Where to Ski in Utah to Find More Powder Than People
When planning a ski trip, there are usually two types of vacationers: those who immediately find themselves looking at annual snowfall averages, weather forecasts, and snow density statistics, and those who look for the nearest dining options and lodging accommodations.
With snowfall amounts that generally surpass those of neighboring Colorado, it is surprising that many people head straight to the Colorado resorts without giving Utah a second thought.
If you prioritize neck-deep powder (should we be so lucky) to fancy meals and aprés cocktails, then these Utah resorts should definitely be on your radar.
With the recent addition of 1,000 acres of skiable terrain (for a total of 8,464 skiable acres) accessed by two new lifts, Powder Mountain is home to the largest amount of in-bounds skiable terrain in the U.S.
What’s unique about this resort is the 1,500-ticket cap on daily sales, eliminating the need to arrive hours before lifts start spinning in order to have a chance of enjoying one of the many powder days throughout the season.
The resort’s close proximity to Salt Lake City International Airport makes it easy for visitors traveling from all over to take advantage of the 500 inches of annual snowfall and 2,522-foot vertical drop. After a day on the slopes, head to New World Distillery for a tour and tasting of fine spirits.
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When most people hear the name Sundance, Park City’s renowned independent film festival usually comes to mind. Thirty miles from Park City, however, on the side of 12,000-foot Mt. Timpanogos, lies the Sundance Mountain Resort.
One of the smaller and more mellow ski areas in the state, Sundance still offers a good combination of steep, spacious bowls along with family-friendly groomers spread across 450 acres of skiable terrain. With the smaller size and lower profile comes less crowds; leaving the 320 inches of annual snowfall and 2,150-foot vertical drop for those who prioritize fresh lines over popular mega-resorts.
Grab a bite to eat at the lift-accessed Bearclaw Cabin — the only mountaintop lodge in Utah — and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding Wasatch Mountains.
With an impressive 500 inches of annual snowfall, it is not uncommon to see at least one 12-inch day – sometimes two or three – per week at Solitude. The resort’s 1,200 skiable acres and 2,030-foot vertical drop hardly experience the crowds that Utah’s more popular resorts such as Alta and Park City see.
The more experienced skier/rider will love the steep, challenging terrain that the mountain encompasses. While in the area, swing through the town of Park City and take a stroll through the Main Street Historic District for a bite to eat.
Brighton’s high snowfall average (another 500-incher) combined with a wide variety of terrain ranging from beginner to expert make it a great resort for the family vacationer and the powder hound alike. Of the 1,050 skiable acres, more than 200 are available for night skiing and riding.
Another appealing aspect of this hill, in addition to the smaller crowds and great terrain, is that Brighton is the only resort in the state with 100 percent of its terrain accessible by high-speed quads, which means more time will be spent shredding fluffy powder than riding lifts.
While many skiers flock to Alta for its renowned terrain and impressive snowfall averages, many overlook Snowbird, which is located only one mile from Alta. As Alta is a skiers-only hill, snowboarders and skiers can both get a taste of the same light and deep powder, gnarly terrain, and overall classic Utah winter experience with a lower density of people. The resort boasts an impressive combination of terrain and snowfall with 2,500 skiable acres, a 3,240-foot vertical drop, and more than 500 inches of snow annually.
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These factors contribute to Snowbird frequently having the longest ski season in the state. Once the burn in the legs from a solid day of shredding powder becomes too much to handle, head over to the Wildflower Lounge for a beer and wings or grab a drink and catch some live music at the picnic tables just upstairs from the Tram Club, near the tram entrance.
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The question of where David Ferrari was had haunted retired U.S. Army Sergeant Major Vincent Salceto for the better part of 66 years.
Rarely did a week go by that Salceto didn't think about his old friend. Often, he relived their last moments together in a recurring nightmare. In it, it's once again 1953 and Salceto and Ferrari are patrolling a valley in what is now North Korea. Suddenly, explosions shatter the silence and flares light up the night sky.
Crouching under a barrage of bullets, Salceto, the squad's leader, drags two of his men to safety, then he sees Ferrari lying face down on the ground. He runs out to help him, but he's too late. And that's when he always wakes up.
Italian Americans from opposite coasts – Salceto from Philadelphia, Ferrari from San Francisco – the two became close, almost like brothers, after being assigned to the same unit during the Korean War. When Ferrari died, it hit Salceto hard.
"After that, I never let anyone get close to me like I did with Dave," he says. "I couldn't; I didn't want to go through that again."
When the war ended, Salceto wanted to tell Ferrari's family how brave their son and brother had been in battle. Most of all, he wanted to salute his friend at his gravesite and give him a proper farewell.
For decades, though, Salceto had no luck finding his final resting place or locating any of his relatives. Then, in June of this year, he uncovered a clue that led him to the Italian Cemetary in Colma, California, where Ferrari is buried.
Within days, Salceto, who lives in Franklinville, New Jersey, was packed and sitting aboard United Flight 731 from Philadelphia to San Francisco with his wife, Amy, and daughter, Donna Decker, on his way to Colma. For such a meaningful trip, he even wore his Army dress uniform.
That's how San Francisco-based flight attendant Noreen Baldwin spotted him as he walked down the jet bridge to get on the plane.
"I saw him and said to the other crew members, 'Oh my goodness, look at this guy,'" she says. "I knew there had to be a story."
The two struck up a conversation and Salceto told Baldwin why he was traveling. She got emotional listening to him talk and made a point of fussing over him, making sure he and his family had everything they needed.
About halfway through the flight, Baldwin had an idea. She and her fellow crew members would write messages of encouragement to Salceto and invite his fellow passengers to do the same.
"We did it discreetly," says Baldwin. "I asked the customers if they saw the man in uniform, which most had, and asked them if they wanted to write a few words for him on a cocktail napkin. A lot of people did; families did it together, parents got their kids to write something. After the first few rows, I was so choked up that I could barely talk."
When Baldwin surprised Salceto with dozens of hand-written notes, he, too, was speechless. He laid the stack on his lap and read each one. At the same time, the pilots made an announcement about the veteran over the loud speaker, after which the customers on board burst into applause.
"It seems contrived, and I hate using the word organic, but that's what it was; it just happened," Baldwin says. "Mr. Salceto was so loveable and humble, and what he was doing was so incredible, it felt like the right thing to do. And you could tell he was touched."
On June 27, Salceto finally stood before Ferrari's grave and said that long-awaited goodbye. As a trumpeter played "Taps," he unpinned a medal from his jacket and laid it reverently on the headstone.
"I had gotten a Bronze Star for my actions [the night Ferrari died] with a 'V' for valor, and that was the medal I put on Dave's grave," says Salceto, pausing to fight back tears. "I thought he was more deserving of it than I was."
For the first time in years, Salceto felt at peace. His mission was accomplished.