Seventeen Days and Counting…

Snowbird locals sent us a YouTube video this week tracking the above average seasons of the past two years and this one liner: “Snowing hard in Little Cottonwood right now.” It’s official, winter is here, but when will Utah resorts open?
Ski Utah Snowflak

I’m heading to Salt Lake City this weekend for Halloween, and the forecast calls for snow. It might be worth brining my skis, don’t you think? Not the first of early season storms, the Utah ski resorts, which don’t open till mid November, have already experienced a noticeable amount of self-powered skier traffic.

 “While no Utah resorts are open yet, there is a significant dusting of snow on the Wasatch Range. Some die-hards have already scored some sweet powder turns,” says Jessica Kunzer of Ski Utah. “With a little help from Mother Nature, Utah's resort will be open in no time." As of now, “no time” means the following dates:

Alta: November 20

Brian Head: November 21

Brighton: November 16

The Canyons: November 27

Deer Valley: December 5

Park City Mountain Resort: November 21

Powder Mountain: November 28

Snowbasin: November 26

Snowbird: November 21

Solitude: November 13

Sundance: December 11


#6: Solitude, UT

Halloween Opening Days

Utah’s Solitude and Colorado’s Wolf Creek open October 31. As the first resort in Utah to open, Solitude offers one lift to season passholders, while Wolf Creek opens three.

Snowmass gondola

More Than an Early Season Dusting

Forget aiming for 100 ski days a year. With snowfall this early in the season, Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado’s most dedicated can get 200-plus days.

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Mission: Ski Utah's 13 Resorts In a Single Day

Can it be done? Is it stupid? The answers, respectively are maybe and yes. But a group attempted to do this for the first time last winter. Here's what happened.

Best Snow: Alta/Snowbird, Utah  Resort Awards

Best Snow: Alta/Snowbird, Utah

The heavens really open up in Utah. These neighboring resorts at the end of Little Cottonwood Canyon typically get more than 600 inches a year.

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The Earliest Opening Date in History

You've likely heard the snowfall reports from around the country. Wyoming, Utah, Washington, California, and Colorado have all boasted early season dustings. But if you live in Colorado, the season officially starts tomorrow with Loveland opening at 9 a.m., beating out its rival Arapahoe Basin by a mere two days.

Best Powder: Alta/Snowbird

Best Powder 2009: Alta/Snowbird

Alta and Snowbird usually receive between 400 and 500 inches of snow, depending on the season and where it’s measured. In 2008, Alta got 702 inches. That's nuts.

Suzanne Graham

Chairlift Interview with Suzanne Graham

We spoke to pro skier and BASE-jumper Suzanne Graham yesterday at Alta, Utah, about BASE jumping, med school, and how to fight the powder-hungry masses on Alta's famous High Traverse (hint: it's all in your elbows).