Utah's ski industry is gearing up for another exciting season following the success of the record-setting 2022-2023 winter. Brian HeadPark City Mountain, and Woodward Park City resorts opened their doors last Friday, with Solitude Mountain Resort welcoming more visitors after opening to pass holders the previous weekend. The remaining 11 resorts are slated to open on Nov. 30 or later, contingent on favorable snow and temperature conditions.
While this season may not replicate the exceptional snowfall of the previous year, Utah's resorts have dedicated the offseason to enhancing visitor experiences. Ski Utah officials, the nonprofit promoting the state's skiing and snowboarding industries, expressed optimism during their annual pre-season press conference. Nathan Rafferty, Ski Utah's President and CEO, conveyed his enthusiasm, stating that the best is yet to come for the industry.
Ski resorts across the state have implemented various changes and upgrades to elevate visitor experiences. While advancements in snowmaking and avalanche prevention technology may not grab headlines, they are crucial. 
Resorts such as Alta, Brian Head, Brighton, Cherry Peak, Deer Valley, and Powder Mountain have improved their snowmaking processes. 

Additionally, Alta, Snowbird, and Solitude resorts installed new Wyssen towers to remotely control avalanche mitigation, replacing outdated military guns.

Brian Head Resort added new gladed terrain to enhance the riding experience, while several resorts, including Brighton, Eagle Mountain, Park City Mountain, Powder Mountain, Solitude, Snowbasin, and Snowbird, introduced new lifts or gondolas. Brighton's new Crest 6 chairlift, capable of lifting 2,400 people per hour, is a notable addition.
Resorts have not only focused on infrastructure upgrades but also introduced new amenities and introductory courses. Rafferty commended resorts for investing in these improvements, emphasizing the importance of upgrading infrastructure across the industry.
In terms of accessibility, Beaver Mountain, Nordic Valley, Snowbasin, Sundance, and Woodward Park City resorts improved parking facilities. Brighton and Solitude resorts in Big Cottonwood Canyon implemented parking reservation systems to address ongoing traffic issues.
Looking ahead, two significant long-term investments have generated industry excitement. Deer Valley Resort's agreement with the Extell Development Company will add 3,700 acres of terrain, doubling its skiable area. Netflix co-founder Reed Hastings$100 million investment in Powder Mountain Resort aims to transform the resort into the "ultimate skier experience," with new lift infrastructure projects set to be unveiled after the current season.
Despite operating fewer buses due to driver shortages, the Utah Transit Authority promises enhanced bus service starting Nov. 26. The Cottonwood Connect emergency transit service will resume to alleviate shortages in the Cottonwood Canyons.
As Utah's ski season kicks off, the industry is poised for growth, with ongoing improvements and transformative investments shaping the future of skiing and snowboarding in the state.

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