Saturday, December 10, 2011

Ski Property Inventory and Prices Down as Utah Resorts Open for 2011/2012 Season



Utah Ski Country Real Estate Comparative Statistics: Click here for the latest Utah Ski Country Real Estate Comparative Statistics for the past six months, including Number of Units Sold, Median Sales Price, % of Original Listing Price, Median Price Per Square Foot, and Median Days on the Market.  This data is organized by ski resort area


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The News

What's an almost sure bet to launch Utah's ski and mountain property market into a dramatic upturn...at least at one area?  Breaking ground on Snowbasin's long-awaited development of on-mountain lodging, housing and a base village.  There are well-founded rumors that an extensive list exists of folks just waiting to put a deposit down on property.  The mountain, skiing and riding are spectacular, the lift system, lodges and amenities are without parellel.  Lodging, residences and a village would turn this host of the 2002 Olympic alpine speed events into a true world class resort.

While prices of property in and around Utah's ski resorts are still at or near the bottom, the inventory is declining at a significant rate - an indication that prices may start rising as the inventory is further depleted.  Sales are up at most resorts, and the Park City area was recently named at one of the top ten places to live and work over the next 10 years.  For anyone in the market for ski property - a good time to shop. 

The Holidays always attract crowds to Utah's ski resorts, and there are exciting Holiday events to further encourage visitors to show up...and check out the resort property for sale while they're at it.
Among the highlights...

Deer Valley will have a visit from Santa Claus on December 24th at both the Snow Park Lodge and the Silver Lake (midmountain) area.  Families are encouraged to bring their kids for photos.  A Torchlight Parade will take place on December 30 at dusk.

Snowbasin has built a treasured tradition with their Christmas Eve dinner and party, featuring Santa arriving in a sleigh and a Torchlight Parade down City Hill.

Canyons will have Christmas carolers and snowman making competitions.

And if you can't make it to a Utah ski resort over the holidays, a good reason to come a bit later to check out property deals in the Ogden Valley (home of Snowbasin, Powder Mountain and Wolf Mountain) is the Winter Dew Tour Toyota Championship, to be held at Snowbasin Feb. 9-12.  For the first time in three years legendary gold medalist and world champion Shaun White will compete.  Bring the whole family - they will love this spectacular spectator event.
   
News Flash!!   www.utahskicountryhomesland4sale.com has partnered with Ski Utah and is now linked to the home page of the Ski Utah websiteThe website provides a comprehensive listing of Utah ski resort properties for sale, along with a wealth of information on owning or building in an alpine/mountain environment, google maps, resort information, etc.  The go-to site for researching and locating Utah ski property, UtahSkiCountryHomesLand4Sale will now be available through a click to Ski Utah's 150,000 monthly visitors.  And property seller's will for the first time have a way to advertise their property to these 150,000 visitors.

Ski Magazine Rankings
Ski Magazine http://www.skinet.com/ski/galleries/2010-2011-resort-rankings ranked Deer Valley as the continent's #1 ski resort for an unprecedented fifth straight year, Park City #5, and a number of Utah's other ski areas in the top thirty-five.  No other resort had ever won the prestigious top spot more than three years in a row.

The Canyons was awarded the #18 ranking, Snowbird #19, Snowbasin #27, Alta #28, Brighton #29, and Solitude #30.  Snowbasin was ranked #2 for food, and Alta was #1 for powder/snow quality, followed closely by Brighton, Snowbird, and Powder Mountain.  Park City was also awarded the #1 ranking for family vacations.

The following are changes and upgrades at Utah's resorts for the 2011/2012 season.

ALTA SKI AREA
Starting this season skiers can skip the ticket window and head straight to the powder at Alta using the resort's new Smartphone application, which will allow skiers to reload their Alta Card for skiing directly through their phone.  The popular Corkscrew run, which brings skiers to the base of the mountain, is also being modified to ease the pitch and fulfill the promise of a blue run from top to bottom.
The resort is also proceeding with planning for stage one of a two-pronged base upgrade. Alta is working with architects and environmental consultants to design a LEED certified building, which will include a ticket office, ski shop and other skier services. Construction on the project may occur as early as summer 2012.
Alta's surrounding community has launched a new nonprofit, The Alta Chamber and Visitors Bureau, which aims to attract new visitors through focused marketing and a new website: http://www.discoveralta.com/.

BEAVER MOUNTAIN Family friendly Beaver Mountain in Logan, Utah has added a new Little Beaver lift for the 2011-12 season. The new lift is a triple chair, 400 feet longer than the previous lift providing access to additional beginner terrain with increased capacity.

BRIAN HEAD Brian Head Resort, in Southern Utah, is adding the new Chair 9 Deli & Pub and real-time snow alert texting options. The resort is also launching a new website and expanding its demo and high-performance rental packages. Additionally, a new United Express nonstop flight between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and the new St. George Airport (SGU), only a 90-minute drive to Brian Head, provides easier access to the resort.

BRIGHTON RESORT Brighton is investing $500,000 in snowmaking upgrades and $20,000 in terrain park features for the 2011-12 season. Additionally, the resort will add new high-end equipment to their demo center.

CANYONS RESORT Canyons will open the 2011-12 season with the first phase of their resort re-creation totally complete. Myriad additions to the resort appeared throughout last season including two new chairlifts; including the Orange Bubble chair with heated seats, more than 300 acres of new terrain, a completely remodeled ski-beach base area and a number of new restaurants and services. Additionally this season, Canyons will offer heli-skiing from the resort in conjunction with Wasatch Powderbird Guides.

DEER VALLEY Deer Valley is redesigning the beginning/learning area on Wide West ski run and installing additional Sunkid conveyor lifts. The resort is also opening a new children's clothing retail outlet in the Snow Park Lodge. Forty-one energy efficient air-water snowmaking guns will also be purchased for the 2011-12 winter season.

EAGLE POINT Eagle Point is sprucing up for their second season with 200 additional skiable acres. The terrain will add incredible tree skiing and steeps to the resort. Additionally, the resort has added new amenities to the Canyonside Lodge with an outdoor hot tub garden and spa services.

PARK CITY MOUNTAIN RESORT Beginners of all ages will enjoy a new dedicated learning zone featuring two new conveyor lifts. New Snowmamas (real moms from around the country) will be chosen this fall to share and assist with the ins and outs of creating unforgettable winter family vacations. A new zip line will also run through both the winter and summer seasons. Park City will also see improvements to its terrain park experience, overhauling 3 Kings lift, which will double skier and rider-carrying capacity. Dirt work conducted over the summer will enable the resort to open the 22-foot Eagle Superpipe even earlier in the season as well.  Finally, a functional wind turbine, solar panels and an interactive kiosk devoted to educating visitors on the resort's commitment to exploring renewable energy sources will be located at the top of Silverlode lift.

POWDER MOUNTAIN With over 7,000 skiable acres, visitors to Powder Mountain are offered several ways to transport themselves to the resort's many peaks. As the use of snowcats continues to grow in popularity, Powder Mountain will expand their single-ride snowcat terrain by 50 percent with the addition of 350 skiable acres and an additional snowcat. The resort's trail crew has also gladed additional terrain, adding new tree skiing to Powder Country, Backcountry "DMI" Tour areas as well as the Snowcat Powder Safari Zones.

SNOWBASIN Snowbasin is warming up their season with a new outdoor gas fireplace on Earl's Patio. Slope modifications on School Hill will increase the efficiency of building the Resort's 22-foot Dew Tour regulation halfpipe. The resort will host the winter Dew Tour once again February 9-12, 2012. Two new additional snowcats will be added to Snowbasin's already extensive grooming equipment. The resort will also add seventeen light posts to Earl's Base Area and the upper parking lot.

