It was the spring of 1974 when Park City's first Clown Day capered and wisecracked its way across the Park City ski slopes. After a long winter, Park City's ski bums let loose for a day of dressing up, over indulging and basically having more fun than a barrel of monkeys. In this final Park City story, Jay Meehan recounts that first crazy spring celebration.
Back in the 1970s, every spring about 100 ski instructors from across the country would gather in Park City for the annual national Ski Instructors Ski Academy. One of those who would come out from Minnesota was Eric Bloomquist.
In the 1970s, with no snowmaking equipment at the resort and no budget to market itself, Park City relied on the town’s creative minds to get skiers to town. One of those was Amanda Peterson who was the first paid chamber director. In this week’s Park City Story she recounts some of the wacky ways Park City pulled off to generate publicity.
For more than 30 years now, a group of women – who love to ski and aren’t afraid to ski the deep and the steep - meet every Tuesday morning. It used to be at the Cookie Bear– now it’s outside Kristi’s Coffee. In this week’s Park City Story, three of those women who have been regulars, Francine Valline, Kathy Kahn and Carol Agle revel in the fun, adventure and rule breaking they’ve had over the years.
The second longest tenured employee at Park City Mountain Resort is Clark Parkinson.
Parkinson - who worked in school school for 46 seasons - retired in 2009. His record at the resort is only surpassed by Keith Bates who worked for 50 seasons before passing away this fall. Parkinson taught hundreds - perhaps thousands - of lessons as well as teaching his own children and 7 grandchildren to ski. In this week's Park City Story, he takes a look back at that lengthy career and the changes in teaching techniques, ski shape and snow making...
There aren’t many people living in Park City these days who can say they have skied every season at Park City Mountain Resort. One of them is Tom Clyde – who grew up in Salt Lake City, but now calls Woodland home. Clyde was just a kid when the Park City resort opened December 21st 1963 and in this week’s Park City Story he looks back at what Park City was like some 50 years ago…
Park City’s new mayor Jack Thomas has deep roots in Park City. His grandparents were married here and he starting coming up to stay at his Great Aunt Mame’s house at 39 King Road in the 1950s’. As a lifelong skier, he used to ski race in high school and participated in the Knudson Cup. In this week’s Park City Story, Thomas takes a look back at his last ski race he competed in.
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.
After working in Vail, Jim Tedford moved to Alta to help Jim McConkey build the Alta Lodge in the early 1960's. McConkey was then hired as the new ski patrol director of the soon to open Treasure Mountains ski resort and Tedford found his way to Park City in October 1863 to work on the ski patrol.
In this week's Park City story, Tedford recalls that opening season as well as Park City's all important apres ski opportunities in the early 60's.
40 years ago, in an act of self-preservation, long time ski school instructor Dan Steffen developed the Ski Interim program – a 4 week college course that taught college students from all across the country the Fundamentals of Skiing at the Park City Ski Resort.
For about 700-hundred dollars, student skiers could ski for half a day and spend the rest of the day in the classroom learning about the evolution of skiing as well as the science of avalanches AND get college credit.