Park City, Utah, was settled in the mid-1800s and became a boomtown when silver, lead and gold was discovered in the 1860s. Park City maintained a large population and a steady flow of wealth until the mid-1950s when the price of silver dropped drastically. With all the mines shut down, Park City almost went ghost until the “Parkite” miners proposed building a ski resort, an idea that would bring wealth back to the local economy.
Utah Olympic Park
Originally the site of the winter Olympic Games in 2002, Utah Olympic Park is now a public park as well as a training facility for athletes. The park has free admission and offers guided tours, a weekly freestyle exhibition, an adventure course and a few rides including zip lines and a summer bobsled ride.
The Utah Olympic Park offers several year-round camps for future athletes and athletes in training, including freestyle and free skiing, luge, bobsled and skeleton, Nordic skiing, Alpine skiing and a youth multi-sport camp.
Indoor sport camps include speed skating, hockey, curling, figure skating and a multi-sport camp.
Park City Mountain Resort
Home of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games Alpine Giant Slalom venue, Park City Mountain Resort is a prime skiing destination featuring skiing, snowboarding, tubing and sledding. As a part of the top 10 family resorts in North America, Park City Mountain Resort offers access to more than 3,000 acres of runs, several skiing and snowboarding schools, private lessons, four terrain parks and the largest super pipe in the country.
After the snow melts, Park City Mountain Resort opens in the spring and offers mountain biking and hiking trails, zip lines, an alpine coaster and scenic rides on the ski lifts. Park City Mountain Resort also has a lift that goes from the resort to the downtown area of Park City.
The Egyptian Theatre was built in the 1920s and lovingly restored in the 1990s. This theatre offers events such as improv, stand-up, professional plays and live music. It also offers movies during the Sundance Film Festival. With reasonable prices and a nostalgic atmosphere, the Egyptian Theatre is a great way to end a day of sightseeing, skiing, shopping or dining in Park City.
Kimball Art Center
The Kimball Art Center features three galleries, which offer 20 visual art exhibits during the year. The Kimball Art Center also offers workshops throughout the year for aspiring artists, which can include photography, ceramics and metalsmithing, as well as paints, pencil and charcoal. The Kimball Art Center also organizes and hosts the annual Kimball Arts Festival in the fall.
Today Park City has a population of just under 8,000 residents, but draws about 4 million visitors a year. The area offers 14 ski resorts, hiking and biking trails, over 100 restaurants, golf courses and water-sports. Park City hosts special events year-round such as the Sundance Film Festival, Park City Food and Wine Classic, The Enduro Cup and live music including The Deer Valley Music Festival and the Big Stars, Bright Nights Summer Concert series.