Red Bull Rampage 2016

Red Bull Rampage 2016

Here are some of our favourite photos from Red Bull Rampage Weekend. Check out our photo's and get a sense of what these crazy talented athletes managed to pull off.

Congratulations to the top three; Brandon Semenuk, Antoine Bizet, and Carson Storch, as well as Conor Macfarlane who took home the Kelly McGarry Spirit award. Sending love and healing vibes to Aggy who had an ugly crash today.

With this year's new site brought new lines, new challenges and a lot of work! Dig teams were working right up until the competition.

The road in was just a little dusty.

Day before the competition Kyle Strait & Cam Zink working together. The biggest takeaway or surprise for myself was how these riders teamed up on certain parts of the hill and conquered their lines together.

Zink getting dialed with Strait & Remy Metailler looking on closely and working together.

Strait's competition run was buttery smooth.

Strait's competition run was buttery smooth.

Kurt Sorge & Graham Agassiz's line shared this drop. Sorge sending it deep!

Aggy hitting the monster drop with a three. This fall is what took Aggy out of the competition. Heal up Aggy!

Thomas Genon, aka Tommy G, with one of the most stylish flat spin-3's in the game!

Carson Storch's huge three off this monster drop landed him with a third place finish and best trick award for the weekend with this very trick!

Zink getting the low down from his daughter.

Antoine Bizet's double back flip made Rampage history and solidified his second place finish.

Tom van Steenbergen's showing us and the crowd why his nickname is "Steeze Burger"

Brett Rheeder dancing on the ridge line.

The Kelly McGazza spirit award went to Conor McFarlane.

Winner Brandon Semenuk trying to make it through the media madness.

Champagne showers!

Salt Lake Pride Parade 2016

Salt Lake Pride Parade 2016

Utah Pride Center's 41st annual festival attracted thousands of people from all over the nation to celebrate in downtown Salt Lake City over this past weekend. This festival had a different feel to it than in years past. Huge crowds created more of a buzz and excitement than I can remember. Regardless of my personal view it was great to be apart of it and to see Utahans support one another.

Sunday's Parade has always been the highlight of the weekend long festival. Here are some of the highlights from the parade.

We were one of the first floats. Waiting to get things going

Katie understands

Skip to your own beat

The crowds were supportive, loud, & having some fun!

The crowds were amazing!

Stacks on stacks.

Our float driver didn't just drive in a boring straight line... We added some extra turns to the route and got extra close to the onlookers.

High five!

There weren't just humans celebrating, many four-legged friends joined the festivities.

Floats from the parade

Whats a parade without a king & queen.

Mormons for Equality

Utah Educators for Pride

Utah Arts Alliance

Salt Lake Acting Company

Squatters Craft Beer

The Litas, this was a loud group that was having some fun.

Matrons of Mayhem float

AdvancedMD Pride

To our crew who is the best in the business! Great work

A Day at Sundance Mountain Resort

A Day at Sundance Mountain Resort

mountain weekend Show - Sundance mountain resort

You know, one of the coolest parts of working at Park City Television is getting out of the office and heading to the mountains to shoot. We look forward to every "on location" shoot, especially when it happens to take place at one of Utah's most picturesque resorts. Sundance Mountain Resort, located just a short drive from Park City, is hands down one of the most beautiful places on Earth. The resort is its own slice of heaven with fabulous mountain terrain, delicious cuisine, activities for all ages, and a staff that makes you feel like family the second you arrive.

Recently, we were fortunate enough to spend the entire day over at Sundance Resort shooting for our program, The Mountain Weekend Show. From skiing to dining, we did it all and had the absolute best time shooting, interviewing, and learning about this Utah gem. We even got to experience for ourselves Utah's most epic zip line! So if you're looking for a local's suggestion for your next vacation or even a day trip up from the valley, check out our clips from the Mountain Weekend Show and then make plans at Sundance Mountain Resort. We can promise you, you'll never want to leave!


video segments from the mountain weekend show at sundance

Introduction to Sundance Mountain Resort

Learn to ski or snowboard with the Snow Sports Program at Sundance Mountain Resort

Learn the Mountain Terrain at Sundance Resort

Enjoy Utah's largest Zip Tour at Sundance Mountain Resort

Casual and Fine Dining options at Sundance Mountain Resort

Relax after a long day of adventure with a visit to the Spa at Sundance Mountain Resort

Plan your visit or vacation to Sundance Mountain Resort

Park City Development

Park City Development

You might say Park City has been riding a tidal wave of change for the last 10-15 years, and you’d probably be right. We agree it has been a solid decade or so of much-needed change in this quaint mountain town. The Lange Group has been around long before Park City’s rise to the top and has seen and supported the evolution. From our practiced real estate eyes, we’ve seen prices rise and even fall; we’ve seen inventory peak and diminish; we’ve seen and led development efforts throughout the area. The bottom line is we have a pretty good scope on real estate in Park City.

 

We like to think the 2002 Olympics put Park City on the world’s stage, and shortly after it seemed the world wanted to vacation and purchase homes in the area. While it may have taken some time to catch on, the secret was out; Park City was and remains a dream destination to visit, invest and reside.

 

Developers in the area were quick to respond to the newfound interest and responded with luxury properties fitting for the luxury market. The town, which for years had only the famed Stein EriksenLodge to hang their hat on, was soon home to countless luxury developments in the area as well as three flagship hotels: The Montage Deer Valley, The St. Regis Deer Valley, and The Waldorf Astoria Park City.

 

More recently, the luxury landscape has continued to evolve with a few new projects nearing completion and even more gearing up to hit the market within the next 18 months. Vail Resorts recent entry into Park City has sparked the fame flame once again with yet another flurry of interest in the area. Park City continues to shine and doesn’t show signs of slowing down.

 

Recent reports show Park City gaining momentum as not only a 2nd home destination but a viable location for various industries as the quality of life continues to outshine more traditional corporate headquarters. Start-ups and existing, successful companies are taking note that talented employees want to work in an area they want to live, as they consider Park City for their home base.

 

With more people moving to town, more stores, restaurants and bars are also setting up shop. All that translates to us having more stuff to do and more things to eat and drink. And are you really going to tell us you don’t like options?

