Spring break rushes into Park City
February 26, 2008
Most American college spring breaks fall in March or early April. And there are many places to vacation during the big break each year. According to http://www.about.com , some of the top 10 most popular spring break destinations include Cancun, Miami Beach, Las Vegas, New York and Hawaii.
But Park City is also quickly becoming popular destination for college students. Many resorts are offering great deals during the break, with fun activities, discounts and events.
"We have awesome things going on this year," said Libby Dowd, spokesperson for The Canyons. "It’s a jam-packed year for us."
Dowd said The Canyons is offering a package deal during its "Spring Gruv" promotion, between March 28 and April 6. The Spring Sundial Snow Saver Package at The Canyons includes discounted lodging at the Sundial Lodge, with two lift tickets every day, valid for guests who stay between March 23 and April 12. The saver package also includes breakfast for two at The Cabin Restaurant or Red Pine Lodge, with a minimum three-night stay. Prices for this deal start at $96 per person.
Spring Gruv events at The Canyons this year also include three free concerts, with artists like Soul Asylum, Slightly Stoopid and Rusted Root. Soul Asylum will play on Saturday, March 29. Slightly Stoopid will perform on April 3 and Rusted Root will play Saturday, April 5.
Other fun events at The Canyons during Spring Gruv include the annual Pond Skimming Contest, where contestants dress in costume and ski across a 100-foot pond. Another competitive event at The Canyons this year is the Canis Lupus Challenge, which will take place March 30. Skiers and boarders will race down a mile-long looped gulley with banked walls.
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While there is an abundance of activities in Park City throughout the year, lodging has never been considered cheap, especially for spring breakers on a budget.
However, there are several establishments in town are that offering fair rates for several-night stays.
The Chateau Apres on 1299 Norfolk Avenue, behind the Park City Library, is known for its good values for lodging.
Owner of Chateau Apres, Ed Hosenfeld, said March has not filled up yet, and rooms are still available for $100 for one to two people per night; $125 for three people and $150 for four people per night. The hotel also has a dormitory, where guests can stay in a bunkroom for $35 per person per night.
"Ski passes are expensive! Equipment, transportation, food and entertainment can add up to a costly vacation. There is an alternative. The Chateau Après offers those price-conscious travelers a dorm bed for $35 a night per person. This price includes a hearty Continental breakfast. We are also just a three-minute walk from the Park City Ski Resort and the greatest snow on earth," the Web site reads.
According to the Park City Chamber/Bureau, several hotels are offering package deals for a two-night stay and the third night free. These include Stein Eriksen Lodge; the Yarrow Hotel; Westgate at Park City Mountain Resort; the Sky Lodge on Main Street; Silver Queen Hotel on Main Street; the Red Stag Lodge at Deer Valley; the Holiday Inn Express and Hotel Park City.
The Holiday Inn at Kimball Junction has nightly rates of $166 to $219.
The Best Western Landmark Inn on Landmark Drive at Kimball Junction has an average nightly rate of $109 to $199 during the last week of March and early April.
Best Western Landmark clerk Tyler Bird said the hotel sees an increase of Spring breakers every year and he recommends college students make reservations at least two weeks in advance.
The average rate at the Marriott Park City on Sidewinder Drive is $159 per night.
Trish Pulido, a reservationist at Marriott Park City, said the hotel sees an increase in student guests every spring break in March and April, and says the hotel offers many amenities for its guests.
"We do have an indoor pool and hot tub," Polido said.
While the Treasure Mountain Inn on Main Street has strict guidelines for its guests, especially when it comes to large groups and noise control, owner and manager Thea Leonard said the hotel’s rooms go for a good rate.
"I’d like to think of them as a good value. We like to think that, for what you pay, you get a lot," she said.
Rooms at Treasure Mountain in March can be reserved for the regular season studio rate of $245, which is decreased to $150 in April.
However, Leonard warns Spring break travelers that there is a maximum occupancy applied to each room, which cannot be exceeded.
"We enforce quiet hours between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m. and you get a pretty hefty fine if you’re creating such a ruckus in the hotel that someone is disturbed enough to call me," Leonard said.
The general stereotypes of Spring breakers aside, their presence in town is still important to the economy.
There are several restaurants in town offering dining for prices within the college student’s budget.
For those looking to check their e-mail and stay up-to-date on friends and family back home while they are on vacation, the Alpine Internet Café on Main Street offers Internet time and snacks for a good deal.
Derek Harline, general manager of Alpine Internet Café, said patrons can check their e-mail for $2.50 for 15 minutes, and for 15 cents per minute after that.
"It comes to nine bucks an hour if you’re on for an hour," Harline said.
The café also offers package rates for $28 for a four-hour time card.
Harline said the café is busy throughout the season, but said he always expects the Spring break rush at the beginning of March.
"We have the Christmas rush, New Year’s for two weeks, then the Sundance rush and President’s Day week," he said. "This week is a semi-lull, and then this weekend is the beginning of the Spring break rush."
During the Sundance Film Festival, the Sundance Institute provided a list of budget-friendly restaurants in town for festival-goers.
Restaurants listed under $7 in Park City include Davanza’s Pizza on Park Ave.; Eating Establishment Express at Park City Mountain Resort; Silver Summit Café on Silvercreek Drive and Park City Coffee Roasters on Snowcreek Drive.
Restaurants under $12 in Park City include Zona Rosa Mexican restaurant on Main Street; Bandits’ Grill and Bar on Main Street; Hungry Moose Pub and Grill on Main; Szechwan Chinese Kitchen at Kimball Junction; Windy Ridge Café on Iron Horse Drive; Baja Cantina at Park City Mountain Resort; Morning Ray Evening Star Dining on Main Street; Spencer’s Smokin’ Grill on Bonanza Drive; Nacho Mama’s on Sidewinder; Tommy’s Pizza Joint on Snow Creek Drive and more.
For more information about Park City dining, shopping, nightlife, or the special two-night third-night free deals accommodations, visit http://www.parkcityinfo.com . Additional dining, lodging and skiing deals for Spring break are also available at this site.