New initiatives seek to secure the town’s past and also delve into the future |

New initiatives seek to secure the town’s past and also delve into the future


To truly optimize its potential, a community must be able to look forward and back. This week, Park City proved it is willing to do both.

Wednesday the town kicked off the first of what is hoped will become an annual event, a festival dedicated to innovation. The intent is to establish Park City as a hub for provocative thinking in a variety of fields.

This year’s theme was Innovation in Human Peak Performance and drew experts from disciplines as varied as neuroscience and freestyle skiing.

The inaugural conference seemed to have hit a homerun in Park City, where a session on advances in outdoor products, for instance, drew a standing-room-only crowd. Other speakers focused on transportation and energy strategies, aerospace advances and changing financial technologies.

Organizers say one of the event’s goals is to draw business travelers during the relatively quiet tail end of the ski season, but they are also hoping the gathering will become known as a catalyst for solving some of the world’s knottiest problems.

At the same time, while Thin Air attendees were contemplating hyperloops and aquaponics, a group of history buffs convened at Park City Mountain Resort to celebrate the launch of a new effort to restore some of the city’s quintessential mining relics.

The old ramparts that dot the slopes around the resort add immeasurably to Park City’s unique charm, but the few that remain have suffered at the hands of Mother Nature and benign neglect.

While it would be easy to sigh, say goodbye to them and move on, a consortium of leaders from Park City Mountain Resort, The Park City Museum and Park City Municipal have a better idea. On Friday they announced the formation of a new organization, Friends of Ski Mountain Mining History, and with generous seed money from the resort they hope to raise additional funds to stabilize and restore those character-laden treasures.

Thanks to the commitment of the Friends of Ski Mountain Mining History and the vision of the Thin Air Festival organizers, Parkites can continue to capitalize on a rich legacy from the past while also pioneering new technologies for the future.

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