Park City Ski Area has been spending more than $1 million making sure the resort's 25th year will have plenty of snow for its silver anniversary, said resort president Phil Jones.

Park City's expanded snow-making system, including 55,000 feet of new pipe, will give the resort "greater flexibility and efficiency in our snow-making efforts," Jones said."We've increased our capacity to pump water to the upper portion of the mountain and we can cover our major runs in far less time than it took before," he said.

"Skiing has breathed new life into a town that those of us who have lived our lives in dearly loved," said Councilman Jim Santy, who directed the high school band at the grand opening 25 years ago.

"It's fantastic to see the rejuvenation in Park City since the resort opened," said Santy, a lifetime resident of the Summit County community.

The ski area has grown to cover 2,200 acres with 82 skiing trails served by 13 chairlifts and a four-passenger gondola.

This coming Dec. 21, Jones said, the ski area will celebrate its silver anniversary "with a 25-bomb salute and chuckwagon breakfast." Other events include ski races, a dance, treasure hunt and prize drawings.