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Deer Valley Buys Solitude: Utah Mountains Change Again

skiers manyIn October, Deer Valley announced their acquisition of Solitude Ski Resort. The actual terms of the purchase have not yet been released, but the implications are notable, especially considering the new partnership between Canyons Resort and Park City Mountain Resort (PCMR).

We talked a while back about the ONE Wasatch proposal re-presented this year by Ski Utah. Although the idea got mixed reviews, as the Utah ski resorts become more interconnected, one has to wonder if ONE Wasatch is bound to happen. The idea suggested that seven of Utah’s premier ski resorts combine their services using a series of lifts that would allow skiers to move through the mountains from one resort to the next.

The first step in creating ONE Wasatch is in action, as Vail Resorts works to combine Canyons and PCMR. Some argue that Deer Valley’s purchase of Solitude is step two, however, Deer Valley was never originally in the seven-resort plan and the connecting lift between the two canyons involved PCMR and Brighton. That said, Deer Valley has expressed their support for the ONE Wasatch proposal.

skier girlUltimately, there are a lot of differences between the two acquisitions this year. Deer Valley announced that the parks will remain separate for the time being, and that Solitude will still allow snowboarders while Deer Valley will remain a ski-only resort. On the other hand, Canyons and PCMR have already started connecting the two and announced a $50 million improvement plan to be completed by next season.

Deer Valley’s purchase came as a surprise to some since Solitude and Brighton Ski Resort had discussed a purchase over the last several months. After the deal fell through, Solitude partnered with Deer Valley. When commenting on the purchase, General Manager of Deer Valley Bob Wheaton, said that Solitude will continue to work with their neighbors at Brighton, including keeping the current lift connection open, and the possibility of combining the resorts in the future is not off the table.

The transfer of Solitude to Deer Valley will begin at the end of the 2014-2015 ski season, so no real changes will be seen until next year. But Deer Valley plans to exchange employees between the two resorts as a training process, allowing Deer Valley to learn all they can from Solitude’s day-to-day operations, and vice versa. The only real visible difference this year is that season pass holders will get four day-tickets to the other resort.

The outlook for the two resorts is exciting, as is the future for Utah skiing in general. This year has been instrumental in the future of Utah’s mountains and the results have been overwhelmingly positive and almost always in the skier and traveler’s favor.

ski liftAs the Utah mountains continue to be developed and the resorts improve their amenities, the already strong tourism industry in Utah will grow. The timeshare industry is no exception and will grow as the resorts do. We talk a lot about the right time to buy a timeshare, and when it comes to Park City timeshares, the time is now.

Timeshares are an investment, so whether you’re looking to sell a Park City timeshare or buy a timeshare resale, timing is going to play in big factor in the value of your investment. If you have questions about Park City timeshares, contact a Premier Timeshare Resale agent today!

PCMR Announces $50 Million Improvement Project

Image curtesy of www.parkcitymountain.com

Image curtesy of www.parkcitymountain.com

Park City Mountain Resort (PCMR), Vail Resorts’ newly acquired property, made a big announcement yesterday that will change the future of skiing and snowboarding forever.

Throughout the summer, we’ve followed the lawsuit between PCMR’s previous owner Powdr Corp. and Vail Resorts. In September, the courts finally ruled and Vail ended up buying PCMR outright for a cool $182.5 million.

Anyone uneasy about the purchase was put at ease yesterday when PCMR announced the largest resort improvement project in the history of American skiing. We mentioned the possibilities of connecting PCMR with Canyons Resort, which is another Vail-owned property, but no one expected this.

Park City Mountain ResortVail Resorts is spending more than $50 million to combine the two resorts…wait for it…Next year! This project will create the largest ski resort in the United States, with a total of 7,300 acres of skiable terrain.

The plan? The Interconnect Gondola will be built to connect the two resorts. This eight-passenger, high-speed gondola will run from the base of Silverlode Lift at PCMR to Canyons’ Flatiron Lift. This single super gondola will turn Canyons and PCMR into the largest ski resort in the country and allow riders to seamlessly ski between resorts with no more than a nine-minute gondola ride.

Other projects included in the $50 million overhaul are upgrades to existing lifts, a new 500-seat restaurant, improvements and extra seating to current restaurants, additional snowmaking, and other maintenance projects around the mountain.

The most mind-blowing fact released by Vail Resorts and PCMR yesterday is that they expect to complete most of these projects by next season. It goes to show that Vail isn’t wasting anytime when it comes to their resorts.

skiierAlthough some skiers are hesitant about the project, worrying about the actual travel time between resorts and the environmental repercussions of crossing so much land, PCMR and most skiers seem optimistic about the connection and the opportunities it brings for year-round mountain fun.

Now what does all of this mean for timeshares? The answer is simple. The value of the resorts around PCMR and Canyons, whether they are ski resorts or not, will inevitably rise. Being within minutes from the largest ski resort in the country is an undeniable asset, and that’s what every resort in Park City just became.

Lucky for you, Premier Timeshare Resale is based in Park City and knows the ins and outs of Park City timeshares like the back of our hand. We are excited to be the premier timeshare resaler in the area, able to adequately represent all of the amazing resorts that call Park City home.

SkisThere are a number of Park City timeshares worth checking out, but if you’re looking to buy a Park City timeshare, consider Marriott’s MountainSide. This rustic resort sits at the base of PCMR and is the ideal ski-in, ski-out location. Plus, two of the new restaurant projects announced by Vail yesterday are just outside of Marriott’s MountainSide’s doors.

Some other notable Park City timeshares for sale can be found at Westgate Park City Resort & Spa and Marriott’s Summit Watch. We have a number of timeshare deals on all Park City timeshares, making now the time to invest in a timeshare before their value skyrockets.

Give yourself a gift that keeps on giving this winter and buy a Park City timeshare.

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