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Park and ride: checking out the biggest resort in the USA

Posted by on Feb 25, 2016

My memories of Salt Lake City and its surrounding resorts were forged against the backdrop of September 11.

There for the 2002 Winter Olympics, less than five months after the attacks, it was a surreal and unnerving time.

Snipers in the hills, extraordinary security arrangements and an almost tangible (and understandable) paranoia pervaded these Games.

The Australian dollar sat at 48.5 cents and Utah state law seemingly made it easier to get a gun then a beer. Steven Bradbury won his country’s first Olympic Games gold medal in 66 years when everyone else fell over. A little over a day later aerial skier Alisa Camplin won the second.

It was a strange time and then some.

Fourteen years on and I was back in Park City for the first time since the Games.

How has this place changed? Let me count the ways. And perhaps talk about a few things that have stayed the same …

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