Park City is ruined. I was for Vail coming in because I thought PWDR was letting the place fall apart. But I was wrong. Over the past 5 years as a PC local I have enjoyed the relatively uncrowded and relatively inexpensive PCMR experience. In recent past years I could arrive pretty much any time on a non-holiday week day and find a parking place. I could go into any of the on mountain eating establishments and find a table (except for maybe an hour or less around noon) and get decent food for a decent price. I could depend on reasonable management of the lifts and lift lines. That is all gone now.
My perception is that skier visits are WAY up. If I don't hit the parking lot by 10am at the latest then no parking for me, non-holiday weekday or not. The food prices are outrageous and the food is really not good. The on mountain dining (Miners and Summit at least) are always full. Miners is an overcrowded sweat pit most of the time. Lift lines are now completely unmanaged and a complete free for all.
My perception is that Vail is trying to run the place at a staffing level well below what PWDR used to and it shows. Combine that with the hugely increased number of people and it is just a bad experience. I guess I'll be going to DV, which is boring but very well run, or making the drive to the front side or Snowbasin.
There's two sides to it though; the experience likely has diminished for locals, but it has more appeal for tourists. From a business perspective, they have likely increased revenue and profit, and worldwide appeal.