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Snow Park at Deer Valley

Known as North America’s premier mountain resort and leader in ski area hospitality and guest experience, Deer Valley Resort will further raise industry standards by reimagining the current 15 acres of surface parking lots at Snow Park Lodge into a modern and convenient world-class base area and arrival experience.

Deer Valley’s master plan, approved by Park City officials in 1977, envisioned development of the Snow Park base area. Over the past year, the resort has been considering ideas that meet it's needs and honor the previous entitlement approvals and community sentiment. Deer Valley intends to remain within previously approved provisions, such as height limits and allowable square footage, as it moves forward with permit applications for specific elements. The first conditional use permit (CUP) application seeks approval to begin work on utilities and parking structures that will serve as the base for buildings, amenities, and a signature plaza that will create a seamless flow from arrival to mountainside.

The new base area will provide an improved arrival and departure sequence to enhance first and last impressions; additional accommodations; Skier Services facilities; new, contemporary food, beverage and après options; an expansive ski beach; an integrated transportation and mobility hub; underground parking facilities; chairlift reconfiguration to unlock the potential for a ski-in village; and year-round amenities and activation.

An Open Letter to Our Community

Dear Deer Valley neighbors and greater Park City community members,

Over the last few months, I’ve had the opportunity to connect with many of you on the mountain, at our open houses, and at the most recent Planning Commission meeting about our proposal for the Snow Park village at the base of Deer Valley. Your interest and feedback are important, and I am committed to finding new forums and opportunities to share our plans and to understand your perspective.

Similar to many of you, my family and I are avid skiers (including my wife who is a former ski racer) and we feel a sense of pride and obligation to this community. We’ve skied Deer Valley many times as guests and have come to know and cherish the exceptional experience that is Deer Valley. While the proposal for the Snow Park village has evolved over the years, our “North Star” at Deer Valley remains unchanged – to deliver world-class hospitality, great food and beverage, and an excellent on-snow experience. The proposed Snow Park village aims to honor this legacy, evolve thoughtfully, and balance the needs of our community, guests, and our staff.

Parking and transportation are important priorities that continue to be at the forefront of our Snow Park village planning. We are listening. To date, we’ve invited the community and staff to open houses with visual exhibits and project experts to speak to the plans, as well as hosted individual presentations with community members and neighbors, including HOAs. We commissioned a community survey to gather feedback from those who couldn’t attend in person. This is a chance to do something extraordinary for Deer Valley for generations to come and we will continue to engage in direct dialogue with you.

We will continue to work with the City to find creative solutions to alleviate traffic congestion associated with skier arrivals and departures, outline safer and optimized circulation patterns for the multiple ways guests may arrive to the resort, support the town’s overall transportation grid with a state-of-the-art mobility hub, and look ahead to how we can help mitigate the pinch points that extend even beyond the immediate Deer Valley base area.

I am committed to honoring the original vision of Edgar and Polly Stern. This is an opportunity I do not take lightly. I feel fortunate to not only lead a team here in this passionate community, but also be at the helm of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bring forth an elevated year-round experience that honors Deer Valley’s legacy and propels us ahead with thoughtful evolution as an industry leader.

In the coming months we plan to host regular community outreach events including more open houses and smaller listening sessions to ensure questions are answered and every voice can be heard.

Todd Bennett
Deer Valley Resort, President and CEO

Guiding Principles

A destination like no other
  • Create a unique resort base village to attract future generations
  • Enhance the guest experience with every opportunity
  • Celebrate year-round activities and amenities
  • Compact and walkable plan focused on the pedestrian
  • Attract on-mountain residents to easily access and experience Snow Park
  • Comply with existing entitlements with no variance requests
  • Permeable and neighbor-friendly arrangement of buildings
  • Connect and expand area-wide trail network
  • Integrate community benefit amenities
  • Improve the arrival and departure sequence as well as first and last impressions
  • First-class dynamic parking experience with integrated technology
  • Diversify and integrate multi-modal transportation options
  • Strategically separate skier parking from staff and residential parking
  • Seamless transition from parking to plaza retail to lifts
  • Expand the ski beach to lengthen the day and disperse departing traffic
  • Minimize pedestrian and vehicular conflicts
  • Optimize solar aspect for ski beach and plaza exposure
  • Optimize up-mountain views
  • Diversify and modernize food and beverage offerings
  • Modify and reposition lifts to optimize operations and disperse skier traffic
  • Convert one chairlift to a gondola to improve the mountain transportation network
  • Strategically integrate service facilities and minimize visual exposure
The architecture presented in these renderings is meant to be a placeholder and subject to change.

