Park City Mountain Resort
|Park City Mountain Resort|
The Resort's Eagle Race Arena
|Location||Park City, Utah, USA|
|Nearest city||Salt Lake City
34 miles (55 km)
|Vertical||3,100 ft (945 m)|
|Top elevation||10,000 ft (3,048 m)|
|Base elevation||6,900 ft (2,103 m)|
|Skiable area||3,300 acres (13.4 km2)|
52% more difficult
31% most difficult
|Longest run||Homerun 3.5 mi (5.6 km)|
- 4 high speed six packs
- 3 high speed quads
- 6 triples
- 3 doubles
- 3 magic carpet
|Lift capacity||31,000 skiers/hr|
|Snowfall||365 inches (930 cm)|
|Snowmaking||500 acres (2.0 km2)|
|Web site||Park City Mountain Resort|
Park City Mountain Resort is a ski resort in Park City, Utah, located 34 miles (55 km) east of Salt Lake City. The resort has been a major tourist attraction for skiers from all over the United States, as well as a main employer for many of Park City's citizens. Park City, as the resort is often called by locals, contains several training courses for the U.S. Ski Team, including slalom and giant slalom runs. During the 2002 Winter Olympics the resort hosted the snowboarding events and the men's and women's alpine giant slalom events. The Resort is currently owned by Powdr Corporation.
Park City is also one of the featured mountains in the video game Shaun White Snowboarding for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
The present resort was opened on December 21, 1963 as Treasure Mountain by United Park City Mines. This company was the last surviving mining corporation in Park City, and the resort was opened with funds from a federal government program meant to revive the economically depressed town. When it originally opened, it boasted the longest gondola in the United States, as well as a double chairlift, a J-bar lift, base and summit lodges, and a nine-hole golf course. The gondola was a four passenger Polig-Heckel-Bleichert (PHB, a German aerial ropeway company). Its sister lift was built at Sugarloaf/USA in Carrabassett Valley, Maine, after top members of Sugarloaf's management visited Park City's lift.
When the slopes first opened to the public, a special Skier's Subway was used to transport skiers nearly 2.5 miles (4.0 km) into the mountain through the pitch-black Spiro Tunnel on a mine train, where skiers then boarded a mining elevator that lifted them 1,750 feet (530 m) to the surface, and from there they had access to the entire mountain. Aerial trams once used for hauling ore were converted into chairlifts. To this day, there are still more than 1,000 miles (1,610 km) of old silver-mine workings and tunnels beneath the slopes at Park City Mountain Resort and its neighboring resort, Deer Valley.
Treasure Mountain's name was changed to the Park City Ski Area for its fourth season of 1966-67, and in 1996, became known as the Park City Mountain Resort. The resort has grown to include eight peaks and nine bowls, with 3,300 acres (13.4 km2) of skiing and 16 chairlifts. The resort has also developed summer activities including an alpine slide, alpine coaster, zip-lines, and several hiking and biking trails.
A sister ski area, known as Park City West (renamed Wolf Mountain and now known as Canyons Resort) opened in 1968, and Deer Valley Resort opened in December 1981, at the site of the former Snow Park (1946–69).
Park City mountain resort is home to many ski schools run by the mountain, but is also home to privately owned ski schools. (Park city freestyle, Axis freeride, Park city ski team) Run by Mick Berry- Park city freestyle, Chris “Hatch” Haslock- Axis Freeride, Jesse Hunt- Park city ski team
2002 Winter Olympics
During the 2002 games the resort hosted the men's and women's giant slalom, men's and women's snowboarding parallel giant slalom, and both men's and women's snowboarding halfpipe events. The resort's Eagle Race Arena and Eagle Superpipe were used as the Olympics runs. Temporary stadiums were erected at the end of each run with spectator standing areas on each side, creating a combined capacity of 16,500 persons. 99.8 percent of available tickets for events at the resort were sold, for a total of 95,991 spectators witnessing events at the resort. During the games 96 percent of the resort was open to normal seasonal operations, and was the only venue to allow spectators to leave and reenter.
- Base elevation: 6,900 feet (2,103 m)
- Summit elevation: 10,000 feet (3,048 m)
- Vertical rise: 3,100 feet (945 m)
- Total mountain peaks: 8
- Total skiable area: 3,300 acres (13.4 km2)
- Average Annual Snowfall: 365 inches (930 cm)
- Total Trails: 116
- Beginner: 17%
- Intermediate: 52%
- Expert: 31%
- Terrain Parks: 4
- Superpipe: 1
- Minipipe: 1
- Total lifts: 19
- Crescent Express (Hi-Speed Quad)
- Payday Express (Hi-Speed Six Pack)
- First Time Express (Hi-Speed Quad)
- Bonanza Express (Hi-Speed Six Pack)
- Silverlode Express (Hi-Speed Six Pack)
- McConkeys Express (Hi-Speed Six Pack)
- King Con Express (Hi-Speed Quad)
- Eagle Chair (Triple)
- Eaglet Chair (Triple)
- Silver Star Chair (Triple)
- 3 Kings Chair (Triple)
- Motherlode Chair (Triple)
- Thaynes Chair (Double)
- Pioneer Chair (Triple)
- Jupiter Chair (Double)
- Town Lift (Triple)
In March 2012, Park City Mountain Resort announced that it had filed a lawsuit against Talisker Land Holdings, LLC, the owner of Canyons Resort, as well as United Park City Mines Company, both partial land owners of the resort. PCMR claimed that they had initiated talks with Talisker to extend their lease to 2051, and that Talisker has refused to agree to the terms and threatened to close the resort all together. Talisker claims that PCMR has failed to agree to the new terms set down by Talisker, and that they have never threatened to close the resort.
Park City Mountain is suing Talisker for $7,000,000 for compensatory and punitive damages for the threat of the closure of the resort.
- Park City Mountain Resort. "Park City History". Park City Mountain Resort website. Retrieved 2 December 2010.
- The Milwaukee Journal - Skiing facilities grow with skiers - 1965-01-10 - p.7
- Park City Mountain Resort. "Resort Stats". Park City Mountain Resort website. Retrieved 2 December 2010.
- Park City Mountain Resort. "Summer Activities". Park City Mountain Resort website. Retrieved 19 December 2010.
- Salt Lake Organizing Committee (2001). Official Spectator Guide. p. 70.
- Salt Lake Organizing Committee (2002). Official Report of the XIX Olympic Winter Games. p. 79. ISBN 0-9717961-0-6. Retrieved 2 December 2010.
- Park City Mountain Resort - Official website
- Ski Utah - Resort Profile
- Park City Mountain.com - Resort history & Historical timeline
- 3dSkiMaps - Park City Mountain Resort 3D map
- The Financial Times - 2001 article from London, England