About a week ago, the Park City Board of Realtors invited all three Park City resorts, along with Mountain Trails Foundation and Ski Utah to provide updates on the latest news with each resort.
Here are some highlights:
They have improved their snow making capabilities and based on my experience skiing there opening weekend, it really shows! Passes are now automatically scanned from the lifts which speeds along the lift lines.
As everyone knows, Vail Resorts is now running Canyons. A season pass, known as the Epic Pass, is good at Vail’s other resorts, including Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Vail and Beaver Creek (with some holiday restrictions).
Another fun addition is the “Epic Mix”. On mountain photographers scan your season pass and immediately post your photos on the Epic Mix website. From the website, you can share photos for free or purchase them. The Epic Mix website also keeps track of where you have been on the mountain, vertical feet, etc..
Park City Mountain is celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. They have a host of parties and events planned throughout the year.
Park City Mountain updated their app, available on itunes and google play. The update focuses on easier user interface. The app has real-time mountain information, including snow conditions, lift, run and bowl statuses. There is also a “MyMountainPlanner” component which helps you decide where to ski and ride depending on your skill level and type of desired terrain. The Run tracker keeps track of your runs and you can post and hare photos via Facebook and soon Twitter.
Deer Valley opened a new green run on the Jordanelle side of Little Baldy Mountain, making this side of the mountain more “family friendly”. They have also increased their snow making capabilities.
Did you know that Deer Valley Resort has started making their own artisan cheeses out of Silver Lake Lodge? There are five to choose from: Blue Bell, Moon Shadow, Meadowlark, The Provence Kid, and Triple Truffle. All are available for purchase from the Deer Valley Grocery Cafe.
Mountain Trails Foundation grooms approximately 25 km of trails at Round Valley for Nordic skiing. As of right now, they suggest hitting the trails prior to 10am for best conditions.
Reservations are up 21% so far this season. The Utah Department of Tourism has allocated $15 million to promote Utah’s ski industry. The Ski Utah website has information about all of Utah’s resorts in one place.