In a Deer Valley press release, the resort announced its largest investment in capital improvements in over a decade with $8.1 million in mountain enhancements. The Alterra owned resort in Park City, UT has some major improvements planned for the 18-19 season.
Most notably, Deer Valley will replace the Homestake chairlift with a new, detachable, high-speed quad chairlift. The new chairlift will benefit skiers by cutting ride-time in half and increasing uphill skier capacity by 400 skiers per hour. The Homestake chairlift provides skier access from the Silver Lake Village to the top of Bald Eagle Mountain.
Deer Valley will continue to add to its network of downhill mountain bike trails by building its fourth trail. Construction on an intermediate flow trail will begin this spring and the trail will feature an 8% grade across three to four miles on Bald Eagle Mountain. It will provide access to more trails by connecting the mid-mountain area to the lower-mountain base area and increase Deer Valley’s summer trail system to over 70 miles across four mountains.
Additional improvements planned for 2018-2019 season at Deer Valley Resort include:
- Snowmaking system enhancements including purchasing additional low-energy guns, five new fan guns, upgrading control systems and replacing several thousand feet of snowmaking pipes
- Purchasing four new Prinoth snowcats, including one Beast to add to the snow grooming fleet
- Replacing the ski rental shop inventory with the newest Rossignol equipment
- Facility and equipment upgrades to resort day lodges, laundry facility, recycling center and IT
The new investment is part of Alterra’s long-term capital investment program. The $555 million budgeted improvements will be invested broadly to elevate the guest experience and introduce innovation and technology through new chairlifts and gondolas, snowmaking, food & beverage offerings, base areas development and access, and new adventurous summer experiences.
“It is our commitment to invest in each of our destinations in order to grow the sport, offer a variety of activities, inspire loyal guests and instill a love of the mountains in all that visit. We do that through thoughtful and innovative capital investment that improves a guest’s experience, while we continue to support and preserve the character and traditions of each destination.” – Rusty Gregory, CEO of Alterra Mountain Company