 

The Park City Film Studios® has opened it’s doors in Quinn’s Junction. They’re bringing Hollywood-level production to little, old Utah so now our film culture is not just limited to the ten days in January when Sundance takes over.

 

And of course, the Newpark/Kimball Junction area is constantly changing and expanding with shops, restaurants and the visitor center.

 

All of this means Park City is diversifying its portfolio and diversification bodes well for a strong and sustainable future.

 

Park City will always be a town centered around the outdoor industry with skiing being the primary focus and because of that, more companies (like Skullcandy, Backcountry.com and Rossignol) are drawing all levels of employees to move to Park City.

 

On top of all that, Salt Lake City is becoming a hub for the tech industry with Adobe, eBay and Google moving to Utah. We’ve seen that many of the executives of these companies are opting for the longer commute in favor of living outside the valley.

 

So, while the real estate supply may appear to be expanding with developments taking shape in all corners of the area, the demand seems to be keeping up, and will continue to do so.

 

We like to say, if you are considering real estate in the Park City area explore the offerings in the market. If you find something you love, buy it and enjoy it.

The Effects of Sundance on Property Values

The Effects of Sundance on Property Values

A local institution revered by film critics and loved by the general populace, Sundance Film Festival is one of the most awaited celebrations of the year in Park City. Playing showcase to many up and coming directors, as well as artistic works from some of the most popular filmmakers in the industry, Sundance attracts nearly 50,000 people per year – a number that grows with each year’s smashing success. As expected, the popularity of this incredible festival bolsters tourism in the area and injects excess spending into the local economy, aiding small businesses and large chains alike. However, there is one other benefit to hosting Sundance Film Festival on a yearly basis: the increase in property values.

 

The Economic Impact

In 2015, the Sundance Film Festival had a noticeably large impact on the local economy. According to Sundance.org, a total of 46,107 people attended the festival last year; this led to a total of 57.2 million dollars in spending by nonresidents – generating roughly $63.2 million in Gross State Product. However, what’s truly interesting is the amount spent on lodging throughout the entirety of the festival. In 2015 alone, nearly $30 million was spent on lodging, and out of that 26.4% went towards condo and private home rentals. Though Park City is a hot bed for vacation rentals of all kinds, this is a major increase in income during a very short segment of the year, leading to some interesting results in the real estate market!

 

An Indirect Benefit

If you own vacation properties in the area, Sundance Film Festival can be a major source of revenue, improving the value of your home and allowing you to rent your home for more – particularly if your home is nearby the festival grounds. Even more importantly, this influx in renters creates a property demand in the areas surrounding the Sundance Film Festival, driving up property values even more as investors fight to create bigger and better vacation homes nearby.

On top of this, according to Sundance.org, 32% of attendees at the Sundance Film Festival were locals – meaning that the festival not only drives a demand for out-of-towners and vacationers, but also is a benefit for those who wish to live near the festival. In fact, the immense popularity of this festival is a major player in the demand for real estate in the Sundance area, which renders Sundance one of the more expensive neighborhoods outside of Park City proper – with the median property listings coming in at $420k in the area.

 

Sundance – A Benefit for All

Whether you’re looking to attend the festival as a vacationer, rent out your home as a vacation rental owner, or purchase a new home as an investor – or a newcomer – the Sundance Film Festival truly is a welcomed by all in Park City, Utah!

 

For expert advice visit: https://www.youinparkcity.com/

or call (435) 962-9427.

 

 

Black Tie Ski Rentals of Park City

Use code PMAXDISC for 20% off your rental!

The local's secret is that the ski shops will be full and even out of a lot of rental items. To save yourself some valuable hours (because who wants to wait in line at a rental shop just to find they are out of skis) and also maximize slope time, we recommend you give our friends at Black Tie Ski Rentals of Park City a call. Because they have extended hours, they will work around your schedule and bring skis, boots and poles (or snowboard gear) to your door. Even better, they'll pick them up when you're done and ready to head back home. Park City isn't the only area where you can find Black Tie, they are 14 locations, servicing nearly 40 resorts nationwide.

Black Tie carries over 6 brands of skis, a large array of boots and they even bring things you may have forgotten with them on delivery. These guys know Park City, so go ahead and ask them about where to find some powder stashes, a quick meal or where to catch local music. If walking in to a store is more your style, they offer that too with a storefront at 1846 Prospector Avenue in Park City.

If you'd like more information on Black Tie Ski Rentals, head over to their website at http://ParkCity.Blacktieskis.com. Or check out their reviews on trip adviser and facebook. Take it from us, make the most of your trip to Utah and get out and make some turns, you'll love it and our friends at Black Tie will make sure your gear is ready to go.

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FIS World Cup at Deer Valley - Schedule

FIS World Cup at Deer Valley - Schedule

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - Main Street Celebration Concert

7 - 10 p.m. Opening Ceremony and Concert Lower Main Street Immediately Following Fireworks Lower Main Street

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - Mogul Competition

9:20 - 10:05 a.m. Men's Aerial Qualifications

10:20 - 10:40 a.m. Men's Aerial Finals

12:05 - 12:45 p.m. Ladies' Aerial Qualifications

1:00 - 1:20 p.m. Ladies' Aerial Finals

1:30 - 1:45 p.m. Awards

3 - 4 p.m. Ladies' Mogul Qualifications

5 - 6:25 p.m. Men's Mogul Qualifications

5 - 8 p.m. VIP Tent Open

7 - 8 p.m. Ladies' and Men's Mogul Finals

8:10 - 8:25 p.m. Awards

8:30 p.m. Fireworks

Friday, February 5, 2016 - Aerial Competition

2:45 - 3:20 p.m. Ladies' Aerial Qualifications

5 - 5:50 p.m. Men's Aerial Qualifications

5 - 8:30 p.m. VIP Tent Open

7:35 - 7:50 p.m. Showcase

8 - 8:50 p.m. Ladies' and Men's Aerial Finals

9 p.m. Awards

9:15 p.m. Fireworks

Saturday, February 6, 2016 - Dual Mogul Competition

4:55 - 6:40 p.m. Ladies' and Men's Dual Mogul Prelim Rounds

5 - 8:30 p.m. VIP Tent Open

7 - 8:20 p.m. Ladies' and Men's Dual Mogul Finals

8:25 p.m. Awards

8:40 p.m. Fireworks

PCTV's Sundance Gift Bag

PCTV's Sundance Gift Bag

Part of the Park City Television Sundance experience is our Signature PCTV Gift Bag. Park City Television plays host to over 300 actors and film makers over the course of the 10 day festival. To say thank you and congratulations to these accomplished film makers, we present them a Signature Gift Bag after appearing on our live show. Both local and national brands collaborate on this bag to create something extra special for these guests. Each year we strive to connect with the best of the best of local artisans and include their amazing products in our bag. This year our bag is better than ever with items ranging from beanies to snack bars, fair trade coffee to caramel sauce made with goats milk. Each item is unique and we hope that you'll support our local partners by checking out their websites!

