Another mine shaft rips open in Deer Valley |

Another mine shaft rips open in Deer Valley

by Jay Hamburger THE PARK RECORD

Deer Valley Resort workers on Friday morning discovered an opening in the ground leading into a historic mine shaft, the third such case in the vicinity since the spring.

Emily Summers, a spokesperson for the resort, said a member of the mountain-operations team found the opening during routine rounds on Deer Valley property. The opening is situated off the Orion ski run at an elevation of approximately 9,000 feet, she said.

Summers did not immediately have information about the dimensions of the opening. She said the opening is at the top of the historic White Pine mine.

Deer Valley staffers Friday morning were putting up barricades and posting signs warning people of the hazard. Summers said people using Empire Canyon for recreation purposes should avoid the area near the top of the Orion run.

Summers said Deer Valley officials will consider options for closing the opening, but a process had not been decided by Friday.

The discovery followed shortly after a similar find in Deer Valley. An opening leading into a historic mine shaft was found at the intersection of two ski runs in the Lady Morgan section of the resort in June. The opening was of significant size, the resort said then.

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A few weeks before the discovery in the Lady Morgan section of Deer Valley, meanwhile, a caved-in historic mine shaft was found in nearby Empire Canyon, outside resort property.

Park City was founded as a mining camp in the 19th century, and the industry dominated the economy for decades before giving way to skiing in the later half of the 20th century. There are mining-era sites still scattered throughout the Park City area.