New developments to start the season

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.

Utah ski resorts are enhancing facilities for guests.• The 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 construction.

• 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 sofas.

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.

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