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Mountain High Outfitters ascends into Park City

Grand-opening weekend includes ribbon cutting and demonstrations

Mountain High Outfitters grand opening weekend

  • When: 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23, and 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24
  • Where: 2417 W High Mountain Rd Unit #18
  • Web: facebook.com/mhoutfitters
Christopher Groom stands outside his new shop, Mountain High Outfitters, located at the base of Pendry Park City at Canyons Village. Groom has wanted to open a Mountain High Outfitters in Park City since he first visited the town during the Sundance Film Festival.
Photo by Collie Dix

One would think a retailer called Mountain High Outfitters would have originated in a place like Park City. But truth be told, the store that will celebrate a grand opening at Canyons Village this weekend is mostly known for its branches located in the south, said owner Christopher Groom.

“My current locations are in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and Florida,” Groom said in an email interview. “I have dreamed of having a store in Park City since the earlier days when the Outdoor Retailer (conference) was in Salt Lake, and we used to visit for the Sundance Film Festival.”

Groom began working to open a Mountain High Outfitters in Park City in August 2021 when the Big Gear came to Deer Valley, he said.



Big Gear is a trade show that targets paddlesports, climbing, camping and cycling.

I have dreamed of having a store in Park City since the earlier days when the Outdoor Retailer (conference) was in Salt Lake…” Christopher Groom, Mountain High Outfitters owner

Earlier this year, Groom’s dream came true, and he procured a space measuring 1,800 square feet at Pendry Park City, 2417 W High Mountain Rd Unit #18, at Canyons Village.



The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays. It will celebrate a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23 and host a grand opening, starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Groom said.

“We will have a Hoka shoe demo and trail run at 9 a.m., and many brands, such as Kuhl, Altra, Thread Wallets will be in attendance,” he said. “We will have swag bags with gift cards and two large sign-ups to win giveaways, along with food and drinks and some discounts.”

To prepare to open up a Mountain High Outfitters in Park City, Groom said he had to reexamine his catalog.

“We definitely have made some adjustments to our inventory, and one of my goals was to bring some brands of apparel that are not represented in (Park City’s) market,” he said. “(I wanted to) add more unique and edgy offerings as well as be the place to come and be known for footwear from both road and trail running, hiking and overall casual styles.”

Another goal for Groom is to get involved with the community.

“(I would like to) get ingrained with the schools, youth sports, nonprofits and healthcare, as well as cultivate a community for running and hiking with weekly runs and hikes as we roll into spring 2023,” he said.

Mountain High Outfitters, which will celebrate a grand opening this weekend at Canyons Village, has shops in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and Florida. This weekend’s event will include a ribbon cutting, product demonstrations and opportunity drawings.
Photo by Collie Dix

In the meanwhile, Groom is grateful to open a Mountain High Outfitters in the area. 

“It is an absolute blessing to have the opportunity with all my other locations in the southeast  and showcase what MHO is about and to connect with this amazing community, town and the recreation area,” he said.


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