• The TUGBBS forums are completely free and open to the public and exist as the absolute best place for owners to get help and advice about their timeshares for more than 26 years!

    Join tens of thousands of other owners just like you here to get any and all Timeshare questions answered!
  • TUG has now saved timeshare owners more than $14,000,000 dollars just by finding us in time to rescind a new Timeshare purchase! A truly incredible milestone!

    Read more here: TUG saves owners more than $14 Million dollars
  • Follow the TUG Member Banner as it travels the world on vacation with Timeshare owners! Also sign up to get the banner sent to you so you can submit a photo of your vacation with the banner to share with TUG! Banner Thread
  • Sign up to get the TUG Newsletter for free! Join tens of thousands of other owners who get this every week! Latest resort reviews and the most important topics discussed by owners during the week!
  • Our official "end my sales presentation early" T-shirts are available again! Also come with the option for a free membership extension with purchase to offset the cost!

    Read more Here
  • A few of the most common links here on the forums for newbies and guests!

Westgate Park City questions

gores95

TUG Member
Joined
Nov 20, 2006
Messages
688
Reaction score
1
Points
229
Location
New Jersey USA
Hey all,

I have a chance to get a Westgate PC 1BR (full kitchen) annual during “ski season” for very cheap. MF is just under $1,200. Never been to this resort but I heard good things. Few questions for those of you familiar with this resort and TS company. Does anyone know what dates fall into ski season? I already own a Marriott in Aruba and I know that our unit has a specific view does Westgate also have different views that I should be asking about? Also as a resell buyer how tough will it be to get a ski week I want using Westgate? Just in case I don’t want to use a week are you allowed to rent or trade (II?) your week like we do with Marriott? Last question are there two different types of 1BR timeshares at Westgate PC? They told me it has a full kitchen, 1 king bed and one sleeper sofa and sleeps 4.

Thanks for all the help. Always wanted a ski TS so I hope this property is worth it!

Marc
 

RX8

TUG Member
Joined
May 5, 2011
Messages
2,278
Reaction score
1,241
Points
274
Westgate severely restricts resale. You may be in trouble trying to book a prime date. The thread below discusses those restrictions.

 

jlp879

TUG Review Crew: Expert
TUG Member
Joined
Mar 19, 2008
Messages
1,017
Reaction score
235
Points
273
Location
SF Bay Area
I recently reviewed a two bedroom unit here: https://tug2.com/timeshare-resort/reviews/default.aspx?Westgate-Park-City-Resort-and-Spa-Park-City-UT&ID=14458

TLDR :D We really enjoyed it!

Have you skied at Park City Mountain Resort before?

I ask because to me the timeshare location is important. Westgate Park City is located at the Canyons base. Other, older timeshares (and both Marriotts} are located in the town of Park City. I'm partial to the in town location, especially if you have a non-skier in your party.

However, that being said, I did enjoy the Westgate timeshare. The 2 bedroom unit we had was very nicely appointed and I would take an exchange there again for a ski trip.

I can't help you in terms of actually using a Westgate week, but I did see that by being in a 2 bedroom lockoff, you would have the larger side with the full kitchen. The unit is spacious. There is no view designation. All the units either look up the mountain or down the mountain, so really all mountain view.

I think you would be wise to get your hands on the use documents before taking this week, especially if it floats in ski season. Sure, a fixed week would be a no-brainer, but how do you, as a lowly resale owner, actually make your reservation for a winter ski week? Once you have the answer to that question, then further contemplate the purchase.
 

gores95

TUG Member
Joined
Nov 20, 2006
Messages
688
Reaction score
1
Points
229
Location
New Jersey USA
Thanks to both of you for your response. I will try to get my hands on the document but if they bought it from the developer it may not say anything about resale purchasers trying to book weeks. This is a ski floating season so no fixed week. Does anyone know of a phone number for Westgate that I can ask this question?
 

gores95

TUG Member
Joined
Nov 20, 2006
Messages
688
Reaction score
1
Points
229
Location
New Jersey USA
I also just received this from the seller as for expected closing costs:

The following costs are in addition to the purchase price:
Closing $350.00 without title insurance or $600.00 with title insurance.
Resort transfer $150.00
Admin $99.00

You all would recommend title insurance right? Are the closing fees as a whole reasonable? Thanks.
 

tschwa2

Tug Review Crew: Rookie
TUG Member
Joined
Dec 19, 2008
Messages
11,993
Reaction score
1,786
Points
498
Location
Maryland
Resorts Owned
A few in SC, VA and FL, a single resort in NC, MD, PA, NY, UT, ME, WI, and TN plus Jamaica and the Bahamas
My understanding is Westgate won't provide you any information until you are an owner. They won't provide resale info to current owner because it doesn't apply to them. If you are very persistent they will grudgingly admit that resale owners at that resort are restricted from reserving until 60 days prior to check in. I don't know if any good weeks would be available at that time as non resale owners can book 12 months in advance. I haven't talked to anyone who bought a float week at that resort to see if they actually follow that restriction so it may or may not apply. The MF's are too high for me to want to pull the trigger knowing that I could end up with the left overs. I don't recall off the top of my head what the platinum ski weeks are. There are fixed weeks for 7,51, and 52 but I heard Westgate exercises ROFR for those unless they are sold fairly high.
 

jlp879

TUG Review Crew: Expert
TUG Member
Joined
Mar 19, 2008
Messages
1,017
Reaction score
235
Points
273
Location
SF Bay Area
Here is an older thread where a person was gifted an every other year (EOY) ski week timeshare at Westgate Park City. https://tugbbs.com/forums/threads/2018-help-i-feel-like-i’ve-been-scammed-by-westgate.283866/

If I read between the lines, it looks like you can book 11 months ahead of time, as long as MF are prepaid. However, I would want this verified before proceeding.

