Deer Valley Resort

DEER VALLEY RESORT

When Deer Valley’s former president, Todd Shallan, announced that he was leaving, Alterra Mountain Company tapped Jeremy Levitt as his replacement. While Levitt has given up deep powder skiing in Canada for groomed runs in Utah, he says with two young children, it was important to be close to family.

Before coming to Deer Valley, Levitt served as the president of CHM Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures, also owned by Alterra.  He said his previous work prepared him for his new position. 

 

Ski Utah

For those looking for the best snow to ski and ride - they may want to know about a forecasting service that is very specific to certain terrain. OpenSnow.com fills that need, offering limited free access as well as a subscription service.

Evan Thayner studied meteorology in college – and before he heads up to ski, he spends his mornings studying the weather models, looking at a number of variables like temperature, elevation, and which way a storm is moving into Utah to prepare his forecast for opensnow.com

Deer Valley Blog

With unemployment still high amid the COVID-19 pandemic and resort communities like Park City particularly hard hit, ski areas have seen an increase in job applicants this winter in a traditionally under-employed industry.

Unemployment in Summit County hit an all-time high of over 20 percent at the start of the pandemic, according to data compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That number has rebounded to a current rate of about 5.5%, but is still well over the pre-pandemic average of just 2%.

  There will be a change in leadership at one of Park City’s largest employers. Deer Valley Resort announced they are appointing a new President and Chief Operating Officer. 

The current president and COO, Todd Shallan, released a statement to staff Tuesday that he is changing positions within the company. 

EX Utah Development LLC

It’s been years in the making but today, some 20 years after a small military recreation hotel was torn down to make way for the 2002 Winter Olympics facilities at Snowbasin, a private developer has donated a nearly 5-acre parcel of property in Wasatch County on which he will build a new Military Conference Hotel at the base of Mayflower Mountain Resort. 

Today on the Local News Hour: 

(03:51) -  Summit County Manager Tom Fisher discusses the agenda for Wednesday's county council meeting.

(20:58) - Carol Loomis, founder and board chair of PC Tots and Brandi Rasmussen owner of Creekside Kids Academy talk about opening up childcare programs in the COVID-19 period.

Deer Valley Ski Resort

Ski Utah announced on Wednesday that despite losing the last couple months of winter to COVID-19, the 2019-20 ski season in Utah was still the fourth-best season on record for skier visits.

 

Skiing and snowboarding in Utah came to an abrupt end in mid-March when the first resorts in the state began closing due to COVID-19. Ski Utah CEO Nathan Rafferty says the early closures were devastating for the industry with over $232 million in lost revenue. 

 

Today on the Local News Hour:

(06:06) -  Basin Recreation Trails and Open Space Manager Matt Wagoner has a follow up from last week's trails discussion.

(21:10) - Park City Manager Matt Dias has a preview of the agenda for Thursday's city council meeting.

(37:12) - Deer Valley Marketing Director Coleen Reardon has details about this weekend’s opening of the summer season.

Deer Valley Resort

While Deer Valley Resort will be offering lift-served mountain biking, hiking and outdoor dining this summer, it will be holding off on its multi-million-dollar renovation of Snow Park Lodge. 

The resort has announced staggered openings of the Deer Valley Grocery Café, Royal Street Café and its Main Street Signatures retail shop.

On Friday, June 26th, the resort will open its lifts for mountain bikers and hikers. The lifts will run through Labor Day when the resort will scale back to just weekends through Sept 20th.

Utah Symphony Utah Opera

One of Park City’s most popular summer events has been canceled. Deer Valley announced Tuesday there will be no summer concerts at the Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater for the 2020 Summer Season. The cancellation is due to concerns about COVID-19 and how large public gatherings could spread the disease.

Deer Valley President and COO Todd Shallan said it was a difficult decision, but “pausing these events this year is in the best interest of the health and safety of our community, our guests and our staff members.”

Deer Valley Resort

As the mountain resort industry remains at a standstill due to COVID-19, Alterra Mountain Company – the owner of Deer Valley Resort - has made adjustments to maintain its financial viability, resulting in the furlough of nearly 300 employees.

In a recent internal memo to all Alterra staff, CEO Rusty Gregory wrote that while the company is well capitalized and maintains a very high level of liquidity to help get through difficult times, this situation is unprecedented.

 

Around 1,300 international students come to Park City for the winter season, to work at the resorts or in other seasonal jobs throughout the community. 

In a normal year, when the ski season lasts until early April, international student workers in Park City on a J-1 visa would typically work until March 16 or 17, says Pete Stoughton, director of programming at the Christian Center of Park City. After that, they might travel the country for a month, visiting national parks or other cultural sites, before heading back to their home countries.

Deer Valley

Deer Valley Resort announced their biggest capital investment in over two decades on Tuesday morning. The resort’s parent company Alterra Mountain has $14 million in improvements planned for the 2020/2021 season.


Deer Valley Resort

Even with six sold out days so far this season, Deer Valley Resort has only had to use its overflow parking on four of those days - thanks in part to their employees’ efforts to carpool or ride the bus.

Deer Valley Resort is limited to about 12 days of overflow parking each season – when cars are allowed to park on Deer Valley Drive. While the resort had hoped to increase its allotment, the city council wouldn’t budge from what was agreed to - citing complaints from residents in the area.

KPCW Radio

Citing local event fatigue, no street concert will be held as part of this year’s FIS Freestyle World Cup.

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