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Gondola may soon link Park City's Main Street and Deer Valley

Deer Valley President Bob Wheaton speaks to journalists
Grace Lichtenstein

Utah's Park City has a major case of Olympic fever. It helped host the 2002 Winter Olympics and is the training base for many current Olympians. Already the home of three different ski areas as well as a historic mining town, the winter and summer sports mecca may soon feature a gondola to take skiers, mountain bikers and other visitors from the town's Main Street to mid-mountain at Deer Valley Resort.

Deer Valley President and General Manager Bob Wheaton told a gathering of the North American Snow Sports Journalists Association today that the resort already has approvals for a multi-million dollar gondola that would reach from the top of Park City's main drag, Main Street, to the popular, central Silver Lake area of the resort.

That's not the only news out of Park City's resorts. Last spring, Vail Resorts, the Colorado giant that already runs Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and other major summer and winter mountain playgrounds including Heavenly in California, added Canyons, located in the Park City region. to its collection. Those who buy Vail's Epic Pass can ski Canyons along with its other ski areas.

Meanwhile, Park City Mountain Resort (PCMR), with a chairlift that goes straight from town to its ski slopes, is spending the winter celebrating its 50th anniversary. The only thing marring the celebration is a complicated lawsuit involving the lease under which PCMR is operated. When Vail acquired Canyons it also gained control over the lease on land that Park City Mountain Resort is on. A lawsuit seeks to resolve the situation.

Wheaton told the journalists at a luncheon today that Deer Valley is also plans to add hundreds of acres of terrain adjacent to its lifts in the Wasatch County area the resort, which borders on the easily accessible highway U.S. 40. He said the Deer Valley partnership that owns the lifts is drawing up a plan that would include many new runs and a major additional base launching area. At present, guests must go through the town of Park City to reach Deer Valley.