PARK CITY, Utah, Nov. 25 — Following great anticipation, Park City welcomed the 1999/2000 ski season today. Recent snow storms, coupled with the resorts’ advanced snowmaking capabilities allowed both Park City Mountain Resort and the Canyons to celebrate a pre-Thanksgiving opening.

These two of the town’s three resorts (Deer Valley Resort, Park City Mountain Resort and The Canyons) are now open for the season, much to the delight of eager skiers and snowboarders. Unseasonably warm temperatures this fall allowed each resort to put the final touches on summer-long improvement efforts, totaling more than $18 million for the coming season and bringing the two-year total for on-mountain improvements to over $53 million.

In addition to on-mountain improvements, the town of Park City, located just 36 miles from the Salt Lake City International Airport, is busy preparing for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. For the Games, the town of Park City will host over one-third of all medal competitions, including all freestyle skiing, bobsled, luge, skeleton and nordic jumping events, and numerous alpine skiing competitions. The town’s three separate venues include Deer Valley Resort (slalom, moguls and freestyle aerials), Park City Mountain Resort (giant slalom and snowboarding) and the Utah Winter Sports Park (bobsled, luge, skeleton and Nordic jumping).

In preparation for the Games, each Olympic venue will host “test events,” many of which are taking place this winter. The Utah Winter Sports Park hosts the U.S. Sliding Championships January 2-9, 2000 followed by the Men’s Bobsled America’s Cup January 19-28, 2000. Deer Valley Resort hosts its first ever World Cup competitions with a freestyle aerial competition January 8-9, 2000, and women’s slalom February 6, 2000. Park City Mountain Resort adds to its extensive list of hosting world class events when it holds a snowboard World Cup March 3-5, 2000.

For more information on Park City, Utah, including daily snow reports, special events and links to the three resorts, log onto the Park City Chamber & Visitors Bureau Internet site, www.parkcityinfo.com, or call (800) 453-1360.