Monday, December 10, 2012

Summit Series Assumes Management of Powder Mountain


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.



THE NEWS
The Summit Series is now operating Powder Mountain, the sale of the ski resort will become final in early 2013, significant changes are coming, and the Ogden Valley is buzzing with excitement. 

According to an article in Forbes 12/3/2012 online edition by Steven Bertoni, "The Summit Series, the five-year old entrepreneur conference run by a gang of mostly twenty-something nomads, has announced that it has taken over management of Utah's Powder Mountain (rumors have been around for months) and is set to close the transaction to purchase the resort in early 2013." 

Powder Mountain is located in the Ogden Valley, a gorgeous, idyllic alpine valley ringed by jagged peaks, Snowbasin, Powder Mountain and Wolf Mountain ski resorts, and is the home of Pineview Reservoir, a popular destination for fishing, boating and water sports.  The resort gets an annual average of 500 inches of Utah's famous "greatest snow on earth," and has over 10,000 acres of terrain that could be utilized for skiing and touring, making it potentially the largest ski resort in terms of acres in North America.   Salt Lake and its international airport are less than an hour's drive away.

Bertoni also gives some history of the Summit Series. "Summit in recent years gained notoriety in the start-up world for its annual A-list-packed, weekend conferences that have taken over both a cruise ship and Squaw Valley, California.  These innovation festivals have included speakers and attendees like President Bill Clinton, Virgin Billionaire Richard Branson, Mark Cuban, Russel Simmons and Ted Turner.  Now it's transforming itself from an annual event to a year-round community.  Think entrepreneurial country club."

And he goes on to describe how the Powder Mountain project will work.  "Members buy plots of land on Powder Mountain (early lots were rumored to have sold for $1million a pop), build a home and get access to a private lodge and thousands of acres of skiing riding, biking and hiking.  Membership also brings a year-round program of speakers, conferences and concerts.  The goal is to create a community of like-minded entrepreneurs who dig the Summit ethos of innovation, art, and social impact with some hard partying mixed in.

Gregory Ferenstein, writing for the blog Tech Crunch, offers the thoughts of investor Tim Cheng, managing director of the Mayfield Fund, who has held gatherings at the Summit's temporary lodge.  "Imagine authentic friendship and community of something like Burning Man, but with deeper substance, a la TED."

This reporter attended an open house for the public hosted by Summit Series founder Elliot Bisnow and other partners in the Powder Mountain project, and their philosophy and initial plans for the resort were very well received...and by a local community ofter leery of development plans for their pristine valley.  Bisnow and his associates are young, bright, articulate, and offered promises of a low impact, environmentally friendly development that will retain the unique, family feel of all that is Powder Mountain.  The resort will remain open to the public.

500 homes for Summit Series members surrounding a village will be the center of the initial phase of development, and a lodge and meeting facilities for Summit meetings and seminars has already been approved.  Bisnow talked about a "world-class transportation system" which would utilize shuttles to attack the thorny problem of the Powder Mountain access road.  Homes will be limited to a modest 4,000 sq. ft. (at least for such a well-heeled group), and will be built with as much green technology as possible.

The Summit Series is making a sustained and what appears to be sincere effort to become an integral part of the local community, and improve the lifestyle of Ogden Valley's residents, as well as those who visit Powder Mountain for recreation.

So how will this news impact the real estate market in the Ogden Valley?  A positive impact is a given...unless you're looking for a great deal.  Local real estate agents report calls from clients desperate to purchase property before prices go up after they saw the initial flood of media reporting on the Summit Series acquisition.  And all the positive press and buzz surrounding the developments at Powder Mountain follow Powder Magazine's ranking of Ogden, Utah (adjacent to Ogden Valley) as the "# 2 ski town in North America and a National Georgraphic online feature that gushed that the town is a "Disneyland for adrenalized adults."



Saturday, November 10, 2012

Ogden, Utah ranked #2 Ski Town by Powder Magazine

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

 Powder Magazine ranks Ogden, Utah as the the # 2 ski town in North America, and National Geographic gushes that it's a "Disneyland for adrenalized adults."

According to a feature in the November issue of Powder, one of the ski industry's iconic and most highly respected publications, Ogden is ranked ahead of all but one of the country's cities or towns with ski resorts practically at their doorstep.

The Standard Examiner, Ogden's daily newspaper, states in an article by Mitch Shaw that Powder's criteria was based on a number of variables, including location, cost and terrain.  Shaw goes on to relate that the magazine "worked with an unnamed M.I.T. student to develop an algorithm to determine the amount of snow per person at the 32 locations named in the magazine."

The article goes on to quote Mike Rogge, managing editor of Powder Magazine, related to the criteria for their conclusions.  "Lots of skiable acreage and low skier visits yield higher scores.  The best days to ski are deep ones that aren't tracked out by noon.  The Ogden-Clearfield metropolitan area is the second-largest in Utah, but you wouldn't know it from visiting Snowbasin or Powder Mountain.  We wanted to find out, if you were going on a ski trip for three days or a week or even a month, where would you want to go. Ogden came out as the second-best place to ski.  You'll have these fantastic powder days, and there will be nobody around. You get much more bang for your buck in Ogden."

According to the magazine, as stated in the Standard Examiner article, Powder Mountain has over 7,000 skiable acres and Snowbasin over 3,000.  The newpaper also quotes Mike Caldwell, mayor of Ogden.  "It validates what we as a city have been talking about for a long time.  Ogden is a world-class venue for outdoor recreation."

National Geographic's website has a section on Adventure Towns, which further validates Mayor Caldwell's comments.  "If there's a disneyland for adrenealized adults, it's Ogden."  The online feature goes on to list the numerous man-made thrills in the city that compliment the amazing natural recreational opportunities of the Wasatch range, which literally rises straight up from Ogden neighborhoods.

