Site Inspection Notes – Park City Utah


Just got another weekly e-mail and it reminded me of another location to hold an event. Should anyone ever be looking for a great place to hold a winter incentive (at a winter destination, not the Bahamas)? I would highly recommend Deer  Valley Resort in Park City, Utah…. I have done events, site inspections, and more here and it is awesome.

I had the privilege to work an incentive for a fortune 50 company there a few years ago, and it was outstanding. We had the final night event at the top of the mountain. Everyone had to take the Gondola up to the top and were treated to an evening that was beyond compare.

What made the night so special is that they owned the mountain. The skiers had gone for the day, so we were able to put on a stunning event that was a one of a kind experience. If you have never had the opportunity to ride a lift in the still of a winter night, you are missing one of life’s small wonders.

Airlift into Salt Lake (about 30 minutes away) is pretty decent; it is a hub for Delta, and most carriers have a non-stop from the major markets (and if it is not a non-stop, it is typically no longer than one stop). Park City itself has so much to do that you can have a three or four-day program there no problem.

Ski, Snowmobile, Snowshoe, Shopping and some great restaurants. Also, if you get  the urge to hit the city, Salt Lake is a mere 30-minute drive away so you can take the group into town to catch a Utah Jazz game, etc.

Get over your fear of the weird booze laws in Utah. Although they are mostly a pain in the ass, they can be overcome, and most people get a chuckle from then rather than true annoyance. Honestly, you would think that it is still 1899 the way that they act over a glass of wine but hey, it is not my state, so I just play by the rules.

Again, my thanks to the Deer Valley website for the pic, the ones I have of the lodge and resort are not the greatest.

Event and Meeting Planners should check these places out; they are fantastic……..

Originally Posted 3/22/07

Keith Johnston

Keith Johnston

Keith is the Managing Partner of i3 Events but is most widely known as the outspoken publisher of the event industry blog PlannerWire. In addition to co-hosting the Bullet List and Event Tech Pull Up Podcasts, he has been featured in Plan Your Meetings, Associations Now, Convene, Event Solutions, and has appeared on the cover of Midwest Meetings Magazine.

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