Ogden Valley ski resort sold to investor group
Wolf Mountain ski area in Ogden Valley has new owners and will be getting a new name next season.
An investor group called Skyline Mountain Base bought the small, family-oriented resort in Eden earlier this month from America First Credit Union, which acquired it through bankruptcy.
"We've bought the mountain. We have new management. And we do have expansion plans," said Skyline Mountain Base marketing director Shauna Jensen, noting the Wolf Mountain name will be kept this season, but then the resort will be known as Skyline Mountain Base.
She declined to identify the purchase price or the names of the Skyline Mountain Base's local and European investors. The company plans to have "a big blast" this spring to reveal more details and discuss its 10-year plan.
"Right now, we're solidifying our plans," Jensen said, pledging "to continue to support the community that has supported us. We feel it is very much a community resort."
In the past, Wolf Mountain's night skiing program has been tailored to appeal to families and military personnel. Lift ticket prices are lower than at most resorts, with adult prices ranging from $23-$45.
Jensen said the new owners already have added more and higher-quality equipment to the resort's ski rental shop and have decided to stay open on Sunday nights.
Long-term plans anticipate more development of the mountainside on the back side of the Wasatch Mountains.
"Less than 25 percent of the ski terrain has been developed," she said. "There are some incredible, consistent north-facing slopes up there with nice fall lines. It's going to be so sweet."
Ski Utah President Nathan Rafferty said he did not know much about the new owners but is optimistic they will bring new resources to the resort and maintain its membership in the marketing organization for the state's 14 active ski areas.
"New ownership is a good sign," Rafferty added. "Hopefully, it gives that resort some stability and the company can put some money into improving an already great product for family-oriented skiers and boarders."
A memorial "last run" will take place Saturday at Beaver Mountain Ski Area for former owner Ted Seeholzer, who died last May. He was 81.
The run will occur at 9 a.m., accompanied by a narration about Seeholzer, who ran the Logan Canyon resort for a half century with his wife, Marge.