Vail Resorts announces their 2015 $50M transformation for #ParkCity #Utah #SkiUtah
#VailResorts recently shared their action and improvement plan with regards to Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort. The plan includes more than $50 million in improvements that will take place in just one season, making it the most ambitious ski resort improvement strategy to date. The changes will create the largest ski resort, over 7,300 acres, in America by combining Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort.
Here are some specific improvements listed in Vail’s proposed transformation:
The Interconnect Gondola.
How many have hiked Pinecone Ridge to access it’s infamous #parkcity #power? An eight-passenger, high-speed two-way gondola from the base of the existing Silverlode Lift at Park City to the Flatiron Lift at Canyons. The gondola will also have an unload at the top of Pine Cone Ridge to allow skiers and riders the opportunity to ski into Thaynes Canyons at Park City via gated ski access or to the Iron Mountain area at Canyons through new trails that will be created from Pine Cone Ridge.
Upgrade of King Con and Motherlode Lifts at Park City.
The King Con Lift will be upgraded from a four-person to a six-person, high-speed detachable chairlift. And how long have we waited to upgrade the Motherlode Lift? The Motherlode Lift will be upgraded from a fixed-grip triple to a four-person, high-speed detachable chairlift.
Restaurant Upgrades at Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort
New Snow Hut Restaurant, Upgrades to Summit House Restaurant at Park City and Expansion of Red Pine Lodge Restaurant at Canyons. The plan calls for building a completely new Snow Hut restaurant at the base of the Silverlode Lift and next to the Park City terminal for the Interconnect Gondola, with 500 indoor seats and a top-of-the-line kitchen and culinary experience. The plan also includes an upgrade to the “scramble” area inside the Summit House restaurant to improve the flow of diners and increase seats. At Canyons, the Red Pine Restaurant will be renovated to accommodate an additional 250 indoor seats. Snowmaking and Other Improvements.
The plan features additional snowmaking on two trails in the Iron Mountain area of Canyons which will become increasingly central ski terrain given its proximity to the Interconnect Gondola. The plan also includes almost $5 million of “catch up” maintenance and upgrades at Park City, given the lack of spending at the resort over the past few years. And this, I’m sure we are all excited about!
“This is a massive amount of improvement to what is already one of best ski destinations in North America,” said Bill Malone, Chamber/Bureau CEO. “This is not only a tremendous upgrade to our ski product, but also a boon to the regional construction industry, supporting hundreds of jobs in the building trades next summer.”
“This comprehensive capital plan for Park City and Canyons is one of the most ambitious and impactful plans undertaken at any resort in industry history, transforming the experience at both resorts and creating the largest single ski resort in the U.S. with more than 7,300 acres of skiable terrain,” said Blaise Carrig, President of the mountain division for Vail Resorts. He added, “The improvements offer skiers and riders more terrain and upgraded lifts to enhance the guest experience and reduce crowding and lift lines, new and upgraded restaurants, more snowmaking and an overall ‘touching up’ of all aspects of the resorts. The plan was based on feedback from guests and the local community as well as discussions with the senior operating teams at the two resorts. We look forward to continuing to work with the county and the city and are hopeful we can bring this plan to life for the 2015-2016 ski season.”
For the 2015-2016 ski season, the Vail Resorts intends to operate the two resorts as one unified branded experience under the name “Park City Mountain Resort”. The Canyons base area will be renamed “Canyons at Park City“. The company will continue to maintain the unique history and atmosphere of the two base areas with differentiated marketing for the diverse hotel and hospitality experiences.
It’s the dawn of an exciting new era at Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resorts and we couldn’t be more excited to share it with you. Stay tuned for updates throughout this next exciting year of growth!
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