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Cache County mulling new ski resort

Published: Friday, Dec. 16 2011 5:35 p.m. MST

LOGAN — The Cache Valley could be the site of northern Utah's next ski area.

A proposal to develop Cherry Creek Ski Area is under review by the Cache County planning commission.

The proposed site for the Cherry Peak Ski Area is located approximately three miles east of Richmond in Cherry Creek Canyon. The resort would offer 203 acres of recreational skiing and other winter sports activities and would include development of a ski resort base area and mid-mountain facilities, including four ski lifts, a terrain park, a zip line, three water storage reservoirs and one cable tow for the tubing hill.

The proposed ski area is projected to serve 1,000 skiers and employees, as well as a lodge and ski lifts. The development would also operate during the summer.

The project was submitted by Logan Checketts of Dayton, Idaho — who declined to comment on the proposal until the plan is voted on by the planning commission on Jan. 5. If approved and completed, Cherry Creek would be the state's 15th ski resort.

Eagle Point in Beaver was the last ski resort to open and is currently preparing to open for its second season. Last year, Eagle Point began operations in the same location formerly occupied by Elk Meadows resort.

According to Ski Utah spokeswoman Jessica Kunzer, Wolf Mountain located in Eden is probably the most similar resort, in terms of size and scale, to the Cheery Creek proposal — which targets a different audience than most larger resorts.

"Ski Utah highly values these resorts as they serve a wonderful purpose for beginners and families looking for an affordable introduction to the sports of skiing or snowboarding," she said.

While Cherry Creek Ski Area would be located near the Idaho border and generally serve residents in far northern Utah, the state's capital city was recently recognized by a popular travel website as a prime winter travel destination.

TripAdvisor recently launched its inaugural TripIndex Ski, a cost comparison of popular ski destinations across the United States and Canada, and named Salt Lake City the most affordable ski destination in the nation.

"Affordability is a key consideration for many families choosing a vacation destination this winter," Kunzer said. "Salt Lake City's close proximity to 11 ski and snowboard resorts gives it a unique ability to provide more low cost lodging and dining options than many other competing winter vacation destinations."

E-mail: jlee@desnews.com

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