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Utah Mountain Resort Improvements 2003-04

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (Winter, 2003-04) – There is no “snoozing” and “losing” at Utah’s 13 mountain resorts. The winter sport Mecca continues to hone, polish, create, add, build, renovate and revise its equipment, amenities, facilities, products and programs. Utah’s 13 mountain resorts have invested millions of dollars in on-mountain improvements this season, from expanding lodges to creating new ski school clinics, to opening new terrain parks. Here’s what’s new this season:

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ALTA SKI AREA: Alta’s improvement’s for the 2003-04 ski season include remodeling of the Cub's Den in the lower level of the Albion Ticket Building to offer families a one-stop-shopping environment to register their children for ski school and to purchase lift tickets. The resort also installed an elevator off the deck of the parking lot level to help transport skiers and equipment down to the snow level and the Cubs Den. Routine maintenance was performed on chairlifts and buildings. Trail crews planted over 1,000 saplings as well as continuing with summer revegetation efforts. Alta Ski Area has pioneered methods of seed harvesting for reseeding native plants that have become models for the ski industry. Alta is making plans to build a new quad chair during the summer of 2004, a top to bottom quad that will replace the Collins and Germania lifts.

Alta Lodge announces “Powder Tracks - Alta Lodge Powder Days,” an all-inclusive program of powder and all-mountain instruction for intermediate to advanced skiers. In partnership with the Alta Ski Area and the Deep Powder House Ski Shop, Alta Lodge will offer two Powder Tracks sessions this season: Jan. 10-14 and April 3-7. Powder Tracks is the only program offered to teach intermediate skiers how to ski powder in just a few days with all the components of a ski vacation packaged together. Powder Tracks is all-inclusive and easy to book. The program includes: five nights lodging plus breakfast and dinner daily, taxes and gratuities at the Alta Lodge; four days of skiing - three Alta Ski Area lift tickets and one Alta Snowbird ticket; four days of lessons - six hours of instruction daily from the legendary Alf Engen Ski School; snow cat skiing in Alta's Grizzly Gulch (conditions and group size permitting); demos of the new high performance fat skis and the latest in carver technology from the Deep Powder House Ski Shop (top of the line demo boots and ski poles will also be offered); three lunches - two at the Alta Lodge and one at the mid-mountain restaurant, Collins Grill, including taxes and gratuities. Prices for the January session are $2,645 per person single occupancy and $2,000 per person double occupancy; prices for the April session are $2,338 per person single occupancy and $1,776 per person double occupancy. Rates include all taxes and service for lodging and meals, (but do not include ski instructor gratuity). Prices are based on a standard room type; other rates are offered for various accommodations. 

BRIAN HEAD RESORT: Brian Head is offering a brand new “Step It Up” clinic series this season. Both “Terrain Park” and “Rip it Up” clinics are offered in the series, for children ages 8 to 17. The Terrain Park clinic teaches park etiquette and safety as well as instruction on learning basic jumps, grabs and handling rails. Student requirements are that snowboarders must be able to make toe and tail turns at an intermediate level and make basic switch turns. Skiers must be able to comfortably make parallel turns on blue runs. “Rip It Up” clinic participants will tear up the whole mountain, cruising bumps, crud, powder, gates, steeps and whatever else looks like fun. Student requirements include being able to comfortably ride and/or ski parallel on blue runs. Clinics are held on Saturdays and holidays and last two hours long. Start times are based on demand.

THE CANYONS: Skiers looking for The Canyons' award-winning terrain park in 2003-04 will find it at a new location and at a higher elevation - providing more consistent natural snowfall assisted by a new snowmaking system for the park. Freeskiers and riders will access the new park by Snow Canyon Express where they will find more than 30 features throughout the 16-acre park. On-mountain dining takes a step up at The Canyons Resort. Lookout Cabin will now feature a new, full-service bar within the restaurant -- Located a top Lookout Peak, Lookout Cabin provides stunning views of the Wasatch along with table-served meals daily. 

Back by popular demand, The Canyons Resort features the Utah Honor Roll Pass. The first of its kind, the Honor Roll Pass rewards students for their scholastic achievements with the resort's most affordable Season Pass. Junior High and High School students at participating schools in Utah who have made the honor roll for their most recently completed grading period are eligible to purchase a $99 Season Pass. This marks the 5th year for the program which has received accolades from parents and teachers alike. Honor Roll Students in Summit and Wasatch Counties are eligible for a $55 Season Pass at The Canyons.

New this year for those skiing The Canyons early in the season is the Early Bird Ski Free Package. Stay at The Canyons Resort (at the Sundial Lodge or Grand Summit Resort Hotel) between Nov. 21 and Dec. 25 and ski for free. Two lift tickets are included in the lodging rates per night. Prices start at $159 for the Sundial Lodge, and $189 for the Grand Summit. Restrictions may apply, based on availability.

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