Fun in the Snow

24 Jan
Grace Voss skiing down Assessment Trail on a snowy morning

Grace Voss skiing down Assessment Trail on a snowy January morning

(Park City, Utah, January 24, 2013) We awoke to a snowy morning, which meant only one thing to avid skiers – fresh powder! Being the polite Road Scholars that we are, no one wolfed down breakfast or rushed to line up before the lifts opened, but you could sense the enthusiasm for getting outside.

Libbie Brunsvold decided to take in one of the Sundance Film Festival's many offerings

Libbie Brunsvold decided to take in one of the Sundance Film Festival’s many offerings

But because this is Park City and Sundance Week, there was at least one compelling alternative, and several of us opted for some of the early offerings in the Egyptian Theater, the Library, or any of the other venues where movies started as early as 8 am. Needless to say, by 9 am, there wasn’t anyone left in the lodge.

Grace Voss in front of the old Park Consolidated Mining Company building near Bonanza Lift

Grace Voss in front of the old Park Consolidated Mining Company building near Bonanza Lift

Grace Voss and Craig Moyer were generous enough to ride the lifts with us. The snow added magic to the trailside scenery, including the green spruces and white aspens that line the slopes. But it also sparked the imagination as it fell on old mining structures the resort has left standing, softening them, and reminding us of the people who lived here a century ago.

What must it have been like to climb this mountain only to work underground? When did the miners start to ski? And which of them was first to think about building a ski resort when the mines began to fail?

Craig Moyer during a run down Park City's snowy slopes

Craig Moyer during a run down Park City’s snowy slopes

Thinking about history at the top of a ski lift inevitably gives way to other questions – which trail to ride next, or how to take Park City’s intricate web of chair lifts to a new corner of its 3,300 acres of winter fun. Riding lifts whose tops were hidden in snow only added to the anticipation, and the fun, of this amazing program.

No wonder why so many people come back year after year.

 

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