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Utah Ski Resorts gear up for the 2019-20 season

SALT LAKE CITY – The beginning of ski season in Utah is on the horizon, and the state’s ski resorts are gearing up for another winter of skiing, riding, and playing in The Greatest Snow on Earth®. With a variety of new offerings, including new lifts, hotels, restaurants, and even a newly added resort, Woodward Park City, visitors are sure to find unique experiences all across the state with a variety of options for families, friends, and powder-chasing fanatics.

WHAT’S NEW:

Alta Ski Area
Alta is excited to expand Alta Ski Shop operations to the family-friendly Albion Base Area with the original location remaining at the Wildcat Base Area. Building off the momentum from this past season, Alta will again dedicate up to 25% of the Wildcat parking lot for carpoolers with 3+ per vehicle. Alta has also hired a new Director for the Alta Environmental Center. Alf Engen Ski School is also thrilled to partner with the Snowpine Lodge and the Alta Peruvian Lodge, offering new performance ski camps for the 2019-20 season.  

Brian Head Resort
Nearly $6 million in capital improvements are continuing on schedule at Brian Head Resort this summer and fall. The improvements will benefit skiers and riders resort-wide, with a new high-speed lift, new grooming equipment, snowmaking improvements, replacements and upgrades in the rental shop ski and snowboard inventory, and additional enhancements to other on-hill facilities.

The new high-speed detachable quad chair lift (Navajo Express) will replace the Resort’s existing fixed-grip triple chair lift that has served Navajo Mountain for over 30 years. With both base areas (Navajo and Giant Steps) now served by high-speed chairlifts, guests will be able to access the top of both mountains faster, smoother, and more comfortably than ever before.

Other noticeable on-hill improvements will also be ready for the 2019–20 ski season — the ever-popular Navajo Snow Tubing Park will be relocated and expanded with more lanes and longer runs, a new “Sun Kid” magic carpet will replace the cable tow to transport tubers to the top of the hill more efficiently, and an additional on-mountain surface conveyor is also being installed at the top of Navajo Mountain to improve lift-to-lift access on Navajo Mountain.

Brighton
Brighton is excited to add additional snowmaking on the Canyon run near the Milly Base area, enabling access to the Milly lift sooner than before. Taking advantage of already existing RFID technology, the resort is also launching a redesigned purchasing portal for online sales, which will drastically improve the customer checkout experience and make it easier than ever to shop Brighton online. A new Brighton Resort app is also planned to launch this fall.

Deer Valley Resort
Deer Valley plans to invest $7.6 million in improvements for the 2019–20 season. This investment will fund several improvements, including new RFID technology, digital signage, snowmaking and grooming enhancements, and upgrades the transportation fleet.

RFID technology with new gantry gates and scanning for electronic ticketing will be added around the resort. New ticketing media, with built-in chip technology, will enable the resort to use the best available technology to increase and upgrade the guest experience throughout the resort and new digital signage at the resort’s base lodges will enhance the guest experience by having real-time information available on ticketing availability and pricing, lift operations, grooming conditions, and other mountain and lodge related information.

The enhancements to the snowmaking systems will include the purchase of additional low-energy guns and five new fan guns, upgrades to the control systems, and the replacement of several thousand feet of snowmaking pipes. The purchase of four new Prinoth snowcats will also enhance and expand grooming.

In addition to these improvements, Deer Valley will also be making upgrades to the guest transportation fleet and replacing the ski rental shop inventory with the newest Rossignol equipment.

Park City Mountain
Tombstone BBQ has long been a favorite dining tradition on Park City Mountain, serving mouthwatering house-smoked meats, homemade sauces and ice cold beer. That tradition will start a whole new chapter for the 2019–20 season, with the addition of a permanent restaurant on the site of the old food truck and BBQ shed. The signature space includes heated indoor seating for up to 50 guests, ample indoor restrooms, a draft beer bar, a wood-fired BBQ pit and a full kitchen serving up all the Tombstone classics. Outdoor picnic tables will continue to offer guests a relaxed, al fresco dining experience with views of the surrounding mountains, while the new indoor structure will provide a cozy escape from the elements on chilly days. In pursuit of Vail Resort’s commitment to zero, disposable plates and cups will also be replaced with environmentally-friendly reusable service ware.

