Preparing a city for the Winter Olympics is no small feat. While this year’s competition is in full swing in PyeongChang, the effort behind each minute task of getting the mountain ready is nothing short of extraordinary. With 2,952 athletes hailing from 92 countries worldwide, all of whom are set to compete in 102 events across 15 different sports, it’s no surprise that the Winter Olympics in South Korea have cost an approximate $12.9 billion.
As such, it’s indisputable that only so few mountains in the world can host the winter games. As we watch the events unfold from Park City resident lounge 875 Main, we got to thinking—could our local terrain support the Winter Olympics? Well, Salt Lake City played host to the Winter Games in 2002, and, as host of the men’s and women’s snowboarding competitions, Park City proved its idyllic conditions. Now, Utah is, vying to host once again. So, what goes into deciding which locale should host the world’s more important winter games?
Weather conditions are a key factor in deciding which locale will host the Winter Olympics. Yet, it’s extremely difficult to foresee how the season will shape up so far in advance; particularly in an age in which weather patterns are volatile. In fact, PyeongChang hasn’t proved to be an ideal location thus far. With freezing conditions, high winds and little snowfall, it’s possible that the 2018 Olympics may be the coldest on record. Nevertheless, it’s also important to avoid hosting the games in a locale that’s too warm—such as Sochi in 2014.
Does Park City, perhaps, fall between the two? Here, the average temperature in February is 27 degrees, with an average annual snowfall of 340 inches—compared to the national average of 25.8 inches. To top it off, there are 229 days of sun per year and Park City has the largest mountain resort in all of North America. Thus, there’s no denying that the mountain has tremendous potential to host the winter games, rather than Salt Lake City.
Cities that want to host the Olympics are required to prove to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that they have the best plan to make the events a sure success. After all, locales that host the Olympics are fated to have a substantial influx of revenue, while many also experience a thorough revitalization afterward. Cities are judged on both their history and infrastructure—can the area support massive crowds of athletes and tourists?
Consistently ranked amongst the best ski towns in America, while simultaneously being the largest of all, Park City Mountain Resort has the undeniable bones to host an event as momentous as the Olympics. Although relatively small in size, it’s is also one of the wealthiest locales in America, attracting countless tourists and boasting economic supremacy that is so crucial to an Olympic site. So, if you are to take into consideration a city’s structural breadth and economy, Park City Mountain Resort is a sure win-win. Could all of us at Victory Ranch be just 15 minutes away from the 2030 Winter Olympic games in the U.S.? All things considered, it’s certainly possible. And we’d get a front row seat to it all.