What’s New at Utah Ski Resorts 2017-18

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What’s New This Season at Utah Ski Resorts

Snow is already falling at Utah ski resorts, and with many resorts already setting their opening dates, we’ll be riding the Greatest Snow on Earth in no time at all. Here are all the updates coming for the 2017-18 season to your favorite Utah ski resorts.

Alta Ski Area

Alta is turning 80 this winter, making it Utah’s oldest lift-served resort, and they’re celebrating with a new high-speed quad chairlift named Supreme. The quad replaces the Cecret and Supreme lifts and has a new base location, near Alf’s Restaurant, to improve mountain flow.

Brian Head Resort

Track your runs, and your kids, with Brian Head’s new interactive app with powder alerts, restaurant deals, and the ability to track ski day (runs, vertical skied) and children at ski school.

Brighton resort

New top-to-bottom snowmaking on the Milly Lift will open the area much earlier in the season than usual.

Deer Valley Resort

Deer Valley was recently acquired by a yet-to-be-named resort company that includes 12 other ski resorts, and while we don’t know entirely what that means for the future, we do know that Deer Valley will honor season passes and operations for winter 2017-18. Pfew. And sorry snowboarders, there’s still no plan to allow the sport at Deer Valley.

Nordic Valley

Celebrating it’s 50th anniversary this season, this small family-friendly resort has great terrain for all skill levels. If the only time you have to ride is after work, you’ll love Nordic Valley. 100% of the resort is open for night skiing.

Park City Mountain

This winter a new enclosed-surface lift and beginner trail open to serve new skiers and snowboarders at the Park City Base Area. The area will provide a comfortable, spacious learning area for newbies to gain confidence without the crowds. This season also brings a free, guided ski tour called Silver to Slopes Historic Mining Tour, which showcases Park City’s rich mining, skiing, and local history and historic buildings as you ride.

Snowbird

No more waiting for a table! Yay! An expanded Creekside Lodge opens this winter, increasing guest space by 60%. It will house the Mountain School, ticketing, new dining options like a bigger breakfast menu and gourmet drinks, and easy access to beginner terrain thanks to a new 500-foot magic carpet. For hot tub lovers, Snowbird’s rooftop Cliff Spa at The Cliff Lodge has undergone a massive renovation. The popular outdoor pool added new radiant heated decks, gas fire pits, and expanded communal areas.

Solitude Mountain Resort

Expect more improvements to the Roundhouse Restaurant, Last Chance Lodge, and Moonbeam Lodge along with a website re-launch. The Solitude portion of the SolBright Connection Trail to Brighton is also being realigned to improve the skier experience. Practice your skinny ski skills with the new Rossignol rental fleet available at the Nordic Center.

Sundance Mountain Resort

Rent fancy skis, get your ski or board repaired, or pick up gear you left at home at new outfitter shop, Sundance Mountain Outfitter 2, opening next to the base of Jake’s Lift.

Snowbasin

Things are getting wild at Snowbasin. They’re replacing the Wildcat triple chairlift with a new high-speed detachable six-pack lift that will get you up the mountain in just five minutes. But that’s not all, Snowbasin’s also increasing snowmaking in the Wildcat area to open up beginner and intermediate terrain earlier in the season.

Powder Mountain

This old-school resort boasts North America’s most skiable acres and is one of the first to cap season passes and day passes. The Preserving the Pow experience limits day passes to 1,500 and season passes to 3,000, which averages three skiers per acre.

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Jenny Willden is the Managing Editor of Outdoor Sports Guide and a self-proclaimed gear and grammar nut. She loves adventure and is happiest when riding horses or snowboarding in Utah’s mountains. Llama racing and deal finding are her secret superpowers. Follow Jenny’s exploits on Twitter @jennywillden or on Google+.

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