Park City Mountain Resort is the big spender in Utah this season. With $10.5 million in improvements for the 2008-09 winter, riders will find a new high-speed chairlift, terrain enhancements, and a renovated Mid-Mountain Lodge.

The Crescent lift replaces and realigns the existing Ski Team lift, and instead of having to take a chair or hiking to its base, you can hop on near the base of the resort.

The unloading spot has been extended to Crescent Ridge (also known as Ski Team Ridge). Can we just say, "Yay?" The new chairlift will significantly relieve stress on the PayDay lift during holiday periods.

It also will increase accessibility to the front-side runs, which are some of the resort’s best advanced terrain and direct access to lifts including Silverlode, Bonanza, King Con, PayDay, Town, Pioneer, and McConkey's. No more taking two chair rides to get there. The new lift takes guests almost twice as far as the Ski Team lift and in less time.