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The best snow in the world…
By Caroline Samson, Special Contributor and GendronSki Group Leader
When skiers are looking to take that first big ski trip and don’t quite know where to go, people are quick to recommend Western Canada or Salt Lake City. Why Salt Lake? Quite simply because it’s one of those destinations where you’re practically guaranteed to be treated to mounds and mounds of snow—of the absolute best quality, I might add. You see, contrary to what you might think, not all snow is created equal. Utah prides itself on having the absolute BEST snow in the world, and I can attest that, indeed, you’ll encounter the driest and lightest powder you have ever seen on the Wasatch Mountains, stretching along the eastern side of Salt Lake City. Best of all, Utah gets tons of this light champagne powder all the time!
Equally as fabulous is the fact that the Wasatch Mountains are home to several internationally renowned resorts. Some, like Snowbird and Snowbasin , boast a vertical drop of close to 1,000 metres. As you can guess, this is the perfect spot for carving long groomers, and for trying out the runs used during the downhill skiing event at the 2002 Olympic Games. Any of the resorts here is worth the trip, even if you just visit one. You can easily keep yourself busy for a whole week at Park City or Alta/Snowbird.
With such an abundance of powder, you can just imagine the incredible array of resorts available to you within a radius of a dozen or so kilometres. Leaving for that first ski vacation is always very exciting… and somewhat nerve-racking. You might be unsure about your ability to ski at big resorts or to ski such huge powder. But, rest assured, the resorts in Utah (much like any other big resort) have runs for different levels, from beginner to expert, as well as maintenance teams busy grooming the pistes every day. Anyone can find trails that appeal to them, and are sure to have fun skiing. As an added bonus, if you aren’t very comfortable skiing ungroomed snow, this might be the best opportunity to learn. That’s because, in addition to being the BEST snow in the world, Utah’s fresh powder is also one of the easiest to ski!
Of course, Utah isn’t only for first-time ski vacationers. Just ask our Gendron Travel team members. They know countless customers who regularly visit Utah, discovering new sectors and some new favourite runs every single time. Most of them have two or three resorts that they always enjoy going back to. Perhaps it’s time for you to discover yours!
SKI CITY ticket :
4 ski stations :
Alta | Brighton | Snowbird | Solitude