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post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
Early in January, after the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, I'm bringing a few bigwigs from our head office in Denmark to ski in Utah.

I've tentatively settled on Park City as the "correct" choice. I've skied Alta, Snowbird and Solitude in Utah, but I've never been to Park City.

These guys aren't necessarily gung-ho skiers, and I suspect facilities and resort charm are as important to them as the snow. Moreover, price isn't much of an issue (the trip is partially subsidized by the firm).

Is Park City a good choice for a skier's business trip?

P.S. I've made a tentative booking at the Edelweiss - a suitable place?
post #2 of 18
Given your description of goals & constraints (or lack thereof), the two places that jump to mind for me are PC with a focus on Deer Valley - or Aspen.

Despite the fact that folks like to knock DV, there is a ton of good skiing. And a lack of crowds. And service second to none. Don't know the Edelwiess. Had a nice stay at the Goldener Hirsch (up at DV) last year. Very European (so they may or may not be thrilled by that). Lots of good eats in the area. I had a great time hanging at the bar at Adolf's - and a great meal there too - very "Swiss". I suspect the PC locals can add more info to all of this though.

Aspen is spendy & all, but tough to beat for "facilities". Town is super nice. Superb food. And there's a mountain for every level of skier I was shocked at how much I liked it when I skied there for the first time last year. Access is not as handy as PC though.

The Reno/Tahoe gang may want to defend their turf too...
post #3 of 18
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Originally Posted by spindrift
Given your description of goals & constraints (or lack thereof), the two places that jump to mind for me are PC with a focus on Deer Valley - or Aspen.

Despite the fact that folks like to knock DV, there is a ton of good skiing. And a lack of crowds. And service second to none. Don't know the Edelwiess. Had a nice stay at the Goldener Hirsch (up at DV) last year. Very European (so they may or may not be thrilled by that). Lots of good eats in the area. I had a great time hanging at the bar at Adolf's - and a great meal there too - very "Swiss". I suspect the PC locals can add more info to all of this though.

Aspen is spendy & all, but tough to beat for "facilities". Town is super nice. Superb food. And there's a mountain or every level of skier I was shocked at how much I liked it when I skied there for the first time last year. Access is not as handy as PC though.

The Reno/Tahoe gang may want to defend their turf too...
The snow conditions in Sun Valley are probably iffier than in all of the above-named places (even Aspen : ), but the facilities can hold their own. When I worked at the Elkhorn as a night auditor back in my ski bum days, we would get a fair number of folks showing up for business meetings during ski season.
post #4 of 18
If this is the same Edelwiess that I know, it is directly accross the street from the Silver King condominiums. I wouldn't recommend it. It is very old with no real charm. The outside of the complex is just basic white with no style at all. The interior is older, well kept, but still old and has the feelilng of a compound more than a vacation spot.
http://www.pclodge.com/properties/ed...haus/index.htm


I may be wrong but if it is the same it is one of the oldest condo complexes in the PC area. I would recommend looking somewhere else, closer to main street or up to DV. If you need to be close to the resort check out the resort center or the condos directly north of the resort. I believe they are called Three Kings and Snowflower.
post #5 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the input! Suitable lodging is essential in a business arrangement. We'll reconsider our options in this regard.
post #6 of 18
Yea, putting clients up at the Edelweiss Haus will definitely make you look cheap.

Good luck!
post #7 of 18
I agree w/ololepuka's comments regarding lodging at EH, it's pretty institutional. I also second the recommendation to possibly look into accomodations closer to Main St and the Town Lift, such as The Caledonian, and Town Lift condos. A good reference for where to stay and eat is the Park City Chamber site. Have fun because early Jan (post-holidays) is a great time to be in Park City!
post #8 of 18
Thread Starter 
sphrrt: Thanks for the suggestions. I previously tried both Town Lift and Caledonian, but they were both sold-out during the time we're going (the week of January 9th). Those appear to be popular choices.

Squeezing this trip between New Year's and Sundance has proven a bit challenging. PC is obviously a well-frequented destination, with limited housing options within the city. We'll find something that works, though.

Unfortunately, Aspen and Sun Valley aren't options because it needs to be a short trip.

Thanks all for feedback!
post #9 of 18
Capt.: If I were you, I would try either of the Marriots (Mountainside or Summit Watch). The Danes will aprreciate this type accommodation, and you will save $$ as opposed to staying at The Lodges in DV. Actually, I would prefer The Summit Watch, as it is right on Main Str., and it is nice.
post #10 of 18
Agree w/ all that was said above, esp. the Edelwise. You could also try the Hotel Park City. Very nice, but prolly expensive.

Powdr
post #11 of 18
If this a business trip that your doing your best to get the client's buisness, then set them up with lodging from http://deervalleylodging.com/resort.php/DVL
you could also go for Stein Ekicksons Lodge http://www.steinlodge.com/
the Goldener Hirsch in Park City is model after the original in Austria. http://www.elegantsmallhotel.com/hotels/esh1385.html
You want to wine and dine your guests at DV for day. Didn't you say you have never skied there, now your chance, as well as your chance to get the contract.
post #12 of 18
For business, you'd be hard-pressed to beat Deer Valley/Stein Erikson Lodge.
post #13 of 18
Thread Starter 
These are good leads and well-appreciated. I've requested quotes from a number of the places listed above, and we'll see what they return with.

It's actually my bosses I'm bringing - all the more reason to find a decent place.

A business ski trip, I'm discovering, is a totally different animal from a personal trip. The priority list is totally revamped.

