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Monday, April 16, 2012

Three Utah Ski Resorts Are Still Open

A weekend storm dumped new powder on our mountains and produced great conditions for the last weekend of skiing at some Utah ski resorts.

Three of our resorts are still open. They are:
  • Snowbird, which will remain open as long as conditions permit
  • Alta, which is scheduled to close after skiing on April 29
  • Brighton, which will close after skiing on April 22
KSL has great video showing weekend skiing. You can see it here. Here are excerpts from the accompanying article:

"This year has been a very different season than last year," Kunzer said. "We've had slightly below our average snowfall, but still had a fair amount of visitors coming. Some resorts were busier over the holiday than they were last year."

Kunzer said the Utah ski season has seen consistent positive growth since the Olympics in 2002 and that this year was still a great year for skiing. Sunday's snow illustrated that.

Meanwhile, Snowbird has announced plans to replace its Little Cloud and Gad II chairlifts with high-speed detachable quads. The Salt Lake Tribune has this article about the announcement. Here are excerpts:

Gad II dates to the resort’s beginnings in the 1971-72 season, while Little Cloud has provided access to the broad bowl below American Fork Twin Peaks since 1980.

"Our guests have told us replacing Little Cloud is a top priority and they welcome the faster ride to Little Cloud Bowl and Mineral Basin," (General Manager Bob) Bonar said in a news release. The lift will be built by Doppelmayr, a European company with North American headquarters in Salt Lake City.

A new pump station also will be installed in Peruvian Gulch this summer, allowing simultaneous snow making there, in Gad Valley and in Mineral Basin.

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