Thank you to our 2016 Sundance Bag Partners! 

Red Carpet Coverage - A Reporter's Perspective

Red Carpet Coverage - A Reporter's Perspective

My name is Ashley Detrick.  I lead a great life.  I lead an unbelievable life during Sundance.  

This Sundance is my third, and I have learned a few things. 

  • Comfortable shoes are a must.  You will barely sit down.  You will walk many miles.  Your feet will thank you.
  • Drink more water than you think you need.  You may not be thirsty, but trust me, the moment you're talking to Matt Damon, your throat will go dry and your eyes will water.  Wait, that may have nothing to do with hydration.
  • The early bird gets the worm. Press lines are usually first come first served, and I can guarantee that no matter how early you arrive, you won't be the first.
  • Most actors are short.  Shorter than you think.  
  • It's possible to smile to the point of pain.  I like smiling.  It's my favorite.

There's Still Time To Learn

Blog by Jill Adler

It's not official yet but the National Ski Areas Association may have a new Guinness Book of World Records record. On Friday, January 8, the entire U.S. ski industry came together to go for the "World's Largest" coordinated ski lesson as part of National Learn to Ski and Ride month. Organizers are estimating at least 6,000 lessons were taught across the country from the East coast to Alaska.

Mary Jo Tarallo, spokesperson for the National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month said, "January is National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month and we thought a fun event like this would serve as an ideal kick off and a way for us to get everyone talking about ways to stay active during the winter months.”

Utah transplants like Nancy Lynn actually waited through the holidays to take advantage of the event and Learn to Ski Month as a whole. "Anyone who loves being outdoors needs a winter hobby but I'm intimidated by skiing. The lesson was a great introduction," she said. "I was scared in the morning getting dressed; I was lost at the resort but finally found the ski school and rentals. We had six in our group and the instructor taught us super basic stuff. It builds your confidence. Pretty soon you're going up and down, learning to walk with these things on your feet and feeling ok if you fall. By the end, I didn't want to stop or leave. The mountains are beautiful. It was worth it just to go there and be out in this beautiful scenery, doing something."

While crappy snow in the east and midwest affected lesson numbers at ski areas there, nearly 150 of the original 164 locations were able to offer lessons in their local time zones. Ski Utah, in particular, partnered with the U.S. Forest Service to bring nearly 500 school kids out for a free, first-time lesson.

Learning to Ski at Snowbird. Photo by Nancy Lynn

“So far we’ve seen individual resort participation numbers ranging from just a few people to over 250 people,” said Hugh Reynolds of SNOW Operating and one of the organizers of the event.  “This is the first year of the initiative, and to walk away with a new world record makes this all the more successful.”

The official Guinness World Record participation numbers are expected to be announced at the National Ski Area’s Association National Tradeshow and Convention taking place May 18-21 in Nashville, Tenn.

Those who missed out on Friday’s event, however, can still get massive breaks on lessons through the end of the month. Just check out these deals in Utah:

Alta Ski Area

(THIS ONE IS GOOD ALL SEASON!) Choose up to 4 days of discounted lessons and rental packages. Enrollment is limited and reservations are required.

  •   offered on Fridays/Saturdays/Sundays
  •   must register by Jan 31
  •   $20 non-refundable registration fee
  •   $45 2-hour lesson & rental
  •   pay as you go
  •   purchase discounted lift ticket as needed ($26 beg lift)
  •   receive Copper Card when 4 days completed
  •   holiday blackout dates
  •   Dec 19 – Jan 3
  •   Jan 15 – 17
  •   Feb 12 – 19
  •   reservation required – no walk-ins

 

Brian Head

$45 Lesson, Lift Ticket and Rental.

  •   lift ticket
  •   lesson
  •   rental

Anytime Non-Holiday in the month of January, chairs 4 & 6 only. Not Valid Jan. 16-18 2016

 

Brighton Resort

$45 Lesson, Lift Ticket and Rental.
Packages include a 2-hour lesson, a ski or snowboard rental and a learner lift ticket. Excluding MLK Weekend Jan 16th-18th.
Print out the " LEARN TO SKI/SNOWBOARD MONTH" voucher and redeem it at any ticket window on the dates listed. Fridays + Saturdays lessons are only offered at 1:15 PM. 
Monday through Thursday, lessons are offered at 10:15 AM and 1:15 PM (excluding Jan. 18th)(Offer not valid on Sundays)

 

Deer Valley Resort

Saturday, January 30, 2016 ONLY
$45 Lesson, Lift Ticket and Rental.
First-time local skiers only. A local is defined as anyone with a current Utah driver's license. Without a Utah driver's license, a photo ID accompanied by a current Utah property tax form, Utah utility bill or Utah business paycheck stub will be accepted.
Clinic Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Cost: $45 for the package, per participant ($15 for a lift ticket, $15 for ski rental equipment and $15 for the clinic). Helmets are optional and available at no additional charge. Limited to the first 55 registrants, 13 years or older. Anyone under 18 years, a parent or guardian must sign a ski Rental Agreement and Acknowledgement of Risks Agreement the day of the program, prior to the start of clinic.
Reservations must be made prior to January 28, 2016, by calling Deer Valley Resort at 888-754-8477 or 435-645-6648, referring to "Ski Utah Learn to Ski Program." One lesson (clinic) per participant.
Check-in Time: 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Snow Park Lodge. Anyone checking in after 8:30 a.m. is not guaranteed a lesson and will not be able to receive the discounted lift ticket or ski rentals.

