Vail Resorts recently announced its official plans to link Canyons with Park City Mountain Resort—which the corporation purchased earlier in fall 2014 for $182 million—to create the largest U.S. ski resort. Combined, the resorts would offer 7,300 acres of interconnected terrain, making the resorts second only to Whistler Blackcomb for the title of largest ski resort in North America. The plans, which includes the Interconnect Gondola and a laundry list of restaurant and lift updates, will cost $50 million and sets the record as the largest ski resort improvement project in the history of the U.S.
The new Interconnect Gondola will link the two resorts via the base of Silver Lift at Park City to the Flatiron Lift at Canyons. Other planned projects include upgrading Park City’s King Con chairlift from a four-person to six-person high-speed chairlift and Park City’s Motherlode chairlift from fixed-grip triple to a four-person high-speed detachable. Additionally, Park City’s base area will receive a new Snow Hut Restaurant, which will seat 500 and provide an enhanced dining experience. The on-mountain Summit House Restaurant at Park City will undergo renovations to improve diner traffic and the Red Pine Lodge at Canyons will be expanded to seat 250 additional indoor guests.
Other updates include additional snowmaking on two trails in the Iron Mountain area of Canyons.
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