While Salt Lake City residents slipped around in the one or two feet of snow the weekend storm brought, residents in the Snowbird area watched it pile up to around 50 inches, enough to open the resort that already has the longest season in Utah early.

Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort is scheduled to open on Thursday, Nov. 15.

Bob Bonar, President of Snowbird claims that the storm was precisely what was needed to start the skiing season off right. "Lake effect made a good storm into a great storm, leaving more than four feet of snow throughout the mountain," he says.  

Snowbird snow cat prepares the mountain for opening.

Though the resort has been installing new snowmaking equipment over the summer, the new detachable quad lift replacing the Little Cloud chairlift is not scheduled to have its grand opening until Dec. 1.  Gadzoom, Mid-Gad and Chickadee lifts will open Thursday with the resort. Beginner terrains will open on Chickadee, as will Intermediate and Advanced areas on Bassackwards and Big Emma.  The Aerial Tram will be available with skiing on Regulator Johnson by Saturday, Nov. 17 depending on the conditions. All other areas of the mountain will be closed to guests and hikers.

Prices for tickets and ticket packages will be reduced, including lodging and lift packages for as little as $99.

Click here for more details or call 801-933-2222.