I expect to spend most of my time "teaching" my bosses, and commenting on their phenomenal improvement. There'll be no cutting loose on the slopes.

But, I suppose it beats sitting in a boardroom discussing the annual budget. Enough complaining.
post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by Captain_Strato
There'll be no cutting loose on the slopes.
Captain, don't be too hasty making these kinds of statements. The word sacrelige comes to mind...The lift system at DV is pretty efficient. Even if the boss guys can't ski worth a darn, make sure you hit some of the good stuff at Deer Valley, even if just for a run or two.

Look up tahoetr's secret stash guide to DV. Most of what he talked about is in plain enough view you can readily ski it "alone". If you can find someone who knows the area, try to hit Anchor Trees, Sunset Glades or some of the other fun off-piste stuff with them.

Assuming you are at Silver Lake, you could snag a decent run in any of these areas in 10 minutes! Well... would you believe 30 min all in? Park them at the beach, tell 'em you are gonna grab a few brewskis for everyone and hop on a lift for just one quick run. Then tell 'em the beer line was a killer

Actually, in all seriousness - if these guys don't have the stamina for too much skiing, you could do worse than knocking off a bit early and feeding them some beers in the sun at the beach (it is pretty obvious, what with all the beach chairs...)
post #15 of 18
Thread Starter 
Spendrift: Funny post! Yeah, I'll do my best to catch some real runs between the politics.

I'm really looking forward to these 3 resorts, and trying some of the staches you mentioned. I've written them down. I've skied lots of vert at the BCC and LCC resorts, but never PC.

Your suggested strategy is good: get the brass winded early, so they sit and drink while I go "scout" new terrain. I'll see if I can pull it off.

If it's a freshie day, and I'm inching down the groomers, complimenting execs on their stem-christie, it's going to be painful.
post #16 of 18
it wont take them much to get winded if your staying in the Silver Lake Area of DV.
Your at 8,000 feet above sea level.
If your bosses are game, set them up with an instructor, who will be more than happy to ski with them for the day/half day. Or beeter yet take a free tour with a Mtn. Host starting at 9:30. Best way to get your feel for the resort.
Most busieness trips i saw at DV while emplyed there, would start eaRLY in the morning, then break for a few hours at 9am for a few runs, reconnect around lunch for a working lunch,catch a few more runs before closing. Then after closing, get back together, work some more, then head out for dinner.
Spindrift i like your brew run idea. DV may boast no lift lines, but the beer line can be killer , ha ha ha
Plenty of great resturants on Main street, a quick 5-10 drive from anywhere in THE DV area. Or an easy walk from the town lift area of Park City. Zoom and Grappa are probly the best in town. I've never eaten at either place, just going off from what people have told me.
post #17 of 18
Park City is the place in Utah- it's a pretty mountain town with lots of nightlife, restaurants, and things to do. Main street is great. I'll tell you what I know about lodging, but my experience is limited as I have, well, a house.

Hotel Park City and Stein's are first class and lovely with prices to match. Hotel Park City has the only decent masseuses in town on premisis.(For call up masseuses, Massage Express is best in Utah.The hotel spas can't keep good people because they take such a big cut- Stein's included. Hotel Park City is the exeption- when you get the bill, you'll know why.) Hotel PC's rooms are small but charming, each with a fireplace and kitchenette. decent restaurant and room service. Great heated pool, really fun in winter- nice views from every room. It's on the golf course, so there's XC skiing right there, but you'll need to take a short bus ride to the lift. The overall feel is very "big rough timber lodge with a roaring fire" Park Cities best. Steins is Ski in- ski out, it's on a mountain top at Deer Valley and very European posh. Great food, very high end dining, expensive but memorable. nice rooms - spacious as with most of the older places. Best in DV.
If you're thinking of a condo, booking services like Blooming Enterprises are good because you can describe what you want and they know the inventory.
The condos are great because if you have a nice one, it's usually a good deal and you have the independence of a kitchen, etc. without all that "helpful" staff nosing around except the maid. Finding the nice ones would be the trick. I'll read some names off the nicer buildings an the next day or so and post them. (Guess who can't sleep tonight...)

The Marriot Mountainside Condos are new, at the base of Payday lift. The Marriot on Main street is maybe the best choice as you get Main Street with all it's charm, brand new units and more moderate rates (compaired to Stein"s). It's directly opposite the town lift. So you get Main street and direct mountain access together, walk everywhere, no bus. Great place if it's in the budget. I've not been in the rooms but I'm sure they're fine.
My personal favorite is the recently redone Treasure Mountain Inn because of it's lower rates, larger rooms, balconies, and primo spot on upper Main street near all the restaurants and steps from the infamous Monkey Bar.(go go dancers much too far out for Utah- or so I hear).

I'd steer clear of the Yarrow or the Radisson, they're older and poorly located. Don't take your boss to my favorite dirt bag crash- The Chateau Apris- but if you got a high school ski club- that's your joint.

Getting a condo may be a good idea, they can have any number of bedrooms- but you'll all share a common living room, kitchen and bathrooms and that may or may not be a good thing with a bunch of Danes...
post #18 of 18
Thread Starter 
I'm now getting a new round of quotes based upon these suggestions. In addition, I'm refining the apres itinerary (Dane's love a good brew), and the masseuse options. We'll likely also do the Mountain Host tour. It takes pressure off of me, and provides a great overview.

We'll also try Zoom and Grappa, as suggested. Why re-invent the wheel?

It never ceases to amaze me how helpful people on this forum can be. This beats any travel agency, or profit-oriented service. The content is candid, rich in detail and remarkably valuable.

Thanks to all!
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