Park City Mountain Resort

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Park City Mountain Resort
Park City Mountain Resort Logo 2015.svg
The Resort's Eagle Race Arena
The Resort's Eagle Race Arena
Park City Mountain Resort is located in the US
Park City Mountain Resort
Park City Mountain Resort
Location in the United States
Location Park City, Utah, United States
Coordinates 40°39′3″N 111°30′27″W / 40.65083°N 111.50750°W / 40.65083; -111.50750 (Park City Mountain Resort)Coordinates: 40°39′3″N 111°30′27″W / 40.65083°N 111.50750°W / 40.65083; -111.50750 (Park City Mountain Resort)
Vertical 3,200 ft (975 m)
Top elevation 10,000 ft (3,048 m)
Base elevation 6,900 ft (2,103 m)
Skiable area 7,300 acres (29.5 km2)
Runs 324
Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg 7% easiest
Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg 49% more difficult
Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg 44% most difficult
Longest run Homerun 3.5 mi (5.6 km)
Lift system 41
Gondolas: 4
Chairs: 32
- 6 high speed six packs
- 9 high speed quads
-5 quads
- 8 triples
- 4 doubles
Surface: 2
- 3 magic carpet
Lift capacity 31,000 skiers/hr
Terrain parks 7
1 superpipe
1 minipipe
6 natural half pipes
Snowfall 355 inches (900 cm)
Snowmaking 500 acres (2.0 km2)
Night skiing Yes
Website parkcitymountain.com

Park City Mountain Resort is a ski resort in the western United States in Park City, Utah, located 32 miles (51 km) east of Salt Lake City. Opened in 1963, 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 ski resort and area is known, 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 was purchased by Vail Resorts in 2014 and combined the resort with neighboring Canyons Resort via an interconnect gondola to create the largest ski area in the United States at the time.[1] It has since been surpassed by Powder Mountain in 2016.

During the ski season, most slopes and lifts are open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm with some runs open later for night skiing.

Park City is one of the featured mountains in the video game Shaun White Snowboarding for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

History[edit]

The 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.[2] 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.[2][3] 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 had grown to include eight peaks and nine bowls, with 3,300 acres (13.4 km2) of skiing and 16 chairlifts.[4] The resort has also developed summer activities including an alpine slide, alpine coaster, zip-lines, and several hiking and biking trails.[5]

A sister ski area, originally known as Park City West and later as Canyons Resort, opened in 1968. Deer Valley Resort opened in December 1981, at the site of the former Snow Park (1946–69).

2002 Winter Olympics[edit]

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.[6] 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.[7] During the games, 96 percent of the resort was open to normal seasonal operations, making it the only venue to allow spectators to leave and reenter.[6]

2012 Litigation[edit]

In March 2012, Powdr Corporation (owners of Park City Mountain Resort) announced that it had filed a lawsuit against Talisker Land Holdings, LLC (Talisker), the owner of Canyons Resort, as well as United Park City Mines Company, both partial land owners of the resort. The lawsuit filed by Powdr Corp. was in response to an eviction notice issue by Talisker, the entity that owns most of the land of the actual ski runs who had been leasing it to Powdr Corp. (a continuation of the lease made between Park City Mines and Powdr Corp. when Talisker bought the land from Park City Mines).[8] Powdr Corp. claimed that they had initiated talks with Talisker to extend their lease to 2051, and that Talisker had refused to agree to the terms and threatened to close the resort. In response, Talisker claimed that Powdr Corp. had failed to agree to the new terms set down by Talisker, and that they have never threatened to close the resort. Powdr Corp. sued Talisker for $7,000,000 for compensatory and punitive damages for the threat of the closure of the resort.

Park City Mountain Resort had leased the land on which its ski runs are located for $155,000 per year, with an option to renew the lease for 20 years. In 2011, when this option came due, Powdr Corp. failed to renew the lease in a timely manner and sent a letter two days after the lease had expired. Eight months later, Powdr Corp. received a letter from Talisker that their lease had expired and they were to turn over the land and its improvements to Talisker. In 2013, Talisker leased Canyons Resort to Vail Resorts who then took over the legal action. Near the end of May 2013, an eviction notice was served on PCMR to vacate the leased land of the ski area.[9]

