Through the years I have written a lot of articles on skiing, snowboarding and the different ski resorts that are easily accessible from our rental condo’s in fact we are close to 5 different resorts giving you the options to ski some place
new everyday if you want.
I am bringing the collection of articles on ski resorts; below you will see a synopsis of each with a link to the full article. Enjoy …
Alta one of the oldest ski areas in the USA
With the start of our Ski season I thought it would be apropos to have articles about our world class ski resorts. Utah ski resorts has some of the best skiing in the world ask anyone who has been here!
Alta Ski Slopes History
Alta is one of the oldest ski areas in the U.S. The community of Alta was established in 1871 as an offshoot of the silver mining operations in Little Cottonwood Canyon. A fire destroyed most of the town in 1878, then a cataclysmic avalanche in 1885—combined with the decline of mining—heralded a period of dormancy for the town. The area experienced a modest resurgence in mining in the 1900s, but the town declined again shortly thereafter, and was deserted with the exception of a few hardy miners who continued to intermittently prospect the area.
Snowbird – Greatest area of snowfall in the United States
History of Snowbird..
Before Little Cottonwood Canyon became popular with skiers, miners discovered deposits of silver ore within the glacial canyon. The history of Little Cottonwood Canyon and the town of Alta dates back to the 19th Century, when a soldier in the U.S. Army first prospected for silver in 1869. The tiny minerals he stumbled upon soon supported a massive industry. Little Cottonwood Canyon became one of the largest producers of silver ore in the Wasatch Mountains. Known as the Emma Mine and the namesake for the Big Emma run in Snowbird’s Gad Valley, the soldier’s find eventually produced more than $3.8 million in silver.
The History of Brighton Ski Resort
Brighton Ski Resort is a ski area located in Big Cottonwood Canyon, 30 miles from downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. Brighton Ski Resort was the first ski resort in Utah, and one of the first in the United States. Brighton was started in 1936 when members of the Alpine Ski Club built a rope tow from wire and an old elevator motor. Brighton claims to be a “no-frills” resort whose sole business is to provide skiers and snowboarders with top-notch trails.
Solitude is one of the smaller ski resorts near Salt Lake City. It is a family-oriented mountain, with a wider range of beginner and intermediate slopes than other Utah ski resorts; 70% of its slopes are graded “beginner” or “intermediate,” the highest such ratio in the Salt Lake City area. Solitude was one of the first major US resorts to adopt an RFID lift ticket system, allowing lift lines to move more efficiently while reducing “lift poaching”.
Deer Valley Resort opened in 1981 on Bald Eagle and Bald Mountains, with five lifts built by Lift Engineering, also known as Yan: the Burns double (which is the only remaining original lift on the mountain), and the Carpenter, Home stake, Sultan, and Wasatch triple chairs. The Sterling lift was added in 1982, followed by Clipper in 1983. The first major terrain expansion came in 1984 with the addition of the Mayflower lift on Bald Mountain.
As a last minute booking Gayleen was extremely helpful and professional. Thanks so much for a wonderful stay and we look forward to using WFSA in the near future. Thanks Again.- James Vesper and Family - Sydney, Australia