Mayflower expansion: Larger Deer Valley crowds add to worries about Snow Park project

There are longstanding development rights attached to the Deer Valley Resort land where the parking lots outside Snow Park Lodge are located.
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A group concerned with the discussions at City Hall regarding a significant development concept at the Snow Park base of Deer Valley Resort responded to the Thursday announcement regarding the resort’s agreement to expand into the Mayflower terrain, saying a larger Deer Valley will attract more people.

Protect The Loop is closely monitoring the talks about the concept at Snow Park and a related discussion as the municipal government considers vacating certain sections of road on the perimeter of Snow Park as part of the concept.

The Mayflower terrain is across a ridge from Snow Park, but developments at the two locations would be expected to influence each other since both would be tied to the overall Deer Valley operations.

“For those of us who ski Deer Valley, it’s exciting to confirm additional skiable acreage and the integrity of the Deer Valley experience expanded throughout Mayflower. But in more than doubling the resort, more than double the number of skiers and leisure visitors will seek access to a single Deer Valley,” Allison Keenan, one of the founders of Protect The Loop, said in a prepared statement requested by The Park Record. “The Mayflower portal doesn’t address Park City’s peak traffic issues or the number of day skiers parking at Snow Park.”

It also said Protect The Loop “remains committed to working with Deer Valley and Park City Municipal to achieve measurable reductions in vehicular traffic to the Snow Park base in order to justify support for the 2.6 acre right of way vacation Deer Valley is seeking as part of its amended development plans there.”

The Park City Council was scheduled to return to the talks about vacating the road sections at a meeting on Tuesday. A hearing was planned, but the agenda item was later continued. It is no longer scheduled to be discussed.

This article was updated to reflect that the agenda item was continued.

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