Deer Valley Resort
Deer Valley Resort is now open for the winter season. As of Friday, Dec. 9 the resort reports 39 inches of snow with 11 lifts, 37 runs and 1 bowl open to skiers. For more information, call 649-1000 or log onto http://www.deervalley.com.
Park City Mountain Resort
As of Friday, Dec. 9, Park City Mountain Resort reports 36 inches of snow with 11 lifts operating, 75 runs and 2 bowls open. Adult day passes are $69, children $35, and seniors $38. For more information, call (800) 222-7275 or log onto http://www.parkcitymountain.com.
The Canyons Resort
The Canyons Resort, as of Friday, Dec. 9, reported 45 inches of snow with 120 runs open serviced by 11 lifts. Lift tickets are $49 for adults and $35 for children and seniors. For more information, call 649-5400 or log onto http://www.thecanyons.com.
White Pine Touring Center
The White Pine Touring cross-country track is now running all three loops, with 20k of skiable, groomed terrain. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. For more information about rentals and pricing, call 649-6249. The Soldier Hollow cross-country course is scheduled to open today with as much track open as conditions permit. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. For more information, call (435) 654-2002.
Wasatch-Cache National Forest
Mirror Lake Highway, S.R. 150, is now closed at Soapstone Basin, mile marker 14. Beginning Dec. 15, the Beaver Creek Trail will be groomed for cross-country skiers and snowshoers. Dogs will be allowed on odd numbered days. For more information, contact the Kamas Ranger District at (435) 783-4338.
Utah Ski Resorts
Conditions, as of Friday, Dec. 9, are as follows for Utah ski resorts: Alta is reporting 67 inches of snow with 116 runs open and 7 lifts; Brian Head is reporting 18 inches of snow with 2 runs and 1 lift operating; Brighton Ski Resort is reporting a base of 70 inches served by 5 lifts and 55 runs; Powder Mountain is open and reporting 52 inches of snow served by 5 lifts and 52 runs; Solitude has 57 inches of snow served by 8 lifts and 60 runs; Snowbasin is reporting 43 inches of snow served by 32 runs and 7 lifts; Snowbird is reporting 61 inches of snow with 56 runs and 6 lifts open; Sundance Resort is reporting 43 inches of snow with 48 runs and 4 lifts open.
Utah Avalanche Forecast
The Utah Avalanche Center forecast, as of Friday, Dec. 9, reports excellent riding conditions in the backcountry. The snowpack is shaping up good, gaining stability from the earlier, deeper snow. It is still possible to trigger an avalanche and one was triggered yesterday. Recreationists are warned to watch for pockets of unstable snow above 9,000 feet. Avalanche danger is moderate on northern slopes steeper than 35 degrees and above 9,000 feet. For more information, log onto http://www.avalanche.org or call 658-5512.
Gorgoza Park, located off I-80, is now open for the season for tubing and mini snowmobile activities. Hours of operation are 1-8 p.m. For prices or more information, call 658-2648. The Soldier Hollow tubing hill, located in Midway, is open. Hours of operation will be noon to 8 p.m. except for Sunday when the hill will be open noon to 4 p.m. For more information, log onto http://www.soldierhollow.com or call (435) 654-2002.
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