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Deer Valley banning outside alcohol from summer concert series

PARK CITY, Utah — Things are set to change at Deer Valley this summer.

The resort’s website states that “due to Utah State Law, Deer Valley is no longer able to allow outside alcohol to be brought into the Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater. Bags and cooler checks will be conducted upon entry into the venue.”

Tom Jacobson, who is the Chair of the Alcohol Beverage Control Commission and lives in Park Meadows, wrote on social media that “the concert site is private property belonging to Alterra. It is not a site DABC has any jurisdiction or say. It is an unlicensed premise… This is solely an Alterra decision.”

Deer Valley has issued as statement providing further information regarding their stance around the new Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater policy which prohibits outside alcohol to be brought into the venue.” the resort said in a statement. “Utah law prohibits brown bagging at DABC-licensed events.”

Deer Valley worked positively and collaboratively over the last year with the DABC to determine the best way to service our guests from a licensing perspective, year-round and resort wide.

It was determined that the best option for Deer Valley was to apply for a hotel license which we subsequently received. This license allows us to apply for multiple sub-licenses throughout the resort. The Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater is now licensed using an on-premise sub-license. This on-premise license, only allows for the sale of beer.

To offer the best guest experience for all concert attendees we have decided to change the business model and apply for single event permits for the concerts. This event license allows us to sell beer, wine and mixed drinks.

Deer Valley is planning on offering beer and wine at concession stands and mixed drinks at Fresh Tracks Kitchen.

A TownLift reader shared “You should be able to bring or buy there. We love bringing our own wine and picnic dinner. That is part of the full of the whole evening”.

The Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (DABC) did not immediately respond to a request for comment on law or legislation that would have affected Deer Valley’s decision.

Tell us what you think:

Within hours of publishing the survey above over 200 TownLift Readers have weighed in. 84.2% of respondents have chosen “BYOB or Bust” while just 6.9% have said “Still Fun, I’ll buy drinks there”.

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“I would pay a corkage fee to bring my own bottle of wine in. Will look for alternative outdoor concerts this year. Passing on DV Series.”

“One of the few locals events the big ski companies had not ruined…”

“A terrible money grab decision to utilize and leverage antiquated UT laws to maximize revenue. I’m done”

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