Alta – Sunday, April 15 (reopen: 4/20-4/22, 4/27-4/29, and 5/4-5/6)
Beaver Mountain – Sunday, April 1
Brian Head – Sunday, April 15
Brighton – Sunday, April 22
Cherry Peak – TBD
Deer Valley – Sunday, April 8
Eagle Point – Sunday, April 1
Nordic Valley – Closed
Park City – Sunday, April 8
Powder Mountain – Sunday, April 15
Snowbasin – Sunday, April 15
Snowbird – TBD
Solitude – Sunday, April 15
Sundance – Sunday, April 1
Ski Utah Appoints New Director of Content
Ski Utah is excited to announce that Hailey Klotz has been promoted to Content Director. Hailey started in her new position as of Monday, March 19, 2018. In her new role, she is charged with managing, producing and disseminating dynamic content on SkiUtah.com and Ski Utah’s social media channels with the end goal of inspiring people from across the globe to ski/ride The Greatest Snow on Earth® .
Hailey brings an extensive knowledge of content marketing, passion, creativity and an understanding of Ski Utah’s brand and audiences to the team. Hailey was born in Boise, Idaho and raised in the ski industry. In 2009, Hailey moved to Salt Lake City to attend the University of Utah and fell in love with Utah’s mountains, the accessibility, snow quality and the vibrant winter sports industry. Upon graduating with a marketing degree in 2013, Hailey began her career at Ski Utah as the PR Intern. She quickly proved herself to be a valuable and dedicated employee and was offered a full-time position as Marketing Manager. Ski Utah is thrilled to have Hailey further her career and accept the title and responsibilities of Content Director. Hailey’s dedication to Ski Utah, passion for the winter sports industry, organization and creativity will all serve her well in this new role.
Salt Lake Winter Olympic Tradition Thrives
The XXIII Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea are over but the spirit of the Winter Olympics lives on in Salt Lake, host of the Winter Games in 2002 and a city which claims one of the most concentrated populations of winter Olympians in the world.
For the PyeongChang Olympic Games, the state of Utah sent an astonishing 51 athletes to compete in a variety of sports, from alpine skiing and bobsled to figure skating and freestyle skiing. Some of these athletes are natives while others moved expressly to Utah in order to train at state-of-the-art facilities built for the 2002 Winter Games (venues that are continually upgraded and host Olympic-caliber and World Championship events annually).
Six of these amazing Olympians returned to the Beehive State from Korea with Olympic medals, including Nathan Chen, Bronze Medal for Figure Skating, Team Event; Alex Ferreira, Silver Medal for Men’s Ski Halfpipe; Brita Sigourney, Bronze Medal foe the Women’s Ski Halfpipe; and Carlijn Schoutens, Brittany Bowe and Mia Manganello, who each won Bronze Medals in Women’s Long Track Speed skating.
While Salt Lake—along with its lasting infrastructure and ongoing economic and cultural legacy—is still basking in the glory of the highly successful 2002 Olympic Winter Games, Utah’s capital city is a likely contender to host a future Olympics. A privately-funded exploratory committee recently returned its findings that Salt Lake City, and the state of Utah, has the facilities, infrastructure, interest and ability to bid for either the 2026 or the 2030 Winter Games.
Thanks to four resorts within 40 minutes of downtown – Alta, Brighton, Snowbird and Solitude – as well as the “Greatest Snow on Earth,” Salt Lake offers world-class skiing and snowboarding that everyone can enjoy, Olympian and first-timer alike. The training and competition infrastructure not only draws budding Olympians and world-class athletes, but also visitors who want to soak up the Olympic experience after a day on the slopes. Points of interest include the Utah Olympic Oval and the Utah Olympic Park.
In addition to these purpose-built venues, Salt Lake’s Olympic Legacy can be seen and felt throughout Northern Utah, from the University of Utah’s Rice Eccles Stadium (home of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies) to the Salt Palace Convention Center (home of the Olympic Main Media Center and International Broadcast Center), the Maverik Center (home of the Olympic hockey events) to from towers and banners celebrating the Games (and even the manhole covers throughout the city). The Olympic Legacy can also be found at all the resorts that hosted events during those 17 glorious days in 2002.
