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MORGAN COUNTY, Utah. — Wasatch Peaks Ranch will be the newest Utah ski and snowboard hill next season. The private community has partnered with Leitner-Poma of America (LPOA) to break ground on two new chair lifts. The first phase of construction is scheduled to begin this Spring with two of the nine planned ski lifts ready for operation in December.
Wasatch Peaks Ranch is located in Peterson, Utah. The private ski community plans to offer 3,000+ acres of skiable terrain. The mountain will offer one of the longest vertical drops in the U.S., from a summit of 9,570′ to a base of 5,970′ (a 3,600-foot drop).
The initial two lifts LPOA is building will provide access to 1,650 acres, approximately 55% of the eventual total skiable terrain. The first lift will be a high-speed quad lift from the base area; it is 8,000+ feet long. The second high-speed quad lift will provide access to the ridge for views and expert open bowl ski terrain. Both high-speed quads are planned to be heated with protective bubbles.
Daren Cole, president of Leitner-Poma, announced the partnership. “We are honored to be working with the team at Wasatch Peaks Ranch to help make their vision come to life,” said Cole. “We developed a custom plan for the chairlifts to ensure the uphill amenities are in line with the elevated guest experience at this new community. The plan ranges from lift alignment and capacity to state-of-the-art comforts and conveniences members will enjoy such as heated seats and bubbles to warm skiers and snowboarders throughout the season.”
The president and chief executive officer of Wasatch Peaks Ranch, Bob Wheaton, expressed enthusiasm for the partnership.
“We selected LPOA to build our chairlifts not only because of their excellent track record and years of industry experience, but also because they were willing to work with us to design and customize a lift experience that mirrors the luxury guest experience that our members will have. This included everything from technical specifications to thoughtful applications like selecting triple and quad lifts to provide more space for our members as well as identifying comforts such as heated seats and bubbles.” — Bob Wheaton of Wasatch Peaks Ranch
LPOA is headquartered in Grand Junction, Colorado, and approximately 75% to 85% of the parts for the Wasatch Peaks Ranch lifts are made in the United States at its headquarters.
Members of Wasatch Peaks Ranch will have access to nearly two miles of the Weber River, a sporting clay course, trails for mountain biking, hiking, and a planned Tom Fazio-designed golf course.