SNOWBIRD The completion of The Cliff Spa and Aerie Restaurant will mark a complete remodel of Snowbird's flagship hotel, The Cliff Lodge. The Aerie Restaurant will also feature a new chef and manager.
The resort's mountain school is introducing three new programs: Expedition Team for youth ages 10-15 who are expert skiers/boarders, with sidecountry camps and backcountry skills training, and an Adult Adventure program for parents of Adventure Team kids. The School is also implementing the Flaik system and equipment so children and parents can track the terrain and vertical feet they cover.
Snowbird also recently unveiled version 2.0 of its free iPhone app, featuring snow reports, live mountain cams, road conditions, and even allows users to brag about how many days of skiing they've logged at Snowbird throughout the season.

SOLITUDE Solitude Mountain Resort recently unveiled free Wi-Fi throughout all of Solitude Village. The resort aims to keep families and friends connected through the use of popular social media and Smartphone tools.  The Thirsty Squirrel will be expanded for this season as well. This expansion will give visitors the elbow space needed for more animated story-telling, high fives and backslaps. The bar will feature live music throughout the season as well.

SUNDANCE Sundance Resort is expanding its terrain park for the 2011-12 winter season. This move is primarily focused on putting the terrain park in a location that would allow it to remain open during night skiing operations. The resort will not only move the terrain park but will expand its size and number of features. Additional lights will be added to enhance the night riding experience in the park. Sundance is also expanding its pass options this winter to include both a 5-punch and 10-punch pass in addition to the All Seasons Pass.

WOLF MOUNTAIN Utah's best kept family skiing and boarding secret, Wolf Mountain, has once again made improvements to the resort. The 2,700 foot long Wolfdeedo lift cable was replaced this summer to provide even better uphill transportation to its guests. Wolf Mountain has also improved a handful of the ski runs, added additional snowmaking machines and improved some of the physical features of the lodge. New daily ticket pricing options will also be added this year to accommodate

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Utah Ski Resort Opening Dates - Brighton 11/10; Solitude 11/11; Alta 11/18; Snowbird, Park City, Brian Head 11/19; Snowbasin, Powder Mtn. 11/24; Canyons 11/25; Deer Valley 12/3; Sundance 12/9; TBA Wolf Mtn., Beaver Mtn., Eagle Mtn.

Utah Ski Country Real Estate Comparative Statistics: Click here for the latest Utah Ski Country Real Estate Comparative Statistics for the past six months, including Number of Units Sold, Median Sales Price, % of Original Listing Price, Median Price Per Square Foot, and Median Days on the Market.  This data is organized by ski resort area


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The News

News Flash!!   www.utahskicountryhomesland4sale.com has partnered with Ski Utah and is now linked to the home page of the Ski Utah websiteThe website provides a comprehensive listing of Utah ski resort properties for sale, along with a wealth of information on owning or building in an alpine/mountain environment, google maps, resort information, etc.  The go-to site for researching and locating Utah ski property, UtahSkiCountryHomesLand4Sale will now be available through a click to Ski Utah's 150,000 monthly visitors.  And property seller's will for the first time have a way to advertise their property to these 150,000 visitors.

Brighton and Solitude kick off the 2011/2012 ski season this week (11/10, 11/11), Utah home sales are up significantly over the past few months, and according to the latest issue of Ski magazine it's "a great time to buy mountain real estate."
Kenny Parcell, the president of Utah Association of Realtons, states in an artcle in the Salt Lake Tribune that "the Utah real estate market has seen positive trends over the past three months and the most recent month was no exception. Sales were up.  Inventory was down.  And homes were absorbed at a faster pace." This blog's six month ski resort real estate comparative statistics, which can be accessed by clicking on the link above, certainly bears this good news out with the sales numbers from a number of Utah resorts. 
Parcell goes on to say "Perhaps the best news from the September report was the steep decline in the absorption rate.  The month's supply of inventory fell more than 22 percent.  It would now take less than nine months to sell the entire inventory of homes for sale at the current market price.  This indicator has not been lower since 2007.  The month's supply figue is particlarly insightful because it looks at both inventory and sales.  As supply decreases, it suggests demand is growing while supply is decreasing.  As this happens, home prices will eventually strengthen."

This all points to a limited amount of time left for buyers to take advantage of the astonishingly low prices on many ski properties.  Although prices are poised to head up, the best bets are the rise won't be rapid.
In an article in the November 2011 issue of Ski Magazine James Chung, a ski industry real estate expert, argues that "if you're going to use it, it's a great time to buy mountain real estate." But he also states that investors who expect mountain-home prices to rebound to pre-crash days are "on drugs."
Ski Magazine Rankings
Ski Magazine http://www.skinet.com/ski/galleries/2010-2011-resort-rankings ranked Deer Valley as the continent's #1 ski resort for an unprecedented fifth straight year, Park City #5, and a number of Utah's other ski areas in the top thirty-five.  No other resort had ever won the prestigious top spot more than three years in a row.

The Canyons was awarded the #18 ranking, Snowbird #19, Snowbasin #27, Alta #28, Brighton #29, and Solitude #30.  Snowbasin was ranked #2 for food, and Alta was #1 for powder/snow quality, followed closely by Brighton, Snowbird, and Powder Mountain.  Park City was also awarded the #1 ranking for family vacations.

The following are changes and upgrades at Utah's resorts for the 2011/2012 season.

ALTA SKI AREA
Starting this season skiers can skip the ticket window and head straight to the powder at Alta using the resort's new Smartphone application, which will allow skiers to reload their Alta Card for skiing directly through their phone.  The popular Corkscrew run, which brings skiers to the base of the mountain, is also being modified to ease the pitch and fulfill the promise of a blue run from top to bottom.
The resort is also proceeding with planning for stage one of a two-pronged base upgrade. Alta is working with architects and environmental consultants to design a LEED certified building, which will include a ticket office, ski shop and other skier services. Construction on the project may occur as early as summer 2012.
Alta's surrounding community has launched a new nonprofit, The Alta Chamber and Visitors Bureau, which aims to attract new visitors through focused marketing and a new website: http://www.discoveralta.com/.

BEAVER MOUNTAIN Family friendly Beaver Mountain in Logan, Utah has added a new Little Beaver lift for the 2011-12 season. The new lift is a triple chair, 400 feet longer than the previous lift providing access to additional beginner terrain with increased capacity.

BRIAN HEAD Brian Head Resort, in Southern Utah, is adding the new Chair 9 Deli & Pub and real-time snow alert texting options. The resort is also launching a new website and expanding its demo and high-performance rental packages. Additionally, a new United Express nonstop flight between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and the new St. George Airport (SGU), only a 90-minute drive to Brian Head, provides easier access to the resort.

BRIGHTON RESORT Brighton is investing $500,000 in snowmaking upgrades and $20,000 in terrain park features for the 2011-12 season. Additionally, the resort will add new high-end equipment to their demo center.

CANYONS RESORT Canyons will open the 2011-12 season with the first phase of their resort re-creation totally complete. Myriad additions to the resort appeared throughout last season including two new chairlifts; including the Orange Bubble chair with heated seats, more than 300 acres of new terrain, a completely remodeled ski-beach base area and a number of new restaurants and services. Additionally this season, Canyons will offer heli-skiing from the resort in conjunction with Wasatch Powderbird Guides.

DEER VALLEY Deer Valley is redesigning the beginning/learning area on Wide West ski run and installing additional Sunkid conveyor lifts. The resort is also opening a new children's clothing retail outlet in the Snow Park Lodge. Forty-one energy efficient air-water snowmaking guns will also be purchased for the 2011-12 winter season.

