There's a surprise at ParkWest Ski Area for visiting skiers this year.

Under new management, the ski area has dedicated itself to dramatically improving its facilities, food and service. The results will be apparent as soon as they walk into the newly remodeled base facilities."We are committed to providing good skiing, great food and friendly service," reports new owner Jerry Gilomen. Gilomen, who has been at ParkWest since the late 1960s, took over control this past summer.

Old friends of ParkWest know what's up there waiting for them. Those coming to ParkWest for the first time will find, among other things, 50 challenging runs, wide open bowls and seven chairs covering four different mountains.

The first phase of the improvement program includes: Comprehensive remodeling of the guest facilities, including all restaurants, a totally new approach to food service, new employee uniforms and a thorough employee training program.

Among the programs will be ParkWest's Kids Ski Free Program, which will allow one child to ski free with the purchase of a $24 lift ticket and up to four children free with two paid adult lift passes.

Also unique in the Park City area is the resort's "open arms" policy to snowboarders. The resort not only has designated areas for snowboarders, but snowboards available, lessons and clinics.