Deer Valley Resort said on Friday afternoon it has acquired Solitude Mountain Resort in Big Cottonwood Canyon, the third deal this year that has reshaped Utah’s ski industry.
Deer Valley will take full ownership and assume the operations at Solitude on May 1, 2015. A prepared statement released by Deer Valley indicated Solitude during the 2014-2015 ski season will operate as it has traditionally under the ownership of the DeSeelhorst family. Staff from the two areas will work together for a smooth transition.
The acquisition continues an extraordinary consolidation of the state’s ski areas since the spring. Vail Resorts recently acquired Park City Mountain Resort and intends to link PCMR and Canyons Resort under the Park City Mountain Resort moniker. The Cumming family, the owner of Powdr Corp., meanwhile, acquired a majority interest in Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort in May.
Of interest to those following the Alta lawsuit brought by snowboarders banned from the resort, snowboarding will continue at Solitude. And prices for lift tickets and season passes will not change for the upcoming ski season. Deer Valley says it will analyze Solitude before setting prices in the future.
There will be reciprocal benefits between the two resorts for season-pass holders in the 2014-2015 ski season.