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Park City Resort Adds the First Heated Chair Lift in North America

by Brandon Quinn | September 3, 2010

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It was bound to happen sometime. The Canyons, one of three Park City area resorts, has become the first North American ski resort to add a heated chair lift. The individual chairs will each be shielded from the elements with a retractable orange bubble to keep you toasty warm. The resort is also opening an eighth peak for skiing and adding or realigning several more lifts. There will also be improvements in the village base that are slated to be completed by December of 2010.

In general, Utah ski resorts have not seen any major improvements of this magnitude since the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics. These improvements are coming despite an overall down economy. Investors are hoping to compete with Colorado for skier market share. Colorado typically draws nearly three times as much skier traffic as Utah.

Most of Utah’s resorts are only a short drive from Salt Lake City’s airport which makes travel arrangements and lodging easier than many other destination ski resorts. If you’re planning on a trip to the Canyons this winter you can find great deals on lift tickets and lodging here.

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