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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year

We wish you all of the best as we close out 2013 and launch a new year. We hope you take time to reflect on the best things that happened during the past months, and plan to make 2014 even better. And, we hope the new year brings plenty of opportunity for adventure.

New Years Day is a big play day in Utah and we invite you to join the fun. The weather should be great - with seasonally mild temperatures all around the state. Our ski resorts will be open and conditions will be great. Also consider snowmobiling, cross country skiing and other snow adventures.

Hiking and biking conditions are superb in southern Utah right now. In Moab, the temperature tomorrow should hit 38 F, with plenty of sunshine. In the St. George/Zion area the temperature is expected to climb to 58 F. The golf courses will be busy, as will the hiking trails.

All of our national parks, national monuments and national recreation areas will be open, although some visitor centers will be closed. Many of our state parks will also be open.

Utah's biggest tourist destination is actually Temple Square, in downtown Salt Lake City, and it will be open. Interestingly, a recent news article being picked up around the country says Salt Lake City is emerging as an important tourist destination in its own right. The article was first published in the Salt Lake Tribune and you can read it here. Below is just one quote:

National Geographic rated Salt Lake City as the best hiking city in America. AARP Magazine wrote that Salt Lake City offers the best city sunrise. TripAdvisor rated the Grand America Hotel as the second best luxury hotel in Utah and in 2011 ranked Salt Lake City as the number one American bargain for skiing. Forbes gave the same ranking to Alta and Snowbird.

We welcome 2014 and the adventures it will bring. We hope to meet you on our ski runs, backcountry trails and community streets.

- Dave Webb

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