Snow is just around the corner and Utah's resorts have bundled-up with a variety of improvements sure to please their guests. Here's what you'll see this season:
Alta Ski Area
Alta's Albion Basin Day Lodge has been remodeled to better accommodate guests.
Beaver Mountain has added a new conveyor lift to better access the resort's beginner terrain.
Customers who purchase 10 gallons of gas or more at select gas stations in Southern Utah will receive a coupon for 50 percent off mid-week skiing.
The new Dakota Mountain Lodge & Golden Door Spa, Waldorf Astoria Collection's first ski-in, ski-out property, will accommodate guests at The Canyons Resort starting this season. The lodge features 175 guest rooms and suites, elegant amenities, custom furnishings, and gourmet kitchens. Guests will also be able to dine at its five-star Spruce Restaurant.
Deer Valley Resort
Deer Valley Resort bought Deer Valley Lodging this summer. The property management arm lists the largest inventory of DV property so you can book your entire vacation (lodging, meals, lifts, ski school) with one phone call. In addition, the St. Regis Deer Crest Resort opens with 248 guest rooms and suites, luxury amenities, spa, a ski beach, and infinity pool. You can bet this will be the most popular apres ski scene in Park City this season.
Park City Mountain Resort
Park City has added two new Kids Adventure Trails designed specifically for the Kids Signature 5 program. Mountain staffers gladed the area between Willy's Run and Erika's Gold for advanced skiers.
New Sunset Safari guided snowcat tours will take Powder Mountain guests to mountain peaks with unobstructed views of Ogden Valley, the Wasatch Mountains, and beyond. Tours culminate with alfresco sunset dining.
Snowbasin adds more than 20 new features to their terrain park. The resort will also host the 2010 Dew Tour Jan. 15-17 where top freeskiers and snowboarders will compete in slopestyle and superpipe events.
Path to Paradise and the unloading area of Mineral Basin Express have gotten a much-needed regrading to improve skier transportation.
Solitude Mountain Resort
Solitude Mountain Resort installed Powderhorn II, a $1.5 million fixed-grip quad lift. Powderhorn II will start from the bottom of Sunshine Bowl and end in the same location as the original Powderhorn Lift. The move to a mid-mountain starting point allows expert snowriders to make continuous laps on the upper mountain - from Diamond Lane to Sunshine Bowl - without the need to return to the base area via beginner runs. You also get a seven-minute ride instead of languishing on a 12-minute crawl brought to you by the old double.
Sundance has new night skiing on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday evenings from 4:30-9 p.m.
Wolf Creek Utah
Wolf Creek Utah will enhance their beginner experience by expanding both rental operations and ski school. The Mountain Learning Center is announcing a "price-roll back." Class lessons are being offered at a 25 percent discount.