If you’re a regular visitor to the Park City area, you probably now that it is a place full of fun and exciting activities and events. All year round, you can go out and enjoy some outdoor activities, and of course, there’s all those great events, such as the Kimball Art Festival and the world-famous Sundance Film Festival. But how much do you really know about Park City? Here are five fun Park City facts about our little town.
Park City Almost Became a Ghost Town
Park City was actually in decline and considered a “ghost town” in the 1950s. Then, a group of miners pitched the idea of creating a ski resort—a last ditch effort to actually save the town. The first resort was called “Treasure Mountain,” and is now Park City Mountain Resort, which is now one of the most popular ski destinations in the country.
The History Behind China Bridge
Most know China Bridge to be the parking garage located on Swede Alley. However, it is actually the name of the bridge that existed so that residents could get from Rossie Hill Drive to Main Street without having to go through Chinatown—the area where the Chinese immigrant workers lived. Oh, and Swede Alley was named for the Swedish immigrants who worked in the sawmills.
Yes, We Have a Distillery
Park City Mountain Resort is the only U.S. ski resort with ski-in/ski out distillery service. You can ski right up to High West Distillery and grab some food and drink and the jump right back on the lift to get back to skiing!
Even More Liquor Fun…
You can experience a “Champagne Sabering Ceremony” every evening. Watch as a champagne bottle is skillfully sheared open with a saber. In the summer, the ceremony takes place on the mountainside deck at 6:30 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. in the winter.
Oh, And the Food…
Park City is home to more than 150 eateries, bars, and restaurants. The culinary landscape is diverse and wide, and many of these establishments are on Park City’s Main Street. Most, if not all others are within walking distance of Main Street or accessible via the free bus system.