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Utah Travel Headlines Blog

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Utah Offers Unprecedented Incentives As More Ski Resorts Open

More Utah Ski Resorts Set To Open

Five more Utah ski resorts are set to open during the next several days, as shown below.
- Dec 5: The Canyons
- Dec 5: Wolf Mountain
- Dec 6: Deer Valley
- Dec 12: Sundance

With that, all Utah resorts will be open except Powder Mountain and Beaver Mountain. They have not yet announced opening dates.

Unprecedented Ski Travel Incentives Being Offered in Utah
(Note: This is a press release provided by skiutah.com)

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, December 3, 2008 - It's widely known that Utah has "The Greatest Snow on Earth," yet it's the state's unparalleled access and value that are now grabbing the skiing and riding spotlight.

With rankings from SKI and Skiing magazines showing four Utah resorts in the top 10 for value (more than any other state), as well as seven resorts in the top 10 for access, it's no wonder the Utah tourism industry is working hard to offer incentives this winter to capitalize on the state's celebrated ski assets.

Tourism organizations throughout Utah have developed programs that complement the state's already intrinsic ski value and access offerings.
Discounted or free afternoons on the mountain, impressive lodging discounts, and free transportation are just some of the attractive programs aimed to drive seasonal travel to the state.

Five top incentives for Utah skiers and riders this winter include:

Salt Lake Super Pass
The Salt Lake Super Pass is an interchangeable lift card that skiers and boarders can purchase, redeemable for all-day lift tickets to four different world-class ski properties in the Salt Lake area including Alta, Brighton, Snowbird and Solitude resorts. The pass, a one to six-day lift ticket, includes round-trip travel on ski buses, city buses, and light-rail to any of the four resorts from downtown and suburban Salt Lake.

A value-packed deal, a two-day adult pass is just $114 ($64 for kids) and a five-day is only $280 ($155 kids), the pass can be used within any seven-day period on whichever day travelers want. This allows skiers and boarders the flexibility to be on the slopes one day and relax the following day. The Super Pass is sold through Salt Lake lodging properties at www.ski-saltlake.com and is typically packaged in conjunction with lodging specials, providing even greater savings and convenience. The Super Pass is also sold online in partnership with Travelocity.

Park City - QuickSTART
Visitors can catch a morning flight from almost anywhere in North America and be on the slopes the same afternoon. The Park City QuickSTART (Ski Today And Ride Today) Vacation lets skiing and riding enthusiasts convert airline boarding passes into a same-day lift ticket at the Park City resort of choice, including The Canyons, Park City Mountain Resort, or Deer Valley.

Participants should bring the completed, required redemption voucher, along with a same-day boarding pass and out-of-state photo I.D. to the resort ticket window in order to receive a same-day lift ticket.

Visitors will discover unbelievable skiing and riding, not to mention the most conveniently located resort town in the West just a mere 35 minutes from Salt Lake City International Airport.

Iron County/Brian Head - BOUNCE BACK
With more travelers concerned about their pocketbooks, southern Utah is a perfect destination for value-conscious winter adventurers. Famous powder coupled with incredible mountain terrain, red rock scenery, and a close proximity to metro Las Vegas, makes the Brian Head and Cedar City area a truly unique winter getaway.

Brian Head Resort, southern Utah's only ski resort, offers the lowest lift prices for a full-service resort in Utah. The Resort is gearing up for a fantastic winter season including a recent expansion that added 35 percent more terrain and two new chairlifts. To entice skiers and boarders to "experience the change," Brian Head is offering a mid-week BOUNCE BACK offer. With the purchase of a regular mid-week lift ticket for only $45, one can bounce back for another day of skiing/boarding for half price. (BOUNCE BACK is not available on weekends or holidays.)

Guests can check out the resort's Web site at www.brianhead.com for more details.

Heber Valley - Wasatch Winter
The Heber Valley Chamber of Commerce/Convention & Visitors Bureau recently launched its winter marketing campaign, Wasatch Winter, offering value-packed discounts for visitors. Now in its second year, the campaign focuses on the invitation to "Come (to Utah) to Ski, but Stay to Play in Heber Valley" with its numerous winter activities and discounted lodging packages. The activities include snowmobiling, snow tubing, balloon rides, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, ice skating, horse-drawn sleigh rides, ice fishing and more. For more information travelers can call 1-888-WASATCH or visit www.wasatchwinter.com.

Ogden - Shuttle Program
The Ogden/Weber Convention & Visitors Bureau has partnered with its lodging partners to enhance the guest experience by providing convenient (and free) door-to-door shuttle service. Ogden and Ogden Valley Lodging properties now include in their ski packages mini-coach transportation for guests to Snowbasin and Powder Mountain. Reservations can be made through the front desk as late as 10 p.m. the night before. The property provides a round-trip voucher that can be used for the guests' choice of departure and return times.

About Utah
Home to five national parks, 42 state parks, seven national monuments, two national recreation areas and "The Greatest Snow on Earth(r)," Utah represents the best of both the Rocky Mountains and the Desert Southwest. Whether it's heart-thumping downhill skiing, picturesque fly fishing, life-defying rock climbing, serene bird watching, thrill-seeking white water rafting or just communing with nature, Utah has it all - holding true to the state's "Life Elevated" brand.

To contact the Utah Office of Tourism, an agency of the Governor's Office of Economic Development, please visit or call (800) 200-1160 or (801) 538-1900.

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