Thousands of people visit Park City every year for its excellent skiing, beautiful scenery and vibrant local culture. But many visitors do not know that it also has an amazing history which began after the area was settled by Mormon pioneers. Park City was home to one of the biggest silver mining camps in the country and has an interesting heritage just waiting to be discovered. The area has since become a premier skiing destination and has been home to many world class athletes as well as hosting the famous annual Sundance Film Festival.
The History of Park City Told by our Utah Ski Resort
Early Mormon pioneers traveled through Park City to establish Salt Lake City before they returned and built a toll road. The basin at the top of the canyon was good for grazing and some families settled in the area. It was known as “Parley’s Park City” at the time. Silver, gold and lead was discovered in the area and it flourished until almost becoming a ghost town when the price of silver dropped and The Great Depression arrived.
A fire almost destroyed the town in 1898 and it faced another crisis in 1902 when 34 miners were killed in an explosion. The town was in desperate need of a new industry, when some miners proposed a ski resort called Treasure Mountain which ended up saving the town. It is believed that as early as the 1920s, miners used underground trains and shafts to access the mountain for skiing.
The resort opened in 1963 on 10,000 acres of land the miners owned with mineral rights. That was essentially the beginning of America’s ski industry and since then Park City has housed more tourists than residents. It now has several million annual tourists and had a large part in the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.
Interested in a Utah Ski Resort Vacation? Come Visit Park City Peaks
Currently there are more than 1000 miles of old silver mine tunnels beneath the slopes at Park City Mountain Resort and its neighbor Deer Valley. The main street also has 64 Victorian buildings which are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Our free shuttle can drop you off in the historic district and you will explore the interesting downtown area within minutes. Park City Peaks offers a combination of rustic charm and stylish modern accommodation. We also have helpful amenities such as complimentary WiFi, underground parking and meeting facilities.
The Utah Olympic Park might be famous for hosting the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, but there are also plenty of other exciting year round activities for tourists to enjoy. It’s no surprise that hundreds of people flock to Utah Olympic Park every year. From the steepest zip line in the world to breath-taking bobsledding, there is something for everyone. Here are some essential activities recommended by Park City Peaks.
Things to do in Park City During Summer – Bobsledding, Adventure Parks and More.
Guided Tours – These daily tours take you through Utah Olympic Park and tell you about the amazing stories that still inspire world class athletes today.
Adventure courses – These three different tree courses are very safe and a great way to challenge yourself while getting a excellent view of the Park City scenery.
Comet Bobsled Ride – Take a thrilling ride down the Olympic track with a professional pilot and reach speeds of up to 70mph.
Extreme Zipline Ride – If you’ve always wondered what it felt like to be an Olympian jumping off the K120 Nordic ski jump this is the place for you. There’s also a freestyle zipline which is a bit less scary for children and beginners.
Alpine Slide – Take a sled and enjoy a fast ride down this exciting sliding track which features a 300 degree sweeping turn at the end.
Summer freestyle private lessons – Try some water skiing with help from professionals and also bounce on training trampolines.
Chairlift ride – Enjoy a relaxing trip to the top of the mountain while you discover some stunning views of the park.
Looking for More Things to do in Park City During Summer? Stay with us!
Our friendly Park City Peaks staff can recommend plenty of fun things to do in this beautiful town. Hiking and biking trails are easily accessible from our north lawn and we can also help you find public transport into the quaint historic district. The “swim in swim out” heated pool is a great way to enjoy the sun and we have many other great amenities such as a gift shop, sauna, spa and much more. View the Park City Peaks website to make a reservation and check our room rates.