- Replace with high-speed quads:
- Short new chairlift to better connect Sugarloaf & Collins
- Mount Baldy Tram
- Snowmaking and avalanche control upgrades
- Alf's & Watson Shelter expansions
- Replace Wildcat with high-speed quad
- New Strawberry high-speed quad
- Add snowmaking on Wildcat
- Grading/widening on Mt. Ogden Bowl Road & Penny Lane
The Snowbasin plan looks really well thought out to me--there are still other pain points on the mountain, but they identified what I think of as the most urgent/lowest-hanging fruit.
I'm not as familiar with Alta, but I have to wonder whether this is partly to position them to better handle snowboards (no more flats heading to Supreme; easier Sugarloaf/Collins transition for boarders). Just speculating.
Also, I seem to remember a lot more tracks on the Snowbird side of Mt. Baldy than the Alta side. The proposal doesn't address whether they'd allow riders to head across the boundary to Snowbird from the summit.
It also doesn't mention a big marketing perk... adding 500+ vertical feet would make Alta look more attractive when just looking at statistics, and if they get the Baldy tram in before Snowbird builds a Twin Peak tram, they'll have the highest lift in Utah.
On the downside, it looks like novices will be pretty much limited to just Sunnyside/Albion if this goes through. Seems like a shame, as the Cecret pod seems like it provides a nice alternative and certainly had high novice utilization when I've been at Alta.