In the Woodward park at Copper. (Woodward Copper/Facebook)
In a bit of an ironic twist, the former owner of Park City Mountain will build a Woodward action sports facility north of the city – a project originally planned for the base of the Utah ski and snowboard mountain.
Powdr Corp., which sold Park City Mountain resort to Vail Resorts in 2014 after contentious litigation, got the OK from county officials to construct a 52,000 square-foot indoor adventure park, plus a four-seat chairlift that will serve a teaching hill, mountain bike trails and a skate park.
The new facility will be on Powdr-owned property known as Gorgoza Park. It sits alongside I-80 where a Powdr-owned tubing hill operates. When built, the complex also will have indoor trampolines, ramps, foam pits, several pump tracks, a concrete skate park, a digital media studio, food court, lounge, coffee house, and a party room.
Before the sale to Vail – and during difficult negotiations – Powdr said it would put a Woodward facility at the base of Park City Mountain even as Vail operated the mountain. With the sale, those plans went away and Powdr turned its attention to the Gorgoza Park location.
A recent meeting of the regional planning commission drew a full house of both supporters and opponents, according to the Park Record newspaper. The property is located between residential neighborhoods, and some of those living there came to question its impact on them.
On the other hand, a number came to testify as to the benefits other Woodward facilities have had on them and members of their families.
Based in Park City, Powdr operates five Woodward facilities around the United States, as the company moves toward “outdoor adventure” properties beyond mountain resorts. Two of Woodward’s facilities are already at ski and snowboard mountains – Copper Mountain in Colorado and Boreal Mountain in California – that Powdr owns. The company also owns six other mountain resorts, including Pico Mountain and Killlington in Vermont.
The Woodward Park City program will offer skill training and practice in skiing, snowboarding, gymnastics, skateboarding and BMX freestyle bicycling.
“The Woodward facility is different from any other game in town,” says Woodward’s Jody Churich. “Our all-in-one, year-round programming for all ability levels which facilitates a culture built on inclusivity, a key value for Woodward, where skiers learn air awareness from gymnasts, boys learn from girls, videographers skate with Olympic hopefuls, and adaptive athletes train with those of all abilities.