From the Olympics to presidential visits and from epic accolades to Epic passes, the last 25 years in Park City have been marked by progress, evolution and remarkable growth. All of which, have been covered in the pages of this magazine. As Mountain Express celebrates its 25th anniversary, here’s a look back at the events, fun facts and newsmakers that have filled our pages over the years.
A true “perfect storm” hits the state, with a series of snowstorms and blizzards that dumped over seven feet of snow at Park City resorts.
Utah’s first high-speed six passenger chairlift debuts at Park City Mountain Resort.
The Spur Bar and Grill opens on Main Street and quickly becomes an iconic watering hole for locals and visitors.
Park City marks over one million skier days for the first time in history.
Park City plays host to the XIX Winter Olympic Games, with Park City Mountain Resort hosting the men’s and women’s giant slalom, men’s and women’s snowboarding parallel giant slalom, and both men’s and women’s snowboarding half pipe events. Deer Valley Resort hosted the freestyle moguls and aerials, and alpine slalom events.
Park City records only its third murder in the previous 20 years when Erik Low shoots and kills Michael Hirschey.
Hi Ute Ranch is saved. The iconic barn, nearby ponds and surrounding 200 acres are preserved as open space when Utah Open Lands and the ranch’s owners agree to protect the property and place it in a conservation easement.
KPCW celebrates 25 years as Park City’s public radio station.
Temple Har Shalom, Park City’s first synagogue opens.
Forbes Magazine names Park City one of the 20 “Prettiest Towns in the USA”.
Park City gets its first hospital since the Miner’s Hospital closed in the 1950s. Park City Hospital quickly became nationally recognized for its orthopedic program and high patient satisfaction.
While somewhat protected from the pains of the rest of the nation, Park City still felt the bite from the recession. Th e average sold price for Park City real estate was a ‘mere’ $720,473 (compare to $1,750,000 today).
Deer Valley celebrates five consecutive years of being ranked the #1 ski resort in the world by readers of Ski Magazine. Th e resort
has been ranked in the top three since 1998.
Vail acquires Park City Mountain Resort and merges it with Canyons Resort to become the largest ski terrain in the United States.
Deer Valley announces purchase agreement for Solitude Mountain Resort.’
The city and county collect more tax revenue from tourism than ever before and announce the purchase of open space at Bonanza Flats for $38 million.
While there’s no way to know what the next 25 years will bring, if they’re anything like the last, we’re in for memorable ride.