Nathan Rafferty

Today on the Local News Hour:

Happy 40th Birthday to KPCW!

(07:25) - Summit County Council Member Kim Carson has a recap of yesterday’s meeting.

(21:30) - President and CEO of Ski Utah Nathan Rafferty has details of the 2019-20 ski season – Utah’s 4th best ever despite the early closure due to the pandemic.

(31:40) - Blaire Feulner, founder of KPCW, talks about how the station started 40 years ago and KPCW General Manager Renai Miller talks about the future of the station.

In 1979, the Utah Legislature passed the Inherent Risk to Skiing Act. Republican Sen. Dan Hemmert wants to update that decades-old law with this year’s Senate Bill 228. Hemmert says anyone who skis assumes a risk.

“You are putting on pieces of wood and metal that have a plastic base,” Hemmert said. “You’re getting on snow, and you’re going downhill, and you can go fast, and there are trees and rocks and other people, and things can happen.”

Ski Utah

Utah’s ski season is hopefully beginning in just a few weeks.     And the man in charge of promoting “The Greatest Snow on Earth” says he’s optimistic.    

We talked to the CEO of  Ski Utah, Nathan Rafferty,  shortly after he delivered his report on the State of the Ski Season.

Rafferty said if the upcoming season has half the powder they saw in  2018-19 , he will be excited.

The only problem they had with last year, he said,  is that it had to follow the weak winter season of the year before that.      

Nathan Rafferty, president of Ski Utah has insights into the upcoming ski season. Executive Director of the Community Foundation, Katie Wright and Vail Resorts Meg Steele talk about Live Pc Give PC Annual day of giving. Lynn Ware Peek, Park City Council member has an update on Thursdays council meeting. KPCW’s Station Manager, Renai Bodley Miller talks about KPCW’s role in Park City, its support of the local non profits and a reach out to the community to consider supporting local public community radio.

Local News Hour - May 22, 2019

May 22, 2019

On today’s program Park City School District School Board President Andrew Caplan and Business Administrator Todd Hauber discuss Tuesday's school board meeting regarding master planning, next year’s budget and Standards Based Grading. Ski Utah Director Nathan Rafferty discusses this week’s  announcement on the record set for Utah skier days for the 2018-19 ski season.

An annual 3,000-mile motor race pushing the limits of man and machine through the earth’s deserts is starting on January 6th. The Dakar Rally will be comprised of competitors from across the globe including a Park City resident.

Local News Hour - January 2, 2019

Jan 2, 2019

On today’s program, Park City Board of Realtors new CEO Jamie Hoppe talks about her vision as the new director. Chairman and CEO of the George S. and Delores Dore Eccles Foundation Spence Eccles talks about the recently published report detailing the family foundation’s financial support of Utah nonprofit organizations and Ski Utah President and CEO Nathan Rafferty talks about his departure to Dakar to compete in the Motorcycle Rally. As part of that effort,  he is raising money for the High Fives Foundation.

On today’s program, Assistant Summit County Manager Janna Young discusses the agenda for Wednesday's county council meeting. Ski Utah Director Nathan Rafferty with a look ahead at the upcoming ski season. U.S. Ski and Snowboard Director of Marketing and Communications Tom Webb has an update on the opening of the alpine world cup season and Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission Executive Director Jennifer Yim explains how voters can find information on their judges and make an informed decision on this year's ballot.

Despite the lackluster snow this past winter, enough snow riders enjoyed the slopes to make the 2017-2018 one of the top 10 for skier day sin the state’s history.

Utah’s 14 ski areas posted their sixth best season for skier days last winter. The season started November 21st at Brighton and ended May 13th at Snowbird. Ski Utah is reporting 4.1 million skier days, down almost 10% from last season’s all-time record.

Ski Utah president Nathan Rafferty says that’s not bad considering the winter we were dealt

Local News Hour - June 18, 2018

Jun 18, 2018

On today’s program, Park City School District Spokeswoman Melinda Colton previews Tuesday’s school board meeting. Ski Utah President Nathan Rafferty has the final figures for the 2017-18 ski season. Utah Symphony/Utah Opera Director of Communications Renee Huang and Park City Summit County Arts Council Community Manager Jocelyn Scudder have details on the partnership to produce free pop-up community concerts at the art pianos throughout Summit County and Snyderville Basin Recreation Director Brian Hanton has an update on some of the upcoming events and on-going projects.


The Wasatch Mountain snowpack is the lowest in decades but some of Utah’s ski industry experts say conditions are surprisingly good and that the season is not over yet.  There are challenges the ski resorts and hospitality businesses face when Mother Nature doesn’t deliver the goods.   Carolyn Murray has this:

Local News Hour - February 8, 2018

Feb 8, 2018

Evelyn Lees begins today’s program with the Utah avalanche forecast. Summit County Council Member Chris Robinson recaps Wednesday's meeting. Park City Chamber/Bureau President Bill Malone provides a legislative update. Ski Utah CEO Nathan Rafferty reports on how we’re dealing with the lackluster winter season. Youth Sports Alliance Executive Director Emily Fisher updates us on the #ParkCityNation.  And ski jumper Sam Macuga talks about her Olympic trials experience.

Local News Hour - November 16, 2017

Nov 17, 2017

On today’s program, Summit County Council member Kim Carson has a recap from Wednesday's meeting. Snyderville Planning Commissioner Chuck Klingenstein has an update from Tuesday’s meeting. President and CEO of Ski Utah Nathan Rafferty with an update on his annual Ski Season opening press conference held on Tuesday. Manicurist and now Author, Carly Bennett Stenmark talks about her new book, More Than a Manicure: The Nail Files and her upcoming book signing on Saturday.

Park City Mountain

Utah ski resorts are ready for the upcoming season -- they just need now to be patient as temperatures drop and the snow begins to fall. When it does, the state could be looking at a third and unprecedented record-breaking season. KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has more.

Ski Utah will lobby Utah lawmakers to change liquor laws this ski season. KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has more.