Where the Snow Go?

Jessie Melton, Online Editor

Utah is famous for its towering mountains and the tons of powdery snow that blankets them. People travel from all over for a chance to ski or board one of our world-class ski resorts and those native to Utah take advantage of what is referred to as “the greatest snow on earth”. The majority of Utah’s tourist income is from outdoor recreation, a large sum of that from ski resorts.

Recent years have produced less snow than usual and ski resorts in Utah have taken a little bit of a hit, but not too seriously. This year there has been some concern about the amount of snow that Utah will be getting this year and opening days for most resorts were postponed past their usual opening date.  Snowbird, one of Utah’s most popular resorts was still at a loss for the amount of snow needed for the resort to function as they hoped on the night of November 25. There’s hope that there won’t be any serious delays and most have been able to open, but with a warning of rocky conditions. According to Snowbirds official report, they were able to open on November 26. A trending hashtag started by the ski resort Snowbird on twitter recently in Utah has been #prayforsnow.

By December 1st there was expected to be plenty of snow from a large storm coming through Utah right after Thanksgiving. Skiers, snowboarders, and resorts were hopeful that the conditions would continue to improve. Luckily they have over the last few weeks and after visiting the Snowbird resort and talking to skiers and workers the ski season has jumped into full swing and almost record numbers are expected to be reported in the income from the resort. There is also talk that this ski season could be the longest ski season in many years, even with delayed opening days, because of how long there is predicted snow in the mountains.

Even the late snow doesn’t stop the ski hype in Utah. The ski culture here runs deep and people are still flocking to the Rockies to get a taste of that delicious powder.