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Cottonwood Heights Journal

Ski & Snowboard News / What's new at the resorts?

Nov 07, 2018 03:45PM ● By Harriet Wallis

Winter is on its way / photo: Harriet Wallis

Alta added a quad lift that connects the area to the trailside Snowpine Lodge.

Brighton is now part of the Ikon pass that gives skiing at 36 resorts worldwide.

Deer Valley underwent an $8.1 million capital improvement project -- the largest in a decade. The Homestake chairlift has been replaced with a high speed detachable quad which cuts ride time in half. And it added more snowmaking, and various day lodges have been upgraded.

Eagle Point near Beaver installed snowmaking for the first time.

Nordic Valley near Eden proposes expanding the resort from 140 to 2,800 acres and installing a 4.3 mile long gondola to connect North Ogden to Nordic Valley base area which would reduce canyon traffic and vehicle emissions.

Park City Mountain builds a mid-mountain learning area called High Meadow Park which is located on The Canyon's side of the resort, and new snowmaking is added there. There are also mid-mountain restauraunt renovations.

Snowbasin regraded the Mt. Ogden Bowl Road to make it easier for betinner and intermediates to come down from the summit John Paul Lodge. Earl's Lodge in the base area also saw renovations.

Snowbird installed pedestrian bridges for easier walking among base area facilities and the lifts. Olympian Jared Goldberg was named Snowbird's official Ambassador of Speed. The downhill national champion got his start at Snowbird when he was 4 years old. And the base area Cliff Lodge saw many renovations.

Solitude is one of the newest additions to the Ikon pass.