Posted on 10 March 2012
Salt Lake City was the setting for the 2002 Winter Olympics, and as such received substantial funding to update its infrastructure. The city has continued to thrive, especially as investment has continued. The venues used during the games are in constant use, and tourism spending has increased to $2 billion over the last decade. The number of foreign visitors has also risen steadily, especially since Delta introduced direct flights to Paris. The area is also popular with Germans, Britons, Italians and the Brazilians and it’s easy to see why.
There are seven world-class ski resorts located within 30 minutes to 45 minutes from Salt Lake Valley, and all are renowned for their dry, powdery snow. The secret is in the location which is due to the huge lake and mountain range, and every year this creates some of the best powder skiing and snowboarding in the world. The four most popular resorts are Alta, Brighton, Solitude and Snowbird which are all just minutes away from the international airport.
Alta is renowned for its powder skiing, and is perfect for both beginners and intermediates. It’s also known as being something of a purist’s mountain and is just one of three remaining areas in the United States to be dedicated to skiers only. Brighton ski resort has recently been upgraded with a new express lift which means 100% of the terrain is now accessible. It has an outstanding ski school and is good for both skiers and snowboarders. Snowbird is both a ski and summer resort and is renowned for its long, continuous vertical runs. Solitude has more than 1,200 acres of world-class terrain and is very family oriented. Whatever your needs, you’ll find a resort which is perfect for you.