Snowbasin holding open house to show proposed master plan

Posted By: The Ski Channel on July 7, 2010 4:56 pm

Snowbasin Resort will conduct an Open House from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on July 15 at Earl’s Lodge, at the base of the Utah ski resort to afford the general public the chance to consider their proposed master plan for 3,800 acres located in Weber County. Snowbasin representatives and the design team will be on hand to address questions and explain the features of the master plan.

The Utah resort applied in May to rezone nearly 3,800 acres located in Weber County, including the ski area base, under the newly adopted Ogden Valley Destination and Recreation Resort Ordinance. The master plan is the result of a three-year effort to develop a new master plan for the 12,000-acre property located in both Weber and Morgan Counties.

At the moment, Snowbasin, which along with Idaho’s Sun Valley Resort is owned by Sinclair Oil magnate Earl Holding, has no overnight accommodations. The Weber County proposal includes plans for hotel, retail and residential properties near the existing lodge as well as clustered neighborhoods throughout Weber County and retail and commercial near the intersection of Trappers Loop Road and State Highway 39. The plan for Weber County proposes to develop 20 percent of the 3,800 acres, preserving 80 percent as open space.

Resort property in Morgan County, would see significant ski area expansion near the current Strawberry Gondola, with a second entrance added to the ski area along Trapper’s Loop Road in Morgan County, which would reduce approximately 10 minutes off the drive to the resort from the Salt Lake City area.

The rezone application is currently under review by Weber County officials, as well as other local, state and federal agencies. It is expected that a decision regarding the rezone request will begin in August with the Ogden Valley Planning Commission.