Park City Mountain also plans to install a new lift in time for the 2019–20 season, pending permits. The fixed-grip quad chairlift, named “Over and Out,” will transport guests from a location near the bottom of the Tombstone Express Lift and unload near the top of Sunrise Lift on the front side of the mountain. As the name suggests, this lift will provide a quicker, more direct route for skiers and riders to access Canyons Village from the center of the resort.

Snowbasin Resort
Snowbasin Resort is making several upgrades this year, including major upgrades to Earl’s Lodge, significant improvements on the intermediate experience off the John Paul lift, and improved accessibility at the base of the Wildcat lift.

The major upgrades to servery in Earl’s Lodge will increase the ease of guest flow and speed of service with additional grab-and-go options, elevated food quality, and new food and beverage stations. Snowbasin favorite menu items, such as the cheese fries, will remain on the menu.

On the snow, the resort has added snowmaking to the area that was improved and widened last summer around Mt. Ogden Bowl road in order to accelerate early season opening of the John Paul lift and is also removing the medical clinic building from the Powder Puff area by the base of Wildcat lift. This will provide easier access to the Wildcat chair for all guests and expand the beginner terrain footprint in the base area. Snowbasin is grateful for the long-standing partnership with Intermountain Health Care, and for the new clinic facility that will be built in the base area.

Snowbird
Snowbird’s newest dining experience, SeventyOne at the Cliff Lodge, is a throwback to the mountain’s early roots. The new restaurant features American grill favorites, an open kitchen, and a retro vibe. Take in the expansive mountain views while you enjoy a relaxing meal or quick drink at the bar. Prepare yourself for a new flavor at Snowbird with a sophisticated, 70s twist on comfort food and contemporary American fare.

Solitude Mountain Resort
Solitude Mountain Resort is excited to announce the opening of a walk-up waffle window at the Moonbeam Center. This new dining option will offer fresh, piping hot Liège-style waffles with a variety of toppings, plus other take-away snacks and beverages.

Solitude’s mountain operations team has acquired a new Prinoth Leitwolf snowcat, the latest addition to Solitude’s grooming fleet, and has also undertaken a major brush clearing initiative during summer 2019. Both of these investments support Solitude’s commitment to remaining a market leader in slope maintenance, ensuring a high-quality guest experience.

Woodward Park City
Woodward Park City, the nation’s first all-in-one action sports and ski resort, will feature a fully integrated and state of the art campus, complete with indoor and outdoor action sports venues for year-round adventure. Located just 27 miles from Salt Lake City International Airport, Woodward Park City will be open 365 days and nights a year starting this 2019-20 winter season. Woodward Park City is imagined from the ground up to encourage intuitive growth and progression in 10 different sports and activities. From lift-accessed snowboarding, skiing, and tubing in the winter to biking and skating in the summer, Woodward Park City should be on every Utah visitor’s must-do bucket list. Access will be available through all-access tickets, day sessions, lift tickets, drop-in sessions, day camps, lessons, monthly memberships, and special events.

Woodward Park City Monthly Memberships (starting at $100/month) will include unlimited access to our indoor and outdoor facilities. The memberships are available beginning September 6 at the introductory rate of $100/month. Maintaining your membership locks in your original price for at least two years from start date. Additional ways to play will be available for pre-purchase throughout the fall.

ANNIVERSARIES:
Montage Deer Valley will be celebrating a decade of Montage Memories with its 10 Year Anniversary in 2020.
The Chateaux Deer Valley is celebrating its 20th season this winter 2020. Watch for special events and promotions to join in the celebration this coming season.

LODGING:

Alta Lodge
New for the 2019–20 winter season, Alta Lodge, in conjunction with Alta Ski Area, has added a new women’s specific program to their Ski Adventures line up. The Women’s Skills Camp is an early season offering for intermediate and advanced skiers looking for a fun and dynamic group setting to develop and hone their technical skills and build a foundation to enjoy varied terrain and snow conditions for the entire season. Participants will enjoy outstanding camaraderie with fellow female skiers along with four-nights lodging and meals at the iconic Alta Lodge, three days of coaching from Alta’s Alf Engen Ski School, demo skis, and lift tickets (offered December 12–16, 2019).

Black Rock Mountain Resort
Black Rock Mountain Resort is scheduled to open this fall, offering over 250 condo style rooms. The resort will feature restaurants, a bar, a gym, and three ice rinks for hockey and leisure ice skating. Black Rock Mountain is located about 10 minutes from the Deer Valley gondola entrance and 15 minutes from Park City’s Main Street.

