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Deer Valley Resort

Vacationers brave the slopes at Deer Valley Resort.
Photograph by Joanna B. Pinneo

Park City, Utah

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Park City specializes in comebacks. This late 1800s silver-boom town was razed by fire in 1898 but sprang back undaunted. After being rebuilt, the town eventually grew to 10,000. Most of the prospectors left, however, when the silver market crashed during the Depression. By the end of World War II, Park City had become a ghost town.

Provo River

Hopeful fishing lines float in the Provo River.
Photograph by Joanna B. Pinneo

Not until the 1960s did good fortune return—on downhill skis. Now Utah’s legendary snow, the onslaught of the 2002 Winter Olympics, and the Sundance Film Festival have helped fashion this former miner’s gulch into a mecca for sports, art, and food—where a resurgent population of about 7,000 plays host to some half million visitors each year.

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