Visiting Park City, Utah

Published Date Author: , December 11th, 2013

Utah mapIn 2002, the Winter Olympics took place in Salt Lake City, which put the destination in the public’s eye. The city grew, loosened its necktie (minimally, some will argue), and proved to be welcoming to all types of travelers. But it’s not Salt Lake City that won the gold medal for tourism, it was Park City just 30 minutes away that hosted a number of the Olympic Games. It was also Park City, not Salt Lake, that was home to unbeatable skiing, great mountain biking, and a community that welcomed people with open arms. Park City eventually grew to become one of the top destinations in the world for outdoor recreation, luxury hotels, and, of course, a small little film festival called Sundance.

While the Olympics helped facilitate growth, Park City had already served as an otherwise esoteric tourism destination, mostly for highbrow skiers. In the late 1800s, the city was founded as a silver mining town, but when that industry crashed it became a ghost town (both literally and figuratively, considering its “paranormal” history).

It wasn’t until 1963 when Park City Mountain Resort opened that wealthy skiers went beyond bunny slopes and began to bring out the whole family. In 1981, Deer Valley skiing started to develop. Not only were tourists coming, they were renting apartments and staying all season. It was more “word of mouth” then, like a best-kept secret, where they have miles and miles of great skiable terrain all to themselves. Now, millions of outdoor enthusiasts around the world not only witness some of the state’s best scenery on their cable TV, many also personally experience it.

Authored By Jimmy Im – See the Full Story at Passport Magazine

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