SALT LAKE CITY (August 29, 2018) – Winter is less than 100 days away and Utah’s ski resorts are readying for another successful season full of The Greatest Snow on Earth®. With a variety of new offerings, including new lifts, hotels, restaurants and on-mountain amenities, visitors will find great skiing and riding coupled with unique experiences across the state.
Alta Ski Area
Alta Ski Area is adding a fixed grip quad chairlift connecting the ski area to the newly expanded Snowpine Lodge. Additionally, the Alta Environmental Center and Alta Ski Area are working towards its energy efficiency targets to meet its 2020 goal of 20 percent reduction in carbon emission.
Brighton Resort is one of the newest additions to the Ikon Pass this season. Passholders will get seven days of skiing or riding at the resort. All of Brighton’s terrain is accessible by high speed quads, and the resort has the most night skiing terrain in Utah with 22 runs on over 200 lighted acres. Kids 10 and under ski free.
Deer Valley Resort
Deer Valley Resort is undergoing its largest capital improvement project in over a decade with $8.1 million in enhancements this season. Most notable is the replacement of the Homestake chairlift with a new, detachable, high-speed quad chairlift. The new chairlift will benefit skiers by cutting ride-time in half and increasing uphill skier capacity by 400 skiers per hour. Additionally, Deer Valley Resort will be enhancing its snowmaking systems, adding a new snowcat to its fleet, updating rental shop equipment and upgrading various day lodge facilities across the mountain.
Skiers who purchase a Deer Valley Resort season pass by December 15, 2018 will receive a complimentary Ikon Base Pass. Deer Valley is one of five Utah resorts included on the Ikon Pass this season. For more information, visit seasonpass.deervalley.com.
Eagle Point Resort
Eagle Point Resort is adding the resort’s first-ever snowmaking system slated to be in operation for the 2018-2019 season. The installation is in alignment with the bold Vision 2020 plan announced three years ago to expand resort amenities, improve on existing facilities, and develop additional lodging and home ownership options while maintaining the distinguishing charm and aesthetics of the resort and surrounding area. The new system will first focus on the learning areas and many of the popular trails serviced by the Monarch Lift, including the terrain park which will amplify feature development capabilities. The system lays the groundwork for future expansion across the resort’s 650 total acres. The resort is also adding high speed internet in lodges and Wi-fi hotspots around the resort.
Nordic Valley recently announced a proposal to expand the resort. With a focus on sustainability and environmental stewardship, the proposed expansion would take the resort from 140 acres to over 2,800, including a new 4.3-mile-long gondola connecting North Ogden to the existing Nordic Valley base area. In addition to offering direct-to-resort access in a scenic 12-minute ride, the proposed gondola would also help cut down on canyon traffic and vehicle emissions. More information on the project can be found at nordicvalleyproject.com.
Park City Mountain
Debuting this season at Park City Mountain, the new High Meadow Park at Canyons Village will offer guests a dedicated learning area designed exclusively for beginner skiers. The existing High Meadow four-passenger lift will be replaced with a high-speed, four-passenger lift, increasing uphill capacity by 50 percent and shortening overall ride time by 70 percent. High Meadow Park will also feature a Candy Cabin that beckons guests to savor a sweet treat and chocolates during a rest break.
The Cloud Dine Restaurant and Mid-Mountain Lodge restaurants at Park City Mountain will see improvements this season. Initially remodeled in 2014, Cloud Dine is gaining an additional 200 seats to increase guest capacity by more than 60 percent and elevate the guest dining experience to match the superior quality and presentation of the food. The iconic Mid-Mountain Lodge’s interior is receiving a full renovation that will still pay homage to the historic nature of the 120-plus-year-old miners’ boarding house. The restaurant will also gain a new, full-service bar as part of the renovation
Park City Mountain is also adding new snowmaking to High Meadow that will help maintain an ideal snow surface for beginner skiers and snowboarders. Snowmaking will also be added to Red Pine Road, a major intermediate connector trail off of Tombstone Lift. The addition of snowmaking on this trail will enable the resort to open Tombstone Lift earlier in the season.
The renovation of Earl’s Lodge, located at the base of Snowbasin Resort, will increase seating capacity in the Cinnabar by 50 percent. This first phase of this renovation is the precursor for expanded seating in both the Huntington Room and Main Dining Room.
