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Gondola at Park City Resort, Utah
Gondola at Park City Resort, Utah
ABOUT

PARK CITY

When you have access to 7,300 acres of skiable terrain, multi-millions of dollars in improvements, and an authentic, rich mining history, it's not difficult to find something Epic to enjoy while visiting.

SUSTAINABILITY

About Park City Mountain Resort, Utah

Park City employees volunteer on EpicPromise Day, 2015

EpicPromise is a Vail Resorts initiative to support sustainability within our local communities. At Park City Mountain, this means preserving our natural environment and contributing to the success of the community.

It's important to come together as neighbors, employees and guests to uphold our shared passion for the outdoors. By conserving the natural environment and supporting our local community, we can attain a brighter future, together.

Here is what we're doing to help protect the place we call home:

Net Zero
Vail Resorts has committed to zero net emissions and zero waste to landfills by 2030, as well as zero net operating impacts to forests and the habitat. Respect for the environment is deeply embedded in our DNA, and why we have spent more than a decade looking for ways to reduce our energy use and impact on the environment. This vow takes our existing efforts a step further by committing to a more ambitious, comprehensive goal.

Save Energy
Park City Mountain employees receive four free LED light bulbs through our partnership with Rocky Mountain Power. LED light bulbs use 2-17 watts of electricity, which is one-third to one-thirtieth of energy consumed by incandescent or CFL bulbs. LEDs used in fixtures save electricity, remain cool and save money on replacement costs by lasting so long. Furthermore, small LED flashlight bulbs will extend battery life 10 to 15 times longer than with incandescent bulbs.

Eat Local. Shop Local
Keeping it local is extremely important to us. We develop close working relationships with local farmers, purchasing food and ingredients from nearby purveyors to keep dollars circulating within the community. By buying local, we also reduce carbon dioxide emissions and packing materials associated with long distance shipping. And by working with local farmers, we're able to help keep farming profitable, and as a happy consequence, reduce farmers' desires to sell farmland for development purposes.

Recycle
Since 2008, we've recycled more than 672,000 pounds of steel, cardboard and co-mingled materials. We also go to great lengths to keep toxic waste out of landfills, to keep our drinking water safe. What we put in landfills determines what leaches into our ground water. By recycling plastic, we prevent harmful BPA from seeping into our water sources. Ground water plays an essential role in our environment and public health, so we do our best to protect this essential resource.

Reducing Our Carbon Footprint
Since 2005, we've reduced our carbon footprint by more than 70,000 tons. That's like taking 14,000 cars off the road for an entire year. Park City also has an excellent Free transit system, which makes getting around very affordable for both guests and locals. Green or eco-friendly travel isn't difficult when in Park City, and worst case we carpool whenever possible.

Re-use
Since being installed in 2012, Park City's water-filling stations have eliminated consumption of more than 35,000 water bottles. Guests can contribute by using the filling station outside Jupiter Java inside Legacy Lodge.

More Efficient Snowmaking
Since 2005, the snowmaking department has reduced its carbon footprint by more than 1,100 tons per year. More efficient machines, system changes and upgrades have resulted in approximately a 15% reduction in energy use. We continue to test and advance our systems and snow machine technology to further reduce the energy demand.

EpicPromise Grants
Through our grant program, Vail Resorts gives more than $7 million in cash as well as support to more than 250 nonprofit partners in local communities every year.

MINING HISTORY

Past and present of Park City, Utah

The past, the present, and the powder of Park City, Utah

Park City was incorporated as a city in 1884. The mountains' abundant silver veins attracted adventurers from around the world in the late 1860s. During Park City's mining height, the surrounding mountains yielded $400 million in silver and created 23 millionaires—including the father of newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst.

However, with falling mineral prices in the 1930s, the boom years ended and residents began "mining" a new treasure on the mountain, discovering what would later be coined The Greatest Snow on Earth.

Today, Park City is a unique blend of the old and new. 64 of Park City's buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, many of which are located along the town's Main Street, and more than 1,200 miles of tunnels wind through the surrounding mountains as remnants of the mining era.

The Park City Museum’s popular Historic Main Street Walking Tours run mid-June through Labor Day, so put on your walking shoes and get ready to explore.

Miners’ Club ($1,000 Donation)

For a $1,000 donation to the Friends of Ski Mountain Mining History, you can be a part of the future in preserving Park City Mountain’s unique mining history. Join the Miners’ Club and enjoy First Tracks at Park City Mountain for two people during the 2017-18 season on Thursday, March 1, 2018. Lift tickets and coffee are included in the memorable morning of early ups with fellow Miners’ Club Donors.

To donate and for more information, please visit Friends of Ski Mountain Mining History

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Your fully-tax deductible donation will support the mission to stabilize and preserve the legacy of historic mining structures at Park City Mountain.