Utah ski resorts go the extra mile with improvements for upcoming winter season

Posted By: The Ski Channel on November 11, 2009 9:39 am

The state of Utah, and its 13 ski resorts, are ready to go for the upcoming ski and snowboard season.  Known for having “The Greatest Snow on Earth,” 11 of the 13 resorts are located within an hour drive of the Salt Lake City International Airport, which was recently ranked number one in the U.S. for having the most on-time flights.  In addition, the state’s liquor laws have been changed so Utah bars are now open to the public and customers do not have to fill out an application and pay a fee in order to enter.  

With all of that said, it’s time to go back to the resorts…here is what guests to the great state of Utah have to look forward to this winter:




One of the new “in” places to stay this winter will be the new Dakota Mountain Lodge & Golden Door Spa, which is the first ski-in, ski-out property of the Waldorf Astoria Collection.  The property features 175 guest rooms and suites with elegant amenities, including custom furnishings and gourmet kitchens.  The lodge is also home to the Spruce Restaurant, which promises to be a great place to dine after hitting the slopes.





On the heels of the Dakota Mountain Lodge opening in The Canyons, Deer Valley has a new resort of its own this season- the St. Regis Deer Crest.  The second of the new “in” resorts, the St. Regis has 248 guest rooms and suites, a ski beach, and infinity pool.  It also includes the Remede Spa, which will help skiers and boarders refresh after a long day on the slopes. 






Park City Mountain Resort has launched a new website to help families plan their perfect winter getaways–Parkcitymountain.com.  The site includes the Snowmamas blog, which is written by mom and gives tips on planning a trip, and the new itinerary planner, which helps individual users plan their trip to Park City.  

Back on the mountain, there are two new Kids Adventure Trails for the Kids Signature 5 program, and the terrain off Crescent Ridge was enhanced to allow for greater visibility.  





Snowbasin, which is a Sun Valley Resort, as added 20 new features to its terrain park in the offseason, which will give more variety for boarders of all ages.  In addition, the Dew Tour will stop there from January 15-17, as the top freeskiers and boarders will compete in slopestyle and superpipe events. 







Solitude Mountain resort has spent $1.5 million to improve Powderhorn II’s infrastructure, which includes a replacement of the original Powderhorn double.  Powderhorn II will start from the bottom of Sunshine Bowl and will end in the same location as the original Powderhorn lift.  The ride on the new lift will be seven minutes, as opposed to twelve minutes on the old double lift.