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Monday, February 21, 2011

Big Storm Brings Great Ski Conditions, Backcounty Avalanche Danger

A huge storm dumped on Utah ski resorts over the weekend, adding to the already impressive snowpack. Conditions are great at all of our resorts. Below are some 48-hour totals for new snow:

Solitude - 44 inches new
Sundance - 43 inches new
Alta - 37 inches new
Brighton - 30 inches new
Powder Mountain - 27 inches new
Snow Basin - 27 inches new
Snowbird - 25 inches new
Deer Valley - 25 inches new
Eagle Point - 25 inches new
Canyons - 24 inches new
Park City - 24 inches new

All of the new snow has created high avalanche danger in backcountry areas. Avalanche control work is done on a regular basis at developed ski resorts and along highways, and so list is minimal in those areas. At ski resorts, stay inbounds and you will be fine. Skiers and snowmobilers are advised not to venture into the backcountry.

Presidents Day weekend marks the final big ski day during the regular season. From now on, slopes will not be as crowded and many resorts will offer special deals to entice people to continue to enjoy our great snow.

Storms are lined up and hitting Utah every few days, ensuring that ski conditions will remain very good for the next several weeks. This year is expected to bring some of the best late-season skiing ever.

Right now Sundance has a ski free event going, where visitors get two free lift tickets when they book lodging.

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