SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah ski resorts are gearing up for the season
with new deals and developments. The following is a sampling:
• Alta. The resort created the Alta Snowbird Pass, which sells
for $68, enabling skiers to access both Alta and Snowbird's
combined terrain. Snowbird added a second high-speed quad this
summer, making the connection between the two resorts possible. The
Utah Transit Authority will connect the base areas of the two
resorts with expanded bus service.
Canyons. The resort added a lift in the Dreamscape section, which
gives access to new trails and more than 25 new acres. The Canyons
also expanded its parking section, which is served by the
Cabriolet, a year-old, open-air gondola that takes the skiers from
the parking area to the village center in three minutes.
• Park City. A new bridge over Park Avenue to the base of the
Town Lift is scheduled for completion by mid-December. Olympics
venues, including a 10,000-seat stadium, are under
• Snowbasin. A 45,000-square-foot, two-level day lodge will open
at the start of the season. The facility, with the same
architecture as the River Run lodge in Sun Valley, Idaho, is on the
east side of the lower parking lot.
A new Skier Services building, across from the new lodge, also
will be built in classic Sun Valley architecture. Other lodges will
be at the top of Middle Bowl Express and at the top of the John
Paul chair lift.
• Solitude. Eagle Springs East, a 46-unit hotel/condominium
property, opened this year and a sister property, Eagle Springs
West, with 49 more condominiums, is scheduled to break ground in
April. Two- and three-bedroom units feature kitchens with natural
slate floors and living rooms with fireplaces and sleeper
The resort is starting Back Tracks this winter, a program for
groups of up to 10 advanced skiers and snowboarders who are guided
by ski patrol members outside of the resort boundaries.
For more information, call (801) 534-1779 or visit www.skiutah.com.