Posted by Joel Rosenfield on Saturday, December 19th, 2015 at 9:45am.
It's finally here! In addition to access, the gondola provides new spectacular views of the region. Looking back toward the Park City side, you see the King Con runs in the foreground and the Uinta mountains in the background.
Now if you start at the Park City side, you can easily take a couple runs on the Canyons side, maybe have lunch at the renovated Cloud Dine on the top of the Dreamcatcher and Dreamscape chairs. Just in case you end up on the "wrong side" at the end of the day, there's a dedicated bus that will take you back to where you started. That's in addition to the free Park City bus service.
NOTE to beginners: there are no green runs on the Canyons side beyond the terminus of the gondola. However, on a bluebird day like yesterday when I took these pictures it might be worth taking the gondola from Park City to Canyons and back just for the views!
Looking back at the Canyons side, you see The Colony in the foreground and the Wasatch Crest in the background. The Colony, a gated ski-in/ski-out community, is really in the center of the action now.
Coming into the Park City side, the new Miner's Camp restaurant is on your left and the Silverlode chair is on your right. Miner's Camp is cafeteria style like most on-mountain restaurants*, but with far more seating than the old Snow Hut that it replaced. It also has a wall of glass on the south (far) side that lets in tons of natural light.
*Lookout Cabin on the Canyons side stands out by offering excellent table service. It's located at the Orange Bubble midstation and the top of the Short Cut chair.