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Canyons sees changes heading into new season

With many eagerly awaiting the possibility of a new lift joining Canyons Resort with Park City Mountain Resort for the 2015 ski season, creating what would be the largest ski area in the country, it might be easy to overlook the changes Canyons has made for the upcoming season.

But Caitlin Martz, communications specialist at Canyons, said skiers and snowboarders won’t want to miss them.

Perhaps most importantly, the resort has upgraded its pump station, which will allow it to make snow 25 percent more efficiently.

"Which is huge," Martz said. "The benefit of doing that is we can increase our snow-making. It ensures great early-season conditions from top-to-bottom."

However, Martz said it’s an improvement many skiers and snowboarders may not even realize has taken place.

"I don’t think many guests typically notice snow-making," she said. "It’s not as (visible) as a new lift or a new restaurant or something like that. But I think it’s one of those things where they will definitely appreciate it."

If the efficient snow-making doesn’t catch the attention of customers, Canyons is hoping a renovation of the Cloud Dine restaurant will. Located on the south side of the resort, near the Dreamscape and Dreamcatcher lifts, Cloud Dine became an important hub for skiers and snowboarders when it opened in the 2010-2011 season.

"It has been a very popular on-mountain dining location since," Martz said. "It’s pretty far from our base, and we were in pretty dire need of a dining location there."

Originally built with a temporary structure, Cloud Dine will become a permanent building. And more skiers and snowboarders will be able to partake in the made-to-order salads and flat-bread pizzas the restaurant serves up. The renovation will bring a 41-percent increase in size, making the total capacity 316. The restrooms and kitchen will also be expanded.

The remodeled restaurant is set to open Dec. 1.

"It won’t be as crowded, and you can have a bit more of a relaxed dining experience," Martz said. "And the deck has some of the best views on the mountain."

The most publicized change for skiers and snowboarders at the resort is the addition of PCMR to its popular Epic Pass. With Canyons’ owner, Vail Resorts, purchasing PCMR — ending a lengthy legal dispute with PCMR’s former owner, Powdr Corp. — people who buy the Epic Pass now get access to both resorts, essentially for the price of one.

"All of the feedback we’ve gotten has been pure excitement," Martz said, noting that current pricing on the Epic Pass is only guaranteed through Sunday. "Everybody has been really pumped. It’s just added value, really. That’s two out of the three resorts here in town on one low-priced season pass."

Additionally, new international resorts have been added this season to the pass, which also continues to give skiers and snowboarders access to any Vail-owned resort. Customers can ski for five days apiece at Niseko United in Japan and Les 3 Valles in France.

"I would guess that the main reason people buy the Epic Pass is for the two resorts in town, but it gives them an excuse to check out other areas they’ve always been interested in," Martz said.

Info Box:

Changes at Canyons Resort for the 2014-2015 season

— Upgraded pump that makes snow 25 percent more efficiently

— Renovations and expansion of Cloud Dine restaurant

— Park City Mountain Resort added to Epic Pass

— New international resorts on Epic Pass


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