Vail Resorts plans to link two of North America's greatest ski areas - creating the largest resort in the United States with 7,300 acres of skiable terrain. The plan outlines more than $50 million worth of resort improvements in 2015 that include:
The Interconnect Gondola
An eight-passenger, high-speed gondola running from the base of the existing Silver Lift at Park City to the Flatiron Lift at Canyons. When conditions allow, gondola passengers will be able to unload at the top of Pine Cone Ridge and ski or ride directly down to Park City's Thaynes Canyon trail 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
King Con will be upgraded from a 4-person to 6-person high-speed detachable chair, meaning increased lift capacity. Motherlode will switch from a fixed-grip triple to a 4-person high-speed detachable, similarly improving the number of guests it can carry.
New Snow Hut Restaurant, Upgrades to Summit House Restaurant at Park City and Expansion of Red Pine Lodge at Canyons
A completely new Snow Hut restaurant, replacing the current Snow Hut next to the base of Park City's Silverlode Lift and the Park City terminal for the Interconnect Gondola, will include 500 indoor seats and a top-of-the-line kitchen and culinary experience. Meanwhile, upgrades to Summit House will improve the flow of diners and increase seating. At Canyons, Red Pine Restaurant will be renovated to the tune of 250 additional indoor seats.
Snowmaking and Other Improvements
The plan rounds out with additional snowmaking on two trails in Canyons' Iron Mountain area to handle increased skier traffic for Interconnect Gondola access. We'll also be putting 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. This "catch up" maintenance spending is in addition to the normal annual maintenance capital for the two resorts of $5 million, which will be undertaken this year as well.
It's the dawn of an exciting new era at Park City Mountain Resort 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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