Vail Resorts files permit application with county for PCMR/Canyons link
January 9, 2015
Summit County planning officials have had their first opportunity to look at Vail Resorts’ permit application for an interconnect gondola linking Canyons Resort with Park City Mountain Resort.
Vail Resorts submitted a conditional use permit application on Jan. 2 for the lift and any related trails or ski runs to be located within the county’s jurisdiction. Vail Resorts submitted separate applications on Dec. 23 for portions proposed within the Park City limits.
As part of the county’s Mountain Remote Zone requirements, projects containing ski lifts, towers, and trails require a conditional use permit to address any impacts the project may cause.
Earlier in December, Vail Resorts announced its intentions to build the gondola in 2015 and make other improvements at PCMR and Canyons Resort, The Park Record previously reported.
As proposed, the lift will be an eight-passenger, high-speed gondola traveling between the base of the Silverlode Lift at PCMR and the Flatiron Lift at Canyons, according to the Canyons Resort website. Passengers would also have access to the Thaynes Canyon Trail from an unloading point atop Pine Cone Ridge.
County planning officials began an initial review of the application early last week and sent it other service providers in the county on Thursday. The application will ultimately be put before the Snyderville Planning Commission.
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"Obviously you never know, but I don’t anticipate this application being controversial," Summit County Planner Tiffanie Robinson said. "It was always anticipated that there could be a connection at some point, so this won’t come as a big surprise to anyone."
Most of the project will be on the county side, Robinson said
On the PCMR side, the King Con and Motherlode Lifts will be upgraded to increase the number of passengers carried. Vail Resorts is also planning to build a new Snow Hut restaurant and perform upgrades to the Summit House restaurant at PCMR, in addition to various other maintenance projects totaling approximately $5 million.
Planning officials are aiming for public hearings sometime in February. Robinson said she anticipates this particular application will require two public hearings, an initial hearing and then a followup with a decision.
Since the gondola crosses from Park City into Summit County, it will require the approval of both entities to move forward.
Vail Resorts, which operates Canyons Resort for Talisker Corporation and now owns Park City Mountain Resort, previously announced it intends to operate the two resorts under the Park City Mountain Resort name, while the Canyons base area will be renamed Canyons at Park City, according to the Canyons Resort website. The connection will reportedly create the largest ski resort in the United States.