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Park City Mountain Resort Opens For Season

Park City Mountain Resort

Park City Mountain Resort is open for the season as of today. Skiers can look forward to two renovated restaurants alongside early season skiing.

Park City Mountain COO Bill Rock considers the late November opening of the resort a success.

“It’s a pretty big opening actually considering the time of the year that we’re in. Like I said, the snow service is really going to be great. We’ve had good snow making temperatures, we’ll be able to make good, big wide trails. Good way to kick off the year.”

The resort is focusing on making connections to lifts so as storms continue to roll in they’ll be ready to roll.

“The goal is to get great skiing as soon as possible and then obviously make connections to key lifts. Especially in anticipation of big snow storms, if we can get snow made to the bottom of some of the lifts, we can get lift going when we get a nice storm. Some of our snowmaking improvements this year especially Red Pine road really helps us expand our offering early with snowmaking.”

Rock says the resort has done renovations to Cloud Dine restaurant.

“Cloud Dine restaurant on the Canyons side, top of Dream Catcher there is one the most popular restaurants on the mountain and we added 200 seats. So, there’s more capacity, certainly it’s a busy place. People love it there, the food’s fantastic but the views amazing and this new addition certainly unlocks another view from the top of that ridge.”

Mid Mountain lodge was re-painted white, it also had some additional renovations inside.

“Totally renovated inside and a full-service bar added to it. So that age-old question of hey can I get a glass of wine up on the mountain. The answer now is yes you can and it’s at Mid-Mountain. It’s a full 21-and-over bar license, it’s in the room when you walk in if you go immediately to the right there’s a room and so we’ve been able to get that licensed. It actually has a section out on the deck too where we’ve got new firepits and built-ins it’s going to be a great outdoor space. People are going to love being there. The indoor renovation is fantastic as well.”

Rock says they’ll continue to implement the parking changes they tried last year.

“Parking on the Park City base worked really well last year, in fact our guest feedback was really good. We ran parking like you run a sporting event or a concert where we had third parties who kind of specialize in parking management work for us. They did a fantastic job so yeah, we’re going to continue that again.”

As we’ve reported the Park City Professional Ski Patrol Association has been re-working their contract with Park City Mountain Resort. The contract has expired but both parties feel that negations are moving along smoothly.

“I think the way they characterized it is right, we’re bargaining in good faith and hoping to make process. Patrol is an incredibly important part of the mountain and we have just an incredible crew with great experience who have come back year over year. So, I think we share similar goals around retention and we’ve seen great improvements of retention of those kinds of employees. One of the great things that I’ve witnessed for folks who want to have careers is juts the progression we’ve been able to offer for folks to move on and have just these tremendous careers. I think the season’s ahead of us and everyone’s looking forward to it and we look forward to working with all of our employees and patrol as we serve our guests.”

he also noted that Vail has extended the sale of their Epic Pass until December 2nd.

KPCW reporter David Boyle covers all things in the Heber Valley as well as sports and breaking news.
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