Former Elk Meadows to open as Eagle Point ski area in Utah

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After being dormant for eight seasons — and going through a contentious period when it was promoted as an exclusive private resort — the former Elk Meadows Ski Resort east of Beaver plans to reopen this winter as Eagle Point.

"Our goal is to be family friendly, deliver outstanding dining,amenities and service, and appeal to those who might be looking to get away from the crowds," said CEO Shane Gadbaw.

He acquired the resort in a bankruptcy proceeding involving the would-be developers of Mount Holly Resort. They had hoped to turn the southwestern Utah resort into a gated community with a private ski resort and a Jack Nicklaus golf course, but encountered financial difficulties and resistance from many property owners.

Gadbaw intends to open the ski area Dec. 15, weather permitting. He said daily lift tickets will cost $45 for adults, and $32 for seniors and children. The resort will have 36 runs covering 400 skiable acres, served by one quad chairlift, one triple chair and two double chairs.

The resort is almost equidistant between Salt Lake City and Las Vegas, about 210 miles away.