Park City Mountain opens for winter |

Park City Mountain opens for winter

Park City Mountain opened for the winter on Saturday to big crowds and a festive atmosphere.

Billed as the largest ski resort in the United States, Park City covers 7,300 acres. Though the Quicksilver Gondola, the lift that will connect Park City to Canyons Village, won’t open until mid-December, Chief Operating Officer Bill Rock said the season was already beginning well.

"We put a lot of money into the resort this year," he said. "Snow conditions are phenomenal and we’re welcoming the world, really, to the largest resort in the United States. We’re off to a good start."

Rock welcomed the first-chair crowd to the resort Saturday morning with a speech at the base of the PayDay lift. He thanked the Park City staff for their help with the big investment Vail Resorts made this summer.

"It wouldn’t be possible without our entire staff, who worked tirelessly over the summer to implement the $50 million in capital projects that will create the largest resort in the United States."

Rock said the capital projects are nearly complete. Now the resort must wait for some help from Mother Nature to open everything to the public.

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"On Friday, we’ll open up on the Canyons Village side," he said. "Then, hopefully, we’ll make the connection and have all the projects ready to showcase to the community by mid-December and definitely by Christmas week."

The excitement around the resort for the winter season is noticeable, Rock said, adding that the connecting gondola is creating even more buzz around town.

"Park City is an amazing place and an incredible community," he said. "The affinity the community has for the resorts has always been strong. I think people have always thought about this connection happening and the fact that we were able to do that here for this season — people are really excited."

Epic Pass sales have closed for the season. Epic Day Passes are currently available for $82 online at .

The resort opened with three lifts — PayDay, First Time and 3 Kings — open, along with four trails. The 3 Kings terrain park opened with 26 features and one jump. For current conditions on the mountain, see the Rec Report on page B-2 or visit .