Interconnect Gondola Will Create Largest US Ski Resort
The Park City Planning Commission has approved the Interconnect Gondola between Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort. Combining the two resorts will make this the largest ski resort in the US.
Work on the new Interconnect Gondola and the other resort improvements are to begin immediately after the ski season. Vail is putting $50 million towards resort improvements this summer.
Interconnect Gondola Points
- 8 passenger gondola
- The gondola will travel between the Silverlode Chair at Park City to the Flatiron Chair at Canyons
- Mid-station located at the top of Pine Cone Ridge
- Gondola is approximately 1.5 miles long
- Open for the 2015/16 Ski Season
- Combining both resorts makes 7300 acres
The Park Record Newspaper recently published details on the approval of the new Gondola and other resort improvements: Vail Resorts wins historic as Interconnect Gondola approved
The complete $50 Million Dollar Plan
1. Connected to the Action
The Interconnect Gondola is an eight passenger, high speed two-way gondola that will be the opening access to a number of trails between Park City and Canyons. The Gondola travels from the base of the existing Silverlode Lift at Park City to the Flatiron Lift at Canyons. The Interconnect will allow visitors the opportunity to ski into Thaynes Canyons at Park City via gated ski access or to the Iron Mountain area at Canyons through new trails that will be created from Pine Cone Ridge.
2. The King Con and Motherlode Lifts Get Updated
Ski lifts will see new life in an effort to reduce crowding and lift lines and improve the guest experience. The King Con Lift will be upgraded from a four-person to a six-person, high-speed detachable chairlift. The Motherlode Lift will be upgraded from a fixed-grip triple to a four-person, high-speed detachable chairlift. Both lifts will increase chair capacity.
3. A New Elevated Dining Experience
The current plan reveals the construction of a brand new Snow Hut restaurant at the base of the Silverlode Lift and the nearby Park City access to the Interconnect gondola. The Snow Hut is expected to provide a top of the line culinary experience with room to hold an impressive 500 indoor seats. Additional improvements will be made for a better dining experience at the Summit House, with improved flow for guests. At Canyons, the Red Pine Restaurant will be renovated to accommodate an additional 250 indoor seats.
4. New Snowmaking Technology
The plan will also provide the Iron Mountain area of Canyons with snowmaking technology to ensure there is always fresh powder for skiers and snowboarders. Additional snowmaking will be placed on two trails in the Iron Mountain area of Canyons which will increasingly become a central ski destination given its proximity to the Interconnect Gondola.