Reopening of Park City Ski Resorts

Park City is looking forward to the start of the summer season. Word of the resorts opening is welcome news to not only to locals but also the business community that has been battered by the pandemic and the strict measures health officials enacted to counter it.

Deer Valley Resort will begin summer operations June 26, offering lift-served mountain biking, hiking and scenic chairlift rides, albeit with significant protocols in place to guard against the spread of COVID-19. It will also limit the number of guests allowed on the mountain at any one time, with day lift tickets being sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

The resort will allow outdoor dining at three restaurants this summer — Deer Valley Grocery-Cafe, Royal Street Cafe and Silver Lake Snack Shack — and plans to reopen its lodging properties Monday.

Park City Mountain Resort has not released specifics about when it will open for the summer. Rob Katz, CEO of Vail Resorts, which owns PCMR, recently indicated in a letter to employees that the company was aiming to open all of its properties by late June or early July.

“We intend to take our time to reopen and we acknowledge that we may be slower to open than others,” Katz said in the statement. “Our goal is not to win the race to reopen, it’s to look back one day with great pride in our track record on safety.”

The company is “very complex,” Katz continued, consisting of restaurants, life operations, hotels, golf courses, retail and wedding venues, fly fishing and transportation. To reopen safely, he said, not everything can open at once.

So, as we embark on this new path together, we will take our time, get it right and then bring all our passion and joy back to our mountains and our resorts,” Katz concluded. “ I am getting very excited about that.”



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