PCMR skiers caught in out-of-bounds Scott’s Bowl
February 23, 2019
The Park City Police Department issued citations to two people in mid-February after they were seen skiing in an upper-elevation bowl that once was part of Park City Mountain Resort but is now out of bounds as a result of the resort losing a lease for the land.
The case was reported to the Police Department early in the afternoon on Feb. 16. The two skiers are friends in their mid-20s, the police said. One is from Park City and the other is from North Dakota, according to the Police Department.
PCMR said the two skiers entered Scott's Bowl, which is located off the Jupiter lift. Scott's Bowl is one of two tracts of terrain once within the resort boundaries. The other is West Scott's Bowl. The two areas are no longer part of the resort, though. Many PCMR skiers and snowboarders saw the two bowls as some of the resort's most attractive experts-only terrain.
Jay Randall, a police sergeant, said PCMR ski patrollers saw tracks leading into the terrain, followed the tracks and found the two people. The Police Department issued misdemeanor citations for skiing in a closed area. He said the counts cover skiing out of bounds as well. Randall said the two skiers "crossed clearly marked boundaries."
In a prepared statement provided at the request of The Park Record, the resort confirmed the incident. It explained there are concerns about safety in Scott's Bowl since it is no longer within the resort.
"This terrain contains avalanche potential and because it is closed and outside the ski resort boundary, avalanche mitigation work is not performed," the statement from PCMR said.
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The Feb. 16 incident followed two months after PCMR announced in mid-December it had closed Scott's Bowl and West Scott's Bowl, indicating the landowner opted not to renew the lease. The agreement was in place for longer than 14 years, the resort said at the time. The resort said then it was likely the terrain would not open during the 2018-2019 ski season. The terrain remains on the PCMR trail map posted on the resort's website.
The landowner is a firm called Silver King Mining Company. It has origins dating to Park City's silver-mining era of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The president of the Silver King Mining Company said at the time the land that had been leased to PCMR covered approximately 115 acres. The firm said in December there had been a lease and a series of renewals negotiated with the former owner of PCMR, describing that Silver King Mining Company accepted lift passes as compensation for the use of the land.
Silver King Mining Company and the current owner of PCMR, Vail Resorts, were unable to reach a long-term agreement, though. The failure to reach an agreement triggered the closure of Scott's Bowl and West Scott's Bowl.
The president of Silver King Mining Company, Jack Gallivan, said in an interview he was not aware of the incident on Feb. 16 until contacted by The Park Record on Friday. He said the terrain is dangerous since there is no avalanche control performed. He is pleased the Police Department issued citations.
Three weeks ago, Gallivan said, he saw approximately six people on skis traversing Scott's Bowl. They were "clearly on our land," he said.
"It's quite a concern to me. They could have kicked loose that slide," Gallivan said.
Gallivan said there have been no recent talks between Silver King Mining Company and PCMR about the long-term future of Scott's Bowl and West Scott's Bowl.