Utah just keeps making waves in the ski community and the latest bombshell is Deer Valley's plans to add 1,000 acres of ski terrain and five or six new lifts. The beehive state has dominated the snow news cycle lately, with last week's big announcement about One Wasatch (the effort to combine 7 of the Wasatch-area ski resorts) and the Talisker-PCMR lawsuit heating up. According to Deer Valley officials, plans (and maps!) are still being hammered out, but we've got all the details, for skiers only, of course.
The new acreage at Deer Valley will be located on the resort's east side below the Sultan Express and Mayflower lift on Bald Mountain. This will bring the resort's total skiable acreage to more than 3,000 acres. With it comes plans for a new lodge, dining area, and possibly lodging at the new base area.
The anticipated start date is 2017 and the project is estimated to take five years and cost a whopping $50 million.
But Deer Valley isn't going to stop there. The snowboard-free resort also has plans for a new gondola from downtown Park City to Deer Valley's mid-mountain Silver Lake Lodge. The $10-$12 million gondola should take about 15 minutes and the ski area hopes to begin construction within two years.
We have our eyes on this story and rest assured, we'll be sure to bring you all the maps, renderings, and lift plans as they unfold.