Utah’s ski season technically started two Fridays ago, when Solitude opened up the Link chairlift for some skiing. This past weekend though seems like the official start of the season in Utah with four ski resorts opening up for daily operations: Brian Head, Park City Mountain Resort, Solitude Mountain Resort, and Woodward Park City.
Brian Head Resort opened for the season on Friday with three trails, a terrain park, and two lifts open. On Saturday, they hosted a Picnic Table Rail Jam, their first event of the season. For this week, they’ll be having a Thanksgiving Buffett, and night skiing on Friday and Saturday.
At Park City Mountain Resort, they celebrated the beginning of their 60th season. They currently have seven trails and eight lifts open across their two base areas. The current operating lifts include Payday, Cabriolet, Red Pine Gondola, Saddleback, High Meadow, Mine Cart Magic Carpet, and Sweet Pea Magic Carpet. They also had an impressive donut array for guests on opening day, which makes me regret not flying out there to eat some.
After closing from Monday through Thursday, Solitude Mountain Resort officially opened for the season on Friday. The ski resort in Big Cottonwood Canyon currently has three trails and two lifts (Moonbeam and Link) open.
Over at Woodward Park City, they opened up a small jib park on Saturday. Tickets are only $20, which isn’t bad for this day and age.
These openings were despite what’s been a dry start to Utah’s ski season. These mountains have had to rely on making snow to open for lift operations, while others have delayed their openings.
On Saturday and Sunday, the higher elevations of Utah got pitted. While the ski resorts situated at lower elevations saw the system start with rain, it did switch over to snow. This system brought 18″ of snow to Alta, and 21″ to Snowbird.
Utah’s next major snowstorm is expected to come through on Thursday. In the meantime: keep calm and pray for more snow.