Considering the natural beauty, 30 minute drive to Salt Lake City International Airport, low cost of living, sophisticated health care industry, and relatively vibrant economy - it's a great time to check out the terrific, but rapidly vanishing deals on homes, condos and land.  The housing market is on its way back in the Ogden area.

You can now conduct a comprehensive search for available real estate and properties at or near Utah's ski resorts and mountain communities on just one website. And this same site contains a wealth of information on each of the resorts, important factors to consider when buying property or building in an alpine environment, and a full complement of Google maps, mortgage calculators, etc.
Utah Ski Country Homes and Land for Sale has the most comprehensive listing of available properties in Utah's fabled ski country. Each listing links to a full page of information and a photo of the property, and then directly to the agent or owner's contact information.

If you're searching for Utah ski real estate, you can conduct in-depth research on numerous properties, their location, and the resorts and communities within a 25 mile radius. When you also consult Utah Ski Country Real Estate Comparative Statistics, you will have a very complete and detailed take on everything you need to know to make a wise and appropriate decision related to which properties to pursue through the owners or agents.
If you are trying to sell real estate, listing and promoting your property on Utah Ski Country Homes and Land for Sale will be an invaluable sales tool. The site appears at or near the top of the major search engines and is linked to other key sites those interested in Utah skiing visit in masse, such as Ski Utah and Go Utah. Many prospective buyers consult this site, and view its listings, as a first step in their property search.

Statistics from numerous surveys and studies show that each year more and more prospective real estate buyers conduct research on the internet before contacting a real estate agent or the property owner. When looking for homes, condos, fractional ownerships or land outside their home area, as is the case with many individuals looking to purchase property at or close to a ski resort, this already high percentage rises dramatically. A web listing is as critical to selling property as a cell phone is to taking calls related to the property you are trying to sell.

 


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Utah Ski and Mountain Property - Don't Miss Out on an Extraordinary Opportunity


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

The extraordinary advantages of owning ski or mountain property along Utah's fabled Wasatch Range will surely remain...but the extraordinary opportunities of buying real estate in the state's mountain communities or mountain-hugging cities at a relative song surely will not.

Whether you are looking to relocate and work, or retire, in a four season recreational heaven smack dab in the middle of a vibrant and growing economy with a low cost of living, or own a second home in a world-reknowned mountain environment, you absolutely must take a close look at Utah.
"The Greatest Snow on Earth", storied steeps and immaculately groomed cruisers of Utah's ski resorts assure incomparable skiing and riding during the surprisingly mild and sunny winter months.  From late spring through late fall, hiking, biking, climbing, golf, world-class fishing and boating take center stage.  And whether you choose a city hard against the Wasatch or one of the stunningly beautiful valleys or resort communities in what is known as the "Wasatch Back" - these recreational opportunites are only minutes from your front door.

And you will likely be less than an hour from a major international airport, world-reknowned medical centers and hospitals, and cultural and major sports events.

Utah is a stunningly beautiful state, with a stunning variety of landscapes, climates, ecosystems, and the most national parks in the country.  Consistent growth, a vibrant economy and a low cost of living combine with the recreational options to offer what is far outside the norm - a great quality of life at many different stages of life at a very reasonable price.

Real estate prices are beginning to rise in both the cities along the Wasatch and the mountain and resort communities.  Combined with considerable, recent press extolling the quality of life and cost of living, and the slowly but steadily improving national economy - property inventory is sure to drop and prices will climb higher in the near future.

Don't miss out.  To start your search for more information about all that Utah's mountain environment has to offer a property owner or resident, the websites listed below should be very helpful.

Ski Utah; Go Utah; Utah Ski Country Homes and Land for Sale; Snowbasin; Powder Mountain; Wolf Mountain; Beaver Mountain; Park City; Deer Valley; Canyons; Brighton; Solitude; Brighton; Alta; Snowbird; Sundance; Eagle Point; Bryan Head.

You can now conduct a comprehensive search for available real estate and properties at or near Utah's ski resorts and mountain communities on just one website. And this same site contains a wealth of information on each of the resorts, important factors to consider when buying property or building in an alpine environment, and a full complement of Google maps, mortgage calculators, etc.

 Utah Ski Country Homes and Land for Sale has the most comprehensive listing of available properties in Utah's fabled ski country. Each listing links to a full page of information and a photo of the property, and then directly to the agent or owner's contact information.

If you're searching for real estate, you can conduct in-depth research on numerous properties, their location, and the resorts and communities within a 25 mile radius. When you also consult Utah Ski Country Real Estate Comparative Statistics, you will have a very complete and detailed take on everything you need to know to make a wise and appropriate decision related to which properties to pursue through the owners or agents.

 If you are trying to sell real estate, listing and promoting your property on Utah Ski Country Homes and Land for Sale would be an invaluable sales tool. The site appears at or near the top of the major search engines and is linked to other key sites those interested in Utah skiing visit in masse, such as Ski Utah and Go Utah. Many prospective buyers consult this site, and view its listings, as a first step in their property search.

 Statistics from numerous surveys and studies show that each year more and more prospective real estate buyers conduct research on the internet before contacting a real estate agent or the property owner. When looking for homes, condos, fractional ownerships or land outside their home area, as is the case with many individuals looking to purchase property at or close to a ski resort, this already high percentage rises up dramatically. One can imagine a day very soon when a web listing is as critical to selling property as a cell phone is to taking calls related to the property you are trying to sell.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Utah mountain and ski resort real estate continues to heat up

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THE NEWS

Real Estate in the mountains and ski resorts of Utah continues to heat up, as units sold and median sales prices rise while average days on the market fall.  Conditions vary depending on the area and resort - you can check comparative sales and property related statistics on Utah Ski Country Real Estate Comparative Statistics.