Compass Rose Lodge
Compass Rose Lodge opened in January 2019 and is Ogden Valley’s newest hotel. This 15-room boutique is one of two hotels in the country built around a high-tech telescope where guests can explore Ogden Valley’s International Dark-Sky Park in great detail. Views of the rings of Saturn or Jupiter's Galilean Moons and spectacular deep-sky objects including galaxies, nebulae and globular clusters await those seeking to peer farther into space.

Goldener Hirsch
The European lodge, located mid-mountain in Deer Valley’s Silver Lake Village, has broken ground on a residential expansion known as The Goldener Hirsch Residences — a modern interpretation of a ski lodge with the introduction of 40 new, contemporary residences joined to the original Goldener Hirsch Inn by a sky bridge. The Residences are set to open early 2020.

The Snowpine Lodge
The Snowpine Lodge is fully open for its first full winter season, off the heels of its re-opening last January after a $50-million overhaul and an epic snow season in Alta (more than 626” of snow). Snowpine Lodge opened January 2019 as the premier year-round destination in Alta, Utah, and the first luxury resort to offer ski-in/ski-out access with the simultaneous opening of the adjacent Snowpine ski lift. Resurrected at the site of the original 1941 Snowpine Lodge and the oldest building in Little Cottonwood Canyon, the new Snowpine Lodge features 54 rooms and suites and 19 traditional dorm-style bunk rooms. Located just 40 minutes from Salt Lake City International Airport, the Snowpine Lodge provides easy access to fresh mountain air, beautiful views, hiking, mountain biking, two world-class ski resorts, and much more. 

Waldorf Astoria
Waldorf Astoria Park City will debut a full refresh to the resort’s guest rooms and suites. This update will include new furnishings, carpet, and an entirely updated room concept. The project will begin in September and is expected to be complete by late 2019. The hotel will remain open during the refresh, with no anticipated disturbance to guests. The Spa and Fitness Center, Powder, and Palette Gift Shop will not be affected during the project. “Waldorf Astoria Park City’s intent is to bring new life to the luxury mountain residential ambiance of each guestroom and suite,” said Adam Heffron, General Manager of Waldorf Astoria Park City. “We have worked closely with the Waldorf Astoria Brand Design team to ensure the legacy and timeless elegance for which Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts worldwide are known and honored, while simultaneously incorporating the unique vibe of Park City.”

TRANSPORTATION:
Construction on the Salt Lake City International Airport continues with first phase of The New SLC expected to open in 2020. The new airport facilities are being designed with state-of-the-art functionality and for ease of use. After the first phase of The New SLC opens, demolition of the existing facilities will begin so the second phase of construction can get underway. The full project is expected to be finished in 2023/24. The New SLC will create a memorable travel experience for passengers, whether they’re connecting to another city or making SLC their final destination. For updates about the project, go to www.slcairport.com/thenewslc.

Utah Transit Authority will continue working with local resorts to provide the ski bus servicefeeding Alta Ski Area, Brighton Resort, Snowbird, Solitude Mountain Resort, Powder Mountain and Snowbasin Resort. The most up to date route information will be available at rideuta.com.

EVENTS:

NASTAR
Snowbasin is pleased to welcome NASTAR, the largest public grassroots ski racing program in the world, back to the resort. NASTAR brings greater awareness to the sport motivating participants of all ages to get involved in ski racing. The NASTAR course will be on Showboat and operating Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays throughout the season starting December 13, weather dependent. NASTAR season passes are on sale now and prices start at $99. Single-day options will be available day of.

SUSTAINABILITY:
Alta Ski Area, along with the Alta Environmental Center, is excited to join the R.I.D.E. app for this upcoming winter. The ride-sharing app allows skiers a carbon-reducing travel option into Little Cottonwood Canyon by finding and pairing those who are looking to carpool to Alta or Snowbird. Newly installed in the Wildcat parking lot, a second Electric Vehicle Charger will be available at Alta this winter. This November, the Alta Environmental Center will release the 2019 Sustainability Report reviewing Alta's sustainability efforts this past year, and looking forward to goals for the 2019–20 season.

Park City is proud to have one of North America’s most ambitious climate goals: to be net-zero carbon and run on 100% renewable electricity for city operations by 2022, and for the whole community by 2032. These goals passed unanimously by City Council along with strong community support.

In 2017, Vail Resorts made a pledge to achieve a zero net operating footprint by 2030 by reaching zero net emissions, zero waste to landfill, and zero net operating impact on forests and habitat. Park City Mountain has focused on this Commitment to Zero locally with the implementation of many resort initiatives including a new waste diversion program. All food waste and other organic material is now collected and sent to the new anaerobic digester in Salt Lake City to be converted to renewable natural gas and bio-based fertilizer.

