As many know, Park City was not originally a ski town. For decades, our alpine community was primarily known as a mining outpost. Silver flowed from the mountains by the cartload, and miners eagerly climbed into the depths of the earth in search of the next big vein. No one came to Park City to ski.
Except one man: Emmett “Bud” Wright.
Of course, for Emmett, it wasn’t a case of recreation or sport. Mr. Wright was a lineman for the local phone company in the 1920s. Nearly 100 years ago, “Bud” was tasked with the upkeep of telephone equipment in some of the most remote environments in Utah. To do so, he enlisted the aid of his hand-carved 10-foot skis. With these trusty implements, he skied around the slopes, keeping Park City connected to the outside world by repairing telephone equipment.