Old Man Winter has officially arrived, bringing his wintery white goodness: snow! Whether your passion is skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing or just plain watching the big flakes float from the sky while you laze by the fire; Utah and snow simply go together. The state has even trademarked its own phrase – ‘The Greatest Snow on Earth’! But what makes Utahans think that they have the greatest snow on earth? It’s more than just a myth. There’s actually an explanation behind all of that dry, fluffy powder so coveted by Utah snow enthusiasts.
First, the state’s high altitude and latitude provide it with cold winters and Utah’s ‘cold desert climate’ keeps it from receiving much precipitation. In fact, Utah ranks as the 2nd driest state in the United States – even with its 540 inches of annual snowfall! Utah is separated into three regions or land areas: the Rocky Mountains, the Basin and Ridge Region and the Colorado Plateau. The main reason the state is so dry is that the Basin and Ridge Region – one of the driest regions in the U.S. – extends across most of western Utah, skewing the state’s precipitation rate and explaining why Utah is so dry when compared to other states. However, the Rocky Mountains – where most of Utah’s ski resorts are located – receive all of the precipitation, (snow). Due to the cold desert climate, Utah’s snow is delivered powder style – read: dry and fluffy….a skiers’ dream.
Lastly, Utah experiences a unique lake effect from the Great Salt Lake. Cold air brought in from passing storms releases heavy snow in the mountains due to the warm air emitted from the lake, even after snow has stopped falling in the valleys. Much to every skier’s delight, Utah experiences these ‘perfect storms’ throughout the winter.
This season get out and enjoy some of Utah’s epic powder by joining Stephanie Potempa and your Red Ledges friends at Deer Valley on Wednesdays and Thursdays, starting December 18th. Two different types of ski days will be offered – one for the hard core and one for the fair weather skier. See you on the mountain!
Rippin’ Wednesday’s – 9am – 12pm (*No Rippin’ Wednesday on December 25th)
Meet at the Deer Crest Club at 9 a.m. and be ready to hit the snow first thing. Join Stephanie Potempa and your Red Ledges friends to rip first tracks at Deer Valley. Rippin’ Wednesday’s are for those who love to push their limits, explore the mountain and tackle all kinds of terrain. We’ll ski blues, double blues, blacks and maybe tuck into some trees. If it’s a powder day, bring your fat skis and expect to make some fresh turns! This is a day to push your limits and get off the beaten path.
Cruiser Thursday’s – 12pm – 3pm
Meet Stephanie Potempa at the Deer Crest Club at 12pm for a fun, casual ski day at Deer Valley. Cruiser Thursday’s are for those who enjoy sleeping-in, skiing when the snow softens up a bit, and hot cocoa breaks. We’ll cruise the mountain hitting all the Deer Valley favorites – including après should inspiration call! Plan to enjoy getting to know new trails and new friends and taking it easy – and maybe pushing a bit harder when the mood strikes! Yoga will be offered at the St. Regis at 4:30 p.m. ($10 for Red Ledges members), to ease those tired muscles.
***Guests must provide their own Deer Valley ski pass & 24-hour advance reservations are required to secure your Deer Crest pass for this day of skiing. Contact Stephanie at email@example.com***