EAGLE POINT Eagle Point is sprucing up for their second season with 200 additional skiable acres. The terrain will add incredible tree skiing and steeps to the resort. Additionally, the resort has added new amenities to the Canyonside Lodge with an outdoor hot tub garden and spa services.

PARK CITY MOUNTAIN RESORT Beginners of all ages will enjoy a new dedicated learning zone featuring two new conveyor lifts. New Snowmamas (real moms from around the country) will be chosen this fall to share and assist with the ins and outs of creating unforgettable winter family vacations. A new zip line will also run through both the winter and summer seasons. Park City will also see improvements to its terrain park experience, overhauling 3 Kings lift, which will double skier and rider-carrying capacity. Dirt work conducted over the summer will enable the resort to open the 22-foot Eagle Superpipe even earlier in the season as well.  Finally, a functional wind turbine, solar panels and an interactive kiosk devoted to educating visitors on the resort's commitment to exploring renewable energy sources will be located at the top of Silverlode lift.

POWDER MOUNTAIN With over 7,000 skiable acres, visitors to Powder Mountain are offered several ways to transport themselves to the resort's many peaks. As the use of snowcats continues to grow in popularity, Powder Mountain will expand their single-ride snowcat terrain by 50 percent with the addition of 350 skiable acres and an additional snowcat. The resort's trail crew has also gladed additional terrain, adding new tree skiing to Powder Country, Backcountry "DMI" Tour areas as well as the Snowcat Powder Safari Zones.

SNOWBASIN Snowbasin is warming up their season with a new outdoor gas fireplace on Earl's Patio. Slope modifications on School Hill will increase the efficiency of building the Resort's 22-foot Dew Tour regulation halfpipe. The resort will host the winter Dew Tour once again February 9-12, 2012. Two new additional snowcats will be added to Snowbasin's already extensive grooming equipment. The resort will also add seventeen light posts to Earl's Base Area and the upper parking lot.

SNOWBIRD The completion of The Cliff Spa and Aerie Restaurant will mark a complete remodel of Snowbird's flagship hotel, The Cliff Lodge. The Aerie Restaurant will also feature a new chef and manager.
The resort's mountain school is introducing three new programs: Expedition Team for youth ages 10-15 who are expert skiers/boarders, with sidecountry camps and backcountry skills training, and an Adult Adventure program for parents of Adventure Team kids. The School is also implementing the Flaik system and equipment so children and parents can track the terrain and vertical feet they cover.
Snowbird also recently unveiled version 2.0 of its free iPhone app, featuring snow reports, live mountain cams, road conditions, and even allows users to brag about how many days of skiing they've logged at Snowbird throughout the season.

SOLITUDE Solitude Mountain Resort recently unveiled free Wi-Fi throughout all of Solitude Village. The resort aims to keep families and friends connected through the use of popular social media and Smartphone tools.  The Thirsty Squirrel will be expanded for this season as well. This expansion will give visitors the elbow space needed for more animated story-telling, high fives and backslaps. The bar will feature live music throughout the season as well.

SUNDANCE Sundance Resort is expanding its terrain park for the 2011-12 winter season. This move is primarily focused on putting the terrain park in a location that would allow it to remain open during night skiing operations. The resort will not only move the terrain park but will expand its size and number of features. Additional lights will be added to enhance the night riding experience in the park. Sundance is also expanding its pass options this winter to include both a 5-punch and 10-punch pass in addition to the All Seasons Pass.

WOLF MOUNTAIN Utah's best kept family skiing and boarding secret, Wolf Mountain, has once again made improvements to the resort. The 2,700 foot long Wolfdeedo lift cable was replaced this summer to provide even better uphill transportation to its guests. Wolf Mountain has also improved a handful of the ski runs, added additional snowmaking machines and improved some of the physical features of the lodge. New daily ticket pricing options will also be added this year to accommodate every guest's time schedule.
For more information on Ski Utah or the state's 14 ski and snowboard resorts visit www.skiutah.com

Monday, October 10, 2011

1st Snowfall of 2011/2012 Season, Utah Resorts Top Ski Magazine Rankings, and Park City, Deer Valley, Brighton, Solitude, Snowbasin and Powder Mountain Property Sales Trend Upward

Utah Ski Country Real Estate Comparative Statistics: Click here for the latest Utah Ski Country Real Estate Comparative Statistics for the past six months, including Number of Units Sold, Median Sales Price, % of Original Listing Price, Median Price Per Square Foot, and Median Days on the Market.  This data is organized by ski resort area


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The News

As an early October storm dumped up to 18" of snow in the Wasatch Mountains, Ski Magazine http://www.skinet.com/ski/galleries/2010-2011-resort-rankings ranked Deer Valley as the continent's #1 ski resort for an unprecedented fifth straight year, Park City #5, and a number of Utah's other ski areas in the top thirty-five.  No other resort had ever won the prestigious top spot more than three years in a row.

The Canyons was awarded the #18 ranking, Snowbird #19, Snowbasin #27, Alta #28, Brighton #29, and Solitude #30.  Snowbasin was ranked #2 for food, and Alta was #1 for powder/snow quality, followed closely by Brighton, Snowbird, and Powder Mountain.  Park City was also awarded the #1 ranking for family vacations.

And there is more good news for Utah ski resorts related to the resort real estate market.  Four major resort areas continued to show upward trends in real estate sales statistics during September (click here for our comparative ski resort property sales stats).  Brighton, Solitude and the Salt Lake City bench area surrounding Big Cottonwood Canyon showed increases in median sales price and price per sq. ft.  Park City and Deer Valley showed increases in median sales price and a decrease in median days on the market.  The Canyons median sales price was also up, as was the percentage of sales price to original listing price and median price per square ft.  The Ogden Valley, home to Snowbasin, Powder Mountain and Wolf Mountain, showed increases in units sold and median sales price.

These resort real estate sales numbers continue an upward trend from the past few months.

The following are changes and upgrades at Utah's resorts for the 2011/2012 season.

ALTA SKI AREA Starting this season skiers can skip the ticket window and head straight to the powder at Alta using the resort's new Smartphone application, which will allow skiers to reload their Alta Card for skiing directly through their phone.  The popular Corkscrew run, which brings skiers to the base of the mountain, is also being modified to ease the pitch and fulfill the promise of a blue run from top to bottom.
The resort is also proceeding with planning for stage one of a two-pronged base upgrade. Alta is working with architects and environmental consultants to design a LEED certified building, which will include a ticket office, ski shop and other skier services. Construction on the project may occur as early as summer 2012.
Alta's surrounding community has launched a new nonprofit, The Alta Chamber and Visitors Bureau, which aims to attract new visitors through focused marketing and a new website: http://www.discoveralta.com/.

BEAVER MOUNTAIN Family friendly Beaver Mountain in Logan, Utah has added a new Little Beaver lift for the 2011-12 season. The new lift is a triple chair, 400 feet longer than the previous lift providing access to additional beginner terrain with increased capacity.

BRIAN HEAD Brian Head Resort, in Southern Utah, is adding the new Chair 9 Deli & Pub and real-time snow alert texting options. The resort is also launching a new website and expanding its demo and high-performance rental packages. Additionally, a new United Express nonstop flight between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and the new St. George Airport (SGU), only a 90-minute drive to Brian Head, provides easier access to the resort.

BRIGHTON RESORT Brighton is investing $500,000 in snowmaking upgrades and $20,000 in terrain park features for the 2011-12 season. Additionally, the resort will add new high-end equipment to their demo center.

