It’s the beginning of fall, but already, your clients are preparing
for the ski season, and Utah is ready. From new lifts and terrain
to North America’s first ski tunnel, the state’s ski resorts are
ready to welcome skiers with more amenities in the 2006-2007 winter
The Canyons Resort, one of the country’s largest ski and
snowboard resorts, will maintain its status by adding more than 200
acres of glades and trails with the opening of the Dreamcatcher
quad. The Tombstone quad will be replaced by a six-pack chairlift,
helping to decrease congestion problems.
Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort’s intermediate terrain will
become more accessible with North America’s first 600-foot tunnel.
The tunnel, which contains a conveyor lift, will provide access to
Mineral Basin from Peruvian Gulch. The tunnel eliminates many
switchbacks and the steepest pitch of Chip’s Run, while providing
an efficient way to reach Hidden Peak without using the Tram. The
Peruvian lift will receive a new high-speed quad and the top
station will be relocated to below the steepest Chip’s Run pitch.
The lift transports 1,800 people per hour with an eight-minute
ride. If wind conditions prevent Tram operation, the Peruvian lift
will allow continued access to Peruvian Gulch and Mineral Basin.
Snowbird is also introducing the “SnowCam”
(www.snowbird.com/snowcam), allowing skiers to check storm
conditions before heading for the improved lifts and slopes.
Snowbird’s flagship property, the Cliff Lodge, also just completed
$5.6 million in renovations, with new furnishings, bedding and
To provide skiers with more snow in the pre-season, 14 new, more
energy efficient snowmaking guns have been installed at Park City
Mountain Resort. New rails, funboxes and jumps featured at four
terrain parks have design input from the Park City All-Star team,
including gold medalist Shaun White.
Wolf Mountain is also working on improving snowmaking and will
see changes, such as a yurt for the children’s drop-off ski school,
an expanded terrain park and longer runs. The terrain park project
is being done out of earth so that “Wolf’s Lair” can double as a
mountain bike free-ride park in the summer.