PCMR extends its season
April 10, 2009
Spring breakers just got another reason to celebrate.
Not only do they have a week-long break from classes but now they have somewhere to have a lot of fun just steps away from their house.
Park City Mountain Resort (PCMR) decided Thursday evening that they would extend their closing date to Sunday, April 19. According to PCMR director of marketing and communications Krista Parry, the decision was made after looking at a number of factors including snowpack, the upcoming weather forecast, spring break, lodging numbers and most importantly, customer satisfaction.
"All answers seemed to be pointing to yes," Parry said.
Some year, PCMR has been closed when Park City School District’s spring vacation rolls around, forcing local youth to drive to other resorts to ski or snowboard. But with so much new snow, it seemed to make a lot of sense to stay open and allow the children to take advantage of the resort.
"It just makes it a better spring break," Parry said. "Why not have them to come here?"
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Easter weekend should also mean more people on the mountain. The Park City Chamber Bureau reports 14 percent of lodging occupancy over the holiday weekend. That’s not a huge number,, but it definitely means that visitors will be in town that may want to take advantage of the local resorts being open the following week.
"Typically those people come here and, if they want to ski, they have to drive somewhere else," Parry said.
On Friday, the PCMR base depth was over 100 inches with storms expected in the extended forecast. Parry said that even if it warms up next week, there should still be plenty of snow to enjoy. She said that just three weeks ago, when the weather was 60 degrees, the resort was worried that it might not even make it to the original closing day. However, the resort has received eight feet of snow in the last 14 days
Parry said that the resort has not postponed its closing date in at least the last 10 years. A few other Utah resorts will also remain open through April 19, but Parry said PCMR was not influenced by what the other mountains are doing.
"It always comes back to if we’ll be able to provide a great experience for everyone on the mountain," she said.
PCMR is also sweetening the deal for locals from other resorts. All week long, the resort will offer a special single-day "locals" lift-ticket rate of $20 to Deer Valley and The Canyons season-pass holders and employees. Present the pass or employee ID at the ticket window.
Beginning Monday, April 13, seven lifts are scheduled to continue operating including PayDay, Bonanza, Silverlode, Thaynes, Jupiter, First Time and Three Kings. Beginning Monday, April 13, full-day lift ticket pricing will be as follows: adults are $50, senior are $35 and youth are $30. In addition, dining will still be available at Legacy Cafe, Kristi’s Coffee Cafe and the Summit House. Park City Mountain Rentals will remain in full operation as will the ski and snowboard school. The mountain is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please visit http://www.parkcitymountain.com or call (800) 222-7275.