As many of you know, my time leading the Park City Mountain team has come to an end, as I take on a new management role at Andermatt-Sedrun Resort in Switzerland. It’s a unique and exciting opportunity, but leaving this beautiful city that has been my home for decades is bittersweet for me. It has been an honor and a privilege to lead the station for the past three years, and I am extremely grateful to the Park City community and the team at PCM – a passionate, hardworking group who love this city as much as I do. do.
As I step down from this role, I am proud of all that Park City Mountain has accomplished over the past three years. We operated the ski area during a global pandemic; we added the Over and Out chairlift and Tombstone Grill to the resort; we reopened access to Scott’s Bowl for the 2021-22 season and beyond; and we partnered with the National Ability Center on a 50-year lease with the goal of doubling the 5,500 lessons they deliver each year. We’ve joined our community partners to distribute millions of dollars in Epic Promise grants. We have invested in our employees by increasing our minimum wage to $20 an hour and adding 441 employee beds at Canyons Village for next winter. And we’ve partnered with the city to find innovative solutions to some of our toughest parking and traffic challenges. I am proud of these investments in the station and our contribution to the economic vitality of our community, as well as the strong collaboration between the station, the city and the community that it took to achieve these goals.
And we will continue to invest in the station and in our community. Since acquiring Park City Mountain, Vail Resorts has invested $127 million in mountain improvements. As a final project as COO, I was very proud to announce another round of transformational investments last September, designed to modernize and update the Eagle and Silverlode lifts and improve the customer experience on the mountain. Over the past five months, the team and I have engaged in an extremely thorough review and clearance process with Park City staff.
Thus, I have been disappointed by recent efforts by a few individuals seeking to block our significant investment in the resort’s lift infrastructure because they disagree with the resort’s parking management plan. To be clear, these elevators do not generate the need for additional parking in the Mountain Village parking lots. The Silverlode and Eagle lifts allow for a more efficient distribution of guests on the mountain. Upgrading these lifts is an important part of the resort’s long-term infrastructure plan, which in turn supports a vibrant and sustainable tourist economy in Park City. Similar Vail Resorts elevator projects in other communities across North America were celebrated and quickly licensed. This incredible city and community deserve the same.
Progress requires shared trust and commitment to meet the challenges that come with change. As I leave, I encourage this community to continue working together to ensure Park City remains a world-class ski town. I am thrilled to have this community meet my successor, Deirdra Walsh, who started as the new Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Park City Mountain on May 30. Deirdra has resided in Park City for 12 years and is committed and passionate about it. large community. And just like me, she will be supported by an amazing, long-standing PCM team, as well as so many of you, all of whom are truly invested in the station and in our community.
I’m excited to see what lies ahead in Park City, the challenges ahead and the new opportunities on the horizon. We don’t know yet what it will be, but with the collaboration, I am convinced that great things lie ahead for our community.