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Jeff Camp, High Country Properties: The Impact of Vail Resorts’ Purchase of Park City Mountain Resort

snowboarding-993001-mThere has been a lot of activity happening in the Park City sphere over the past few weeks. If you’re a ski aficionado, many of these upcoming changes to local ski resorts will pique your interest!

Not only has Ski Utah unrolled it’s One Wasatch plan— a design plan to combine the seven Wasatch Front ski resorts closest to Salt Lake City into one mega-resort— but Vail Resorts announced its purchase of Park City Mountain Resort. By now, you’ve likely heard all about Vail’s acquisition of PCMR, but what does it mean?

Especially for Park City area residents and ski lovers, the end to PCMR’s long legal battle meant that ski season would not be disrupted as previously feared. Vail Resorts’ purchase of Park City Mountain Resort will likely lead to an investment in the resort itself, much like it already has with The Canyons resort nearby, and bring an influx of traffic for Utah’s ski industry.

For the landscape of Park City, changes are already being set in motion. Vail has just announced its plans for building a ski lift that will connect PCMR with Canyons next summer, combining the two resorts and making it the largest ski area in the country (a whopping 7,000 acres!).

The Epic Pass is perhaps where ski lovers will feel the most changes as the amount of land you can ski just doubled. The purchase of PCMR now brings the pass’ location list to 22 resorts and as other Wasatch area resorts start to compete, the cost of season passes is expected to drop.

Vail’s acquisition of PCMR is projected to smooth out the entire operation, which ultimately will mean great things for local businesses and home values. With the doubling of land mass for skiers, more traffic will begin to flow into the Park City area and reinforce the community’s standing as the ideal mountain getaway.

Feel free to contact me with any questions you might have about Park City or the surrounding communities of Kamas, Heber City, Park City, Midway, Francis and Oakley.

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