Posts Tagged ‘Deer Valley’

Vacasa Rentals Acquires Utah Vacation Homes, Expanding to Seventh State in the Western US

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Contact: Kari Morlock

Press Release – For Immediate Release
April 16, 2014

Vacasa Rentals Acquires Utah Vacation Homes, Expanding to Seventh State in the Western US

Portland-based vacation rental management firm Vacasa Rentals recently acquired Utah Vacation Homes, marking Vacasa’s expansion into its seventh state in the Western US. With the addition of Utah Vacation Homes’ 56 properties, located throughout Park City and Salt Lake City, Vacasa’s portfolio will number over 900 privately-owned vacation homes.

Utah Vacation Homes’ employees, including Vacation Rental Managers Association Board of
Directors member Tristan Webb, will be retained and added to Vacasa’s roster of over 200

“We’re excited to be working in a world-class destination like Park City,” said Vacasa’s founder and CEO Eric Breon. “And we know that Tristan brings a passion and vision for the entire vacation rental industry along with his years of experience. We’re looking forward to growing together as we bring the Vacasa brand both to current UVH owners, and as we expand throughout Utah.”

The UVH acquisition occurred as a result of Vacasa’s straightforward approach when exploring new markets: the company makes a habit of reaching out to existing companies or rental agents that might be interested in business partnerships with a larger brand.

“The Utah Vacation Homes team and I are very excited to join the Vacasa team,” said Webb. “Vacasa has implemented many of the procedures and processes we previously desired, but were unable to resource as a small company — I am excited to be part of the most technologically sophisticated company in the vacation rental industry.”

Vacasa also manages homes in Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Idaho, California, and Hawaii. The company, which was founded in 2009, is focused on further expansion into Southern California as well as Utah.

“While we’ve grown very quickly, we’ve been able to sustain our success because we invest in marketing and rate optimization, so we can earn our owners higher rental income on more bookings,” said Breon. “And while Park City is primarily a ski market, I feel confident that we can show the newest homeowners in the Vacasa family just how well we can book out the summer as well.”

Greater home owner net income due to Summer increased revenue and pricing

Greater home owner net income due to Summer increased revenue and pricing

Steffany’s First Ski Day at Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Steffany has been snowboarding for 10 years, but Saturday December 14, 2013 was her very first ski day at Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah. The bunny hill and ski lesson treated her well. This clip was taken after fueling up at the Natural Buffet. And after an extremely delicious slice of blueberry pie. The sun was bright and the temperatures perfect. The timing was perfect. And the hot tub and the vacation rental home was soothing. Today she can go learn how to powder ski in the 12 to 18 inches of snow falling right now out of the sky. Thank you Mother Nature and Merry Christmas everyone!

Adam Barker Photography Owns the Dreams

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Wow. When I learned that my buddy Adam was leaving a safe, plugged in job for a whimsical stint as a “professional” photographer I wondered how long it would be till he was back in the grind. I guess I didn’t know him very well, and I guess my jealousy and fear wanted to doubt anyone could really be successful chasing their dreams. I had a lot to learn. It’s only after I started chasing my dreams that I got a glimpse at what Adam had. I’ve been so stoked to see his success over the years. I’ve been secretly following his career like a love sick groupie. And I’ve been so inspired by his example that I have become thankful for it. Sob sob, wha? uhg. OK, it’s OK to spill it. It’s OK to share your admiration for a bro. Especially when this bro owns it. Check out this moving video of his stills:

Then live the dream: find your own moving still at

Buy it. You’ll feel it.

Is Quality Powder Skiing Better than Quantity in Utah?

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

I was excited to read the blog post by Matt at Ski Utah describing the matters of low density water and how it makes a huge difference in your skiing and snowboarding experience. In this case, he reports on three days. One with deep, bottomless light, dry powder. Another day, not quite so deep – but lighter and drier powder. And then another “sleeper” day that came without a predictive snow report. Can you tell the difference? Would you trade 20 average ski days for one epic ski day? Take a look and tell us what you think:

Published on Feb 26, 2013
My good friend Justin summed it up best today. “Get some! Best worst season ever! Haters gonna hate, we just rip blower pow!”

Well said my friend, well said..

Matt Baydala
Ski Utah’s Ultimate Powderhound
Twitter @ Iskideeppow
Instagram @ Iskideeppow

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“…….and then it started SNOWING” at Snowbird, Utah

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

“…….and then it started snowing”
. . . . what happened first? – before it snowed? Oh, just 103″ of snow, or in other words almost 9 feet of snow. Where? Snowbird, Alta, Britghton, Solitude, and to a bit lesser total – Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley Resort, and Canyons Resort. Don’t believe me? Watch . . . .

