Utah Resorts Pounded by Winter Storm

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Park City, UT Feb. 6, 2003 (Ski Utah Release)--Following an unusually dry January for most western ski areas, Utah resorts finally returned to the deep-powder conditions skiers and snowboards have come to expect from the area's legendary powder factories. A look at resort snow stakes this morning saw readings climb as high as 41 inches for the storm total with 22 inches accumulating in the last 24 hours. More snow is currently falling with the extended forecast calling for a cool weather pattern to remain through the restof this week. Heavy snowfall accumulations are expected.

Snowbird is now reporting an 83-inch base. "Over three feet of new snowand blue skies made yesterday one of the best days in recent memory,"said Dave Fields, Snowbird's Director of Public Relations. "February isa critical month for the ski industry and we're off to a great start."

Northern Utah's Snowbasin Resort, is receiving a classic lake-effectstorm today, with 12 inches of six percent water content Utah powder inthe last 24 hours. "With this new snow on top of an already substantialbase due to our top-to-bottom Olympic snowmaking system, we are in greatshape for the rest of the winter," reported Snowbasin general manager ChrisPeterson.

At Alta, seven inches of new snow has fallen since closing yesterday.That new snow brings the total to 35 inches since Saturday night. Total snowfall atAlta Ski Area now stands at 224 inches since Oct. 1, with a settled snowdepth at mid-mountain of 80 inches.

Across the board, Utah resorts received a healthy dose of The GreatestSnow on Earth. Following is a current list of Utah mountain resort stormtotals as of 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4:

Alta Ski Area 35 inches
Beaver Mountain Ski Resort 18 inches
Brian Head Resort 35 inches
Brighton 32 inches
The Canyons 19 inches
Deer Valley Resort 15 inches
Park City Mountain Resort 22 inches
Powder Mountain Resort 21 inches
Snowbasin Resort 12 inches
Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort 41 inches
Solitude Mountain Resort 30 inches
Sundance 17 inches

For more information visit www.skiutah.com