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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Ski the Salt Lake Area Resorts

The ski season in Utah is just around the corner and Salt Lake’s 7 resorts are considered among the best in the world. Each resort carefully prepares for the season by improving and expanding the terrain. We’re praying for early snowfall this year to have us skiing by mid-November. By Christmas, the ski season will be in full swing.

Within an hour of landing at Salt Lake International airport, you could be skiing at one of the seven world-class ski resorts or participating in several other winter activities available in the Salt Lake area.

Some resorts may open earlier than normal this year because we've already had cold storms that dropped snow in the high country. If visiting the resorts early in the season is an option for you, look for discounted lift tickets. Many of the resorts offer discounts during the early part of the season.

Ski Magazine conducts an annual survey of its readers to rank ski resorts, and Utah resorts always place well. The survey measures quality in various categories. The numbers below show how we fare for key factors:

Snow
1. Alta, Utah
2. Powder Mountain, Utah
4. Solitude, Utah
5. Snowbird, Utah
6. Brighton, Utah
10. Deer Valley, Utah

Value
2. Powder Mountain, Utah
3. Alta, Utah
5. Brighton, Utah
6. Solitude, Utah

Weather
1. Solitude, Utah
2. Alta, Utah
3. Deer Valley, Utah
4. Powder Mountain, Utah
8. Park City Mtn. Resort, Utah
9. Snowbird, Utah
10. Snowbasin, Utah

Access
1. Park City Mtn. Resort, Utah
2. Deer Valley, Utah
4. The Canyons, Utah
5. Snowbird, Utah
7. Alta, Utah
8. Solitude, Utah
9. Brighton, Utah

The numbers show that Salt Lake area resorts excel in the things needed for a great ski trip. We have the best quality snow – we dub it the "Greatest Snow On Earth”, and we have the easiest access. We also have the best weather and offer some of the best values, based on reports from skiers themselves.

Deer Valley ranked #1 overall in the Ski Magazine survey for five consecutive years. All three Park City area resorts rank in the top 10 overall, again this year.

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