This is a panorama series taken from Park City Resort's Pinecone Ridge. Historically, Pinecone was only accessible to die-hard ski hikers willing to make the long trek from Jupiter lift (or straight up from Thanes Canyon). With the new Quicksilver gondola, access to Pinecone is just a short climb. In this first pic, I look back at the short hike from the gondola mid-station out to the highest point on the ridge.

Turning clockwise provides a better view of the gondola line showing the three towers just before the gondola mid-station where I disembarked. The foreground shows the terrain directly under the gondola line; in the back, the valley of outer Park City.

Continuing to pan right, we begin to see the lowest runs of Park City that are served by the King Con chair, and the bottom end of Thaynes canyon.

More Thaynes runs are seen here. The long diagonal cut of the King Con lift line is clearly visible, though the bottom (loading area) of the chair is hidden by the terrain. With a sharp eye, you can pick out the bottom of the Motherlode lift.

The foreground here and the preceding photo shows the Pinecone Ridge slope giving way to a very nice stand of Aspen. Many tracks lead down and into the trees. However, descending via this route inevitably leads the skier to a road that follows the gondola line and that requires a tedious uphill climb before continuing the run down to King Con lift. In the background we see the middle Thaynes runs and the diagonal line of Motherlode.

I believe all of the middle and upper Thaynes runs are visible here; that looks like Keystone all the way to the right (the view of the lower half being blocked by terrain). In the right foreground, the "lip" is a short steep drop into the Pinecone terrain. Barely visible along the tree line is a boundary marker rope.

Now 180 degrees from the approach, I believe we see Jupiter peak in the far background. Upper Thaynes disappears behind nearer terrain. In the fore, footsteps of the many skiers looking for the perfect place to drop into the Pinecone area.

The gate in the mid-foreground gives access to a second slope of Pinecone that avoids the drawback of the previously-mentioned hike out along the gondola road. By rounding the next rise and descending there, skiers enter mixed woods of pine anad aspen, finally exiting to a pleasantly graded return to the King Con chair, no walking or skating needed. In the right background, we begin to see the Canyons area of the resort (though it is not ski-accessible from this vantage point.)

Completing the panorama, these final three photos show more views into the Canyons area of the resort.