 

Eagle Point

$45 Lesson, Lift Ticket and Rental.
Black out dates: January 16, 17, 18 of January (MLK weekend).
To reserve lesson contact the Eagle Point ski school:
435-438-3615 or e-mail: Snowsports@skieaglepoint.com.

 

Nordic Valley

$45 Lesson, Lift Ticket and Rental.
includes 2 hour Never Ever lesson, rental and lift ticket
Mon-Fri lessons 11 am and 1:30 pm.
Sat or Sun lessons 10 am and 1:00 pm.
Must call for reservation, Limited availability. 801-745-3511 ext.1

 

Park City

Sorry. Newbies. You had only one chance at a deal. If you missed the big January 8 group record day but still want to ski PC there's a Full Day Never Ever lesson starting at $225 inc rentals and ticket.

 

Powder Mountain

$45 Lesson, Lift Ticket and Rental. Ages 13 and up.
Reservations are required. 801-745-3772 ext.127 or 128. The good news is that Powder offers a full day lift ticket so you can stick around and practice after your lesson is over. You must mention Learn to Ski Month promo at time of reservation to receive $45 price.

 

Snowbasin Ski Resort

One Day Only: Jan 23rd 2016.
$45 for a Lesson, Lift Ticket and Rental.
Ages 13+
Register at least 7 days in advance at 801-620-1015
Must mention Ski Utah Learn to Ski/Ride Program to qualify for the discount
First time skiers and riders only
Check in at the Learning Center at least 45 minutes before your lesson start time.

 

Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort

$45 Lesson, Lift Ticket and Rental. Ages: 16 & Older
First-Time Skiers / Snowboarders
Thru Jan. 31, 2016 (Excluding : Jan. 15-18) / Afternoons Only (1:30 pm – 4:00 pm)
Price: $45 (Regularly Priced: $110)
Meeting Location: Chickadee Bowl
Includes: 2.5 hr. Afternoon Lesson / Chickadee Lift Ticket / Rentals
Must pre-register a minimum of 24 hours in advance. Offer is subject to availability. Must request this program when registering. Learner will receive a Learner's Permit Pass" entitling the learner to five additional discounted adult group lessons ($75 instead of $110) subject to availability AND five additional days of skiing for half price! The Learner Permit is good for the rest of the current season only and is not transferrable. One per guest.

Ages 7-15 will get a $25 discount on follow-up Mountain Adventure lessons at the regular rate of $168.
Reservations Required: (801) 947-8222 or mountainschool@snowbird.com

 

Solitude Mountain Resort

Learn to Ski or Snowboard for $45
Offer valid for Utah residents. Beginners only, one time use.
For skiers ages 6 and up and snowboarders age 8 and up.
Valid January 5-31, 2016 excluding 1/16-19, 1/23 and 1/30.
Afternoon group sessions only, 1:00pm-3:30pm.
Rentals are available after 12:15pm.
Reservations can be made by calling 801-536-5730. Reservations must be made at least one week in advance.

 

Sundance Mountain Resort

Learn to Ski or Snowboard for $60
Full day lift ticket
Full day rental (basic rental package)
2 1/2 hour morning lesson (lesson time will be from 10 am - 12:30 pm
Offer will be valid on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. January 19, 20, 26, 27
Must be purchased in the Ski and snowboard school office.
Guest will be asked to provide valid Utah Identification.
Guest will be placed in a 1st time (beginner) lesson.

Legendary Skier Stein Eriksen Passes Away

Legendary Skier Stein Eriksen Passes Away


DEER VALLEY RESORT, Park City, UT (December 27, 2015) -Stein Eriksen, the legendary alpine skier whose revolutionary technique and distinctive style made him a founder of modern skiing, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 27, 2015 at his home in Park City, Utah surrounded by family. He was 88 years old.

As one of the most recognized names in the ski world, Stein Eriksen has been synonymous with skiing style and elegance for more than 60 years. The first alpine skier to win triple gold at a world championship, an Olympic Gold Medalist and ambassador and father of freestyle skiing, Stein Eriksen parlayed all that he knew and loved about the sport into an incredible career that spanned almost six decades and changed the face of alpine skiing worldwide.

The patriarch of elegant skiing, Eriksen successfully utilized his passion for skiing into a lifetime career. His desire to develop an internationally-renowned luxury hotel, which bears his name, is located mid-mountain at Deer Valley Resort, where he served as Director of Skiing for more than 35 years.

"Stein has been an integral part of the Deer Valley family since the resort's inception and his presence on the mountain will be profoundly missed," said Bob Wheaton, Deer Valley president and general manager. "His influence in the ski industry and at this resort was infinite and his legacy will always be a fundamental aspect of Deer Valley. He was a true inspiration and we are honored to have had him as a part of the Deer Valley family."

Commenting on Eriksen's legacy, Dennis Suskind, President of Stein Eriksen Lodge, noted, "Stein Eriksen was the vision behind the development of the Lodge that carries his name. His celebrity charisma created a special ambiance whether within the Lodge, our restaurant or out on the mountain, that was warm and inviting. He was a real friend and will be missed."

Born December 11, 1927, Eriksen originally gained fame through competition at the 1952 Oslo Olympic Winter Games, where he took the gold and silver medals in the giant slalom and slalom events, respectively. Two years later he went on to win three gold medals at the World Championships in Åre, Sweden in 1954, making him the first alpine skier to win the world championship 'triple gold.' Shortly thereafter, Eriksen's inimitable style and captivating personality garnered him the attention of the news media and friendship of the Hollywood elite. His status was enhanced by his spectacular forward somersault, an aerial maneuver credited as the forerunner of the inverted aerials performed by freestyle skiers today.

A native of Norway, Eriksen lived in the United States for the last six decades. Prior to joining Deer Valley Resort, he was involved in the development of the then Park City Ski Area, now Park City Mountain. Before Park City, Stein spent four years as director of skiing and ski school director at Snowmass, Colorado, and four years as ski school director at Sugarbush, Vermont. He also served as ski school director and owned his own sport shop in Aspen, Colorado. From 1956 to 1958, he was ski school director for Heavenly Valley, California, having previously served in the same position at Boyne Mountain, Michigan from 1954 to 1956.

