Originally Posted by Eagles Pdx
I'd expect a six pack for volume and the traffic Vail is hoping for is FROM Park City TO Canyons since the people are at Park City and not at Canyons. So getting to Iron Mountain life from Canyon's base is not an issue for the majority of the initial traffic.
Since this noted as stop gap measure, I'd guess Vail would redo Canyons adding or redoing lifts to get people from Canyons base to the connection(s) to Park City. A lift right out of the parking lot to Iron Mountain does that. They also need to get rid of that annoying "cabriolet" thing from the parking lot. Deer Valley's little pick up truck trains work well, simple and little walking.
The bulk of the ski in/out lodging is still at Canyons, and as Katz stated there is plenty of room for RE to be developed (not by Vail). The Cabriolet is one of the smarter things ASC put in since it drops people off a few steps from the (now) gondola. The ride time is about 3 minutes. It is only 100 yards or so off 224, keeping cars away from the village. It runs into the evening, so skiers can dine, have a few drinks, or visit people and then take it back to the parking lot in the evening. More importantly, there is no need for a shuttle to the village. Without the Cabriolet, the summer concert series would be a mess since there are too many people coming at the same time for any other practical people mover. If anyone is visiting a guest staying at the mountain or dining, there is always a way to valet park.
Getting anyone over to Iron Mt., Dreamcatcher/Dreamscape/9990, etc. isn't a bad idea since there are so few skiers there. The one or two day tourons seem to stay around Red Pine or Tombstone, and even then they miss the better runs by never venturing off the main groomers. But more money will be spent in the villages of both resorts, and I am guessing that is on Vail's mind once the initial hookup is made.
Edited by quant2325 - 9/27/14 at 10:31am