Park City Ski Resort

Museum Wants 50 Years of Skiing Memories

imagesIn December, 1963, Park City Mountain Resort opened for skiing as Treasure Mountains Resort.  Since this year marks the resort’s 50-year anniversary, the Park City Museum will open an original exhibit, “50 Years of Park City Skiing” in November.

To find items and collect oral history stories about locals and visitors’ experiences at the resort over the past half-decade, the museum, 528 Main St., is hosting a night of show and tell on Thursday, April 25, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.  During the free and casual event, the museum’s staff will get ideas of what to display, said Jenette Purdy, the museum’s director of education.

“We thought it would be a fun event one night where people brought the things they have collected over the years while skiing at PCMR and share them with each other,” Purdy told The Park Record. “The museum, of course, loves objects and artifacts, but we also love stories. They sometimes make things more interesting, and it’s fun to hear about how things were.”

The museum will set up tables where people can lay out their items.  “They’ll be able talk with each other about where the items came from, and tell their stories,” Purdy said. “We will record some of the stories if people will allow us.”

The museum hopes the winter exhibit will include an interactive display where museum visitors will be able to climb into a gondola and hear these stories.  “We may have to rerecord the stories at a later date, because I’m sure Thursday will be noisy with all the other people who will be in attendance, but we want to get some of that history down,” she said. West Office Exhibition Design, which built the museum’s permanent display, will design “50 Year of Park City Skiing,” Purdy said.

“Right now, we don’t have any set plan to have specific stories and items, but we want to have fun memories we can show,” she said. “As for the objects, we just want to see what people have and then we’ll go from there.”

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Park City Mountain Resort Launches New Teen-Specific Group-Ride Program

i-ride-park-city-logoPark City Mountain Resort introduces a new way for skiers and snowboarders ages 15-17 to discover the mountain in a group all their own with its newest spring instruction program, Teen Select.

From mellow groomers to our Signature Runs and powder-filled bowls, Teen Select groups, never larger than four kids to an instructor, explore the entire mountain, with each group making its own unique experience appropriate to its ability level – even getting off the mountain and exploring downtown Park City for lunch, if they choose! Teen Select participants leave the days of kids ski school behind, without being stuck with their parents, and develop their skills while making friends with a group of kids their own age.

The one-day Teen Select program is open to 15-17 year old skiers and snowboarders who are comfortable on green terrain and above, and runs 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays this spring: March 10-12, 17-19, 24-26, 31 and April 1-2.

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The Best Town in America: Park City, Utah

park-city-utah-best-towns_fe“Know how I can tell that’s a local?” asks Dana Williams, the 58-year-old mayor of Park City, Utah, nodding toward a fit thirty-something guy in a flat-brimmed baseball hat. “The bandaged wrist.”

Park City feels like a Colorado ski town dropped into Utah’s 12,000-foot Wasatch Range, with one significant difference. Unlike Telluride or Aspen, it has a major city, Salt Lake, and an international airport 30 minutes away. Local love for Park City can feel a little over the top—it got two-thirds as many votes in our contest (5,179) as it has residents. To see if that affection was justified, I parachuted in for a 72-hour, Chamber of Commerce–led recon tour. What I found was a town that breeds the active lifestyle.

In winter, Parkites can access three world-class ski areas from town: Deer Valley, Park City, and the Canyons. Then there’s climbing, hiking, and camping in 500,000 acres of wilderness in the nearby Uinta Mountains, 370-plus miles of trails, a blue-ribbon trout stream (the Provo River), and an Olympic training center built for the 2002 Salt Lake Games. More than 100 Olympians still live here. There are also lax(er) liquor laws than elsewhere in the Beehive State—and Utah’s first distillery since Prohibition, High West.

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Vail Cuts 42 Jobs As It Lines Up to Run Canyons Resort

vail cuts jobsMore than 40 Canyons Resort employees learned they will no longer be part of the operation when Vail Resorts Inc. takes over next week.

