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August 30, 2006

Snowbird Upgrades for 2006-07

First Tracks reports the latest in improvements in Utah at the resorts. Perhaps the biggest change is happening at Snowbird:

Snowbird's Peruvian double chairlift was removed this summer to be replaced with a new high-speed quad. While the base will stay near the original base shack, the top station will be located below the steepest Chip's Run pitch, an approximately 2,600-vertical-foot rise. This 8,000 linear-foot lift transports 1,800 people per hour, providing an eight-minute ride. Should wind conditions prevent Tram operation, this lift will allow for continued skier access to Peruvian Gulch and Mineral Basin.

At the top of the new lift, a 595-foot tunnel with a conveyor lift will provide access to Mineral Basin. This lift makes Snowbird’s intermediate terrain more accessible to skiers and snowboarders by eliminating many switchbacks and the steepest pitch of Chip’s Run. The 12-foot high, 10-foot wide tunnel provides a four-minute ride, and allows quick access to Hidden Peak via the Mineral Basin Express chairlift.

Snowbird's flagship property, the Cliff Lodge just completed a $5.6 million renovation. Features include upgraded lodging rooms with new furnishings, flat screen televisions, bedding, bathroom tile, fixtures and artwork. In addition, the spa level rooms now offer Tempur-Pedic beds.

I am certainly planning a trip to Snowbird this winter. Mostly since Jeremy and my other snowboarder buddies can't go to Alta. Sorry guys...

Posted by Justin at August 30, 2006 10:04 PM