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Utah Resorts Show Off Upgrades As Lifts Start Spinning

Snowbasin-Earls-Lodge Snowbasin spent the summer doing a renovation of Earl’s Lodge. (Snowbasin)

More mobility around the base of Alta, an on-mountain learning center at Park City Mountain, and lodge renovations at Snowbasin highlight the first-to-open resorts in Utah.

Many resorts in the Wasatch have spent the last couple of season adjusting to the “new world order” of ownership, and they are now settling in to their place in that. Here’s what’s new as the first set of Utah resorts drop the ropes.

At Snowbasin outside of Ogden, main base Earl’s Lodge get a the first phase of renovations over the summer, increase seating capacity in the lounge Cinnebar by 50 percent. On the mountain, crews spent the summer grading along the bottom of Mt. Ogden Bowl for non-experts to get down easier.

Freestyle riders and skiers enjoy Brighton’s four terrain parks for all abilities. (Brighton)

Terrain park haven Brighton’s big news is it joins the Ikon Pass partnership program, with seven days of skiing and riding free with the pass from Alterra Mountain Co. Kids 10 and under ski and ride for free.

Resurrected on the site of the oldest building in Alta, the Snowpine Lodge has been completely restored from the ground up. (Snowpine)

At Alta atop Little Cottonwood Canyon, the old-school Grizzly rope tow is gone and in its place a fixed-grip quad chair. The new lift will enhance travel around the base area, especially to the Snowpine Lodge – the oldest lodge in Alta -- which has been replaced with 58 luxury rooms. The first luxury hostelry in the valley, the Snowpine will have a spa, new restaurant and pub – and 19 dorm-style rooms as a nod to its past.

Learning to ski at Park City. (Park City)

Over the divide, Park City Mountain continues to burnish its offerings. The High Meadow exclusive learning area – atop the Red Pine gondola out of the former Canyons base area -- gets a new high-speed quad chair, shortening the uphill ride time by 70 percent. Also at the Vail-owned mountain, more seating at the Cloud Dine restaurant and a total remake, including a new bar, at Mid-Mountain Lodge will welcome skiers and riders this season.

Try one of the famous Cloud Dine doughnuts, with six types of dough made daily. (Park City Mountain)

Also in Utah, southern-tier Brian Head is now open, where families and never-everts get special treatment. 

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