UTAH PLANS LARGEST US SKI RESORT

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Utah has announced plans to develop Park City into the largest, most modern ski resort in the US.

Details call for a $50 million injection that will include a high-speed, two-way gondola that connects Park City Mountain Resort and the slopes of Canyons Resort.

In total, that means that skiers will have access to more than 7,300 acres of coveted terrain, commonly thought to be some of the best skiing in the country.

The project is being called “one of the most ambitious and impactful plans undertaken at any resort in US ski history” by parent company and mountain resort operator Vail Resorts.

If the plan receives regulatory approval, the money would first go towards building an “Interconnect Gondola,” an eight-passenger ride that would start at the base of Park City at Silverlode Lift, going to the Flatiron Lift at Canyons.

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Existing lifts would be upgraded to increase passenger capacity and reduce crowding. Money would also go towards expanding and upgrading resort restaurants with increased seating as well as improving maintenance and upgrades to snowmaking equipment.

The project is scheduled to be complete for the 2015-2016 ski season.

Under the new scheme, the unified resort would be named ‘Park City Mountain Resort’ and the Canyons base area renamed ‘Canyons at Park City.’

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