Strong season for Utah's ski resorts so far

PARK CITY, Utah (ABC4 – Utah) Despite a lack of fresh powder on Utah’s ski slopes, ski resorts are still making their way through a strong year.

PARK CITY, Utah (ABC4 – Utah) Despite a lack of fresh powder on Utah’s ski slopes, ski resorts are still making their way through a strong year.

“It’s been a great year,” said Andy Miller, Communications Manager at Park City Mountain Resort (PCMR.) “One of our busiest ever.”

Miller credits a strong start to the ski season. Miller said PCMR was able to make all of their snow early with a “cold snap” that came in early December.

“Early season snow helped get momentum going, and get people thinking about coming up here for their winter ski vacation,” said Miller.

Down the street at Deer Valley, the sentiment is the same.

“We’ve been doing really well,” said Bob Wheaton, President and General Manager at Deer Valley. “We’re having a great January,”

Wheaton said it is usually quieter on the slopes during the Sundance Film Festival, but the fact that you could run into a few Olympians certainly does not hurt.

“They are up here practicing at Deer Valley on the Olympic site on their way to Sochi,” said Wheaton. “Just watching them jump is awesome.”

Wheaton said it is a pattern that comes around every four years with the Winter Olympics.

“As Olympics are on TV it creates excitement throughout the nation and throughout the world,” said Wheaton.

That drums up attention for our tourist hot spots like PCMR and Deer Valley; but even local favorites, like Brighton, said their numbers are holding strong this year.

While “bluebird days” have been good for the resorts, one to three feet of fresh snow will be great.

“Always exciting,” said Wheaton. “Always exciting.”

“It sounds like Mother Nature held up her end of the bargain,” said Miller.

For more on the snow forecasts for this week click here.   

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