I'm sure that the new Summit lodge will be nice and we'll all enjoy the views. But I also don't understand why its such a priority.
As a long-timer skier at Snowbird, my view is that the #1 thing that Snowbird could do to improve their reputation and our enjoyment is to improve the quality of their food. This would improve the ski visitor experience, increase their rankings in magazines, and help to persuade everyone that Snowbird is a more complete mountain which balances the quality of their on-mountain skiing with their off-mountain experience.
Snowbird's food is not bad, but its not great either. Their mid-mountain restaurant is actually below average so since they are expanding it over the next couple years, I hope they take the time to improve the food quality. The sushi at the Aerie is good, especially for Utah. The Steak Pit is expensive but ok. I like their Tram pizza. Their all you can eat mussels at the Iron Blosam during happy hour is very good value and tasty. However, almost everything else is average at best, including their Mexican food.
I realize that cooking at 9,000 feet has limitations compared to what can be done at sea level, but Deer Valley and Whistler can do it so Snowbird should spend more money on improving their dining rather than build a new summit lodge which will not generate new revenue, simply redistribute the revenue from their mid-mountain and base lodge restaurants.
A little bit off topic but I do think food is an important aspect to a vacation.
You could always go over to Solitude, the Deer Valleyification has begun. The Roundhouse is now known as the "Himalayan Hut." With a menu that includes: "Skillfully prepared items including traditional Lentil Dahl, Naan, Butter Chicken, Everest Curry with mangoes, onions and tomatoes and Lamb Rogan Josh with Bear River lamb cooked in a sauce of yogurt, tomatoes, cashews and spices."