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Utah Resorts Seek To Improve Flow, Comfort This Season
Snowbird's revamped base lodge feeds the pow' soul. (Snowbird/Facebook)
A couple of high-speed chairlifts, upgrades to base lodges and the end of night skiing in Park City make the list of top improvements at ski and snowboard resorts in Utah.
In the recent past, resorts in the Wasatch Mountains outside Salt Lake City have gone through a flurry of changes – due mostly to shifts in ownership. So it makes sense that work during the 2017 offseason tended toward tweaking than major overhauls.
Here’s what SnoCountry.com found that skiers and riders will experience on the mountains of the Beehive State:
Alta Ski Area made it easier to get into the Supreme Bowl area by taking down the clunky combo of Supreme and Cecrit fixed-grips and putting in high-speed quad Supreme to zip right to the top of the east ridge of the mountain. Next season, Alta hopes to replace venerable Wildcat chair.
Up north at Snowbasin, another Wildcat gets attention: The new Wildcat Express, a six-seat high-speed, will get skiers and ‘boarders into the versatile mid-mountain area quickly. The resort also debuts speed camps for adults on the 2002 Olympic downhill course.
The Creekside Lodge at the Gadzoom base of Snowbird opens this season after a season of remodeling. It’ll be the new home for ski and snowboard school and expanded dining.
Over the ridge at Park City Mountain, there’s a new magic carpet ride and teaching area dedicated to beginners at the main base area. In the same area, the lights won’t go on for evening skiing and riding on Payday and First Time lifts, due to declining interest.
Down south, Sundance Resort opens new ski and snowboard retail, rental and repair shop at the base of Jake’s Lift.