PCMR eliminates Fast Tracks option | ParkRecord.com

PCMR eliminates Fast Tracks option

Word of Park City Mountain Resort’s decision to eliminate one of its season-pass offerings apparently spread fast.

PCMR on Thursday indicated it would scrap the Fast Tracks option starting with the 2015-2016 ski season. The elimination of Fast Tracks does not impact skiers and snowboarders with that option during the current ski season. People who hold Fast Track passes were individually notified of the decision on Thursday.

Someone skiing or snowboarding with a Fast Tracks pass is allowed to use an express line in the lift mazes at PCMR, greatly reducing the amount of waiting time to board a lift.

Fast Tracks was available with an additional fee attached to the price of a season pass. There were Fast Tracks lines at the busiest lifts at PCMR but not at other lifts. The Fast Tracks add-on price on a season pass for the 2014-2015 ski season was $275 while the benefit could be added to a single-day ski pass for $25. The program dates to the 2002-2003 ski season.

In a prepared statement provided at the request of The Park Record, Bill Rock, the chief operating officer at PCMR, said the decision was made after "careful consideration."

He said improvements planned during the summer in anticipation of linking PCMR and Canyons Resort into a single property were important factors as the future of the Fast Tracks pass was considered. He noted the planned Interconnect Gondola, which will stretch between the terrain of what is now PCMR and Canyons Resort, and upgrades to the capacity of two chairlifts.

The improvements represent "a fundamental leap forward for our guests’ ability to move around the mountain more efficiently," Rock said.

"This decision was also made in order to create the most seamless and consistent resort experience as we combine with Canyons, which does not offer a Fast Tracks product," he also said.

In a memo to PCMR staffers, Rock said lanes will be dedicated at ski lifts for people in ski or snowboard school. They will also be available for members of the race teams if they are with a coach or an instructor, he said in the memo.

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