The last chair of Park City Mountain Resort’s winter season crests the unloading platform and drops off three skiers. They glide down to join the 100-plus snowboarders and skiers congregating at midmountain in a polychromatic blur of superhero costumes and vintage neon onesies. Mountain patrol sideslips behind the crowd, politely asking everyone to exit the mountain. But no one really moves. It’s not quite time yet.
Those unforgettable winters—and those we try not to remember—deserve one final blowout before the planks are tucked away for the summer. Park City Mountain Resort hosts an official party—typically a concert—at the Park City base area. Unofficial celebrations, however, dot the hill from Murdock Bowl to Treasure Hollow. “It’s one of those great times when locals come together and celebrate the town they live in. There aren’t many tourists around on closing day, so this is really a day for us,” says Scott Maizlish, a 14-year Park City skier. Maizlish rarely misses closing-day festivities and usually partakes in at least one of the unofficial, on-mountain get-togethers—specific locales that are spread via word-of-mouth.
The parking lots—especially at the base of the First Time chairlift—are privy to barbecues and minglings ranging from sophisticated tabled hors d’oeuvres affairs to folks kicking back in lawn chairs with tall boys. No matter the flavor, it’s all about telling stories and reliving the just-past winter season.
All the doings around the mountain generally kick up around noon and eventually culminate at the Corner Store Pub & Grill (Park City Mountain Resort Center Plaza, thecornerstorebar.com). Live music blares, beer and food flow, costumes are worn, laughter abounds—the last hours of the season are thoroughly relished.
Finally, at around 5 p.m., a parade of skiers and riders glide en masse down Treasure Hollow, both signaling the end of another season and paying homage to what draws us to Park City in the first place: snow.