Snowbasin’s mountain operations team worked over the summer grading and widening the existing Mt. Ogden Bowl Road, creating a more consistent pitch that will enable earlier grooming in the season to provide beginner and intermediate level skiers and riders with a better experience coming down from John Paul Lodge.
This summer, Snowbird installed two pedestrian bridges allowing for easier access to The Cliff Lodge, Snowbird Center and Lower Village. From the base of the Peruvian Chair, the 70-foot Peruvian Bridge will provide direct and easy access to the Aerial Tram. The Chickadee Bridge will cover the entire expanse of lower Chickadee trail. Spanning 491 feet in length, the trestle-style bridge will allow for easy foot-traffic along the covered walkway while guests ski underneath.
The renovation of the Snowbird Center will add a 1,700 square feet guest lounge on Level 2. A new Smart Wall features real-time Snowbird informational displays as well as charging stations for phones and cameras. Directly down the hall from the new guest lounge area are newly expanded restrooms with additional stalls and hand dryers and an additional family restroom. Just up the flight of stairs, guests will enjoy drinks at The Forklift's new outdoor bar.
Construction of a new restaurant and additional conference space has begun on the west side of The Cliff Lodge. This family-friendly restaurant provides unobstructed mountain views, tiered seating and an outdoor patio with fire pits. The project also includes additional interior and exterior event space for private functions. The Cliff Lodge West Wing Addition has an estimated completion of Winter 2018-19.
Utah native and two-time Olympian Jared Goldberg was recently named official Ambassador of Speed for Snowbird and credits his focus on the race hill to the experiences at Snowbird that instilled a life-long love of skiing. The downhill national champion got his start at Snowbird when he was four years old and plans to compete at the next Olympic Winter Games in 2022.
Solitude Mountain Resort
Solitude Mountain Resort is one of the newest additions to the Ikon Pass. Solitude is just over 30 miles from the Salt Lake City airport, making it one of the closest ski resorts to this major metropolitan hub, yet it still lives up to its name with a peaceful atmosphere and feeling of being away from it all.
Sundance Mountain Resort is celebrating its 50th anniversary this winter. Acquired by Robert Redford in 1968 and renamed to Sundance Mountain Resort in 1969, the year-round resort was the starting point for the popular Sundance Film Festival and non-profit Sundance Institute. In addition to 450 skiable acres of The Greatest Snow on Earth®, Sundance Mountain Resort unites art, nature and commerce to inspire and develop people, voices and ideas. Redford wanted “to develop a little and preserve a great deal,” and those words have rung true over the resort’s rich 50 year history.
Aspen Crest at Eagle Point
Eagle Point Resort announced the groundbreaking for turnkey Twin Homes in the new Aspen Crest at Eagle Point collection of ski-in/ski-out homesites and future condominium community currently in development in the heart of the resort. Some of the Twin Homes are expected to be ready by winter and potentially available for guest lodging. Additionally, renovation continues on many of the existing ski-in/ski-out condominiums throughout the resort.
Compass Rose Lodge
The town of Huntsville in the Ogden Valley is opening a one-of-a-kind hotel near Huntsville Square. The Compass Rose Lodge is a boutique, 15-room hotel and will be one of two hotels in the country built around a high tech telescope. Lodge guests and the community will be able to view neighboring celestial bodies with great detail such as the rings of Saturn or Jupiter's Galilean Moons. Views of spectacular deep sky objects including galaxies, nebulae and globular clusters await those wishing to peer farther into the heavens. The hotel plans to open December 1, 2018.
Built in 1938, the historical Snowpine Lodge at Alta Ski Area was the first ski lodge in Little Cottonwood Canyon. The expansion includes new rooms with a luxury mountain feel. With several different room options, the Snowpine is a great option for families. The property will also include a full-service restaurant, après ski bar, outdoor pool and hot tub, indoor grotto, a game room and a ballroom. The Snowpine Lodge is now accepting reservations for arrivals after January 16, 2019.
Stein Eriksen Lodge
Stein Eriksen Lodge at Deer Valley Resort in Park City is completing a $14 million expansion this fall that includes a new pool, outdoor deck and plaza, entertainment center, movie theater and slopeside coffee shop. The 3,500-square-foot Champions Club entertainment center includes arcade games and casual dining. The theater shows sporting events throughout the week and family movies on weekend evenings. The new outdoor family pool is also being added to the Lodge, in addition to an outdoor plaza with two fire pits and heated walkways. Immediately above the plaza, the upper deck has been expanded to allow for more outdoor dining. Stein Eriksen Sport ski shop and guest ski lockers have also been expanded and enhanced.