Your week choices are 1-6, 8-15, and 47-50. You want to have some certainty that you can get some good ski weeks in there. How will your float week be alloted to you? This is important information to know before you proceed. Maybe ParkCityShare (other thread's OP) has some information on that.

The only value of this timeshare is use during ski season or renting it out on your own. Check out Redweek ads to see what rental values are.
 

T-Dot-Traveller

TUG Member
Joined
Jun 10, 2015
Messages
2,681
Reaction score
1,476
Points
298
Location
Canada
Resorts Owned
Mayan Palace Regency
Taranova
..I have a chance to get a Westgate PC 1BR (full kitchen) annual during “ski season” for very cheap. MF is just under $1,200. Never been to this resort but I heard good things. Few questions for those of you familiar with this resort and TS company.
Thanks for all the help. Always wanted a ski TS so I hope this property is worth it!
Marc
Hi Marc,
As you likely know - Park City Utah - is a prime winter location / and it is hard to get .

If your all in cost is low enough for you to feel comfortable - this could be a real winner .
Here is my two cents - on the risk / reward .

1) If you decide after trying to use it - that it is not for you - Westgate has a deed back program
that cost you about $1000 ( ie - 1 years MF) and I am sure Westgate would be happy to get it back .

2) Janice / jlp879 - has used it recently , and gives a good review of the property and location .

3) I believe that she is correct . You can book 11 months out . Functionally - this means that if
MF was paid Jan 2020 - you would be booking Jan 2021 (weeks1-4) starting next week (Feb1)
It is possible that - due to the acquisition time line that 2021 booking will be complicated for you ; unless the
existing owner does this (now) for you .After year one - (IMO) - reserving a ski week should work ok / as long as you call the day the booking window opens etc .(like every other owner )

4) based on my reading of TUG Westgate info threads - Westgate will :
A) restrict you ability to use elsewhere in the Westgate system by upcharging - ( who cares - you want Park City / if you want to go to Orlando - there are plenty of options )
B) - restrict your ability to change seasons or unit size ( who cares - this really only matters if you thought a resale summer week Westgate Park City would allow you to ski or thought a studio could be upgraded to a 1 bedroom)
C) - possibly charge you more as a resale owner to deposit into II for exchange purposes (who cares - you are buying to use during ski season)

IF - you are comfortable with all of the above & knowing it can be deeded back - you may have found a great deal

my information is from reading most of the TUG Westgate threads - including the one RX8 did the link to.
as you know Westgate is not the most loved system on TUG / so you have to evaluate this for yourself .

******
FYI - a family member just left Park City . He was there for the Sundance Film Festival.
(He is not a skier) . He said that can be a good ski week - since many who are in town / and it is fully booked
are going to movies - therefore shorter lift lines for skiers .
 
Last edited:

gores95

TUG Member
Joined
Nov 20, 2006
Messages
688
Reaction score
1
Points
229
Location
New Jersey USA
Thanks guys. I took a pass on this one there were just too many uncertainties and Westgate's bad reputation with resale owners turned me off. Really thought I was finally getting an awesome deal for a ski week but buyer beware in this case. I will continue to look...lots of great ski TS's in PC!
 
Joined
Dec 29, 2011
Messages
640
Reaction score
122
Points
103
Location
DVC, HGVC
I am late finding this thread:

Ski weeks are generally thanksgiving to tax day
Fixed weeks are 7, 51, 52
Resales can book at 11 months, just like developer sales
Booking Feb-March ski weeks require booking at exactly 11 months
There are no view choices and most are at Bear or Elk buildings, randomly given based on availability
Check-in is Friday or Saturday or Sunday
Trading within Westgate will probably be a down trade as Park City is the best one
Banking, cancelling fees are generally higher for resales than developer sales

Westgate corporate does have a bad reputation, BUT this resort is awesome.

If you plan on skiing, this is great value, but I would NOT buy to rent, but you can do it.
 
Last edited:
Joined
Dec 29, 2011
Messages
640
Reaction score
122
Points
103
Location
DVC, HGVC
Last question are there two different types of 1BR timeshares at Westgate PC?
I am pretty sure these are the two

The Signature one bedroom at 680 sq feet and they are the original 2001 Bear and Elk buildings

The Luxury one bedroom are 750 sq feet and they are the Moose and Bison buildings that were built as full ownership condos in 2008 and then some were converted to timeshares when the recession hit.

The both are very nice, but I prefer the original Elk and Bear buildings as they closer and have less walking to the ski lifts
 
Top