The New Snow Park Village

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the Snow Park Village base development proposal and why is it needed?
The Snow Park Lodge has been an iconic entry point for Deer Valley skiers since the opening of the resort in 1981. Over the past 40 years, much of the original Deer Valley master plan, submitted by the resort founders and approved by Park City officials in 1977 has been achieved; the last major piece being the development of the Snow Park base area.

An updated vision for the Snow Park base means investing in Deer Valley’s storied legacy for decades to come, while further elevating the guest experience and setting a higher industry standard, something for which Deer Valley is well known. In keeping with the resort’s 40-year vision, we do not anticipate requesting material deviations from Deer Valley Resort’s previously approved Master Plan Development agreement with Park City Municipal Corporation.

What is included in the plans for Snow Park Village?
The Snow Park Lodge and base area will see a complete revision to create a world-class base area experience for guests arriving and departing Deer Valley Resort. Plans for the new Snow Park base area are driven by a handful of significant and strategic design decisions. The combination of these will enhance the guest experience, increase long-term value, and ensure Deer Valley’s global reputation as North America’s premier mountain resort.

-Reimagined arrival sequence
-Integrated transportation and mobility network
-Chairlift reconfiguration to unlock potential for ski-in village
-Neighbor-friendly building arrangement
-Complementary network of amenities, activities, and après-ski offerings

The new base area will provide additional accommodations and skier services, new contemporary food and beverage and après options, plus an expansive, sunset-facing ski beach. A new integrated transportation and mobility hub with multiple access points from new parking facilities will dramatically improve the current guest arrival and mountain access experience. Snow Park Village will feature architecture and design inspired by the mountains, allowing the natural setting to flow through the new plaza, offering an array of activities and mountain views.

When will construction start and how long will it take?
Pending approvals, construction will begin in 2023 on utilities and the underground parking structures that will serve as the base for buildings and a pedestrian plaza connecting them. Once approved, work on the underground parking structures will last at least two summer construction seasons. In addition, we will minimize the construction impact on the guest experience during the ski season. We hope to complete work on the entire Snow Park Village area as soon as we can, to minimize disruption to our guests and the community. We will share additional schedule information as things progress.

What is the process for securing approval for the Snow Park proposal?
Deer Valley Resort’s master plan was approved by Park City government in 1977 and is now known as the Deer Valley Resort Large Scale Master Planned Development Permit (MPD Permit). This entitles what types of uses will be permitted, where, and their maximum sizes. We do not anticipate requesting material deviations from Deer Valley Resort’s Master Plan Development agreement with Park City Municipal Corporation. That document, for example, limits building heights to 45 feet (typically four stories). Deer Valley must seek a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) from Park City for approval to build new structures or modify existing ones. The first CUP application is for utility relocation and construction of underground parking structures; the permit will be reviewed and considered for approval by Park City officials during the spring of 2022. Additional CUPs will be requested for various elements as Snow Park progresses.

Snow Park base development has been proposed before. What’s different this time?
Deer Valley has considered renovating the Snow Park area several times over the past two decades; our approach has long been to look ahead for opportunities to complete the resort’s original master plan. Several iterations of ways to improve the Snow Park base were designed but not implemented, due to economic and other factors. The environment has changed dramatically, allowing the project to proceed.

A significant advantage of past efforts to redesign the Snow Park area is gaining insight into the best placement and configurations of buildings to protect views and connect with existing neighbors. That knowledge also helped determined how to prevent pedestrian/vehicle conflicts, how to accommodate Park City’s transit-first policy, and how to ensure the best possible experience for Deer Valley’s guests. This investment by Alterra Mountain Company, which acquired the resort in 2017, highlights the dedication to completing Deer Valley’s founder’s long-range vision and master plan.
Where will people park if buildings are built on the parking lots?
During the course of the Snow Park project, a series of parking garages will replace the surface lots. Parking areas will be separated by use for day skiers, hotel guests, residents, and employees. This arrangement will improve efficiency for all users.

Will there be paid parking?
A decision has not yet been made, but we are considering a move to paid parking in the future to encourage more guests and residents to access the resort via Park City Transit, instead of driving private vehicles, and to help mitigate future traffic increases.

Will the updated Snow Park area increase traffic congestion?
Our goal is to limit traffic congestion by increasing the efficiency of existing roads and transit routes. We are designing a central mobility hub and designating specific access points for different types of use, including transit, private cars, delivery trucks, rideshare vehicles, etc.
How will the winter ski season be affected?
Work will be phased and limited in winter months to minimize disruption. The resort intends to maintain the current number of parking spaces available during the ski season. Ski schools will run as normal, although ski school drop-offs could be affected in the future. Additional information will be posted when available. Ski corral service will remain available.

