, Park City Lodging will find you a spot to fit your needs!