A trip to the Park City building department today is almost like attending a Sundance Film Festival movie – long lines for building permits! The Vail factor can be considered both good and bad, but one thing is for certain – everyone is feeling the need to “up their game” by remodeling their homes and condo’s for the yearly vacationers coming to Utah.
Those who have been to Vail, Colorado over the past few years know that it’s a different resort from a decade ago. In order to compete with resorts like Aspen and Beaver Creek, Vail had to “up their game” to avoid the moniker of “ugly stepchild”. Following a trip back to Vail / Beaver Creek the previous winter for the World Alpine Ski Championships (following a long absence), I was really impressed with the changes. It’s truly a first class ski resort.
Having said that, Vail is “corporate” and not everyone likes corporate. There will be growing pains. However, if the same thing happens to Park City via Vail’s vision and influences, it will be a good thing for our community – long term. More and more people are discovering Utah due to it’s easy access and offerings. The Olympics in 2002 opened the door and perhaps we’ll get another chance to welcome the world in 2026?!