PARK CITY (ABC4 News) – After five months of enticing skiers and snowboarders to their slopes, Deer Valley and Park City Mountain Resort are now closed and warning them to stay away.
There’s still plenty of good snow up there, both resorts still have over one hundred-inch bases but the lifts are shut down and the owners are asking please don’t sneak onto their property to get in a few more runs.
Self-described ski bum Greg Schirf says he used to do it all the time.
“In the old days they didn’t give a (bleep),” Schirf told ABC4 News. “You’d just go up there and get what you could get early or late. Nobody busted you for goin’ on the mountain.”
Schirf says that’s when PCMR was locally owned. Now it’s operated by the Vail Corporation which warns that hiking uphill or “skinning” to ski or ride is against company policy and potentially a Class B misdemeanor for trespassing.
Snowboarder Elizabeth Wentland says it’s not worth the risk.
“I actually just heard that it’s a big deal if you go up there after the season closes. Like they’ll take away your pass for the next year and it’s big,” Wentland said Monday. “I get it because they don’t want to get sued for people gettin’ hurt on their property, but it kinda sucks that you can’t just hike it.”
A Park City Mountain Resort spokesperson declined an invitation to comment for this story.
As for the decision to close, skiers told me it’s more about the bottom line than the snow conditions.
“How much money do they need to bring in to stay open,” Dave Sturdyvin, a skier from Florida asked. “Especially if 75 or 80 percent of the people have passes which means we’re not paying anything.”
“Why would they not close the resorts? They got their money in November,” Schirf said. “It’s strictly business. It used to be a family business. This is corporate business.”
According to the Park City Municipal Code, entering a resort’s property after the closing date is a Class B misdemeanor is punishable by up to a $1,000 fine and six months in jail…or just about until the time the resort opens again.
Six Utah ski resorts remain open: Solitude (closing 4/14), Brian Head (4/21), Brighton (4/21), Snowbasin (4/21), Alta (4/28) and Snowbird (TBA).