Among his numerous awards and honors, Eriksen was awarded the Knight First Class honor in 1997 by His Majesty the King of Norway as a reward for outstanding service in the interest of Norway, indicating his dedication to his home country. His contribution to the world of sports and his commitment to the people of his homeland also earned him the Royal Order of Merit. In recognition of his pioneering spirit and contribution to the early development of the ski industry, Stein received the Pioneer Award from the Intermountain Ski Areas Association (ISAA) in 1998. Eriksen served as an Olympic Ambassador at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, during which some events took place at his home mountain of Deer Valley Resort and coincided with the 50th anniversary of his Olympic medals. Eriksen was inducted into the Intermountain Ski Hall of Fame in 2003 and the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) Hall of Fame in 2013. In April of 2015, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Utah Sports Commission. Eriksen was also awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Ski Tourism by World Ski Awards in 2015.

Stein was frequently sought out by the thousands of skiers to which he taught the sport and was always happy to stop for a visit and a photo. He took great pride and joy in his past students and guests and making them feel special. In addition to his numerous accomplishments and awards, Stein will be remembered for his charisma, kindness and approachable nature.

Eriksen is survived by his wife of 35 years, Francoise, son Bjorn, three daughters, Julianna, Ava and Anja and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by son Stein Jr.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the Stein Eriksen Youth Sports Opportunity Endowment. A private memorial will be held for family followed by a celebration of Stein's life, details of which will be forthcoming.

Out of respect for the family at this difficult time, please address all inquiries for further information or interviews to either Coleen Reardon or Emily Summers from Deer Valley Resort.

Quicksilver Gondola Open For Business

Quicksilver Gondola Open For Business

By Jill Adler

Photo courtesy Park City Mountain 

With one swift smack, two Park City resorts become one. The new Quicksilver Gondola is fully functional, linking Park City to the Canyons and signifying a proverbial -if not literal- end to Vail Resorts’ campaign in Utah. And by “campaign” we mean like in medieval days- a series of inter-related military battles that lasted years and was part of an over-arching strategic plan to conquer a country.

Park City has been conquered and the course of ski history has changed forever. December 18, 2015, ushered in the age of Vail Resorts, giant interconnected skiways, epic prices ($122 for a lift ticket, $10 slices of pizza) and another notch in the One Wasatch belt. Quicksilver not only creates the largest ski resort in North America - connecting the former Canyons Resort to Park City- but it’s an instrumental move in the plan to join all seven Wasatch ski areas using chairlifts and a network of trails. If One Wasatch happens it will create the North American equivalent of a European ski experience with 18,000+ acres of terrain, more than 100 lifts, accessed with one lift ticket.

For now, Quicksilver brings together “just” 7,300 skiable acres, which of course you would never do in a day but it sounds cool. We also hope that means even if skiers and riders flock to Park City in droves, the slopes will never feel crowded. Something tells me, however, it still won’t make a difference at the Red Pine Gondola over MLK (the only way to the base for beginners). “On this historic day for our company, the debut of the Quicksilver Gondola connecting the two mountains brings to life one of the most ambitious capital projects undertaken at any resort in industry history,” said Rob Katz, chairman and CEO of Vail Resorts, at the christening. VR started the project as soon as the snow melted this year. The 8.5- minute ride over the northern ridge of Park City was part of a $50 million capital improvement design that included leveling the old Snow Hut restaurant and erecting Miners Camp- a modern, wall-to-wall windowed retreat with 500 indoor seats, daily specials, flatbread pizzas, Mediterranean dishes and local drafts on tap ($9!).    

With 16-30 inches of snow forecast for this week, riders should be able to enjoy test-driving Quicksilver over the holidays. As for One Wasatch, it could take years for someone to figure out a way to connect Solitude and Alta without pissing off snowboarders and causing another lawsuit.

Get Ready for Winter!

Get Ready for Winter!

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Get Ready For Winter by Jill Adler

It shouldn’t be this hard to prep for winter. The leaves have turned, Warren Miller premiered, I’m wearing pants. Yet I haven’t started ski conditioning, I’m desperate for new boots, the season passes still need purchasing and Sage has outgrown her gear. If you find yourself in the same boat as me it might be time to put Saturday, October 24, in the calendar.

Ski “N See’s first ever Ski Prep Day is coming to Cottonwood Heights to make sure ski and ride families are ready for winter. The ARCS store in Cottonwood Heights (1844 E Ft. Union Blvd, 84121) will be the place to be from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

"Our goal is to foster a real passion for skiing and snowboarding amongst local families," says Ski 'N See / ARCS General Manager Ryan Larsen. "We feel providing them not just information, but advice and opinions about area programs and discounts will make it easier for more families to get involved in this exciting and healthy sport."

The four workshops should cover all the bases and basics to help foster a real passion for safe skiing at all levels and even getting to the next level:

"Ski-nitiation" will focus on getting kids on skis for the first time; "Ski-cceleration” will be all about getting out of a rut and moving to the next level; "Ski-ditioning" discusses conditioning to help avoid injury; and "Getting Ski-quipped" involves choosing the right gear without breaking the bank. Each workshop last 30 minutes starting at noon.

Ski City will have its newly wrapped Airstream trailer right next to Ski Utah's huge blow up Yeti, making it easy to spot the location of the Fort Union Boulevard event. Ski Utah will be on hand to sign up kids for its 5th and 6th grade Passport program where kids ski free three days or one day, respectively, free at each Utah resort for a $35 processing fee. Salt Lake County Rec Centers will have a rep there talking about their ski programs, all four Cottonwood ski resorts will be providing info on their ski and snowboard lessons for kids and adults and deals offered for Learn to Ski and Snowboard month in January, and Burton will have its Riglet Park set up, giving young ones a "ride" through a mock terrain park. "We're really excited about the industry groups joining us for this event, it's grown much bigger than we expected," says Ski 'N See / ARCS Owner Roy Ostendorf.

Arcs will also be swag central with giveaways including lift tickets, goggles, a SuperPass, free rentals, free pizza from Papa John’s and more. Ski 'N See / ARCS will be well-stocked with ski and snowboard Season Rental packages for kids and adults.

