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by Matt Alderton | December 09, 2014
Vail Resorts Inc. plans to spend $50 million upgrading Park City Mountain Resort in Park City, UT, it announced yesterday. The project, which will establish a connection between Park City Mountain Resort and nearby Canyons Resort, will create the largest single ski area in the United States, with more than 7,300 acres of skiable terrain.

"This comprehensive capital plan for Park City and Canyons is one of the most ambitious and impactful plans undertaken at any resort in industry history, transforming the experience at both resorts and creating the largest single ski resort in the U.S.," Blaise Carrig, president of the mountain division for Vail Resorts, said in a statement. "The improvements offer skiers and riders more terrain and upgraded lifts to enhance the guest experience and reduce crowding and lift lines, new and upgraded restaurants, more snowmaking, and an overall 'touching up' of all aspects of the resorts."

The plan, which is based on feedback from guests and the local community, calls for:

• An eight-passenger, high-speed two-way gondola connecting Park City Mountain Resort with Canyons Resort;
• Upgrades of ski lifts, which will be expanded to increase lift capacity;
• Construction of a new restaurant and renovation/expansion of two others; and
• Additional snowmaking on two ski trails.

"We ... are hopeful we can bring this plan to life for the 2015-2016 ski season," Carrig concluded.