by Sarah J.F. Braley | February 01, 2015
Why Here?
In the depths of winter, it's uplifting to remember all the wonderful activities Park City, Utah, has to offer in the summer: golf, fishing, mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding and more. Even so, the cool blue beauty of the winter season here is an attraction all its own.

Salt Lake Update

• After the Utah Legislature approved a bill to help finance a 1,000-room headquarters hotel to serve Salt Lake City's Salt Palace, Omni Hotels was selected as the potential developer. Omni and Salt Lake County are now undergoing a 90-day negotiation period, hammering out site selection and the final details. Officials expect the process to conclude by the end of February. The Salt Palace offers 515,000 square feet of exhibit space.

Airlift to Ski Lift
Park City's slopes are less than an hour's drive from Salt Lake City International Airport. Planners can arrange for attendees to land in the morning and head directly to the slopes for the afternoon.

Muscle Relaxant
The top Park City spa on Yelp and number 2 on TripAdvisor is the Aura Spa & Boutique. Give the sports massage to a VIP; save the honey and milk wrap for yourself.

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Local Update

The 220-room Montage Deer Valley is now a member of Associated Luxury Hotels International. The property features 55,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor function space, ski-in/ski-out access to the slopes of Deer Valley, the 35,000-square-foot Spa Montage, a fitness center, and indoor and outdoor pools. Aside from skiing, winter guests can go ice skating, snowmobiling, bobsledding and more. In the spring, summer and fall, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, fly-fishing, kayaking and rafting are on the agenda. The Montage has four restaurants.

 Powdr, a privately owned and operated lifestyle and mountain sports company, has sold the Park City Mountain Resort base area, parking, lower ski terrain and lifts, as well as water and snowmaking for the entire mountain to Vail Resorts. This past December, Vail announced it will build a new high-speed gondola over the summer to connect PCMR to the Canyons Resort, part of a $50 million investment planned at the two properties heading into the 2015-16 ski season. Two other lifts also will be made bigger and faster, a new restaurant will be added and two restaurants will be renovated.

The 100-suite Hotel Park City has become part of the Autograph Collection by Marriott. On-site are a Ruth's Chris Steak House and the Bandanas Bar & Grill, and the property has nine meeting rooms to accommodate groups of up to 500 people.

In October, Deer Valley Resort agreed to buy the nearby Solitude Mountain Resort and will begin operating the property on May 1.

The Yarrow Hotel has been gutted and will reopen in May as the DoubleTree by Hilton - The Yarrow. The 182-room property will offer 11,837 square feet of function space. Dining outlets will include the Mountain Grill and the Skyline Pub.

The Park City Convention & Visi­tors Bureau has revamped its website at A new "map your meeting" feature helps start the planning process, and the online RFP function has been improved.