Utah resort to reopen after eight years

18th October 2010, by Chris Gill

Empty now, but not for much longer ...

Empty now, but not for much longer ...

Closed eight years ago but brought back from the mountain ashes,  a Utah ski area is set to reopen to the public this winter.

Located near Beaver, and the Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks, the former Elk Meadows Ski Area has become Eagle Point – having been sold to a New York company for $1.58 million in December 2009. The resort was originally cited to become an exclusive private ski club, directed by Olympic downhill skier Ted Ligety; but plans fell through.

Eagle Point takes on over 1,200 acres of terrain (400 skiable) on the slopes of Mt Holly, high in the Tushar Mountains and quietly boasting an average snowfall of over 400 inches per year.  The new owners have invested in lodge and lift renovations to bring the ski area up to date for its December 2010 opening, and there are plans for further modest developments. They are also hoping to meet their skier visitor target of 25,000 - 30,000 this winter.

Shane Gadbaw, Eagle Point’s chief executive officer said, ‘We wanted to create a place that would offer more than just great skiing. Our goal is also to be family friendly, deliver outstanding dining, amenities and service, and appeal to those who might be looking to get away from the crowds.’

Over half the slopes at Eagle Point are classified intermediate, but with good scope for off-piste too. Five lifts serve the 36 or so trails, including a quad. There’s a half-pipe and plans for a full terrain park next season.

Only thing is ... it’s a 3.5 hour trek from Salt Lake City or Las Vegas.

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