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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!

ONE Wasatch Concept to Connect Seven Utah Ski Resorts

The catch with skiing is buying a pass. In Utah, it can be a pretty difficult decision with so many world-class resorts acting as neighbors in the Wasatch Mountains. However, a concept spearheaded by local organization Ski Utah is underway to eliminate the most difficult question in skiing—Where should I go?

 

onewasatchONE Wasatch is a concept that brings together seven of Utah’s best resorts, covering over 18,000 skiable acres, with interconnected lifts and runs that can be enjoyed with only one lift ticket. This concept would allow skiers and riders to access 100 lifts and more than 750 runs with a single pass.

 

In a conference held on March 19, representatives from participating resorts Alta, Brighton, Canyons, Deer Valley, Park City Mountain Resort, Snowbird and Solitude gathered at Ski Utah’s headquarters to announce their support of the ONE Wasatch project. Although no plan or development is underway, the concept of ONE Wasatch is getting the discussion started.

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ONE Wasatch has received plentiful support from not only the resorts involved, but also the public, with the greatest concern being Deer Valley and Alta possibly having to remove their ski-only policy. Skiers, while largely in support of the concept, have requested that Deer Valley and Alta do not change their policy and continue to be ski-only resorts.

 

Of course, this is not the only issue ONE Wasatch is facing. Local environmental groups and backcountry enthusiasts have given the concept some backlash, however, nothing as harsh as the campaign against the SkiLink project, which proposed selling public land in order to build an interconnecting lift between Park City resorts. One reason why there has been more support for the ONE Wasatch concept is that the connecting lifts would be built entirely on pre-owned private land, and privately funded by the resorts themselves.

 

ONE Wasatch is adamant about being defined as a concept, one that promotes the vision of a one-of-a-kind mountain experience. A resort connection of this size would be the first and only in the United States, and may even rival similar designs in Europe. The project, while largely aimed at increasing tourism, is also passionate about setting an example for ski destinations worldwide—one that allows for expansive resort connections while preserving water quality and backcountry.

 

When this happens, it will make your timeshare ownership even more valuable to your family. For ski-in-ski-out at Park City Mountain Resort, a Marriott’s MountainSide timeshare resale will get you out the door on on the Pay Day or Crescent Lifts in just seconds. Marriott’s Summit Watch has quick ski hill access via Town Lift, but also boasts a Historic Main Street Location. One of the few locations where you can walk out your door and onto the slopes at Deer Valley Ski Resort is Deer Valley Club. Own four week fractional ownerships at Deer Valley Club. And, finally, Canyons currently offers four timeshare ownership options at the base of the Gondola; Hilton Grand Vacations Club at Sunrise Resort, Grand Summit (13 week quarter-shares!), Westgate Park City Resort & Spa and Miner’s Club. A fifth in the plans to join Canyons in the future will be Wyndham. Buy a timeshare resale at any of these resorts at today’s low prices and be ready to hit the slopes every year!

 

To find out more, visit onewasatch.com or subscribe to our blog for more updates as the ONE Wasatch concept continues.

 

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