PARK CITY, Utah – The start of Lindsey Vonn’s offseason has been anything but mellow. After spending last week skiing around with fans at U.S. Nationals in Sugarloaf, Maine, she returned home to Vail, only to jump in her car to make her way over to one of the newest Vail Resorts, Park City.
Vonn spent Tuesday afternoon skiing around the resort with various media outlets and the chief operating officer of Park City and Canyons, Bill Rock. The day included a stop at the site of a massive expansion that is set to take place this summer when a gondola will be installed to connect Park City to Canyons, creating the largest ski resort in the United States.
Park City was acquired by Vail Resorts in September 2014 following three years of legal battles after Park City was a few days late in renewing its lease with landowner, Talisker Land Holdings. Now under Vail ownership, there are over 50 million dollars in planned improvements, including the connection of the two resorts.
And who better to bring in to help promote the expansion than one of Vail’s most recognizable faces in Vonn?
Vonn was all smiles talking about her season and future plans. After winning eight World Cup races on her way to setting the all-time winning record for a female alpine skier and adding two more discipline globes in super G and downhill, she plans to fight for the overall title next season.
“I’m really proud of what I’ve accomplished and you know it’s been a long road back, but well worth it,” said Vonn of her season. “Since I broke the record it’s been like a huge weight has been lifted off of my shoulders, and I’m just going to try and win as many races as I can and we’ll just see where it goes.”
Vonn, who spent years living in Park City early in her career, signed autographs and took photos with fans on the hillside. She then did two formal autographs signings with local ski racers and Epic Pass holders following her ski day.