Utah Travel Headlines Blog

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Great Snow Now, Record Ski Season Expected

A massive winter storm left deep powder and excellent conditions at Utah’s ski resorts over the past few days. Alta led the snow derby with 24 inches of new and a base of 76 inches. Brighton has a base of 77 inches and received 21 inches during the past 48 hours.

Nathan Rafferty, president of Ski Utah, issued a report yesterday predicting another record season. With the snowpack now above normal, he has every reason to be optimistic. Holiday bookings are running 10-30 percent ahead of last season (and last season set a record). Now that we have plenty of powder, he expects the booking rate to increase even more.

"Nationally, all I can say is, 'Look out,'" The Boston Globe quoted Rafferty as saying. "We've seen a huge increase in skiers and snowboarders coming to the state of Utah over the last couple of years, and I think you're going to see that continue in the future."

Read the Globe’s excellent article previewing Utah’s new season.

The Salt Lake Tribune had this report.

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