Park City Stories

KPCW News Director Leslie Thatcher took a look at the past 50 years of skiing in Park City, through stories of local skiers and snowboarders.

This special series coincides with the 50 year anniversary of Park City Mountain Resort - once known as Treasure Mountains and the Park City Ski Area.

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Arts & Culture
10:16 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Park City Stories - Jay Meehan

Credit Stan Avery

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.

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6:00 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Park City Stories - Eric Bloomquist

1978 PSIA Ski Academy
Credit Craig "Roper" Pearson

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.

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Park City Stories
2:55 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Park City Stories - Amanda Peterson

Ski with Stein Day
Credit Amanda Peterson

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.

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6:07 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Park City Stories - Ladies Tuesday Ski Group

Credit Francine Valline

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.

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Park City Stories
10:11 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Park City Stories - Clark Parkinson

Credit Special Collections Department at the J. Willard Marriott Library of the University of Utah

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...

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