CANYONS RESORT Canyons will open the 2011-12 season with the first phase of their resort re-creation totally complete. Myriad additions to the resort appeared throughout last season including two new chairlifts; including the Orange Bubble chair with heated seats, more than 300 acres of new terrain, a completely remodeled ski-beach base area and a number of new restaurants and services. Additionally this season, Canyons will offer heli-skiing from the resort in conjunction with Wasatch Powderbird Guides.

DEER VALLEY Deer Valley is redesigning the beginning/learning area on Wide West ski run and installing additional Sunkid conveyor lifts. The resort is also opening a new children's clothing retail outlet in the Snow Park Lodge. Forty-one energy efficient air-water snowmaking guns will also be purchased for the 2011-12 winter season.

EAGLE POINT Eagle Point is sprucing up for their second season with 200 additional skiable acres. The terrain will add incredible tree skiing and steeps to the resort. Additionally, the resort has added new amenities to the Canyonside Lodge with an outdoor hot tub garden and spa services.

PARK CITY MOUNTAIN RESORT Beginners of all ages will enjoy a new dedicated learning zone featuring two new conveyor lifts. New Snowmamas (real moms from around the country) will be chosen this fall to share and assist with the ins and outs of creating unforgettable winter family vacations. A new zip line will also run through both the winter and summer seasons. Park City will also see improvements to its terrain park experience, overhauling 3 Kings lift, which will double skier and rider-carrying capacity. Dirt work conducted over the summer will enable the resort to open the 22-foot Eagle Superpipe even earlier in the season as well.  Finally, a functional wind turbine, solar panels and an interactive kiosk devoted to educating visitors on the resort's commitment to exploring renewable energy sources will be located at the top of Silverlode lift.

POWDER MOUNTAIN With over 7,000 skiable acres, visitors to Powder Mountain are offered several ways to transport themselves to the resort's many peaks. As the use of snowcats continues to grow in popularity, Powder Mountain will expand their single-ride snowcat terrain by 50 percent with the addition of 350 skiable acres and an additional snowcat. The resort's trail crew has also gladed additional terrain, adding new tree skiing to Powder Country, Backcountry "DMI" Tour areas as well as the Snowcat Powder Safari Zones.

SNOWBASIN Snowbasin is warming up their season with a new outdoor gas fireplace on Earl's Patio. Slope modifications on School Hill will increase the efficiency of building the Resort's 22-foot Dew Tour regulation halfpipe. The resort will host the winter Dew Tour once again February 9-12, 2012. Two new additional snowcats will be added to Snowbasin's already extensive grooming equipment. The resort will also add seventeen light posts to Earl's Base Area and the upper parking lot.

SNOWBIRD The completion of The Cliff Spa and Aerie Restaurant will mark a complete remodel of Snowbird's flagship hotel, The Cliff Lodge. The Aerie Restaurant will also feature a new chef and manager.
The resort's mountain school is introducing three new programs: Expedition Team for youth ages 10-15 who are expert skiers/boarders, with sidecountry camps and backcountry skills training, and an Adult Adventure program for parents of Adventure Team kids. The School is also implementing the Flaik system and equipment so children and parents can track the terrain and vertical feet they cover.
Snowbird also recently unveiled version 2.0 of its free iPhone app, featuring snow reports, live mountain cams, road conditions, and even allows users to brag about how many days of skiing they've logged at Snowbird throughout the season.

SOLITUDE Solitude Mountain Resort recently unveiled free Wi-Fi throughout all of Solitude Village. The resort aims to keep families and friends connected through the use of popular social media and Smartphone tools.  The Thirsty Squirrel will be expanded for this season as well. This expansion will give visitors the elbow space needed for more animated story-telling, high fives and backslaps. The bar will feature live music throughout the season as well.

SUNDANCE Sundance Resort is expanding its terrain park for the 2011-12 winter season. This move is primarily focused on putting the terrain park in a location that would allow it to remain open during night skiing operations. The resort will not only move the terrain park but will expand its size and number of features. Additional lights will be added to enhance the night riding experience in the park. Sundance is also expanding its pass options this winter to include both a 5-punch and 10-punch pass in addition to the All Seasons Pass.

WOLF MOUNTAIN Utah's best kept family skiing and boarding secret, Wolf Mountain, has once again made improvements to the resort. The 2,700 foot long Wolfdeedo lift cable was replaced this summer to provide even better uphill transportation to its guests. Wolf Mountain has also improved a handful of the ski runs, added additional snowmaking machines and improved some of the physical features of the lodge. New daily ticket pricing options will also be added this year to accommodate every guest's time schedule.
For more information on Ski Utah or the state's 14 ski and snowboard resorts visit www.skiutah.com.



Saturday, September 10, 2011

Park City/Deer Valley Real Estate Sales No Longer Only Bright Spot in Utah Ski Resort Market



Park City and Deer Valley Continue to Show Increases in Sales Volume and Median Sales Price But Practically All Other Utah Resorts Also Showed Significant Increases in Sales Statistics in August.

Utah Ski Country Real Estate Comparative Statistics: Click here for the latest Utah Ski Country Real Estate Comparative Statistics for the past six months, including Number of Units Sold, Median Sales Price, % of Original Listing Price, Median Price Per Square Foot, and Median Days on the Market.  This data is organized by ski resort area


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The News

Alta's real estate sales stats are up, as are those of Beaver Mountain, Brighton/Solitude, The Canyons, and Sundance.  Perhaps the most dramatic change has been in the Ogden Valley and Ogden Bench areas, which showed dramatic increases in sales volume and median sales price after many months of declines. Ogden and the Ogden Valley are in close proximity to Snowbasin, Powder Mountain, and Wolf Mountain.  Click on Utah Ski Country Real Estate Comparative Statistics for all the numbers.

The summer months always bring increases in real estate activity at the Utah resorts, but the August numbers are particularly encouraging due to the prolonged buyer's market and the significant amount of the increases.

As noted earlier in the August post, there are still remarkeable buying opportunities.  Coupled with the record amount of the "greatest snow on earth" during the 2010/2011 season, which once again validated Utah's rightful place at the pinnacle of worldwide ski and riding destinations, the recent upturn noted above may indicate that buyer's will soon begin showing up in substantial numbers.

An added inducement to travel to Utah's ski resorts and take a look at the great property deals could be the new features added/sprucing up the various resorts are doing to celebrate an amazing 10 years of growth since the state hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics.  Skier days are up 41% over that period.

The Ski Channel.com  published the following list of the improvements at Utah's 14 resorts.

