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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Chicago Tribune Praises Western Ski Resorts

In this article, the Chicago Tribune gives an overview of skiing opportunities in the Western US. The article says many positive things about Utah resorts. Below are excerpts:

The West is the best. Really, for those of us who grew up skiing on frigid, windy, icy slopes of the East Coast or Midwest, skiing out West is pure heaven. You're likely to find incredible views (Snowbird), skiing history (Squaw Valley), uncrowded slopes (Solitude), high terrain (Telluride), sunny skies (Sun Peaks, British Columbia), Wild West spirit (Sun Valley) and friendly people (Northstar-at-Tahoe).

Utah, known as "The Greatest Snow on Earth" — It's a perfect place to visit to experience an amazing ski vacation. Many airlines (particularly Delta, delta.com) fly to Salt Lake City, with 11 world-class ski resorts less than an hour and a half from the airport. Plus, the area finally has altered its curious liquor laws to allow more liberal sales. (Try a fine Utah microbrew, Polygamy Porter).

The Park City Chamber of Commerce once again is offering visitors the excellent Quick START program. During non-holiday periods, visitors flying into the Salt Lake City International Airport can ski for free the day they arrive at Park City's resorts, including the wonderful Deer Valley Resort (deervalley.com), The Canyons (thecanyons.com) and Park City Mountain Resort (pcmr.com). The date of redemption must be the same as the date that appears on the visitor's airline boarding pass. Users must register at parkcityinfo.com/quickstart before arriving. Some restrictions apply.

Less than an hour from the Salt Lake City airport, Utah's Little Cottonwood Canyon is home to Snowbird (snowbird.com), one of the coolest resorts anywhere. Snowbird's huge snow, massive steeps and wide bowls are enjoyed by many, and it is touted as the only resort in North America with a long ski-through tunnel. Connecting the front-side Peruvian Gulch to the large, bowl-laden Mineral Basin, the ski tunnel is cold but fun.

Also in Utah, Alta (alta.com) long has been known as a fabulous old-school resort. Celebrating its 72nd anniversary, Alta is still known for its annual snowfall (typically more than 540 inches) and legendary powder. Alta also is just for skiers; no boarders allowed.

Solitude (skisolitude.com) is another friendly Little Cottonwood Canyon ski resort. It's a place where you really can feel as if you're the only one on the mountain. Don't miss Solitude's yurt dinners on the mountain.

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