The Utah Office of Tourism snowflakes were recently in the Big Apple enjoying city life and promoting Utah's ski industry. "We loved New York," said one snow flake. "But, we absolutely can't wait to get back to our jobs." Their "jobs" involve getting it snowing in Utah and stimulating others to become "flakes."

In celebration of the snowflakes' return, watch the YouTube video and post your own video response to win a pair of Rossignol S3 skis or a Burton Air 48 snowboard. The gist of your video essay contest should be about your flakiness- in a good way. Contestants are invited to enter 30-60 second videos on why they are "The Greatest Flake on Earth" to win. Focus your video on your love of skiing or snowboarding in Utah. All entries must be submitted by Jan. 1, 2010, and should be posted as YouTube responses to "The Adventures of Snow and Flake."

Check out Ski Utah's Travel Tips page. Smart travelers will contribute tips and tactics for creating affordable winter vacations. You can get tips or give tips. Those entering advice will earn the chance to win incredible prizes. One clever contestant, who submits the "ultimate" travel tip, will be selected to receive the Grand Prize: A 2009-10 Ski Utah Vacation Package, complete with roundtrip airfare to Salt Lake City provided by Southwest Airlines Vacations.

Contestants simply visit SkiUtah.com, click on the "Travel Tips" icon, fill out a short form and enter a tip. Each week, one travel tip will be selected as the "Tip of the Week," and the 'reporter' who submitted it will receive a Ski Utah prize and be placed in the running for the Grand Prize.

For information:

Ski Utah's Flake Contest

YouTube to enter your video