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
12:45 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Park City Stories - Dan Steffen

A Ski Interim Group
Credit Dan Steffen

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.

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Arts & Culture
12:17 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Park City Stories - Al Davis

Nordic instructor Liv Simonsen is the woman in the white striped sweater behind Stein Ericksen.
Credit Ken Perkins

Al Davis got involved in the early years of the White Pine Nordic Touring Center when he didn’t like the new rules that had been issued by the Park City Ski Area's then ski school director Stein Eriksen.

One winter, back in the mid-1970s, Davis – who had taught plenty of ski lessons but had never been on Nordic skis before - only had to take one thrilling ride down Thaynes Canyon to give up his locked down heel bindings in favor of three pinning.  In this week’s Park City Story, produced and edited by KPCW's Leslie Thatcher, Al Davis remembers that fateful ski tour…

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Special Series
10:52 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Park City Stories - Teri Orr

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.

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Special Series
7:04 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Park City Stories - Susan Badami

L-R: Tamara McKinney, Craig "CB" Badami, Tori Pillinger, Eva Twardokens
Credit Park City Museum

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. 

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Special Series
1:57 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Park City Stories - Karen Korfanta

Karen Korfanta

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.

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Special Series
2:19 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Park City Stories Start Friday

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.

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