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05.03.11 by Robyn Orme

I get that it’s May and most of us are ready to hike, mountain bike, golf, and just enjoy some warm weather – I’m ready for those things too.  However before we enjoy the warmth too much I want to brag about an epic ski season that I posted about clear back in November.

Most of Utah’s ski resorts have closed for the 2010/2011 Ski Season, but it isn’t due to the lack of snow.  Snowbird will remain open for skiing and boarding on weekends at least until Memorial Day weekend.  It seems likely to be later than that, perhaps even as late as July 4, which has only happened two other times in 2005 and 1995.

On average ski resorts in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons (Alta, Brighton, Solitude, and Snowbird) receive 500 inches of snowfall, however the last several years have been AMAZING with snow totals well over average.   Snowbird has received over 600 inches for four consecutive seasons, and as of today this years snow total is 711 inches.  WOW!!!!

Maybe next season Snowbird won’t get 711 inches, but it’s almost a guarantee they’ll receive over 500 inches of Utah’s famous powder.  So while you’re pulling out your bike, clubs, hiking boots, swim suit, or other summer gear don’t put skiing or snowboarding too far out of your mind and maybe make some plans for 2011/2012.

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