Due to a lack of snow to start out their season, Snowbasin Resort had a delayed opening. Thanks to some recent snowfall though, Snowbasin has gotten twenty-five runs and six lifts open: Needles Gondola, Wildcat Express, LittleCat Express, Wildflower Carpet, Grizzly Carpet, and just opened the Middle Bowl Express. Details about the new lift, along with Snowbasins planned village buildout, are below.
Middle Bowl Express: Snowbasin opened their new lift, the Middle Bowl Express, on Saturday. This Leitner Poma high-speed six-pack Chairlift replaced the Middle Bowl triple chairlift over the offseason. The time up the hill has been cut in half, going from twelve minutes with the old chairlift to just under six minutes. The lift can transport 2400 skiers per hour, and will follow a similar path as the old lift, but will finish above Needles Lodge. The lift gives guests a chance to get some quick laps in compared to the massive lengths of their Gondolas and the John Paul Express.
Huge shout out to everyone who helped us open the new Middle Bowl Express!! Couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day! 🌞 pic.twitter.com/ZKAeEU1l27
— Snowbasin Resort (@SnowbasinResort) December 18, 2021
The Village and Club Med: According to the Standard-Examiner, the resort recently met with Weber County to discuss their village buildout. First comes a terrain expansion, which will be a beginner pod to help spread the current cramped set up over at the LittleCat Express. 2400 housing units are planned throughout the resort and adjacent town of Huntsville. These rooms would vary between hotel rooms(hotbeds), condominiums, and townhomes. 1529 units will be built around Earls Lodge, which will become the resort’s main village. This will include a hotel with one hundred and fifty rooms. 502 units will be built to the Southeast of Earls Lodge, and give direct ski-in/out access. The village will feature dining, shopping, and other activities. Along with the village, “297 housing units on land around the State Route 39-Trappers Loop Highway intersection closer to Huntsville.” The village construction could potentially take a few decades. It seems like the county is on board though, so this is probably going to happen if the money and demand are there.
In terms of the Club Med, the hotel will be the first five-star property of theirs in the United States. According to KSL, the property will feature three hundred and twenty rooms and will open in December 2024. Some of the amenities of this all-inclusive resort will include a pool, ski-in/out access off a new terrain pod, and more. This will be Club Med’s second active North American ski property, with the Canadian counterpart just opening. If completed, Snowbasin Resort will complete its transformation from a sleeper Utah ski resort to one of the best luxury ski resort destinations in North America. Image Credits: Snowbasin Resort