Across all of Utah there has been a dramatic turn-around in real estate sales predictions from Housing Predictor, an online real estate news and forecasting site.  In March of this year markets across the state were forecast to suffer still lower prices in 2012, from a negative 4.2% in Logan to a negative 3.4% in Salt Lake City. On Tuesday, September 11, the forecast had been reversed and a climb in prices across the state was predicted, from a positive 2.7% in Provo down to .5% in Logan.

Housing Predictor attributes the turn-around to "bulging home sales driven by near record low mortgage rates, better employment levels than many other states and the lowest home prices in years."

The forecasting site also states that fewer discount priced foreclosures are pressuring home values with a tighter inventory of homes for buyers.

For those who have been watching property prices and availability in the mountains and ski resorts, the time may have come to make a move.  As property prices rise, the number of desirable, available properties will drop as buyers who have been waiting on the sidelines jump in to avoid even higher prices.  As there have been very few spec homes built over the past five years, the inventory could drop rapidly and put even more upward pressure on prices.

Ski season is just around the corner.  With prospective buyers in the mountains and resorts, markets could heat up quickly.  Particularly in light of the fact that the 2012 election will be decided, the economy will hopefully continue it's slow improvement, and prospective buyers will have a clearer idea of what the next four years will hold.

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You can now conduct a comprehensive search for available real estate and properties at or near Utah's ski resorts and mountain communities on just one website. And this same site contains a wealth of information on each of the resorts, important factors to consider when buying property or building in an alpine environment, and a full complement of Google maps, mortgage calculators, etc.


Utah Ski Country Homes and Land for Sale has the most comprehensive listing of available properties in Utah's fabled ski country. Each listing links to a full page of information and a photo of the property, and then directly to the agent or owner's contact information.

If you're searching for real estate, you can conduct in-depth research on numerous properties, their location, and the resorts and communities within a 25 mile radius. When you also consult Utah Ski Country Real Estate Comparative Statistics, you will have a very complete and detailed take on everything you need to know to make a wise and appropriate decision related to which properties to pursue through the owners or agents.

If you are trying to sell real estate, listing and promoting your property on Utah Ski Country Homes and Land for Sale would be an invaluable sales tool. The site appears at or near the top of the major search engines and is linked to other key sites those interested in Utah skiing visit in masse, such as Ski Utah and Go Utah. Many prospective buyers consult this site, and view its listings, as a first step in their property search.

Statistics from numerous surveys and studies show that each year more and more prospective real estate buyers conduct research on the internet before contacting a real estate agent or the property owner. When looking for homes, condos, fractional ownerships or land outside their home area, as is the case with many individuals looking to purchase property at or close to a ski resort, this already high percentage rises up dramatically. One can imagine a day in the not-too-distant future when a web listing is as critical to selling property as a cell phone is to taking calls related to the property you are trying to sell.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Comprehensive real estate listings for Utah ski resorts Park City, Deer Valley, Canyons, Alta, Snowbird, Solitude, Brighton, Snowbasin, Powder Mountain, Wolf Mountain, Beaver Mountain, Brian Head and Eagle Point

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.




THE NEWS
You can now conduct a comprehensive search for available real estate and properties at or near Utah's ski resorts and mountain communities on just one website.  And this same site contains a wealth of information on each of the resorts, important factors to consider when buying property or building in an alpine environment, and a full complement of Google maps, mortgage calculators, etc.
 
Utah Ski Country Homes and Land for Sale has the most comprehensive listing of available properties in Utah's fabled ski country.  Each listing links to a full page of information and a photo of the property, and then directly to the agent or owner's contact information.
If you're searching for real estate, you can conduct in-depth research on numerous properties, their location, and the resorts and communities within a 25 mile radius.  When you also consult Utah Ski Country Real Estate Comparative Statistics, you will have a very complete and detailed take on everything you need to know to make a wise and appropriate decision related to which properties to pursue through the owners or agents.
If you are trying to sell real estate, listing and promoting your property on Utah Ski Country Homes and Land for Sale would be an invaluable sales tool.  The site appears at or near the top of the major search engines and is linked to other key sites those interested in Utah skiing visit in masse, such as Ski Utah and Go Utah.  Many prospective buyers consult this site, and view its listings, as a first step in their property search. 
Statistics from numerous surveys and studies show that each year more and more prospective real estate buyers conduct research on the internet before contacting a real estate agent or the property owner.  When looking for homes, condos, fractional ownerships or land outside their home area, as is the case with many individuals looking to purchase property at or close to a ski resort, this already high percentage rises up dramatically.  One can imagine a day in the not-too-distant future when a web listing is as critical to selling property as a cell phone is to taking calls related to the property you are trying to sell.
Utah ski resort real estate continues to show signs of recovery, although it varies from resort to resort.
 
It's still very much a buyer's market related to Utah ski resort real estate, but the inventory of heavily discounted properties is being depleted and some markets are showing consistent upticks in key statistical measurements.  The Ogden Valley, Brighton/Solitude, Alta/Snowbird and the Salt Lake City bench had the strongest numbers in July in terms of units sold, median price, percentage of sales price to original asking price, and days on the market (Utah Ski Country Real Estate Comparative Statistics).  This trend toward a recovery, with some minor fluctuations, has been consistent over the past couple of months.
Take advantage of the lingering buyer's market for Utah ski properties, shop for your dream home or lot, and enjoy the numerous activities and events all along the Wasatch front this summer.
According to Ski Utah (comprehensive listing), the following is a sample of what will be available to Utah visitors and residents alike over the late spring and summer months. Each resort website and chambers of commerce have complete listings of events and activities.


