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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

What's New At Utah Ski Resorts

Utah's ski resorts are feverishly working to be ready for ther opening days, which may be just a few weeks away. Several resorts plan to open by mid-November, and earlier if conditions permit. Most resorts will be open by Thanksgiving weekend.

Major work projects will be winding down now. The Salt Lake Tribune has this article that describes improvements at the resorts. Below are excerpts.

There aren’t as many new big-ticket items as in some past years — only two new lifts: one at Park City Mountain Resort (PCMR), the other at Beaver Mountain. But nobody stood still, either. Resorts improved base facilities, added snowmaking or grooming equipment or upgraded technological features to make it easier to enjoy a day on the slopes.

Twelve Utah resorts raised their ticket prices this season, anywhere from $1 to $5 daily. The lone exceptions are Brighton Resort and Solitude Mountain Resort in Big Cottonwood Canyon.

“We accomplished what we needed to do and didn’t need to raise money,” resort spokesman Jared Winkler said of Brighton’s offseason improvements, which focused on making the snowmaking system more efficient by pulling water out of Twin Lakes rather than Mary’s.

At Solitude, the entire base village is now Wi-Fi accessible, the Moonbeam parking lot was expanded to accommodate another 100 vehicles and the Thirsty Squirrel Bar grew to provide “additional elbow room.”

The two-seater Three Kings lift, which has been part of Park City Mountain Resort since the winter of 1971-72, was replaced by a fixed-grip triple chair that will increase capacity by 50 percent to the popular Three Kings terrain park.

Nearly 1,000 acres of skiable terrain has been added by resorts for this year. Powder Mountain added about 350 of those with the expansion of its snowcat service to more hillsides outside of its boundaries, another 200 acres were added at Eagle Point Resort outside of Beaver, and the rest are taking shape at Beaver Mountain, which installed a new Little Beaver triple chair that is 400 feet longer than its predecessor.

Read the complete article.


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