Deer Valley

A new quad chair, dubbed the Mountaineer Express will increase the capacity on Little Baldy Mountain at Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah, by 1,200 skiers per hour next winter.

The price tag for the lift, which replaces the Deer Crest chair, and other new planned amenities, comes to $8 million, according to Deer Valley President and General Manager Bob Wheaton.

Improvements, in addition to the new chair, will include remodeling of the Snow Park Restaurant, replacing the wooden deck at Empire Canyon Lodge with heated pavers, expanding snowmaking capabilities to more terrain in Empire Canyon, purchasing additional low-energy, air-water guns, and adding five more Prinoth Snowcats, including one Beast Groomer.

Wheaton said the resort is “continually assessing needed improvements that will be most advantageous to our guests.”

Little Baldy Peak, where the Mountaineer Express will travel, has an elevation of 7,950 feet, offers nine trails ranging from beginner to expert. Trails are accessed via the resort’s Little Stick and Navigator runs, or by the Jordanelle Express Gondola, located at the Mayflower/Deer Crest entrance to Deer Valley off Highway 40.

The upscale resort in Park City is home to the Visa Freestyle Championships each year.

Photo: Deer Valley Resort