Utah Resorts Start Opening for 2012-2013 Season

With spectacular views, world-class resorts and superb quality snow, Utah is a popular destination for snow sport enthusiasts. With recent snowfall of between two and four foot deep, and temperatures low enough to preserve the fluffy snow, some resorts are opening earlier than planned for the 2012-2013 ski season. Brighton Ski Resort’s Majestic, Explorer and Snake Creek lifts opened Tuesday November 13, with a number of other Utah resorts set to welcome skiers and boarders in the coming weeks.

Alta Ski Resort received 50 inches of snow on the weekend and will be opening Friday November 16. Canyon Ski Resort has set their opening for November 23, with Powder Mountain Resort opening on November 21, Snowbasin on November 22, Snowbird on November 15, Solitude Mountain Resort on November 14, Wolf Mountain on November 23, Sundance Resort on December 7 and Deer Valley Resort on December 8.

Deer Valley Resort has a reputation for being the most upmarket of the resorts and has groomed runs catering for every level of competence from beginners to seasoned experts. Snowboarding is not permitted at Deer Valley, making the resort popular with skiers who object to their snow being carved up by riders. Snowboarders can head off to The Canyons where they will find their chosen sport rules. In addition to the full range of runs, boarders will find a school to get beginners going, and offer the more experienced riders tips to get the most out of the experience. Before taking it to the limit at the freestyle terrain park, boarders are required to familiarize themselves with the Smart Style Freestyle Terrain Safety initiative developed by the National Ski Areas Association together with Burton Snowboards. They are also advised to familiarizing themselves with the terrain they will be tackling, which may contain hits, banks, jumps, jibs, rails, fun boxes, half pipes, quarter pipes, bump terrain, snowcross, halfpipes and other terrain features.

Whether skiing or riding it’s important to be courteous, bearing in mind that you are responsible for your own safety and the safety of fellow snow sport enthusiasts. So go out there and enjoy the 2012-2013 snow sport season responsibly.