Powdr Corp. looks for alternate site for Woodward Park City
November 25, 2014
Powdr Corp. remains interested in building an action sports camp in the Park City area, the firm says in an online statement, but the statement does not offer details about the prospects of one being developed locally.
It is not clear when the statement was posted, but it was written sometime after Vail Resorts acquired Park City Mountain Resort since it refers to the acquisition. PCMR had been Powdr Corp.’s flagship resort.
Powdr Corp. had been in discussions with the Park City Planning Commission about developing a Woodward Park City in the period prior to the acquisition. The talks, though, stalled last summer. Powdr Corp. in the summer requested the discussions be delayed until an uncertain date.
The online statement, posted on the Woodward Park City website, offers a brief update.
"Due to the recent sale of Park City Mountain Resort, development of Woodward Park City is on hold. We continue to look at alternative sites for a Woodward Park City facility. Please check back for updates," the statement says.
The statement also says: "Coming soon you will be skating, bouncing and shredding at Woodward Park City, the newest addition to the Camp Woodward Family." It is not clear whether the two parts of the online statement were posted or written at the same time.
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A Powdr Corp. official did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The future of a Woodward Park City camp is one of the unknowns remaining from Vail Resorts’ acquisition of PCMR. The acquisition settled a lawsuit between PCMR and the Vail Resorts-Talisker Land Holdings, LLC side centered on the previous PCMR owner’s former lease of much of the resort’s terrain.
The discussions between Powdr Corp. and the Planning Commission did not seem to be nearing an end when they stalled. Powdr Corp. at the time was seeking an alteration to a 1990s approval for development at the PCMR base area as well as the permit to build Woodward Park City itself. The Planning Commission appeared to be prepared to press issues like parking and the look of the Woodward Park City building. Powdr Corp. proposed to build Woodward Park City on some of the lower parking lots.
The Park City Planning Department said on Monday the Woodward Park City application filed by Powdr Corp. remains active. There has been no movement since the Vail Resorts’ acquisition of PCMR, Francisco Astorga, the City Hall planner assigned to the application, said.
Astorga said the Planning Department intends to eventually ask Vail Resorts about the application. He said the department is able to close an application after six months of inactivity. The six-month window would close later in the winter, he said.
Powdr Corp.’s online statement indicates other sites are under consideration for a Woodward Park City. It is not known which ones are being studied. Powdr Corp., though, owns Gorgoza Park, a tubing facility in the Snyderville Basin. Gorgoza Park is believed to be the most prominent piece of land in the Park City area under the control of Powdr Corp.
Powdr Corp. sees Woodward Park City as a facility that will draw people on a year-round basis, a goal of the resort industry and tourism officials for years. The Woodward Park City website lists programs in a range of winter and summer sports, including skiing, snowboarding, BMX bicycling and skateboarding. Among the features it will include are an indoor skate park and trampolines. There are four Woodward facilities, including in Colorado and the Lake Tahoe region, the website says.