Denver-based Vail Resorts, which signed a long-term lease last month to run the Park City-area resort for Talisker Mountain Inc., said Monday it will retain most of the resort’s total workforce of 1,800. But 42 positions in Utah were eliminated after the industry giant did a “comprehensive review [of] areas where we need to consolidate duties, change or redirect resources and eliminate duplicate efforts,” said Vail spokeswoman Kelly Ladyga.

Nathan Rafferty, president of Ski Utah, marketing arm of the state’s $1 billion-a-year industry, said he did not know any specifics about the cuts but added a reduction in force seemed “inevitable” since Vail has a well-established corporate structure that would not need duplicated efforts by personnel in Park City.

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The Epic Pass Will Include Canyons Next Season

indexThe Epic Pass, a prized multi-resort ski pass sold by Vail Resorts, will include access to Canyons Resort during the next ski season, a result of the lease deal between Talisker Corporation and Vail Resorts involving Canyons Resort.

In a prepared statement announcing the lease, Vail Resorts says people who buy the Epic Pass will be able to use it at the Snyderville Basin resort on an “unlimited and unrestricted” basis.

The Epic Pass is also good at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone, which are in Colorado, and the Lake Tahoe-region resorts of Northstar, Heavenly and Kirkwood. It also offers holders five days of skiing at a resort in Switzerland and a combined five days at three resorts in Austria, including St. Anton.

The statement says the Epic Pass for the 2013-2014 ski season is currently priced at $689 for adults, lower than the price of a season pass at Canyons Resort during the most recent ski season.

The Epic Pass is well known in the industry for offering buyers flexibility between two of North America’s prime skiing regions, Colorado and Lake Tahoe.

Canyons Earns Top 10 Ski Resort Ranking

Utah’s Canyons Resort has been named a Top 10 North American ski resort in the latest SKI Magazine reader survey.

The recognition — the Canyons earned the 10th overall ranking — marks the first time the Park City-area resort made it into the Top 10 of the magazine’s annual list.

It was lauded for adding 300 prime acres of intermediate and advanced trails and for widespread upgrades in both the resort village and on-mountain dining.

“Canyons has made a clear commitment to elevating its ranking through its infrastructure investments in the past three years,” Chris Phillips, the publisher of SKI Magazine, said in a statement announcing the ranking.

Mike Goar, Canyons’ managing director, said work on the resort is continuing.

This year will see the addition of new lodging and dining properties, three all-new terrain parks and continuing work on an 18-hole championship golf course, he said.

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SkiLink Solution, Or Just Another Idea

Skiers and snowboarders board a gondola on a crisp Saturday afternoon eager to reach new runs.  As they glide over the mountain, surrounded by the fresh powder, they laugh at the thought of the long drive they normally would have taken to go from Park City to Big Cottonwood Canyon.

Talisker Inc., owner of Canyons Ski Resort, and other proponents of the SkiLink gondola hope to make such a scene a reality, by connecting Canyons Ski Resort in Park City and Solitude in Big Cottonwood Canyon.

Before they can move forward they must receive Congressional approval. However, opponents are trying to push alternatives to the gondola.

Tom Richardson, founder of Ski Our Canyons Responsibly, a group that has given support to the project, said this provides a whole new experience for skiers and snowboarders in Utah.

[/media-credit] A comparison of the proposed SkiLink gondola to the drive on Utah highways.

“This is world class stuff we’re talking about,” Richardson said. “It puts us in the league of many of the large resorts in Europe.”

Richardson said snow sport enthusiasts will have 5,200 acres of runs, making it the second largest ski complex in North America.

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Park City U.S. Grand Prix Rescheduled

The Sprint US Grand Prix Snowboarding event scheduled for December 21-22, 2012 at Park City Mountain Resort has been rescheduled for February 1-2, 2013 thanks to some trouble getting a quality superpipe completed in time (see photo at right).

“Park City Mountain Resort is known for having the best half pipe in the world,” said Krista Parry, Marketing Director, Park City Mountain Resort. “We are more confident we will provide the athletes the type of half pipe they’ve come to expect from us by moving the event to a later date.

Better to wait for snow, right? Follow the jump for the official word.

