PARK CITY, Utah, Sept. 26 — The Canyons will offer a new cabriolet-style Gondola for the 2000/ 2001 season. This transportation system is part of The Canyons 15-Year Master Plan and will play an integral role in the development of The Canyons Resort Village.
The Canyons Cabriolet will transport guests quickly and easily from the parking facilities at the base of the mountain directly into the center of the resort village. After exploring several options to determine the best system to suit the needs of The Canyons and accommodate the needs of adjacent communities, the cabriolet system was chosen.
A Cabriolet is an elevated, open-air gondola. Approximately ten towers, starting in the base parking area and extending toward the resort center, will support the system. Each cabin will have the capacity to hold eight passengers.
The lower terminal will be located adjacent to a new parking area less than 100 yards from State Road 224 and will extend approximately 1/2 mile to the upper terminal, which will be located at the eastern edge of the ampitheatre in The Canyons Resort Village. Ride time will be about 3 minutes.
The Cabriolet is a signature component of The Canyons Master Plan, which incorporates a pedestrian Resort Village. The environmentally friendly lift eliminates the need for a large bus fleet. “When we first began looking at the master plan for The Canyons some years ago, the Summit County Planning Commission was concerned about the impact of vehicle traffic moving into the resort village area” said county commissioner Max Greenhalgh. “This design will reduce traffic into the core. A free, open-air ride into the village will make it reminiscent of a European ski resort.”
Summit County officials approved installation of the lift earlier this month. The Canyons will start construction of The Cabriolet immediately. The lift should be completed by Christmas of this year.
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