|Snowbird and National Forest Foundation Celebrate 10 Years and $800,000 in National Forest Restoration and Stewardship
This winter marks the 10th anniversary of Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort’s participation in the Ski Conservation Fund, a partnership between the National Forest Foundation (NFF), Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest (UWC) and Snowbird to invest in on-the-ground conservation projects on the UWC.
Snowbird, like nearly 60 percent of the west’s winter resorts, operates on a National Forest through a special use permit. The NFF’s Ski Conservation Fund is one way that Snowbird and its guests can give back to the public lands where they play. Since 2006, Snowbird and guests have contributed nearly half a million dollars to the Fund, which the NFF has leveraged with matching funds to accomplish over $800,000 in restoration projects on the UWC.
The NFF provides a 50-cent match on every dollar Snowbird’s guests contribute and makes grants to the Cottonwood Canyons Foundation (CCF), a local nonprofit conservation organization, to accomplish work on the Forest. Granting to CCF not only keeps Snowbird’s investment local, but also further leverages funds with in-kind, volunteer and cash matches. Including both monetary match from the NFF and CCF and in-kind contributions from the Forest Service and CCF, these projects have resulted in over $800,000 in on-the-ground conservation value. Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort was one of the first resorts in the United States to participate in the Ski Conservation Fund and is a founding member of the Cottonwood Canyons Foundation.
“We’ve seen these dollars used on critical projects within the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest thanks to the National Forest Foundation and the Cottonwood Canyons Foundation,” said Snowbird President Bob Bonar. “We thank our valued guests and community volunteers who have helped make this possible.”
“Snowbird was one of the founding partners in the Ski Conservation Fund. Their support has allowed us to have a real impact on the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. We are grateful to their many guests who have made this critical restoration work possible over the years,” said Bill Possiel, NFF President.
Since 2006, the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest has benefited from the Ski Conservation Fund. As of September, 2016, together with our partners, we have accomplished the following on the UWC:
· Engaged 5,905 volunteers in nearly 50,000 volunteer hours
· Employed or engaged 1,438 youth
· Improved, repaired or maintained 656 miles of trail
· Planted 2,800 trees or shrubs
· Treated 1,841 acres for invasive species
· Restored 75 acres of recreation damage
· Naturalized 38 campsites
Ski Free the Rest of Season When Purchasing a Snowbasin Season Pass for Next Year
Snowbasin Resort is offering free skiing and snowboarding through the remainder of the 2016-2017 winter season with the purchase of any 2017-2018 season pass. Passes are now available for purchase at www.snowbasin.com
By purchasing next year’s season pass this spring, Snowbasin Resort skiers and snowboarders lock in the best rates. Adult 2017-18 season passes start at only $419 and the lowest available pricing is valid through April 16, 2017.
“We are currently having our largest winter in 38 years with 32.5 feet this season and with a month left of skiing and snowboarding, it’s bound to be an awesome spring,” commented Megan Collins, Communications Manager for Snowbasin Resort. “Purchasing a Snowbasin Resort season pass this spring offers you the best value and time to enjoy the slopes the rest of this season as well as next season.”
Snowbasin Resort currently offers the 2017-18 Premier Season Pass for Adults (ages 27-64) for $719; Young Adults (ages 19-26) for $479; Teens (ages 13-18) for $319; Youth (ages 7-12) for $219 and Seniors (ages 65-74) for $499. The 2017-18 Premier Season Pass is available for active and retired military members for $489.
All 2017-18 Premier Season Passes offer unlimited skiing and snowboarding with no blackout dates. Additional passholder perks include 50% off all 15 other Mountain Collective Destinations including Alta, Snowbird, Jackson Hole and Aspen Snowmass, 2017 summer gondola access, five days at Sun Valley in Idaho and more.
Adult Value Passes are also available for 2017-18 for $519 as well as a Midweek Pass for $419 and only have 13 blackout dates. The 2017-18 Super Senior Value Pass (ages 75+) is on sale for $49 and the Child Value Pass (ages 6 and under) is $10.
