Another relic of skiing’s past lost out to modernization this summer, as Park City Mountain Resort’s famed 3 Kings two-seat chairlift has been replaced by a triple chair that will increase uphill capacity by 50 percent.

The venerable double chairlift has been carrying skiers and riders from the main base area since 1971, but mountain management decided it was time for an upgrade. Primarily, management said that because the lift serves Park City’s renowned terrain park and Eagle Superpipe, an upgrade was necessary because each gained notoriety and popularity among freestylers since the 2002 Winter Olympics. Rest assured, history buffs, two-seatersThaynes and Jupiter chairs remain.

Among the other $7 million in improvements over the summer at the Wasatch Mountain resort included a new beginner zone, located near the base area that is reserved for ski and snowboard lesson. Two new conveyor lifts will service the private learning area.

Crews installed hands-free access gates for the seven lifts that rise from the base and town areas, and added a new zip line that will start and finish in the base area and be open all winter. Work crews also performed dirt work on the superpipe so that the contours rely less upon snowfall or snowmaking—this could make for an earlier opening for the pipe.

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