A northern Utah RV resort catering to luxury motorhomes is drawing in the skiing community with high-priced sites located in close proximity to some of the nation’s most coveted slopes.
“We sell our pads for $100,000 and they go up from there,” reports Doug Sorensen, managing partner of Park City RV Resort LLC. “We just started selling a month ago, and we have 20 of our first 34 sites already sold.”
Park City RV Resort is located at the 6,200-foot level and is about a five- to eight-minute drive from the major Park City ski areas, including Park City Mountain Resort, The Canyons Resort and Deer Valley Resort, the latter of which was rated the No. 1 ski resort in the country by Ski magazine.
The first phase of Park City RV Resort has 34 sites, while the second phase, to be built during the next two years, will have 56 spaces.
Sorensen said there’s no shortage of demand for RV sites in Park City during the wintertime. Being a world-class ski resort, hotel rooms can easily fetch $300 to $600 a night in peak ski season, while two-bedroom condos go for $700,000 or more.
“It’s cost-effective to bring your motorhome,” he said. “We get a lot of people from California and other areas. Last year, we were packed with RVers. A lot of them are retired or semi-retired, and they’re out camping and skiing every day.”
During the Sundance Film Festival in January, he added, hotel rooms are so scarce that people often rent RVs just to be able to attend the festival.
Clearly, many of Sorensen’s buyers are affluent. One is a prominent architect from England who flies out to Salt Lake City and picks up his rig and drives it to Park City RV Resort whenever he wants to ski. Other lot owners are business people who own other premium RV lots at Outdoor Resorts of America locations in the Sunbelt, but want to have a winter RV respite as well.
Sorensen believes there is untapped demand for premium RV resorts in popular winter destinations. “It’s not as big, obviously, as snowbirds going south,” he said, but there is potential. So much, in fact, that he’s exploring the possibility of developing additional resorts elsewhere in Utah and New Mexico.
He’s hoping to build his next project near Moab, Utah, on the outskirts of Canyonlands National Park. “It would blow your mind to see how many high-end coaches there are in Moab,” Sorensen said. “We want to come down and put in a five-star resort down there and cater to these people.”
Sorensen hopes to start development in spring, but the project will depend on whether he can secure approval from the county to sell individual lots.