ALTA SKI AREA
Starting this season skiers can skip the ticket window and head straight to the powder at Alta using the resort's new Smartphone application, which will allow skiers to reload their Alta Card for skiing directly through their phone.  The popular Corkscrew run, which brings skiers to the base of the mountain, is also being modified to ease the pitch and fulfill the promise of a blue run from top to bottom.
The resort is also proceeding with planning for stage one of a two-pronged base upgrade. Alta is working with architects and environmental consultants to design a LEED certified building, which will include a ticket office, ski shop and other skier services. Construction on the project may occur as early as summer 2012.
Alta's surrounding community has launched a new nonprofit, The Alta Chamber and Visitors Bureau, which aims to attract new visitors through focused marketing and a new website: www.discoveralta.com.
BEAVER MOUNTAIN Family friendly Beaver Mountain in Logan, Utah has added a new Little Beaver lift for the 2011-12 season. The new lift is a triple chair, 400 feet longer than the previous lift providing access to additional beginner terrain with increased capacity.
BRIAN HEAD Brian Head Resort, in Southern Utah, is adding the new Chair 9 Deli & Pub and real-time snow alert texting options. The resort is also launching a new website and expanding its demo and high-performance rental packages. Additionally, a new United Express nonstop flight between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and the new St. George Airport (SGU), only a 90-minute drive to Brian Head, provides easier access to the resort.
BRIGHTON RESORT Brighton is investing $500,000 in snowmaking upgrades and $20,000 in terrain park features for the 2011-12 season. Additionally, the resort will add new high-end equipment to their demo center.
CANYONS RESORT Canyons will open the 2011-12 season with the first phase of their resort re-creation totally complete. Myriad additions to the resort appeared throughout last season including two new chairlifts; including the Orange Bubble chair with heated seats, more than 300 acres of new terrain, a completely remodeled ski-beach base area and a number of new restaurants and services. Additionally this season, Canyons will offer heli-skiing from the resort in conjunction with Wasatch Powderbird Guides.
DEER VALLEY Deer Valley is redesigning the beginning/learning area on Wide West ski run and installing additional Sunkid conveyor lifts. The resort is also opening a new children's clothing retail outlet in the Snow Park Lodge. Forty-one energy efficient air-water snowmaking guns will also be purchased for the 2011-12 winter season.
EAGLE POINT Eagle Point is sprucing up for their second season with 200 additional skiable acres. The terrain will add incredible tree skiing and steeps to the resort. Additionally, the resort has added new amenities to the Canyonside Lodge with an outdoor hot tub garden and spa services.
PARK CITY MOUNTAIN RESORT Beginners of all ages will enjoy a new dedicated learning zone featuring two new conveyor lifts. New Snowmamas (real moms from around the country) will be chosen this fall to share and assist with the ins and outs of creating unforgettable winter family vacations. A new zip line will also run through both the winter and summer seasons. Park City will also see improvements to its terrain park experience, overhauling 3 Kings lift, which will double skier and rider-carrying capacity. Dirt work conducted over the summer will enable the resort to open the 22-foot Eagle Superpipe even earlier in the season as well.  Finally, a functional wind turbine, solar panels and an interactive kiosk devoted to educating visitors on the resort's commitment to exploring renewable energy sources will be located at the top of Silverlode lift.
POWDER MOUNTAIN With over 7,000 skiable acres, visitors to Powder Mountain are offered several ways to transport themselves to the resort's many peaks. As the use of snowcats continues to grow in popularity, Powder Mountain will expand their single-ride snowcat terrain by 50 percent with the addition of 350 skiable acres and an additional snowcat. The resort's trail crew has also gladed additional terrain, adding new tree skiing to Powder Country, Backcountry "DMI" Tour areas as well as the Snowcat Powder Safari Zones.
SNOWBASIN Snowbasin is warming up their season with new outdoor gas fireplaces on Earl's Patio. Slope modifications on School Hill will increase the efficiency of building the Resort's 22-foot Dew Tour regulation halfpipe. The resort will host the winter Dew Tour once again February 9-12, 2012. Two new additional snowcats will be added to Snowbasin's already extensive grooming equipment. The resort will also add seventeen light posts to Earl's Base Area and the upper parking lot.
SNOWBIRD The completion of The Cliff Spa and Aerie Restaurant will mark a complete remodel of Snowbird's flagship hotel, The Cliff Lodge. The Aerie Restaurant will also feature a new chef and manager.
The resort's mountain school is introducing three new programs: Expedition Team for youth ages 10-15 who are expert skiers/boarders, with sidecountry camps and backcountry skills training, and an Adult Adventure program for parents of Adventure Team kids. The School is also implementing the Flaik system and equipment so children and parents can track the terrain and vertical feet they cover.
Snowbird also recently unveiled version 2.0 of its free iPhone app, featuring snow reports, live mountain cams, road conditions, and even allows users to brag about how many days of skiing they've logged at Snowbird throughout the season.
SOLITUDE
Solitude Mountain Resort recently unveiled free Wi-Fi throughout all of Solitude Village. The resort aims to keep families and friends connected through the use of popular social media and Smartphone tools.
The Thirsty Squirrel will be expanded for this season as well. This expansion will give visitors the elbow space needed for more animated story-telling, high fives and backslaps. The bar will feature live music throughout the season as well.
SUNDANCE
Sundance Resort is expanding its terrain park for the 2011-12 winter season. This move is primarily focused on putting the terrain park in a location that would allow it to remain open during night skiing operations. The resort will not only move the terrain park but will expand its size and number of features. Additional lights will be added to enhance the night riding experience in the park. Sundance is also expanding its pass options this winter to include both a 5-punch and 10-punch pass in addition to the All Seasons Pass.
WOLF MOUNTAIN Utah's best kept family skiing and boarding secret, Wolf Mountain, has once again made improvements to the resort. The 2,700 foot long Wolfdeedo lift cable was replaced this summer to provide even better uphill transportation to its guests. Wolf Mountain has also improved a handful of the ski runs, added additional snowmaking machines and improved some of the physical features of the lodge. New daily ticket pricing options will also be added this year to accommodate every guest's time schedule.
For more information on Ski Utah or the state's 14 ski and snowboard resorts visit www.skiutah.com.




Wednesday, August 10, 2011

From Park City to Alta to Snowbasin - Little Change in the Real Estate Buyer's Market

Utah Ski Country Real Estate Comparative Statistics: Click here for the latest Utah Ski Country Real Estate Comparative Statistics for the past six months, including Number of Units Sold, Median Sales Price, % of Original Listing Price, Median Price Per Square Foot, and Median Days on the Market.  This data is organized by ski resort area


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The News

There is some good news for sellers of ski resort real estate in the Park City/Deer Valley market, based on a few promising trends, but throughout much of the Utah ski resort market it is still a buyer's bonanza, with some prices reaching newly dramatic lows.

According to realtytimes.com Market Conditions, overall real estate sales volume in the Park City/Deer Valley area is up over 6% from 2010 figures.  This blog's Utah Ski Country's Real Estate Comparative Statistics shows median sales price has been on a steady upward trend over the past few months in the Park City/Deer Valley area, and median days on the market has been steadily declining.  Other Utah ski resort areas with similar, though less dramatic trends in median sales price and median days on the market are the Alta/Snowbird/Salt Lake City bench areas and  The Canyons/Kimball Junction/I-80 area.

A ski resort area that doesn't show promising property sales trends is the Ogden Valley.  This magnificent, pristine and unspoiled valley is home to big-time skiing and riding at Snowbasin, Powder Mountain, and Wolf Mountain, as well as recreation on Pineview Reservoir, which covers much of the Valley’s floor.  Less than an hour from Salt Lake City International Airport, fifteen minutes from Ogden and 45 minutes from Salt Lake – it’s a mystery why this area is suffering through a still declining market, with little good news or promising trends.

A recent sale involved a 1.75 acre lot, high on a ridge, in a gated community, with stunning views of the Valley, Pineview Reservoir, the jagged peaks of Snowbasin, and world class sunsets.  Originally listed at $725,000 at the height of the market, it sold for $150,000.  Numerous other statement homes and beautiful, fully developed lots are available at dramatic discounts. 

So why is all the money that everyone agrees has been sitting on the sidelines still sitting…with such amazing deals available on quality properties?  There are plenty of people with significant wealth.  Baby Boomers are beginning to retire and many of them have not been wiped out by the downturn.  Interest rates are at reord lows.  What will get this market moving upward? 

Everyone seems to agree the inventory, particularly of bank and short sales, needs to be reduced.  And the uncertainty of the U.S. and global economy surely isn't helping.  The guess here is that whenever the tipping point is reached - possibly as a result of inflation's rising prices and rates, or the inventory is significantly reduced and demand passes supply, or investor's have tried everything else but real estate - the ski resort property market could rebound with vigor. 