Mountain and road biking take center stage along the Wasatch once the skis and boards are put away until next ski season. Midweek MTB is a casual Tuesday night weekly mountain bike racing series held at four venues, and the Mt. Ogden Midweek Race Series at Snowbasin is held each Wednesday starting in June. Annual and special races include the Intermountain Cup at Deer Valley 6/6 and the Mt. Ogden 100K at Snowbasin 8/18. There are also numerous road bike and distance races and relays.


The Wasatch is literally "alive with the sound of music" during the summer months. Deer Valley has multiple concerts each week in their series, featuring such notables as John Fogerty, Earth, Wind and Fire and Kansas, performing with the Utah Symphony, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The Canyons Concert Series is on Saturday evenings, Sundance has the Bluebird Cafe Concert Series, Snowbird the Cool Air Concert Series, and Wolf Mountain has bi-weekly concerts, complete with a spectacular view of the Ogden Valley. Among numerous special concerts are the Utah Symphony performing 6/29 at Sundance and Jazz in July at Snowsbasin, featuring award winning songwriter and performer Anna Wilso on 7/21.


Interested in Theatre? 7 Brides for 7 Brothers will be presented by the Sundance Summer Theatre 7/23-8/18.


Want to be inspired and illuminated by literary discussions? The Sundance Resort presents its' Author Series each month starting in May.


Runner or Traithlete? There are numerous races and events, from 5 and 10Ks, to full marathons and Olympic distance triathlons. Check schedules online.


Yoga? Alta has the Spring Yoga Retreat 5/25-5/27.


If you or your family like festivals, markets and fairs - again, there are far too many to mention here. A few notables are the Park City Silly Sunday Market and the Park City Farmers Market at the Canyons Resort, held each Wednesday. Ogden, Utah and the Ogden Valley also hold weekly farmer's markets. Snowbasin holds it annual Octoberfest 8/18 and 8/19, and annual Brewfest 6/16 and 6/17.


News Flash!! www.utahskicountryhomesland4sale.com has partnered with Ski Utah and is now linked to the home page of the Ski Utah website. The 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.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Auction Brings More Intrigue to Ski Resort Development in Ogden Valley


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.


THE NEWS

Wolf Creek Resort, a major residential and golf community in the Ogden Valley, was put up for auction on June 1 and the results have created more intrigue and questions than answers. 

According to Ogden's Standard Examiner, "the auction was part of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan filed in 2010 so Wolf Creek Properties LC could sell assets to deal with debt estimated at $10 million to $50 million."  In 2010 Wolf Creek officials blamed the bankruptcy filing on a downturn in the real estate market and economy.

The Standard Examiner went on to state that Wolf Creek officials had hoped the entire resort would sell in one piece, but a $7 million final bid for the resort was rejected during the first phase of the auction.  And this is when things got interesting.

The second phase of the auction put individual pieces of the development/resort up for auction.  No bids were made on the Wolf Creek Golf Course, but the Farm Bureau had the top bid of $600,000 for Pineview Lodge and the clubhouse.  The Summit Group, reported in the previous two posts on this blog as rumored to be close to purchasing Powder Mountain Ski Resort (which sits just above Wolf Creek), purchased 1,400 acres of Wolf Creek property for $500,000.

So...will the same entity that eventually owns Powder Mountain also own parts or all of Wolf Creek Resort?  Many knowledgeable ski industry folks and informed observers have long thought a tram from the Ogden Valley to Powder Mountain is a viable option for overcoming the thorny issue of the road to Powder, which is a major impediment to any significant development.  That would require land in close proximity to Wolf Creek.

As often happens after creditors reject a bid at auction, will there still be addional attempts to put together a deal for the complete resort?

Eden Properties is the managing member of Wolf Creek Properties LC.

Most visitors to the Ogden Valley find it to be one of the most beautiful, serene and peaceful alpine valleys they have seen.  Add three ski resorts with uncrowded slopes, one of which hosted the 2002 Olympics, a gorgeous lake, unlimited recreational opportunities, proximity to the airport and all the happenings in Ogden and Salt Lake - and it's mind-blowing how inexpensive homes and lots currently are in this mountain paradise.  Costs per sq. ft. are a fraction of what they are at other major Utah resorts.

There is a lot of buzz in the Ogden Valley about what may be about to happen.  Whether it's Powder Mountain or Snowbasin that makes the first move toward development, or just the inventory of bank and short sales disappearing, it's a good bet that a paradise like this won't remain such a bargain for much longer.

 

Take advantage of the lingering buyer's market for Utah ski properties, shop for your dream home or lot, and enjoy the numerous activities and events all along the Wasatch front this summer.

According to Ski Utah (comprehensive listing), the following is a sample of what will be available to Utah visitors and residents alike over the late spring and summer months. Each resort website and chambers of commerce have complete listings of events and activities.

Mountain and road biking take center stage along the Wasatch once the skis and boards are put away until next ski season. Midweek MTB is a casual Tuesday night weekly mountain bike racing series held at four venues, and the Mt. Ogden Midweek Race Series at Snowbasin is held each Wednesday starting in June. Annual and special races include the Intermountain Cup at Deer Valley 6/6 and the Mt. Ogden 100K at Snowbasin 8/18. There are also numerous road bike and distance races and relays.

The Wasatch is literally "alive with the sound of music" during the summer months. Deer Valley has multiple concerts each week in their series, featuring such notables as John Fogerty, Earth, Wind and Fire and Kansas, performing with the Utah Symphony, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The Canyons Concert Series is on Saturday evenings, Sundance has the Bluebird Cafe Concert Series, Snowbird the Cool Air Concert Series, and Wolf Mountain has bi-weekly concerts, complete with a spectacular view of the Ogden Valley. Among numerous special concerts are the Utah Symphony performing 6/29 at Sundance and Jazz in July at Snowsbasin, featuring award winning songwriter and performer Anna Wilso on 7/21.

