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Wednesday is deadline to submit published public comments on PCMR’s lift upgrade plans

With winter fast approaching, Park City is expecting a busy season.
Renai Miller
Park City Mountain Resort hopes to upgrade a few of its lifts in time for next winter.

If you have an opinion on Park City Mountain Resort’s plans to upgrade some of its lifts, Wednesday is the last day to share your thoughts online and have them included in official paperwork.

A public hearing for Park City Mountain Resort’s lift upgrade application was originally scheduled for April 12, but was delayed to April 25.

That gave residents more time to email input, but the deadline is approaching for that comment to be included in the published meeting packet.

The delay came after the resort requested an extension. According to Park City staff, the resort contacted city hall after concerns were raised over parking problems that could result from the lift expansion. City hall said PCMR requested the postponement after missing a deadline to submit additional information ahead of the original hearing.

The resort wants to expand the Silverlode Express from a six-person chair to an eight-person one. Silverlode is a frequent choke-point for skier and rider traffic seeking to access higher points on the mountain. PCMR also hopes to replace the Eagle and Eaglet lifts with a new, faster six-person lift that would bring skiers and riders to the King Con ridge directly from the resort’s base area.

The expansion is part of a $320 million company-wide investment announced by Vail Resorts last fall.

City Planning Director Gretchen Milliken told KPCW earlier this month that according to the 1998 Development Agreement that governs the resort, lift upgrades only require administrative approval if the improvements are within the resort’s Mountain Upgrade Plan. Milliken said these improvements are within that plan and won’t need approval by either the planning commission or city council.

Parking has been a constant topic of discussion during the ongoing planning meetings for the resort’s plans to develop the base area. Milliken told KPCW the lift expansion parking discussion is not related to the base development project.

The public hearing for the upgrades will be held at noon on Monday, April 25 at the Park City Council Chambers.

Written public comments can be submitted up until the meeting, but must be submitted by 11am Wednesday to planning@parkcity.org if it is to appear in the meeting agenda packet.

Updated: April 20, 2022 at 10:27 AM MDT
This story has been updated to further clarify the public comment period.
Sean Higgins covers all things Park City and is the Saturday Weekend Edition host at KPCW. Sean spent the first five years of his journalism career covering World Cup skiing for Ski Racing Media here in Utah and served as Senior Editor until January 2020. As Senior Editor, he managed the day-to-day news section of skiracing.com, as well as produced and hosted Ski Racing’s weekly podcast. During his tenure with Ski Racing Media, he was also a field reporter for NBC Sports, covering events in Europe.