PARK CITY, Utah — Alterra Mountain Company announced what representatives have called “the largest ski resort expansion in ski resort history,” today.
Deer Valley Resort, owned by Alterra Mountain Company, and Extell, the developer of the Mayflower Mountain Resort, have reached an agreement for Deer Valley to expand to include Mayflower Mountain Resort.
Under this long-term operational agreement, Mayflower will effectively become a part of Deer Valley, and will be fully integrated into the Deer Valley experience and brand.
The expansion will more than double Deer Valley’s skiable terrain, adding 16 new lifts and a new 10-passenger gondola.
The official plan to combine the two mountains was announced this morning at a press conference held at Deer Valley Resort in the Silver Lake Lodge.
“The terrain feels like it should have been part of Deer Valley since day one,” said Jared Smith, CEO of Alterra Mountain Company.
The complete project will unfold over the next three ski seasons, with a significant portion of the new lifts and trails set to open as early as the 2025-26 winter season.
When completed, Deer Valley will offer 5,726 acres of ski-only terrain spread across 10 mountains. Whistler Blackcomb in Canada offers 8,171 acres, and Park City Mountain has 7,300 ski-able acres of terrain.
Todd Bennett, president and COO of Deer Valley said that “Deer Valley has a great legacy of ski only and we are going to continue that” Confirming there no snowboarding will be allowed.
Guests on alpine, telemark or mono ski equipment with feet placed side by side and facing forward are allowed at Deer Valley. Snowboards and carving boards are restricted from use and that policy will extend through to the new Mayflower Mountain property.
Mayflower Mountain Resort is being constructed just to the east of Deer Valley Resort. Ski Magazine says Mayflower Mountain Resort will be the first non-private ski resort in the U.S. since 2004.
A 2019 fact sheet from Extell states that the complete village build-out will occur over the next two decades, with the majority of the infrastructure completed in anticipation of the 2030 Olympic Games, which could potentially be held in Utah.
Extell Development, responsible for building the Mayflower Resort near Jordanelle Reservoir, has pledged over 3,100 acres of the ski area for a conservation easement.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the conservation easement overseen by Utah Open Lands aims to connect trails in the Bonanza Flat area with those in Wasatch Mountains State Park, creating a network of over 50 miles of trails. Existing community trails were at risk of development into homes or hotels. The donated land had entitlements for nearly 700 units, and the conservation easement prevents future development.
Additional information can be found here: https://expandedexcellence.deervalley.com/