For more details on the workshops and partners involved, please visit http://www.skinsee.com/pre-ski.

 Mountain Morning Show - Scott Kelly with Evolution Design Build Group

Mountain Morning Show - Scott Kelly with Evolution Design Build Group

About Evolution Design Build Group

Evolution Design Build Group was established with the premise that the combination of quality materials, attention to detail and top-notch craftsmanship would lead to a superior finished product for clients. Our goal at Evolution is to build long-term relationships with our clients, subcontractors, architects, and designers while producing a product we are proud to build and believe in!

Sustainability means meeting the needs of today without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Sustainable & Green Construction aims to apply this principle to the construction industry by providing ways of buildings that use less virgin material and less energy, cause less pollution and less waste, but still provide the benefits that construction and remodeling projects have brought our society throughout history.

At Evolution, we do not simply pitch the green angle, but we believe in the practice of sustainable, green construction and remodeling so passionately that we live and practice it in our lives and community. From working with Habitat for Humanity, Habitat Restore and other reputable recycle/ reuse organizations, Evolution has donated thousands of dollars in reusable and recycled materials. Scott and Kelsey have been recognized as large-volume contributors to Habitat Restore, donating over $500,000+ in high quality recycled materials for reuse by other contractors and home remodelers and do-it-yourself homeowners.

Sustainable living, construction and healthy lifestyle are priorities here at Evolution. It is about improving the quality of life, healthier living spaces and keeping our business locally owned and operated. From raising money for the community, grass roots campaigns and attending or donating to various organizations, we are part of the community, not just providing quality products and services. We have children in the schools too, you may see us at a school function, racing bikes or casually strolling around Park City. If you see us, stop and say hello, we’d love get to know you too!

Epic Local Pass - Best Price Deadline Approaching!

Epic Local Pass - Best Price Deadline Approaching!

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Park City Announces Sunday, Oct. 11 is Last Day to Lock in Current Price on Epic Local Pass and to Register Kids for Epic SchoolKids Oct. 11 is the last day to get the Epic Local Pass for as little as $599, featuring the new Park City which is now connected to Canyons to form the largest ski resort in the U.S.

The deadline to enroll Utah kindergarteners through fifth graders into Epic SchoolKids Utah Pack is Oct. 11

PARK CITY, Utah — Oct. 5, 2015 — When summer gives way to cool autumn evenings and morning temperatures dip below freezing, it can only mean one thing: Ski season is right around the corner. With just 47 days until debuting the $50 million in resort improvements connecting Park City to Canyons to create the largest ski resort in the U.S., now is the time for skiers and snowboarders to secure everything they need for an epic winter. The best deals in skiing are available at Park City starting with the Epic Local Pass which provides season-long access to Park City as well as to premier mountains in Colorado and Lake Tahoe for just $599.

“This is going to be a special season at Park City and to make sure you’re a part of it, October is the perfect time to get your season pass and get your kids five free days of skiing and snowboarding by enrolling them in Epic SchoolKids,” said Bill Rock, chief operating officer of Park City. “With Park City already having received its first dusting of snow, there’s no time to waste!”

To assist guests in booking their ultimate winter vacations, Vail Resorts has compiled this handy “Back to Ski” checklist:

1. Get a season pass. The Epic Local Pass provides access to Park City as well as to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood. Sunday, Oct. 11 is the last day to purchase it for as little as $599. The Epic Local Pass pays for itself in just under four days with limited restrictions at Park City and unlimited, unrestricted days at Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin – plus 10 total days at Vail and Beaver Creek.

2. Enroll kids in Epic SchoolKids. Epic SchoolKids is open to Utah kindergarteners through fifth graders, providing five days of free skiing and riding at Park City. For Utah residents with school-aged children, utilizing the Epic Local Pass in conjunction with the new Epic SchoolKids Utah Pack provides families unprecedented value and the perfect opportunity to enjoy Park City together. The deadline to enroll is Oct. 11.

3. The Park City 4-Pack is the perfect pass for Utah residents who don’t plan to ski more than four days this winter and is now available for as little as $289.

4. Secure equipment for the kids. Vail Resorts Retail’s new Junior Trade In Program allows families to save on gear as their kids grow. Families can purchase new ($199) equipment for their kids, then turn the gear in when the kids outgrow it and the annual price drops to $99 per year with the trade-in. For details and information, call the Breeze retail store at the Park City base area at (435) 649-1902 or Canyon Mountain Sports at (435) 615-3440.

5. Book a lesson. Park City’s Ski and Ride Schools deliver instruction that provides inspiration, adventure and self discovery. The Mountain Team (ages seven to 14) and the Mini Mountain Team (ages five and six) offer local kids a 10-week program with the same coach and class, taking a child’s interest and ability to the next level. Both classes meet at Canyons Village.

“Park City is making history this year and we want you to be part of it. There is no better time to get everything any skier or rider needs to enjoy the upcoming season at the largest resort in the United States,” said Rock.

Vail Resorts 2015-16 Season Pass Options for Utah Skiers and Snowboarders

The Epic Pass™: Ski as much as you want, whenever you want for $789. The Epic Pass pays for itself in less than five days of skiing or riding. With more than 32,000 acres of skiing and snowboarding terrain, this pass can’t be beat. Unlimited, unrestricted access to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe; Perisher in Australia for the 2016 season there; Afton Alps in Minnesota; Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and up to five free consecutive days when staying at in-resort accommodations at Verbier, Switzerland. No restricted dates. A child pass is $409.

Epic Local Pass™:Perfect for people who can navigate a pass with restrictions. For $599, get unlimited, unrestricted skiing or riding at Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin with limited restrictions at Park City, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood. Also includes a total of 10 days at Vail and Beaver Creek with holiday restrictions. The Epic Local Pass pays for itself in less than four days. A child pass (ages five to 12) is $309.

Season Pass Insurance: Vail Resorts encourages guests to purchase pass insurance. All of the Company’s season pass products are non-refundable and non-transferable; however, pass insurance covers pass holders in the event of unexpected circumstances including sickness, injury and job loss. Pass insurance starts at $10 for adults and $5 for children (ages five to 12).

