Lift Upgrade: Will the Sunrise over Canyons Village?

SNYDERVILLE, Utah — The Snyderville Basin Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing to discuss the proposed upgrade of the Sunrise Lift at the Canyons Village side of Park City Mountain. The meeting is set for Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 6 p.m. in the Sheldon Richins Building Auditorium. The hearing will include deliberation on a Low Impact Permit for replacing the existing lift with a new 10-passenger Sunrise Gondola.

The Canyons Village Management Association (CVMA) voted on June 19 to sign a joint funding agreement for the construction of the Sunrise Gondola. According to Sara Huey, senior manager of communications for Park City Mountain, this agreement builds on years of collaboration and investments between Park City Mountain and CVMA.

The proposed Sunrise Gondola is slated to be 6,512 feet long and transport riders 1,103 vertical feet. The gondola would carry passengers from Canyons Village to the Red Pine Area, giving guests a third option in addition to the Red Pine Gondola and Orange Bubble Express for upper mountain access.

Sunrise Gondola Project Timeline
Sunrise Gondola Project Timeline

If a lift gets upgraded in Snyderville does anyone care?

The lift upgrade project is scheduled to be a multi-year project and it is just entering the permitting stage. Park City Mountain is so large that it must work with either the City or the County Planning Commissions depending on where on the mountain the proposed project will take place. Canyons Village is in the county and thus falls in the The Snyderville Basin Planning Commission jurisdiction.

The last time Park City Mountain tried to upgrade lifts the project fell under the jurisdiction of the Park City Municipal Planning Commission. This project was meet with ardent opposition over the projects permitting process by four Park City Residents resulting in a very public legal battle touted as a proxy battle for checking Vail Resorts growth and related community impacts. At this time, the upgrades to Eagle and Silverlode lifts have been halted and Vail Resorts does not have the permitting to upgrade the lifts as previously scheduled.

Meanwhile Deer Valley is working closely with Park City Municipal and looking at a $15 million investment in a new transportation and parking facility that may also include affordable housing for a roadway right-of-way and permitting to complete it’s Snow Park Redevelopment Plans.

Park City Mountain Sunrise Gondola Project Information Page.

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Meeting Information

Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2023, 6 p.m.
Sheldon Richins Building Auditorium
1885 West Ute Blvd, Park City, Utah

You may attend the meeting in person or join via Zoom:

To listen by phone only: US: +1 699 900 9128 or +1 346 248 7799
Webinar ID: 981 8922 6475

To submit written comment please email prior to the meeting

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