With less than 50 days until the 2017-18 ski season descends, Utah’s major resorts are gearing up for another record-breaking year in the mountains.
The Beehive State – which hosted America’s last Winter Olympics in 2002 – is home to 14 ski resorts including Park City, Deer Valley, Alta and Snowbird.
Utah is also renowned for producing The Greatest Snow on Earth™ – a meteorological anomaly caused by the Great Salt Lake’s impact on precipitation. This so-called ‘Lake Effect’ creates consistently light, fluffy snow – and astonishingly good skiing conditions.
In the lead-up to the season’s start, the state’s resorts have undergone some key developments and changes. Solitude Mountain Resort has benefited from investments of $1.5 million; Park City has installed a new, enclosed surface lift and created a designated beginner trail to serve skiers and snowboards at its Base Area and luxurious Deer Valley has been acquired by a new investor.
The good news for Deer Valley diehards is that there are no plans to allow snowboarding in the ski-only resort and its popular Ski with a Champion programme returns. This year, six Olympic snow sports athletes are available to ski with individuals, families and groups for half and full day adventures.
Over in Alta – which celebrates its 80th anniversary this winter, making it Utah’s oldest lift-serving resort – a new ‘Breakthrough Camp’ begins which allows intermediate skiers who want to take their skiing to the next level to train with top ski instructors. In nearby Park City, the famous mountain town marks 40 years of the Sundance Film Festival this January, with a stellar line-up.
Becky Johnson, Senior Global Manager for the Utah Office of Tourism, Film & Global Branding, comments: “The skiing here in Utah is world class, but so too are the cities and towns around the resorts. With some of the shortest plane-to-piste transfer times in the world, if you’re serious about your skiing, you need to come and try the Greatest Snow on Earth for yourself.”
Hit Utah’s Ski Slopes
Ski Solutions (0207 471 7700 / www.skisolutions.com) has a seven-night multi-centre ski trip to Utah from £2,495 per person. The price include three nights at the Doubletree Park City. 2 nights at The Cliff at Snowbird and two nights at the Stein Eriksen Lodge, Deer Valley, return flights from LHR to Salt Lake City and SUV car hire for the duration. Valid for travel in early January 2018 for two adults travelling, sharing accommodation.
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For ski resort opening dates, visit www.skiutah.com