"Haphazard" would be the best way to describe how I packed my car before hitting the road for Utah back in October 1996. I threw in my clothes and skis and, at the very last minute, my bike. I hadn’t thought much past the winter, assuming I’d be driving back to Michigan and real life in April. I thought wrong.

My first couple of years in Park City was a glorious extension of college, minus studying and tests. Everyone I met was from somewhere else and like me migrated for one reason: skiing. No one worried about starting a career or making serious money. Having a good time was the main objective. I skied more than 100 days that first season, mostly at Park City Mountain Resort.

This Park City Ski Area season pass was my first big purchase after rolling into Utah for just one winter in October 1996.

Some of my best memories of that time include the 22-minute gondola ride to the Summit, eating mashed potatoes swimming in gravy at the Mid-Mountain Lodge on powder days, watching the Europeans crush the United States during the America’s opening ski races, hiking from the West Face to Jupiter Peak for the first time and après ski beers at Steeps.

Now, rather than just boring my kids, I can share my Park City good old days’ memories with people who actually want to hear them. This Thursday, April 25, Park City Museum is hosting a Show and Tell event from 5 to 7 p.m. Bring your stories to tell and stuff to share for possible inclusion in an exhibit the museum is putting together to celebrate Park City Mountain Resort’s upcoming 50th anniversary season. Items to consider bringing include skis from all eras, ski passes, photos and clothing.

I had no idea I'd still be in Utah 16 years later as I stood in the snow on C.B.'s run, rang this bell and watched spandex-clad ski racers tear past me during America's Opening 1996.

Refreshments will be served and the event, which includes a contest to see who has the oldest skis and season pass. (Please be aware that the museum will not be accepting any objects/photos this night, but may contact you in the future to use your items in the exhibit.) In addition, Park City Mountain Resort is asking people to submit written memories, photos and video.

Click here to submit yours.  

Melissa Fields is a Utah-based freelance writer. Her blog is utahvagabond.com.