Utah’s Yellowstone Club?
A new private mountain resort development in Utah plans to open as an exclusive enclave catering to the “one percent of the richest one percent” of skiers and riders, according to Ski Area Management magazine. The new Wasatch Peaks Ranch has grand sights on opening December 2021 in its ideal 20 square mile property in Morgan, Utah, located 35 minutes north from Salt Lake City, 10 miles south of Snowbasin, also near Powder Mountain.
Wasatch Peaks Ranch encompasses 12,740 acres, to include a planned 3,000 skiable acres of terrain. The private ranch community proposes up to 750 homes in a 10-15 year phased development, according to reports, with one residential dwelling per 160 acres, unabashedly appealing to affluent alpinists.
Ski access will be the privilege of investors and homeowners. Leitner-Poma of America will begin construction of two high-speed quads with heated seats and bubbles this spring, to open December 2021. Combined, the two new chairlifts will provide access to 1,650 acres of terrain, with a top elevation of about 9,500 feet. A total of nine lifts are planned once the 3,000 ski acre comes to fruition, featuring private skiing in 15 bowls and 4,600’ vertical, there’s even the potential for heli-skiing.
Wasatch Peaks Ranch president and CEO is Bob Wheaton, former Deer Valley general manager, he led Deer Valley ski resort through decades of growth. He said Leitner-Poma of America has worked “to design and customize a lift experience that mirrors the luxury guest experience that our members will have.” One of the Ranch’s initial investors is Lessing Stern, son of Deer Valley founder Edgar Stern.
Other perks and private amenities, an 18-hole Tom Fazio golf course, mountain biking and hiking on over 80 miles of trails, and a private wildlife preserve for fishing on the Weber River, and big game hunting of mule deer, elk and moose, and upland bird hunting. It is truly a ranch, with golf and skiing benefits.The ranch controls a continuous ridgeline comprising 24 peaks and 15 bowls on the property and adjoining National Forest.
Stay tuned for details and membership opportunities at the latest elite ski resort community. Will it rival Yellowstone Club in Montana with its private ski and golf resort and roster of well-to-do celebs and entrepreneurs? Or be more down-to-earth like nearby Powder Mountain’s utopian Summit Group mountaintop society?
Wasatch Ranch met with opposition from locals during permitting, concerns for the environmental impact, developers argued the economic gain would be beneficial, and their plan is to respect the rural character and beauty of Morgan County. Previously owned by the Bass family of Snowbird fame, and the Holding families – think Sun Valley and Snowbasin, the Ranch was acquired by its current owners in January 2019, it had been listed for $39,000,000 by Mirr Ranch Group.