If you’ve ever skied in Utah, you’ve already been converted to the pristine winter environment. With nearly a dozen resorts less than an hour from Salt Lake City’s airport, Utah’s ski areas are famously known to be highly accessible and idyllic in every way. When you land in Salt Lake City, you’re literally a hop, skip and a jump from The Greatest Snow on Earth®.
Utah ski resorts have been busy this summer making improvements to enhance the mountain experience. Here is the rundown on all the upgrades you can expect to see this ski season.
Park City Mountain Resort tops the biggest news in Utah skiing this year with its outright purchase for $182M and change by Vail Resorts, Inc. The acquisition ends a years-long dispute for territory at the top of the ski area, previously operated by Powdr Corp. The buy-out is especially exciting for avid Rocky Mountain skiers and riders because starting this season PCMR will be included in the Epic Pass. Plans for next season include connecting the neighboring Canyons Resort, also operated by the Vail Resorts conglomerate.
Cherry Peak Resort, a brand new ski area is next up with its debut this season. Located near Richmond by the Utah/Idaho border, this gem up north is the first new resort in Utah since the early 80s and the 15th in the state. With plans to open this ski season in December, the area offers 200 acres of skiable terrain featuring a 1+ mile run, three triple chairlifts, HDK snowmaking and night lights for evening skiing in a pristine setting.
Canyons Resort (run by Vail Resorts, Inc.) is expanding its on-mountain Cloud Dine restaurant and adding outdoor deck space this season, nearly doubling its indoor and outdoor capacity to 8,000+ square feet. The project should be completed by December 1.
Snowbasin Resort adds to its snowmaking arsenal with 30 snow guns, and upgraded its grooming power with three new snowcats.
Alta Ski Area already upgraded its Corkscrew run this summer, increasing options for intermediate skiers.
Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort has begun construction on a mountaintop facility which will ultimately serve as a restaurant, ski patrol, employee lockers and more at Hidden Peak. Construction will be ongoing this season so you can check on the progress while you visit.
Powder Mountain is replacing its oldest lift with a new Skytrac fixed-grip quad lift at the Sundown area. The new chair will service a 567-foot vertical climb in 4.3 minutes and with capacity to take 1,500 to 2,100 riders up per hour. The lift will dramatically improve comfort and safety with bars and foot rests while maintaining the ski area’s pristine beauty. The upgrade will be the first thing you see when you walk through the entry.
Brian Head Resort is installing a new detachable quad which will cut the ride time to the summit of Giant Steps Mountain by more than half. The new chair will take riders to the top in about five minutes.
Eagle Point Resort will debut a new surface lift for advanced and expert skiers and riders. The lift serves black diamond runs previously accessible only by snowcat or hiking, opening quick access to the steepest territory in the southern area of the state. Eagle Point is also adding 12 progressive features to its Park Lab Terrain Park to serve skiers and riders of all ability levels.
Nordic Valley Resort was recently acquired by Skyline Mountain Base and is busy adding new trails to ski and ride, and overhauling its skier services. Nordic envisions big things for its future, with plans to install a new gondola and several other lifts to serve 3000 vertical feet and more than 2000 acres of new terrain and a shopping village.
Deer Valley upgraded its snowmaking system, acquired 34 new snowmobiles and five snowcats. The resort opened a new restaurant in the Lodges called the Brass Tag, specializing in brick oven eats.
Montage Deer Valley will open its Burgers & Bourbon eatery serving a large – if not the state’s largest – selection of world-class whiskeys.
With upgrades and improvements at 80% of Utah’s 15 ski areas this year alone, the sirens of deep powder are calling out to you this season!