While the Vail takeover finally takes hold in Park City, another historical shakeup is hitting the Utah resort town. The DC Mountain Lab, DC’s snowboard palace and one of the most exclusive terrain parks in the world, is set to be auctioned off this week, giving one lucky bidder the chance to own a property graced by the likes of Todd Richards, Tara Dakides and Travis Rice.
In a public statement, DeCaro Auctions announced the impending sale of one of snowboarding’s most iconic properties (following it up with a cringeworthy video that only an auction company could put together).
“This is a Truly Absolute Auction Opportunity to own signature real estate in Park City. Nestled on 22+ acres and surrounded by open space and BLM (Bureau of Land Management) acreage, is the renowned DC Mountain Lab retreat. The property is comprised of 2 parcels with an allocation of 4 structures. With an existing onsite pad for an 18,000 + square foot main estate residence and space for a future barn and/or caretaker building, this dynamic enclave with its own private gates includes an approximate 3,800 square foot home (which can be a future guest residence), and is perfect for family and friends as a retreat to enjoy year round seasonal adventures.”
This isn’t the first time the DC Mountain Lab has been up for sale. After purchasing the 22-acre property in 2003 and building a private hill that included 10 runs, a wide array of terrain features, a rope tow and even a snowcat for park building, DC cofounder and Mountain Lab creator Ken Block put the holding up for sale in 2011 after local conservation and homeowner groups forced him to dismantle the property’s marquee terrain park.
In addition to the Lab’s outdoor offerings, the property also includes a 3,800-square-foot, four-bedroom home with views of Deer Valley and the newly minted Park City Mountain (Vail’s Canyons/Park City mega-mountain).
For more than half a decade, the Mountain Lab was a private testing site for DC product as well as a proving ground for its stacked athlete team. A majority of the company’s 2005 movie release, DC.MTN.LAB.2005, was shot on site, including some classic segments from Rice, Richards and crew.
After failing to settle on a buyer the first go-around, the Lab is once again on the auction block, with bidding ending Dec. 5. So far there is no word on potential buyers, but snowboarders everywhere are waiting with bated breath to see if the famed DC Mountain Lab will stay in the family for generations to come.
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