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Resorts and snow lovers prepare for 2021-2022 Utah ski season

Oct 26, 2021, 4:20 PM | Updated: 4:25 pm
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File photo of skiers and riding the ski lift at Brighton Resort. Photo: Laura Seitz, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — The Greatest Snow on Earth, as Utah famously proclaims, has already started to fall and that means ski season is right around the corner. 

Winter is coming

Skiers and snowboarders around Utah are feeling that familiar exhilaration as they look to the mountains blanketed in snow by recent storms. For them, and the Utah ski industry, the 2021/2022 winter season is essentially here. 

“We are so excited for ski season to start and can’t wait to get out there,” said Alison Palmintere, spokesperson for Ski Utah, the marketing arm of the Utah Ski and Snowboard Association.

While some die-hards have already packed their  shovels, beacons, and skins for some backcountry action, most enthusiasts will hit the groomed slopes of Utah’s world-class resorts. And, many of those resorts are just weeks from turning on the lifts.

Solitude, Park City, and Woodward all officially plan to open Friday, November 19. The skiers-only Alta will spin the chairs the following day on Saturday, November 20. Brian Head is also considering a November 19 open date. 

Upgrades and updates for the 2021-2022 Utah ski season

“Almost all of our resorts have made major capital improvements this year, ” Palmintere says. 

  • Snowbasin announced in July an upgraded ski lift, as well as parking updates. 
  • Brighton Resort has installed lights along its Snake Creek lift to expand night skiing higher up on the mountain. 
  • Alta is moving to a parking reservation system.
  • Snowbird announced a $69 fast pass that allows visitors to skip to the front of lines.
  • Solitude is opening three chairlifts an hour earlier at 8 a.m. on weekends and holidays. Starting next year, the whole mountain will stay open until 5 p.m. 
  • Sundance has a new lift or two and is also expanding parking. 

COVID-19 restrictions

Palmintere recommends packing a mask in your ski jacket this year for when you step into a lodge to eat or use the restroom.

She says outdoor skiing will likely look more normal than last year, but she urges people to check with their resort about indoor restrictions and requirements. 

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