“The intention is this would be a state-of-the-art, beautiful lift that would take you right from the base of the ski beach between the Mayflower existing lift at Deer Valley and the Sultan base, so you would have the ability to ski to either of those or back down toward the ski beach at Mayflower.”- Brooke Hontz (Extell Utah VP of Development).
Progress on the new Mayflower Mountain Resort development continues in Park City, Utah. If things go right, the mountain will open for the 23-24 season. According to KPCW, construction on the actual skiing part of the resort will begin next spring. But who will operate the mountain? Extell Utah, the company that will build the massive ski resort, is looking for a partner to run the mountain. Extell Utah Senior VP of Development Kurt Kreig said significant progress has been made towards having Alterra Mountain Company and Deer Valley Resort operate the mountain once it opens. Deer Valley Resort, Mayflower’s future next-door neighbor, is owned by Alterra Mountain Company. Here is Kurt Kreig’s official statement on the matter:
“The question that we’re asked over and over again is, ‘What about the future of skiing and the operator?’ And we’ve been working with our operators out at Alterra – Rusty Gregory, chief operator, and a new gentleman named Jared Smith, who’s the president, Todd Shallan and Jeremy [Jeremy Levitt, President of Deer Valley] here locally have all been good, and I think we’re making great progress, so I think in a couple of months, if we can figure all of this out, then hopefully we’ll have a positive announcement on the future of skiing.”
Emily Summers, the Senior Communications Manager for Deer Valley Resort, confirmed that talks are ongoing with Extell Utah, and there is no deadline to making the deal happen. While it seems like the Deer Valley and Mayflower partnership will likely go through, Extell Utah will have other potential partners if an agreement never comes to fruition. Vail Resorts runs Park City Mountain Resort in town, and Powder Corp. is headquartered in town and also runs Woodward Park City and Snowbird down the road.
When complete, Mayflower Mountain Resort will be a behemoth on an already impressive Utah ski scene. The base village will feature multiple ski lifts, two modern base villages, 250,000 square feet of commercial space, 1600 residential units, and 825 hotel rooms. A big purpose of the project will be to provide a vacation spot for the U.S. Military, as there will be a hundred hotel rooms devoted to military personal. Recently, the development got more than $250 million in bonds approved for the construction of the resort.