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Snowbasin Resort to Upgrade Middle Bowl Chairlift and Expand Parking for 2021-22 Season

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Huntsville, UT (July 1, 2021) – Snowbasin Resort announces plans to replace Middle Bowl Chairlift and expand parking for the 2021-22 winter season. The new Middle Bowl Express will be a high-speed six person lift that enhances the overall guest experience with increased uphill capacity and shortened ride time from 12 to less than six minutes. Additionally, approximately 350 parking stalls will be added in Maples and Canyon Rim parking areas.

The installation of Middle Bowl Express will begin this summer and is expected to be finished prior to Christmas 2021. It will feature a similar path as the previous lift; however the top terminal will now finish above Needles Lodge with easy access to the lodge from the new location. Some summer trail access will be impacted during construction of Middle Bowl Express, with details available on Snowbasin’s website.

“Middle Bowl accesses exceptional terrain in the heart of Snowbasin,” says Davy Ratchford, General Manager of Snowbasin. “We are committed to our guest experience and advanced lift infrastructure, so we’re thrilled to provide this upgrade to improve our guests’ access to upper mountain skiing.”

The Maples and Canyon Rim expansion will add to Snowbasin’s already high parking capacity and expedite guest access to the mountain. Construction on the new parking sections will begin in July and will be complete prior to Opening Day of the 2021-22 winter season.

“At Snowbasin we’re known for our world-class access and are pleased to expand guest access through additional parking,” said Eric Ahern, Director of Base Area Services. “Just 45 minutes from Salt Lake City and an easy highway drive away, we welcome all guests to visit and experience our mountain.”

A limited number of chairs from the original Middle Bowl lift will be available to purchase at a later date. Guests that are interested will be able to join a waiting list to be contacted when chairs are available. Priority will be given to Snowbasin season pass holders.

Snowbasin is in final stages of authorization with the U.S. Forest Service on the Middle Bowl lift replacement.

For more information on the Middle Bowl Express and parking expansion project, or to join the waitlist to purchase an original Middle Bowl chair, please visit or call 801-620-1000.

About Snowbasin Resort

Snowbasin Resort, located in Utah, is one of the most accessible ski resorts in North America, less than 40 minutes from the Salt Lake International Airport and only 50 minutes from Park City. It was the host venue for the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympic alpine events, including downhill, combined (downhill and slalom) and super-G with men’s and women’s downhill courses still in place for guests to experience. Snowbasin is regularly top rated by Ski Magazine in the categories of Accessibility, Service, On-Mountain Food, Lifts and Grooming. It offers families and outdoor enthusiasts a variety of activities and features championship-level skiing and riding, with nearly 3,000 skiable acres, an average snowfall of over 300 inches, and 3,000 vertical feet. Consistently recognized as one of the best family resorts in North America, Snowbasin Resort is one of the oldest continuously operating ski resorts in the nation. In the summer Snowbasin offers scenic gondola rides, hiking, biking, free Blues, Brews & BBQ concerts, and more, making Snowbasin the perfect year around destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Snowbasin Resort is a member of the Grand America Hotels and Resorts family. Sister properties include Sun Valley Resort, The Grand America Hotel, Little America Hotel (all Salt Lake City, Utah); The Westgate Hotel, San Diego, Calif.; Little America Flagstaff, Ariz.; Little America, Wyo., and Little America, Cheyenne, Wyo. | 801.620.1000 | @snowbasinresort | #snowbasinresort

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