Park City, Deer Valley ski seasons close Sunday |

Park City, Deer Valley ski seasons close Sunday

Skiers board the Silver Lake Express at Deer Valley on Friday morning as resort employee Bob Saemann, right, looks on. Both Deer Valley and Park City Mountain close for the winter season on Sunday, April 10.

As winter turns into spring and the temperatures climb into the 60s in Park City, the ski season is drawing to a close. Both Park City Mountain and Deer Valley will close for the winter on Sunday, April 10.

Park City Mountain finished its first year as the largest ski resort in America and Chief Operating Officer Bill Rock said he and the resort’s staff were happy with how the 2015-16 season unfolded.

"We’re thrilled with how the year went," he said. "We had guests from all over the world who were introduced to the resort."

Outside of some early season maintenance issues with the new Motherlode lift and Quicksilver Gondola, Rock said he thought the season went smoothly. But, he added, there’s always room for improvement.

"For next year, we’re assessing where we need to improve and where we can improve guest experience," he said. "Park City is a world-class resort and we’ll continue to try to get better and better."

Meanwhile, at Deer Valley, Senior Communications Manager Emily Summers said the resort benefitted from a great year of snow.

"We had a better snowfall this year than the past few seasons and the skier visits were strong," she said.

Though Deer Valley doesn’t release skier numbers, Summers said the resort was a popular destination for the 2015-16 season.

"Deer Valley saw a good snow year with heavy snowfall in the early season, including a five-foot accumulation the week before Christmas," she said. "Deer Valley limits the number of daily lift tickets sold and we saw five sellout days in a row during the Christmas/New Year’s week."

She added that the resort was also busy during Presidents Day week and the Easter holiday weekend.

Going into the final weekend of the season, Park City has, as of Friday morning, 35 of 41 lifts and 281 runs open. Deer Valley has all 21 chairlifts and 96 of 101 runs open.

Park City Mountain will feature four concerts for closing weekend — two at the Canyons Village stage and two on the PayDay Deck stage. Rock said the weekend slate is a great way to close the spring concert series.

"We’ve had concerts every weekend pretty much all of March," he said. "That was part of our plan to animate Park City for spring break and put Park City on the map for spring break. [The concerts] also help traffic outflow and keep people at the resort on sunny days."

Deer Valley will open for the summer season on Friday, June 17. Rock said Park City Mountain hasn’t set a date for a summer opening, but anticipates it will be around Memorial Day.

Park City Mountain Closing Weekend Concerts

Saturday, April 9

Tony Holiday & the Velvetones — 3-5 p.m. — Canyons Village stage

MAW Band — 3-5 p.m. — PayDay Deck stage

Sunday, April 10

The Breakfast Klub — 3-5 p.m. — Canyons Village stage

The Changing Lanes Experience — 3-5 p.m. — PayDay Deck stage

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