This is the snow depth as of March 26, 2020. With Utah ski resorts closed due to the Corona virus and seeing these awesome skiing and snowbording conditions, can we just say it’s enough “to make a grown man cry”. This weeks big storm is now behind us and more are on the way! We will see some additional weak waves bring the occasional threat of snow showers this weekend into next week. We appreciate the support from all of the customers of UtahSate.com. We strive to be #1 for ski vacations to Utah. Next ski season is just around the corner and will be here before we know it! Think of great deals including our popular Utah “ski bum” vacations for your future ski vacations. It will be another year before we see if the Park City Quick Start Ski Free on Day of Arrival comes back. www.UtahState.com is in Layton Utah at 801-544-1800.
Over the course of a single weekend ski resorts from all over the state of Utah went from bustling ski metropolises to abandoned ghost towns due to concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus. What should have been a successful and fruitful wrap-up of the 2019-2020 ski season has instead become an indefinite halt of all working procedures for both resort and resident.
Paul Vatterott, a bookkeeper at Alta ski resort’s Rustler Lodge recounted the weekend and its impact on the resort’s employees. Approximately 70 of the 110 employees worked seasonally and were housed at the lodge itself. By Wednesday Paul estimated about 20 remained. While some workers may have family, friends, or other work to fall back on others are not as lucky. Those who rely on seasonal work not only expected it to carry on into mid-April or early May, but may also miss out on work in the summertime due to the increased preventative closures in fear of the incoming virus.
Unfortunately, seasonal employees are unlikely to qualify for unemployment benefits. To help mitigate the damage caused by both the virus and lack of unemployment benefits, employers themselves are aiding their employees who have found themselves unexpectedly jobless and homeless. Rustler Lodge, for example, is allowing employees to remain using the Lodge employee housing for as long as needed. This comes with concern, however, as this may lead to a high concentration of individuals living together where, if the virus were to hit, it would spread rapidly.
Most resorts are also extending employee payment to the end of the month, along with end of season bonuses and, in some cases, payment for the remainder of the planned ski season. International employees are also allowed to use company housing/lodging through the previously planned closing dates. Resorts such as Alta also noted that health insurance and healthcare benefits would not be affected.
Sadly the Corona virus put an early end to an awesome Utah ski season. Such a shame when the snow depth is over six feet at all major Utah resorts. Hang in there friends and let’s look forward to the next ski season.
As of Tuesday, March 18th 2020, every Utah ski resort has stopped the majority of their operations. This, unfortunately, has lead to the plethora of businesses relying on the ski season’s tourism to follow suit in closing up a month before the season’s previously predicted end.
The majority of Utah’s largest resorts are paying their seasonal employees for their currently scheduled hours through Sunday, March 21st. Alta, meanwhile, is paying its seasonal employees through the remainder of the month.
The resorts are scheduled to reopen for the 2020 / 2021 ski season on November 20, 2020. Don’t forget to call Snelgrove Travel and UtahState.com 801-544-1800. See you on the slopes!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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:
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!
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.