Updates - Salt Lake City & Resorts
Updates, Salt Lake City Resorts
Park City - Sundance Film Festival an $80 million impact, report says
Busy Main Street during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City on January 28, 2010. (Laura Seitz, File, Deseret News)
By Jason Lee
Originally Posted by Future Mayor
While this is not news to us forumers it is nice that the Tribune published this article. I think it will help bring more people downtown, and encourage those reading it to explore Main St, next time the visit City Creek Center.
Four new businesses spring up on Salt Lake City’s Main
(Kim Raff | The Salt Lake Tribune) People walk by storefront of the Twisted Roots store on Main Street in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, on May 17, 2012.
Downtown » ‘Renaissance’ spreads farther south.
SALT LAKE CITY — The big stars and "star gazers" that come to the Sundance Film Festival spend big bucks.
The Bureau of Economic and Business Research at the University of Utah reported Wednesday that the 2012 Sundance Film Festival generated an overall economic impact of $80 million for the state...
Snowbird - New location for Snowbird mountain coaster gets preliminary approval
This computer enhanced image shows a previously proposed roller coaster location. A new proposal calls for the mountain coaster to be located within Snowbird's existing developed resort footprint on private property with loading and unloading at the base of the Peruvian Express chairlift.
SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake County Planning Commission has given preliminary approval to a new location for the Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort mountain coaster, the resort announced Wednesday.
Snowbird initially proposed building a mountain coaster on the lower face of Mount Superior in Little Cottonwood Canyon, which at one point would have crossed the canyon road on a bridge over state Route 210. That plan was scrapped amid controversy over building in the environmentally sensitive canyon.
The new proposal calls for the mountain coaster to be located within Snowbird's existing developed resort footprint on private property with loading and unloading at the base of the Peruvian Express chairlift.
"We are excited to provide another form of summer recreation for our guests and Utah's growing population," Snowbird President Bob Bonar said in a prepared statement. "We feel today's approval is a result of listening to various stakeholders, community groups and neighbors as well as working with Salt Lake County and City to create a workable solution for all parties."
Detailed site plans and other governmental criteria will be required before the planning commission gives final approval to the proposal. Snowbird expects to begin the installation process this fall or in the spring of 2013.
Snowbird will open its existing summer activities Friday, June 8.
— Benjamin Wood.
Snowbird voted best overall resort by OnTheSnow.com readers
Skiers at Snowbird enjoy the sunny view towards the Heber Valley while on Hidden Peak Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012.\r\n (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)
By Patrick Crawford, OnTheSnow.com
The Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, which can stay open up until May 13 and consequently touts the longest ski and snowboard season in Utah, has been voted the Best Overall Resort in North America by readers of OnTheSnow.com.
"Snowbird resort pulls an upset of sorts, to win this year's best overall resort award," a video on OnTheSnow.com says. "But, should we really be surprised?"The Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, which can stay open up until May 13 and consequently touts the longest ski and snowboard season in Utah, has been voted the Best Overall Resort in North America by readers of OnTheSnow.com.
"Snowbird resort pulls an upset of sorts, to win this year's best overall resort award," a video on OnTheSnow.com says. "But, should we really be surprised?"
OnTheSnow.com, the most visited snowsports website in the world, recently announced Snowbird's placement as part of its Visitors' Choice Awards. Snowbird also won the Best Terrain in the Rockies award. Resorts are ranked in five categories: family, park and pipe, all mountain terrain, nightlife and overall excellence..
"Snowbird pulled out the top honors this year because the resort delivers everything its visitors expect, both in terms of terrain and overall experience," OnTheSnow's Patrick Crawford said. "The fact that it also won for Best Terrain in the Rockies just underlines the strength of this resort — great skiing in one of North America's most iconic ski regions."
Snowbird opened in December 1971 and celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2011. Since its creation, the resort has claimed numerous awards. In 2008, Snowbird and Alta were named the No. 1 ski resort in North America by Outside Magazine, while SkiNet.com named it the 19th overall resort in North America in 2010.
Snowbird President Bob Bonar was pleased with this latest award, saying, "This is fantastic recognition of the effort the entire Snowbird team put toward guest service this season."
DEER VALLEY RESORT RANKED THE #1 SKI AREA IN NORTH AMERICA FOR AN ASTONISHING FIFTH YEAR IN A ROW!
Deer Valley's famous corduroy - SkiUtah.com
DEER VALLEY, PARK CITY, UTAH – Deer Valley Resort has been named the #1 ski resort in North America by the readers of SKI Magazine for an astonishing fifth year in a row. No other ski resort has earned this prestigious ranking more than three times in a row in the past. Remarkably, in the past eleven years, Deer Valley’s rating hasn’t dipped lower than third, with a #2 ranking in 2001/2002; a #1 ranking in 2002/2003; a #3 rating in 2003/2004; a #2 rating in 2004/2005; another #1 ranking in 2005/2006, a #2 rating in 2006/2007, and #1 rankings in the 2007/2008, 2008/2009, 2009/2010, 2010/2011 and now 2011/2012 seasons.
“No other ski resort has accomplished anything close to this,” says Bob Wheaton, Deer Valley Resort president and general manager. “And I think the reason is that no other ski resort comes close to matching Deer Valley’s amazing vacation experience. It’s all because of our staff. The culture here is to put the guest first at all times, and our employees not only accomplish this every day, but enjoy it, whether working our chairlifts, in our Children’s Center, our Ski School, our Deer Valley Resort Lodging and Reservations department, in our restaurants, offices, maintenance facilities, anywhere in our organization. My hat is off to our incredibly dedicated crew. This honor goes to them and I thank and congratulate the entire Deer Valley Resort team.”
Aside from being named the #1 Resort overall out of 60 North American resorts, Deer Valley ranked winningly in many individual categories. Highlights included the Resort being given #1 rankings for grooming, service, weather, on-mountain food, lodging and dining. The Resort also received #2 rankings for lifts and access, and #3 rankings for digital presence and overall satisfaction.
More than 20,000 SKI readers are surveyed for its “Top 60 Resort Guide” by an independent research firm. SKI readers ski an average of 23 days a year. The ski resort survey is the most comprehensive and longest-running in the winter sports industry. Some of the individual comments that were made by skiers about Deer Valley this year were, “Service is top notch, grooming impeccable, food outstanding”; “Excellent customer service for the same prices as other resorts with no customer service”; They do everything right!”; “On-mountain food is insane! Service is exceptional”; and “These guys get what it means to manage the details. Consistent first-class experience.”