On September 11, 2014, Vail Resorts announced that it had purchased Park City Mountain Resort for $182.5 million, and that it would combine the resort with neighboring Canyons Resort over the summer of 2015 for the 2015-16 season.[10]

Park City Mountain Resort under Vail Resorts[edit]

When the purchase was finalized, Vail added Park City Mountain Resort to its EPIC season pass program for the 2014-15 season.[11] In 2015, the merger of PCMR with Canyons was undertaken by Doppelmayr USA as part of a project that built two new lifts and relocated a third. A new gondola called Quicksilver was built between the bottom of the Silverlode Express lift at PCMR and a point below the top of Iron Mountain at Canyons. The King Con Express high speed quad was upgraded to a high speed six pack, while the original King Con lift was relocated to replace the Motherlode triple chairlift. The upgrades on the PCMR side were done to alleviate expected congestion at Silverlode and King Con from the added interconnect gondola. The former Canyons Resort base area was renamed the Canyons Village at Park City and the entire combined resort now operates under the Park City Mountain Resort name.

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, Team Park City United, Park City Ski Team) Run by Mick Berry- Park City Freestyle, Chris “Hatch” Haslock- Team Park City United (Formerly Axis Freeride), Jesse Hunt- Park City Ski Team.

Park City Olympic snowboarding stadium
Temporary spectator seating at the resort during the 2002 Winter Olympics

Statistics[edit]

As of the 2015-16 season, after the merger with Canyons Resort.

Mountain information[edit]

  • Base elevation: 6,900 feet (2,103 m)[12]
  • Summit elevation: 10,000 feet (3,048 m)
  • Vertical rise: 3,100 feet (945 m)
  • Total mountain peaks: 8
  • Total skiable area: 7,300 acres (29.5 km2)
  • Average Annual Snowfall: 365 inches (930 cm)[12]

Trails[edit]

  • Total Trails: 314[13]
    • Beginner: 15%
    • Intermediate: 54%
    • Expert: 31%
  • Terrain Parks: 4
  • Superpipe: 1
  • Minipipe: 1

Slope aspects[edit]

  • North: 43%[12]
  • East: 29%
  • West: 24%
  • South: 4%

Summer[edit]

During the summer the resort is open and provides lift service to an alpine slide and an alpine coaster. At the resort, restaurants are also open during the summer and will often have live bands and other activities. The resort creates and maintains its own trails and trail connections to the rest of the Park City area trail system. Activities at the resort include miniature golf, a climbing wall and trampolines with a harness.

The resort offers lift-served access for hiking and mountain biking on the Crescent Lift, PayDay Lift, and Town Lift. Most trails in the area are family friendly and not very strenuous. The majority of mountain bike trails are intermediate, with a small percentage designated as expert trails.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Goodbye Canyons, hello Park City: Utah ski resort on track to be biggest in U.S.". Los Angeles Times. July 29, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Park City Mountain Resort. "Park City History". Park City Mountain Resort website. Retrieved 2 December 2010. 
  3. ^ The Milwaukee Journal - Skiing facilities grow with skiers - 1965-01-10 - p.7
  4. ^ Park City Mountain Resort. "Resort Stats". Park City Mountain Resort website. Retrieved 2 December 2010. 
  5. ^ Park City Mountain Resort. "Summer Activities". Park City Mountain Resort website. Retrieved 19 December 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Salt Lake Organizing Committee (2001). Official Spectator Guide. p. 70. 
  7. ^ Salt Lake Organizing Committee (2002). Official Report of the XIX Olympic Winter Games (PDF). p. 79. ISBN 0-9717961-0-6. Retrieved 2 December 2010. 
  8. ^ Hamburger, Jay. "Talisker, Confident, Prepares to Act Upon Eviction Notice Against PCMR". Park Record. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  9. ^ Paskin, Janet. "The Ski Resort Fight Over Park City Mountain". Businessweek. Retrieved 6 February 2014. 
  10. ^ Smart, Christopher. "Vail buys Park City Mountain Resort for $182M". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  11. ^ "Vail Resorts Acquires Park City Mountain Resort in Park City, Utah". Vail Resorts. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  12. ^ a b c "Best Ski Resorts: Park City Terrain, Snow Quality and Mountain Ranks". ZRankings. ZRankings LLC. 
  13. ^ "Terrain and Lift Status". Park City Mountain. Retrieved November 24, 2015. 

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