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Ski resorts across the U.S. are expecting record snowfall this winter season, thanks to El Niño. Where should ski bunnies hit the slopes? In exciting news out of Utah: Park City Mountain has a new claim to fame as the country’s biggest ski resort. As reported by The New York Times, Vail Resorts bought Park City Mountain Resort and merged it with the adjacent Canyons Resort. The result is some of the most glorious ski terrain in the West; think 7,300 acres of snow-covered pistes, more than 300 trails, accessible by just one single lift ticket.
At a cost of $50 million, the expansion project included a new eight-person, high-speed gondola named Quicksilver, a new 500-seat restaurant called Miners Camp at the base of the Quicksilver, renovations of Summit House and Red Pine restaurants, plus — as revealed in the Official Master Plan—“increased snowmaking on Iron Mountain and trail widening on Chicane.” Labeling it a “paradigm shift” in Utah, Forbes says this “is literally the biggest thing to happen to ski travel in years.”