A Flurry of Improvements at Utah Resorts
A Flurry of Improvements at Utah Resorts
Utah offers 11 resorts, 40 to 70 minutes from the Salt Lake City International Airport, that have an average annual snowfall of 500 inches of soft, light and fluffy ‘champagne’ powder. This season’s big news includes great training camps, more high-speed lifts, more on-mountain activities, more great food and more convenience for visitors.
Home to 14 world-class ski resorts, there’s a perfect match for every beginner, intermediate and expert. Utah boasts great facilities, hotels in a number of resorts and services for all ages including luxurious spa treatments, award-winning restaurants, tubing, snowmobiling and some of the best ski/snowboard instructors around.
Some of the BIG news this season includes;
*** Prices from £804 per person with Crystal Ski including flights, a week’s accommodation in Salt Lake City – a short drive from 11 of Utah’s 14 ski resorts
*** Olympic celebrity training camps – refine technique with top Olympians at Canyons – one of the big three resorts at Park City
*** Kids filming, editing, boarding and ski camps for 9-15 year olds at Park City Mountain Resort
*** £5 million improvements and Ski, Stay, Dine packages with 20% off accommodation and lift tickets at Deer Valley
*** Three-year investment programme at Snowbird
*** Gordy Peifer experts’ camps; steep skiing camps; women’s advanced camps and Powder Tracks helping people learn to ski the deep soft fluffy powder so typical of a day on the slopes in Utah at Alta
*** Going to Las Vegas? Well Utah has two great resorts – Brian Head and Eagle Point, with the famous Utah deep powder snow, between three and four hours away.
*** The three Park City resorts of Canyons, Deer Valley and Park City Mountain Resort together total over 9,300 acres, offering more skiing in one valley than anywhere in North America and accessible on the Park City Three Resort International Pass.
To find out more — read on:
ALTA SKI AREA: 2200 acres of skiing, 116 plus runs, highest peak 3215 metres
Alta is celebrating its 75th anniversary during the 2012–13 season with events through January. Alta is justifiably proud of its cult status, traditions and 550 annual average inches measured over the last 32 years. www.alta.com
BRIGHTON RESORT: Over 1050- acres of skiing, 66 runs, highest peak 3,200 metres
Brighton is gearing up for the 2012–13 season with the transformation of some of its refreshment facilities, a mobile app, mobile website and the terrain park will have 20 new features. http://www.brightonresort.com
BEAVER MOUNTAIN: 830 acres, 40 runs, highest peak 2,680 metres
The Beav is located near the Idaho border and is a brilliant way to fit in some extra skiing, riding or nearby snowmobiling for anyone doing a two-centre, Salt Lake and Yellowstone / Jackson Hole trip. www.skithebeav.com/
BRIAN HEAD: 828 acres, 71 trails, highest peak 3,200 metres
Brian Head is the nearest resort to Las Vegas offering Utah powder and easily accessible up Interstate 15. The Grand Lodge at Brian Head has recently become a Hilton Double Tree Resort and Spa. www.brianhead.com/
CANYONS RESORT: 4,000 acres across 9 peaks, 5 bowls, 182 trails and highest peak 3045 metres/ One of the five largest ski resorts in the USA.
In 2012–13, Canyons introduced the most comprehensive and unique winter sports fantasy camp series ever: The Ultimate Mountain Experience. Under the direction of former U.S. Olympic team coach Phil McNichol, more than a dozen athletes including six Olympians are now booking skiing and snowboarding adventures exclusively at Canyons. From Holly Flanders (1980, 1984 Olympic Games) to Graham Watanabe (2006, 2010), The Ultimate Mountain Experience athletes have impeccable resumes in every discipline from Downhill to Moguls and Big Mountain to Park & Pipe. Celebrity camps are around £800 per day for up to four people. Visit http://www.canyonsresort.com/
DEER VALLEY RESORT: 2026 acres of skiing, over 4 peaks and 6 bowls; 90 trails for all levels; highest peak 2915 metres.
