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Friday, March 16, 2012

Skiing and Snowboarding Are Now Officially Utah's State Sports

The Utah State Legislature has just concluded its lawmaking session and, among other things it passed a bill making skiing and snowboarding official state sports.

Bill sponsor Rep. Steve Eliason noted the ski/snowboard industry brought $1.2 billion to Utah last year, up 67 percent since the 2002 Winter Olympics. Utah is the third most visited ski destination in the country and 40 percent of Utah homes have a skier or snowboarder, he said.

Utah has a long list of official state symbols - you can see some of them here. It is not surprising that skiing and snowboarding were added to the list.

In related news, Utah officials have launched a committee to explore the possibility of making a bid to host the 2022 or 2026 Winter Olympic Games.

Many people in Utah believe it would be incredibly good if we could get the games again.

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