Park City: Park City Mountain Resort reports on their website that they have invested over $7 million in improvements for the 2011-2012 winter season, with "a continued comittment to creating unsurpassed and environmentally friendly on-mountain experiences."  Major improvements include the addition of a dedicated beginner learning area serviced by two conveyor lifts, replacement of the 3 Kings lift, additional snowmaking and grooming equipment, and a continued dedication to renewable energy sources.

Deer Valley: Deer Valley's lift-serviced mountain biking and hiking expanded trail access is now open, along with scenic chairlift rides.
Sundance: Many property prices at ski resorts have dropped precipitiously, but Sundance may be the exception.  There were originally nine lots in the Ridge Lots at Sundance Preserve.  Seven have sold, and the two that remain are priced at $1,975,000.

Utah Ski Resort Property Prices and Activity
According to Forecastcart's Utah property predictions, prices should decline on average 5.4% during 2011, which is continued good news for buyers and bad news for sellers.

Summertime Fun to Combine With a Property Tour

 (From utahskiandsnowboard.com)
Salt Lake City, UT - Even though two of Utah's ski resorts, Snowbird and Snowbasin, remain open for skiing and riding on weekends, the summer season is well underway in the state. Utah resorts are starting to provide an array of summer activities perfect for all ages and energy levels. Find a haven from the heat at your favorite Utah resort with the following activities:

ALTA SKI AREA
Alta Ski Area is open to the public all summer long for hiking and biking. Enjoy a brunch on weekends at the Alta Lodge. The famous Wasatch Wildflower Festival will also take place July 29-31, 2011.

BEAVER MOUNTAIN

Beaver Mountain, located in Logan Canyon en route to the stunning azure waters of nearby Bear Lake, rents their ski lodge, yurt and four 10-person tents for visitors, youth groups and family reunions all summer long. In addition, Beaver Mountain has a campground with tent sites and RV hook-ups for rent all summer.

BRIAN HEAD RESORT

Brian Head Resort, located 15 miles off I-15 at Utah exit 75 or 78 is a great place to beat the heat this summer. With average summer temperatures in the 70s, Brian Head Resort offers many on-mountain activities including scenic lift rides, mountain biking, hiking, disc golf and the new self-guided "Brian Head Family Adventure,” earth-science and natural-history focused activities ranging from orienteering to learning about petroglyphs. Brian Head also boasts extensive ATV trails, dining daily throughout the summer and various special events.

BRIGHTON RESORT

New this year, Brighton will operate a store/café at the base of the resort from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. serving grab and go items as well as a lunch menu. The store will also sell small items such as sunscreen and bug spray to make visitors’ days more comfortable.

CANYONS RESORT

Beginning June 17, Canyons will be open seven days a week. New this summer, Canyons‘ guests can explore phase one of a mountain bike park, a zip line circuit, a guided hiking program leading day and overnight hikes, paddle boating on the reservoir, and 18-hole miniature golf in the Resort Village. In addition to these new activities, the Resort will continue to offer gondola rides, lunch at Red Pine Café, mountain biking, disc golf, hiking, events and free concerts throughout the summer.

The Farm, Red Tail Grill, and Red Pine Café will also be open for dining and the Park City Farmer’s Market will remain Wednesdays from noon to 6 p.m. in the Cabriolet parking lot. Canyons will also host a July 3 celebration with a free concert and firework show, and starting July 16 through Sept. 3 free Saturday evening concerts.

DEER VALLEY RESORT

Deer Valley
Resort will open daily for the 2011 summer season on June 17, and continue through Labor Day before reopening for an additional weekend on Sept. 10 and 11, conditions permitting.

Those visiting Deer Valley this summer will enjoy over 60 miles of lift-served mountain biking and hiking as well as scenic rides on three chairlifts this summer, with the addition of Ruby Express chairlift and an expanded trail system. Ride the Silver Lake Express chairlift or drive to the Royal Street Café for a mid-mountain meal on the deck. Royal Street Café will be open June 17 through Labor Day, serving lunch daily from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The menu features appetizers, salads, paninis, Deer Valley's famous Turkey Chili, specialty entrées and creative cocktails.

New this year, Deer Valley Grocery~Café serves on-site and to-go fresh baked pastries, specialty coffee drinks, soups, chilies, stews, salads, paninis, homemade breads and other bakery items. Enjoy the view and mountain air while dining lakeside on the outdoor deck. A limited variety of gourmet grocery items, specially prepared take-away entrees and desserts as well as wine, beer and liquor are available. Deer Valley Grocery~Café is open daily and located in the Deer Valley Plaza building in the Snow Park area.

EAGLE POINT RESORT

Eagle Point Resort operates Friday through Sunday from June 3 until Labor Day offering guests its "Adventure: As You Wish" program. Stay at the condos at Eagle Point or visit for the day while enjoying hiking, biking, fishing, paintball, mountain disc golf and fine dining at The Outpost Grill. Eagle Point will host live entertainment and special events on Saturdays at The Outpost Grill throughout the summer and is available to host private events, weddings or group outing at The Canyonside Lodge.
PARK CITY MOUNTAIN RESORT

Park City Mountain Resort's family adventures include one of the country's longest Alpine Slides, Utah’s only Alpine Coaster, the ZipRider soaring 110 feet above the ground, and lift-served mountain biking, hiking and scenic chairlift rides via both PayDay and the Town Lifts. The Resort Base area offers adventures for all ages including a climbing wall, miniature golf, Legacy Launcher trampoline and Little Miners Park. This summer, Park City Mountain Resort will introduce two new adventures. The Flying Eagle Zip Line and Adventure Zone are slated to open later this summer.

POWDER MOUNTAIN

Powder Mountain
Resort is transforming its 8,000-foot elevation ski runs into motocross mania for the Third Annual Monster Energy Powder Mountain Motocross. The resort, along with event partner Monster Energy and title sponsors; Scott Sports, BTO Sports, and 5050 BMX, will host the high-elevation race Aug. 18-21, 2011.

Powder Mountain will offer Summer Safari 4 X 4 Adventure Tours as soon as the 2010-2011record-breaking snowfall melts off the ski slopes and allows the tours to begin. Guided tours in an oversized four-wheel drive vehicle will take guests to spectacular sites over the 10,000 acres within the resort that would otherwise be inaccessible to the public by vehicle.

The Third Annual Powder Mountain Hill Climb will be held June 11th. The bicycle race starts at Wolf Creek Resort and climbs 3,300 vertical feet in six miles. Visit Team Excelerator for more info.

SNOWBASIN RESORT

Winter returned to Snowbasin this week with the announcement that the resort will resume skiing and snowboarding operations on Saturdays and Sundays beginning this weekend as long as conditions allow. Uplift and download service will be provided by the Needles Gondola, with primarily intermediate skiing and riding served by the Middle Bowl triple chairlift from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Snowbasin will open for summer adventure on June 25. The resort's Needles Gondola will be in operation on Saturday and Sunday through September 5 for scenic gondola rides and access to hiking, mountain biking and award-winning cuisine. Dine mountain-top at the Needles Lodge on Saturday and Sunday, or have lunch at Earl's Lodge on Saturday. Don't miss the BBQ with live music and cool mountain air on Earl's Patio every Sunday afternoon.

Snowbasin's single-track trails are well maintained and wind through scenic aspen groves and gladed pines. All levels of riding are available from the base with more than 26 miles of trails that connect to additional Forest Service trails for nearly 50 miles of adventure! Enjoy lower trails with shuttle service back to the base on the weekends.

