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0000017b-652b-d50a-a3ff-f7efaee30000KPCW News Director Leslie Thatcher took a look at the past 50 years of skiing in Park City, through stories of local skiers and snowboarders.This special series coincides with the 50 year anniversary of Park City Mountain Resort - once known as Treasure Mountains and the Park City Ski Area.0000017b-652b-d50a-a3ff-f7efaee50000

Park City Stories - Dan Steffen

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Dan Steffen
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40 years ago, in an act of self-preservation, long time ski school instructor Dan Steffen developed the Ski Interim program – a 4 week college course that taught college students from all across the country the Fundamentals of Skiing at the Park City Ski Resort.

   For about 700-hundred dollars, student skiers could ski for half a day and spend the rest of the day in the classroom learning about the evolution of skiing as well as the science of avalanches AND get college credit.

   Dan Steffen had moved to Park City in November 1972 to teach skiing.  By January, he and many of his fellow ski instructors were out of a job when the number of lessons dried up after the Christmas holidays.   In this week’s Park City Story, he tells how in 1974 he launched the first Ski Interim for college kids who used to be on what was known as the  4-1-4 college schedule. 

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Credit Dan Steffen
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Learning to ski the bumps at Ski Interim

Tough but fair, Leslie is the woman most of Park City wakes up with every weekday morning. Leslie has been at KPCW since 1990 and her years at KPCW have given her depth and insight, guiding her as she asks local leaders and citizens the questions on everyone’s minds during the live interviews of the Local News Hour.
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