Following the release of Vail Resorts’ future plans, Bob Wheaton, the president and general manager of Deer Valley® Resort, informed the Park City Council that extensive internal planning is underway involving expansions stretching from the Jordanelle Reservoir to Old Town. Ideas include a gondola linking Deer Valley with Old Town, an expansion on the Jordanelle Reservoir side and the intention of a possible development of the parking lots outside Snow Park Lodge.
According to Wheaton, Deer Valley® Resorts is looking at two alternatives for a gondola.
Option 1) Two gondolas: one of the gondolas would run from the Old Town transit center to a spot at the top of the Lucky Bill ski run – uphill from Snow Park Lodge. The second gondola would replace the Silver Lake Express lift. Such a gondola connection could perhaps connect people between Silver Lake and Old Town between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m..
Option 2) Only one gondola running a route between the Old Town transit center and an undecided point somewhere in Silver Lake Village. No further details were discussed about this option.
Wheaton also spoke about ideas for a major development on the Jordanelle Reservoir side of Deer Valley® Resort. The project could involve an expansion of Deer Valley’s skiing terrain totaling between 800 and 1,000 acres with at least seven and, perhaps, eight new lifts. Wheaton told the elected officials work could start as early as next summer.