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Up to 43 inches in 72 hours: Utah is the place to be right now

15th January 2020 | Visit Utah

News Regions: Utah

Resorts in this article: Alta Ski Area, Brighton Resort, Deer Valley Resort, Park City, Snowbird, Solitude Mountain Resort

Carving through Alta’s powder: it’s soft, forgiving and right on time. Fortunately, it’s not just a mid-January thing. #altamagic

Carving through Alta’s powder: it’s soft, forgiving and right on time. Fortunately, it’s not just a mid-January thing. #altamagic

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SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (January 15, 2020) — It's snowing in Utah. Utah's ski resorts have seen 12 to 43 inches of new snow in the last 72 hours. The total snowfall is approaching four feet in some areas, and the forecast calls for more snow. The near-continuous snowfall led local forecaster Evan Thayer to announce to powder chasers on Visit Utah's Instagram, "this is the storm you're waiting for."

Professional Skier Amie Engerbretson happily disturbs Solitude’s deep, untouched powder.   - © Adam Clark

Professional Skier Amie Engerbretson happily disturbs Solitude’s deep, untouched powder.

Copyright: Adam Clark

When just a few inches of snow accumulate on the Salt Lake Valley floor, it is an indication to residents that the Wasatch Mountains, home to more than ten of Utah’s ski resorts, have likely received a foot or more of fresh powder. In fact, two resorts in Salt Lake’s Little Cottonwood Canyon are reporting upwards of two feet of new snow in just the last 24 hours and a total depth eclipsing 100 inches. One resort has reported nearly 300 inches so far this season. (See the Official Ski Utah Snow Report.)

As the storms rage on, fresh powder dreams become a reality at Brian Head Resort.  - © Jay Dash

As the storms rage on, fresh powder dreams become a reality at Brian Head Resort.

Copyright: Jay Dash

Sound like the right time to ski Utah? Here's how to get here:

With 700 daily non-stop flights to/from more than 98 destinations into the Salt Lake International Airport, skiing and snowboarding here is not just fun — it’s also easy. A quick cup of coffee and a morning flight to Salt Lake City can get you on the slopes by afternoon.

Wake up and smell the fresh powder at Beaver Mountain. Or better yet, ski it.  - © Jay Dash

Wake up and smell the fresh powder at Beaver Mountain. Or better yet, ski it.

Copyright: Jay Dash

Once you've landed, most of Utah’s resorts are, well, right here.

In fact, ten of Utah's 15 ski resorts are within an hour of the airport and several resorts are within 35-45 minutes, including the Salt Lake’s Brighton, Solitude, Alta Ski Area and Snowbird. The Canyons Village base area of Park City Mountain often clocks in at 35 minutes and skier's only Deer Valley is just another 10 minutes' drive. The action sports hub Woodward Park City is even closer.

Alta’s unpacked powder operates on a first come, first served basis: moreover, get here quick.  - © Adam Clark

Alta’s unpacked powder operates on a first come, first served basis: moreover, get here quick.

Copyright: Adam Clark

In terms of drive-time, Robert Redford's Sundance to the south and the three Ogden-area resorts to the north are the next closest. Not been to Ogden? Ogden provides close access to the Olympic-caliber downhill of Snowbasin Resort and Powder Mountain's endless terrain, a resort that takes the additional step of limiting passes sold daily to ensure open terrain and untracked powder for all their guests.

>> Learn more about skiing and riding in Utah including detail about each ski resort, ski FAQs and travel tips.

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