Brighton Spring Pass Now on Sale for $175
We’ve heard the term “Miracle March” tossed around in the past but the past couple of weeks have made us believers in this powder folklore! To celebrate the late arrival of winter this season, Brighton is offering up their Spring Pass for only $175. Get unlimited riding from now until closing day (tenatively set for April 22, 2018) for the price of two day tickets! With 81″ of snow currently on the slopes, we shouldn’t have to convince you that this is an amazing deal!
Ski Snowbasin Free This Season with Purchase of 2018-2019 Season Pass
Snowbasin Resort is excited to announce season passes for the 2018-2019 season, now on sale. With the purchase of a 2018-2019 season pass guests get to ski free the rest of this season. By purchasing next year’s season pass this spring, Snowbasin Resort skiers and snowboarders lock in the best rates, hit the slopes for free the rest of this season and can take advantage of passholder exclusive discounts the rest of the season. Adult 2018-19 season passes start at only $529 and the lowest available pricing is valid through April 15, 2018. New this year, a Military Midweek Value pass is available for just $189!
“Spring skiing conditions are prime,” commented Megan Collins, Communications Coordinator for Snowbasin Resort. “Purchasing a Snowbasin Resort season pass this spring offers you the best value.”
Snowbasin Resort currently offers the 2018-19 Premier Season Pass for Adults (ages 27-64) for $729; Young Adults (ages 19-26) for $479; Teens (ages 13-18) for $329; Youth (ages 7-12) for $229 and Seniors (ages 65-74) for $499. The 2018-19 Premier Season Pass is available for active and retired military members for $489.
All 2018-19 Premier Season Passes offer unlimited skiing and snowboarding with no blackout dates. Additional passholders perks include 50% off day tickets at all 15 Mountain Collective resorts including Alta, Snowbird, Jackson Hole, Aspen Snowmass, and Big Sky, five free days at Sun Valley, 2018 summer gondola access and more.
Adult Value Passes are also available for 2018-19 for $529 as well as a Midweek Pass for $429 and only have 13 blackout dates. The 2018-19 Senior Value Pass (ages 75+) is on sale for $49 and the Child Value Pass (ages 6 and under) is $10. New this year, Snowbasin Resort is offering a $189 Military Midweek Value Pass for active and retired military members and their spouses.
Fresh Snow Delivered a Flurry of Bookings During February
Fresh snowfall at many western ski resorts during February gave mountain destinations in Utah and across the West a healthy boost to their bookings for the remainder of the ski season, but not enough to deliver a year-over-year increase in occupancy compared to the winter of 2016-17.
According to Inntopia in their monthly DestiMetrics Market Briefing, as of Feb. 28, bookings made in February for arrivals in February surged up 15.6 percent compared to last year at the same time. Aggregated occupancy for the month among participating destinations was down 2.9 percent—a marked improvement from the beginning of the month when occupancy was down 4.4 percent. Additionally a 5.2 percent increase in the Average Daily Rate (ADR) yielded a 2.1 percent uptick in revenues for the month.
“The booking pace during February was a complete 180-degree turnaround from the beginning of the month,” explained Tom Foley, vice president of Business Intelligence for Inntopia. “Although the significant snowfall clearly drove considerably more bookings and occupancy during the month, a few weeks of strong snowfall does not make a season. And, while the fresh snow was great for February, it isn’t having much impact on the remainder of the season.”
For the full winter season from November through April, aggregated occupancy as of Feb. 28 is down 2.6 percent compared to last season, a slight improvement from one month ago when the occupancy was down 3.3 percent. Occupancy was down in four of the six months and most notably in December and January. For lodging properties, the decrease in occupancy is being offset by a 3.3 percent increase in the ADR—enough to deliver a minute 0.7 percent increase in revenues in a year-over-year comparison to last winter.
Strong and steady economic indicators are getting credit for lending stability to lodging revenues in this low snowfall season. Although the Dow Jones Industrial Average experienced some volatility during the month and posted a 4.3 percent drop during February, it remained 20.3 percent higher than February 2017. Despite the swings in some of the market indexes, the Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) rose a sharp 5.2 percent to 130.8 points and its highest level since the end of the Clinton Administration in November 2000. Employers added a dramatic 313,000 new jobs that was well above the 200,000 jobs projected and for the fifth consecutive month, the Unemployment Rate remained unchanged at 4.1 percent. However, wage growth stalled in February after posting some gains in January.
