Utah Ski Resorts Report Above-Average Snowpack

All across the state of Utah, above average snowpack is being reported! 2020 is shaping up to be a great year for visitors to our Utah Ski Resorts!

The most drastic increases have been seen in southern western Utah where they saw 232% of average snowpack. These reports come from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service. The only exception this year is Raft River in Northwestern Utah near the Idaho border, where only 87% of normal snowpack was reported.

For our skiiers and snowboarders from UtahState.com this is great news! Our travel agents Diana and Michelle were recently at Snowbird Ski Resort and reported seeing great skiing conditions! If you haven’t booked your Ski Bum package yet, now is the time to do so! Call our friendly travel specialists at 801-544-1800 or toll free at (800) 754-4136.

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An Introduction to Watson Shelter – Alta

If you are spending the day at Alta Ski Resort, perhaps as a part of our SKI BUM SPECIALS, a great place to stop for a meal is the Watson Shelter near the Collins lift. Watson Shelter is a three story building, with different food options on each level.

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The first level, aka the ‘snow level’, is where you can find Baldy Brews, your cafe stop for coffee and snacks. In addition to coffee they also have beers on tap.

The second level is home to Watson Cafe, where you can get a more substantial meal. You can enjoy the great view of Mount Superior and Mount Baldy while you eat, and deck seating is optional.

Looking for a full service sit down restaurant? Collins Grill is a European mountain Bistro, with a world class menu. Reservations are recommended between noon and 2pm, especially on weekends and holidays. They also have slippers available for you to take a break from your ski boots.

Remember – we can get you a discount on your ski lift tickets! Call our travel center at (800) 754-4136.

 

Park City Snow Fest – Now until Jan 5

All of our ski staff here at UtahState.com wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! It’s Christmas Eve, and family gatherings bring in the joy of the season.

If you and your family are searching for activities, one thing to consider might be the Park City Snow Fest, an event filled time of holiday cheer. Today, for example, you can find carolers in the afternoon at Park City Mountain Village, and then meet the Avalanche Dogs in the evening at Canyons Village Ski Beach. Top it all off with the Annual Torchlight Parade at Park City Mountain Village.

Park City Snow Fest

If you haven’t made it out to Park City yet to explore these events, you can still check their calendar HERE to view the activities planned in the upcoming weeks. The Avalanche Dogs will be making regular appearances. On january 3rd from 3pm to 6pm visit Canyons village for Silver Sky Nights (Fireworks, Live Music, Hot Cocoa and Donuts, Crafts and Glow Sticks).

Visit our website for Park City Specials!

Happy Holidays!

 

Alta New Years Eve Bonfire Event

Looking for a memorable way to ring in the New Year? Check out the Torchlight Parade, Bonfire and Fireworks event by Alta Ski Resort!

Collins lift starts loading guests at 5:15pm until 6:15pm. The event is free for season pass holders, and only $10 for the general public. Tickets are available between December 27th and 31st.

No beginner skiers are allowed as the trail is intermediate and in low light conditions. Skiers are asked to bring flashlights or headlamps.

Happy Holidays from Utah’s number one Ski Agency! Visit UtahState.com for your ski passes and packages!

Alta New Years with Logo

2019-2020 Utah Ski Resort Closing Dates

Just because the holiday season is coming to an end doesn’t mean there isn’t enough time to get a couple rides in down on the slopes! In fact, you’ve got plenty of time–most resorts aren’t closing until mid-late April 2020 this season! Here’s a list of a few Utah resorts and their closing dates:

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  • Solitude – April 15th
  • Alta – April 15th
  • Snowbird – Middle of May
  • Deer Valley – Apr 8
  • Sundance – Apr 1
  • Park City – Apr 8

So be sure to head on out sometime between now and April to get some ski & boarding action! Do bear in mind that snow quality and quantity will be at their highest between now and February while the weather is cold and the clouds are snowin’! Feel free to call the team at UtahState.com or visit our website at www.UtahState.com today & save big on all things ski!