Webb of Future Focus Utilities and Utah Vacation Homes to speak at inaugural European Holiday Rental Professionals Seminar hosted by the Vacation Rental Managers Association

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

For immediate release
Name: Robyn Orme
Phone: 801-424-9482

Tristan Webb, President of Utah Vacation Homes and Future Focus Utilities has been selected to speak at the upcoming inaugural Holiday Rental Professionals Seminar hosted by the Vacation Rental Managers Association (VRMA), 4-5 December 2012 at the Barceló Atenea Mar Hotel in Barcelona, Spain.

“The holiday rental industry is evolving, and this event will bring together, for the first time, holiday rental professionals from across Europe and beyond who are at the leading edge of the industry,” Webb said. “It is an honour to have been selected to speak at this event, and I look forward to sharing the successes we’ve had at Utah Vacation Homes with others to elevate this industry.”

A committee of industry leaders from around the globe selected Webb because of his expertise in Rental Regulations. Webb, who has been in the holiday rental industry for 14 years, will present a session titled,“Global Look at Rental Restrictions.” This session will focus on government and community involvement in the pursuit of private property owners and professional property managers / Holiday Short Stay Rental Professionals.
The 2012 Holiday Rental Professionals Seminar was conceived during a 2011 organizing event of 40 industry professionals held in Rome, Italy.
Industry professionals from throughout Europe and beyond are invited to register to participate in the 2012 Holiday Rental Professionals Seminar, which features 13 industry-leading sessions and two dynamic keynote speakers.
In addition to holiday rental agents, all vendor/supplier companies affiliated with the holiday rental industry in Europe are invited to participate in the event as a sponsor. In order to attend the event, any company that sells a product/service to those involved in the rental or operations side of the industry must register as a sponsor. There are multiple levels of sponsorship to accommodate any budget.
To learn more or to register for the 2012 Holiday Rental Professionals Seminar, visit

ABOUT Tristan Webb: Tristan Webb is President and Owner of Utah Vacation Homes in Salt Lake City and Park City, Utah. He has been involved with VRMA for nearly a decade and currently serves on the Board of Directors and Public Relations committee. Tristan also founded Future Focus Utilities, serving his home owner clients by brokering lower rates and better value for phone, internet, TV, natural gas, and electricity services.

ABOUT VRMA: Founded in 1985, the Vacation Rental Managers Association (VRMA) is an international, professional trade association of the vacation rental property management and hospitality industries. Membership includes hundreds of professional holiday rental manager and supplier members representing tens of thousands of holiday rentals.

ABOUT Utah Vacation Homes: Established in 1999, UVH strives to make each customer’s vacation memorable by representing and providing personal touch service to homeowners and holiday travelers in homes from three to seven bedrooms in Utah ski locations close to the action.

ABOUT Future Focus Utilities: What started out as a beta program to help our home owner clients lower their fixed costs has become a lucrative business. Telecom deregulation started the opportunity, and energy deregulation has changed the product portfolio to include the biggest industry on earth.
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Best Opening Ski Resort Day in 8 Years at Brighton and Solitude

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

I feel like a kid again!  Can’t wait to ski Brighton and Solitude Ski Resorts.  The cold weather is keeping all of the powder light and allowing 24 hr snow making at all the resorts.  Park City Mountain Resort opens for ski and snowboard snow riding this Saturday Nov 17, 2012.

PANTRY NOTES: What To Expect at Your Vacation Rental Home

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Recently, a guest who would be driving to Salt Lake City for her stay asked about items available at the house, and what items she might need to bring from home. Obviously, many of our guests are flying, and don’t really want to bring condiments on the airplane. But it is still nice to know what to expect at the home where you are staying, and especially if you will be cooking, it is nice to know what you will need, and where you can get it.

We have a list of items that we require at all of our properties. These include specific types and amounts of pots and pans, cutlery and utensils, serving dishes, glasses, etc. Our required items should provide the tools sufficient for cooking. You’re not likely to find a torch for creme brulee, or a cuisinart, but you should have all of the tools and appliances you need. Often, you will find a crockpot. Though not required, it makes a handy tool for a warm apres ski meal.

You will have a couple of dish towels and dishcloths. There will be two bath towels, one hand towel and one washcloth for each person. You can launder them at the home, if you need to.  You will have laundry soap, dishwasher soap, and dish soap, basic cleaning supplies, and paper towels, as well. The toiletries we provide are hotel sized, and only intended to be available if you forget something. You might or might not find a hair dryer, it’s just one of those things that is hard to keep an eye on.

A couple of notes to the list:
Though we require a salt and pepper set, I would not count on it being full. So you might want to, bring a small baggie of each. I would suggest that you do the same with any herbs and spices that you use regularly.
Another option I like is to go to Whole Foods, Sprouts Farmers’ Market, or Winco         ,  (I can give you directions to each, very convenient). Each of these stores has bins from which you can purchase herbs and spices, flour, nuts, grains and pasta. It is a lot more convenient than toting large containers around, and you won’t waste a lot. Each of these stores usually has a good price on fresh coffee, as well.

