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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!

Park City Counts Down to Ski Season

skiier glassesForget counting down to Christmas, Park City is counting down the days until the resorts open and the ski season begins. Epic ski pass holders are excited to switch between Canyons Resort and Park City Mountain Resort, thanks to Vail Resorts’ newest acquisition. Deer Valley is preparing its ski slopes, and across the mountain Brighton, Snowbird, and Alta are already starting to get some snow.

Opening Thanksgiving weekend, the Utah ski resorts are preparing for impact. Once the clock strikes December, the mountains are non-stop packed with locals and tourists alike thirsty for that beautiful Utah snow.

Although snow has been more sparse than normal the last few years, weather experts expect this season to be long and powder filled, partially due to the wet summer Utah experienced thanks to the storm system El Nino.

Utah has a history of breaking snow records. Even though last year was considered “dry” there was still a two-day snowstorm that began one Friday night and didn’t stop until Sunday afternoon, leaving over a foot of fresh powder for lucky skiers and snowboarders.

While two days is nothing compared to the six-day blizzard that dumped over three feet of snow in the valley in 1993, it still stands as a testament to Utah’s prevailing winter conditions. Dry air at over 10,000 feet makes for perfect powder all season long.

skiierAccording to the Farmer’s Almanac, above normal snowfall is expected throughout the United States. Snow is inevitable, but particularly in the West with “winter downpours” all season. With this snowfall, however, also comes the cold. Last year was one of the coldest winters recorded in history across the United States. The chill isn’t expected to get much better, so it’s important for mountain-goers to bundle up.

If Utah’s first storm of the year, which dropped 6-12 inches during the first week of November, is any indication, it will be a good year to get on the mountain.

One of the benefits about skiing and snowboarding in Utah is the number of opportunities to experience different mountains and resorts. With the shear proximity of many of Utah’s world-renown ski resorts, it’s easy to mountain hop with day passes. But Park City is making it even easier to experience multiple resorts with the Epic Pass.

Yes, the aptly named Epic Pass allows holders to seamlessly hop between two major Park City ski resorts: Canyons and Park City Mountain Resort. But it also allows users to visit a number of Vail Resorts’ mountains in Colorado, making it truly the best deal in the West.

This is the first year that Utah will have the Epic Pass, and the turn out is expected to be very high between locals and tourists alike. It’s a lot for a small ski town like Park City to manage, so it will be interesting to see how the Epic Pass affects tourism in the area.

ski runIt would be a true shame to miss out on this year’s skiing and snowboarding opportunities in Utah. World-class resorts combined with world-class snow makes Park City the premier destination for snow-philes this season. With the expected growth of Park City, now is truly the time to own property in the area. As the resorts continue to grow and improve, your property’s value will only increase.

Property in Park City, though, can be expensive; quickly running into the millions for even a small condo. And for those who don’t plan on living in Park City year-round, that can be an impossible price tag. But luckily, there is a way to buy seasonal property in Park City for a fraction of the price.

Timeshares are a great option for snow-lovers who want the comfort of a condo without the responsibility of up-keep and the absurd price tag. It’s easy to spend a week or two with family and friends when you buy a Park City timeshare. Plus, this small ski town has some of the best timeshare resorts in the country. Westgate Park City Resort & Spa, Marriott’s MountainSide, Marriott’s Summit Watch, and many more top shelf timeshare resorts are at your fingertips when you buy a Park City timeshare.

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