I would guess that food services are a profit center for ski areas so that if more people came for lunch at DV that increased business would pay for expansion. Lunch at Deer Valley and back would likely be the main traffic pattern for the OneWasatch tour, that and going to the least crowded ski area. Be cool to have a lift line wait app for the OneWasatch group to encourage the migration and crowd leveling….and ticket sales.
Also, I'd guess the resort attracting the most OneWasatch ticket sales gets more of the interconnect money so other resorts might start serving decent food.
It will be interesting to see what traffic patterns develop.
Canyons and Deer Valley make food a priority, and have fine on-mountain restaurants and great food in the lodges. What people here forget is that the orthopedic surgeon on vacation from somewhere east of the Mississippi isn't going to ski 6 hours a day. He or she will ski for a while, experience great meals, shop a little bit, and call it a great vacation. He or she may have a kid who is a park rat and wants to ski every pipe and park of all seven resorts. How about starting ther day at DV, skiing over to PCMR, ending up at the Cliff Lodge for dinner with friends, and then taking a shuttle back to DV at night? Perhaps he or she will hire a "guide" from a ski school to show off a couple of resorts. The options for tourists are many with a One Wasatch. EPIC Skiers mostly live to ski where a lot of tourists typically don't. We typically know what areas we like and what terrain we can find there. But if I were that orthopedic surgeon, or lawyer, or anybody saving up for a dream vacation, I'd choose Utah over CO (and that is really the issue) if there were a One Wasatch, and then I'd consider coming back since it is impossible to ski 18,000 acres in a week.