Resorts & Recreation

Overview People

The world is filled with amazing places. Mountains and canyons, deserts and oceans. These are places to recreate, to recharge, to relax and even to retire. The attorneys in 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 sorts of other clients who are working to bring leisure, sports and outdoor recreational experiences to people. We have both the expertise and the experience that clients in the resort and outdoor products industries require to meet their often ambitious goals. As detailed below, we have helped many such 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 inter-related key areas:

Mountain Ski Resorts

Resort developers and operators have a common set of needs and issues. Our team is organized to provide the full complement of services you may need. 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, Parsons has the industry knowledge and experience to resolve your issues.

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. Further, many resorts in the West contain historic mining properties and mining claims. Our attorneys are skilled 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. The full range of services required to help clients flourish in this constantly evolving market. 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 has significant experience in the golf club industry, we can fully address any critical issues that may arise 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 attorneys 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 that may arise.

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.

Practice Areas

Representative Matters

The Canyons
Vail Resorts
Snowbird Resort
American Skiing v. Wolf Mountain
Helicopter Skiing Operations
ENVE Composites
Lake Powell
Sun Dial Lodge
Town of Alta
Yellowstone Club
Park City Resort
Brighton Ski Resort


Of Counsel
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City