With almost 700 inches of snow already this season, Utah is living up to its tourism slogan of having the “Greatest Snow On Earth,” and there is plenty of it to go around.
At Brighton Resort in Utah, which is 30 miles southwest of Downtown Salt Lake City, the milestone snowfall record was formally reached. According to information provided to Travel & Leisure, the season’s snowfall of 703 inches was measured on Thursday, making it the earliest time this achievement has occurred since Utah started maintaining snowfall records in 1943.
“To put this season’s snowfall in context, a typical season in Utah sees 500 inches of snowfall. Ten cars stacked on top of one another would fit within a space of 700 inches. According to Visit Salt Lake President & CEO Kaitlin Eskelson in a statement provided to T+L, 2022–2023 has been a successful year for ski resorts in the Salt Lake City region.
Ski Utah, Visit Salt Lake, The Utah Office of Tourism, and the Hyatt Regency Salt Lake City erected a 700″ tall banner on their building to demonstrate the size of the snowfall in recognition of the unprecedented snowfall.
In a statement provided to T+L, Nathan Rafferty, president of Ski Utah, said, “Ski Utah is excited to witness this historic season.” We were aware that we had to celebrate our accomplishment publicly in the heart of Salt Lake City.
Despite the possibility of a record snowfall, the Salt Lake City Airport claims to be up for the task.
More people flying through SLC International Airport with skis as a result of the record-breaking snowfall. This past President’s Day, we experienced our busiest day ever, which was partly a result of all the vacation skiers returning home. Director of Communication and Marketing at Salt Lake City Airport Nancy Volmer said T+L in a statement.
According to the hub, the Salt Lake City Airport handled over 25 million passengers in 2022. According to Volmer, the snow also put our award-winning snow removal team’s skills to the test, but the crew rose to the occasion and kept the airfield clear and secure for takeoffs and landings.
Vicki Varela, managing director of the Utah Office of Tourism, says the snow is picture-perfect. “I flew over Big and Little Cottonwood canyons on my way into Salt Lake yesterday [and] the magnificence was breathtaking,” she says. Both skiers and drought watchers will rejoice over this.
Source: Travel & Leisure