According Hill Air Force Base, UT officials, a new recreation lodge will be constructed near Park City, UT in the next few years.
“This really, I think, will provide a world-class recreation experience for military members and their families. It’s something that I think will be a good thing for Utah and a good thing for the Air Force and the military.” – David Williamsen, enhanced-use lease officier at Hill Air Force Base
The lodge will be located near Deer Valley ski resort and will be built primarily on Air Force land near Park City, but may not be owned by the Air Force, according to officials.
The lodge will be operated by a contractor and constructed with Utah’s Military Installation Development Authority. This lodge would be 60 miles from the Hill Air Force base and will offer both summer and winter recreation opportunities.
“The Air Force is really good at doing our mission, which is defending the nation. We recognize that we don’t run resorts. We try to do a really good job with our Morale, Welfare and Recreation facilities, but really recognize that if this is going to work, it needs to be done on a very professional basis.” – David Williamsen
No federal tax dollars are to be used for this project.
This ski resort will reportedly be open to all users and offer military discounts on set-aside military rooms.
A small Air Force owned ski lodge in Utah was closed permanently just before the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City to allow space for a local ski resort to expand to accommodate the games.
Williamsen also reported that the Air Force has been trying to find the right location for this ski lodge for the past 14 years.
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