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Park City: Why You Now Need a Plan of Attack

11th November 2015 | Becky Lomax

News Regions: Utah

Resorts in this article: Park City

Erik Scholopy - ©Liam Doran

Former World Cup Alpine Ski Racer Erik Schlopy rips up a groomer at what is now Park City and the largest ski resort in the U.S.

Copyright: Liam Doran

Combining Park City and Canyons into one resort has resulted in a 7,300-acre playground for skiers and snowboarders. Now the largest ski resort in the U.S., the new Park City also hopped into place as the second largest ski area in North America.

Stacking Up

The new Park City knocked Big Sky Resort out of its number one slot for size in the U.S. by a long shot­—more than 1,500 acres. But it still falls short of Whistler Blackcomb’s largest-in-North-America acreage by over 800 acres. The new Park City now contains 41 lifts delivering access to the slopes. By sheer number of lifts, that’s more hardware on the hill than either of the other two resorts.

This new face of Park City also takes on an enlarged shape. Ski runs now stretch across 17 mountains and 14 bowls. Seven terrain parks hold more than 150 features including one 22-foot half pipe. The vertical hasn’t changed; it is still 3,200 feet, but anyone who skis every lift will rack up over 34,000 feet.

A fleet of 38 grooming machines buff out the slopes at Park City. - ©Park City Chamber | Convention & Visitors Bureau

A fleet of 38 grooming machines buff out the slopes at Park City.

Copyright: Park City Chamber | Convention & Visitors Bureau

Blue runs dominate the new trail map. About 50 percent of the 302 runs are intermediate. In order to keep those miles buffed for carving, the fleet of groomers now equals 38 snow machines, and more than 480 snowmaking guns will keep the flakes falling even in drier winters.

New Togs

A new gondola connects the two original resorts. Quicksilver gondola carries eight-passenger cars up and over Pinecone Ridge providing the one route to link skiing both sides. Find the gondola bases on each side: on the Park City side, it’s near the Silverlode lift, and on the Canyons side, it’s in the Iron Mountain area. Unloading at the mid-station on Pinecone Ridge accesses steep runs descending east into Thaynes Canyon on the Park City side or intermediate runs west through Iron Mountain on the Canyons side.

The new Quicksilver Gondola connects the original Park City and Canyons. - ©Park City/Vail Resorts

The new Quicksilver Gondola connects the original Park City and Canyons.

Copyright: Park City/Vail Resorts

The gondola was only one of the $50 million in upgrades for the resort. On the Park City side, the new Miners Camp Lodge anchors the gondola and the Silverlode chairlift. Increasing the number of on-mountain eateries to 16, Miners Camp plans to serve Mediterranean kabobs and gyros, plus salads, soups, and chili. Dine inside or sun soak on the deck.

Part of a $50 million upgrade, Park City built the Quicksilver Gondola this summer. - ©Park City/Vail Resorts

Part of a $50 million upgrade, Park City built the Quicksilver Gondola this summer.

Copyright: Park City/Vail Resorts

Other lift upgrades will speed up your attack on the mountain. King Con Express converted from a quad to a six-pack, and the sluggish Motherload Express jumped from a fixed-grip triple to a high-speed detachable quad. On the Canyons side, more snowmaking equipment around Iron Mountain will ensure access between Park City and Canyons, and renovations at the mid-mountain Red Pine Lodge added more seating.

The enlarged Red Pine Lodge located mid-mountain on the Canyons side of Park City. - ©Park City/Vail Resorts

The enlarged Red Pine Lodge located mid-mountain on the Canyons side of Park City.

Copyright: Park City/Vail Resorts

Planning Your Trip

When resorts get as big as Park City, a plan of attack is necessary. For one, a single day is not enough to ski it all. You’ll need several days to dilly-dally on both sides of the resort. But due to the new interconnect gondola, you can stay in Park City or Canyons Village and still ski the whole 7,300 acres. For either location, book your stay through Park City Central Reservations (800-331-3178 or +1-435-649-8111).

Park City has already received snow this month. The resort is scheduled to open for the season on Nov. 21, 2015. Get those legs in shape and ready for 7,300 acres! 

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