The Fellows got their first Utah skiing experience last Friday at Brighton Resort, 30 minutes up Big Cottonwood Canyon from downtown Salt Lake.
Skiing is a big part of the culture in Salt Lake City...there is a reason why the Winter Olympics were here in 2002. The Wasatch Mountain Range to our East here receives over 500 inches of snow annually, more than any ski areas in the U.S. Not only that, but the location of our mountains, the Great Salt Lake and the types of storms we get from the Pacific Coast across the Great Basin give us the driest snow in North America, creating an incredibly massive amount of powder, which is heaven for most skiers and snowboarders.
After moving here from the East Coast, my wife and I were shocked at the culture of skiing here in Utah. A few things we love:
1. There are no crowds on the slopes and hardly any lines for the lifts because there is so much terrain. (Snowbird Ski Resort is the largest with 169 trails, a skiable area of 2,500 acres, and a vertical drop of 3,240 feet from the summit of Hidden Peak, which has an elevation of above 11,000 feet.)
2. There are 8 ski resorts that we can drive to from our house within 45 minutes! (Snowbird, Alta, Solitude, Brighton, Park City Mountain, The Canyons, Deer Valley and Snowbasin)
3. We get a front row seat to several world class ski events for free! (last year we watched the downhill moguls World Cup).
4. You don't have to deal with icy conditions on the slopes!