“Consumers appear confident that the economy will sustain its strong expansion in the months ahead,” reported Foley. “Increases in interest rates are expected to keep inflation in check but with such strong economic fundamentals, discretionary spending on travel is likely to be unaffected by market fluctuations,” he continued.
The monthly Briefing also revealed an early look at the upcoming summer for mountain destinations. Bookings made in February for arrivals in February through July are up six percent driven largely by the snow that arrived in time to boost February occupancy but there was also positive news for upcoming warm weather months. May bookings are up 8.5 percent while July is up 8.7 percent as of Feb. 28. However, April bookings have dwindled in recent weeks from a positive 6.9 percent gain as of Jan. 31 to a mere 1.4 percent gain at the end of February.
“Different segments of the mountain destination market will have varying degrees of success in these conditions and although low snowfall is hardest on slope operations such as lift tickets, rentals, and lessons, other businesses may be less negatively impacted from the low snow,” clarified Foley. “Retailers, bars, restaurants, and non-ski activities may remain flat or in some cases, post some gains,” Foley concluded.
Park City Restaurants Celebrate Easter
Enjoy Easter brunch without spending a minute in the kitchen. A handful of Park City restaurants are serving a range of specials for Easter Sunday, which this year falls on April 1.
“This is a great way to spend the holiday with friends and family, without any of the stress of cooking or cleaning,” PCARA executive director Ginger Ries said.
Read on for the details on local Easter specials:
Easter celebration Easter Saturday
The Easter Bunny is hopping by this upbeat cantina in Park City. Starting at 1 p.m. Saturday, children are invited to meet the Easter Bunny, plus hunt for candy- and toy-filled eggs, plus golden eggs with special prizes. The event is BYOB – Bring Your Own Baskets – and free for all kids.
DEER VALLEY GROCERY~CAFÉ
Special to-go selections
For those hosting a brunch or attending one, the Grocery~Café is offering a range of delicious dishes for Easter. On offer will be honey-mustard glazed ham, classic deviled eggs, roasted tri-colored carrots, fresh herb polenta, sugar snap peas and shiitake mushrooms, artisan Caesar salad and a local cheese board. Easter sugar cookies Deer Valley Bakery, plus wild rice harvest bread and French baguettes, will also be available. Orders must be placed by 5 p.m. Thursday, March 29, and picked up by 7 p.m. Saturday, March 31.
DEER VALLEY RESORT RESTAURANTS
Special menu items
The award-winning restaurants at Deer Valley® are serving a pair of tasty specials to celebrate Easter. At the Snow Park, Silver Lake and Empire Canyon restaurants from Good Friday through Easter Sunday, enjoy hot cross buns made with spiced dough and dried fruits, and crossed with cream cheese frosting. Easter sugar cookies from Deer Valley Bakery will also be available at Snow Park Restaurant.
FLANAGAN’S ON MAIN
This favorite Irish pub on Historic Main Street is serving brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring traditional Irish breakfast selections and American classics. The restaurant’s regular menu will also be on offer.
Drink and brunch specials
The buzzy brew house at Red Rock Junction is serving specials, plus its $2 bloody Marys and mimosas.
Park City Mountain Employees Encouraged to Focus on their Epic Wellness
Vail Resorts, Inc. has introduced a new program complete with wellness resources available to employees that focus on their mind, body and wallet. Epic Wellness was created as a result of significant and broad Company-wide input.
“People want to learn behaviors that will help them manage health, finances, stress, depression or substance use,” said Vice President of Total Rewards and Human Resources Programs, David Ganick. “It’s important that Epic Wellness is a responsive and dynamic program. We are in this for the long haul.”
According to VR Wellness Manager, Dr. Corey Levy, one of the most important “mind” tools the Company deploys is the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). The EAP is available to employees, their dependents and anyone else who lives with our employees and focuses on mental well-being.
Administered by ComPsych, the world’s largest provider of employee assistance programs, the EAP is a confidential counseling program available to assist with a wide variety of issues we all face from time to time, as well as additional resources to help employees manage every aspect of their life. Employees and all household members are provided up to six visits, per issue, per year, at no cost.
