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Alta- Alta and skiing have been synonymous for over six decades. Alta offer a wide variety of terrain, spectacular scenery and unparalleled snow conditions.
Brian Head- Brian Head is tucked away in the high mountain peaks above the red rock canyons of southern Utah.
Brighton- Since its beginning in 1936, Brighton has stood for family fun in a traditional relaxed atmosphere. Brighton receives over 500 inches of snow each season and offers over 66 runs on two mountains.
Deer Valley Resort- Known for its excellent service, Deer Valley sits in northern Utah's Wasatch Range, adjacent to Park City. To avoid overcrowded trails, Deer Valley limits the number of skiers on the mountain daily.
Park City Mountain Resort- A century of raucous history, followed by 37 years of unparalleled passion for skiing have made Park City Mountain Resort an unforgettable experience for skiers and riders of all ages.
Snowbasin- Home of the Downhill and Super G for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, Snowbasin offers excellent skiing with terrain to suit everyone's taste. Snowbasin is located in northern Utah, just east of Ogden.
Snowbird- Snowbird averages approximately 500 inches of low-density, "dry" Utah powder annually. While Snowbird offers terrain for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities, its deep powder and challenging expert terrain are famous.
Solitude- Tucked away in Big Cottonwood Canyon, just east of Salt Lake City, Solitude is buried with an annual snowfall of 450 inches. With over 1,200 acres, Solitude is great for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities.
The Canyons- The Canyons is located east of Salt Lake City, three miles from Park City. After major investment over the past several years, The Canyons is now one of America's five largest ski resorts.

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Face shots in Utah's famous powder
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Face shots in Utah's famous powder
Description - Utah is famous for its bountiful snowfall. Some ski areas receive an incredible 500 annual inches of dry powder. Many of the most popular ski areas in Utah are within a one hour driving radius from Salt Lake City an its international airport.

Attractions - Within an hour's drive of downtown Salt Lake City, visitors can check out Alta Ski Area and Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort in Little Cottonwood Canyon and Solitude Mountain Resort and Brighton Ski Resort in the adjacent Big Cottonwood Canyon. The charming mining-era styled town of Park City (about 35 miles from Salt Lake City) boasts The Canyons, Deer Valley Resort and Park City Mountain Resort. Less than an hour's drive north of Salt Lake City, winter enthusiasts will find Snowbasin Resort. Southwest Utah, about four hours from Salt Lake City and three hours from Las Vegas, is home to Brian Head Resort.

Recreation - Utah's plentiful snowfall and its outstanding terrain provide some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the country. Additionally, many resorts offer opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.

Climate - Several weather effects combine to bring Utah its famous powder snow. Prevailing winter winds winds push clouds full of moisture east from the Pacific Ocean, across California and Nevada and to Utah. When the clouds meet Utah's Rocky Mountains, the remaining moisture rises, cools and condenses, and precipitation hits the Utah ski resorts with deep powder snow that is particularly light and dry. Another weather element that feeds Utah's "snow making machine" is the Great Salt Lake Effect. The lake releases water into the air that then rises into clouds of snow, producing squalls on the lake's eastern flanks. These squalls contain some of the lightest, fluffiest snow in the country which falls in feet - not inches- in the Wasatch Mountains.

Location - Most of the Utah resorts are located in the Wasatch Range of the Rocky Mountains, just east of Salt Lake City and Ogden. Brian Head is one exception, found in southwest Utah near Cedar City.

*Information provided by the Utah Ski and Snowboard Association.


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Utah Ski & Snowboard Association , , , , Phone: 800-SKI-UTAH

Additional Information:
Utah - Federal lands in Utah encompass nearly two thirds of the total acreage within the state. Deep canyons contrast high mountains and illustrate the diversity found in the states flora, fauna and topography.

Links:
Salt Lake 2002 - Official site of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games
Ski Resorts Guide - Worldwide ski resorts guide with full information and skier reviews.
Utah Ski & Snowboard Association - Official website of the Utah Ski & Snowboard Association

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