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Utah Resorts Upgrade for 2004-05 Season

Utah Resorts Upgrade for 2004-05 Season

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posted: 01/01/2000

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah Aug. 31, 2004 - The winter sport Mecca continues to hone, polish, create, add, build, renovate and revise its equipment, amenities, facilities, products and programs. Utah's 13 mountain resorts have invested millions of dollars in on-mountain improvements this season, from adding new chairlifts and terrain to creating new ski school programs, to opening bigger and better terrain parks. Here's what's new this season:

ALTA SKI AREA: When skiers arrive at Alta this winter, it will be hard to not notice their new lift. For years Alta has wanted a bottom-to-top lift, and now, with Forest Service approvals, it has become a reality. The new Collins Lift is a 6,300-foot long detachable quad replacing the old Collins and Germania lifts. Skiers will ride one lift to the top in under nine minutes, accessing over 1800 vertical feet of skiing.

In addition to Alta's 2200 acres of Mother Nature's greatest terrainpark, Alta opened its first Terrain Park last spring. The Park islocated just off the top of the Sunnyside lift and offers small andmedium jumps, a luge, a box and four rails.

BEAVER MOUNTAIN: Northern Utah's favorite ski resort boasts a completely remodeled ski shop for 2004-05. And look for more elbow room off of Beaver's triple chair where an extensive widening project has improved the existing runs.

BRIAN HEAD RESORT: Brian Head has expanded its freestyle offering for the 2004-05-winter season. Three large terrain parks, designated beginner, intermediate, and advanced will feature over 25 jumps, rails, and fun boxes. Riders will also have a 364-foot long, 12-foot high halfpipe available, as well as tools and benches at the top of lifts, and other assorted elements and freestyle terrain around the mountain.

The Resort is offering $10 "Get Better" lessons for riders who haveskied or snowboarded at least once. Guests who rent a full-day snowboard or ski package from the Resort can purchase a 2-hour lesson for only $10 when paying for a full-day lift ticket. The $10 lesson program is offered daily, with start times based on demand. Other "Get Better" lesson packages are also available for guests who already have their own equipment.

The Lift House Restaurant will provide a new weekend and holidayon-mountain dining experience in Brian Head. Located in the NavajoLodge, it features a varied menu including steaks, seafood, salads,sandwiches, and a children's menu. The Lift House Restaurant will beopen from 12 to 9 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and during holidayperiods, and will offer a full selection of adult beverages.

BRIGHTON RESORT: Brighton replaced their classic 1955 Majesticdouble-chair lift with a Doppelmayr CTEC fixed-grip quad. This changewill offer skiers and riders a quicker, more comfortable ride to theheart of the resort and one of Utah's most popular terrain parks. Thenew lift is named after its predecessor and has been dubbed the"Majestic Quad." Installed in 1955, Majestic was the first double-chairlift in the intermountain region. The classic lift has been relocatedthis summer to Big Sky Resort, Montana.

THE CANYONS RESORT: Buy two or more days of skiing or riding at The Canyons Resort, and you'll get an additional day on the slopes for free. The Canyons Resort is offering a free day of skiing and riding to guests who purchase two or more day tickets to The Canyons. In order to redeem this offer, guests must log onto www.thecanyons.com/freedaydeal to pre-register. After registration, participants will access an online certificate. By presenting the certificate at the ticket window, guests can redeem an additional day of skiing with the purchase of a multi-day ticket.

Also new this year - be the first on the slopes of The Canyons onWednesdays and Saturdays with a resort "insider." First Tracks at TheCanyons makes its debut during the 2004-05 Season. For $30 plus a liftticket, guests will have the easure of being the first on the lifts,and the first to make tracks at Utah's largest resort. When you're done exploring, breakfast at Red Pine Lodge will be waiting (and is included with your First Tracks ticket). Reservations are required. Call (435) 615-8042 for meeting times, reservations and details.

DEER VALLEY RESORT: Deer Valley has invested $8 million in improvements for the 2004-05 season. Two new chairlifts, the Judge Lift and the Silver Strike Express, have been installed in the Flagstaff area of the Resort. The Judge lift is a fixed-grip triple chair which runs parallel to the existing Viking chairlift on the south side of Trainer ski run. Its base is near the Quincy chairlift base with the top just below the merging area between Homeward Bound and Birdseye ski runs. The Silver Strike Express lift is a detachable quad chair running between the Red Cloud and the Northside lifts, ending at the top of Flagstaff Mountain.

The Resort's Flagstaff area is also home to two new intermediate ski runs. The runs are accessible from the new Silver Strike Express, Quincy Express, Red Cloud and Northside Express lifts. Additional glade skiing has been added in both the Empire Canyon and Flagstaff areas of the Resort. Due to great popularity during its inaugural season last winter, Deer Valley will offer its Fireside Dining at Empire Lodge two nights a week during ski season, on both Wednesday and Thursday evenings. The dinner features three courses served from Empire Lodge's grand fireplaces.

PARK CITY MOUNTAIN RESORT: Park City Mountain Resort, ranked a top ten resort by Ski magazine the last 17 years, has replaced its beginner lift with a new high-speed, four passenger detachable lift. The new lift will give beginner snowboarders and skiers a better learning environment and more efficiently move riders and skiers out of the lower base area of the Resort.

