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Thursday, September 02, 2010

The Canyons Ski Resort Gets Heated Chair Lift, Other Major Improvements

Suddenly Utah ski resorts are in the news, as we move into fall.

The Canadian Press has this article about refinements and expansion at The Canyons Resort, which is getting North America's first heated ski lift, complete with a “bubble shield that swings over passengers like a pair of orange goggles.“ Below are excerpts.

The changes at The Canyons, one of Park City's three ski resorts, highlight some of the biggest development projects or plans at Utah ski areas since the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics drove major expansions.

The resorts are moving despite the down economy and saving on construction costs because of it. Ultimately they hope to steal market share from Colorado, which draws three times as much skier traffic. Utah's resorts, with advantages like double Colorado's snowfall and a short drive from Salt Lake City's airport, aren't shy about making investments.

"This is the future," Mike Goar, managing director of The Canyons, said at the base of the 1,600-hectare resort as bulldozers reshaped land for new lift terminals and outdoor patios. "The experience will be so different — it will be like a new resort. The big story is the faith we have in the potential of The Canyons."

Now, Talisker (the resort owner) is on a tight schedule to remake Utah's largest ski resort by December. It is opening an eighth peak for skiing and adding or realigning several lifts, while redesigning the village base.

The Canyons is also offering a “dream job to one lucky blogger.” The blogger will get a $40K salary for four months work, will be put up for free in a suite at the Waldorf Astoria and receive full VIP treatment including heli-skiing, avalanche training, spa treatments and full gear. Details.

Discounted season ski passes are now being offered to locals, according to this Deseret News article.


  • At 11:52 PM, Anonymous Ski Resort in Canada said…

    Skier's comfort is a priority, so it is good to see improvements taking place for this.

  • At 3:39 AM, Blogger Mellisa T said…

    Nice post..It's a great place to visit..So it's good that improvement is going to take place..


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