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Utah Travel Headlines Blog

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

New Ski Resort Proposed Near Salt Lake City

Utah may soon have a new ski resort, this one on land owned by Kennecott in the Oquirrh Mountains, in the southwest area of Salt Lake Valley.

The Salt Lake Tribune describes the proposal in this new article. Here are excerpts:

While the copper company and land developer has set no timetable for the project, officials say the snow conditions and slopes are promising for Deer Valley-like terrain just seven miles west of Highway 111 in a region known as Soldier Flats.

It's not a matter of if, says Jim Schulte, Kennecott's vice president of long-range planning, but when.
"It's certainly skiable terrain," Schulte said, "and a lot of it."

The resort is part of Kennecott's grander vision for the west bench. South Jordan's Daybreak was just the beginning. The company plans to develop 41,000 acres of hillside neighborhoods and businesses. That's enough to cover the valley's east side from 1100 North to 14600 South, stretching from 900 East to the east bench.

"They could easily do it," said Nathan Rafferty, president and chief executive officer of Ski Utah, a marketing association representing Utah's ski and snowboard industry. "I don't know that it's the kind of resort that would compete with the Snowbirds, Altas and Deer Valleys of the world, but it would be something that would benefit Salt Lake."

Read the entire article.

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