The money would support The Center of Excellence in Park City, a training facility for skiers and snowboarders currently under construction. Senate Bill 80, sponsored by Sen. Kevin Van Tassell, a Vernal Republican who represents Park City, would greenlight customized vanity plates emblazoned with the ski team logo for drivers who make a $25 donation to USSA. Van Tassell said he expects people in Summit County to snap up the initial 1,000 USSA license plates. "We believe that we are building a facility that is going to offer our elite athletes, as well as our training athletes, a unique opportunity that will give them an edge over the competition," said USSA's Bill Marolt. He added the plates would help remind drivers that Park City has become a hub for ski racing. House members still must consider SB 80 before Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. can sign the bill into law. Producing the license plates could cost the state $12,500.
- Snow Reports