Guest editorial: Todd Bennett: We are listening |

Guest editorial: Todd Bennett: We are listening

Todd Bennett Deer Valley Resort, President and CEO
Park Record guest editorial

Dear Deer Valley neighbors and greater Park City community members,

Over the last few months, I’ve had the opportunity to connect with many of you on the mountain, at our open houses, and at the most recent Planning Commission meeting about our proposal for the Snow Park village at the base of Deer Valley. Your interest and feedback are important, and I am committed to finding new forums and opportunities to share our plans and to understand your perspective.

Similar to many of you, my family and I are avid skiers (including my wife, who is a former ski racer) and we feel a sense of pride and obligation to this community. We’ve skied Deer Valley many times as guests and have come to know and cherish the exceptional experience that is Deer Valley. While the proposal for the Snow Park village has evolved over the years, our “North Star” at Deer Valley remains unchanged — to deliver world-class hospitality, great food and beverage, and an excellent on-snow experience. The proposed Snow Park village aims to honor this legacy, evolve thoughtfully, and balance the needs of our community, guests, and our staff.

Parking and transportation are important priorities that continue to be at the forefront of our Snow Park village planning. We are listening. To date, we’ve invited the community and staff to open houses with visual exhibits and project experts to speak to the plans, as well as hosted individual presentations with community members and neighbors, including HOAs. We commissioned a community survey to gather feedback from those who couldn’t attend in person. This is a chance to do something extraordinary for Deer Valley for generations to come and we will continue to engage in direct dialogue with you.

We will continue to work with the city to find creative solutions to alleviate traffic congestion associated with skier arrivals and departures, outline safer and optimized circulation patterns for the multiple ways guests may arrive to the resort, support the town’s overall transportation grid with a state-of-the-art mobility hub, and look ahead to how we can help mitigate the pinch points that extend even beyond the immediate Deer Valley base area.

I am committed to honoring the original vision of Edgar and Polly Stern. This is an opportunity I do not take lightly. I feel fortunate to not only lead a team here in this passionate community, but also be at the helm of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bring forth an elevated year-round experience that honors Deer Valley’s legacy and propels us ahead with thoughtful evolution as an industry leader.

In the coming months we plan to host regular community outreach events including more open houses and smaller listening sessions to ensure questions are answered and every voice can be heard.

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