Wasatch Peaks Ranch to Debut with Two Bubble Chairlifts

Leitner-Poma of America has been selected to build the chairlifts at Wasatch Peaks Ranch, a private Utah ski community scheduled to open for the 2021-2022 season. The first two of nine planned lifts will service approximately 55 percent of the mountain’s 3,000-plus acres of terrain and are planned to feature both bubbles and heated seats. “We are honored to be working with the team at Wasatch Peaks Ranch to help make their vision come to life,” said Daren Cole, President of Leitner-Poma. “We developed a custom plan for the chairlifts to ensure the uphill amenities are in line with the elevated guest experience at this new community.”

Wasatch Peaks Ranch is located in Morgan County, 37 miles northeast of Salt Lake City on the backside of the Wasatch Range. The private mountain will offer one of the longest vertical drops in the west at 3,600 feet. Skiers and snowboarders will have access to pristine, groomed terrain along with natural, untracked peaks and chutes for an intermediate and advanced experience.

The initial two lifts Leitner-Poma is building in 2021 will provide access to 1,650 acres. The first lift is a high speed quad that will take skiers and snowboarders out of the base area and is more than 8,000 feet long, providing access to most of the ski mountain’s intermediate and advanced terrain. The second lift, also a high-speed quad, will provide access to expert open bowl terrain with ridge top views of the surrounding area.

“We selected LPOA to build our chairlifts not only because of their excellent track record and years of industry experience, but also because they were willing to work with us to design and customize a lift experience that mirrors the luxury guest experience that our members will have,” said Bob Wheaton, president and chief executive officer of Wasatch Peaks Ranch. “This included everything from technical specifications to thoughtful applications like selecting lifts to provide more space for our members as well as identifying comforts such as heated seats and bubbles.”

Approximately 80 percent of the components for the Wasatch Peaks Ranch lifts will be produced in the United States at LPOA’s Grand Junction, Colorado facility. Both phase one lifts are expected to be operational by December.


19 thoughts on “Wasatch Peaks Ranch to Debut with Two Bubble Chairlifts

  1. glfbldrgmailcom January 27, 2021 / 11:15 am

    Wow. Talk about an ambitious undertaking. Best wishes..

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  2. Myles Svec January 27, 2021 / 11:15 am

    Would it make more sense to build the out of base chairlift as a six pack with bubbles and heated seats?


    • Utah Powder Skier January 27, 2021 / 11:43 am

      Why a six pack? It’s not like they need to capacity. There only so many people who can afford this place.


  3. Myles Svec January 27, 2021 / 11:17 am

    Also I’m surprised they are doing it this year with covid financial crisis I mean they probably are because the rich made a lot of money this year and they want them to buy real estate there.


  4. Mr Incredible January 27, 2021 / 12:17 pm

    Is this place really viable? if they’re trying to copy the Yellowstone Club then I see two problems. How many “Yellowstone clubs” can the 1% market in the US absorb? Also, the Yellowstone club probably succeeds (depending on your definition of success) because of its adjacency to Big Sky, a much bigger, well rounded mountain. What will the Wasatch Ranch be adjacent to? But there has never been a shortage of money in this country for hair-brained real estate ploys (e.g., Stagecoach, Hermitage, even YC before some hedge fund bailed it out)


    • Utah Powder Skier January 27, 2021 / 12:29 pm

      Yellowstone Club is filling up and if I’m correct, they’ll cap at a certain number of club members. Wasatch Peaks is close to Snowbasin, but they are not adjacent and there’s an interstate highway dividing the two. The other attempts (Bear Creek, Otsego, Hermitage Club) never had the size to compete against Yellowstone Club. This does have the size and is in a good location for rich people to hide from society.


      • Lofcaudio January 27, 2021 / 1:18 pm

        Is this completely separate from Yellowstone Club? The first I heard about this was while skiing with a local at Snowbasin who said that the Yellowstone Club was expanding and putting in a new resort nearby. I was under the impression that there was some affiliation/relationship with the Yellowstone Club.