The Utah ski community will band together to kick-off Utah Climate Action Week with a fundraising party at Fisher Brewery on September 29th. Event features include "Ode to Muir", live music, and a generous opportunity drawing. All proceeds go to support Utah Climate Action Network. Partners include:  Ski Utah, Snowbird, Deer Valley, Solitude, Brighton, Park City, Alta, Powdr, Fisher Brewery, Utah Clean Energy and The Nature Conservancy. 

Waldorf Astoria Park City is excited to announce an enhanced sustainability program. From the hotel to Powder restaurant to the award-winning spa, the hotel is committed to find new ways to decrease their carbon footprint. Hilton, Waldorf Astoria’s parent company, has a program called “Travel with a Purpose” that carries a hefty goal — by 2030, Hilton is committed to double its investment in social impact and cut their environment footprint in half through responsible hospitality across the value chain.

Weber County North Fork Park was designated as an International Dark Sky Park in 2015 and is the world’s first designated bronze-tier IDA park. With its close proximity to Ogden and Salt Lake City, the park is incredibly unique in its location. With the mountains of the Wasatch Range helping to screen out the light pollution, the park is an amazing place to visit the night sky while enjoying easy access to urban amenities. The park is situated on 1,000 hectares (2,470 acres) of mountain valley land.

Woodward Park City has a mission to Play Forever with everyone who comes more alive in the mountains or while at play. A few ways the Play Forever commitment comes to life at Woodward Park City include: a rooftop solar array, living roof, and electric car charging stations. 

PASSES: 
With a variety of pass options available, skiers and riders have exceptional access to multiple Utah resorts as well as resorts around the world.

Ski Utah Gold Pass ($5,300): The Gold Pass is Utah’s only fully transferable multi-resort lift pass. It provides unlimited days of skiing/riding at all 15 Utah resorts. The pass is also valid for summer lift access, including mountain bike hauling, to resorts open during the summer months. A limited quantity remains — visit https://www.skiutah.com/goldpass to learn more.

Ski Utah Silver Pass ($3,500): –SOLD OUT– The Silver Pass provides unlimited days of skiing/riding at all 15 Utah resorts. The pass is also valid for summer lift access, including mountain bike hauling, to resorts open during the summer months. 

Ski Utah Passport ($45): This pass offers fifth graders three days of skiing and sixth graders one day of skiing at each of Utah’s resorts. Passport sign up and on-mountain redemption are now digital! Visit skiutah.com/passes/passport to learn more.

Ski Utah Yeti Pass ($649): The Yeti Pass is good for one lift ticket at every Utah resort and is a great option for parents with children who participate in the Ski Utah Passport program. Registration sign up and on-mountain redemption are now digital! Visit https://www.skiutah.com/passes/yeti-pass to learn more.

Ski City Super Pass (Starting at $300): The Ski City Super Pass allows unrestricted access to Alta Ski Area, Snowbird, Brighton Resort and/or Solitude Mountain Resort and can be purchased for a range of three to 10 days of skiing. The UTA ski bus is free to and from the resort with the purchase of this pass. Price varies depending on the number of days purchased. 

Epic Pass (Starting at $109): New for the 2019–20 season, Vail Resorts launched the Epic Day Pass allowing guests to ski world-class resorts for up to 50 percent off of lift ticket window prices. For guests looking to ski more days in a season, the Epic Pass and Epic Local Pass continue to offer the best value and variety for unlimited skiing and riding. The Epic Pass provides unlimited, unrestricted access to all of Vail Resorts’ owned and operated resorts, including Park City Mountain, and additional access to partner resorts around the world including Snowbasin, Sun Valley, Telluride, Verbier, Courchevel and more.
Ikon Pass ($749): The Ikon Pass offers access to 41 resorts around the world, including Utah’s Deer Valley Resort, Solitude Mountain Resort, Brighton Resort, Alta Ski Area, and Snowbird with no blackout dates. The Ikon Base Pass is a lower priced option with fewer days at partner destinations and is subject to restrictions.

Mountain Collective ($489): The Mountain Collective offers two days of skiing or riding at 18 iconic destinations, including Alta Ski Area and Snowbird in Utah. There are no blackout dates and passholders receive 50 percent off all additional days at Collective destinations.

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