PCMR opens for 50th year
For 50 years now, Park City Mountain Resort has opened its slopes to the skiers and snowboarders of Park City and from around the world.
This year, to celebrate its golden anniversary, PCMR will have several opening day events when the resort opens on Saturday.
From "First Chair" t-shirts for early birds to a concert from Motherlode Canyon Band to the unveiling of its 50th anniversary beer, there are plenty of promotions both on and off the slopes to keep visitors involved.
"We’re giving people all sorts of reasons to come out and help us celebrate," PCMR communications manager Andy Miller said.
As far as lift service goes, PCMR will operate three lifts on opening weekend – PayDay, 3 Kings and First Time. Get there early to receive the t-shirt.
"We’ll have our souvenir first-chair t-shirts for the folks in line early enough to grab the first chair at each of those lifts," Miller said.
The resort opens at 9 a.m., preceded by opening remarks from PCMR president and general manager Jenni Smith.
Miller isn’t sure exactly how many runs will be operational on Saturday, but said there will be plenty of snow for visitors, as well as a makeshift terrain park.
"We’ll have a small park set up in lower 3 Kings," he said. "It’ll be accessible from the 3 Kings lift."
At 2 p.m., the Miller Lite Après Concert Series will kick off with Motherlode Canyon Band playing at the PayDay Deck until 4 p.m.
Additionally, PCMR will be unveiling its new 50th anniversary beer, a light American brown ale.
"That was a cooperative effort between us and Wasatch Brewery," Miller said. "It has a bit of a hoppy aroma and taste to it. It will be on tap at all five of our mountain restaurants this season, and as soon as next week, it’ll be in bottles on store shelves."
For opening weekend, however, visitors will have to check out Legends at Legacy Lodge or Legacy Café for a taste.
With the recent snowfall in Park City, Miller said the opening day should be full of great skiing to match the promotions and events. After a long off-season of waiting, he said he and the PCMR staff are ready to get winter underway.
"They are amped," he said. "It’s just cool this time of year when the seasonal workers start showing up. I think everybody’s excited to get things rolling."
After opening at 9 a.m. the lifts will close at 4 p.m.
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