No wonder the best snow sports athletes in the world like to compete in Park City. Deer Valley and Park City Mountain Resort are experts at hosting the latest in ski and snowboard competition events.
From the super-deluxe halfpipe at PCMR to the perfectly groomed moguls at Deer Valley, skiers and snowboarders have been leaping and twisting all weekend much to the delight of hundreds of spectators. It didn't hurt that the weather delivered an award-winning pattern overnight snow followed by daytime sunshine but rain or shine, the resorts' crews were prepared to offer the athletes top-notch conditions.
You could say that both resorts have been pioneers in developing the sophisticated terrain necessary to showcase the latest aerial halfpipe and slopestyle events. They have been perfecting their facilities ever since the 2010 Olympic Winter Games when these events were still in their infancy.
Since then, extreme skiing and snowboarding competitions have proliferated and have been bringing new fans to the slopes.
Most of the time, though, fans have to be satisfied with watching these feats on a flat screen. And, if you have ever seen them live, craned your neck to see them against a starry mountain sky surrounded by cheering fans, you know what they're missing, even on a jumbo screen.
Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley not only cater to the athletes, they have also recaptured the days when every ski race in Park City was an excuse for a party. This week's Sprint U.S. Grand Prix and FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup have been cause for celebration including up-close-and-personal spectating, fireworks and a street dance.
Some would say this is as good as it gets in Park City. And it is not over. Today, PCMR hosts halfpipe skiing finals from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Eagle Superpipe. Then tonight, Deer Valley will be featuring the ladies' and men's dual mogul finals from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. All of the events are free and spectators are warmly welcomed.
The week wraps up with fireworks and a good night's sleep before the resorts, and the rest of us, start winding up for the next big event.