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Local Skiing and Snowboarding










Salt Lake City, Utah nestles on the western flank of the Wasatch Mountains, while Park City snuggles the east. Between and around Salt Lake City and Park City are several resorts. These mountains are said to have the greatest snow on earth, a phrase commercialized by Utah's tourism industry. Truth is, however, that the snow in Utah is phenomenal. Our Utah snow is light and fluffy—a skier or snowboarder's dream. This powder was made for skiing. On the other side of Salt Lake City from the Wasatch Mountains, the Great Salt Lake helps to create "lake effect" snow: warm rising precipitation from the Great Salt Lake that encourages snowfall into the Wasatch Mountains as clouds pass eastward. Often, a foot of powder will fall in a single day. World-class skiing and snowboarding occurs at eleven different resorts within an hour's drive of Salt Lake City International Airport. On the Salt Lake City side, Brighton and Solitude, in Big Cottonwood Canyon, offer deep powder and serious skiing and snowboarding, while, in Little Cottonwood Canyon, Snowbird serves skiers and snowboarders and Alta caters exclusively to skiers. On the Park City side of the Wasatch, Deer Valley Mountain Resort, The Canyons, and Park City Mountain Resort all offer fabulous runs and first-class amenities. People travel from all over the world to ski or snowboard in these resorts. In fact, for a visitor, the array of resorts and accomodations can be overwhelming. As Jay Riedl writes here, in a hilarious send-up of Utah history, the sheer variety makes fidelity to any one resort nearly impossible.