10th Annual Spring Grüv Underway at Park City Mountain
Spring has officially sprung in Utah bringing longer days, bluebird skies and sunshine to Park City Mountain. In celebration of spring, the 10th annual Spring Grüv kicked off this past weekend at Park City Mountain, launching 16 straight days of free concerts and daily activities including the 21st Annual Pond Skimming competition.
Pond Skimming is one of Park City’s wildest traditions. On April 8, contestants will attempt to skim across a 100-ft pond in front of Red Pine Lodge on skis or a snowboard. A panel of five judges will award prizes for best costume, best splash and crash and best overall male and female. Pond Skimming kicks off at noon and an après concert will immediately follow the event on the Canyons Village Stage.
In tandem with Spring Grüv, Park City Mountain’s Spring Concert Series will continue at both base areas every Saturday through April 16, weather permitting. Crystal Fighters and MAGIC GIANT headline this year’s spring series with concerts on March 25 (Park City Base, 6 p.m.) and April 1 (Canyons Village Stage, 3 p.m.). The music will wrap up on April 16 with Closing Day Concerts at both of Park City Mountain’s base areas.
CANYONS VILLAGE CONCERTS
· 3/25/2017 The Fabulous Flynstones
· 4/1/2017 MAGIC GIANT
· 4/8/2017 Metro Music Club (Opener: Garret Lebeau)
· 4/15/2017 Sin City Soul
· 4/16/2017 Breakfast Klub
PARK CITY BASE AREA CONCERTS
· 3/25/2017 Crystal Fighters
· 4/1/2017 Grizzly Goat
· 4/8/2017 Cry Wolf
· 4/15/2017 Please Be Human
· 4/16/2017 Changing Lanes Experience
End of ski season savings at Westgate Park City Resort & Spa
Skiers have one last chance to enjoy the slopes in Park City this ski season with a special offer from Westgate Park City Resort & Spa. Now through April 16, 2017, Westgate Park City guests will save 20 percent off accommodations at the resort located at the base of Canyons Village at Park City Mountain. Guests can book the offer at www.westgateparkcity.com.
Westgate Park City visitors can take advantage of the upscale amenities and exceptional service of the AAA Four Diamond property with some of the best rates of the season. With the offer, nightly rates start as low as $143.
In addition, guests of Westgate Park City who book 3 or more nights can receive a $200 electronic gift card from Delta Air Lines.
Westgate Park City Resort & Spa offers unique ski-in/ski-out accommodations with easy access to more than 7,300 skiable acres and more than 300 ski runs, ranging from beginner to professional. To take the hassle out of hauling skis, the resort offers a free ski valet service, which transports and stores the skis overnight.
Beyond ski offerings, the resort also is home to Utah’s largest indoor/outdoor pool, Serenity Spa, a yoga studio, tennis and basketball courts, a game room, playground and more. Westgate Park City Resort & Spa is also home to award-winning restaurants Edge Steakhouse, named Best Restaurant in Utah in the Best of State awards, and Drafts Sports Bar & Grill, featuring enclosed patio dining, which allows guests to enjoy both their meal and spectacular mountain views.
This offer is good for travel through April 16, 2017 and applies to studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom rooms only. Not valid for groups or special events, and based upon availability. Restrictions and black-out dates may apply.
Park City’s Grand Summit Hotel to Undergo a More Than $15 Million Renovation and be Flagged by RockResorts
Grand Summit Hotel, Canyons Village will undergo an extensive $15 million renovation this spring and subsequent flagging as a RockResorts property. The renovations will bring the hotel up to par with both its unrivaled location at the base of the largest ski resort in the United States and the modern luxury its guests expect in a travel experience. The property will temporarily close from April 17, 2017 – in conjunction with the close of Park City Mountain’s ski and snowboard season – through mid-summer.
“We couldn’t be more excited to bring the interior of the Grand Summit Hotel up to the same caliber as the world-class resort that’s just steps away from the property,” said Jim Dullanty, president of the Grand Summit Homeowner’s Association. “This transformation will undoubtedly elevate the experience for all of Grand Summit Hotel’s guests as well as the unit owners themselves.”
