A season fifty years in the making

Discover the rich history behind nearly 50 years of great skiing.

As early as the 19th century, "Parkites" strapped 10-foot-long pieces of wood to their feet to navigate Park City's snow winters. Almost a century later, Park City's first ski area opened — first known as Treasure Mountains Resort, then Park City Ski Area and finally Park City Mountain Resort. This season, Park City Mountain Resort celebrates its 50th anniversary — ever mindful of the heritage that began when Park City's miners first strapped those wooden skis to their feet. Scenes from Silver and Snow, the Park City Story (c) 2002, The Park City Museum

Behind The Scenes

We had a great season and we had a lot of fun on the way. It was an incredible journey that we took with everyone that was involved in the #ParkCity50 project. Here's a little taste of the fun that we had behind the scenes.


  1963 Park City Mountain Resort originally opened as Treasure Mountains Resort, the first ski resort in Park City, thanks to a $1.2 million loan from the Kennedy Administration. At the time lift tickets cost $3.50.    


  1971 Treasure Mountains Resort was renamed Park City Resort.   1971


  1974 US Ski Team relocated its headquarters to Park City, home to the first ever national ski training center that included several runs on Ski Team Ridge, now known as Crescent Ridge.    


  1985 Nick and Craig Badami, the visionary leaders who changed the resort into a world class ski area, brought the inaugural World Cup to Park City Ski Area, setting the stage for the first ever America's Opening the following season.   1985


  1994 Powdr Corp. acquired Park City Ski Area, committing to invest over $35 million in improvements and preparations to host the 2002 Winter Games.    


  1997 PayDay and Bonanza Lifts were installed, replacing the original gondola dating back to 1963   1997


  2002 Park City Mountain Resort hosted the alpine skiing giant slalom, snowboarding parallel giant slalom and snowboarding halfpipe events for the 2002 Winter Games, where six of the ten US Ski and Snowboard Team medals were won.    


  2013 Park City Mountain Resort is ranked the #5 Overall Best Resort by the readers of SKI Magazine, just in time for the 50th Anniversary Season.   2013
thumbnail Lady Bird Johnson  Park City Museum

The First Lady came to Park City in the Summer of 1964 for the dedication of the Resort which had received a $1.2 million loan from the Federal Government.

thumbnail 2002 Winter Games  Park City Museum

Park City Mountain Resort hosted the first ever Olympic Snowboard Half Pipe in addition to Snowboard Parallel Giant Slalom and Alpine Giant Slalom during the 2002 Winter Games.

thumbnail Home of the U.S. Ski Team  Park City Museum

Park City Mountain Resort has long been the home of the U.S. Ski Team, here are Holly Flanders, Tamara McKinney, Eva Twardokens and Diann Roffe enjoying some air time at the Resort.

thumbnail Skier's Subway  Park City Museum

Skiers would ride mine cars down the 3 mile long Spiro drain tunnel to the Thaynes hoist which would then lift then 1,800 feet straight up to the base of the Thaynes lift.

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