Resorts expanding operations |

Resorts expanding operations


The resorts are already hard at work getting ready for ski season.

Canyons isn’t ready to announce its changes yet, but Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley Resort have big plans to increase convenience, reduce their carbon footprint and expand their offerings.

"We remain devoted to creating a premier on-mountain experience for all of our guests," said Jenni Smith, president and general manager of PCMR. "This season’s improvements will allow us to meet the expectations of our guests and provide enjoyable resort experiences for families, terrain park enthusiasts, and skiers and riders of all abilities."

The list includes:

  • A newly dedicated learning zone to be located near the Resort Base Area with two conveyor lifts.
  • An additional zip line that will load and unload in the Resort Base Area, allowing it to run through the winter season.
  • New access gates at the seven Base Area lifts that will provide a completely hands-free experience boarding those lifts.
  • The 3 Kings Chair is being converted from a double-chair to a fixed triple-chair.
  • A new superpipe that will open earlier in the season is under construction at the base of the resort.
  • Four new snowcats will replace older models improving grooming capacity while reducing emissions
  • New snow guns will better prepare the resort to open with higher-quality snow while improving productivity and energy efficiency.
  • A new interactive kiosk at the top of Silverlode Lift will educate visitors about the resort’s commitment to wind and solar power as energy alternatives. It will include functioning solar panels and a working wind turbine that generates enough energy annually to power a house for five years.

    All improvements are scheduled for completion by opening day this year.

    Deer Valley Resort is also spending $7 million on improvements this year, said spokeswoman Emily Summers.

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    Changes include:

  • Opening a new children’s clothing retail outlet in Snow Park Lodge.

  • Remodeling the Etc. store in Snow Park Lodge.

  • Expanding the summer lift-served mountain biking trail system to include the Ruby Express chairlift from the Empire Canyon Lodge area. "The Road to Ruby" is a three- to four-mile connecting trail from Bald Mountain to the Flagstaff Mountain area. A new intermediate trail system will also be added in the Flagstaff Mountain area.

  • Redesigning the beginner/ learning area on Wide West ski run and installing new Sunkid surface lifts.

  • $1 million investment in technology upgrades and programs.

  • Purchasing 41 energy efficient air-water snowmaking guns.

  • Purchasing five additional snowcats, including two Prinoth Beasts.

  • Expanding the resort maintenance shop to accommodate the Prinoth Beast snowcats.

  • Replace the snowmobile fleet at Summit Meadows Adventures.

  • Additional staff space in the Snow Park Lodge.