By Jill Adler – Canyons has a winner; actually TWO winners in the Ultimate Mountain Gig blogger contest that began this fall. However, as the deadline for submissions came and went without any selection or response to inquiries on the Utah resort’s Facebook page, fans began to wonder if there ever would be a decision. But just as rumors swirled this week that the 400 contestants had wasted their time, the resort stepped up and picked not one but two grand prize winners. They had narrowed the pack down to three after the New Years and then instead of choosing, gave two the gig.
Congrats to Andy Campbell and Kaylin Richardson. Kaylin is onsite already and Andy comes to town next week; both excited to spread the good ski word. “We felt that both were fantastic,” said Todd Burnette. ”We doubled the prize. They’ll work together quite a bit.” Yes, you heard right; both winners get their own prize package. No need to share in the bounty. Pictured above are the winners and runner up Chris Solomon on the far left.
Therefore, each winner gets:
A SEASON PASS TO CANYONS
SUPERIOR (SUITE) LODGING AT THE WALDORF ASTORIA
$40,000 SALARY FOR JUST FOUR MONTHS OF `HARD WORK`
USE OF CAMERA, VIDEO CAMERA AND LAPTOP
HEAD-TO-TOE SKI OR BOARD GEAR
CANYONS CLUB ACCESS
AIRFARE TO AND FROM CANYONS
SKI SCHOOL AND AVALANCHE TRAINING CLINICS
FIRST TRACKS AND HELI SKIING ACCESS
VIP CREDENTIALS FOR ALL CANYONS EVENTS
In truth, Andy will be staying at the Grand Summit while Kaylin gets the suite at the Waldorf Astoria. Canyons also granted an all-expense paid vacation to the resort to the video with the most views.
The contest was presumed a bust after Public Relations Director and UMG Point Person Libby Dowd quit last week. Then factor in the turmoil of a late opening, and the fall departure of Libby’s assistant Hannah Bowling and you gotta wonder if all’s well behind the scenes. ”It’s not out of the ordinary for an organization of our size to go through major changes,” said Burnette of Talisker Investment Group which owns Canyons among other real estate and luxury resorts in Park City, Canada, USA, UK and Eastern Europe. He added that the reception and feedback about the new multi-million dollar developments have been “terrific.” The sheer number of projects that had to get online for the season was enough to make most people concede the long-term benefits of a late start. The new Cloud Dine restaurant at the top of Dreamcatcher Lift and the Umbrella Bar just opened following the grand opening of the Orange Bubble lift and newly relocated gondola. Iron Mountain opens for skiing this week.
Burnette says they’ll be posting the opening for the PR position next week. Have a look at the winners submissions below.