With not a flake of snow for more than two weeks, it’s hard to imagine the winter of 1968-69 when Park City needed the help of the National Guard to remove snow from Main Street and the staff of Park City Mountain Resort spent days digging out to open back up for skiing. In 1968, when John Vrabel got out of boot camp – he came home to Park City and didn’t sign up for winter quarter at the University of Utah.
In 1989, Teri Orr was the editor of the Park Record. One of the toughest stories she had to cover during her eight-year career there, was the tragic death of the man who had been the only person she knew when she had first moved to Park City 10 years before. In this week’s Park City Story, Orr recounts the day the music died.
In spite of the millions of dollars poured into marketing the Park City ski experience, the world really starting taking Utah serious when it began hosting World Cup ski races. The first one was in March of 1985.
The worldwide television coverage - better than any two page spread in a ski magazine could do - showed off Utah's snow and scenery, eventually landing the state the 2002 Olympics. Much of that success can be attributed to Craig Badami – or CB – who was hell bent on bringing the World Cup to town.
Karen Korfanta was a Junior National Champion ski racer in the 1960s and went on to compete for the University of Utah race team. She was later named to the US Ski Team and a member of the 1968 US Olympic Ski Team.
KPCW News Director Leslie Thatcher starts a new series of local stories for this winter.
To celebrate Park City Mountain Resort’s 50th anniversary, KPCW created an audio anthology – filled with local stories.
We'll be sharing your yarns about yard sales, anecdotes around America’s Open, features about first chairs or first runs and vignettes about virgin ski trails. If it happened at Park City Mountain Resort over the last 50 years, we've heard – and recorded – it. Starting Friday, December 6 during the morning news with Leslie Thatcher.