One of the three ski areas at Park City in Utah has announced a major investment in new on-mountain equipment this winter and that it is going to drop the 'The' from its name. Now known simply as 'Canyons', or 'Park City's Canyons' if you will, the resort was formerly known as 'The Canyons' and before
It came under new ownership recently after more than a decade as the flagship resort of the now defunct American Skiing Company. They took the Canyons from being very much Park City's third ski area, behind Deer Valley and Park City Mountain Resort, in to one of North America's 10 biggest resorts with a fleet of modern chairlifts.
The resort is spending on a new quad with weather-protection hood complete with heated seats - a first in North America. The lift will replace the Golden Eagle chair and increase uphill capacity from the resort's base area by over 45% taking people to the Sun Peak in nine minutes. The pull-down hood has sunglasses style orange tint for maximum visibility.
"The new lift will enhance the ease of skiing both north and south off of Lookout Peak and guests will be able to ski directly to the Red Pine area," said resort spokesperson Libby Dowd, "The south end of the resort is accessible via Timberline Lift which you can ride in both directions. It has stations at the bottom of Tombstone and the bottom of the new Iron Mountain Lift."
The new lift means the resort is adding 300 acres of new terrain with ten new ski runs createdwill be located off the new lift. These runs will range from intermediate to expert levels and bring the total number of runs to 176.
Other improvements include moving and renovating the resorts gondola to improve skier flow from the car park, enhancing snowmaking on the lower mountain with a new 20-million-gallon reservoir above Lookout Peak for snowmaking water and the creation of a Ski Beach at the base of the slopes for après ski activities.