First Vail Resorts had a dispute with the Vail City Council. Now it’s tangled up with the Park City Planning Commission.

People ride a chairlift at Park City Mountain Resort in January 2015 during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
Danny Moloshok/AP Photo

The roller coaster ride continues for Vail Resorts. After posting record season pass sales, skier traffic and revenueNorth America’s largest resort operator is once again battling a crowd-affected local community.

For the second time in two months, residents of one of the company’s resort communities – this time it’s Park City, Utah – have thwarted plans to upgrade and improve the company.

On Wednesday evening, the Park City Planning Commission sided with a group of locals fighting against Vail Resorts’ plan to upgrade three chairlifts in the largest ski area in the United States, Park City staff recommended that the city’s planning commission approve the lift upgrade plan, which proposed to replace two lifts with lift packs high-speed six-pack and turn an existing six-pack into the company’s first-ever eight-pack.



A group of residents appealed the staff’s decision, arguing that the city’s planning commission should have weighed in on the decision because it increased the capacity of the ski area without a more thorough plan to improve parking.

The city’s planning commission rejected the elevator modernization plan Wednesday night following a heated public meeting. Last month Vail City Council voted to condemn the property where the company had obtained approval from a previous council to build affordable housing. The Vail council argues that the patch is essential for bighorn sheep and that its development would decimate a herd native to the valley.



Skiers at Park City Mountain Resort in Park City, Utah in November 2013.
Rick Bowmer/AP Photo

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