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Mountain Trails offers text service

It’s a busy year for the Park City trail system. In addition to the usual big events, whether they’re running races or cycling competitions, this year will feature a few construction projects as well, including the connection between Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons and a revamping of the Deer Valley trail system.

Due to everything going on with the trails, the Mountain Trails Foundation has started a text service to alert trail users to big events happening in the area, as well as last-minute changes to construction plans.

Mountain Trails Executive Director Charlie Sturgis said the new text alert service will be a huge help to trail users throughout the summer.

"To sign up for that, go to our website," he said. "It’s super easy to do and doesn’t take much time."

The biggest trail obstruction due to construction will be on the Mid-Mountain Trail between PCMR and Canyons as the new gondola is built and assembled. The main area affected will be just north of the Spiro trail, Sturgis said.

"There’s a re-route of Mid-Mountain being done to accommodate the Vail evac road," he said. "The goal is to have the re-route done within a week, but Mid-Mountain will not be closed during the re-route process."

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Deer Valley is also doing some construction this summer, working in conjuction with Gravity Logic to improve its trail system. However, trail impact is expected to be minimal during that process.

Sturgis said the new trails added to the Deer Valley system will be "a really cool addition to the area."

Sturgis said a new trail map has been completed and should be available to the public by this weekend.

"The summer trail map is out and about," he said. "New maps will be out starting Friday in all locations."

Overall, Sturgis said on Thursday morning, the entire trail system is experiencing fantastic conditions at the moment, thanks to plenty of spring rain followed by some slightly drier weather.

"The really important thing is that now that trails have moisture in them, they’re tending to shed water fast," he said. "I think that’s what you’re seeing out there. Some of the depressions in the trails are going to fill more with water, but the general trail conditions are really good. Lots of people are comparing it to a summertime powder day."

As always, Sturgis added, if trail users come across fallen trees or any other trail hazards, they can contact Mountain Trails.

"They can always send us an email at mountaintrails.org," he said. "Then we’ll deal with it from there."

For more information on Mountain Trails Foundation, or to sign up for the trail alert text system, visit http://www.mountaintrails.org .

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