1981 to 2002: Growing Popularity to International Recognition

As three bona fide ski areas took hold in Park City, the final remnants of Park City’s mining operations disappeared for good. At the same time, alpine sports were becoming a major force in competitive sports. The modern cultural trappings of ski resorts came into existence and ski lift technology started to deliver on volume and convenience in a way that could make these ski resorts were profitable than ever. By checking out this archive of ski maps for Park City Mountain Resort, you can get a sense of the extent of the ongoing mountain and ski area development, as well as the ski maps and marketing campaigns produced during these years.


A series of notable events further ensconced Park City as a major ski destination. The first FIS World Cup held in Park City happened in 1985. By the early 90s, the three ski resorts were receiving nearly a million visitors each year. In a further sign of the diversification and proliferation of alpine sports, snowboarding was finally allowed in 1996. During the same year, Park City Ski Area was officially rebranded Park City Mountain Resort. The resort added its first high-speed 6-passenger chairlift. It was also around this time that the odd sibling rivalry between skiing and snowboarding emerged.


In 1995, Salt Lake City was awarded the 2002 Olympic Games, and Park City was a major part of the city’s Olympic bid and hosting plan. In the end, Park City and its three major ski resorts hosted more than 40% of all the Olympic events. These Olympic Games was the fait accompli as Park City as a premier international destination for skiing and alpine sports.