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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.

5 Must Try Summer Family Activities in Park City

There are two main factors in planning the perfect family vacation: making sure everyone has fun and experiencing something new. Luckily, Park City has hundreds of family friendly activities ranging from outdoor extremes to relaxing cultural events. To make planning your trip easier we put together our 5 must try summer family activities in Park City.

Comet Bobsled Ride at Utah Olympic Park

Relive the 2002 Winter Olympics by riding a modified bobsled that rolls on the track’s concrete surface. Join a professional pilot and race speeds up to 60 mph, all in less than a minute. The bobsled track was used for bobsled, skeleton, and luge events during the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Games. Riders must be 13 years of age or older and at least 100 lbs to ride. Are you ready for your Olympic minute?

Alpine Slide at Park City Mountain Resort

Park City Mountain is home to one of the longest slides in the world. With over 3,000 feet of luge-like track, race friends and family as you glide side by side. With four tracks to choose from you can slide all day long. It’s like your favorite roller coaster but with beautiful mountain scenery. Visitors must be 48” or taller to slide by themselves.

Zip Tour at Park City Mountain’s Canyon Village

Canyon Village offers guests the chance to soar high above valley floors and tree tops. The Red Pine Zip Line is an 800 foot long ride through trees near Red Pine Lodge. The Lookout Zip Line races 2,111 feet from Lookout Peak to Red Pine Lodge. Guided tours typically run for 1 hour to 1.5 hours. Zip tour riders must be 7 years or older and minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian. Tours run daily from June 18th to September 7th 2015.

Park Silly Market on Main Street

The Park Silly Market is an ecofriendly open air market located on Park City’s Historic Main Street. Held every Sunday from June through September, Park City’s Main Street fills with entertainment, produce and local artists. There’s something new every week, with different vendors, live music, and performance art. Other activities include a farmer’s market and gourmet food. For visitors who love to shop, please plan ahead and bring cash as not all vendors accept credit cards. Dogs are allowed but must remain on a leash at all times.

Grand Valley Bank Community Concert Series at Deer Valley Resort

Presented by Mountain Town Music every Wednesday night from June 17 to August 26, Utah’s best local music acts play a FREE show from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Deer Valley Resort’s Snowpark Amphitheater. This year the Grand Valley Bank Community Concert Series is highlighting the Strange Band, The Changing Lanes Experience, Slickrock Gypsies and Motherlode Canyon Band. The shows perform rain or shine and guests are welcome to bring picnics, blankets and low-rise chairs less than nine inches high. Animals are not permitted at concerts. Additional information can be found at mountaintownmusic.org.

There are so many activities to do here in the summer, so bring your family for a few days and enjoy a roomy vacation rental with Park City Lodging. Let us help you find the dream rental for your stay!

7 Things to do this Summer in Park City – Park City Lodging

Think Park City is just a winter destination? Park City has plenty of fun things for everyone and the family during the summer. From museums to art galleries to a wide array of outdoor activities, Park City has everything you could want for a summer destination. Our concierge will be happy to make recommendations for fun activities and book reservations on your behalf.

  1. Outdoors
    There are plenty of great things to do outside in Park City from fly-fishing to hiking to river rafting and golf. Enjoy a trip on the Alpine Coaster at Park City Mountain Resort for a roller coaster type thrill down the mountainside. Take a mountain bike ride or spend a day golfing at the superb Park City Golf Club. Rockport State Park is just 20 minutes east of Park City and offers picnicking and fishing at this scenic mountain lake. There are numerous outdoor activities for all ages.
  2. Spas
    Unwind and relax at one of the many day spas in Park City. There are numerous world-class day spas that offer massages and treatments. Make your vacation more relaxing by stopping at one of the health clubs or spas in town. Don’t forget to stop at one of the several yoga studios in Park City.
  3. Museums
    Experience the wonderful history of Park City at one of the many National Register of Historic Places in the area. Learn more about the mining and ski history that makes up the tapestry of Park City at the Park City Museum. The Olympic Welcome Plaza celebrates the city’s role in the 2002 Olympic Games and offers a rare glimpse at the historic winter games held in Utah. The Alf Engen Ski Museum has highlights from the city’s winter sports history. Want a taste of Wild West history? Then stop in the Summit County Courthouse Museum.
  4. Art Galleries
    Stop in for a theater production or spend a day at the art galleries in Park City. There are plenty of stops to make to enjoy the unique art of the state and region. On the last Friday of the month, enjoy the Park City Gallery Stroll which gives visitors and locals the opportunity to explore the art galleries from 6-9 p.m. which highlights artists, art galleries and special events.
  5. Shopping
    In the mood for shopping while on vacation? There are plenty of spots to shop in Park City from unique books stores and collectibles to Western artifacts. Enjoy local spots downtown or head to the Tanger Outlet Center. There are also several resort shopping centers such as the Silver Lake Village at Deer Valley Resort and the Resort Center at Park City.
  6. Restaurants
    With over 100 restaurants in Park City, there are plenty of options for everyone. From local fare to international cuisine, there are many different selections that are in walking distance or can be accessed on the free city-wide transportation. Don’t forget to stop at one of the local bars for a drink.
  7. Historic Main Street
    When in Park City, you have to be sure to spend time on Historic Main Street. The home of the Sundance Film Festival, Main Street houses fine dining, art galleries, Park City Food & Wine Classic and ghost tours. There are plenty of great things to enjoy on Main Street.

When looking at the finest things to do in Park City in the summer, be sure to book your vacation rental with Park City Lodging!

Book a vacation rental in Park City and get to know the local avalanche dogs

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

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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!