Interested in Theatre? 7 Brides for 7 Brothers will be presented by the Sundance Summer Theatre 7/23-8/18.

Want to be inspired and illuminated by literary discussions? The Sundance Resort presents its' Author Series each month starting in May.

Runner or Traithlete? There are numerous races and events, from 5 and 10Ks, to full marathons and Olympic distance triathlons. Check schedules online.

Yoga? Alta has the Spring Yoga Retreat 5/25-5/27.

If you or your family like festivals, markets and fairs - again, there are far too many to mention here. A few notables are the Park City Silly Sunday Market and the Park City Farmers Market at the Canyons Resort, held each Wednesday. Ogden, Utah and the Ogden Valley also hold weekly farmer's markets. Snowbasin holds it annual Octoberfest 8/18 and 8/19, and annual Brewfest 6/16 and 6/17.

July 4th offers spectacular celebrations in the Utah mountains, from classic slice-of-Americana events in Huntsville in the Ogden Valley to rousing symphony renditions of patrrotic works and stunning fireworks at the resorts.

Increase in Property Units Sold in April 2012 at Utah Ski Resort

Alta, Brighton/Solitude, Canyons and Beaver Mountain showed strong increases in real estate units sold in April 2012. In the case of Brighton/Solitude and the Salt Lake City bench area adjacent to Big Cottonwood Canyon, the increase was dramatic - almost 50% over the previous six month average.

Recovery in the Utah Ski Resort Real Estate Market?

According to PR Newswire, "significant sales and steady price increases at Park City's Promontory may be a bellweather."

The press release goes on to say that current real estate sales trends are showing signs of encouraging growth in some market segments, particularly the ski resort market. Luxury real estate brokers in Aspen, Vail and Lake Tahoe report that their regions have experienced a significant recovery, starting in 2010.

Promontory (www.prmontoryclub.com), a luxury second-home community in Park City, Utah, could be a bellweather of the mountain resort market recovery. While sales quantity is not the only indicator of improvement, Promontory's jump from 49 sales in 2009 to 124 sales in 2010 and 69 deals in the first quarter of 2011 - puts them on track for 300 transactions through the end of 2011.

Checking shorter term and more recent real estate sales statistics at Utah ski resorts, there are more encouraging numbers. In the Alta, Snowbird and Cottonwood Heights (Salt Lake City bench) zip codes, unit sales jumped from 18 in February to 24 in March and the median days on the market dropped from 134 to 87. Sales at Brighton, Solitude and the Salt Lake City bench area around Big Cottonwood Canyon jumped from 25 units in February to 39 units in March, and the Ogden bench and Mountain Green zip codes (close to Snowbasin and Powder Mountain) reported a jump in units sold to 43 in March from 28 in February and a drop in median days on the market from 156 to 108.

News Flash!! www.utahskicountryhomesland4sale.com has partnered with Ski Utah and is now linked to the home page of the Ski Utah website. The 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.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Speculation or Development at Snowbasin, Powder Mountain and the Ogden Valley?

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

Is development finally at hand for the Ogden Valley, Snowbasin and Powder Mountain...or just more speculation?

After years of speculation...development and big changes might be at hand for the Ogden Valley and Snowbasin and Powder Mountain, the ski resorts that ring the pristine valley.

Rumors and posts on a couple of business blogs have the Summit Series purchasing Powder Mountain.  Wolf Creek, the residential and golf community at the base of the road that leads to Powder, recently went up for auction, and the Summit Series group purchased 1400 acres in the community, leading to further speculation that the rumors are true.

In a recent article in the Standard Examiner, Ogden, Utah's daily newspaper, Patrick Lunden, marketing manager for Powder Mountain, confirmed that a "California company is exploring the possible purchase of Powder Mountain. They are looking at the mountain and doing their due dilligence. There will be an official press release once the deal is done." Lunden identified the company as Summit Series, based in Malibu.

Summit Series, founded by Elliott Bisnow in 2009, states on one of Bisnow's business blogs (Bisnow Media) that Summit Series hosts "invitation-only events that connect and inspire a new generation of leaders to succeed in business and in life."

The Standard Examiner goes on to report that "Past Summit Series events have drawn numerous celebrities, including former President Bill Clinton, Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, and Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist

Snowbasin is reportedly close to acquiring all the approvals and permits necessary to start on the development outlined in the master plan they released to the public in 2010.  The resort has a new general manager, John Loomis, who arrived this spring from Northstar in California.  Among his many duties at the Tahoe area resort, he played a key role in the development of a village and other major improvements, including the construction of a Ritz Carlton.  So...is Snowbasin poised to finally move forward with the base village, hotels and housing that many have been expecting since the close of the 2002 Winter Olympics?

If major development does begin at Snowbasin, property values in the Ogden Valley should take a rapid rise, and many investors will try to be at the right point, at the right time, on the curve.
Take advantage of the lingering buyer's market for Utah ski properties, shop for your dream home or lot, and enjoy the numerous activities and events all along the Wasatch front this summer.

According to Ski Utah (comprehensive listing), the following is a sample of what will be available to Utah visitors and residents alike over the late spring and summer months. Each resort website and chambers of commerce have complete listings of events and activities.

Mountain and road biking take center stage along the Wasatch once the skis and boards are put away until next ski season. Midweek MTB is a casual Tuesday night weekly mountain bike racing series held at four venues, and the Mt. Ogden Midweek Race Series at Snowbasin is held each Wednesday starting in June. Annual and special races include the Intermountain Cup at Deer Valley 6/6 and the Mt. Ogden 100K at Snowbasin 8/18. There are also numerous road bike and distance races and relays.

