|Bode Miller - Courtesy of The US Ski and Snowboard Association|
|Bode Miller with Qualtrics employee, |
Alan Mark at Park City March 2017
South Carolina snowboarder and Qualtrics' conference attendee, Dan Pannell was lucky enough to ski with Bode that sunny Friday. "It was great to spend some time on the slopes at Park City. I thought the snow was in great condition - it was almost powdery after being several days old, even with very warm temperatures," Dan told me over lunch in the Pig Pen Saloon. He had been out all morning with a group of three advanced snowboarders, guided around the 7,300-acre terrain by a local snowboarder who works for Qualtrics, an international research and experience software company, which is based nearby in Provo.
|Qualtrics lunch at Pig Pen Saloon |
The idea of having Bode Miller there came through a brainstorming idea: "We asked ourselves who could we get who really represents ski culture?" explains Kortney Osborne, Qualtrics Insight Summit Event Director. "It was a last minute add, as we weren't sure if his schedule would be able to accommodate it, and we didn't want to promise something that might not happen. But when we found out for sure, we decided to make it an extra element to wow our attendees." Feedback has been phenomenal, with those delegates who happened to be in the right place at the right time thrilled to be able to interact with such a high profile skiing celeb in a very personal way. "It gave that lasting impression at the end of the event to really make it a great experience," Kortney concludes.
|Park City Panorama - Courtesy of Park City Mountain Resort|
|Powder shots at Park City - Courtesy of Park City Mountain Resort|
|Groomer at Park City - Courtesy of Park City Mountain Resort|
Since the Ski Day marked the end of the Qualtrics Summit, Simon and I moved into Sundial Lodge, also at Canyons, to be close to our SC buddies. The hotel turned out to be in a great position, right in the village centre at Canyons, with a large panoramic balcony overlooking all the apres action and just a quick scoot to and from the base lifts. Another bonus was free underground parking, which is a definite advantage on busy Park City weekends.
|Me with Brumby (centre) and Wells (front)|
|Jupiter Peak Park City - Courtesy of Park City Mountain Resort|
|McLeod Clan with me at Park City|
Just like locals they save certain areas for the next snowfall: “9990 Express, that’s where I am heading next week when we have the next dump forecast,” Brumby told me. Because he still has to fly off to various different areas for conferences and research projects during his sabbatical, Brumby particularly appreciates the location of Canyons Village, just 35 mins (33 miles) from Salt Lake City International Airport.
|Canyons Village heated Orange Bubble Chairlift|
Courtesy of Park City Mountain Resort
|Waldorf Astoria Park City|
|Pow Day IPA at the Waldorf Astoria Park City|
|Waldorf Astoria Park City by night - linked to Canyons Village and ski base by its own gondola|
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|Me skiing at Canyons Village in my pre-helmet days|
Spring Savings and Events:
Final Night Free Lodging Package
Grab your skis, bring your sunglasses, and don't forget your sunscreen! Park City is the perfect spring destination for bluebird skies and freshly groomed terrain. Book your spring lodging at a participating lodging property in the Park City area and get your Book a minimum 3-night stay between March 1 and April 16, 2017 and receive a $200 Delta Air Lines travel voucher.
Secret Season Savings
Located just 35 minutes from the Salt Lake City International Airport, Park City Mountain is a world-class mountain destination providing more than 7,300 skiable acres of diverse terrain suited for every skier and rider. And as insiders know, spring is the best time of year to visit with unlimited sun, great snow and family-friendly activities to enjoy. Guests planning a trip to Park City this spring can take advantage of Secret Season Savings of up to 30 percent on lodging with rates starting at just $111 per night.
Spring Rental Savings at Park City Mountain
Save up to 20% on rental skis and snowboards at Park City Mountain this Spring by reserving online atRentSkis.com.
Spring Concert Series: Free après ski concerts at both base areas, featuring local and national bands. Every Saturday through April 16, weather permitting, the outdoor concerts will take place at 3 p.m. on the Canyons Village Stage at Canyons Village and the PayDay Plaza Patio of Legacy Lodge at the Park City Base Area.
|Park City Spring Gruv - Courtesy of Park City Mountain Resort|
10th Annual Spring Grüv Celebration: From March 25-April 9, Park City Mountain will also host the annual Spring Grüv Celebration. The 16-day event will feature daily activities at both base areas, including the 21st annual Pond Skimming competition on April 8 and free concerts headlined by Crystal Fighters and MAGIC GIANT. A full schedule for Spring Grüv can be found here.
CANYONS VILLAGE CONCERTS
2/18/2017 Knox Hamilton
3/11/2017 The Changing Lanes Experience
3/18/2017 Smiling Souls
3/25/2017 The Fabulous Flynstones
4/1/2017 MAGIC GIANT
4/8/2017 Metro Music Club (Opener: Garret Lebeau)
4/15/2017 Sin City Soul
4/16/2017 Breakfast Klub
PARK CITY BASE AREA CONCERTS
3/4/2017 The Zolotones
PARK CITY BASE AREA CONCERTS
3/4/2017 The Zolotones
3/11/2017 Ashlee K Thomas Band
3/18/2017 Ethan Perry & The Remedy
3/25/2017 Crystal Fighters
4/1/2017 Grizzly Goat
4/8/2017 Cry Wolf
4/15/2017 Please Be Human
4/16/2017 Changing Lanes Experience
Additional information can be found at ParkCityMountain.com/Events.
|Family Fun at Canyons - Courtesy of Park City Mountain Resort|