Deer Valley is first Utah mountain Colorado-based consortium (Deer Valley/Facebook)
An Aspen-based consortium of ski and snowboard resorts has added Deer Valley to its portfolio.
The skiing-only Utah resort announced it has been purchased by the joint venture – yet to be named -- that recently brought together Intrawest Resorts holdings, Mammoth Mountain and Squaw Valley. Henry Crown and Company, the owner of Aspen Skiing Company, is part of the new venture but Aspen-Snowmass complex will operate independently.
Deer Valley officials said that operations at the mountain will remain as is for the time being. Season passes for 2017-2018 will be honored, as well as pass exchanges with Steamboat and Solitude, which are not included in the sale arrangement.
The deal is seen as a way to give Utah skiers an opportunity to visit the other 12 resorts within the consortium portfolio, and others to visit Utah, although pass exchanges for this season have not been worked out.
General Manager Bob Wheaton has been at the resort since it opened in 1981. Under his leadership, the resort became known for its luxury service; it was one of the first resorts to offer ski valets to carry guests' ski gear, free parking-lot shuttles, and a state-licensed child-care facility, and to put all its employees in uniforms.
The Aspen-based joint venture now owns California resorts of Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows, Mammoth, Snow Summit, Bear Mountain and June Mountain; Colorado’s Steamboat and Winter Park; Blue Mountain in Ontario and Mont Tremblant in Quebec; Stratton Mountain in Vermont, and Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia.