Park City Museum celebrates 50 years of Park City skiing
November 22, 2013
In 1963, United Park City Mines Company opened Treasure Mountain ski resort.
That started the half-century avalanche that would see Park City Mountain Resort become a mecca for winter-sports enthusiasts from around the world.
Since this is PCMR’s 50th anniversary, the Park City Museum decided to celebrate with a new, locally-produced exhibit, "Mines to Moguls: 50 Years of Park City Skiing."
The exhibit will open Saturday, Nov. 23, in the Tozer Gallery and run through May 25, 2014.
Some of the items on display are from the museum’s archives, said Courtney Titus, curator of collections for the Park City Museum.
"We really wanted to pull things from our own collection that normally don’t get to see the light of day," Titus told The Park Record. "But we’ve also borrowed many items from people in the community.
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The museum has been collecting items from the public for the exhibit since May.
"We held a show-and-tell night where residents brought in some of their old skis and equipment," Titus said. "We took notes and used them to track down what we wanted to show.
"We contacted the people who attended the show-and-tell night to see if they would allow us to borrow their things," she said.
The items date from the present back to the 1960s and include items from Jim Tedford and the Park City Ski School, two sets of skis from Park City Historical Society’s Hal Compton and skis from Olympic gold medalists Stein Eriksen and Ted Ligety.
Eriksen is represented in his own display that features a sweater his mother knitted him in Norway and a case of filmed ski lessons, Titus said.
"The lessons can be viewed by a person through a hand-held Super 8 film mechanism," she said. "You can reverse the film or slow it down with your hand."
"From Mines to Moguls" will also include an interactive gondola on loan from Park City Mountain Resort.
"Visitors can sit in it and watch a 3-minute video narrated by Larry Warren that tells about the gondolas at PCMR," Titus said. "Tom Clyde wrote the script."
In addition to the gondola, the exhibit will feature other interactive displays.
"We have a timeline where people can place a colored dot in the year they started skiing in Park City," Titus said. "The colors represent different age groups, so we are hoping we have people who started earlier than 1963 up to now. And it will be fun to see this grow."
The other interactive display is designed for children and families.
"They can color in some cutouts of skiers and snowboarders and put them on a board that looks like a ski slope," Titus explained.
There will be a total of 12 display cases and another section that will include more than a wall’s length of skis and snowboards.
One of the cases is about the late Craig Badami and his partnership with the Women’s U.S. Ski Team.
"The ski team wore headwear in the 1980s that Craig had the design to show his name along with Park City’s name," Titus said. "So people began seeing and wondering about Park City."
Badami also thought the World Cup races should be more like a celebration, and he was the one who decided to hire local musicians to perform at the event, Titus said.
"He would perform his harmonica with local bands including Johnny and the Rockers," she said. "We have his harmonica on display in the exhibit."
Another case represents the National Ability Center, a nonprofit organization that provides outdoor recreational activities to people of all abilities.
It features an outrigger, which is a pole with a ski on it that is used for the Paralympics.
"The NAC’s original base was at Park City Ski Area, because it had excellent teaching terrain," Titus said. "The outrigger from the 2002 Paralympics was in our collection."
The exhibit’s narrative panels that feature photos and information were created by the museum staff and independent contractors.
"We worked with the exhibit design team headed by Mark Morrison and Mike Scanlon who we used for the rest of the museum," Titus said. "They gave us a plan and came up with ideas."
The museum staff wrote the text and chose the photos and had it all printed in Salt Lake.
"Most of the photos were selected from the Park City Historical Society’s collection," she said. "Sometimes when we didn’t have a photo, but wanted something that illustrated one of the things we were trying to show, we would borrow a picture."
There was a lot to cover in PCMR’s 50 years, and it was a challenge deciding what needed to be covered and what could only be touched upon.
"I hope we covered everything, because we have limited space," Titus said with a laugh. "We did try to do as much as we could. We’re hoping the exhibit will connect with people."
The Park City Museum, 528 Main St., will open its "Mines to Moguls: 50 Years of Park City Skiing" exhibit on Saturday, Nov. 23. From Treasure Mountain in 1963 to the 2002 Winter Olympics, Park City transformed from a dying silver-mining town into a ski-industry mecca. The museum will also host its annual Dungeon Party on Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. The event, which allows museum members to renew their memberships, will celebrate the opening of the museum’s newest exhibit, "Mines to Moguls: 50 Years of Park City Skiing." Refreshments will be provided by the Riverhorse on Main. For more information, including hours and pricing, please contact the Park City Museum: 435-649-7457 or http://www.parkcityhistory.org