Will summer activities be affected?
As work on Snow Park progresses, some spring, summer and fall activities may be temporarily affected in future years. Additional details will be posted as they become available.
How will this affect neighboring properties in the Snow Park Village area?
As we have contemplated and considered options for the Snow Park base, we have been aware of the need to create a space that complements its surroundings and limits disruption, both during construction and over the long term. We hope to achieve both of those goals with good planning, good partners, and good relations with our neighbors and community members. We do not anticipate requesting material deviations from Deer Valley Resort’s Master Plan Development agreement with Park City Municipal Corporation. That document, for example, limits building heights to 45 feet (typically four stories). We are reaching out to neighboring residents and the broader community regularly throughout the Snow Park process. Questions regarding the project can be submitted here.

How will potential changes to the Deer Valley Drive loop affect residents and visitors?
Changes to Deer Valley Drive are being considered as part of the Snow Park Village project to help distribute traffic efficiently and proactively respond to Park City’s “Transit First” goal to reduce vehicle use. We are discussing potential traffic circulation plans with the city, which owns the Deer Valley Drive right-of-way, and with residents and homeowners associations in the lower Deer Valley area.

Initial plans anticipate dividing traffic flow at the “Y” intersection at the entrance to the Deer Valley area. Transit vehicles and residents along Deer Valley Drive West would have priority on that stretch of the road. Transit vehicles would proceed along Doe Pass Road to a new welcome center and transit hub near the center of the village. Day skiers, hotel guests, and residents would access their destinations from Deer Valley Drive East. It is important to note that no decisions have been made and we continue to work with local residents and Park City government to assess the pros and cons of different options.

How tall will the buildings be?
The approved master plan for Deer Valley limits buildings in the Snow Park area to a maximum height of 45 feet. That typically allows for buildings of up to four stories. Deer Valley is not seeking additional heights for the new Snow Park.

How will views from neighboring areas be affected?
Our designers have invested a great deal of time studying how to best place and orient buildings to limit shadows and impacts to neighbors’ views. Deer Valley’s intent is to design and position buildings in ways that respect views from surrounding buildings and create connections between Snow Park and its neighbors. Planning for previous iterations of Snow Park improvements over the years has helped hone designs that will maximize these goals.

Recent News

Park Record | Citizens especially worried about Deer Valley traffic, survey shows | December 27, 2022
Park Record | Guest editorial: Todd Bennett: We are listening | December 24, 2022
Park Record | Winter Olympics could ring just after Deer Valley finishes Snow Park development | December 23, 2022
Park Record | Park City activist challenges Deer Valley Snow Park procedure, prompting quick City Hall response | December 22, 2022
Park Record | Guest editorial: Change is coming to Deer Valley | December 22, 2022

Park Record | Deer Valley releases polling data showing support for Snow Park development | December 20, 2022
KPCW | Planning Commission asks Deer Valley for more Snow Park alternatives | December 20, 2022
TownLift | Deer Valley’s Snow Park redevelopment plan to go before Park City Planning Commission tonight | December 19, 2022

Park Record | Deer Valley slated to bring Snow Park concept to Park City planning panel | December 19, 2022

KPCW | Park City Planning Commission to review transit piece of Deer Valley’s proposed Snow Park project | December 15, 2022

Park Record | Deer Valley draws large – and split – crowds to learn about Snow Park development concept | December 15, 2022

Park Record | Deer Valley showcases Snow Park concept during open house for staff | December 13, 2022

TownLift | Deer Valley to host two open houses for Snow Park development plans | December 11, 2022

KPCW | Deer Valley hosting Open Houses to present Snow Park Plans | December 9, 2022

TownLift | Deer Valley Burns Lift expansion opens door for direct access to Little Baldy Mountain | October 21, 2022

Park Record | Deer Valley project tour shows possibility of gondola-to-gondola route to slopes | December 10, 2021
Park Record | Deer Valley wins praise from former Park City mayor for Snow Park development concept | September 17, 2021
Park Record | PCMR project critic drafts intriguing comparison to development concept at Deer Valley | August 12, 2021
KPCW | Deer Valley could have a new base parking area as early as next winter | July 29, 2021
Park Record | Deer Valley says ‘being good neighbors’ is a guiding principle for Snow Park development | July 28, 2021
The Salt Lake Tribune | Deer Valley Resort to embark on major expansion of its Snow Park Lodge | April 12, 2021
AP News | Alterra Mountain Company announces $207 million in transformational changes at four marquee destinations | April 12, 2021