Long before Park City, population 8,000, became a world-class mountain resort and venue for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, it was famous as a silver mining town, and boasts a lively and colorful past. The mining company, Park City Consolidated Mines, started the ski business in 1963, when they built the first lifts. The Park City area now has three world-class resorts: Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley Resort, and the Canyons Resort.
Park City is one of the wealthiest cities in the United States and is notable in Utah for having a large number of northern and central European immigrants from countries such as Norway and Switzerland. In the summertime many valley residents of the 2,000,000 strong Wasatch Front visit the town to escape high temperatures since Park City is usually cooler, being that Salt Lake City sits at an elevation of approximately 4,000 feet above sea level and Park City is mostly above 7,000 feet on the back slopes of the mountain peaks that border the Salt Lake Valley.In the summer, Park City remains a very popular destination. The mountains are even more beautiful once the snow melts, and visitors can ride the tram up and descend on foot, mountain bike, or alpine slide. It's hard to imagine running out of things to do in Park City in the summertime. There's just so much to experience like hayrides and hot air balloons, golf courses and tennis courts, fly-fishing and climbing walls. And that's just the beginning. There really is something for everyone.