“We are very pleased to see a nearly 200 percent increase across the company in employees engaging in the EAP program from FY 2015 to FY 2017,” said Levy. “The Preferred Providers have great insight and awareness into our communities and our employees. A significant reason for our increased EAP utilization is the ease at which our employees can connect and schedule appointments with them.”
In Summit County, Park City Mountain is partnering with preferred providers and therapists, Chelsea Robinson and Megan Perry, as well as Communities that Care coordinator for the Summit County Mental Wellness Alliance, Mary Christa Smith.
“As a community, we recognize we must work together to address mental health and substance abuse issues in Summit County, Utah,” says Smith. “The Mental Wellness Alliance was formed in 2017 to enhance the quality of life for all Summit County residents by improving community awareness of mental health and substance abuse issues and increasing access to effective prevention and treatment services within the County. We work with parents, educators, counselors, local governments, youth, schools, and many local nonprofits to collaborate in creating and delivering comprehensive solutions. We are deeply heartened by the support Vail Resorts provides to its employees and their families. Vail Resorts is creating a model and providing the leadership needed in the business community.
“The Epic Wellness program aligns with the goals and priorities of our local community,” continued Smith. “Rob Katz and Elana Amsterdam have been key supporters of the Alliance, and our youth prevention programs are founded upon their generous support. I have the greatest heartfelt gratitude for the work of Vail Resorts in providing kind, effective, and compassionate services in support of their employees.”
“Trailtalk is thrilled to be partnering with Vail. Park City’s community thrives on the great outdoors and incorporating nature and movement into the daily routine, Perry added. “Trailtalk aims to do the same – to bring nature and walking into therapy and therapy into Park City’s daily routine. Wellness includes body and mind and Trailtalk wants to shed light on the stigma of mental health care. Vail has demonstrated significant efforts to seek mental health providers in the community to support their staff and support the Park City community.”
Another innovative program is Caring for a Coworker. Vail Resorts is providing numerous resources for employees who know of a coworker who is experiencing mental or emotional challenges.
Levy is onsite throughout the season at many of the Company’s resort locations to facilitate workshops on various Caring for a Coworker topics. Over the past few years, he’s been able to talk to several thousand employees about wellness.
Employees enrolled in a VR medical plan receive access to valuable and innovative resources such as Grand Rounds, Hinge Health and MDLive: more than 400 Vail Resorts employees have completed the Hinge Health program and on average saw their pain reduced by 60 percent. MDLive allows people to talk to a board-certified doctor via phone or video 24/7/365; this helps participants save time and money for the care they need.
Last year, thousands of VR employees participated in an onsite biometric and/or skin cancer screening. Participating in these screenings not only helped our employees learn about their current and potential health risks, but it also enabled them to earn up to $250 in a health reimbursement account to help pay medical expenses. Vail Resorts also provides up to $400 in incentives for a Maternity Management program to help expecting mothers improve health outcomes for themselves and their baby.
Whether employees want to get better control of their cash flow, pay off debt, or save for the future, Epic Wellness provides relevant resources, including the Vail Resorts 401(k) Retirement Plan.
Further, the EpicPromise Foundation supports Vail Resorts employees and their dependents in times of need. Emergency relief grants are awarded to assist with unpredictable life setbacks such as an unplanned medical issue or home disaster. Educational grants are awarded to assist with tuition for any course leading to a degree or certificate for employees and/or their children.
During fiscal year 2017 in Park City, 18 emergency relief grants totaling nearly $50,000 were delivered. In addition, two employee education ascent grants were awarded and four children of employees received EpicPromise scholarships.
Snowbasin Resort Hosts Second Annual Avalanche Rescue Dog Fundraiser
Snowbasin Resort is excited to host the Second Annual Snowbasin Avalanche Dog Fundraiser on Wednesday, March 28th at Alleged in Downtown Ogden. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Donations are encouraged at the door. There will be a silent auction with great prizes including season passes at Snowbasin Resort, New World Distillery items, local artists’ work, a Wildcat Triple Chair, Mountain Khaki items, and more. Plus, there will be live music from The Johnny Utahs.
