September 16, 2006
Snowbird, Utah - (News Release) - Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort received the first snowfall of the season Friday evening when a strong system moved through Little Cottonwood Canyon depositing approximately one foot of snow atop 11,000-foot Hidden Peak and blanketing the entire resort.
"There is still work to be done on the new Peruvian Tunnel and Peruvian Express chairlift before winter arrives, but this first snowfall is exciting for everyone who loves to ski," said Snowbird President Bob Bonar.
Snowbird's Snow Safety Department does not officially begin seasonal snowfall records until Nov. 1 so this week's snowfall will not count toward the annual accumulation that averages 500 inches of light, dry powder.
Offering the longest season in Utah, Snowbird is scheduled to open for the 2006-07 season Saturday, Nov. 18. Last winter Snowbird received 586 inches of snow enabling skiing and riding from the Tram until Memorial Day.
North America's first ski area tunnel, the Peruvian Tunnel, will greet skiers and riders for the 2006-07 winter season. Additional upgrades around the resort include a new high-speed quad chairlift, storm monitoring with the Snowbird SnowCam and Cliff Lodge room renovations. Live shots of the current storm's snow accumulation can be seen using Snowbird's new SnowCam at www.snowbird.com/snowcam.
Not to be deterred by the snow, the 34th Annual Snowbird Oktoberfest will continue with dancing, live music, authentic food and fun for the kids. Four more weekends of the festival continue through Sunday, Oct. 8. Oktoberfest hours are noon to 6 p.m. and admission is free.
Located just 29 miles from Salt Lake City International Airport, Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort is North America's most accessible year-round resort. For the latest information and updated photos from the mountain, go to www.snowbird.com.