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Lift ticket reselling prompts complaints to Park City police

Jay Hamburger THE PARK RECORD

The Park City Police Department recently fielded two complaints about lift ticket reselling, a practice that was outlawed inside the city limits last spring.

In at least one of the cases it appeared that someone was attempting to resell a lift ticket. Public police logs were not clear about the other one. Both of the cases were reported on the 1300 block of Lowell Avenue, the same block number as Park City Mountain Resort’s street address.

On Sunday, Jan. 5 at 12:33 p.m., the police received a report that a resale was happening and the person who contacted the police asked for assistance. Police logs indicated the person who contacted the police wanted a citation issued.

On Tuesday, Dec. 31 at 10:13 a.m., meanwhile, someone contacted the Police Department requesting to talk to an officer about people reselling tickets. It was not clear from the police logs whether the Dec. 31 case involved someone attempting to sell lift tickets or whether the person who contacted the police only wanted information about the City Hall law prohibiting the practice.

In a prepared statement, PCMR President and General Manager Jenni Smith said the resort "takes its responsibility in upholding that law seriously."

"When we observe tickets being sold illegally on our property, we notify Park City police and let them deal with the case appropriately," Smith added.

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The Park City Council enacted the law with the support of PCMR and Deer Valley Resort. The resorts were concerned that lift tickets sold on the secondary market, typically below the price at the ticket window, could cut into their own sales. There was also concern, particularly at PCMR, that someone buying a lift ticket on the secondary market would not understand what privileges it included. The resort offers numerous add-ons to lift tickets that are not readily apparent by looking at a lift ticket.

"Among other things, enforcing this law helps protect our guests from unknowingly purchasing lift tickets that are invalid or whose privileges are misrepresented by a secondary seller," Smith said in the statement.