Snowbasin also offers a 9-hole disc golf course utilizing natural terrain features. There are no greens fees. Disc golf equipment and high performance bike rentals are also available in the Grizzly Center.

Snowbasin will host an endurance mountain bike race, the Mt. Ogden 50/100k, on August 27. Also returning this summer is the XTERRA USA Championships September 24 and 25.

SNOWBIRD SKI AND SUMMMER RESORT

Snowbird summer activities will kick off June 18 with the resort’s third annual Brewfest, and run through fall, including a new ropes course, Wasatch Mining Company Gemstone Mine, climbing wall, ZipRider, bungy trampoline, mechanical bull, air jumper and inflatables. The resort will also continue running the Aerial Tram and Peruvian Express chairlift and tunnel to provide access to Hidden Peak, where the resort offers mountain biking, hiking, horse-back riding and ATV tours. The resort is currently open for skiing weekends Fridays through Sundays and hopes to remain open through Fourth of July weekend, conditions pending.

SOLITUDE

This summer, Solitude Mountain Resort will offer lift served biking, hiking and disc golf Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays beginning in early July.

Scenic chairlift rides and uplift for hiking and mountain biking takes place on Solitude's Sunrise triple chair. From there, visitors may explore miles of single track on Diggler Scooters or mountain bikes, or explore some of the most geologically diverse terrain in the state by foot. Solitude's high alpine course also offers 18 holes of disc golf.

On Saturdays and Sundays, brunch and dinner will be served throughout the summer at Kimi's Mountainside Bistro, or follow a guide on a short alpine hike to the Yurt at Solitude where a chef prepares a four-course meal while guests watch the sun set on the Wasatch. For lighter fare, the Stone Haus Pizzeria & Creamery is open Wednesdays through Sundays for lunch or dinner, serving hand crafted pizzas, barbeque, Starbucks Coffee, gourmet ice cream, salads, snacks and more.

SUNDANCE

Nestled within thousands of acres of Rocky Mountain wilderness, Sundance offers some of the most spectacular hiking terrain in the West. From the rugged peaks of Mt. Timpanogos to lush waterfalls and deep canyon valleys, the terrain is sure to please all types of hikers. And with an incredible array of wildflowers and wildlife, explorers of all ages will find adventure at every turn. Visitors are free to explore on their own or join a guided hike.

Sundance Mountain Outfitters takes visitors to some of Sundance's most stunning terrain. Whether guests want to hike from the summit or explore new ground on the back mountain, these hikes are sure to please avid hikers.

Bikers will enjoy the same terrain that makes skiing and snowboarding at Sundance so amazing in winter. Ride the lift up, along with your bike and then experience some remarkable trails. Day passes, twilight passes and season passes are available.

Sundance also offers scenic lift rides, including full moon lift rides, horse backing riding and fly fishing.

UTAH OLYMPIC PARK

Utah Olympic Park's Freestyle Training Pool in Park City is home to several multi-day Freestyle and Freeride Camps throughout the summer season. These camps and programs offered by FLY, AXIS and others provide progressive instruction for those interested in pursuing freestyle or freeride.

Youth Development programs are also offered at Utah Olympic Park this summer in bobsled, skeleton, luge and ski jumping.


Sunday, July 10, 2011

Utah Skier, Rider Days 2nd All Time High; Great Real Estate Deals All Time High



 


Utah Ski Country Real Estate Comparative Statistics: Click here for the latest Utah Ski Country Real Estate Comparative Statistics for the past six months, including Number of Units Sold, Median Sales Price, % of Original Listing Price, Median Price Per Square Foot, and Median Days on the Market.  This data is organized by ski resort area


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The News


There was a record amount of snow still in the mountains as the Utah resorts closed, with summit to base runs at Snowbird open through their last day, July 4th.  And according to an article in The Salt Lake Tribune,  attributed to Ski Utah, the 4.22 million skier-day visits was the second highest total ever.  Research conducted for Ski Utah by consulting firm RRC Associates estimated Utah's ski industry generated $1.17 billion in economic activity this past winter, exceeding the previous record of $1.06 billion in 2007-08.
Along with record snowfall and ski visitors during the winter of 2010 - 2011, sales and prices of high-end residences, many in ski resort communities, are at record lows.  There should be an obvious connection here - many folks experienced the amazing experience of skiing or riding on The Greatest Snow on Earth at the same time there are incredible deals on ski resort properties, and in particular, high-end properties.  So where are the sophisticated buyers who know the value of this phenomenal buyer's market?
There are signs that some are beginning to show up.  There was eye-opening growth at the Canyons and Kimbal Junction during June in terms of units sold, median price, and days on the market (Utah Ski Country Comparative Statistics), and hopeful signs in other resort markets.  This was on top of a jump in activity across many statistical categories in Park City in 2010.

Park City: Park City's innovative "My Pass, My Way" ski passes are now on sale for the 2011/2012 season.  The passes offer options for different price points and could be a trend setter for similar pass options from other resorts.  For second home owners, particularly fractional owners, who might not be able to ski enough to justify a traditional, full-season/every day pass, season pass options should be highly attractive.

Sundance: Many property prices at ski resorts have dropped precipitiously, but Sundance may be the exception.  There were originally nine lots in the Ridge Lots at Sundance Preserve.  Seven have sold, and the two that remain are priced at $1,975,000.

Utah Ski Resort Property Prices and Activity
According to Forecastcart's Utah property predictions, prices should decline on average 5.4% during 2011, which is continued good news for buyers and bad news for sellers.
Summertime Fun to Combine With a Property Tour

 (From utahskiandsnowboard.com)
Salt Lake City, UT - Even though two of Utah's ski resorts, Snowbird and Snowbasin, remain open for skiing and riding on weekends, the summer season is well underway in the state. Utah resorts are starting to provide an array of summer activities perfect for all ages and energy levels. Find a haven from the heat at your favorite Utah resort with the following activities:

ALTA SKI AREA
Alta Ski Area is open to the public all summer long for hiking and biking. Enjoy a brunch on weekends at the Alta Lodge. The famous Wasatch Wildflower Festival will also take place July 29-31, 2011.

BEAVER MOUNTAIN

Beaver Mountain, located in Logan Canyon en route to the stunning azure waters of nearby Bear Lake, rents their ski lodge, yurt and four 10-person tents for visitors, youth groups and family reunions all summer long. In addition, Beaver Mountain has a campground with tent sites and RV hook-ups for rent all summer.

BRIAN HEAD RESORT

Brian Head Resort, located 15 miles off I-15 at Utah exit 75 or 78 is a great place to beat the heat this summer. With average summer temperatures in the 70s, Brian Head Resort offers many on-mountain activities including scenic lift rides, mountain biking, hiking, disc golf and the new self-guided "Brian Head Family Adventure,” earth-science and natural-history focused activities ranging from orienteering to learning about petroglyphs. Brian Head also boasts extensive ATV trails, dining daily throughout the summer and various special events.

BRIGHTON RESORT

New this year, Brighton will operate a store/café at the base of the resort from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. serving grab and go items as well as a lunch menu. The store will also sell small items such as sunscreen and bug spray to make visitors’ days more comfortable.

CANYONS RESORT

Beginning June 17, Canyons will be open seven days a week. New this summer, Canyons‘ guests can explore phase one of a mountain bike park, a zip line circuit, a guided hiking program leading day and overnight hikes, paddle boating on the reservoir, and 18-hole miniature golf in the Resort Village. In addition to these new activities, the Resort will continue to offer gondola rides, lunch at Red Pine Café, mountain biking, disc golf, hiking, events and free concerts throughout the summer.

