The 2002 Winter Olympic Games helped establish Park City, UT and the surrounding world-class ski resorts as a leading destination for athletes. And with the Sundance Film Festival taking residence in Park City, this boutique mountain town has also made a name for itself in the arts and film industry. The growth from these events and the discovery of the year round tourism offerings has propelled this once undiscovered gem into a thriving luxury destination.
But Park City is only just beginning... New land developments are underway to meet the demand for more resort and hotel spaces; convention halls and meeting rooms are under construction to accommodate business, medical, educational, and association groups that want to elevate their next event. And meeting planners worldwide are taking notice of the growth and development happening around this incredible destination.
Recently, Vail Resorts has linked two of North America's greatest ski areas, Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort - creating the largest resort in the United States with 7,300 acres of skiable terrain (now simply referred to as "Park City"). And for ease of access the new Quicksilver Gondola which opened on December 17, 2015 connects the two areas.
Deer Valley Resort has also seen new growth. Originally opening in 1981, Deer Valley has become known for revolutionizing ski area service. It has since grown to a resort that holds several nationally recognized accolades in SKI Magazine.
These two Park City area resorts have attracted the development of smaller luxury properties like Blue Sky Ranch, which also has major development plans in the near future.
Here are a few exciting developments available now or are planned to begin in 2017:
Deer Valley Resort
In 2017, Deer Valley Resort will embark on its highly anticipated expansion plans. It is set to expand its outdoor terrain by an extra 1,000 acres with plans for new lodging facilities and dining areas, and the installation of five or six new ski lifts.
The resort currently offers more than 45,000 square feet of full-service conference facilities, year-round mountain activities, award-winning catering and complete conference services for groups of 20 to 2,000. Deer Valley features lift-served mountain biking, guided hiking tours and scenic chairlift rides along with bike lessons and a line of full-suspension mountain bike rentals.
Groups love the shopping and five-star dining at Deer Valley so needless to say these upcoming developments are highly anticipated by meeting planners that know what Park City and Deer Valley have to offer!
Enjoy this video interview with Deer Valley General Manager, Bob Wheaton as he discusses some of the evolution of the resort that began in 2015.
Park City Mountain Resort
Vail Resorts purchased both Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort, and has more than $50 million in new developments to enhance this expansive land that is now, one large resort - the largest in the United States!
This expansive mountain - now simply referred to as Park City - has two distinct base areas to choose from. Meeting planners can enjoy hosting events at the recently expanded meeting venues on mountain; Red Pine Lodge on the Park City Canyons Village side and Legacy Lodge at the Park City Mountain base are two of the options for unique mountain venues.
Red Pine Lodge is located mid-mountain at 8,000 feet. It's a large event venue where guests can arrive via the Red Pine Gondola for an unforgettable experience! Legacy Lodge is located at the base of Park City Mountain Resort, offering 8,175 square feet of meeting space and a seating capacity of 640.
The Resort offers a variety of indoor and outdoor settings for meetings, barbecues, special banquets, and even concerts held at the base of the park and surrounded by scenic mountains!
Enjoy this promotional video from Park City Mountain Resort: There is only one. Park City.
Blue Sky Ranch & Resort
Blue Sky Ranch & Resort currently has a 3,500-acre corporate training lodge and ranch under development! This newer resort is quickly becoming famous among locals and tourists alike for it's beautiful High West Distillery, and gorgeous outdoor modern ranch-themed weddings. Upon completion of the new development, this state-of-the-art resort will accommodate more than 300 guests for corporate retreats, training programs and other activities.
Blue Sky Ranch already offers 9,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and three beautiful private event rooms, as well as a wide range of outdoor activities including horseback riding, fly fishing, hiking and a world class trap shooting course. In addition new ropes courses, rock climbing, and recreational opportunities for alpine skiing and golf are also in the works.
Enjoy this animated fly-through of the Lodge at Blue Sky, slated for opening in 2017.