Working with a passion for the outdoors and deep experience in resorts and recreation


The world is filled with amazing places - mountains and canyons, deserts and oceans. Parsons Behle & Latimer’s resorts and recreation team live and work with a passion for these places. Whether it is first tracks on a big powder day, teeing off at first light on a desert course or simply touring the national parks, we love it. We bring this enthusiasm to legal representation of ski resorts, golf courses, and all clients who are working to provide leisure, sports and outdoor recreational experiences to people. We possess the expertise and experience to assist clients in the resort and outdoor products industries to meet their often ambitious goals. We have helped many clients meet those goals. When we have helped you in the same way, we ask only to be able to celebrate with you on top of whatever mountain is nearby.

Our practice focuses on five interrelated key areas:

Mountain Ski Resorts

Our team is organized to provide the full complement of services from property acquisition, financing and deal structuring; project development; use plans, permitting, product structures; public land, federal land exchanges, NEPA compliance, and development of forest plans for operations within the National Forest; sales and marketing; management and operations; employment, water use, energy, litigation, and restructuring. For ski resort operations occurring on public lands within the National Forest system, we can assist resorts in compliance with the myriad and complex environmental regulatory statutes that apply to these operations. Many resorts in the West contain historic mining properties and mining claims. Our attorneys assist clients in matters involving mineral title and consolidation of multiple mineral claims and patents, allowing ski resorts to consolidate private inholdings and, if necessary, exchange these parcels for National Forest lands through negotiated land exchanges.

Property Development (including Timeshare and Fractional Development)

Parsons’ experience in property and resort development is world class. Our attorneys are intimately familiar with business and legal needs of the industry, including property acquisition, financing and deal structuring; project development; use plans, points, and product structures; sales and marketing; management and operations; and consumer privacy.

Golf Clubs and Courses

Parsons can fully address any critical issues in your golf or other private club business. With a comprehensive and sophisticated array of services, we can help you with planning and development; acquisition and disposition of properties; financing; identifying and addressing environmental issues; structuring membership programs; and transfer and turnover of equity clubs.

Hotels and Hospitality

Parsons provides comprehensive representation, strategic planning, and execution in every facet of the hotel development and operations. Our team understands the challenges that are unique to owners, operators, brands, and investors of hotels and related operations. Our team works with clients on the development or acquisitions of new properties, financings or restructurings, and negotiation of all types of agreements, including hotel and restaurant management, franchise, lease, and technical service contracts. Our team can serve as your general counsel or strategic partner to solve cross-disciplinary operational matters, including labor and employment, privacy, intellectual property, real estate, tax, and litigation issues.

Outdoor Sports and Recreation

Our attorneys provide a broad range of services to companies involved in the design, manufacturing and marketing of outdoor sport and recreational equipment, offering services related to product liability, product recalls, minimum advertised price polices, consumer sales practices, employment, tax and litigation.


Key Contacts

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Subdivision Approval and Operating Agreement

Final approval of a major Deer Valley development, together with marketing and operating agreements with the Stein Eriksen Group.

Entitlement and Development of Major Retail and Hotel Development

Lead counsel in the entitlement and development of an 89-acre mixed-use development in Park City and Deer Valley, Utah which includes a combined 1,086 units and 311,000 square feet of retail and hotel development.

Development and Sale of 459 Residences

Served as lead counsel in the entitlement, site development and sale of all development parcels of Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Village, including Pendry Park City; Apex Park City; and YotelPAD – a combined 459 residences.