Named "Terrain Park of the Year" by Transworld Snowboarding, skiers andriders have plenty of options in the Resort's terrain parks with morethan 50 rails, funboxes and jumps throughout the parks. The newest parkwill be built under the lights on Payday run for after-dark riding. Theaddition of a satellite radio system in the Pick N Shovel Park willenhance the experience for skiers and riders. Three of Snowboardermagazine's "Top Ten Riders in the World" joined the Park City All Starsteam. Teenage superstar Shaun White and Marc Frank Montoya joinedveteran Jeremy Jones as members of the impressive team. The All Starsprovide input on the Resort's terrain parks and pipe that help keep Park City Mountain Resort a leader in the industry. This year's lineup of Park City All Stars include White, Jones, Montoya, Tanner Hall, PepFujas, Jessica Dalpiaz, Chris Engelsman, George Oakley, Chris Coulter,John Symms and Ashley Battersby.

Park City Mountain Resort continues to host Olympic champions as theyreturn to compete in world-class competitions. The Resort kicks off this season with the Roxy Chicken Jam - the first all-female slopestylecompetition on December 17, 2004. America's best riders will compete inthe world-famous Eagle Superpipe, where history was made when theAmerican's swept the 2002 Olympic men's halfpipe competition, during the World Superpipe Championships (March 12-13, 2005). And the Resort will host a freestyle snowmobile exhibition on February 5, 2005. The event promises to be even more exciting than last year.

SNOWBIRD SKI & SUMMER RESORT: Winter 2004-05 at Snowbird brings a new Superpipe to complement the recently expanded terrain parks. Located on the Big Emma run next to the intermediate Big Emma Terrain Park, the new Superpipe is 340 feet long and 50 feet wide. It was constructed with dirt over the summer to enable an early opening. Other park and pipe upgrades include improved rails and boxes in the Baby Thunder Terrain Park and music to accompany the new Superpipe.

Snowbird introduced a ZipRider to the activity lineup this past summer and it will be open for winter thrills too. Serviced by the Chickadee lift, the ZipRider carries harnessed riders over 1,000 linear feet down a suspended cable from the top of Chickadee to the Snowbird Center. Riders begin with a thrilling leap off a 50-foot tower, drop 150 feet to the landing zone and reach speeds up to 30 miles per hour. The ZipRider will be open to adrenaline seekers selected nights of the week.

A new addition to Snowbird Mountain School's myriad offerings is Snowbird University. Participants choose between Steeps for Skiers, Snowboarding, Telemark or Backcountry (skiers and riders) and focus on one discipline for all four days. Campers join their groups each morning for coaching and then participate in electives each afternoon. Cap it all off with a commencement party and dinner, and walk away with graduate-level skills. The camp runs Feb. 6-10, 2004. The resort also used the summer to expand the snowmaking capacity to coverGad Valley from Hidden Peak to the base of the Gadzoom chair.

SOLITUDE MOUNTAIN RESORT: Solitude upgraded their snowmaking to ensure early and late season openings. The system, covering five lifts and 18 runs, will triple capacity and create snow faster while conditions permit. With the new village core complete, emphasis for improvement has shifted to the mountain. Preparation this summer for construction in 2005 on a new 12,000 sq. ft. base lodge and high speed quad in the Moonbeam area are well under way.

SUNDANCE: This year Sundance makes it easier and more affordable for families to ski with the Sundance Family All Season Pass. Family Passes purchased before Oct. 31, 2004, are $700, which includes two adult passes. Children's passes can be added for additional savings from the regular rate. A junior pass for ages 6 to 15 is $95, students aged 16 to 18 are $125 and children over age 19 are $300. Regular pricing for the Family Pass is $790 for the two adult passes, $95 for the junior pass, $175 for the student pass and $345 for children over 19 years of age. ZipRider to the activity lineup this past summer and it will be open for winter thrills too. Serviced by the Chickadee lift, the ZipRider carries harnessed riders over 1,000 linear feet down a suspended cable from the top of Chickadee to the Snowbird Center. Riders begin with a thrilling leap off a 50-foot tower, drop 150 feet to the landing zone and reach speeds up to 30 miles per hour. The ZipRider will be open to adrenaline seekers selected nights of the week.

A new addition to Snowbird Mountain School's myriad offerings is Snowbird University. Participants choose between Steeps for Skiers, Snowboarding, Telemark or Backcountry (skiers and riders) and focus on one discipline for all four days. Campers join their groups each morning for coaching and then participate in electives each afternoon. Cap it all off with a commencement party and dinner, and walk away with graduate-level skills. The camp runs Feb. 6-10, 2004. The resort also used the summer to expand the snowmaking capacity to coverGad Valley from Hidden Peak to the base of the Gadzoom chair.

SOLITUDE MOUNTAIN RESORT: Solitude upgraded their snowmaking to ensure early and late season openings. The system, covering five lifts and 18 runs, will triple capacity and create snow faster while conditions permit. With the new village core complete, emphasis for improvement has shifted to the mountain. Preparation this summer for construction in 2005 on a new 12,000 sq. ft. base lodge and high speed quad in the Moonbeam area are well under way.

SUNDANCE: This year Sundance makes it easier and more affordable for families to ski with the Sundance Family All Season Pass. Family Passes purchased before Oct. 31, 2004, are $700, which includes two adult passes. Children's passes can be added for additional savings from the regular rate. A junior pass for ages 6 to 15 is $95, students aged 16 to 18 are $125 and children over age 19 are $300. Regular pricing for the Family Pass is $790 for the two adult passes, $95 for the junior pass, $175 for the student pass and $345 for children over 19 years of age.

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