New Looks Dot Utah's Ski And Snowboard Landscape This Season
Aside from Covid-related changes, capital improvements big and small went up this summer at eight of Utah's ski and snowboard resorts.
New ownership at Nordic Valley wasted no time making headlines. A high-speed six-seater -- the only new chairlift in Utah this season -- will add some 1,400 vertical feet to the existing 1,100-foot vert on the lower part of the hill -- first opening up about 50 acres of new terrain with potential for 300 acres total.
Staying in the northern Wasatch, Beaver Mountain has added a second conveyor lift to its beginner area. Powder Mountain bought three open-air snowcats so that the resort's signature single-ride 'cat offering on Lightning Ridge and Raintree can continue with greater Covid-related safety.
And, at Snowbasin, the beginner area has been expanded and conveyor lifts have been moved for easier access. A new tow lift between makes it easier to get to the Wildcat Express, and a new trail to the Canyon Rim parking lot to bypass a shuttle ride. Plus, Needles Lodge got bigger.
At Snowbird, a couple of food trucks will set up shop in Gad Valley and Dick Bass Deck. And, more indoor seating (Covid restricted) will be found a Mid-Gad Restaurant. Remember to make a parking reservation before heading up Little Cottonwood Canyon.
Farther up the canyon, Alta has completed renovations and expansion at Alf's Restaurant, including a new ski shop and coffee shop. Grab 'n' go food can be gotten in either Wildcat or Albion parking lots.
Over the ridge at Deer Valley, luxury keeps getting more luxurious. The Montage has added the private Empire Lounge, and the Goldener Hirsch hotel has put in 40 more condominiums at its mid-mountain location.
Down south, there will be more choices for an overnight stay at Eagle Point, with the addition of 20 more resort-owned housing and condos around the base area. Also, the Skyline Lodge got reconfigured and expanded.
Finally, air travelers will notice big changes after they land in Salt Lake, as the Salt Lake City Airport opens two new concourses this season.