If guests are under 21 or can’t make it to Alleged, they can head to Lucky Slice on 25th Street or head to Zucca’s on 25th and mention Avalanche Dog Fundraiser when buying dinner. Lucky Slice and Zucca’s will be donating a portion of the sales from that evening.
All proceeds will benefit Wasatch Backcountry Rescue (WBR), a local non-profit organization that provides response teams for avalanche rescues and educational courses. They have been instrumental in the success of Snowbasin Resort’s avalanche search and rescue dog program. The avalanche dogs will be present to show their appreciation for all the donations.
If you can’t make it to the event you can donate online at www.snowbasin.com/events/detail/snowbasin-avalanche-rescue-dog-fundraiser
Thin Air Park City Announces 2018 Festival Line-up
Thin Air Innovation Festival returns to Park City, Utah April 5-7, 2018 with a line-up featuring entertainers, entrepreneurs, leaders and athletes – as well as get-out-on-the-snow action. From Thursday’s Opening Night with comedian Sarah Colonna to Friday’s breakout sessions, Olympic Homecoming Parade and Citizen Cope concert to Saturday’s skiing, riding and après…the festival delivers a program designed to spark ideas and connect innovators of all stripes.
Thin Air 2018’s Opening Night event at Park City Live (April 5) sets the fun-meets-innovation tone as thinkers and doers from the worlds of tech, snowsports, finance, healthcare, outdoor recreation, retail and beyond gather – and enjoy sizzling entertainment. The evening’s featured guests include: Lonnie Mayne of Red Shoes Living; Courtney Banghart, head women’s basketball coach at Princeton University; Vipe Desai, entrepreneur and philanthropist; Tom Kelly of US Ski & Snowboard Association; and several Olympians from PyeongChang 2018, including silver medalist (and first American to ever medal in Luge) Mark Mazdzer and multi-Games medalist Ted Ligety.
Comedian, New York Times bestselling author and star in the upcoming Netflix series (2018) “Insatiable,” Sarah Colonna, will close the Thursday night program, bringing Thin Air back down to earth with her hilarious and honest take on success, careers and life. The after-party kicks off with live music performance from country/soul singer – and former college opera performer – Zach Coffey.
On Friday, April 6, the Thin Air Breakout Sessions nurture insights, fire imaginations and deliver knowledge across industries. The sessions run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Jim Santy Auditorium in the Park City Library followed by a full-throttle, Park City celebration on Main Street. The day’s highlights include:
From Geek to Great: How Comic Con revolutionized the entertainment industry (8:30 a.m.). This session explores how from humble beginnings Comic-Con has mutated into an electrifying, exhausting galaxy of movies, TV, video games, art, fashion, toys, merchandise, and buzz and ended up at the center of the 21st century entertainment universe. Participants include Bryan Brandenberg of FanX and Brian Stephenson of ReedPOP.
How Shift is revolutionizing the used car buying experience…and what it means for the future of retail (9:20 a.m.). An “audience back-and-forth” conversation with George Arison (founder and CEO of Shift, the online marketplace disrupting the $1.2T used car industry), exploring how millennial consumers buy experiences – not items – and have different expectations when it comes to engaging with retailers.
This is personal: how tech is driving the shift to personalized service in healthcare (10:15 a.m.). Nickolas Mark, Director of Intermountain Ventures, leads a panel discussion with Isaac Ro of Goldman Sachs, Josh Kellar of Boston Consulting Group, and Ambar Bhattacharyya of Maverick Ventures on the emerging trends and technologies that are bringing together entrepreneurs, technology firms, providers, payers and patients in new ways and are transforming the healthcare system into a more consumer-focused and personalized model.
Attacking the Participation Issue in Snowsports: a design thinking workshop (1:30 p.m.). Led by design powerhouse IDEO, this SIA Springfest session will be a workshop experience that explores how the snowsports industry players can join forces and generate new ways to grow participation in winter sports, with the aim of incubating these ideas in Utah and later sharing them across the country.
Park City Nation Olympic & Paralympic Homecoming Parade (5 p.m.). In partnership with the Youth Sports Alliance, Thin Air Park City welcomes home our town’s Olympians and Paralympians from the 2018 PyeongChang Games and celebrates Park City’s Olympic legacy with a Parade down Main Street. Dozens of athletes who competed in PyeongChang and past Olympic Games will be honored in the parade; fans can congregate at the Thin Air stage following the parade for a meet and greet and opportunities for pictures and autographs.
