Deer Valley Resort is underway with upgrades for the coming ski season, spending $8 million on renovations that include a complete lift replacement. The resort is working to replace the Deer Crest fixed-grip quad lift that starts near the St. Regis Deer Valley and drops skiers off at the peak of Little Baldy Mountain, with plans to redub the new, high-speed detachable quad lift as the Mountaineer Express.
The Mountaineer Express will have the capacity to move 1,200 more skiers in a single hour, said Emily Summers, the communications director at Deer Valley Resort.
"We're replacing what was there with a completely new lift," Summers said. "The Deer Crest lift is pretty slow, so this will be a good improvement. Anything to replace a lift is a big deal for a resort."
The new express lift will create more access to groomed runs such as the Jordanelle and Deer Hollow.
Every year, the resort puts money back into its winter operations, Summers said. Since 1990, expansions to the resort have totaled $145 million. This season's upgrades are a million dollar increase from last year's $7 million.
"This is the most we've spent since the 2008-09 ski season," Summer said, "the year we upgraded Cushing's Cabin."
"We're always investing, improving the equipment," she added. "This will really help that area of the mountain. It was a pretty long lift, and this will make it a shorter ride."
In particular, the lift upgrades will benefit St. Regis guests as the main access point to the resort via the hotel's ski-in ski-out amenities.
Alongside the lift upgrades, the resort plans to also expand its snow-making capabilities
near the Empire Canyon terrain through buying more high-efficiency snow guns. In a press release, more upgrades are to include renovations to Snow Park Restaurant, replacing the wooden deck at Empire Canyon Lodge with heated pavers, purchasing additional low-energy, air-water guns and five additional Prinoth Snowcats, including one Beast Groomer.