Friday , August 15, 2014 - 2:08 PM
RICHMOND — A new ski resort is set to open this winter at the top of Utah.
Cherry Peaks Resort, just east of Richmond in Cache County, will officially be the state’s 15th ski resort. With just 100 days left before ski season begins, Ski Utah announced the new operation during a media event on Thursday, Aug. 14.
“We’re pretty excited, it’s big news,” said Susie English, communications coordinator for Ski Utah. “Especially in this economy, you don’t see new resorts popping up very often.”
The new resort will have three lifts plus one conveyor lift, ice skating, night skiing and tubing. According to John Chadwick, the ski resort’s developer, runs have already been cleared. Crews are currently working on installing its snowmaking system and lights. Two lifts are about to be installed, and next week they’ll begin work on the lodge.
“It’s got good vertical, good snow, and all types of terrain,” Chadwick said, “all just 15 minutes from downtown Logan.”
The resort covers around 200 acres of private land and lifts service around 1,250 vertical feet. Construction at the resort began last summer, although Chadwick said the resort was a long time coming.
“It was actually an Olympic coach, who I took up there to ski 12 years ago, who said we need to build a resort,” he said. “I’ve been thinking about it my entire life, but when you hear an Olympic coach say ’you need to build a resort here,’ you really get to thinking.”
Adult season passes start at $315 for day skiing and $249 for night skiing, according to the Cherry Peaks Resort website. Adult lift tickets cost $42 for a full day of skiing, $32 for a half day and $22 for night skiing. Discount passes and tickets are available for children, seniors and families. The resort will be closed on Sundays.
The resort isn’t without its local controversy. Last spring, some Cache County residents filed a lawsuit against the resort, citing issues with its proximity to wilderness and a wildlife management area. The ski resort is located on private land. A district court ruled in favor of Cherry Peak Resort in March.
Cherry Peaks Resort’s targeted opening date is Thanksgiving 2014.
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