Park City Mountain Resort gets into the Spring Grüv |

Park City Mountain Resort gets into the Spring Grüv

A Yellow Submarine attempts to stay afloat during last yearÕs Spring GrŸv pond skimming at Canyons Village. This yearÕs pond skimming will be held on March 19. Registration opens for 100 applicants on Wednesday, March 9 at (Park Record file photos)

Vail will get into the Spring Grüv this month when Park City Mountain Resort offers an array of activities at Park City and Canyons Village bases.

This is the first year the annual event will take place under the Vail moniker and the resort is ready to party.

Davy Ratchford, Park City Mountain Resort’s director of marketing, participated in an email interview with The Park Record to discuss Spring Grüv.

Park Record:Many people are familiar with the pond skimming event during Spring Grüv, but what other events you have scheduled?

Ratchford:We have a full range of activities for everyone to enjoy. Our Spring Concert Series (see story titled "Free concerts put a spring into the season") will still be continuing throughout Spring Grüv [and there will be] some fun, local bands hitting the stage in addition to our three Spring Grüv-specific headline acts. On St. Patrick’s Day we will be holding a mountain-wide EpicMix scavenger hunt [and] we will host varying activities for the kids daily, which will include face painting, coloring and balloon artists to name a few. We will also have a Hired Guns event several times, where cowboys will perform duels and teach guests how to lasso. There will be no shortage of entertainment.

P.R.:Who are the bands and musical artists that are scheduled for this year?

Ratchford:We are excited to announce our three headline acts for this year are Michael Franti & Spearhead, Dumpstaphunk, and John Brown’s Body. Here are the details on each of these.

  • March 18 (Canyons Village) — Dumpstaphunk, with opener Analog Sons.

    Dumpstaphunk is a well-known group from New Orleans, showcasing the finest in groove, funk, and jazz melodies to create an upbeat and irresistible sound. Songs like "Dancin To The Truth" and "If I’m In Luck" offer a taste of the deep rhythms this group can produce.

  • March 19 (Canyons Village) — John Brown’s Body, with opener Bryon Friedman & Friends.

    John Brown’s Body is a contemporary American reggae band that steps outside the normal standards of the genre, incorporating elements of other beats to create a fresh sound anyone can enjoy. The band formed in Ithaca, New York, in the 1990s, and has since exploded their identity through experimentation of instruments and vocals. "Land Of Plenty Dub" and "Bread" are two hits that demonstrate the variety within their sound.

  • March 26 (Park City Base Area) — Michael Franti & Spearhead with opener Monophonics.

    With 11 albums and countless hit singles, Michael Franti, with his band Michael Franti & Spearhead, will be on stage to perform their famously upbeat music. Their latest single "Once A Day" highlights the eclectic arrangements that are commonly found in their music. Other classics are "Say Hey (I Love You)" and "The Sound of Sunshine." Often captured in their lyrics are the promotion of health, love, and well-being, which engage the audience in a very energetic way.

    P.R.:In the past there have been some wacky costumes and themes during pond skimming. Was there one that was a favorite from last year?

    Ratchford:Selecting just one as a favorite is nearly impossible. Each year we typically see an assortment of animals come through as people put forth their best efforts to rock the "onesies." There is always an impressive display of cardboard and papier-mâché constructs. We love to see creative entries!

    P.R.:Do you know how many entries are in this year’s pond skimming?

    Ratchford:Registration for pond skimming opens on Wednesday, March 9, at noon and is limited to the first 100 people.

    P.R.:Where do people park and how do they access the pond skimming event?

    Ratchford:Our pond is located near Red Pine Lodge at the Canyons Village side. Free parking is available at our base lot just off of Route 224 at the bottom of the Cabriolet lift. From there, guests can ride the Cabriolet up to the Canyons Village base area for free but will need to purchase a gondola or lift ticket to load Red Pine Gondola. We also encourage guests to utilize Park City’s free transportation as a smart and efficient way to get to either base area.

    Skiers and riders can access Red Pine Lodge by taking the Red Pine Gondola up to the lodge, or take the Orange Bubble Express lift all the way to the top and follow a series of beginner trails to the lodge. Foot traffic is welcome on the Red Pine Gondola only with a valid pass or lift ticket.

    Update (3 p.m. Wednesday, March 9):Throughout the years, the Spring Grüv pond skimming event has allowed teams, but this year that policy will change, according to Park City Mountain Resort Media Coordinator Rachel Buhler.

    "The events team… provided me updated costume rules," Buhler said. "Teams are not allowed (you must go individually), and everything must fit withinthe Red Pine Gondola with windows and doors closed."

    Park City Mountain Resort will host Spring Grüv 2016 at Park City Mountain Base Area and Canyons Village Base Area. For more information, visit .

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