From first chair to last drop, this has been an eventful winter season at Park City Mountain Resort. We rallied the gates of NASTAR, soaked in the sunshine on the deck of Mid-Mountain Lodge, hucked ourselves off huge jumps in 3 Kings terrain park, hiked the peak and raced each other down the tubing lanes at Gorgoza Park.
Our jam packed event schedule included the annual Thriller Snow Dance, Santa Comes Down Town Lift, Torchlight Parade and Easter Celebration for families. The ski racing community came together for Master's Nationals in the Spring and for the first time ever it took THREE DAYS for someone to find one of the coveted Golden Eggs in our all-mountain Easter Egg Hunt. We celebrated the tenth anniversary of the Winter Games with past, present and future Olympians. When mother nature held out on delivering snow the Northern Ute Tribe performed a blessing ceremony for snow and boy did it DUMP. The avalanche dog teams welcomed a new member to their ranks by the name of Calamity Jane. Three Utah resorts came together to hold a ten stop rail jam series by the name of Friday Night Jib Fights with the heart-pounding finals taking place at Park City Mountain Resort. Are you exhausted yet? I am!
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While the media may have written off ski resorts claiming they were plagued with a bad snow year, we beg to differ. Those of us that are lucky enough to call Park City home and call this mountain our office rallied together to make the most out of what we have. They say that in the face of adversity your true colors show and I would say our true colors are something to be proud of. The 2011-2012 winter season allowed us to embrace the fundamentals of what makes us Park City Mountain Resort. We are not JUST our ski runs, JUST our snow or our lifts. We are a family creating life-changing moments and memories.
From the team members whose faces our guests may never see, to the liftie you see each morning as you load PayDay chairlift, we are a family working together with the same goal. Park City Mountain Resort's snowmaking and grooming teams worked tirelessly to ensure that the skiing and riding conditions appeared effortless. In fact, Park City's Mayor made a declaration that they be called "The Greatest Snowmakers and Groomers on Earth." They provided the foundation for a season full of wedge turns, hot chocolate mustaches and ear to ear grins. It is from this foundation that the rest of our departments could build upon and form life-long memories.
In season's past we were spoiled with an abundance of snow. This season six inches of fresh snow was an amazing powder day. Whereas in years past waking to six inches we would have hit the snooze button and slept in, this year you found yourself waiting for first chair at 8:30 a.m. with the whole community lined up beside you. The same hoots and hollers could be heard from Jupiter lift and powder covered beards were in abundance. We are all here for the same thing, but at the end of the day the basics are all the matter….sliding on slow with a smile on your face.
To those of you reading this both near and far, we say thank you for your support and dedication and we look forward to sharing many more memories with you!
Originally from the Pocono’s of Pennsylvania, Travis found his way to Park City three years ago and is now our grooming manager. When not in snowcat you can find him skiing or snowmobiling in the Utah backcountry or enjoying the skiing here at Park City Mountain Resort.
Nicole Roundy is a world class snowboarder on the US Paralympic Team. She is a cancer survivor, inspiration seeker, crossfit training, Park City riding superpower blogger. Follow her adventures right here. You can also spy her on twitter (@nicoleroundy) and Instragram (@nroundy)