Park City resorts just keep getting better.

By Annette Velarde

Park City’s three world-renowned ski resorts are each making notable improvements to their facilities, events and customer offerings this year. What we thought couldn’t get
any better has!
Park City Mountain Resort (PCMR) is celebrating its 50th anniversary this winter. They will have celebrations all season long with giveaways, celebration pricing on many activities, and special appearances by special guests. Partnering with a local brewery, PCMR will raise a glass with their own signature 50th Anniversary Ale.

The not-to-be-missed event at PCMR this season is the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix in January 2014. Freeskiing is comprised of two disciplines: slopestyle & halfpipe, with athletes competing in one or the other. It is making its Olympic debut at Sochi. The top of PCMR’s slopestyle course will closely mimic the Olympic course in Russia.The Grand Prix that PCMR is hosting will be the final opportunity for athletes from around the globe, including Team USA, to qualify for their nations’ respective teams. Immediately after the competition wraps, Park City Mountain Resort will host the naming ceremony for the premier U.S. Olympic Freeskiing Team.

This year Park City Mountain Resort joins Deer Valley, Alta and Snowbird in offering reciprocal days at each resort to qualifying season pass holders. “Park City Mountain Resort is always looking to maximize the value its pass holders and guests enjoy. That began a few years ago with their ‘My Pass. My Way’ program and takes another step this season with this amazing benefit at three other world class resorts” said Andy Miller, Communications Manager for PCMR.

Some of the special events at Deer Valley Resort this winter are their annual Torchlight Parade on December 30, 2013 at dusk and the 2014 FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup held Wednesday through Saturday, January 8 – 11, 2014. Competitors from around the world will challenge each other and themselves on Deer Valley’s 2002 Olympic runs. The event kicks off Wednesday evening with a free live performance on lower Historic Main Street. The competition begins with the first Mogul competition on Deer Valley’s Champion ski run Thursday evening, January 9, with Finals beginning at 7 p.m. The Aerial Finals will take place Friday evening on Deer Valley’s White Owl ski run beginning at 7 p.m. The final event is Saturday, January 11, with a second Mogul competition at 7 p.m. on Deer Valley’s Champion ski run. All events will be held under the lights and are free to the public. The competitions will air on NBC Saturday, January 25, 2014, at 2 p.m. EST.

As noted earlier, Deer Valley has joined with PCMR, Alta and Snowbird in offering reciprocal days at each resort to qualifying season pass holders. This is a welcome addition for all skiers in the area and promotes the cooperative business relationships between these local resorts.

The big news at Canyons Resort is inclusion in the Vail Resorts family. Epic Pass holders ski 26 mountains in four countries for the price of one! There is just no other ski pass in the industry that stacks up as well. Guests may also register for the EpicMix mobile app, which allows you to track your vertical feet, earn pins for mountain accomplishments, take photos and share it all with your friends absolutely free. Also this season Canyons will continue their tradition of “Santa Skis Free Day” on December 21st. Always a hoot, lift passes to anyone fully garbed as St.
Nick, Mrs. Clause, or an elf are free. Fireworks will be lit for the whole town to enjoy on New Year’s Eve, along with a rockin’ DJ to help ring in the New Year right. As the weather begins to warm, Canyons’ 10-day Spring Gruv celebration features hilarious pond-skimming, concerts and more. Canyons’ focus on innovative dining experiences expands with a village- wide emphasis on après ski food and beverage, highlighted by tempting new small plates at The Farm (Chicken & Waffle Tacos), Red Tail Grill (4,000-Acre Burrito) and Umbrella Bar (Utah Sconeburger).

Under the leadership of long-time General Manager Mike Goar, and with Vail Resorts’ resources behind the team, locals are looking forward to continued improvements in the mountain experience and customer service. Again rated one of the top- ten resorts in North America by Ski Magazine, Canyons Resort continues to provide the world-class experience that guests expect in Park City.

Park City’s ski resorts just keep raising the bar on excellent customer experiences. Regardless of which you choose, you’re sure to experience the thrill of Park City skiing at its best.

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