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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Ski Resorts Improve Terrain, Lifts and Facilities

Three more Utah ski resorts will open this weekend, and ski conditions are now improving on a daily basis.

Alta and Snowbird will open Friday and Brian Head will follow on Saturday.

Tuesday's storm blanketed resorts with 4-14 inches of new power, depending on location, and a bigger storm is scheduled for Saturday. As a result, ski conditions should be great this weekend. Highway conditions could be ugly in mountain areas Saturday morning, but plow crews will be out in force to keep roads open.

Meanwhile, this new article from the Deseret Morning News lists improvements ski resorts have made since last season. Here are excerpts:

The big news here (Brian Head) is the addition of two new triple, fixed-grip lifts and a bridge. A bridge? This will be a vital connection linking what has been in the past two separate ski areas — Navajo and Giant Step. Skiers will be able to ski over the bridge, which spans the highway, to get to the base lifts of the two areas. The new lifts also opened up roughly 35 acres of new terrain.

DEER VALLEY — More than $9 million was spent over the summer in improvements, which included the new Lady Morgan Express high-speed, detachable chairlift. Since 1990, the resort has spent more than $115 million in improvements, which is one reason it is constantly at the top of the "favorite resort" list for skiers.

The resort also installed a GPS system that will allow staff to determine snow depth on any part of the mountain to aid grooming and snowmaking.

PARK CITY MOUNTAIN RESORT — Skiers will notice dramatic chances in the landscape between Single Jack and Sunnyside runs. The new area will be called Motherlode Meadows. Staff also created a new run off McConkey's lift for intermediate skiers.

Read the entire article.


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