PARK CITY, Utah, Dec. 14 — After a slow start for Utah standards, Old Man Winter returned with a vengeance to Park City and its three resorts today, bringing with him ten (10) inches of snow to this resort community nestled in the Wasatch Range of the Rocky Mountains. Today’s storm brings the one-week total to more than two feet of “The Greatest Snow On Earth(R),” enhancing the extensive snowmaking efforts already in place.
The town’s resorts (Deer Valley Resort, Park City Mountain Resort and The Canyons) each received their first truly substantial bounty of the season over the past week, much to the delight of skiers and snowboarders. Before this series of storms, ideal cold temperatures allowed each resort to put their state-of-the-art snowmaking systems to the test. Needless to say, each passed with flying colors, allowing skiers and snowboarders turns on numerous runs. In addition to snowmaking enhancements, Park City’s three resorts invested more than $18 million for the 1999-2000 season, bringing the two-year total for on-mountain improvements to over $53 million.
In addition to resort 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 freestyle aerial and mogul events 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.