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UtahState.com – Our Ski Lift prices are LESS than gate prices or ski rental shops!

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Our prices are LESS than gate prices & also LESS than ski rental shops!

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10 $960 / $475 * $40 *

Call NOW 801-544-1800 or fill out our online request form. We are #1 for ski Utah Vacation deals!
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Be prepared for Snow in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyon – Traction Laws in Effect

Whether you are local here in the Salt Lake Valley, or you are coming in to ski/snowboard (like our UtahState.com customers!) be prepared for winter driving conditions.

We are expecting another snow storm to come through – and while it may mean rain in the valley, it’s snowing in the mountains! This is great for skiing and snowboarding. However, be careful when driving through Big and Little Cottonwood Canyon. Make sure your car is prepared for winter driving, or contract with a shuttle to allow the experts to do the driving for you.

UDOT advises that drivers going through mountain or canyon routes should be prepared for driving restrictions at any time when adverse weather is possible.

For this weekend, drivers can expect the worse conditions on Friday evening and Saturday.

Our Ski Bum Packages can include the transfers so you can enjoy the view rather than navigate the weather! Call us today at 801-544-1800.

 

A little known fact – Alta Ski After 3

Good afternoon skiers! Ski season is in full swing, and Alta currently has 4/6 lifts open daily 9am-5pm. Daily lift tickets can run around $160 – but are you aware of Alta’s after 3:00 discount? From 3pm-4:30pm skiers can access the lifts for $15!

(Don’t pay full price for your lift tickets – UtahState.com offers you discounts on your full day lift tickets! Click here and check our prices)

Alta has had this ‘Ski After 3′ program for years, but it’s not well known. If you live here in Utah, you can even get a season pass for Ski After 3, price for this season $49. Do note that the season pass is only available online. Check out more details via the ALTA website. The Ski After 3 promotion applies to the beginner terrain on the Sunnyside and Albion chairs, as well as the Transfer Tow.

For those of you who are planning to visit Utah or who are coming on one of our Ski Bum packages, you can also take advantage of this program to fit an extra ski resort into your itinerary. For example, if you have a park city ski pass, but you want to at least experience some of the Little Cottonwood powder, you can!

Stay safe out there on the slopes and enjoy the powder!

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Check the current conditions at our UTAH ski resorts!

Curious about current snow reports for our UTAH ski and snowboard resorts? Check out local news outlet KSL.com’s SNOW REPORT for the latest! Here at UtahState.com we’re keeping an eye on snow conditions, and it’s looking good for the upcoming seasonal start!

Currently (December 7th)   Alta has a 46” base and Park City has a 33” base!

Utah has the ‘greatest snow on earth’, and we have the greatest ski and snowboard packages at UtahState.com! View them HERE

Helmets On, Good Sense Still Required

We love welcoming skiers and snowboarders to the slopes in Utah, the home of ‘the greatest snow on earth’ and the 2002 Winter Olympics. Here at UtahState.com we encourage our clients to incorporate safe practices while on the slopes, including wearing a helmet. However, a new study coming from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center shows that skiers and snowboarders might be willing to take higher risks after donning their helmets.

The Study

Published in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, the researchers looked at a group of 721 patients treated for ski injuries in at DHMC from 2010-2018. The study was led by surgeons Eleah Porter, MD, and Andrew Crockett, MD.

Results

Overall, sixty-five percent of the patients where wearing helmets. While these patients were less likely to have skull fractures, lacerations or cervical spine injuries, they were more prone to  intracranial hemorrhage – or ‘head bleed’ – as well as other severe injuries. The cause of these severe injuries were most commonly the result of hitting a stationary object.

While not conclusive, the authors of the study speculated that the injuries could have behavioral roots. Such as skiers taking more risks while wearing helmets, under the belief that they are protected from serious injury. The authors also cautioned the public and Ski Patrol members against assuming those wearing helmets don’t need to be evaluated or referred to a trauma center.

Be safe out there on the slopes! In the case of injury, be sure to seek proper medical attention.

 

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See the full study here