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If Vail Succeeds Will We Have Three Times the Number of Visitors?

I love our community. I’m receiving a lot of thoughtful analysis on a number of topics. Case in point is an analysis a reader did on the potential impact Vail may have on visitors. The reader’s analysis shows that if Vail achieves the same “density” of skiers per acre of resort as they do at their Colorado resorts, our skier visits will increase two to three times from what they are now. Keep in mind that specific numbers are often hard to get, and are often estimates, as many resorts don’t provide the exact number of visitors each year.

Nevertheless, it’s an interesting way to look at things.

Below is the email followed by the analysis.

What is the future of Park City? Vail Resorts holds the key. Vail does not disclose their future projections for volume of skiers or revenues for their properties. However, it is easy to make some projections for Park City/Canyons, based upon the recent volumes of skiers Vail hosted at Breckenridge, Vail, and Beaver Creek, in skiers per acre. Vail are experts at running their resorts at the capacities they have in Colorado. The attached spreadsheet shows what that would look like at Park City/Canyons resort. Vail has seen the huge upside for tons more skiers at PC/Canyons. Traffic Congestion? Absolutely! Long Lift lines? Yes Please! Crowded slopes? But of course. Parking nightmares? Always. Almost all employees are non living wage jobs? Naturally.

If you own a restaurant/bar, a service business, or are a realtor in Park City you might think this is a good thing, right.

Welcome to the new Park City.



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