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Park City Mountain Resort
Park City Mountain Resort
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eLiveStream Gives Park City Skiers Visual Confirmation of Snow Conditions

Challenge
Park City Mountain Resort is a premier winter and summer vacation destination. Offering 3,300 acres of varied ski and snowboard terrain, the Utah resort is consistently ranked among the top ten ski areas in North America for its accessibility, terrain parks and family programs. As a value-added service, Park City wanted to add multi-site live video to its website (www.parkcitymountain) to provide skiers with a first-hand look at snow conditions before they left their homes.

Solution
US Relay designed a system around its eLiveStream video rebroadcasting service with a customized Flash interface. Today, there are Canon IP Network PTZ cameras stationed year-round at Park City's Resort Plaza, Eagle Superpipe, Kings Crown ski run, and on top the mountain summit. The cameras stream video at approximately 3-4 frames-per-second, but can go up to 10 frames-per-second for near broadcast quality. The two cameras on the mountain are hardwired to a LAN while the other two mounted at the base area use a point-to-point wireless system. Given the harsh environment, the four cameras must be protected within enclosures. At the summit, where temperatures dip below zero with extreme high winds, a Dotworkz D2 environmental enclosure is being employed. The D2's patented Ring-of-Fire heating system will prevent cameras from freezing in climates down to -40° F.

Results
According to Eric Hoffman, Interactive Marketing Manager for Park City Mountain Resort: "The eLiveStream system is so reliable that I sometimes lose track of it being on, It isn't until a skier or other visitor mentions how much they enjoy watching the video does it sink in what a great tool it is. Being able to control the pan, tilt and zoom functions provides greater freedom to explore our mountain and the many exciting activities we stage year round." Out-of-town skiers interested in snow conditions are the primary users of Park City's cameras. However, the cameras have also proven useful to locals who check-in to watch for changing weather. And although the system is not designed for video surveillance, Park City management can use the cameras to monitor crowds and employees.
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"The eLiveStream system is so reliable that I sometimes lose track of it being on, It isn't until a skier or other visitor mentions how much they enjoy watching the video does it sink in what a great tool it is. Being able to control the pan, tilt and zoom functions provides greater freedom to explore our mountain and the many exciting activities we stage year round."

Eric Hoffman, Interactive Marketing Director of Park City Mountain Resort