Keith Johnson, Deseret News archives
NEW SKI RESORT TO OPEN
BEAVER — Eagle Point, a new ski resort located outside of Beaver, is scheduled to open for the 2010-11 season.
Eagle Point has been established on the site of the former Elk Meadows Ski Resort. With extensive renovations to two lodges, reconditioned lifts, and other significant infrastructure improvements, Eagle Point will be welcoming skiers and snowboarders beginning mid-December of 2010.
Lift hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The resort has one quad chair lift, one triple chair, two double chairs and one platter. Lift tickets are priced at $45 for all-day adults, $32 for all-day seniors and children, $35 for half-day adults and $25 for half-day seniors and children.
"We wanted to create a place that would offer more than just great skiing," said Shane Gadbaw, Eagle Point's chief executive officer. "Our goal is also to be family friendly, deliver outstanding dining, amenities and service, and appeal to those who might be looking to get away from the crowds."
Eagle Point's 36 trails are a mix of beginner, intermediate and expert terrain, with a halfpipe and significant backcountry opportunities, all taking advantage of an average snowfall of 400 inches per year. The resort is located 215 miles south from Salt Lake City.
WILLARD HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES
WILLARD — Willard Bay State Park will host Fantasy at the Bay, a drive-through holiday light display, from Nov. 25 through Jan. 1.
Display hours are 5 to 10 p.m. nightly, and admission is $8 per vehicle. Utah State Parks Annual Passes are not valid during light display hours.
The Cottonwood Campground is filled with animation, lighted trees, roadway lights and displays. Visitors may drive through the display or ride on a horse-drawn hay wagon at no additional cost. A concession service offers cocoa, hamburgers, chili, scones, s'mores and other items around a large campfire.
To reach Willard Bay State Park, take Exit 357 off I-15. For more information, call Fantasy at the Bay at 435-734-9294 or 435-237-9506, or Willard Bay State Park at 435-734-9494.
HOLIDAY GIFT PASSES
SALT LAKE CITY — Give the gift of the great outdoors this holiday season with a Utah State Parks Annual Pass.
Passes for the 2011 season will be available in early December. Annual passes sell for $75. Utah residents 62 years and older may purchase a Senior AdventurePass for $35, which offers the same benefits as the annual pass.
Passes allow the cardholder and up to seven guests in the same vehicle to have day-use access to most state parks. Passes are honored at all state parks except This Is The Place Heritage Park. Passes do not cover the Davis County Causeway fee at Antelope Island State Park and are good for one rider machine only at Jordan River Off-Highway Vehicle State Recreation Area.
Passes may be purchased at any state park, region office, online at stateparks.utah.gov and at the Utah State Parks Administrative Office located at 1594 W. North Temple in Salt Lake City.
For more information, call 801-538-7220 or 877-UT-PARKS.
BOAT RAMP AT STARVATION
DUCHESNE — The new main boat ramp at Starvation State Park is now open, and a wedge dock will be in place until ice forms.
The new boat ramp is part of ongoing construction at the park. When complete, the park will offer new restrooms and campsites with electric and water hookups.
For information and current park conditions, visit stateparks.utah.gov or call 435-738-2326.
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