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PCMR lift tickets: yours for just $25

Early season skiing, at a cut-rate price, courtesy of the Habitat for Humanity chapter serving Summit County and Wasatch County.

The housing group is offering deals on lift tickets to Park City Mountain Resort for the first few weeks of the ski season. PCMR donated 2,000 lift tickets to the group, which is selling them for $25 apiece.

The lift tickets are good through Dec. 19, just before the busy holiday season starts.

Habitat for Humanity is using the donated lift tickets to raise money for a housing development in Old Town. Julie Bernhard, who is the executive director of the local Habitat for Humanity chapter, said she expects to sell each of the lift tickets. If that occurs, the chapter would bring in $50,000.

Bernhard hopes to sell the entire lot of lift tickets by the end of September.

"You can buy 10 and ski 10 days. You don’t have to just buy one," Bernhard said, adding people can purchase an unlimited number of the lift tickets. "It’s an amazing deal. It really is."

Bernhard said 2008 is the first year Habitat for Humanity has worked with PCMR for the program, but the resort has partnered with other not-for-profit organizations annually since early in the decade.

Habitat for Humanity plans to earmark the money raised for a development it plans at 154 Marsac Ave. The group wants to put up two houses. City Hall owns the land but will transfer the ground to Habitat for Humanity once the project is approved.

Bernhard is pursuing the necessary development permits from City Hall, and she hopes for the approvals within a few months. She wants to schedule a groundbreaking in the spring.

Habitat for Humanity has not finalized a budget for the development, but Bernhard anticipates the houses will each cost $150,000 to build.

"It’s critical," she said about the funds she hopes to raise through the donated PCMR lift passes.

PCMR has previously partnered with the Park City Education Foundation and the Park City Historical Society on similar fund-raisers.

Krista Parry, a spokesperson for the resort, said lift tickets purchased at the PCMR windows could cost between $50 and $83 in the early part of the season, depending on the amount of terrain open. The resort is scheduled to open for the 2008-2009 season on Nov. 22.

Parry said the lift-ticket price through Habitat for Humanity is a deal.

"You can’t find $25 tickets anywhere," she said.

The lift tickets are available at Jans Mountain Outfitters and Cole Sport. They can also be purchased from Habitat for Humanity. Call 658-1400 for more information.


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