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Mayflower Resort’s ski stats

WASATCH COUNTY, Utah. — Extell Development Company, based in New York,  currently has 13 active projects in New York and New Jersey and is the owner of Four Seasons Resort and Residences in Vail, CO and Four Seasons Las Colinas, Dallas, TX.

Extell’s new Utah ski resort Mayflower is right in the backyard of Park City’s Deer Valley. Located on the eastern slopes off of highway 40, near the Jordanelle Reservoir. Extell’s Mayflower has a variety of developments, jobs, and real estate on the horizon, including MIDA (Military Installation Development Authority). “The purpose of the proposed MIDA project area is to provide the military with a “Morale, Welfare and Recreation” facility or hotel (similar to other facilities they have around the world) in a ski resort setting. This will be the only MIDA facility at a United States ski resort and will serve as a tribute to the men and women of our armed services.”

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Mayflower Resort.
Mayflower Resort in October 2021. Photo: Courtesy of Extell.

MIDA is the entity created by the Utah Legislature in 2007 to facilitate the development of military land in Utah. The overarching project of MIDA is known as The Morale Welfare Recreation Facility Hotel and Conference Center (MWR). The MWR will have four of its ski-in-ski-out Mayflower facility’s floors above ground and eight of its 12 floors above ground. MIDA is the governing authority for the MWR.

Brooke Hontz, Extell’s Vice President of Development for Mayflower Resort, has been a resident of Park City for three decades.  Hontz discussed with TownLift Mayflower’s outdoor, year-round goals. …To allow snowboarding or not to allow snowboarding, that is the question and the answer to which is still up in the air and undecided. 

The 6,800 acres will encompass ski runs that are appropriately matched to the “bell curve” of skiers, with most of the runs falling into the intermediate and advanced, and relatively less green and black terrain, amounting to 60% in the blue range and nearly 20% in the black-plus range. Overall, it provides 4,300 acres of skiable terrain with a 3,200′ of vertical. One gondola and 18 chairlifts are in the plan. At this time, there are no plans to include designated summiting, hikeable terrain, or uphill traffic.

What is in the works are two distinct “new-to-skiing” and “taking-a-warm-up-lap” areas that are protected from other skiers and offer carpets and a beginner lift “once the skier is ready to take it up a notch,” said Hontz.

The boundaries of the Mayflower Resort will feel, in certain spots, almost close enough to reach out and touch its adjacent neighbor, Deer Valley Resort, not unlike the orange rope proximities of the top ridge of Deer Valley’s Empire to the top ridge of Park City Mountain’s McConkey’s.

A significant summer hiking and biking trail system are being planned for which Hontz said, “We expect to have lift-served.” she added, “Other types of mountain activities (slides, zip lines, etc.) are also being contemplated and are desired – but not past the planning stages yet.”

Lastly, Hontz, who is an expert skier herself, said, “We have some open Aspen glades that look delish.”
 

 

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