Good-bye Gorgoza, Hello Woodward

Gorgoza was such a simple premise—a rope tow took you up the hill. You slid down the hill. Wheeee! Too cold? Get some hot chocolate in the yurt. But simplicity seldom survives long and Gorgoza is gone. You will still be able to slide down the hill this winter, but the replacement amusement park, Woodward Park City, will offer lots more.

Woodward promises to be the first all-in-one sports and ski resort in the country. The company started out 40 years ago as a summer camp—now there are locations in Pennsylvania, California, Colorado, even Cancun. Each camp is a little different and Woodward Park City is unique to Utah—it’s open all seasons, offers all sports (well, most of them), for all ages, indoor, outdoor and it’s open every day. It’s a big promise and a giant leap from the rope-tow and inner tubes of its predecessor, but Woodward lives up to its hype. Ten different sports and games are offered at the new resort, each one designed to teach players to excel and get to the next level of expertise: snowboarding, skiing, tubing, mountain biking, skateboarding, BMX, scooter, parkour, cheer and digital media (which is now a sport?).

In the summer, biking and skating will replace the snow stuff. Digital and cheer, of course, have no season. Whatever, the point seems to be to learn to have fun so … wheeee!

Monthly memberships are available now for the introductory rate of $100/month, where you can purchase all-access passes, day sessions, lift tickets, drop-in sessions, day camps, lessons, monthly memberships, and special events. Go to for more info. 

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Mary Brown Malouf
Mary Brown Malouf
Mary Brown Malouf is the late Executive Editor of Salt Lake magazine and Utah's expert on local food and dining. She still does not, however, know how to make a decent cup of coffee.

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