1963 to 1981: The Early Resort Years (Treasure Mountains, Park City West, Snow Park)

The first few years of the skiing industry in Park City were not the most lucrative but showed sufficient promise to continue the operation and development of the ski area. A major push was made in the late 60s and, despite some bumps along the road in the early 70s, the industry finally took hold. In 1974, Park City got a major boost when the US Ski Team relocated from Denver and additional major upgrades were made. The steady growth in popularity culminated in the third and last major skiing area, Deer Valley, opening at the beginning of the 1980s.


Treasure Mountains: In 1963, the Silver King Mining Company after two years of breakneck construction opened the Treasure Mountains Ski Area with the longest gondola in the world, a chairlift, base and summit lodges, and a J-bar. Soon, additional lifts and lodging were added, and the resort changed its name to Park City Ski Area. Some sources claim the name was changed as early as 1966, while others say the name wasn’t officially changed until 1971 when Edgar Stern bought the resort from Silver King Mining, before turning around and selling the resort himself in 1975.


Park City West: This sister resort to Park City Ski Area was opened in 1968. It, too, changed hands and names several times. It was renamed ParkWest in 1975 and has also been known as Wolf Mountain, Canyons, and Canyons Village at Park City. Though this location has long played second fiddle to the swankier main resort area, this alpine area has always been among the biggest ski and snowboard areas in the state.


Snow Park Ski Area: Though it was last to be developed into a major resort, this was one of the early ski areas for miners and their adolescent children. The first makeshift lifts were built at the Snow Park Ski Area from lodgepole pines as early as 1946. You could ski here on the weekend for a buck and a half and included a ski lesson. In 1981, Edgar Stern had made a comeback and was looking to get back into the ski industry. He bought this ski area, developed into a major ski resort, and named in Deer Valley.