Epic Local Passes are currently available for purchase online at www.epicpass.com. For more information about Epic SchoolKids, visit www.epicschoolkids.com/utah or call (800) 842-8062.

Utah Season Pass Sale

Utah Season Pass Sale

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Utah Season Pass Sale; Get Them While They’re HotBy Jill Adler

Talk about time sneaking up on you. Feels like just a few months ago we were debating whether the Mountain Collective should be the only pass you purchase. The first big deadline to buy a season pass before a hefty price increase, rolls in after Labor Day. If you’re thinking about pulling the trigger, do it sooner rather than later. No reason to lose any more of your hard extra money.

A lot will go into your decision to purchase a season pass but make sure you do the math. Figure out how many days you might ski this coming winter. Be realistic. Last year was one of the worst ever. Folks who normally skied 60+ days were only booting up 30-40. If you think you’ll average about 20-25, consider buying ticket books or something like the $150 Alta Gold Card that gets you half-off lift tickets and it’s got RFID so it’s straight to the lifts just like you would with a pass.

At Solitude, you can buy a 10-Pak ticket book for $500. Whatever days you don't use roll over to next season. Be aware that there’s no more ‘cherry picking’ your days now that Deer Valley is running the joint. Solitude used to sell a multi-ride pass that was not only unique but effective. You could buy, say, 30 ‘rides’ and then ski only three runs a day and make it last for 10 days. Gone.

Here are some figures to help with your decision; in ascending order. FYI, there are less expensive midweek options in addition to the ticket packages available at all of the resorts, so click on the individual areas for the full rundown:

Sundance

Prices rise Oct. 31, 2015

Adult Unlimited = $529

Junior Unlimited (ages 6-12) = $209

Students Unlimited (ages 13-18) = $259

College Unlimited = $439

Powder Mountain

Adult = $740

Young Adult (ages 7-21) = $300

Family Pass (2 Adults and 2 K-12 - each additional K-12 $100) = $1620

Snowbasin Resort

Prices rise September 7, 2015

Adult Premier (age 27-64) = $749 Adult Value Pass (age 27-64) = $549 Young Adult Premier (age 19-26) = $499 Teen Premier (age 13-18) = $299 Youth Premier (age 7-12) = $199 Child Value (ages 6 & under) = $10 The Value passes have holiday blackouts and do not come with the Powder Alliance benefit.

Park City Mountain/Canyons at Park City

Full Adult Epic = $769 Epic Pass Child = $399

Epic Local Pass Adult = $579 Epic Local Pass Teen = $459

Epic Local Pass Child = $299

Cheapest option for Utahns in school, and who only want to ski Park City-

Park City Youth Pass College = $399 Park City Youth Pass Teen = $309 Park City Youth Pass Child = $289

FYI- There are blackout dates on the Epic Local- Vail, Beaver Creek, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, & Kirkwood restricted: 11/27/15-11/28/15, 12/26/15-12/31/15, 1/16/16, 2/13/16-2/14/16.

Brighton

Prices rise after 9/16/15

Brighton bucked a forever trend by actually REDUCING pass prices this season.

Adult (ages 24+) = $799

Young Adult (ages 17-23) = $499

Youth (ages 11-Grade 12) = $299 Kids 10 and under Free!

Solitude

Adult Season Pass = $849

Young Adult (Age 18-23) = $529

Junior (ages 13-17) = $319

Youth (ages 7-12) - $219

Big Cottonwood Pass (valid at both Brighton and Solitude)

Adult - $1,199

Young Adult (18-23) - $839

Junior (7-17) - $479

Kids 6 and under ski free

Alta*

Adult: $999 ($1,119 after 9/30/15)

Mid Week Pass (Monday-Friday): $799

Ages 18-25: $599 ($1,199 after 9/30/15)

Utah College Student / College Spouse: $599

Kids 7-12: $159; 13-17: $199

The best deal by far if you can wrangle a gang together is the Family Season Pass Package (2 Adults / 2 Children): $1,999 ($2,229 after 9/30.15)- you’re basically getting two free kids’ passes!

Snowbird*

Prices rise 9/10/15

Adult Passes Unlimited = $999 ($1,199); Chairs Only = $799 ($1,099)

Young Adult (Ages 18-25) Unlimited = $659 ($729); Chairs Only = $449 ($599)

College Student Passes Unlimited = $659 ($729); Chairs Only = $449 ($599)

Childs Pass (Ages 7-18) Unlimited = $349 ($438); Chairs Only = $279 ($369)

Kids under 6 = $25

Alta / Snowbird Passes (Skiers Only)

Adult Unlimited = $1,399 ($1,599)

Young Adult Unlimited = $1,148 ($1,348)

Senior Unlimited = $1,148 ($1,348)

Family 4-Pack (2 Adults + 2 K-12) with Unlimited Tram & Chairs = $1999 (after 9/10- $2,399); Chairs Only = $1599 ($1,999)

Deer Valley

Prices rise after 10/31/15

Adult (Ages 24-64) = $2085

Young Adult (Ages 18-23) = $1295

Teen (Ages 13-17) = $890

Child (Ages 5-12) = $535

DV passholders also get four tickets to Solitude, three tickets to Snowbird and three to Alta (skiers only)

*Those who purchase a Snowbird or Alta pass early also receive the Benefit of the Wasatch (3 tix to Alta or Snowbird, and 3 tix to Deer Valley) and the Mountain Collective for 50% off tickets at: Aspen|Snowmass, Jackson Hole, Mammoth, Lake Louise/Sunshine Village, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, Whistler Blackcomb, Sun Valley, Stowe, Taos, Thredbo. Alta passholders get an additional 50% off tickets at Homewood, Red Lodge, Wachusett Mountain, and Bridger Bowl.

The Younger You with Troy Thompson

The Younger You with Troy Thompson

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The Younger You sets out to discover the best ways to promote a youthfully healthy lifestyle in just 30 minutes each week. We work with a team of world-renowned experts to bring you the latest news and information in cosmetic surgery, skin care, nutrition, fitness, and a wide range of other health-related categories. Troy Thompson lends his experience in the industry, along with his good humor and charm to make your journey as enjoyable as possible. Tune in Thursday nights at 9:30 on CW30, or catch us Saturday afternoons at 4:30 on ABC4 Utah to find out how you can start living the younger you!

