In Brief: Council to consider child-care lease at library; Deer Valley communications promotion; Snowbasin aims to finish projects before snow flies

Council agenda includes child care, water line

The Park City Council will hold its regular meeting at City Hall on Thursday, Sept. 14, at 5:30 p.m., agenda highlights: 

PC Tots Child-care Lease Agreement: The council will hold a public hearing and consider entering into an agreement with PC Tots for a child-care facility in the Park City Library.

Heber Avenue Water Line Replacement: Due to recent water line failures on Heber Avenue and Main Street, Public Utilities is recommending an emergency water line replacement on Heber Avenue from Swede Alley to Main Street to be completed prior to winter.

Studio Crossing Plat Amendment: A plat amendment to facilitate phased development and financing of the Studio Crossing project will be reviewed. Studio Crossing is a proposed mixed-use development next to the Park City Film Studios.

Deer Valley promotes Spinkston to senior communications manager

Christine Spinkston, who is fluent in five languages, will oversee domestic and international media efforts and relationships in her new role at Deer Valley Resort.
Courtesy of Deer Valley Resort

Deer Valley Resort announced Christine Spinkston as the new senior communications manager. In her new role, Spinkston will lead media relations efforts communicating and promoting the resort’s offerings, guest experiences, and future endeavors. 

“Christine’s extensive background in marketing communications and branding, with over 15 years of experience representing luxury travel and hospitality brands, brings a wealth of expertise to our team,” said Susie English, vice president of marketing at Deer Valley Resort. “We’re thrilled to welcome her leadership as Deer Valley embarks on a new era of Expanded Excellence.” 

Spinkston, who is fluent in five languages, will also oversee domestic and international media efforts and relationships. Her role was previously held by Emily Summers, who now serves as the resort’s senior marketing operations manager. 

Before joining the Deer Valley team, Spinkston transitioned from her career in the creative fields of fashion and advertising in New York, where she worked with companies such as Calvin Klein and Laird + Partners. She went on to hold director-level leadership positions in public relations, marketing, and communications with globally recognized brands in tourism and hospitality. 

Her recent experience before Deer Valley includes leading marketing communications efforts for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts in Whistler, British Columbia, Denver, and Vail, Colorado; the St. Regis Hotels & Resorts corporate brand office in New York; Beemok Hospitality Collection in Charleston, South Carolina; boutique luxury hotels and resorts in Quintana Roo, Mexico; Bangkok City, Thailand; and premier agencies in Melbourne, Australia, among others. 

Spinkston has a history of volunteering with organizations such as Friends of the High Line, contributing to its transformation into a cultural landmark in New York City, and mentoring young girls as a Go Girls! Big Sister mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada. She also has volunteered with arts and culture organizations, including the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver and the Audain Art Museum in Whistler, British Columbia.

For more information about Christine Spinkston, visit the resort’s website or contact her at or call 800-424-DEER (3337) or 435-645-6531. 

Snowbasin finishing new lift, other projects

Snowbasin Resort announced Monday that before the start of ski season, the resort will complete several projects, including the construction of a new high-speed chairlift, expanded parking, a new patio with additional dining capabilities and other improvements.

“It’s rewarding to be a part of an organization that is so committed to investing in preserving and bettering this historic mountain playground for the enjoyment of many generations to come,” said Davy Ratchford, general manager of Snowbasin. “The projects we are undertaking enhance our accessibility and every guest’s on-mountain experience. From their ride up the slopes, to the spot they choose to reflect on the day’s adventures — these improvements allow us to build towards our continued goal of providing a world-class experience for all who choose Snowbasin.”  

Among the improvements:

  • Parking: 124 additional parking stalls coming to its Canyon Rim lot this summer.
  • New Strawberry patio: A new patio is coming to Snowbasin’s Strawberry side of the resort alongside the anticipated DeMoisy Express, providing more access to this area. Spanning from the northwest portion of Strawberry Lodge and encompassing over 5,000 square feet, the area will feature a heated cobblestone patio with over 180 seats and multiple dining options, increasing accessible options at the base of Strawberry Gondola and DeMoisy Express.  
  • New lift: The DeMoisy Express will double the uphill capacity to Snowbasin’s Strawberry side of the resort through the six-chair, highspeed installation. Scheduled for completion in December. 
  • Don’t forget the restrooms: With an additional 14 ground-level stalls coming to the Grizzly Center, the resort aims to increase accessibility for guests year-round.

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