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Utah is ready to go: 6 cool new things coming to the state this ski season

On 19 November Utah's 21/22 winter season gets underway, and thanks to the international border reopening, you can now plan a trip, jump on a plane and get a well needed dose of adrenalin and adventure.

On 19 November Utah’s 21/22 winter season gets underway, and thanks to the international border reopening, you can now plan a trip, jump on a plane and get a well needed dose of adrenalin and adventure.

Need a snowcation?

Well, the first snow has already fallen on Utah’s ski resorts, and with the ski season just 16 days away, it’s time to set your countdown clock.   

Utah’s 15 ski resorts, 10 of which are less than an hour drive from Salt Lake City International Airport, boast the Greatest Snow on Earth and are gearing up for the coming season. 

Park City MountainWoodward Park CitySolitude Mountain Resort and Brian Head Resort are set to open first on 19 November 2021.  

A day later, Alta Resort will open followed by Snowbasin on 24 November. The rest of the 15 will open up at staggered dates in December 2021.

What’s new on the snow scene this winter?

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Amie Engerbretson skiing at Deer Valley Ski Resort, Utah. Image: Scott Markewitz

1. Both Powder Mountain and Snowbird will celebrate their 50th anniversary, and visitors can access a suite of savings with the Salt Lake Ski Super Pass, an all-in-one lift ticket to Salt Lake City’s four world-class resorts, including Snowbird, Alta, Brighton and Solitude. 

2. Deer Valley Resort is developing a brand-new base area with a reimagining of the current parking lots and a reinvisioned Snow Park lodge. Permits are currently underway, and the project is planned to begin in 2022.

3. Park City Mountain, the largest ski resort in the USA, has broken ground on the Elektron Solar Project that will provide renewable energy for 100 percent of its electric usage by 2023. This is part of our Commitment to Zero sustainability initiative to achieve zero waste to landfill, zero net emissions and zero net impact to forests by 2030.

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Snowbasin. Image: Jeremiah Watt

4. Snowbasin Resort has announced it will build a 300-room, all-inclusive Club Med Hotel to be completed by 2024. Snowbasin will also replace a fixed grip triple mid-mountain lift, Middle Bowl, with a high speed detachable 6-pack that is slated to open for Christmas 2021. 

5. Snowbird Power Systems which started in July 2021 is a complex network of facilities around the mountain that produce heat and electricity to operate the resort efficiently and reliably. The main component consists of a cogeneration plant which uses natural gas to produce electricity while recycling naturally occurring heat waste to warm facilities. Through Snowbird Power Systems we are able to produce between 90-100% of the mountain’s energy needs right up here in Little Cottonwood Canyon, while saving the equivalent carbon emissions of removing 789 personal vehicles from the road a year. Snowbird is also installing Wyssen Towers in Mineral Basin for avalanche mitigation work.

6. Sundance Mountain Resort is thrilled to announce the addition of a new high-speed lift to Mandan Summit. This lift will open up additional lift-accessed terrain, which was previously unavailable. An additional fixed-grip lift is being installed, and 3 magic carpets for the new beginner terrain will be operating for the 2021-2022 season.

Utah says it can not wait to welcome back its Australian and New Zealand guests! 

“We look forward to the flat white coffee orders and the requests for vegemite with your toast with breakfast!”, The Utah Office of Tourism’s (UOT) said in a media release.

So what are you waiting for?

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