By David Schissler

(June 2015) Anyone who knows me understands that I’ve never been to a ski area I didn’t like. When I lived in Colorado in the ‘90s I relished the competition between resorts to outdo each other with new lifts and more terrain. It was a “kid in a candy store” situation.

I can recall being blown away on my first trip to Austria. The size and complexity of the resorts was staggering. Where else can you ski from town-to-town for a few days and never ski the same run twice or get in a car? They called such facilities a “ski circus” back then. Well, the ski circus is coming to the US. I’m referring to Vail’s announcement to connect Park City with The Canyons, creating the largest ski area in the country.

Park City Mountain Resort and The Canyons will become one by way of an eight passenger gondola over the connecting ridge that will make the new resort the largest in the US with 38 lifts, over 7,300 skiable acres, with 14 bowls and 300 trails! The $50 million in improvements also includes upgrades of Park City’s King Con quad to a high speed six-pack and the Motherlode will go from a fixed-grip triple to a high-speed quad. There are more lodge renovations than you can keep track of. Even if you know these mountains well, you’re going to be impressed with the scope of the project and how it will change things for the better. To take a guided tour click here:

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