NEW YORK -- The
Utah Ski Association said the state posted a record number of skier
days last year, 3.4 million for the season. Utahs Summit County ski areas -- Deer Valley Resort, Park
City Mountain Resort and the Canyons Resort -- reported a combined
record for the second year in a row, with visits totaling 1.4
million, a 5% increase over the previous year.
Lake Tahoe resorts -- including Alpine Meadows, Heavenly, Kirkwood,
Northstar-at-Tahoe, Sierra-at-Tahoe and Squaw Valley USA -- drew
more than 3.2 million skier visits last year. In addition, more than $1 billion has been invested in
upgrades at Lake Tahoe-area ski resorts.
Following is a
sampling of news and developments in both areas for the 2004-05
" The big news in
Heavenly this season is the new Heavenly Village,
a pedestrian area at the base of the Heavenly Gondola featuring 40
shops; 14 restaurants; nonski activities such as laser tag, ice
skating and an eight-screen movie theater; and nine art galleries.
The village is part of a $200 million investment, with an
additional $10 million slated for on-mountain upgrades this season.
Improvements include a new high-speed, six-passenger lift,
additional snowmaking capabilities and a remodeling of the exterior
of East Peak Lodge.
is set to invest almost $1.5 million on a new Village Plaza, which
will house Northstars skier services. A new Village Pavilion will
comprise a ticket center; sports bar; and food and beverage
outlets, including apres ski venues. Also new will be an Echo
Express quad chairlift, a Doppelmayer high-speed quad running
parallel to the gondola and serving the mid-mountain. The new lift
will open in December.
Families can take
advantage of Northstar-at-Tahoes new terrain park, the Straights,
featuring freestyle terrain, complete with rolling jumps suitable
for children and novices. New rails in the expert terrain parks
also will be available this season along with snowboard instruction
through a Burton Learn-to-Ride program. For more info or to book,
go to www.skinorthstar.com.
Valley USA is opening Phase II of its expanded pedestrian
base village, to offer -- in combination with the already completed
Phase I -- 286 new slopeside condominiums. Also new are seven
dining venues and 17 shops in the European-style village. The
expansion comes on the heels of a $60 million investment in
on-mountain improvements, which, this coming season, will include a
new beginner double chairlift and a second Magic Carpet serving the
Squaw Kids Childrens Center. Visit www.squaw.com.
" A new, deeply
discounted, multi-area lift voucher called the Ski Salt
Lake Super Pass is good for day passes at Alta Ski Area,
Brighton Resort, Solitude Mountain Resort and Snowbird Ski &
Summer Resort. The pass also includes round-trip transportation
from downtown and suburban Salt Lake City to the resorts. Priced at
$42, the pass costs less than any of the Salt Lake resorts
individual lift passes and is available through tour operator
packages as well as through individual resorts. Visit www.ski-saltlake.com.
Ski Area added a 6,300-foot-long, detachable quad,
bottom-to-top lift designed to take skiers from the base to the top
in less than nine minutes. Alta also opened its first terrain park
last spring, with small and medium jumps, a luge, a box and four
rails. The Alta Lodge unveiled two inclusive programs for skiers
this season: Early Turns and Powder Tracks, including daylong
clinics with instructors from Altas Alf Engen Ski
The Early Turns
program, available Dec. 9 to 12, was designed for intermediate and
advanced skiers and includes four nights lodging, meals, tax and
gratuity at the Alta Lodge; three days of ski instruction; a
three-day lift ticket; and the use of demo skis and boots from the
Deep Powder House Ski Shop. Early Turns is priced at $1,545 per
person, double; $2,020, single.
offered Jan. 8 to 12 and April 2 to 6, features five nights
lodging, meals, tax and gratuity at the Alta Lodge; four days of
ski instruction; four days lift tickets -- three at Alta and one at
Snowbird -- and use of ski equipment. In January, Powder Tracks
costs $2,251 per person, double; $2,928, single. In April, the
program is priced at $2,040, double; $2,633, single. Visit www.altalodge.com.
Head Resort added three large terrain parks for a variety
of skill levels with more than 25 jumps and rails. Also new is Get
Better lessons for guests who have skied or snowboarded at least
once, priced at $10 when paying for a full-day lift
The resort also
unveiled a Stay Three Ski Free package, priced at $139 per person,
double. The three-night package includes slopeside lodging at Cedar
Breaks Lodge & Spa at Brian Head and a two-day lift ticket at
Brian Head Resort. The property features an indoor swimming pool,
hot tubs, two restaurants, a full-service day spa, a game room,
underground parking and a 24-hour front desk. The offer is
available weekdays all season, excluding holidays; rates do not
include taxes. Call (888) 282-3327 for more information.
A lodging package
at the Best Western Town & Country Inn also includes an all-day
lift ticket to Brian Head Resort as well as lodging and breakfast.
The package costs $55 per night, per person, double, and hotel
amenities include an indoor pool and hot tub and refrigerators and
microwaves in each room. Available all season during the week, the
rate rises to $65 per night, double, on weekends. Call (800)
493-2608 or visit www.bwtowncountry.com
Canyons Resort in Park City is offering a free day
of skiing or riding with the purchase of two or more days. It also
unveiled a First Tracks at the Canyons package, which pairs first
access to the lifts and slopes and breakfast at the Red Pine Lodge
for $30 plus a lift ticket. Call (435) 615-8042.
" Upgrades and
expansions in the Park City area include an $8
million project at Deer Valley Resort. The improvements include two
new chairlifts serving the Flagstaff area of the resort; two new
intermediate ski runs, also in Flagstaff, and additional glade
skiing. Visit www.deervalley.com for more information.
Mountain Resort replaced its beginner lift with a high-speed,
four-passenger, detachable lift serving the novice terrain. For
details, go to www.parkcitymountain.com.
Snowbird Ski and
Summer Resort offers a new, 340-foot-long, 50-foot-wide Superpipe
to serve its newly expanded terrain parks. Visit www.snowbird.com.
Resort, which has put the finishing touches on its new village
core, has upgraded its snowmaking capabilities for the coming
season. Construction on the next phase, a 12,000-square-foot base
lodge and high-speed quad in the Moonbeam area, is set for summer
2005. Visit www.skisolitude.com for more on Solitude
To contact reporter Felicity
Long, send e-mail to[email protected].