The Wasatch is literally "alive with the sound of music" during the summer months. Deer Valley has multiple concerts each week in their series, featuring such notables as John Fogerty, Earth, Wind and Fire and Kansas, performing with the Utah Symphony, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The Canyons Concert Series is on Saturday evenings, Sundance has the Bluebird Cafe Concert Series, Snowbird the Cool Air Concert Series, and Wolf Mountain has bi-weekly concerts, complete with a spectacular view of the Ogden Valley. Among numerous special concerts are the Utah Symphony performing 6/29 at Sundance and Jazz in July at Snowsbasin, featuring award winning songwriter and performer Anna Wilso on 7/21.

Interested in Theatre? 7 Brides for 7 Brothers will be presented by the Sundance Summer Theatre 7/23-8/18.

Want to be inspired and illuminated by literary discussions? The Sundance Resort presents its' Author Series each month starting in May.

Runner or Traithlete? There are numerous races and events, from 5 and 10Ks, to full marathons and Olympic distance triathlons. Check schedules online.

Yoga? Alta has the Spring Yoga Retreat 5/25-5/27.

If you or your family likes festivals, markets and fairs - again, there are far too many to mention here. A few notables are the Park City Silly Sunday Market and the Park City Farmers Market at the Canyons Resort, held each Wednesday. Ogden, Utah and the Ogden Valley also hold weekly farmer's markets. Snowbasin holds it annual Octoberfest 8/18 and 8/19, and annual Brewfest 6/16 and 6/17.

July 4th offers spectacular celebrations in the Utah mountains, from classic slice-of-Americana events in Huntsville in the Ogden Valley to rousing symphony renditions of patrrotic works and stunning fireworks at the resorts.

Increase in Property Units Sold in April 2012 at Utah Ski Resort

Alta, Brighton/Solitude, Canyons and Beaver Mountain showed strong increases in real estate units sold in April 2012. In the case of Brighton/Solitude and the Salt Lake City bench area adjacent to Big Cottonwood Canyon, the increase was dramatic - almost 50% over the previous six month average.

Recovery in the Utah Ski Resort Real Estate Market?

According to PR Newswire, "significant sales and steady price increases at Park City's Promontory may be a bellweather."

The press release goes on to say that current real estate sales trends are showing signs of encouraging growth in some market segments, particularly the ski resort market. Luxury real estate brokers in Aspen, Vail and Lake Tahoe report that their regions have experienced a significant recovery, starting in 2010.

Promontory (www.prmontoryclub.com), a luxury second-home community in Park City, Utah, could be a bellweather of the mountain resort market recovery. While sales quantity is not the only indicator of improvement, Promontory's jump from 49 sales in 2009 to 124 sales in 2010 and 69 deals in the first quarter of 2011 - puts them on track for 300 transactions through the end of 2011.

Checking shorter term and more recent real estate sales statistics at Utah ski resorts, there are more encouraging numbers. In the Alta, Snowbird and Cottonwood Heights (Salt Lake City bench) zip codes, unit sales jumped from 18 in February to 24 in March and the median days on the market dropped from 134 to 87. Sales at Brighton, Solitude and the Salt Lake City bench area around Big Cottonwood Canyon jumped from 25 units in February to 39 units in March, and the Ogden bench and Mountain Green zip codes (close to Snowbasin and Powder Mountain) reported a jump in units sold to 43 in March from 28 in February and a drop in median days on the market from 156 to 108.
News Flash!! www.utahskicountryhomesland4sale.com has partnered with Ski Utah and is now linked to the home page of the Ski Utah website. The 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.


Thursday, May 10, 2012

Enjoy Wide Range of Summer Activities and Events While Shopping for Utah Ski Property

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Take advantage of the lingering buyer's market for Utah ski properties, shop for your dream home or lot, and enjoy the numerous activities and events all along the Wasatch front this summer.
According to Ski Utah (comprehensive listing), the following is a sample of what will be available to Utah visitors and residents alike over the late spring summer months. Each resort website and chambers of commerce have complete listings of events and activities.


Mountain and road biking take center stage along the Wasatch once the skis and boards are put away until next ski season. Midweek MTB is a casual Tuesday night weekly mountain bike racing series held at four venues, and the Mt. Ogden Midweek Race Series at Snowbasin is held each Wednesday starting in June.  Annual and special races include the Intermountain Cup at Deer Valley 6/6 and the Mt. Ogden 100K at Snowbasin 8/18.  There are also numerous road bike and distance races and relays.


The Wasatch is literally "alive with the sound of music" during the summer months.  Deer Valley has multiple concerts each week in their series, featuring such notables as John Fogerty, Earth, Wind and Fire and Kansas, performing with the Utah Symphony, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The Canyons Concert Series is on Saturday evenings, Sundance has the Bluebird Cafe Concert Series, Snowbird the Cool Air Concert Series, and Wolf Mountain has bi-weekly concerts, complete with a spectacular view of the Ogden Valley.  Among numerous special concerts are the Utah Symphony performing 6/29 at Sundance and Jazz in July at Snowsbasin, featuring award winning songwriter and performer Anna Wilso on 7/21.


Interested in Theatre?  7 Brides for 7 Brothers will be presented by the Sundance Summer Theatre 7/23-8/18.


Want to be inspired and illuminated by literary discussions?  The Sundance Resort presents its' Author Series each month starting in May.


Runner or Traithlete?  There are numerous races and events, from 5 and 10Ks, to full marathons and Olympic distance triathlons.  Check schedules online.


