Mountain Trails Foundation, Park City Mountain through Vail Resorts EpicPromise donate $100,000 to support Wasatch Back trails nonprofits

Last summer we visited Park City and were reminded how good the riding is there. Park City is always at or near the top of MBA’s wrecking crew’s list of top riding destinations. Last year, we gave you ten reasons to ride Park City. Now there are eleven. Wasatch Back Trails nonprofits, South Summit Trails Foundation and Wasatch Trails Foundation are benefiting from the collaborative efforts of Mountain Trails Foundation in partnership with Park City Mountain and Vail Resorts EpicPromise. Together, they are facilitating the expansion and enhancement of Park City’s local trail networks. One of the best places to ride is going to get even better.


Representatives from Mountain Trails Foundation, Wasatch Trails Foundation, and Park City Mountain Epic Promise at the Mountain Trails Foundation Headquarters. (L-R) Rick Fournier, Mountain Trails Foundation; Ian Hartley, Mountain Trails Foundation; Thomas Bradley, Park City Mountain; Mia Yue, Wasatch Trails Foundation and; Lora Smith, Mountain Trails Foundation Credit: Park City Mountain / Vail Resorts


Mountain Trails Foundation, Park City Mountain through Vail Resorts EpicPromise donate $100,000 to support Wasatch Back trails nonprofits


Mountain Trails Foundation, through its partnership with Park City Mountain and Vail Resorts EpicPromise, is helping Wasatch Back Trails nonprofits, South Summit Trails Foundation, and Wasatch Trails Foundation expand and improve local trail networks. 

“Amid the growing population in our region, and increasing popularity of trail use, one of the most effective strategies for preserving our world-class trails is to disperse trail users across a wider area. By funding local, immediately accessible trail amenities, we not only diminish trail use impacts but concurrently enhance the social, mental and physical well-being of people living on the Wasatch Back,” said Lora Smith, executive director of Mountain Trails Foundation. “Through our partnership with Park City Mountain/Vail Resorts EpicPromise we aim to provide the best trail experience for the greatest number of trail lovers out there – whether they’re locals or visitors.” 

The Park City-based EpicPromise Trails Committee approved three trail projects from South Summit Trails Foundation and Wasatch Trails Foundation: 

South Summit Trails Foundation:   

·        Oakley Trail Park restoration and maintenance ($25,000) 

·        Hilltop Road Trail ($25,000) 

Wasatch Trails Foundation 

·        Restoration, maintenance and improvements on WOW, Phosphate East, Donkey Ridge trails and the Pine Canyon Bike Park. ($50,000) 

Park City Mountain is proud to be a long-time partner of Mountain Trails Foundation through Vail Resorts EpicPromise,” said Deirdra Walsh, vice president and COO of Park City Mountain.  “We are thrilled to be able to help Mountain Trails further their impact and support South Summit Trails Foundation and Wasatch Trails Foundation to enhance and improve the trail systems throughout the entire Wasatch Back.” 

EpicPromise partnership funding will be applied to each project to help meet the required 50% match for anticipated grant funding from the Utah Division of Outdoor Recreation. This strategy effectively doubles the power of the EpicPromise partnership funding. Volunteer and in-kind support adds further value.  

“Wasatch Trails Foundation is beyond thrilled to be a part of such a generous community project,” said Mia Yue, executive director of Wasatch Trails Foundation. “We are eternally grateful for the support that Park City Mountain through Vail Resorts EpicPromise has provided to our organization and — more importantly — our community.” 

About Mountain Trails Foundation: 

Mountain Trails Foundation’s mission is to build, maintain and protect trails for non-motorized recreation on the Wasatch Back. They are the Park City Community Partner with Park City Mountain and Vail Resort’s EpicPromise.  

About South Summit Trails Foundation 

South Summit Trails Foundation’s mission is to enhance the lives of community members through a system of interconnected and continuous regional and community trails located throughout the South Summit area of Utah.  

About Wasatch Trails Foundation 

Wasatch Trails Foundation’s mission is to support, plan, build, and maintain a comprehensive, sustainable, year-round, multi-use trail system in Wasatch County, Utah to provide outdoor recreation opportunities to meet the growing needs of the biking, hiking and equestrian communities who visit and call Wasatch County home. 

About Park City Mountain   

Park City Mountain, the largest resort in the United States, is located in the heart of Park City, Utah, only a 35-minute drive from Salt Lake City International Airport. With two distinct base areas, Park City Mountain bustles with outdoor activities year-round across its two distinct base areas, numerous lodging options, and more than two-dozen restaurants, cafes and bars. Park City Mountain offers more than 7,300 acres of lift-accessible terrain for skiers and snowboarders of all ability levels, a world-class ski and snowboard school and more. Additional information is available at 

About Vail Resorts EpicPromise 

EpicPromise is the charitable arm of Vail Resorts and is how the Company embodies its foundational value – Do Good. By supporting the health of local communities through local grants, employee volunteering and inclusive access, the wellbeing and development of employees, and the resilience of our environment and global climate, EpicPromise helps create a more promising future for generations to come. 

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