Resort Report- Fall 2018
Winter is coming! Get ready for ski season with our primer on updates at Utah’s ski resorts.
Alta is replacing a beginner rope tow with a new Fixed Quad lift called Snowpine lift. On the environmental side, the Alta Environmental Center is working to improve energy efficiency and reach its 2020 goal of a 20 percent reduction in carbon emissions. Historic Snowpine Lodge’s summer renovation added rooms and upgraded facilities. Some standout features are an après ski bar, outdoor pool and hot tub, and a fixed-grip quad chairlift connecting it to Alta.
Brighton’s new to the Ikon Pass this season! Ikon passholders get seven days of skiing at Brighton and access to Utah’s largest night skiing operation. As always, kids 10 and under ski free, making Brighton a great place for youngsters to learn.
Deer Valley’s largest capital improvement project in over a decade brings $8.1 million in upgrades this season. Expect the replacement of Homestake chairlift with a high-speed quad that cuts ride-time in half and increases uphill skier capacity. Improved snowmaking systems, updated rental shop equipment, and upgraded day lodges are planned too. Plus, if you buy a Deer Valley season pass before December 15, you’ll receive an Ikon Base Pass for free.
Neighboring Stein Eriksen Lodge’s $14 million expansion includes a new family-friendly pool, spacious outdoor dining deck, movie theater, slopeside coffee shop, and entertainment center with arcade and casual dining.
The resort’s first snowmaking system will keep the resort open on more days—even if snow conditions are lacking. Eagle Point’s multi-year expansion plan is set to add new lodging and improve the resort’s learning area and terrain park. Stay connected with new Wi-fi hotspots around the resort.
A bold proposal focusing on sustainable growth and environmental stewardship could increase Nordic Valley’s current size from 140 acres to a whopping 2,800. This expansion would include a 4.3-mile gondola that connects North Ogden to Nordic Valley’s base area to cut canyon traffic. Learn more at nordicvalleyproject.com.
Learn to ski or ride at Park City’s upgraded High Meadow Park on the Canyons Village side. The existing High Meadow four-passenger lift will be replaced with a high-speed quad to cut the ride time by 70 percent. New snowmaking there and on Red Pine Road is set to improve the skier experience. Learning skiers can also enjoy a sweet treat at High Meadow’s Candy Cabin during rest breaks.
Cloud Dine Restaurant on the Canyons side is being expanded (again) to seat 200 more guests, and the renovation of Mid-Mountain Lodge at Park City Mountain adds a new, full-service bar.
Iconic Earl’s Lodge is doubling seating in Cinnabar with plans underway to add seats in the Huntington Room and Main Dining Room too. Mt. Ogden Bowl Road has been re-graded to allow for grooming earlier in the season and an easier ride for skiers coming from John Paul Lodge.
The star of Snowbird’s busy remodeling session is Snowbird Center. Expect the addition of a 1,700-square-foot guest lounge on Level 2, expanded restrooms, charging stations for phones and cameras, and an outdoor bar at The Forklift. Two new pedestrian bridges allow for easier access to Cliff Lodge, Snowbird Center, and the Lower Village. One bridge begins at Peruvian Chair and provides direct Tram access; the other spans Chickadee run and connects Cliff Lodge to Snowbird Center. The Cliff Lodge’s west wing addition opens winter 2019 and will include a family-friendly restaurant with mountain views, tiered seating, and an outdoor patio with fire pits.
A new addition to the Ikon Pass, Solitude joins 35 resorts and offers unlimited riding all season long. The Ikon Pass essentially replaces Solitude’s season pass and includes days at Brighton, Deer Valley, Alta, Snowbird, and other resorts around the country and world.
Robert Redford’s celebrated resort turns 50 this winter. After being acquired in 1968, Redford renamed the resort in 1969 and has made it a year-round home for outdoor adventure and art.