Hello Folks,
There is quite a bit of meat in this update, let me quote two important facts that I think need highlighting:
First, from Deer Valley’s Marketing Director Colleen Reardon “We know that the IKON Pass on any given day is bringing us 10 to 15% in new visitation.” That is an incredible increase in visitation virtually overnight.
Second from Rhonda Sideris founder of Park City Lodging “…..they’ve seen strong growth in international visitation, particularly from Australia which is currently home to Vail Resorts’ Perisher Resort.” International visitors are changing our landscape increasingly and their influence is likely to grow in coming years.
These and other factors add up to strong positives for those of you who may be contemplating purchasing a second home in Park City. Just a thought.
 Murray Gardner
The 2018/2019 Ski/Riding season was our first experience with two multi-resort pass products available locally, occurring in a year that has also been  one of our best in terms of snowfall in recent history. Resoundingly, the data indicates that both the Epic and IKON passes have widened the customer base and driven notable increases in lodging business.
Vail Resort’s Epic Pass was a game changer in the industry when introduced in 2008, as Vail Resort’s portfolio grew to include numerous resorts on the East Coast and in the Midwest. As planned, those acquired resorts served as feeder markets to the larger western resorts, including Park City Resort, the largest ski resort in the United States.

Alterra Mountain Resorts’ IKON Pass, which debuted this season, offers local access to both Deer Valley® Resort and Solitude as well as a plethora of additional resorts. While the end of season data won't be available until later this spring, it's apparent that these multi-resort passes have helped drive increases in both skiing and lodging business. 
In a recent interview on KPCW, Deer Valley’s Marketing Director Colleen Reardon commented: “You just can’t go wrong in years like this, right? The snow is incredible. We’re experiencing some great visitation from our regular guests and our IKON Pass visitors. We know that the IKON Pass on any given day is bringing us 10 to 15% in new visitation. It’s the snow too – it’s not just IKON pass – we’re having an amazing winter.”
Tracking of visitor sourcing will be greatly enhanced next season with the introduction of Deer Valley® Resort’s RFID, with built-in chip technology that will enable the resort to increase and upgrade the guest experience throughout the resort, including direct-to-lift access and IKON Pass tracking data.
According to Kim McClelland, Director of Lodging Deer Valley Resort, the debut of the Ikon Pass brought in a new customer base. “It’s very clear that the Ikon Pass has exposed a segment of the skier market that we haven’t been able to attract in the past. We’ve always wanted to get people to come experience ‘The Deer Valley Difference’, and now we can leverage a marketplace we haven’t had previously.”
While the good snow has been a driver of increased business this season, there’s no doubt the introduction of the IKON Pass has helped Deer Valley Lodging achieve their best March ever in terms of bookings, up double digits from last year.

Rhonda Sideris, President and Founder of Park City Lodging, also noted significant increases. “Business is great, we’ve been sold out numerous times this season. The Epic and IKON passes have been strong drivers of business and our unique dynamic pricing tool has boosted occupancy and allowed us to be responsive to snow conditions. We’ve seen a 47% increase in stays and a 34% increase in nights.” She also commented that they’ve seen strong growth in international visitation, particularly from Australia which is currently home to Vail Resorts’ Perisher Resort. That growth should continue next season; in February, Vail announced their acquisition of two additional Australian resorts, Falls Creek and Hotham Alpine Resorts.

Park City Rental Properties’ Public Relations Manager Rich Ford indicated that they’ve seen an increase in first-time visitors from the East coast who invested their savings from the value priced multi-resort pass products to invest in lodging and visit Park City. When asked if he anticipated repeat visitation, he responded affirmatively, indicating that advance bookings for next season are already strong, up 35% year over year.  

Lindsey Stevenson, Marketing Director for Cooper’s Luxury Home Collection noted, “This season we’ve seen a large increase in the number of last-minute, shorter stay bookings by multi-resort pass holders, particularly in March. These pass products have made our vacations much more affordable for families. Between the snowfall and the Epic and IKON Pass, we have seen a notable increase in bookings.”
Exposing new skiers and riders to our area’s unbeatable airport access and diverse skiing/riding opportunities has resulted in a new potential client base in the real estate market, as it’s likely that some portion of those skiers will choose to buy here due to ease of access versus their “home base” resort.  Improvements to ease of access will be further enhanced when the new Salt Lake City International Airport opens in 2020.

We’ve met many first-time visitors this season who are expressing early interest in real estate opportunities. It may be that we will see a bump in real estate buyers from new markets in two to three  years, similar to the increase our market experienced three years after the 2002 Winter Olympic Games when our resorts were also exposed to new visitors. Time will tell!

Below are several “direct to slope properties” that might be of interest.
3000 Canyons Resort Dr #4805  |  Lodge at Westgate  |  Canyons Village
1 bd  |  1 ba  |  642 sf  |  $475,000
8902 Empire Club #501  |  Silver Strike Lodge  |  Empire Pass - Deer Valley
4 bd  |  5 ba  |  2,253 sf  |  $2,700,000
8689 Empire Club Drive #5  |  Larkspur  |  Empire Pass - Deer Valley
4 bd  |  5 ba  |  2956 sf  |  $3,300,000
4133 Fairway Lane #A4  |  Fairway Springs Ski & Golf Villas  | Canyons Village
4 bd  |  3 ba  |  2065 sf  |  $1,300,000
3855 N Grand Summit Dr #516  |  Grand Summit Hotel  |  Canyons Village
Studio  |  1 ba  |  410 sf  |  $310,000
Frostwood Ski & Golf Villas  |  Canyons Village
4 bd  |  3-4 ba  |  2,024-2,623 sf  |  Starting at $1,195,000
1415 Lowell Ave #264  |  Lodge at Mountain Village  |  Park City
1 bd  |  2 ba  |  1,268 sf  |  $499,000
7720 Royal St #CT-11  |  Deer Valley Club  |  Upper Deer Valley
2 bd  |  2 ba  |  1,000 sf  |  Fractional Interest $69,995 - 2 winter and 2 summer weeks
7720 Royal St #GT-58  |  Deer Valley Club  |  Upper Deer Valley 
3 bd  |  4 ba  |  1,500 sf  |  Fractional Interest $142,000 - 2 winter and 2 summer weeks
3720 N Sundial Ct #C401  |  Sundial Lodge  |  Canyons Village
2 bd  |  2 ba  |  830 sf  |  $640,000
To tour any of the above properties (or other great ski properties),
please reach out today! 
With the arrival of Spring, now is the time to consider your options as we enter the busy spring/summer season - call for a current market valuation.