High West Saloon Opens New Whiskey Distillery For Park City Spirits

High West Saloon Opens New Whiskey Distillery For Park City Spirits

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By Jill Adler

Park City celebrated Utah’s Pioneer Day or (Pie and Beer day as non-Mormons call it) a bit differently this year. Christening the new High West Whiskey distillery on July 24 not only toasted the historic arrival of Mormon settlers but the tasty beverages they brought with them.

The pioneers of 1847 showed up with handcarts, wives and plenty of distilling experience. Even back then, you could get a drink in Utah. Alcohol was not only soothing medicine but a food preserver. Mark Twain wrote: “the exclusive Mormon refresher; valley tan is a kind of whisky, or first cousin to it; is of Mormon invention and manufactured only in Utah. Tradition says it is made of [imported] fire and brimstone. If I remember rightly, no public drinking saloons were allowed in the kingdom by Brigham Young, and no private drinking permitted among the faithful, except they confined themselves to Valley Tan.”(from “Roughing It”, Mark Twain, 1871). Utah’s revenue records show that between 1862 and 1869 there were 37 distilleries, all owned by Mormons- Brigham Young among them. But by 1870 they were all gone.

Park City’s High West Saloon became the first distillery in Utah in 2007 after an aggressive competition for the historic location. Any question that the “Ski-in gastro-distillery” was a gimmick or fad when the city awarded it the “National Garage” livery stable just west of Main Street in Old Town has long been laid to rest with rave ratings and restaurant reviews and continual expansions including a satellite location at the Salt Lake City Airport.

Now, on July 24, 2015, the whiskey house celebrated the launch of a brand new 30,000 square foot building, dining hall and ‘aging’ storage unit on the Blue Sky Ranch property in Wanship, 20 minutes northeast of Park City.

The new space will allow High West to produce 200 thousand bottles a year of varieties ranging from Bourbon and malts to ryes and vodka. Now, I'm no whiskey connoisseur but mix it in drinks like the Dead Man's Boots (Rendezvous Rye, tequila, lime juice, sugar cane syrup and ginger beer) and you've created an instant fan. Plans for the new facility include daily tours and lunch amid mountain views, afternoon breezes and nostalgic architecture. The educational tours, tastings and lunch cafe will be available to the public starting on Labor Day weekend and will run Wed.-Sun. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. thereafter. Evenings are for events, weddings and private parties.

The Blue Sky Ranch itself has major plans. They lured away Jackson’s Amangani General Manager Stuart Campbell to oversee the construction of a luxury boutique hotel and plush guided activities like horseback rides to mountain-top banquets. The Ranch will also offer daily activities like skeet shooting, fishing, hiking, mountain biking and yoga in the summer; snowshoe and snowcat tours in the winter.

Summer Fun Reading 2015

Summer Fun Reading 2015

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Our Summer Reading Challenge is back for 2015! All students K-12 are welcome to participate in our award winning local service project, the Summer Fun Reading Challenge! Everyone who participates wins! Just fill out our simple form once you have completed your reading and mail or bring it to the station. You can download the form below (just click on it and print!) or pick it up at either Silver Mountain Sports Club location or at the Park City Television office. Have a great summer!

This award-winning community event is made possible by our generous sponsors:

7-11 Stores Baby Nee Nee Basin Parks & Recreation Canyons Resort Comcast JW Allen Paint Mixer Park City Bread and Bagel Park City Music & Utah Conservatory PC Oral Surgery, Dr. Wade Peers Park City Mountain Reading Horizons Seven Peaks Smith's The Utah Olympic Park UVU Wasatch Campus Zane Prep Jan's Mountain Outfitters US Ski Team and US Snowboarding ProBar Deer Valley Resort Staples Silver Mountain Sports Club and Spa SuperGood Mountain West Bank Orthopedic Specialists of Park City Granger School of Music Educational Advantage PC Mattress

Snowbird Co-Founder Dick Bass Dies

Snowbird Co-Founder Dick Bass Dies

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By Jill Adler Richard Daniel “Dick” Bass, Everest mountaineer and Snowbird Resort co-founder has reached the "eighth summit." The Oklahoma native passed away in his Dallas, Texas, home Sunday, July 26, 2015, at 85, and the sentiments and Facebook comments continue to pour in.

"I remember Mr. Bass standing in the lift line on Peruvian just a few years ago, greeting all of his guests. What an honor to have known Snowbird in the Dick Bass era - may it continue in his spirit," commented Andrea Korval.

"RIP To the legendary Dick Bass. He changed the sport of skiing forever for the better. His death is a great loss to so many who have had their lives changed by one great man. I am thankful for having met him several times and for him having given me "lifetime piano privileges" in the resort. I was lucky to know ragtime music, one of his favorites. He inspired me to ski, to play music, and to appreciate a beautiful canyon. Thanks Dick!" posted Ron Rubin.

And Roger Thomas lovingly wrote: "Dick, the world will never see another soul like you. Thanks for all the adventures of yours that you always shared with us, and thanks even more for creating SnowBird, the place that we've all had so many of our own adventures at! I hope the powder is always deep and fluffy for you in your adventures in the next realm!"

Bass made history when he tackled the highest points on each of the seven continents, finishing his journey of the "seven summits" by conquering Mount Everest at the age of 55. He had partnered with Ted Johnson in 1971 to develop Snowbird Resort and was the sole owner until he sold a majority interest to Ian Cumming last May. Bass had been suffering from pulmonary fibrosis but lived a long rich life surrounded by loving fans and family.

“The Snowbird family is mourning the loss of a great man who changed so many of our lives for the better,” said Snowbird President Bob Bonar, who worked for Bass since before the resort opened.

Snowbird is set to premiere their new Hidden Peak Lodge this season; something Bass championed for nearly two decades. It's sad that he wasn't able to live to see this stunning addition to the world-famous ski area. It will be no surprise if they dedicate the building to him.

Bass is survived by wife Alice, four children and 13 grandchildren, as well as five step-children and 11 step-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Friday, July 31, 4 p.m., at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Dallas, Texas.