Yoga?  Alta has the Spring Yoga Retreat 5/25-5/27.


If you or your family likes festivals, markets and fairs - again, there are far too many to mention here.  A few notables are the Park City Silly Sunday Market and the Park City Farmers Market at the Canyons Resort, held each Wednesday.  Ogden, Utah and the Ogden Valley also hold weekly farmer's markets.  Snowbasin holds it annual Octoberfest 8/18 and 8/19, and annual Brewfest 6/16 and 6/17.


July 4th offers spectacular celebrations in the Utah mountains, from classic slice-of-Americana events in Huntsville in the Ogden Valley to rousing symphony renditions of patrrotic works and stunning fireworks at the resorts. 
Increase in Property Units Sold in April 2012 at Utah Ski Resort


Alta, Brighton/Solitude, Canyons and Beaver Mountain showed strong increases in real estate units sold in April 2012.  In the case of Brighton/Solitude and the Salt Lake City bench area adjacent to Big Cottonwood Canyon, the increase was dramatic - almost 50% over the previous six month average.


Recovery in the Utah Ski Resort Real Estate Market?
According to PR Newswire, "significant sales and steady price increases at Park City's Promontory may be a bellweather."
The press release goes on to say that current real estate sales trends are showing signs of encouraging growth in some market segments, particularly the ski resort market. Luxury real estate brokers in Aspen, Vail and Lake Tahoe report that their regions have experienced a significant recovery, starting in 2010.
Promontory (www.prmontoryclub.com), a luxury second-home community in Park City, Utah, could be a bellweather of the mountain resort market recovery. While sales quantity is not the only indicator of improvement, Promontory's jump from 49 sales in 2009 to 124 sales in 2010 and 69 deals in the first quarter of 2011 - puts them on track for 300 transactions through the end of 2011.


Checking shorter term and more recent real estate sales statistics at Utah ski resorts, there are more encouraging numbers. In the Alta, Snowbird and Cottonwood Heights (Salt Lake City bench) zip codes, unit sales jumped from 18 in February to 24 in March and the median days on the market dropped from 134 to 87. Sales at Brighton, Solitude and the Salt Lake City bench area around Big Cottonwood Canyon jumped from 25 units in February to 39 units in March, and the Ogden bench and Mountain Green zip codes (close to Snowbasin and Powder Mountain) reported a jump in units sold to 43 in March from 28 in February and a drop in median days on the market from 156 to 108.


Confirmation of Summit Series Interest in Purchasing Powder Mountain
We reported in this blog last month (March 10) that a number of business blogs were reporting that the Summit Series was pursuing a possible purchase of Powder Mountain. In a recent article in the Standard Examiner, Ogden, Utah's daily newspaper, Patrick Lunden, marketing manager for Powder Mountain, confirmed that a "California company is exploring the possible purchase of Powder Mountain. They are looking at the mountain and doing their due dilligence. There will be an official press release once the deal is done." Lunden identified the company as Summit Series, based in Malibu.


Summit Series, founded by Elliott Bisnow in 2009, states on one of Bisnow's business blogs (Bisnow Media) that Summit Series hosts "invitation-only events that connect and inspire a new generation of leaders to succeed in business and in life."


The Standard Examiner goes on to report that "Past Summit Series events have drawn numerous celebrities, including former President Bill Clinton, Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, and Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist.
News Flash!! www.utahskicountryhomesland4sale.com has partnered with Ski Utah and is now linked to the home page of the Ski Utah website. The 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.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Utah Ski Resort Real Estate Showing Signs of Recovery

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Recovery in the Utah Ski Resort Real Estate Market?
According to PR Newswire, "significant sales and steady price increases at Park City's Promontory may be a bellweather."
The press release goes on to say that current real estate sales trends are showing signs of encouraging growth in some market segments, particularly the ski resort market.  Luxury real estate brokers in Aspen, Vail and Lake Tahoe report that their regions have experienced a significant recovery, starting in 2010.
Promontory (www.prmontoryclub.com), a luxury second-home community in Park City, Utah, could be a bellweather of the mountain resort market recovery.  While sales quantity is not the only indicator of improvement, Promontory's jump from 49 sales in 2009 to 124 sales in 2010 and 69 deals in the first quarter of 2011 - puts them on track for 300 transactions through the end of 2011.

Checking shorter term and more recent real estate sales statistics at Utah ski resorts, there are more encouraging numbers.  In the Alta, Snowbird and Cottonwood Heights (Salt Lake City bench) zip codes, unit sales jumped from 18 in February to 24 in March and the median days on the market dropped from 134 to 87.  Sales at Brighton, Solitude and the Salt Lake City bench area around Big Cottonwood Canyon jumped from 25 units in February to 39 units in March, and the Ogden bench and Mountain Green zip codes (close to Snowbasin and Powder Mountain)  reported a jump in units sold to 43 in March from 28 in February and a drop in median days on the market from 156 to 108.

Confirmation of  Summit Series Interest in Purchasing Powder Mountain
We reported in this blog last month (March 10) that a number of business blogs were reporting that the Summit Series was pursuing a possible purchase of Powder Mountain.  In a recent article in the Standard Examiner, Ogden, Utah's daily newspaper, Patrick Lunden, marketing manager for Powder Mountain, confirmed that a "California company is exploring the possible purchase of Powder Mountain.  They are looking at the mountain and doing their due dilligence.  There will be an official press release once the deal is done."  Lunden identified the company as Summit Series, based in Malibu.

Summit Series, founded by Elliott Bisnow in 2009, states on one of Bisnow's business blogs (Bisnow Media) that Summit Series hosts "invitation-only events that connect and inspire a new generation of leaders to succeed in business and in life."

