August 10, 2016
By Lorra B.
After 14 years of searching it is Park City, Utah, where construction on a new ski lodge for military and their families could start within a few years.
According to Hill Air Force Base, the Air Force and Utah have partnered together on this project and will be built on six acres in Wasatch County on prime real estate.
“This really, I think, will provide a world-class recreation experience for military members and their families,” stated David Williamsen, who heads up the ‘enhanced-use’ offices at Hill Air Force Base. “It’s something that I think will be a good thing for Utah and a good thing for the Air Force and the military.”
The ski resort will be for use by all four branches of the military as well as the general public.
Rooms from the resort will be set aside for military personnel at reduced rates; the lower your rank, the less you pay, reports The Salt Lake Tribune.
According to the U.S. Military hotels like this boost morale.
“The Air Force is really good at doing our mission, which is defending the nation,” Williamsen said. “We recognize that we don’t run resorts. We try to do a really good job with our Morale, Welfare and Recreation facilities, but really recognize that if this is going to work, it needs to be done on a very professional basis.”
The military currently has four other recreational resorts that are operated by MWR employees. These resorts, open only to approved military users and ‘sponsored guests,’ made a $39.8 million profit in 2015.
The Utah resort, however, will most likely be owned by Utah’s Military Installation Development Authority.
Williamsen stated that the resort has been a long time coming.