Pantry Items:
If you use a lot of olive oil, vegetable oil, vinegar, etc, then purchasing a small bottle is not a bad idea. If you will not use that much of them, you might want to bring them from home.

Regular Grocery Store:
I suggest that you shop for other, non-bin items at Smiths,  (Again, location and directions available). They generally have good prices and quality, and that is were I do the lion’s share of my grocery shopping. Sometimes you will even find a great price on good steak, or salmon.

Games and Entertainment:
Games are kind of hit or miss. Properties sometimes have board games or cards. There might be computer games. If not, you will have TV, DVD, and wireless internet for downloads.

Drink the WATER?
Personally, I am a tap-water girl, and I like the water in the Salt Lake Valley. I believe it is chlorinated, but I don’t notice that. I like the Park City tap water as well, though I think people are a little pickier with the water there. You might want to pick up a bag of ice for the water. I’m not sure if you’ll have an ice maker, or whether it will be full, (you will have ice cube trays if no ice-maker).

I would suggest that you stop by the house before doing any grocery shopping, because you never know what might be there. We throw out a lot of food stuffs, but sometimes you will find herbs and spices, salt and pepper, etc. You can usually find coffee filters, though they are not required. When I stayed, there was no saran wrap, foil, or baggies. They did, however, have food storage containers.

We can refer you to a service that will stock the pantry to your specifications prior to your arrival. Check to see if they will also pick up alcohol or wine.

We have several personal chefs available for referral. We even have one who will have your dinner warming in the oven, and wine cooling in the fridge, upon your arrival.

Merrianne, Guest Services Agent,  is happy to give you directions to the stores, opinions about anything and everything, and answers to most questions.

“PC SUP at DV” – Park City Stand Up Paddleboarding at Deer Valley

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012
Say it together now, “PC SUP at DV” !!

Did you say S.U.P. or ssuuup? (Sounds like the short version of ‘What’s Up’ or better yet ‘Wasup’ ).

Try it again . . sup . . . .very good.

We are excited with the news that a local company, PC SUP , is working with Deer Valley Resort to help enthusiasts and beginners enjoy Stand Up Paddlesurfing at the lower Deer Valley Snowpark Pond – just off the deck at the Deer Valley Grocery – Cafe.

Not too many locations offer water sports, in the view of mountain ski runs, with premium Cafe delights. And with PC SUP, you also have top of the line, outstanding customer service to make sure you have a memorable experience – if not a new passion for life.

Park City Stand Up Paddleboarding

SUP in Rivers, Ponds, and Lakes in Park City

Deer Valley Grocery Cafe Deck and Pond

5 Star Service at Deer Valley Grocery Cafe Deck and Pond

Danny Ching at Jordanelle Lake on Riviera SUP Paddle Surf Board

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Park City Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Entering its third year of business, Park City Stand Up Paddle Boarding offers Park City’s most complete paddle boarding experience. PC SUP is a member of the World Paddle Association. Owner Trent Hickman races for Pau Hana.

PC SUP offers demos, lessons and tours at the Jordanelle Reservoir, located just outside Park City, as well as other nearby lakes and reservoirs.

Lessons: Our experienced team will get you paddling with ease and comfort. Lessons available for all age groups and athletic abilities. One-hour lessons for those with some SUP experience include style and skill building pointers and paddle stroke refinement. Let us pick your stroke apart!

Tours: A two-hour paddle tour includes basic instruction, light refreshments and photos of your Utah paddle experience.

Demos: We will bring a complete range of boards for you to test on the water and lift on the land, making you a more knowledgeable consumer.

Sales: Our ‘try it before you buy it’ program ensures you get the right board selected for your unique SUP goals and abilities. Once you’ve done a demo with us and selected your board, we hand deliver the goods to your doorstep (Park City area) and we can ship anywhere. We show you the ins and outs of your new board and go over proper storage and transportation. We cut and glue your paddle for you to match your specific height and arm length.

My New Favorite Lake House Near Deer Valley Resort, Park City, Utah

Monday, June 25th, 2012

I love, love, love the interior calm and optimistic design of the new Slopes and Shores B lake house. Located only minutes from Deer Valley Jordanelle Express Gondola and Jordanelle Lake Full Service Marina this luxury lodging accommodates up to 12 people comfortably. Summer SUP ing (Stand Up Paddleboarding ), water skiing, wake boarding, boating, kayaking Jet skiing, fly fishing, and general outdoor enthusing vacationers will love the convenient location of rental equipment. And winter skiers will love avoiding the crowds at the Deer Valley Jordanelle Gondola station. Either way, you can’t go wrong with this unique location. And you can’t go wrong with Slopes and Shores.