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Utah Travel Headlines Blog

Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Powder and Hot Deals

Powder conditions are great at Utah's ski resorts. The storm that has now exited the state dumped on northern Utah - and another storm is expected for the weekend.

Alta picked up 20 inches of new snow over a 48-hour period. Snowbird got 19 inches. Down south, Brian Head received 14 inches new. See our snow report for details.

The Sundance Film Festival will bring crowds to Park City Jan 21-31. This year's crowd is not expected to be as big as previous years and so there is plenty of lodging available. Many properties are offering hot deals for lodging during January, including the Sundance period.

Crews have been doing a good job keeping roads open during storms, but travel conditions become difficult when we get dumped on. Check Utah highway conditions here.

All this snow has created significant avalanche danger in backcountry areas. Avalanche control work is done along major highways and at developed ski resorts and so danger is low there. People skiing or boarding out of bounds at ski resorts face put themselves in danger, as do people who snowmobile or cross country ski into backcountry areas.

The Utah Avalanche Center says there is now high danger in northern Utah mountain areas and considerable danger in the mountains east of the Wasatch Front, in the Uintas and in the La Sal Mountains east of Moab. Watch for advisories on the Avalanche Center website.

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