Thin Air Concert on Main featuring Citizen Cope (7 p.m.). Thin Air 2018 unleashes the festival’s community-embracing, party side with a free open-air concert on historic Main Street, featuring Citizen Cope (a.k.a. Clarence Greenwood). Cope’s music is an eclectic mix of rock, blues, hip-hop, and folk influences that fuse together to form a unique, soulful sound. For Thin Air 2018, he’s bringing along an ensemble of musicians for an amazing night of acoustic-driven rock.
Saturday, April 7, is all about getting on the hills for skiing and riding at the town’s two mountain resorts: Deer Valley Resort and Park City Mountain Resort. Attendees can hit the slopes on their own or sign up for some one-off Thin Air Experiences, such as “Ski and Ride with Olympians” and a sunrise ski mountaineering group. After a full day of ripping it up, attendees head to the Thin Air Lounge for an après program of music, libations, panel discussions and chairlift chats (one-on-one interviews with Thin Air special guests).
The big news for Thin Air 2018 is the partnership with Snowsports Industries America (SIA), the trade group of winter sport manufacturers and retailers, which is launching the SIA Spring Fest at Thin Air. The annual event brings together its industry’s leaders for three days of discussing and exploring future strategies, alongside innovators and thought leaders from other industries at Thin Air.
“By partnering with Thin Air, we’re looking to expose our industry players to an array of new thinkers and discussions in hopes of inspiring greater innovation within our industry,” says SIA president Nick Sargent. “We also want to make this event inclusive as opposed to exclusive; to build a much larger gathering.”
Tickets to the 2018 Thin Air Festival are available at www.thinairparkcity.com. The All-In pass provides access to the entire festival, including the Opening Event, all breakout sessions and admission to the Thin Air Lounge and is priced at $300, with early bird pricing at $250 through March 18. The Citizen Cope concert on Main Street is free to the public, thanks to the generous sponsorship of Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley Resort.
TEDxOgden Announces 2018 Dates and a Call for Speakers and Performers
TEDxOgden committee members are excited to announce the second annual event will take place on June 29 at the Peery’s Egyptian Theater in downtown Ogden. Centered around the theme “ILLUMINATION”, they are currently seeking dynamic speakers, performers, volunteers and sponsors for the event.
“TEDxOgden promises to be an unforgettable experience, one that will take the audience on a journey with our speakers to explore ideas they never imagined possible,” said TedxOgden Project Manager Amir Jackson. “If you or anyone you know has an idea that could garner lasting change in our community please encourage them to apply. We want to cumulate the many talents that makes Ogden so unique.”
TEDxOgden spreads ideas and perspectives to spark conversation and connections in the community. The event uses TED’s celebrated format of short, thoughtfully prepared talks, demonstrations and performances that foster learning, inspiration, and wonder while also prompting conversations that matter.
“This event brings the spirit of TED to Ogden,” said TEDx Ogden Co- Organizer Michael Lindenmayer, “We are searching for thoughtful, informed, passionate speakers who have an idea worth spreading that can ultimately change you, the community, and the world.”
The planning committee is looking for speakers and performers who can tie in TEDxOgden’s chosen theme, “ILLUMINATION” in areas of technology, education and design in 12 minutes or less. Potential speakers and performers should submit their idea with a short bio to TEDxOgdenPresenters@gmail.com by April 6. The TEDxOgden planning committee will review all applications and will invite selected candidates to audition by April 20. Participants will be notified within a few weeks of auditions if they have been selected to be a TEDxOgden 2018 speaker or performer.
The TEDx Ogden committee is being led by Amir Jackson with Nurture the creative mind and is comprised of representatives who work, live and play in Weber County. Co-organizers include Commissioner James Ebert and Marty Smith with Weber County, Kseniya Lindenmayer with Linden + Linden, Kassi Bybee and Gary Griffeth with the Ogden Eccles Conference Center, Lorie Buckley with Ogden City, Clairesse Milijour with GOAL Foundation and Sydnie Furton with Visit Ogden.
TEDx is a global program of independently organized events licensed by TED.