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Trip Ideas: Alta and Snowbird, Utah

You want snow, lots of freaking snow, and that’s what you get here.
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Trip Ideas: Alta and Snowbird, Utah | Photo: Courtesy of Alta Resort

WHY: You want snow, lots of freaking snow, and that’s what you get here: 513 inches annually at Alta (and a stupendous 723 inches in 2010–11).

WHAT: Test yourselves on Baldy at Alta. (You might even find someone’s secret stash; see page 44.) At Snowbird, traverse skier’s right off the Mineral Basin Express, going farther and farther out on successive runs, to keep finding untracked. Definitely pony up for the pass for both mountains.

WHERE: Well, it’s Utah. Your best bet is to mosey over to the bar at the Alta Peruvian Lodge, make new friends, and hope it dumps so hard that you all get Interlodged (meaning the road is closed and you get the place all to yourselves in the morning).

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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.