Park City, Utah — The latest step in Deer Valley’s plan to become one of the largest ski resorts in North America has been approved.

On May 22nd, the Park City Planning Commission approved the proposal by Deer Valley to add a new bubble chairlift and four new trails to Park Peak. This plan which is a part of the Mayflower expansion, faced a challenging approval process. Two main factors delayed the decision until May 22nd: the route most beginners will take to leave the terrain pod and its location in a wildlife corridor. However, Deer Valley was able to coherently explain how their planning process determined how these factors aren’t going to be an issue with this expansion. The original ski-related accessory building, which would house the bubble chairs, was removed from those plans and will be resubmitted for a new conditional-use permit.

However, it was a conditional approval, meaning that Deer Valley will need to comply with a set of standards. Some of these 29 conditions include no fencing, construction will have to occur in a timeframe with the most minimal wildlife disturbance, signage must be put in place for the summertime that warns of potential moose activity, and a biology consultant to visit a few areas after the snow melt that they weren’t able to get to previously.

Projected skier flow of the new terrain pod.

The Doppelmayr D-Line high-speed six-pack bubble chairlift will have a capacity of 3000 people per hour, be .56 miles long, and feature a vertical rise of around 600 feet. The new chairlift will service mostly beginner terrain and connect Flagstaff Mountain to Park Peak. Ski resorts across the continent are building terrain pods at higher elevations to give novice skiers a memorable experience, and this area will fit the bill for Deer Valley. The bottom terminal will be situated next to the intersection of the Trump and Ontario trails.

Park Peak, a.k.a. the future home of the bubble chairlift.

Construction work will begin this summer, but the actual lift infrastructure will be installed in the summer of 2025. It’s projected to open during the 2025-26 season.

If you have way too much time on your hands, you can watch the full Park City Planning Commission meeting here.

Image Credits: Deer Valley Resort

RELATED: Breaking Down Deer Valley’s Massive Expansion Plan

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