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.
Our iconic gondola began turning the day we opened in 1963 -- a 23-minute ride up the mountain that was an experience all its own. Whether it was holding your breath passing over "The Span," making awkward conversation with strangers in a cramped car or doing who knows what with that spare time, virtually anyone who rode it has their own 'gondola story.' Nearly 20 years after it closed, the gondola remains perhaps the resort's most fondly remembered piece of history. If only those cars could talk.
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Our Golden Anniversary Celebration on December 21, 2013
It's a party 50 years in the making so be sure to mark your calendar for our Golden Anniversary Celebration with a free concert by Robert Randolph & the Family Band, fireworks, giveaways and more.
|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.|
|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.|
|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|
|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.|
Photos from the past 50 years and more
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.
365 inches of "The Greatest Snow on Earth" graces the slopes of Park City Mountain Resort annually.
Park City Mountain Resort's Ski and Snowboard school has introduced many generations of skiers and riders to winter sports.
An April Fool's Day tradition as shown by these three gorillas on one long pair of skis - look out below!
Skiing Comstock in front of Jupiter Peak during the 2012-13 Winter Season.
Permanent snowmaking was added during the summer of 1979 after R&D was done which found that better man-made snow came from colder water.
There has always been a close connection between our mining and skiing heritage.
Jim McConkey, McConkey's Bowl's namesake, was the first ski school director at the resort.
Park City's iconic gondola was replaced by the PayDay and Bonanza lifts in 1997 cutting the ride time to the Summit in half!
Jim McConkey was the original Ski School Director of Treasure Mountains and also the father of freeskiing pioneer Shane McConkey.
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.
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.
Long before the Town Lift and runs were built, local miners tested their skills and daring on this jump on Creole.
When Treasure Mountains first opened, the beginner lift was a J-Bar running up where Crescent Lift's base is today.
The Gondola was a picturesque, 25 minute ride, that rose 2,300 vertical feet over about a 2 1/2 mile ride length.