Snowbasin Resort to Upgrade Middle Bowl Chairlift and Expand Parking for 2021-22 Season

Snowbasin Resort to Upgrade Middle Bowl Chairlift and Expand Parking for 2021-22 Season

Snowbasin Resort announces plans to replace Middle Bowl Chairlift and expand parking for the 2021-22 winter season. The new Middle Bowl Express will be a high-speed six person lift that enhances the overall guest experience with increased uphill capacity and shortened ride time from 12 to less than six minutes. Additionally, approximately 350 parking stalls will be added in Maples and Canyon Rim parking areas. 

The installation of Middle Bowl Express will begin this summer and is expected to be finished prior to Christmas 2021. It will feature a similar path as the previous lift; however the top terminal will now finish above Needles Lodge with easy access to the lodge from the new location. Some summer trail access will be impacted during construction of Middle Bowl Express, with details available on Snowbasin’s website. 

“Middle Bowl accesses exceptional terrain in the heart of Snowbasin,” says Davy Ratchford, General Manager of Snowbasin. “We are committed to our guest experience and advanced lift infrastructure, so we’re thrilled to provide this upgrade to improve our guests’ access to upper mountain skiing.” 

The Maples and Canyon Rim expansion will add to Snowbasin’s already high parking capacity and expedite guest access to the mountain. Construction on the new parking sections will begin in July and will be complete prior to Opening Day of the 2021-22 winter season. 

“At Snowbasin we’re known for our world-class access and are pleased to expand guest access through additional parking,” said Eric Ahern, Director of Base Area Services. “Just 45 minutes from Salt Lake City and an easy highway drive away, we welcome all guests to visit and experience our mountain.” 

A limited number of chairs from the original Middle Bowl lift will be available to purchase at a later date. Guests that are interested will be able to join a waiting list to be contacted when chairs are available. Priority will be given to Snowbasin season pass holders. 

Snowbasin is in final stages of authorization with the U.S. Forest Service on the Middle Bowl lift replacement. 

For more information on the Middle Bowl Express and parking expansion project, or to join the waitlist to purchase an original Middle Bowl chair, please visit snowbasin.com or call 801-620-1000. 

Stuart is the founder, writer and wrangler at several sites including Gastronomic SLC, Utah Now and, The Utah Review; Stuart is a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune and has worked extensively with other local publications from Utah Stories through to Salt Lake Magazine and Visit Salt Lake.