It’s long been a dream, but the idea of linking seven ski hills in Utah’s famed Wasatch Mountains is back on the table.
According to an Associated Press report: “A coalition of Utah ski resort managers from Alta Ski Area, Brighton Resort, Canyons Resort, Deer Valley Resort, Park City Mountain Resort, Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort and Solitude Mountain Resort are reviving their plans for a series of interconnected chair lifts that would link seven ski areas that would give the state a Euro-style experience. This isn’t the first time Utah ski resorts have discussed the idea of linking the Wasatch Range resorts to each other, but officials appear to be further along in plans this time. The concept would give Utah a Euro-style experience in in the mountains that loom over Salt Lake City. By combining 25 square miles of terrain, the Utah resorts could offer North America’s largest skiing complex three times the size of Vail, Colo., and twice as big as Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia.”
I’ve skied four of the seven, three of them just last week with a group of friends from Calgary. You know when you’re there, of course, that these fantastic hills are close together, but because you take different roads up different canyons to get to their bases (One road, for example to Snowbird and Alta, another to Brighton and Solitude) it’s striking to look at the above map and see just how close together they are.
Alta and Snowbird already offer a single-ticket option for $105 U.S. While the One Wasatch website says any talk of pricing for accessing a mega-hill is “premature”, some kind of combined hill discount in the Alta-Snowbird vein would seem to be a no-brainer. Last week, we paid $68 US to ski at Solitude one day, $72 for Brighton the next, and $92 for Snowbird on Day 3. A multi-day pass for a bit less money and way more terrain would have been pretty sweet (for skiers at least. Shockingly, Alta and Deer Valley still don’t allow snowboards!).
Here’s a link to the One Wasatch website that goes into more detail on the concept.
There’s lots of buzz already about the new twist in this dream. Check out Jason Bleviins Blog from The Denver Post.