Park City is a well-known mountain resort town that hosted most of the skiing and snowboarding venues for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Park City began as a mining town in the late 1860s; silver was actively mined here up until the early 1970s. Skiing came to Park City in 1963 when Park City Consolidated Mines built the first ski lifts on Treasure Mountain. The population of Park City is about 8,000, a number that is almost always greatly exceeded by the number of tourists in this town.
ECONOMY AND INDUSTRIES
The economy of Park City is strong, with the majority of its economic stability coming from the tourism industry. Park City government officials are hard at work to create a diversified tourist trade that isn't solely focused on skiing. Officials want to draw tourists year round by marketing the city as a second home and golf community. Currently, 53 percent of the area's employment is credited to the travel and recreation industries. Other large employers in the area are the University of Utah Medical Center, the Heber Valley Medical Center, the Park City Library and the Summit County Library.
NEIGHBORHOODS AND DISTRICTS
Some of the city's prominent neighborhoods are:
- Deer Valley: Named for nearby Deer Valley Resort, this is a very high-end neighborhood.
- Silver Springs: Silver Springs is filled with year-round residents and has a good blend of residential, shopping and dining opportunities.
- Kimball Junction: This area of Park City boasts two popular shopping centers and many other shopping and dining opportunities. Kimball Junction offers more affordable home values than other parts of Park City.
- Trailside Park: A family-oriented neighborhood that remains popular with full-time residents.
- Promontory: This private golf community offers two premier golf courses, an equestrian center, a clubhouse for kids and many other amenities.
- Aerie: Located close to Historic Main Street, Aerie has everything, including luxury condos, townhomes and single-family homes.
Park City has several shopping opportunities that include specialty boutiques, traditional malls and several outlet stores. The city is known for having more outlet stores than any other northern Utah location.
- Utah Olympic Park: The park is situated on the northern edge of Park City and hosted Nordic ski jumping, bobsled, skeleton and luge events during the 2002 Winter Olympics. The park is the training center for Olympic athletes and others, and it also boasts a ski museum and a mountain coaster.
- Historic Main Street: The main street in downtown Park City is filled with wooden buildings that house businesses such as recreational services, restaurants, bars, shops, galleries and theater performances.
- Park City also has a 20,000-foot skate park and offers hot air balloon rides.
- Sundance Film Festival, the largest independent film festival in the U.S. Held each January.
- FIS Freestyle World Championships, a freestyle skiing competition held every odd year.
- Park City Marathon, an annual marathon held in June.
- Triple Crown Softball World Series, showcasing fast pitch girls softball teams for girls age 10 to 18.
- Park City International Music Festival, a classical music festival featuring talented chamber musicians and soloists.
- Park City Jazz Festival, an annual jazz festival held in late-August
- Park City Mountain Resort: Park City Mountain Resort has slightly more than 3,000 acres of ski and snowboard terrain. The resort also offers sleigh rides, tubing, snowboarding and more.
- Deer Valley Resort: Deer Valley Resort, which opened in 1981, offers skiing, snowmobiling, ski valets, lesson packages and on-site daycare. Summer activities include mountain biking, hiking and summer adventure camps.
- The Canyons: The Canyons enjoys the distinction of being the largest single ski and snowboard resort in the state of Utah. With two luxury hotels and the best in winter and summer activities, The Canyons scores big by adding an outdoor heated pool and gourmet dining.
DID YOU KNOW?
- There are more than 11,000 restaurant seats in Park City.
- The city's elevation ranges from 6,500 to 10,000 feet.
- The population of Park City was higher in 1900, when it was a mining town, than it is today.
- Parts of the movie Dumb and Dumber were filmed in Park City.
- Barry Sims, football player for San Francisco 49ers, graduated from Park City High School.
- Tanner Hall, freestyle skier, is a Park City native.
- "Blue-collar" comedian Bill Engvall has a residence in Park City.
- Park City is one of the wealthiest cities in the nation.