Deer Valley proposing new gondola lifts to connect resort with Historic Main StreetDeer Valley proposing new gondola lifts

Park City, UT – Once Vail Resorts completes its planned connection of Park City Mountain Resort (PCMR) and Canyons Resort this summer, Park City will become a two-resort ski town. PCMR already has the Town Lift to carry skiers to the slopes from Park City’s historic downtown district. Now, Deer Valley Resort is proposing to move forward on a ski lift link of its own to bring its guests to the heart of the Utah resort town’s dining, shopping and nightlife.

Deer Valley general manager Bob Wheaton appeared before Park City’s city council and mayor on Thursday to answer questions regarding the proposal to use one or two gondolas to complete the link first discussed last year. One option would utilize a gondola to run from city-owned property near the Old Town Transit Center to the top of the Lucky Bill ski run where it splits from the green-circle Success Trail above the Snow Park Lodge, while a second gondola would replace the resort’s existing Silver Lake Express chairlift that connects the Snow Park base area with Silver Lake Village. The second, single-gondola option would run directly from the Transit Center to Silver Lake.

If approved by the city, construction on either option could begin as soon as summer 2016.

Deer Valley is concurrently planning expanding its ski terrain to the southeast of Bald Mountain on land across the border in Wasatch County that overlooks Jordanelle Reservoir. This development could add as many as 1,000 acres of skiable terrain serviced by five or six new lifts, including another gondola, as well as an additional point of entry to the resort off U.S. route 40. The $50 million project is expected to possibly begin in 2017 and take an estimated five years for full build-out.

Please contact me to discuss how this new proposal could affect Park City real estate.