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) announced a postponement today of its scheduled Dec. 21-22 Sprint U.S. Grand Prix in Park City. The event includes International Ski Federation (FIS) World Cups for both half pipe skiing and snowboarding events featuring top Olympic contenders. FIS and USSA have postponed the competitions to Feb. 1-2 to ensure the highest quality half pipe for skiing and snowboarding athletes.

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Park City Pleasures

Call me a ski nut. I try to get in as many downhill days as possible and to rip as many runs as I can before lunch. I’m first in line on a powder day, and I like to hit the terrain parks to catch a little air. Life doesn’t get much better than a day on the slopes. Except when the temperature is below zero, and you freeze your tail off sitting on the chairlift, and have to go into the lodge to warm up. Boring! Which is why I was intrigued to hear that Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah, installed North America’s first chairlift with heated seats and a bubble to block the wind. As far as I’m concerned, this invention is long overdue.

The odd thing, however, was that I hadn’t heard of Canyons, even though I have skied most of the best resorts in California, Colorado, and Utah. I was a little skeptical that this could be the resort of my dreams. I had to check it out.

Now, truth be told, if you are a hard-core skier who rocks KT-22 at Squaw, you’ll probably be happier on Utah’s world-renowned steeps at Alta and Snowbird. But if you like fresh-cut corduroy and a mix of terrain, including tree skiing, terrain parks, and some expert double blacks, Canyons will not disappoint.

The main thing to know is that Canyons is huge: 4,000 acres of skiable terrain. That’s nearly twice the size of Kirkwood. The other thing is that it is delightfully deluxe. Originally called Park City West, the resort opened in 1968, and has changed hands several times, each time with major new improvements. Talisker, a residential development company, bought Canyons in 2008 and has pumped more than $50 million into the resort to make it a destination. It seems to have had an effect: Canyons just cracked the top-10 list in Ski magazine’s readers’ poll for the first time.

I can see why. The heated Orange Bubble Express represents the type of experience you’ll have here. I stuck my skis on a rolling rack, rather than carry them through the village. (Love that!) And there were none of those long lift lines I’m used to at Northstar. The food is not Tahoe grub; it rivals Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto. While I’d always rather be skiing, even I could hang for a bit at the resort’s Lookout Cabin and enjoy a smoked Utah trout salad with grapefruit and arugula, along with the killer views of the Wasatch Mountains. All the meals at Canyons were consistently creative, delicious, and healthy. And who would expect fine, fresh cuisine on the top of a mountain in Utah in the middle of winter?

Really, I wish I’d had a few more days at Canyons, and not just so I could get to all that great terrain, or so I could soak up more of that sublime service: This winter paradise thinks it’s a Carnival Cruise on snow. You can soar above the trees on a zip line between two canyons. Or if you are afraid of heights, like me, opt for snowshoes, and hike the deserted and peaceful canyon between ski ridges.

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Park City Mountain Resort to Open for the 2012-13 Winter Season on Saturday

Park City Mountain Resort opens for the 2012-13 winter season this Nov. 17, 2012. PayDay, First Time, 3 Kings and the two conveyor lifts located in the “Learner Zone” will begin turning promptly at 9 a.m. Opening Day events continue throughout the day with a traditional snow blessing at noon and an après concert featuring Muddpuddle at the Resort Plaza at 1 p.m.

PayDay lift will service beginner and intermediate terrain onHomerun and Treasure Hollow runs. 3 Kings will accessQuicksilver with over 10 jibs and a jump setup on Quicksilver and Bunny Hollow. First Time and the two conveyor lifts will service beginner terrain.

Members of the Northern Ute tribe will perform a traditional snow blessing, free and open to the public, at noon at the Resort Plaza. Local Park City band, Muddpuddle, plays an après concert 1-3 p.m. at the Resort Plaza, where a beer garden will be set up.

Free donuts, coffee and hot chocolate will be served at the Resort Plaza on the morning of Opening Day. The first chairs to depart each of the three lifts will break a commemorative banner celebrating the season, and passengers on those three chairs will receive limited edition “First Chair 2012-2013” t-shirts.