The renovation will include a complete overhaul of all 212 suites, including new interior finishes, furnishings, soft goods, appliances, artwork and technology. The property’s communal spaces will also be incorporated into the renovation, including the lobby and front desk, full remodel of the on-site spa, café and general store, and refresh of the conference and meeting spaces.
The interior design work will be conducted by Boulder, Colo.-based TRH Interior Design, which has also designed and transformed other Vail Resorts properties such as Crystal Peak Lodge in Breckenridge, Colo., as well as other luxury mountain properties such as the Westin Snowmass Resort and the Lumiere Hotel in Telluride.
Following the extensive renovation, the Grand Summit Hotel will be flagged as a RockResort. RockResorts, a division of Vail Resorts, owns and operates a collection of premium properties, lavish RockResorts Spas and distinctive dining options in iconic mountain locations.
“We are thrilled to add Grand Summit to the RockResorts collection,” said Ron Neville, Vail Resorts’ vice president of hospitality. “The RockResorts brand represents the hallmark of casually elegant properties with exceptional service in our mountain resort locations. We’re looking forward to continuing to deliver extraordinary service and experiences to our guests at the Grand Summit.”
The Grand Summit Hotel sits majestically in the heart of Canyons Village at Park City. Its 212 lock-off suites provide guests with more than 290 lodging options, including hotel rooms, studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom suites and expansive luxury penthouses. Many rooms have balconies, fireplaces, double showers and full kitchens with service for eight guests. The Grand Summit’s heated outdoor swimming pool is an ideal place to relax after an adventurous day of exploring the outdoors year round.
Savor & Save During Ogden Restaurant Week
Dine out and indulge at the 5th annual Ogden Restaurant Week presented by US Foods, April 6-15th. During this 10-day “week”, 25 locally owned and independent restaurants in Downtown Ogden will be offering a fixed two-course lunch for $10 or a three-course dinner for $17.
“Ogden Restaurant Week celebrates local and independent restaurants,” said Shana Hubbard, owner of Hearth on 25th and participant of Ogden Restaurant Week since its inception. “Our goal with this event is to let people know how spectacular the dining scene is here in Ogden. We encourage our people to try something new by offering a multiple-course, fixed price menu. Our guests can experience a two, three or six-course dinner at an incredibly low price. The opportunity to try cuisine from so many restaurants at this price only comes along once a year.”
Each restaurant will offer a unique Restaurant Week menu with choices of entrees, appetizers and desserts, giving foodies and casual diners alike the chance to explore a new culinary experience at a lower price point. Participating restaurants will continue to offer regular menu items at regular prices alongside their Ogden Restaurant Week menu.
“Ogden Restaurant Week is a phenomenal event,” stated Alex Montanez, owner of Rovali’s Ristorante Italiano. “This event brings the community together to celebrate different types of food that reflect our diverse community. Ogden wants to personally welcome everyone to experience everything Ogden Restaurant Week has to offer.”
The event encourages customers to try some of the different dining options in downtown Ogden, from fine dining restaurants to family-friendly restaurants, to pubs and quick-serve. Participating restaurants include:
· Bangkok Garden
· The Bigelow Grill
· Even Stevens
· Harley & Bucks
· Harp & Hound
· Hearth on 25th
· Iggy’s Sports Grill
· Lighthouse Lounge
· Lucky Slice Pizza
· Pig and a Jelly Jar
· Prairie Schooner Steakhouse
· Restaurant 1107
· Rooster’s Brewing Company
· Rovali’s Italian Ristorante
· Sabores De Mexico
· Slackwater Pizzeria & Pub
· Smokey’s BBQ and Grill
· Sonora Grill
· Thai Curry Kitchen
· Tokyo Station Teppanyaki & Sushi
· Tona Sushi Bar and Grill
· Union Grill
· Waffle Love
· Warren’s Craft Burger
· Zucca Trattoria
Ogden Restaurant Week is also running various contests on social media outlets including gift cards from participating restaurants to those who share their savory finds on Facebook, tagging Ogden Restaurant Week, or share on Instagram using @OgdenRestaurantWeek and #OgdenRestaurantWeek.
For those traveling by train to Ogden, most of the participating restaurants are a short walk from the FrontRunner platform at the UTA Intermodal Hub.