Winter ski guests accustomed to Deer Valley’s first-class service and amenities will be treated to even greater benefits with the Resort’s scheduled £5 million worth of improvements for the 2012–13 season. Leading the list of upgraded facilities is the replacement of the Deer Crest chairlift on Little Baldy Mountain with a high-speed detachable quad lift to be named Mountaineer Express chairlift, which will increase the uphill skier capacity by 1,200 skiers per hour.
Deer Valley is also offering an array of winter packages, including:
Family Value Package: Receive 20% off lodging and adult lift tickets and rentals, plus children 12 and under ski free. Valid December 8–15, 2012, January 2–February 13 and April 1–15, 2013.
Ski, Stay and Dine Package: Receive 20% off lodging, 20% off lift tickets, plus a £31 ($50) Deer Valley restaurant card for evening dining at Deer Valley restaurants. Valid January 2–February 13, 2013.http://www.deervalley.com/
EAGLE POINT: 625 acres, highest peak 3,200 metres, under four hours’ from Las Vegas
Eagle Point Resort is FREE every Thursday in January. Families love the affordable, classic ski resort experience with terrain for all levels, including a terrain park and North America’s longest tubing runs. http://www.skieaglepoint.com/
PARK CITY MOUNTAIN RESORT: Venue of 2002 Winter Olympics with 3300 acres skiing, over 8 peaks and 9 bowls – 114 trails for all levels; highest peak 3,048 metres.
Park City Mountain Resort and Neff Headwear join forces in 2012–2013 to create the resort’s newest terrain park: Neff Land with a creative style and atmosphere from the minds of the Neff design team.
New for the upcoming season is the “I Ride Park City” freestyle camp, which combines terrain park and on-mountain instruction with video shooting and editing for skiers and snowboarders between the ages of 9–15. The 3-day camp, inspired by the videos on the resort’s I Ride Park City blog and the athletes who star in them, is designed for intermediate and expert level skiers and snowboarders with all levels of terrain park experience.
Park City’s wildly popular Kids Signature instruction programmes return for 2012-2013! Kids Signature 5 (for kids ages 6-14) offers personal attention and the opportunity to learn in classes no larger than five students to an instructor. Kids Signature 3 (for kids 3 ½ – 5) limits class sizes to three kids or fewer and strikes the right balance of fun and learning by combining on-mountain instruction led by a child-specialist instructor with off-mountain activities in the Kids Mountain School. http://www.parkcitymountain.com/winter
POWDER MOUNTAIN: 3,000 lift served acres plus a further 4,000 snowcat acres. Highest peak 2,775 metres
Excellent quiet area for intermediate to advanced powder, only 70 minutes from Salt Lake Airport. This is an interesting resort with the base areas more than half way up the skiable acreage. www.powdermountain.com/
SNOWBIRD: 2500 acres, 85 trails, highest peak 3350 metres.
The resort has a three-year schedule of major capital improvements, including making summer activities more thrilling with a new mountain coaster, making mountain access easier by replacing Little Cloud and Gad 2 with high-speed quads, and the centerpiece – a new facility atop Hidden Peak at 11,000 feet, with a revolving restaurant and bar (opening in 2014). www.snowbird.com
SNOWBASIN RESORT: 3,000 acres, 113 runs, highest peak 2850 metres
Snowbasin, one of USA’s SKI Magazines top rated customer service resorts, is located less than 35 miles north of Salt Lake City with one of the easiest drives from Salt Lake International Airport as well as quick access to the Park City Area and Downtown Ogden. To ensure the continuation of exceptional grooming Snowbasin is expanding the snowcat fleet for the 2012–13 season. The resort will also expand the existing terrain park to meet the demand for additional and unique features. http://www.snowbasin.com/
SOLITUDE MOUNTAIN RESORT: 1200 acres, 65 runs over 3 bowls, highest peak 3058 metres
Solitude Mountain Resort is normally among the first resorts to open for the season in North America and it expects to move forward on the new “Skilink” next summer, connecting Solitude to Canyons Resort in Park City, to provide one of the most unique experiences in the U.S. http://www.skisolitude.com/
Owned by Robert Redford, Sundance Resort is a beautiful hotel of luxury eco-log cabins on the mountainside. This year they are adding a new lift accessible from the upper car park and expanding the snow making by 40 percent. www.sundanceresort.com
Skiutah.com is being upgraded for the 2012-13 season to ensure easier user experience and engagement. The new site will feature a new design, easier holiday planning tools including a region based listing system, new bloggers that will provide unique information, updated Ski Utah Deals section with specials on accommodation, lift tickets, rentals, and exciting new photo and video content.
