On Saturday morning, Andy Miller hopped on a snowmobile and trekked up the freshly-powdered hills of Park City Mountain Resort to check out the snowstorm that enchanted much of Northern Utah.

Miller, the communications manager for Park City Mountain Resort, noticed that all the employees on the mountain had an extra spring in their step.

"The resort was coming back to life for winter and that snow got everyone even more psyched up for it," he said.

Park City Mountain Resort is scheduled to groom its runs and open its lifts for the first time in the 2012-13 season Saturday, Nov. 17, and thanks in large part to the winter storm nicknamed "Brutus," the resort was socked with just the right amount of snow. Miller said the PayDay, First Time and 3 Kings lifts are expected to be open for business Saturday morning. He said lift-ticket prices are still to be determined and will be announced sometime later this week.

Miller said by the time the storm had died down Sunday afternoon, 24 inches of fresh powder had fallen above the Bonanza Lift at PCMR near the Summit House. He said 30 inches fell near Jupiter Peak.

"The storm was huge. It was awesome," he said. "We made out really well with that storm."

In addition to the natural snow, Miller said the freezing temperatures allowed the resort to begin snowmaking, which fired up Friday evening and have been going each day since.

"It's staying nice and cold for us," he said.


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"It couldn't have been much better than what we got."

The timing of the first significant snowstorm of the season was quite fortuitous for the resort, considering that last week temperatures in Park City eclipsed the low 60s. When asked if the resort had a contingency plan had the storm not delivered a significant powdery punch, Miller said, "I think we kind of saw this storm coming and were feeling pretty good. We knew it was going to bring some snow, and with that in mind, we'd been feeling pretty confident. We got the storm and we're psyched."

Miller said the resort's lifts are scheduled to begin turning around 9 a.m. Saturday and the day will feature entertainment for resort-goers. Members of the Northern Ute Indian Tribe are scheduled to visit the resort plaza to perform a snow dance. Following the snow dance, an après-ski concert featuring local classic rock band Muddpuddle is scheduled to take place at the resort plaza.

Looking forward, PCMR is scheduled to host the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix snowboard and ski halfpipe competition Dec. 17-22. It is the first time the resort has hosted a Grand Prix since early 2010 when the U.S. Olympic halfpipe teams were named during the event.

According to Miller, the newest addition to the resort this season will be Neff Land, a new terrain park at PCMR, which replaces The Ridge. According to www.irideparkcity.tv, the new park will be a progression park with stylistic features and overall atmosphere conceptualized by the Neff design team. Miller said the park is located at the top of the Eaglet Lift.