SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah has already received nearly a foot of snow
at upper elevations.
Anticipating a boom in visitor numbers, spurred by a cooperative
Mother Nature, Utah's 13 mountain resorts are gearing up to unveil
a host of renovations and expansions for the upcoming season.
• The ski area at Park City Mountain Resort, which will mark its
40th anniversary during the 2003-04 season, added a
5,000-square-foot deck to the Summit House Restaurant, purchased
additional grooming machines and installed more Fast Tracks access
gates for express passholders.
Visitors also will be able to follow in the tracks of Olympic
athletes on the resort's Eagle Superpipe, where the U.S. won the
2002 Olympic men's halfpipe competition.
• New packages at Alta ski area will include Powder Tracks -- Alta
Lodge Powder Days, which combines four days of instruction in
skiing powder snow with five nights' accommodations at the Alta
Lodge, daily dinners and breakfasts, taxes and gratuities. The
program will run Jan. 10 to 14 and April 3 to 7.
Ski passes are for Alta's ski area and Alta Snowbird;
participants also can try snow-cat skiing in Alta's Grizzly Gulch
and sample the latest equipment.
January prices are $2,645 per person, single; $2,000, double; in
April, $2,338, single, and $1,776, double.
Alta also remodeled the Cub's Den in the lower level of the
Albion Ticket Building, offering families one location in which to
register their children for ski school and to purchase lift
tickets. Also new is an elevator that links the parking lot level
to the slopes and to the Cub's Den.
• At the Canyons, a new, 16-acre terrain park, accessible by
Snow Canyon Express, will offer more than 30 snow features, and
Lookout Cabin, situated at the top of Lookout Peak, added a
full-service bar within the restaurant.
An Early Bird Ski Free Package offers free skiing for guests who
stay at either the Sundial Lodge or Grand Summit Resort Hotel
between Nov. 21 and Dec. 25.
The way it works is that two lift tickets are included in the
lodging rates per night, which start at $159 for the Sundial Lodge
and $189 for the Grand Summit.
• A $6 million improvement project at Deer Valley Resort will
include a major expansion of the Snow Park Lodge's rental shop,
Children's Center and Signatures store.
At Empire Canyon mountain area, the resort expanded the
glade-skiing terrain and snowmaking capacity.
• Snowbasin Resort will be operating a new terrain park this
season, with separate areas provided for different levels of ski
• Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort expanded its snow-making
capacity to include the Regulator Johnson run on the upper
The resort's Baby Thunder Terrain Park will add more features,
and the intermediate terrain park on Big Emma will include more
rails and jumps.
Also new is a Kids' Freeride camp -- part of the resort's
Mountain School camps -- designed to help children ages 10 to 17
improve their skills in mountain-riding.
In addition to instruction, the camp offers a pizza dinner, a
movie and discussions about the latest winter sports gear.
The program, which also includes daily lunch, is priced at $450
and will run Feb. 18 to 20.
• The Village at Solitude Mountain Resort, a pedestrian-only
village, has been completed in time for the coming season.
The resort features a variety of dining options -- everything
from fine dining to kid-pleasing fare -- and Club Solitude for
Also new this year is a family-friendly terrain park, suitable
even for young, novice skiers and snowboarders.
Packed with snow features, the terrain park is situated in
gentle terrain, features a sitting area for spectators and is
accessible from four of the resort's eight ski lifts.
• Famous for its Sundance Film Festival, Sundance has developed
a series of three-day skiing labs this season. The first one,
called the Art of Skiing, will be held during the film festival on
Jan. 10 to 22.
Other Ski Performance Labs include the Leadership/Coaching
Skiing Lab, Feb. 11 to 13, geared toward corporate groups, and the
K2 Technology Performance Skiing Lab, March 5 to 7, for
advanced/intermediate to expert-level skiers.
Participants receive two nights' lodging, with meals, taxes and
gratuities included, for $1,533.
For additional information about packages or improvements at any
of Utah's 13
mountain resorts, call Ski Utah at (800) 754-8824 or visit the
Web site at www.skiutah.com.
To contact reporter Felicity Long, send e-mail to [email protected].
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