Spring break begins this weekend | ParkRecord.com

Spring break begins this weekend

by Andrew Kirk, OF THE RECORD STAFF

A late Easter this year will likely mean fewer international visitors on Park City’s ski slopes this spring, but the three resorts are expecting a busy two- or three-week window as spring break revelers get in one last trip.

Emily Summers at Deer Valley said the resort typically enjoys destination visitors from Latin America when Easter is in March or early April. Because the calendar is different this year, they saw a few more around New Year’s Day but will miss most of that clientele.

Spring break crowds mostly grade-school children and their families are creating a busy period from March 13 to 25. Skier services and lodging reservations are near capacity, she said.

Park City Mountain Resort also sees more young spring break vacationers than college students. They’re expecting a busy three-week window, said Meisha Lawson. Families will continue to book late-season vacations as long as the snow falls, she said.

Canyons Resort targets the older crowd with two heavily publicized events, said Caitlin Martz. This Saturday is College Daze. Students with college identification enjoy free or discounted services like free entry into the second-annual Oakley Zone Madness and a free concert by the band Swagger.

The 10-day festival Spring Gruv begins March 25 with highlights including Pond Skimming, the Red Bull Schlittentag and free concerts.

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Canyons is offering lodging promotions to draw spring skiers. With the new Ski Beach complete and an extended season that ends April 17, the resort is expecting heavy traffic through the last day, she said.

Most spring break visitors are destination skiers, but during Park City School District’s week-long vacation the local kids with season passes become regulars on the slopes, Lawson said.

"It’s a way to have a great spring break without having to leave!" she said.

In case there is any doubt as to whether Park City is, in fact, a popular spring break destination, OnTheSnow.com earlier this month ranked Deer Valley and PCMR among the top 10 best places to go. Avvo.com, a website that ranks doctors and lawyers, included it on a list of the nation’s top 25 hot spots.

According to Avvo.com, it’s a relatively safe destination, as well. Among the top 25, Park City is the No. 20 most dangerous. Orlando, Florida is the most. Mark Britton, CEO, said Park City beat out Steamboat Springs, San Diego, Reno, Santa Barbara and Honolulu because of the high number of fatalities on Interstate 80 between Salt Lake City and the Highway 40 junction.

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