With this last winter storm that rolled in, Utah continues to get more and more snow. More snow than we know what to do with really. Watching these forecasts, it’s hard not to get pumped for the next pow day. But we’re here to tell you that there’s more to be excited for. And it’s spring skiing.
As we creep into March, it’s common to feel a sort of dread that the season is coming to a close. But here in Utah, we’re nowhere near the end of the ski season!
How Does the 2022-23 Season Compare to Previous Years?
As of right now, Utah snow levels are outpacing each season from the last ten years by… a lot. According to Alta’s reporting, the deepest snow base in the last ten years was 2018-19, ending with a total of 626” for that season. As of February 26 2023, Alta reports a 544” base with more snow on the way this week.
In February 2019, Alta reported that snow levels had just reached to 400″. Looking today, current snow levels are significantly greater than a few years ago – over 100″ more actually. If this trend continues with the upcoming winter storm forecasts, we are on track to break some more records.
Pretty great, right?
Spring Skiing Status
The deeper the base, the longer we can expect the ski season to be. However, it’s not always up to how much snow there is that determines the longevity of a ski season. Climate and resort operations each can change this timeline. There are cases that a resort may have plenty of snow, however they still close on their posted closing date.
If you’re interested in spring skiing, keep up to date with the resort’s social media and website. From my experience, resorts are usually good about updating both with closing information as we get more into spring.
Why Spring Skiing?
Three reasons: Sunny weather, soft snow, and greater travel deals.
Rather than freezing your butt off during mid-season, enjoy warm weather while getting in some turns. In my personal experience, nothing beats skiing in a Hawaiian shirt on a sunny day. Just make sure to wear sunscreen, and watch out for snow rashes (ouch!).
Believe it or not, spring is one of the best times of year to travel to Utah. Why? There is still snow up in the mountains to carve up, and then at the end of the day, enjoy golf, hiking or even mountain biking down in the valley. Ski, golf and mountain bike in a single day? Sign me up!
Also, spring skiing can actually save you money on a ski trip. Comparing mid-season prices to that of spring, you can save on everything from lodging to airline tickets. And there’s still time to plan for this year. Get your friends together and get that spring ski trip to Utah on the books because, let’s be real, this spring is going to be sick.
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