Park City Mountain Resort continues 50th-anniversary with spring activities
Park City Mountain Resort is scheduled to wrap its 2013-14 season on Easter Sunday, April 20, but before it closes its gates to prepare for the summer, it has a slew of fun-filled and family-friendly events scheduled throughout the spring, said Matt Gebo, director of marketing for Park City Mountain Resort.
"We have typically done some spring events, but this year is a little more full because its our 50th-anniversary season," Gebo told The Park Record. "We’ve added a few things and enhanced some things that we have done in past seasons."
The spring season starts Saturday, March 8.
"We will kick it all off with the Corona Ski Beach, which is a new thing," Gebo said. "We’ll be holding it around the midstation of the PayDay lift where people would typically disembark during the summer season."
The Ski Beach will feature barbecues, drinks, games and DJ Matty Mo from noon until 3 p.m.
"It looks like the weather forecast will be sunny and in the mid 40s," Gebo said.
Every Saturday following, the resort will host it’s weekly Miller Lite Aprés Concert Series at the PayDay deck, located on the second floor of the Legacy Lodge.
Bands scheduled to appear include Lash Larue, Ugly Valley Boys and the Sideshow Ramblers.
"We have a great list of folks who will be performing this season," Gebo said. .
PCMR will also present its annual family Snowasis celebration, from March 21-30.
"We’re in the process of getting that schedule tightened up, but we’ll kick off the weekend with a carnival in the plaza with jugglers, face painters and carnival games and prizes," Gebo said. "We’ll also hold scavenger hunts on the hill and in the base area and a meet-and-greet with the avalanche dogs."
The week will end with a welcome-home celebration for Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety on March 29.
"He’ll sign autographs at the base area and our good friends at Coca-Cola are organizing that," Gebo said.
Speaking of winter sports athletes, PCMR has been selected to host the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame Induction and Skiing History Week from March 31 through April 5.
"The Hall of Fame is housed in Michigan, but visit resorts that are celebrating significant and historical events," Gebo said. "So, they are going to be here to celebrate our 50th anniversary and will induct six new members in a ceremony at the Basin Recreation’s Fieldhouse."
This year’s inductees are extreme skier Scot Schmidt, freestyle pioneer and world champion John Clendenin, 2006 Olympic moguls bronze medalist Toby Dawson, freestyle aerials champion Kris Feddersen, globally acclaimed ski film producer Joe Jay Jalbert and ski show pioneer Jerry Simon.
"There will also be events celebrating the history of skiing and snowboarding around the resort and around town, including a free film festival that will be held at the Prospector Theater," Gebo said. "On Friday, April 4, we’ll present a retro-fashion show in conjunction with the Alf Engen Museum at the PCMR plaza."
Another new event, the Bartenders Cup, will be held at the Race Arena area on April 8.
"Park City Mountain Resort has always been sort of the community resort and we wanted to add this fun event," Gebo explained. "It’s not your typical running-gates race. We’re inviting bars and restaurants from around town to get a team together."
Bartenders will mix some clinical mocktails and give them on a tray to a team member who will have to pass through some race gates, he said.
"The tray will then be passed to another team member who will have to maneuver through an obstacle course before crossing the finish line," according to Gebo. "We’re working closely with our friends at Miller Lite and the Park City area to solicit some teams."
Then, from April 15 to April 20, PCMR will welcome the North American debut of the Lib Tech Holy Bowly, an international snowboard gathering and competition.
"The Holy Bowly is one of those legendary snowboard events that has been out there for the past few years," Gebo said. "This is a week-long event that culminates on April 19 when professionals from around the world come out and compete in this event."
The Lib Tech Holy Bowly has been held exclusively in Japan and organizers wanted to bring it to the United States this year.
"Naturally, they thought of Park City and our incredible terrain park and crews, especially after last year when we hosted the Transworld TransAm," Gebo said. "We built a similar skate-bowl set up, which was something that they were looking for. And we’re ecstatic that they chose us to be the venue."
Spring at PCMR ends with an Easter-themed celebration on April 20, featuring a kids-exclusive hunt in the Kids Korral and resort-wide hunt for everyone.
"Having the Easter Bunny and the egg hunts are great ways to celebrate the final day of the season," Gebo said. "We will very carefully hide two golden eggs somewhere around the resort and the people who find those will get a free 2014-15 PCMR season pass."
Of course the events and schedules could change because of the weather.
"Our plan is to make it through April 20, but of course, all of us in the ski and snowboard industry have to rely on Mother Nature," Gebo said. "So far, we don’t see any issues with that."
Spring at Park City Mountain Resort is always a special time for families and Gebo is happy to be part of the whole celebration.
"We know we’re one of the top family resorts in the United States and want to make sure our families feel like we’re a place they want to bring their kids," he said.
For more information about spring at Park City Mountain Resort, visit http://www.pcmr.com.
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