The Farm, Red Tail Grill, and Red Pine Café will also be open for dining and the Park City Farmer’s Market will remain Wednesdays from noon to 6 p.m. in the Cabriolet parking lot. Canyons will also host a July 3 celebration with a free concert and firework show, and starting July 16 through Sept. 3 free Saturday evening concerts.

DEER VALLEY RESORT

Deer Valley
Resort will open daily for the 2011 summer season on June 17, and continue through Labor Day before reopening for an additional weekend on Sept. 10 and 11, conditions permitting.

Those visiting Deer Valley this summer will enjoy over 60 miles of lift-served mountain biking and hiking as well as scenic rides on three chairlifts this summer, with the addition of Ruby Express chairlift and an expanded trail system. Ride the Silver Lake Express chairlift or drive to the Royal Street Café for a mid-mountain meal on the deck. Royal Street Café will be open June 17 through Labor Day, serving lunch daily from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The menu features appetizers, salads, paninis, Deer Valley's famous Turkey Chili, specialty entrées and creative cocktails.

New this year, Deer Valley Grocery~Café serves on-site and to-go fresh baked pastries, specialty coffee drinks, soups, chilies, stews, salads, paninis, homemade breads and other bakery items. Enjoy the view and mountain air while dining lakeside on the outdoor deck. A limited variety of gourmet grocery items, specially prepared take-away entrees and desserts as well as wine, beer and liquor are available. Deer Valley Grocery~Café is open daily and located in the Deer Valley Plaza building in the Snow Park area.

EAGLE POINT RESORT

Eagle Point Resort operates Friday through Sunday from June 3 until Labor Day offering guests its "Adventure: As You Wish" program. Stay at the condos at Eagle Point or visit for the day while enjoying hiking, biking, fishing, paintball, mountain disc golf and fine dining at The Outpost Grill. Eagle Point will host live entertainment and special events on Saturdays at The Outpost Grill throughout the summer and is available to host private events, weddings or group outing at The Canyonside Lodge.
PARK CITY MOUNTAIN RESORT

Park City Mountain Resort's family adventures include one of the country's longest Alpine Slides, Utah’s only Alpine Coaster, the ZipRider soaring 110 feet above the ground, and lift-served mountain biking, hiking and scenic chairlift rides via both PayDay and the Town Lifts. The Resort Base area offers adventures for all ages including a climbing wall, miniature golf, Legacy Launcher trampoline and Little Miners Park. This summer, Park City Mountain Resort will introduce two new adventures. The Flying Eagle Zip Line and Adventure Zone are slated to open later this summer.

POWDER MOUNTAIN

Powder Mountain
Resort is transforming its 8,000-foot elevation ski runs into motocross mania for the Third Annual Monster Energy Powder Mountain Motocross. The resort, along with event partner Monster Energy and title sponsors; Scott Sports, BTO Sports, and 5050 BMX, will host the high-elevation race Aug. 18-21, 2011.

Powder Mountain will offer Summer Safari 4 X 4 Adventure Tours as soon as the 2010-2011record-breaking snowfall melts off the ski slopes and allows the tours to begin. Guided tours in an oversized four-wheel drive vehicle will take guests to spectacular sites over the 10,000 acres within the resort that would otherwise be inaccessible to the public by vehicle.

The Third Annual Powder Mountain Hill Climb will be held June 11th. The bicycle race starts at Wolf Creek Resort and climbs 3,300 vertical feet in six miles. Visit Team Excelerator for more info.

SNOWBASIN RESORT

Winter returned to Snowbasin this week with the announcement that the resort will resume skiing and snowboarding operations on Saturdays and Sundays beginning this weekend as long as conditions allow. Uplift and download service will be provided by the Needles Gondola, with primarily intermediate skiing and riding served by the Middle Bowl triple chairlift from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Snowbasin will open for summer adventure on June 25. The resort's Needles Gondola will be in operation on Saturday and Sunday through September 5 for scenic gondola rides and access to hiking, mountain biking and award-winning cuisine. Dine mountain-top at the Needles Lodge on Saturday and Sunday, or have lunch at Earl's Lodge on Saturday. Don't miss the BBQ with live music and cool mountain air on Earl's Patio every Sunday afternoon.

Snowbasin's single-track trails are well maintained and wind through scenic aspen groves and gladed pines. All levels of riding are available from the base with more than 26 miles of trails that connect to additional Forest Service trails for nearly 50 miles of adventure! Enjoy lower trails with shuttle service back to the base on the weekends.

Snowbasin also offers a 9-hole disc golf course utilizing natural terrain features. There are no greens fees. Disc golf equipment and high performance bike rentals are also available in the Grizzly Center.

Snowbasin will host an endurance mountain bike race, the Mt. Ogden 50/100k, on August 27. Also returning this summer is the XTERRA USA Championships September 24 and 25.

SNOWBIRD SKI AND SUMMMER RESORT

Snowbird summer activities will kick off June 18 with the resort’s third annual Brewfest, and run through fall, including a new ropes course, Wasatch Mining Company Gemstone Mine, climbing wall, ZipRider, bungy trampoline, mechanical bull, air jumper and inflatables. The resort will also continue running the Aerial Tram and Peruvian Express chairlift and tunnel to provide access to Hidden Peak, where the resort offers mountain biking, hiking, horse-back riding and ATV tours. The resort is currently open for skiing weekends Fridays through Sundays and hopes to remain open through Fourth of July weekend, conditions pending.

SOLITUDE

This summer, Solitude Mountain Resort will offer lift served biking, hiking and disc golf Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays beginning in early July.

Scenic chairlift rides and uplift for hiking and mountain biking takes place on Solitude's Sunrise triple chair. From there, visitors may explore miles of single track on Diggler Scooters or mountain bikes, or explore some of the most geologically diverse terrain in the state by foot. Solitude's high alpine course also offers 18 holes of disc golf.

On Saturdays and Sundays, brunch and dinner will be served throughout the summer at Kimi's Mountainside Bistro, or follow a guide on a short alpine hike to the Yurt at Solitude where a chef prepares a four-course meal while guests watch the sun set on the Wasatch. For lighter fare, the Stone Haus Pizzeria & Creamery is open Wednesdays through Sundays for lunch or dinner, serving hand crafted pizzas, barbeque, Starbucks Coffee, gourmet ice cream, salads, snacks and more.

SUNDANCE

Nestled within thousands of acres of Rocky Mountain wilderness, Sundance offers some of the most spectacular hiking terrain in the West. From the rugged peaks of Mt. Timpanogos to lush waterfalls and deep canyon valleys, the terrain is sure to please all types of hikers. And with an incredible array of wildflowers and wildlife, explorers of all ages will find adventure at every turn. Visitors are free to explore on their own or join a guided hike.

Sundance Mountain Outfitters takes visitors to some of Sundance's most stunning terrain. Whether guests want to hike from the summit or explore new ground on the back mountain, these hikes are sure to please avid hikers.

Bikers will enjoy the same terrain that makes skiing and snowboarding at Sundance so amazing in winter. Ride the lift up, along with your bike and then experience some remarkable trails. Day passes, twilight passes and season passes are available.

Sundance also offers scenic lift rides, including full moon lift rides, horse backing riding and fly fishing.

UTAH OLYMPIC PARK

Utah Olympic Park's Freestyle Training Pool in Park City is home to several multi-day Freestyle and Freeride Camps throughout the summer season. These camps and programs offered by FLY, AXIS and others provide progressive instruction for those interested in pursuing freestyle or freeride.

Youth Development programs are also offered at Utah Olympic Park this summer in bobsled, skeleton, luge and ski jumping.