The Standard Examiner goes on to report that "Past Summit Series events have drawn numerous celebrities, including former President Bill Clinton, Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, and Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist. 
News Flash!! www.utahskicountryhomesland4sale.com has partnered with Ski Utah and is now linked to the home page of the Ski Utah website. The 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.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Will Powder Mountain Beat Snowbasin to the Development Punch?



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Powder Mountain and Snowbasin Development
According to two business blogs, Powder Mountain is close to being purchased by a group that has plans for significant development at the Ogden Valley resort, and that could well have the resources and vision to carry through with those plans.
Business Insider http://www.businessinsider.com/summit-series-the-exclusive-retreat-for-big-shots-is-trying-to-raise-money-to-buy-a-mountain-2012-2 reported on February 22, 2012 that "Summit Series, the exclusive retreat for entrepreneurs, innovators, and all around-big shots, is raising a pile of money to buy a mountain, according to multiple sources."  The blog goes on to say, "Specifically, it has its eye on Powder Mountain in Utah."  Also quoted is a pitch from Summit Series which includes the following pronouncement,"Summmit Series is in the process of acquiring some permanent space; we are buying Powder Mountain, UT."
On March 1, 2012, Betabeat
http://www.betabeat.com/2012/03/01/summit-series-bought-powder-mountain-utah-40-million-03012012/ reported in an article by Nitasha Tiku that "Two sources have confirmed to Betabeat that Summit Series - the haute entrepreneurship conference attended by high-net-worth types like Peter Thiel, Evan Williams, Richard Branson, Chris Sacca, Sam Lessin, and Dave Morin - has raised $40 million to purchase a mountain."  The article goes on the state that "One of our sources said the Summit Series, which is based in Malibu, purchased Powder Mountain Resort in Utah." Betabeat quotes Forbes as referring to Summit Series as "The Hipper Davos." 

The Ogden Valley, which sits below Powder Mountain and Snowbasin, has been filled with a few facts and many rumors about development at the two resorts since Snowbasin hosted the Olympic alpine speed events in 2002.  Significant development at either resort would have far-reaching implications for the Ogden Valley, Ogden, and the Utah Ski/Resort industry as a whole.  There were great expectations for development of a village/hotel/residential units at Snowbasin following the Olympics, but ground was never broken.  Powder Mountain was sold in the middle of the decade and an overly ambitious master plan and subsequent creation of a new town to circumvent the local planning commision's reservations resulted in a Hatfield and McCoy's type feud that lasted for a number of years.  The new owners never followed through with any of their plans and it now looks as if there will be new ownership once again.

Meanwhile, after years of nothing but rumors, Snowbasin published a detailed, 50 page master plan a couple of years ago, and moved to secure the necessary permits to start construction in Weber and Morgan counties, where the proposed development will occur.  They hosted an open house for the public in order to present the plan, and it appeared the company was ready to finally move forward.  Since then nothing related to the development has been announced and ground has not been broken.

So...just when it looked like Snowbasin's methodical and highly professional approach would trump the chaotic past expansion developments at Powder Mountain - we now have what appears to be viable information that Powder Mountian might beat Snowbasin to the punch after all. 

Utah Home Sales Up
According to Housing Predictor Utah's home sales are up significantly, while prices overall in the state continue to drop.  As home sales approach their highest point in years, a tight mortgage market, numerous foreclosure and bank short sales, low consumer confidence, and still significant unemployment are keeping prices on the decline. 
    
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

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Utah Ski and Mountain Property For Sale - A Retiree's Dream

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Are you retiring?  Looking for a wonderful place to live, with magnificent, all season recreational opportunities at your doorstep...stunning landscapes and physical beauty...a splendid climate...all the perks of both city and country living...close to an international airport...and with a surprisingly low cost of living?  Purchasing or building a home at or in close proximity to Utah's world class ski resorts could make your grandest retirement dreams come true.

Ogden, Utah, is a charming town of 80,000, forty minutes from Salt Lake International Airport, and hard against the dramatic 3,000 ft. rise of the back side of the mountain where the glamorous alpine speed events were held at the 2002 Winter Olympics (Snowbasin Ski Resort).  There are two other ski resorts covered each winter in Utah's famed "greatest snow on earth" within 30 minutes, and world class biking, hiking, fishing, great golf courses and a resevoir are within walking distance or a short drive.  A quaint, arts and crafts style bungalow on the bench and just below major trail heads can be purchased for well under $200,000. 

Park City is an internationally reknowned mountain and ski town, with three major ski resorts within ten minutes and world class restaurants, entertainment, accomodations, and the Sundance Film Festival.  Condos that once sold for $500,000 can now be found for under $300,000.  Spectacular golf courses and trophy trout streams are but two of the numerous summer recreational opportunities.  The community has been listed as among the top ten places in the US to live.

If you prefer to live in a sophisticated, beautiful big city...at the base of the towering Wasatch Range... Salt Lake could make your retirement years a dream come true.  Alta, Snowbird, Solitude, Brighton, Park City, Deer Valley and The Canyons are all within a thirty minute drive of much of the city.  Quality housing from $150,000 is available.

Throw in the facts that Utah's economy is one of the most vibrant in the nation, the unemployment rate is realatively low, as is the crime rate, there are many top-flight medical and hospital facilities, and that a number of the country's most awe-inspiring national parks are within an easy days drive, and you have a wonderland for retirees that love the great outdoors.  The word has been slow to get out.  But rave reviews are beginning to pour in.

It is still very much a buyer's market, there is some good news for property sellers in Utah's ski country market. While prices of property in and around the state's ski resorts are on average still languishing, the inventory is declining at a significant rate - an indication that prices may rise as the inventory is further depleted.  Sales are up at many 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.   

   
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

 


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