      • skitheeast January 27, 2021 / 2:51 pm

        Yellowstone does indeed have a cap on the number of families allowed, although I have no idea where they currently are relative to that number. I know they experienced a healthy real estate market last summer during the pandemic, so it would not surprise me if Wasatch Peaks is trying to capitalize on this wave of enthusiasm.

        Hermitage Club failed because a lot of the wealthy northeast residents they were targeting realized that in almost the same couple of hours it would take to drive to Vermont, they could hop on a private plane and fly to Aspen. Yellowstone Club has found success because they realized that their competition is not the nearby resorts, but rather all of the resorts in the country. When money is no obstacle, they can offer some of the best, well-rounded in-bound terrain, with exclusivity and privacy that cannot be matched. If Wasatch Peaks tries to go for this same top of the .001% market, they will need to do the same.


        • Erik January 27, 2021 / 5:13 pm

          Yeah, I agree, a YC-like place that’s 40 minutes from SLC airport is well-positioned to appeal to the super-high-end of the market, both from the east and from California. The flight is less than 2 hours from San Francisco. Might appeal to some of the Deer Valley crowd who are sick of mixing with the Ikon riff-raff?


        • Utah Powder Skier January 27, 2021 / 6:24 pm

          Hinckley is even closer than SLC, which allows for a 20-30 minute drive to the resort


  5. John January 27, 2021 / 5:30 pm

    From their statement at the end, I am curious on what LPOA can offer that Doppelmayr can’t. The statement is so vague and so pointless.


    • Utah Powder Skier January 27, 2021 / 6:22 pm

      I think the real reason was cost. Leitner-Poma tends to underbid Doppelmayr with almost the same thing. Also, Leitner-Poma is really trying to get a foothold in Utah, after building lifts at Alta and Nordic Valley. After all, Ogden isn’t too far from Grand Junction.


  6. Ryan January 27, 2021 / 7:28 pm

    that area in Morgan County is prime real estate. The population in Utah is growing by leaps and bounds. Just about everything has already been built out that can be between Provo and Ogden, and now that leaves the other side of the mountains to fill in. It SUCKS. I watched my beloved Farmington and Kaysville that i grew up in turn into a circus overnight and I fear the same is in store for Eden and Liberty and Huntsville.


    • Ryan January 27, 2021 / 7:29 pm

      FYI there are a TON of people flocking to Utah, Idaho, Montana, and Colorado from California and other parts of the country. Lots of people trying to get out of California. And New York City.

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    • Joe Blake. January 27, 2021 / 7:49 pm

      Wait. I agree that it sucks, but isn’t the Ogden Valley already a circus? Tryna get a Star Burger or some chimichangas on a Saturday night is a joke. This probly won’t add much to it, though. Rich folk ain’t too too interested in Weber County. Too gritty. Except PowMow, but that ship has sailed.


    • Utah Powder Skier January 27, 2021 / 8:23 pm

      Everywhere in the Ogden Valley area getting developed, even Mountain Green. Snowbasin being on the Epic hasn’t helped either. As for Nordic Valley, the plans are too big for a low elevation beginner area. Nordic Valley will always be Nordic Valley unless they get a major rebrand. They can’t even change the signs to reflect their renamed lifts! Eden is too close to Powder Mountain for it not to be developed. Unfortunately, it might end up like Huntsville. As for Liberty, I think it will go unnoticed. It’s not on the reservoir like Eden and Huntsville. I just hope Pineview doesn’t become a place for only the rich. It’s just not the spirit of the Ogden area.


  7. Tyler January 28, 2021 / 8:51 am

    Funny quote from Bob Wheaton, who as president of Deer Valley for 35 years bought 17 different lifts from Doppelmayr and CTEC (not to mention a bunch of Yans) and not a single Poma


  8. Richard April 7, 2021 / 7:29 pm

    Wow they are working hard moving allot of dirt changing the landscape. Today they slayed the Mtn on skis. When is the Job Fair? I want to ski WP.


  9. Alex Jensen January 13, 2023 / 9:17 pm

    Funny thing is, not a soul in Morgan County wanted this development in the first place. The County Council all thought this was such a great idea. I remember page after page of signatures against anything and everything that had to do with this and now one is dead.


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