Park City Gains World Cup Confidence

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Park City, UT, Nov. 1, 2000--Aftertwo days of colder temperatures and 22 inches of snow,mountain personnel at Park City Resort said today theywere confident they would be able to host the scheduledU.S. World Cup opening races set for November 16-19.

With 17 inches of settled snow at mid-mountain thismorning and temperatures cool enough to allowsnowmaking on the giant slalom and slalom courses overthe past two nights, it looks good for hosting theworld's best men and women technical skiers at ParkCity in a couple of weeks. Snowmaking will continuetonight as well, as temperatures are due to dip evenlower over the next 24 hours.

"We are down to the crunch time, but we are still veryconfident we will pull this off," said Melissa O'Brien,the resort's communications manager. "The ideal surfacefor a race course is man-made snow," she added,explaining the resort had been waiting for the rightcombination of cool temperatures and humidity to builda stable base of snow on the competition trails.

Last year's World Cup opening had to be moved to CopperMountain Resort, Colo., when warm temperatures in ParkCity made making enough snow for the World Cup trailsimpossible.