New gondola at Park City Mountain Resort connects 7,300 acres of terrain

Posted at 6:39 PM, Dec 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-18 20:39:40-05

PARK CITY, Utah – Park City Mountain Resort opened its Quicksilver gondola Friday. It’s the lift that connects the former Canyons and Park City Mountain Resort.

People flew in from all over the world to experience the newly expanded resort and the gondola. They say it’s great to have access to 7,300 acres of terrain. It’s a quick 8-and-a-half minute ride between the mountains.

“Beautiful day!” said Anna Marie Ferrari, a Park City resident.

“Welcome to Park City Canyons! We’re on the new Quicksilver gondola!” said Kathy Kelleher, another Park City resident.

After receiving eight inches of snow overnight, Park City Resort opened its entire mountain Friday.

"We’re from Byron Bay, Australia, surf capital of Australia,” said Luke Istradwick. “We came all the way to ride the gondola. We knew it was the first day of opening, and we knew that this was going to be the biggest resort in America and we weren't going to miss it."

The resort was expanded over the summer in a $50 million project that included new runs and a gondola that connects the former Canyons and PCMR.

“I think people knew we were going to make the connection, they knew we were going to build new restaurants and renovate new restaurants, but when they actually see it and see the level of quality and actually get to ride the gondola, and experience the 7,300 acres, they’re blown away and people love it,” said Bill Rock, CEO of Park City Mountain Resort.

The new gondola is over 7,500-feet long.

“This gondola’s 1,500 people per hour, it’s got 61 cabins, it takes about 9 minutes to get from one side to the other,” Rock said. “So, it’s really quick and there’s a mid-station on the top on Pine Cone Ridge and folks can ski down into The Canyons side or into the Park City side when the snow allows. It’s pretty amazing.”

The new lodge–Miner’s Camp-also opened at the midpoint of the mountain. Rock said the expanded resort has a lot to offer.

“It’ll be 41 lifts, over 300 runs, 7,300 acres of skiing, and really, you know, start your day in Canyons Village, and end in old town or visa versa; it’s something that really is not offered anywhere in the United States,” Rock said.