Utah is committed and investing in making transportation easier and more effective for visitors. The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) is completing a new rail extension from Salt Lake City International Airport to downtown Salt Lake City and will begin running the train in 2013. The train will provide quick transfer from the airport to downtown hotels and restaurants.
SKI PASSES AND EXPERIENCES…..
SIX resorts in one day…..
The Utah Interconnect Tour offers the rare opportunity to ski 6 top ski resorts in one day, connecting to each via the off piste backcountry ski areas safely guided by experts with full safety equipment. Slide under the ropes and head into the deep light powdery snow Utah is so famous for, skiing Deer Valley, Park City, Alta, Snowbird, Solitude and Brighton. It’s a breathtaking experience from around £185 including full day’s guiding, equipment and lunch — visit http://www.skiutah.com/winter/adventures/interconnect
Ski pass specials…..
Park City three resort international ski pass: This is a booklet of one-day lift ticket vouchers so that visitors can ski their choice each day of the three Park City area resorts. The pass represents a saving on daily purchase of tickets in resort see http://www.visitparkcity.com/visitors/international-english/3-resort-intl-pass/
Salt Lake City stay and ski Superpass
Alta, Snowbird, Solitude and Brighton are so close to Salt Lake City, that many like to benefit from the range of hotels, shops, restaurants and bars of Salt Lake City, and go out to ski at their choice of these four resorts. So the Salt Lake City Super Pass covers these four great resorts with a saving of 20% off lift tickets and 20% off ski rentals with free transport from Salt Lake City to the resorts by UTA bus and TRAX light rail. Prices for this season start from around £180 for four days skiing in any 7 day period. Lots of options available so visit http://www.visitsaltlake.com/ski/superpass/
Sample package prices
Crystal Ski is offering prices from just £804 per person based on four sharing a room on bed & breakfast for a week at the three-star Comfort Inn Salt lake City including flights from Heathrow to Salt Lake City with Delta Airlines and transfers. Salt Lake City is the perfect base as most of the major ski resorts are 40 to 70 minutes from the city. Crystal Ski (0871 231 2256; crystalski.co.uk)
Ski Safari has a range of offers and great deals too – check out http://www.skisafari.com/Ski-USA-Canyons-Special-Offers.aspx
Stay in Canyons for 7 nights in the newly refurbished 4 star Sundial ski in ski out, from £1285 or 11 nights for £1575 – to be booked by November 15.
And the lift passes at Canyons offer matching free days skiing – making it one of the cheapest passes in the USA. Great value for the 3rd largest ski area in the USA.
Manchester / Edinburgh – Utah is now the easiest resort to get to on the West Coast North of America. All flights to North America are 1-stop flights from these destinations, and on arrival at Salt Lake City, Utah offers the quickest airport to hotel transfers in the USA.
For more information on Ski Utah or the state’s 14 ski and snowboard resorts visit www.skiutah.com.
For a list of tour operators with links to their Utah webpages and general information on visiting Utah go to www.goutah.co.uk
Further information: Caroline Corfield-Rose Utah Office of Tourism UK Tel 07979 706 553 email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ski Utah is the marketing firm owned and operated by the 14 statewide ski resorts that make up the Utah Ski and Snowboard Association. The organization has been creating brand awareness of and demand for the Utah winter sports product since its inception in 1978.