And not by accident.
The association chose Park City for this year’s event to commemorate the resort’s 50th anniversary. But it was also 40 years ago that the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association’s predecessor opened a training center in old Park City mine buildings, starting the long-term association between the town and the team.
The week’s activities will trace some of the golden moments that have occurred since the resort began as Treasure Mountain for the 1963-64 season. Those include the 1974 Beconta Cup in the emerging sport of freestyle skiing and Park City Mountain’s role as a host of snowboarding and skiing events at the 2002 Winter Olympics.
"Our resort and the sports of skiing and snowboarding have grown together over half a century," said Jenni Smith, PCMR’s president and CEO. "This is a wonderful way to cap off our own golden anniversary season."
After an opening reception Monday in the Alf Engen Ski Museum at Utah Olympic Park, free showings of classic ski movies will take place at 4 p.m. daily in Park City’s Prospector Theatre.
"The Evolution of Freestyle" skiing will be celebrated in a demonstration and party from 4-8 p.m. Friday in PCMR’s Legacy Plaza. The week’s activities will conclude Saturday with the induction of the 2014 class of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame, which is based in Ishpeming, Mich.
This year’s inductees are:
• Aerials athlete, Olympian and ski-industry entrepreneur Kris "Fuzz" Fedderson of the Park City-based Flying Ace Productions;
• Freestyle pioneer John Clendenin;
• Olympic moguls bronze medalist Toby Dawson;
• Skiing filmmaker Joe Jay Jalbert;
• Big mountain skier Scot Schmidt; and
• The late ski-show pioneer Jerry Simon.
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