Over the last few years, CVMA staff and its Board of Directors have been undergoing many discussions on what makes a world-class resort village. With Canyons Village just reaching the 40% build-out threshold this past year, there is a lot of opportunity to curate what we want Canyons Village to look like over the next 10, 20, 30 years, and beyond. After much research and the completion of a competitive analysis study of other resorts, we embarked on several transformational projects over the past year, including The Forum/Ski Beach redevelopment, new vehicle directory signs, phase 1 of our public art plan, and most recently we are in the process of completing an Active Transportation Plan.
The Forum/Ski Beach redevelopment included the asphalt walkway from Red Pine Gondola to the Frostwood Gondola, wrapping around Grand Summit Lodge and the ski beach. This redevelopment includes an expanded walkway with heated pavers, raised planter beds with seat walls, additional fire pits, and seating, a new ski beach with step-down access in the summer, upgraded lighting and audio, an enlarged Red Tail Grill, and more.
PUBLIC ART INSTALLATIONS
Public Art is a key component in all major world-class resort villages. This past summer, we embarked on the first phase of our newly created public art plan with the addition of three new pieces to the village. CVMA staff worked with the Design Review Committee to select artists through an RFP process and curate pieces for pre-designated areas. The three pieces are “Grand Prix,” “Bluebird,” and the Park City Mountain / Canyons Village logo.
“Grand Prix,” designed by Park City local David Wiener, is inspired by David’s love for racing and sport. The Grand Prix evokes this through arching motions and three pillars that signify the gold, silver, and bronze winning positions in sport. The circular oculus at the top of each tower represents the Sun shining down on each athlete carving turns on the way to glory. Stainless steel and a hand-ground surface “patina” allow the sun to play off the various surfaces, creating more movement for the viewer circling the sculpture.
“Bluebird,” designed by Nathan Pierce, is a sculptural arrangement of stainless-steel arches and transparent blue acrylic panels. Each blue acrylic arch helps illuminate our perspective, just as the sun does as it passes through the acrylic, casting a colorful blue shadow and bringing the space to life. A “bluebird” day is a term used for a cloudless, blue sky, often characterized as exhilarating, awe-inspiring, and invigorating. We remember these signature days because they’re so often filled with outdoor adventures, exciting memories, and natural brilliance.
Park City Mountain / Canyons Village Logo – With thrilling adventures across thousands of acres and majestic terrain, Park City Mountain is a world-class resort destination. This is a place where you can always feel the exhilaration of discovering something unexpected. The Park City Mountain logo is inspired by deep snow tracks, vast canyons and mountains, and the colors and shapes of Utah’s natural wonders.
- Bluebird by Nathan Pierce
- Grand Prix by David Wiener
- Park City Mountain | Canyons Village
With continued growth around the village, there is a need for a new and upgraded signage program to keep up with the continued expansion of the village. Working with a consulting team, Infinite Scale, CVMA staff, and Design Review Committee, we designed a complete wayfinding family. The first phase of implementation came this past summer and fall with the replacement and expansion of our vehicle directory signs along major roadway corridors throughout the village. We replaced six existing signs and installed six additional new signs for a total of 12. These signs are the first phase to be implemented of our wayfinding program and showcase the new modern and sophisticated design language the signage family will entail throughout. They are internally lit with CVMA brand colors. The signs point out major points of interest along as well as lodging properties throughout the village. They are designed to be easily modified as new points of interest and properties are developed in the future.