Montage Deer Valley
Compass Sports at Montage Deer Valley is launching a 3D boot and ski fitting system using Wintersteiger’s Bootdoc Scanner Vandra and SizeFit stations. The system will take a 3D scan to analyze all measurement data from instep height to ankle circumference and foot length and width, which will determine the perfect custom boot. This new technology will make the guest ski fitting experience more experiential and efficient as it uses the SizeFit station measurements for adjusting bindings instead of ski boots.
Skiers and snowboarders flying in and out of Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) this winter will notice a large construction project underway - SLC is building a new airport! The new airport facilities are being designed with state-of-the-art functionality and for ease of use. After the first phase of The New SLC opens in 2020, demolition of the existing facilities will begin so the second phase of construction can get underway. The full project is expected to be finished in 2023/24. The New SLC will create a memorable travel experience for passengers, whether they’re connecting to another city or making SLC their final destination. For updates about the project, go to www.slcairport.com/thenewslc.
Utah Transit Authority will continue working with local resorts to provide the ski bus service feeding Alta Ski Area, Brighton Resort, Snowbird, Solitude Mountain Resort, Powder Mountain and Snowbasin Resort. The most up to date route information will be available at rideuta.com.
The world’s best skiers and snowboarders will make their way to Utah this winter for the 2019 FIS World Championships. Deer Valley Resort, Park City Mountain and Solitude Mountain Resort will host events February 1-10, 2019. The Championships will include more than 25 medal events over 10 days, including the newest Olympic sports of men’s and women’s big air skiing, team aerials and team snowboardcross. Over 700 athletes are expected to compete, making this the largest international ski and snowboard event Utah has hosted since the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.
With a variety of pass options available, skiers and riders have access to multiple Utah resorts as well as resorts around the country.
Ski Utah Gold Pass ($5,200): The Gold Pass is Utah’s only fully transferable lift pass. It is valid for 50 days of skiing/riding at each of Utah’s resorts except Park City Mountain where it is valid for 100 days. It is also valid for summer lift access to resorts open during the summer months. Limited quantity available.
Ski Utah Silver Pass ($3,250): The Silver Pass is valid for 30 days of skiing/riding at each Utah resort except Park City Mountain, where the pass is valid for 60 days of skiing. It is also valid for summer lift access to resorts open during the summer months. Limited quantity available.
Ski Utah Passport ($45): This pass offers fifth graders three days of skiing and sixth graders one day of skiing at each of Utah’s resorts. New this season - Passport sign up and on-mountain redemption are going digital! Visit skiutah.com/passes/passport to get notified once applications are open.
Ski Utah Yeti Pass ($649): The Yeti Pass is good for one lift ticket at every Utah resort and is a great option for parents with children who participate in the Ski Utah Passport program.
Ski City Super Pass (price varies): The Ski City Super Pass allows unrestricted access to Alta Ski Area, Snowbird, Brighton Resort and/or Solitude Mountain Resort. The pass can be purchased for a range of three to 10 days of skiing. The UTA ski bus is free to and from the resort with the purchase of this pass. Price varies depending on the number of days purchased.
Epic Pass ($899): The Epic Pass offers unrestricted access to 65 ski resorts throughout the world, including Utah’s Park City Mountain. Number of days vary by resort. For lower rates with a few restrictions, there are the Epic Local Pass, Epic 7-Day Pass and Epic 4-Day Pass, Park City Youth Pass and Park City 4-Pack. An Epic Military Pass is also available.
Ikon Pass ($999): New for the 2018-19 season, the Ikon Pass offers access to more than 30 resorts around the world with no blackout dates, including Utah’s Deer Valley Resort, Alta or Snowbird, Brighton Resort and Solitude Mountain Resort. An Ikon Base Pass is also available for a lower rate with few restrictions.
Mountain Collective ($449): The Mountain Collective offers two days of skiing or riding at 17 iconic destinations, including Alta Ski Area, Snowbird and Snowbasin Resort in Utah. There are no blackout dates and passholders get 50 percent off all additional days at Collective destinations.