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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Ski Season Was 2nd Best Ever

Our ski season lingers on. It has been a very good year for all Utah resorts, and Snowbird now plans to keep some lifts running through July 4th.

But most numbers are in and officials say the 2010-11 season will go down as the 2nd best ever.

First Tracks has this article about Snowbird’s extended season. Below is an excerpt.

Snowbird is still covered top to bottom with a base of snow measured at 177 inches at mid mountain, thanks to 760 inches of snowfall season to date. This includes five inches received in the past 24 hours and more snowfall is in the forecast for this coming weekend. Snowbird remains skiable from boundary to boundary thanks to the unbroken cover of deep snow. Some portions of the in-bounds ski area are now designated backcountry areas accessible through gates that open only when conditions permit.

The Salt Lake Tribune has this article about the 2010-11 season. Here are excerpts.

Total skier days this season will come in about 4.2 million, up close to 4 percent from the 2009-10 winter, which now slips to fifth place on Ski Utah’s all-time list. The record — 4,249,190 skier days in 2007-08 — does not appear to be endangered, no matter how many people take advantage of Snowbird’s extended season.

“We had a great year,” said resort spokesman Jared Winkler. “The good snow we got in November let us open early, and the holiday [visitors] knew we were ready to go. And the snow kept on coming. We finished up great, staying open a little longer than normal because of interest and great snow conditions.”

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