RICHMOND, Utah – It took the owners a lot of work, but Utah’s newest ski resort Cherry Peak officially opened on Monday.
“Fifteen years of planning and execution, that’s what we went through,” said John Chadwick, CEO and president of the resort.
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The Chadwick family, who owns the land where Cherry Peak now sits, faced several lawsuits with local residents who wanted to keep the mountain open for backcountry skiing.
“Multiple investors, court cases, you name it, we’ve been through it all, but we’re here,” Chadwick said.
Now skiers can finally enjoy the mountain. The 200-acre resort is 20 minutes from Logan and features 800 vertical feet of terrain.
“The snow’s great, super great features, just an all-around great resort,” said local snowboarder Nash Ervin.
Locals say they like being able to ski so close to home.
“It’s such a central location,” said local skier Connor Compton. “I mean, all you’ve got to do is come up here, throw your skis in the back of your car, and ride up here in 10 to 15 minutes and you can have great snow and have an awesome time.”
The resort features two chair lifts, 16 runs, tubing, night skiing and ice skating. There’s also a 15-thousand-square-foot lodge.
“It’s great to see anyone else come online and we’ve been super excited, you know, small areas like this are really important to our industry to get people to learn how to ski,” said Nathan Rafferty, president of Ski Utah.
A lot of kids in Richmond and Cache Valley can come up and ski or snowboard when they get out of school.
“I think, for teenagers, it makes it easier because it’s hard going through that canyon sometimes to get to Beaver when it’s snowing,” said Luke White, a snowboarder at Cherry Peak. “It just makes it really convenient.”
For lift ticket prices and season pass sales, visit http://www.skicherrypeak.us/.