Park City, Utah is a growing ski resort town turned hi-tech city in Wasatch and Summit counties in Utah. It is now part of a growing mountainous suburban sprawl area that includes the newer development of Deer Valley built in 1981. Too many, Park City has lost it’s once famous small town mining charm it once had in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s and to many has become an unregulated and overdeveloped suburban sprawl region built for the trendy and rich. Average median income in 2000 was 77,137 and is way higher today. Construction of ski runs and homes seems to have no regulations now, with many ugly gigantic mansions built right on top and in the middle of mountains and ski trails! Gone are the pristine views and charm this past sleepy resort area once had.
Park City, is one of the many major ski and outdoors resort cities/towns in Utah, the others being Alta, Brighton, Snowbird, Brian Head, Sundance, and Moab, St. George for mountain biking. Park City is at the junction of the Wasatch and Uinta Mountain ranges and technically on the back section of the Wasatch Range, with a base elevation of 7000 feet. The city is 20 miles Southeast of downtown Salt Lake City and five miles south of Kimball Junction and Interstate 80 Freeway. The year round population is now 8,100, which is huge compared to the 1980 population of just 2,800. And each year, the tourist population greatly exceeds the number of permanent residents in winter.
After a population decline following the shutdown of the area's past silver mining industry in the 1950s, the city rebounded during the 1980s and 1990s through a huge expansion of its ski runs and Deer Valley. The city has three famous major ski resorts: Park City Resort, Deer Valley Ski Resort, and The Canyons Ski Resort. The Park City and Deer Valley ski areas were the major venues for alpine skiing and snowboarding events at the past successful 2002 Winter Olympics. Although they get less snow and have a smaller ski season than do their competition in Salt Lake County, like Snowbird and Alta ski resorts, Park City has grown faster and attracted tons of businesses since it is more open and not in a canyon like most Utah Ski Resorts.
Park City's outdoor-oriented and hi-tech businesses now include such famous businesses as Google, Tahlia, Mrs. Fields, Nike, EMC, Columbia Sportswear, Crocs, backcountry.com and Rossignol which attract the young trendy hi-tech professionals that want to live there and can afford it. The city now has many upscale luxury designer night clubs, retailers, clubs, bars, and five star restaurants, and has many nearby areas like - forests, reservoirs, hot springs for hiking, swimming, and biking.
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